Popular Cities in China

Top cities in China, page 1, based on popularity among TravBuddy members.

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Beijing #1 most popular location
A pulsating modern city littered with the trappings of a rich history, China’s capital Beijing is chock full of the kind of iconic images it’s impossible not to hunt down. There’s the p…
1,598travelers 489reviews 578blogs
Shanghai #2 most popular location
It’s hard to escape news of China’s progress these days, and Shanghai is the city right at the heart of it. As the ever-changing face of a fast-growing world power’s modernity, you’ll…
1,424travelers 202reviews 271blogs
Guangzhou #3 most popular location
As the accepted link between China and the territories of Hong Kong and Macau, Guangzhou has naturally developed into something of a business heartland. Downtown, you’ll find a skyline domi…
258travelers 34reviews 32blogs
Shenzhen #4 most popular location
Shenzhen is a fast growing city formed from almost nothing over the last few decades, created as a political buffer to neighboring Hong Kong, and is now arguably the richest and most modern o…
170travelers 30reviews 18blogs
Hangzhou #5 most popular location
There is a Chines saying : there is a heave on top and Su Hang (Suzhou and Hangzhou) below. How one can imagine how beautiful Hangzhou is. It could be compared with heaven! Hangzhou is a l…
117travelers 28reviews 45blogs
Chengdu #6 most popular location
The cultural hub of the land of abundance, Chengdu is a well-known Chinese historical centre, home to a diverse selection of attractions incorporating a host of Chinese stereotypes, from mona…
194travelers 72reviews 123blogs
Xi'an #7 most popular location
Xi'an (pronounced she-ann) is a city utterly steeped in history, you’ll find yourself wandering around in awe. Whether you’re marveling at the famous Terracotta Warriors, picturing the ca…
157travelers 86reviews 132blogs
Suzhou #8 most popular location
A capital of ‘Wu’ culture for 8 ancient centuries, Suzhou’s history is both essential and almost timeless, having long been at the heart of scholarly China, as well as central to the ec…
47travelers 10reviews 21blogs
Nanjing #9 most popular location
Nestled along the lower sections of the Yangzi River in the Jiangsu Province, Nanjing sits as the capital of the province itself, and is one of the most important cities in the history of Chi…
82travelers 11reviews 18blogs
Chongqing #10 most popular location
Chongqing is a major city in the central-western region of China, and has long been one of the most important economical and administrative cities for the entire country. In the course of its…
62travelers 7reviews 15blogs
Lijiang #11 most popular location
Lijiang is one of the most popular and favourite tourist destinations for mainland Chinese & others in the southwest province of Yunnan. Try to avoid the "Golden Weeks" : the first week of Ma…
30travelers 14reviews 30blogs
Tianjin #12 most popular location
Tianjin. The little cousin who could. For years overshadowed by its larger relative, Beijing, Tianjin has been busy in the first decade of the 21st century, building up its credibility and vi…
69travelers 10reviews 8blogs
Sanya #13 most popular location
I've been to Sanya twice, 2005 and 2007. Actually I will be back to that city soon for another vacation! Sanya is located on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, Sanya is the island's mo…
14travelers 8reviews 9blogs
Qingdao #14 most popular location
Qingdao, the host city for the 29th Olympic Sailing Regatta in 2008, is a coastal city. The city is seated with the Yellow Sea on the east and south, adjoins the cities of Yantai, Rizhao and …
51travelers 6reviews 15blogs
Wuhan #15 most popular location
With a mixture of Mexican coastline facing into the Gulf and access to sites such as the underground caves at Lol-Tun, the Mayan ruins scattered throughout the region, combined with the compl…
66travelers 7reviews 75blogs
Guilin #16 most popular location
As perhaps the Chinese city that’s more reliant on tourism than any other, Guilin is not quite a typical Chinese experience. It’s earned its touristified element for a reason, though, and…
80travelers 32reviews 41blogs
Xiamen #17 most popular location
Xiamen, China is located on the southeastern coast of Fujian Province. Xiamen City can be dated back as far as the Song Dynasty. Today, Xiamen is a rapidly growing city, with a vigourous econ…
49travelers 14reviews 11blogs
Dalian #18 most popular location
46travelers 5reviews 37blogs
Ningbo #19 most popular location
30travelers 12blogs
Kunming #20 most popular location
Kunming is affectionately referred to as "the City of Eternal Spring". It is said to have the best weather in China. Mainly because of its location that is 2,000 meters above sea level on a m…
48travelers 11reviews 24blogs
Shenyang #21 most popular location
Shenyang, literally meaning "the city in the north of Shen River", comes from the Hun River on the city which used to be called Shen River. Archaeological findings show that human beings resi…
