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Top 10 Things for US Travelers to Do in China

What are the top things to do in China? You may need a lifetime to check off the bucket list of all the fun activities you can do in China, no matter you are nature lovers or history fans. According to the feedbacks given by our customers from the United States, here we've carefully selected the top 10 things for US travelers to do in China. Pick some and start your amazing trip in China.


1.Hike the Great Wall

No matter what your purpose of visiting China is, hiking on the Great Wall is always a must-do thing of your China tour. The Great Wall looks like a dragon stretches over 21,196 kilometers, across about 15 provinces in China. For US travelers who love adventures, don’t choose regular sections like Badaling Great Wall and Mutianyu Great Wall, because the crowds will definitely surprise you. You could think about exploring Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall for a better hiking experience.

Hike the Great Wall


2.Travel from Metropolis to Ancient Water Towns

Want to see how modern China is like today? Shanghai will be a perfect choice for you to experience the rapid development of economy, technology and science in China. All the well-designed skyscrapers along Huangpu River will generously show you how modern China looks like now. You’d better not miss the gorgeous night view around The Bund.

Also want to take a look at some ancient towns? You can travel from those modern skyscrapers in Shanghai to witness the profound Chinese history and culture in some water towns near Shanghai, such as Zhujiajiao Water Town and Tongli Water Town. Consider a connecting tour with Suzhou or Hangzhou if you have a flexible schedule.

Shanghai City View


3.Take Care of Pandas in Chengdu

If panda is one of the most influential factors for choosing China as your travel destination, you should consider the Panda Volunteer Program in Chengdu. Even though you can see pandas in some zoos in the major cities, the experience in the hometown of giant pandas is totally different. Here in Dujiangyan Panda Base, you can take care of pandas and closely interact with those cute creatures.

See Pandas in Chengdu


4.Bamboo Rafting on Li River

Guilin makes a wonderful match of mountain view with water scenery for nature lovers, thanks to the famous Li River. Here in Guilin, you can enjoy the best karst sceneries along the charming Li River, the section from Guilin to Yangshuo will show you all the glamor of green mountains and clear water in Guilin. If you think cruising is too normal, bamboo rafting will also be a great option for you to experience the stunning views alongside.

Li River in Guilin


5.Go Cycling on Xi’an City Wall

For those visitors who love cycling, China offers various choices for you, either cycling around West Lake in Hangzhou, or around countryside in Yangshuo. However, have you ever imagine cycling on an ancient wall? No kidding, don’t miss this activity when you travel to Xi’an. As the best-preserved ancient city wall with the largest scale, cycling on Xi’an City Wall must be an amazing part of your China tour.

Cycling on Xi'an City Wall


6.Cruising Yangtze River

Taking Yangtze River Cruise is one of the top things for US travelers to do in China, full of fun and excitement. On the one hand, you can catch the magnificent beauty of Yangtze River and Three Gorges. On the other hand, you can discover the long history and rich culture along the attractions passing by. Besides, there are lots of cultural activities on the ship, you’ll never get bored. Don’t miss Yangtze River Cruise if you’re into beautiful water sceneries, you can choose either Chongqing or Yichang to get onboard.

Stunning Views of Yangtze River


7.Get on the World’s Highest Railway to Tibet

Do you want to have a unique memory in China? You can absolutely consider taking Qinghai-Tibet Railway to Tibet. Nowadays, more and more tourists prefer to take train to Tibet, for the fabulous sceneries along the way, and the unique experience on the world’s highest railway to the roof of the world. Most US travelers are attracted by the Potala Palace, Mt. Everest, highland lakes and Tibetan monasteries. It’s time to slow down your pace,  relax both your body and spirit in this holy land.

Potala Palace in Lhasa


8.Get Close to the local Life in Public Parks

Where is the best place to get close to the real lives of the locals? We suggest you go to a public park in any cities of China. Most public parks in China are free to enter, local people love to take a stroll or do some exercises in this green space. When you spend some time in one public park, you may easily meet people practicing Tai Chi, playing Chinese chess, writing Chinese calligraphy or dancing. Believe me, you won’t regret a visit.


9.Explore Minority Culture

For culture buffs, China will never let you down. Regardless of food culture, tea culture and many other traditional Chinese culture, you can still explore minority culture in China. As there are 55 ethnic minorities in China, you’ve got plenty of options. Based on different ethnic culture you like, generally you can pick from Guizhou, Yunnan, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Tibet. You can totally slow down your pace among the featured architectures and enjoy the ethnic customs and local food.

Jidao Long Skirt Miao Village in Guizhou


10.Learn to Cook Chinese Food

Maybe you always order some Chinese food from some Chinese restaurants in the United States, tasting Chinese food like Hot Pot and Beijing Roast Duck will definitely be on your check list. Try somethings special this time, you can join a cooking class and learn how to cook Chinese dishes. What’s more, we can arrange a home visit to the local family, so that you could closely experience the local life and learn to make authentic dumplings or other dishes.

Learn to make Dumplings


Enjoy More Fun Things to Do in China

Through a private tour, you will enjoy more fun things to do in China, just tell us your interests on China and your favorite activities, Top China Travel will arrange all the best activities to do in China for you. Start to plan your personal trip.

Learn to Cook Sichuan Cuisine

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