12 things to do in China

If you think that the only thing to do in China is visiting the Great Wall of China, then you’re greatly mistaken. This is a country that has a ton of things to offer and it is just waiting to explore. China is known for its tradition, art, and graceful sites across the country.

This could be next country you cross off your travel bucket list! So, if you do visit China, what are the 12 things you can do there – apart from going to the Great Wall of China?

1. Take a glimpse of the Giant Buddha

Where: Leshan

The Leshan Giant Buddha is the biggest carved stone Buddha in the world. This 233 feet tall statue is on the confluence of three rivers, Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River. Tourists can enjoy a distant view of Buddha with the help of boat tours and take a close look from a narrow stairway bolted to the cliff next to the statue.

2. Capture the Toilet Bowl Waterfall

Where: Foshan

You’ve never seen artwork like this! Thousands of toilets and toilet accessories such as sinks and toilet seats are repurposed and spread across 328 feet and rising 16 feet along the wall to create a colourful, astonishing waterfall. This masterpiece artwork by Chinese artist Shu Yong is worth stopping for a moment to explore and capture a picture or two.

3. Cuddle with Pandas

A variety of tours, cuddling, and play options are offered by the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center. You can spend hours feeding, cuddling, running around, and playing with these cute and majestic mammals.

4. Walk through Reed Flute Cave

Where: Guilin

The Reed Flute Cave is a vibrantly lit terrain which has stunning geological formations such as stalactites, stalagmites, erosion, and demineralisation. The interior of the cave has become a neon coloured gallery with lovely natural patterns.

5. Walk on the Tianmen Skywalk

Where: Zhangjiajia

The glass Tianmen Skywalk is cliff-hanging skywalk 4,700 feet up one of the most beautiful mountains in the world, Tianmen Mountain. The 200-foot long skywalk is 3 feet wide and 2.5 inches thick and provides a breathtaking view of the valley and the dense clouds.


6. Trail up the Huashan Mountain

Are you a daredevil? The trail up the Huashan Mountain is one of the most dangerous hiking trails in the world. It involves cliff-side steep staircases with chains on either side and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms onto the mountainside – barely wide enough to accommodate two feet! What’s the reward for completing the trail? Sip some tea or coffee in a tea house 7,087 feet up on the mountain’s southern peak.

7. Go offbeat and Enjoy White Water Rafting

Thanks to easy access to several rivers, China offers numerous white water rafting tours and trips in and around Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, and other parts of the country. Take out time and have this thrilling experience worth cherishing for the lifetime.


8. Observe the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain

Where: Zhangjiajia

Remember the floating mountains in the blockbuster movie, ‘Avatar’? Hallelujah Mountains was the inspiration. It’s the 3,000 vertical pillars of about 3,500 feet height freely standing in air in the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.


9. Get lost in Badain Jaran Desert

Badain Jaran Desert is famous for two things – the tallest stationary dunes on Earth and the mystery lakes in the area. The tallest dune is over 1,600 feet tall and there are about 100 lakes between the dunes. Some of these are freshwater lakes while other are extremely saline.


10. Explore Jiuzhaigou

The Jiuzhaigou Valley is the montage of snow-capped mountains, clear turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls, villages, and a colourful natural world. Nestled next to the border with the Tibetan Himalayas, this valley about 6,500 to 14,500 feet above sea level.

11. Visit the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Where: Harbin

This month-long festival witness two main exhibition areas, Sun Island with massive snow sculptures and Ice and Snow World with illuminated full-size buildings and structures. The theme of the festival is different every year and country-wise teams from all over the world participate in this competitive event. Dazzling fireworks, swimming in the Songua River, Yabuli alpine skiing, an ice-lantern exhibition, ice golf, and ice archery are just some popular features of the event.

12. Dinosaurs Fairyland

Where: 20kms. from Erlian

This park has several photogenic full-scale dinosaur models as well as bones, both real and fake. Most of this fairyland is an open space with dinosaur models activities such as smashing down walls and hatching from eggs. If you are fascinating by dinosaurs, it’s worth a visit.

These are just some of the many things to do in China. In order to explore this humongous country, you need to have ample time, enough batteries for your camera, and total curiosity. China has tons of attractions waiting to be discovering. So are you ready for your trip to China?

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