Top 8 Attractive Cities in China

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China is a vast country with more than 1.3 billion people, making it the most populous in the world. With mountains, rivers, and deserts, China has plenty to offer tourists both domestically and from overseas. The eight cities are listed by their rank, which was determined based on population size, economic power, and global influence.

1) Shanghai


Located along the coast of eastern China, Shanghai is one of the most populous and wealthiest cities in China and all of Asia.  It is also one of the most important financial centers in Asia and has a strong economy. Home to some 25 million residents as well as 12 Fortune 500 companies, this bustling city has seen rapid development over recent years with many new skyscrapers being built annually. Shanghai is a major tourist destination and offers a wide variety of attractions, including its famous skyline, historic buildings, and vibrant nightlife.

2) Beijing


Widely recognized as the symbolic and historic heart of China, Beijing is home to one-fifth of China’s entire population. Beijing is also one of the world’s largest urban areas! The city was originally built around 200 BC and has been the capital of numerous empires throughout histories, such as the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC), Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), and the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644 AD). Beijing is also well-known for its rich cultural heritage. Other than attractions such as the Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City, it has numerous Buddhist temples, monasteries, gardens, and parks that are popular with domestic tourists.

3) Guangzhou

The third-largest city by population, Guangzhou is found in southern China and is a historical port city that used to serve as a trading post for foreign traders. Today it is home to 15 million people and has one of the world’s busiest ports with over 100 million containers passing through every year. Guangzhou is also home to some of China’s largest manufacturing corporations. Although it has traditionally been a manufacturing center, recent years have seen the city develop into a major financial and trading hub in southern China.

4) Hong Kong

Located on the south coast of China, Hong Kong is one of the most populous cities in China with almost 8 million people living there. As a result of its high population, Hong Kong is also one of the world’s most densely populated cities! One unique feature about Hong Kong is that it has another layer of society and culture that exists on top of modern urban society. This “top layer” consists mostly of old buildings that house small shops and restaurants, and has created a distinctive urban landscape. A major draw for tourists, these areas of Hong Kong serve as key attractions and also offer an insight into what life was like before the city developed into a modern metropolis.

5) Shenzhen

Shenzhen is a ‘Special Economic Zone’ located in southeastern China, directly north of Hong Kong. In 1980 the local government introduced policies that attracted international businesses and manufacturers to set up operations there. The result was a boom of development that led to Shenzhen becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in China and the world. The population has now grown to around 10 million people and the city is home to numerous skyscrapers, shopping malls, theme parks, office towers, hotels, international corporations, and manufacturers.

6) Xi’an

Xi’an is an ancient capital of China, located at the intersection point of multiple major cultural roads. This city has had a prominent historical impact on culture and trade throughout Asia and was once home to both the Tang Dynasty’s administrative center as well as the terminus for the famous Silk Road. Xi’an is also home to the world-famous Terracotta Army and has many other historical attractions.

7) Chengdu

A city found in the Sichuan province of southwestern China, Chengdu is the capital of this topographically diverse region. With a population exceeding 14 million people and many cultural attractions for visitors to enjoy; it’s also home to the largest airport in southwest China, offering daily flights throughout Asia as well as Europe and North America!

8) Wuhan

With a population exceeding 10 million people, Wuhan is the capital of Hubei province. It has been an important hub for trade and culture throughout China’s history as it is located along the Yangtze River. Today, this city boasts ancient Buddhist sites and modern skyscrapers which create a unique juxtaposition!

China is a country with many different people, cultures, and things to see. The cities listed above are just some of the most popular ones in China. If you’re interested in visiting these or other Chinese destinations, make sure to research your destination before booking flights!

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