Over the last decade, China has made a conscious effort to increase international tourism in their vast country. Most of their efforts are to draw people to the modern areas of China and rebrand the country as a modern burgeoning economic powerhouse. Despite this modernization, China is still a very old country with ancient civilizations history visible everywhere. In this vast, mysterious country you will find an abundance of historic landmarks and ruins, lush landscapes and interesting markets. Given the size and scope of China, planning a trip there is quite a task. Of course there is the obvious Great Wall, Terracotta Army and Shanghai on everyone’s list. But what about the treasures that are often overlooked in China? We have highlighted our top three underrated places that you must add to your itinerary in China to help you begin planning after you get your passports.
Walk on Historic Ground In The Forbidden City
For a span of almost 500 years, The Forbidden City in Beijing was the imperial palace for both the Ming Dynasty and the Qing Dynasty. After Puyi, the last emperor of China was forcibly evicted in 1924; it was opened to the public as a national museum. Despite ascending at an incredible pace to become one of the most visited locations in the world; many western travelers accidentally overlook it. Possibly this is due to the extreme size of the city; there are over 900 buildings, you should pack a lunch and expect to spend the full day or more there.
Witness the Phenomenal Leshan Buddha
This giant Buddha statue was constructed in the 8th century in an attempt to calm the raging waters of a river by slowing its flow. The Leshan Buddha stands at a jaw-dropping 223 ft and is the largest sitting Buddha in the world. Because it is carved directly into the riverside cliffs, tourists can climb the carved stairs from the foot to the top of the statue cliff.
Just a day trip from Beijing, the Hanging Temple is not only one of China’s most impressive, but also one of the least visited by tourists. Maybe that is due to its daunting presence. The temple buildings are suspended over 100 feet in the air and are connected by wooden paths. To the unsuspecting tourist, this can be unnerving., but well worth the experience even if only for the magnificent views.
Ready To Jet Away To The Far East?
We hope to have inspired and motivated you to begin planning your journey to the exotic and mysterious ancient country of China. The historical value alone makes it a top entry on any bucket list and requires a lot of planning. Take the first step and get your passports in order quickly with Fast Passports and Visas.