47travelers 2reviews 32blogs
Changsha #22 most popular location
Changsha has been the capitol of Hunan province ever since the Qing dynasty in 1664 AD. Changsha is located in south-central China, on the lower reaches of Xiang river, a branch of the Yangtz…
34travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Harbin #23 most popular location
Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province, is located in the middle reaches of the Songhua River in the south of the province. The urban area is composed of seven districts: Daoli, Daowai, Nan…
59travelers 4reviews 24blogs
Jinan #24 most popular location
24travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Macau #25 most popular location
53travelers 57reviews 8blogs
Wuxi #26 most popular location
Wuxi (simplified Chinese: 无锡; traditional Chinese: 無錫; former spellings: Wu-shi, Wushi, or Wu-hsi; lit. "Without Tin" Wuxi is an old city in Jiangsu province, People's Republic …
18travelers 1reviews
Zhuhai #27 most popular location
Zhuhai is situated in the southwest of Pearl River Delta of Guangdong Province. It faces Hong Kong on the east across the Lingding Ocean, Macau on the south, Xinhui and Taishan on the west, a…
24travelers 4reviews 18blogs
Zhengzhou #28 most popular location
29travelers 2reviews 12blogs
Huangshan #29 most popular location
"To enjoy the magnificence of a mountain, you have to look upwards in most cases. To enjoy Mount Huangshan, however, you've got to look downward". Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is a UNESC…
10travelers 15reviews 6blogs
Dali #30 most popular location
Dali, a laid back place ideal for people who want to spend a nice day or two in a "real" chinese town with a friendly atmosphere. The old town of Dali is one of the only old Chinese towns th…
4travelers 6reviews 11blogs
Nanning #31 most popular location
A large commercial city, Nanning is a stopping point for people travelling to Vietnam, or for those who have travelled into China from Vietnam. The city buzzes with life and people are fri…
21travelers 9reviews 16blogs
Haikou #32 most popular location
9travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Fuzhou #33 most popular location
24travelers 6reviews 4blogs
Foshan #34 most popular location
16travelers 1reviews
Lhasa #35 most popular location
There are a vast number of places one could define as “mystical”, but few could lay claim to defining the word. Referenced as the “Land of the Gods” in the native tongue, Lhasa stands…
145travelers 22reviews 60blogs
Yangshuo #36 most popular location
There is intimate…and then there’s intimate. Yangshuo is the latter. With the Li River bordering on one side, and the breath-taking scenery of the karst mountains surrounding in every dir…
29travelers 25reviews 74blogs
Guiyang #37 most popular location
8travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Nanchang #38 most popular location
13travelers 2blogs
Luoyang #39 most popular location
Luoyang is the place to stay if visiting the Shaolin monestary or Longmen grottoes. The bus station has many departures there daily. Other than this, there are not many 'real' attractions in …
5travelers 1reviews 10blogs
Yiwu #40 most popular location
5travelers 2reviews
Hohhot #41 most popular location
4travelers 2blogs
Zhangjiajie #42 most popular location
13travelers 3reviews 1blogs
Yichang #43 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 8blogs
Weihai #44 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Lanzhou #45 most popular location
Lanzhou is the capital of Gansu province in China, and is considered as one of the major cities along the Hexi corridor. It is a city of almost 3 million people on the banks of the Yellow Riv…
13travelers 3reviews 14blogs
Urumqi #46 most popular location
The capital of Xinjiang, Urumqi is a modern city with more than 2 million people of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The signs on the buildings could be in Russian, Chinese or Uighur, giving you a…
24travelers 4reviews 15blogs
Huzhou #47 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Tai'an #48 most popular location
Tai'an is located on the bottom of Mt Tai (Taishan) Taishan is one of the five sacred mountains in China. Some of the former Chinese emperors did climb the mountain too. However, most of t…
4travelers 3blogs
Jinhua #49 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Yinchuan #50 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Dunhuang #51 most popular location
Dunhuang is a city with more than 2000 years of history, situated near the western end of the Hexi Corridor and a gateway on the Silk Road of China. It's been a military garrison town, a fron…
1travelers 10reviews 15blogs
Datong #52 most popular location
The town was founded as Píngchéng (平城) in 200 BC during the Han Dynasty. Located near the Great Wall Pass to Inner Mongolia it blossomed during the following period and became a stop-of…
5travelers 1reviews 11blogs
