Beijing to Shanghai

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Beijing to Shanghai - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Huangshan

    Mountain–Sight

    Eastern China's most impressive natural landscape, Yellow Mountain's peaks thrust upward through rolling seas of clouds, spindly pines clinging...Read More

  • 2. Humble Administrator's Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    More than half of Suzhou's largest garden is occupied by ponds and lakes. The garden was built in 1509 by Wang Xianjun, an official dismissed...Read More

  • 3. Master of the Nets Garden

    Garden/Arboretum

    All elements of Suzhou style are here in precise balance: rocky hillscapes, layered planting, undulating walkways, and charming pavilions overlooking...Read More

  • 4. Ming Tomb

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    One of the largest and most important burial mounds in China, this is the final resting place of Emperor Hong Wu, the founder of the Ming Dynasty...Read More

  • 5. Mountain Resort

    Resort–Sight

    Charmed by Chengde's dramatic setting, pleasant climate, and plentiful game, Emperor Kangxi ordered construction of the first palaces of the...Read More

  • 6. Wang's Residence

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This was once one among dozens of private mansions belonging to Yangzhou's prosperous merchant class, but it alone made it through the ravages...Read More

  • 7. Baosheng Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Luzhi is notable for the spectacular Baosheng Temple, a yellow-walled compound built in the year 503 that is famous for its breathtaking collection...Read More

  • 8. Baotu Spring Park

    Garden/Arboretum

    Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong proclaimed this the finest of Ji'nan's many natural springs gurgling north from the foothills of Mount Tai. The...Read More

  • 9. Blue Wave Pavilion

    Garden/Arboretum

    The oldest existing garden in Suzhou, the Blue Wave Pavilion dates back more than 900 years to the Song Dynasty. With a rambling, maze-like...Read More

  • 10. Cloud Valley Temple Cable Car Station

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    The Eastern Steps begin at the Cloud Valley Temple Cable Car Station. The cable car takes eight minutes to traverse what takes hikers three...Read More

  • 11. Confucian Forest

    Forest

    Confucius and his descendants have been buried in this tree-shaded cemetery for the past 2,000 years. Surrounded by a 10-km (6-mile) wall, Confucian...Read More

  • 12. Confucian Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Overlooking the Qinhuai River, a tributary of the Yangtze, a Confucian Temple has stood on this spot for 1,000 years, give or take. The present...Read More

  • 13. Confucius Family Mansion

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Beside the east wall of the Confucius Temple is the Confucius Family Mansion. A fascinating collection of stately abodes and gardens, it dates...Read More

  • 14. Confucius Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Within Qufu's restored city walls, the sprawling Confucius Temple comprises 66 buildings spread across more than 50 acres, making this one of...Read More

  • 15. Da Ming Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built 1,600 years ago, the Da Ming Temple is one of the more interesting Buddhist shrines in Eastern China. The main attraction is a memorial...Read More

  • 16. Daming Lake

    Garden/Arboretum

    Fed by artesian springs and garlanded by vivid banks of willows, Daming Lake has been inspiring Chinese poets and writers for 1,500 years. Surrounded...Read More

  • 17. Drum Tower

    Building/Architectural Site

    First built in 1382, the Drum Tower (Gulou in Chinese) gives the central city district its name. In ancient times, drums housed inside were...Read More

  • 18. Eight Passes

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Named after the Great Wall's eight strategic passes, this scenic area lies in-between Taiping and the Huiquan Cape. Sometimes referred to as...Read More

  • 19. First Gate Under Heaven

    Building/Architectural Site

    The first heavy fortification along the Great Wall as it runs inland from the ocean, this mighty four-sided citadel guards the strategic Shanhai...Read More

  • 20. Garden Tomb of Puhaddin

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Although largely ignored by domestic tourists, the tomb of Puhaddin is a reminder of the city's Islamic influences. It faces the Grand Canal...Read More

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