Beihai #53 most popular location
5travelers 1blogs
Xining #54 most popular location
We like to describe Xining as the last city before the wild west of China! It is a place with a lot of history and where many different ethnic and religious groups reside. It is still devel…
2travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Jiuzhaigou #55 most popular location
Jiuzhai Valley is locally known as Jiuzhaigou (Chinese for “Nine Village Valley”). It is a national park located in the Min Shan mountain range, Northern Sichuan in South Western China. I…
22travelers 7reviews 8blogs
Emeishan #56 most popular location
3travelers 2reviews 9blogs
Jinzhong #57 most popular location
Weifang #58 most popular location
3travelers 3blogs
quanzhou #59 most popular location
4travelers 2blogs
Chengde #60 most popular location
In 1703, Chengde was chosen by the Kangxi Emperor as the location for his summer residence. Constructed throughout the eighteenth century, the Summer Palace (避暑山莊\避暑山庄) was us…
3travelers 5reviews 3blogs
Jiangmen #61 most popular location
Hulunbuir #62 most popular location
1travelers 1reviews
Great Wall #63 most popular location
The Great Wall is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the …
164travelers 12blogs
Leshan #64 most popular location
Leshan Giant Buddha is located in the joint of Mingjiang River, Qingyi River and and Dadu River in the east of Leshand City, the north side of which is more than 160 kms from the Sichuan prov…
7travelers 2reviews 14blogs
Zibo #65 most popular location
Zibo, Shandong Province, is a Chinese city with a spectacular history. It is famous for being the birthplace of soccer football and for the invention of ceramics. Today Zibo is an industri…
2travelers 2blogs
Dandong #66 most popular location
1travelers 2reviews 1blogs
Pingyao #67 most popular location
Pingyao is a treasure. The best preserved city in China is a maze of cobblestone streets, wooden doors, hidden temples, brightly adorned roofs and stunning pagodas. The main streets are ov…
3travelers 4reviews 16blogs
Kaifeng #68 most popular location
1travelers 3reviews 5blogs
Tangshan #69 most popular location
2travelers 1blogs
Mianyang #70 most popular location
4travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Jiayuguan #71 most popular location
Jiayuguan is a gateway and one of the most important sites on the Silk Road in China. It is usually considered the west end of the Great Wall. With historic military position in the narrow He…
2travelers 4reviews 16blogs
Jingdezhen #72 most popular location
Qufu #73 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Xigaze #74 most popular location
Xigatse aka Shigatse (meaning Fertile Land) is the 2nd largest city in Tibet. The city is located at an altitude of 3840 m above sea level at the confluence of the holy Brahmaputra and Nyangc…
1travelers 6reviews 11blogs
Liuzhou #75 most popular location
4travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Wuyuan #76 most popular location
1travelers 3blogs
Kashgar #77 most popular location
16travelers 4reviews 16blogs
Ganzhou #78 most popular location
3travelers 1blogs
Chizhou #79 most popular location
Turpan #80 most popular location
1travelers 3reviews 11blogs
Badaling #81 most popular location
2reviews 4blogs
Anshan #82 most popular location
5travelers 1blogs
Daqing #83 most popular location
Daqing is located in northeast China, in the Heilongjiang province. It is relatively young; it was founded in 1959 as an oil drilling city. The city itself is not very large, although it is q…
11travelers 1reviews 10blogs
Putian #84 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Ya'an #85 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Gyangze #86 most popular location
Gyangze (aka Gyantse)at about 12956 feet between Lhasa and the 2nd largest city of Tibet Xigaze. It has lost some of its historical importance but still has much to offer travelers. It has re…
2travelers 3reviews 4blogs
Mutianyu #87 most popular location
Mutianyu (Chinese: 慕田峪; pinyin: Mùtiányù) is one of the popular sections of the Great Wall of China, easily accessible from central Beijing. Unlike Badaling, which has a train statio…
1reviews 7blogs
Forbidden City #88 most popular location
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial palace from the mid-Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China. It now houses the Palace Museum. …
13travelers 2blogs
Dengfeng #89 most popular location
Xianyang #90 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Shenzen #91 most popular location
10travelers 5reviews
Panzhihua #92 most popular location
Supposely the only city in China to be named after a flower, Panzhihua is situated in southern Sichuan Province. It is much closer to Yunnan (than the other cities of Sichuan) and was in fact…
1travelers 1blogs
Longyan #93 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Shangri-La #94 most popular location
11travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Tiger Leaping Gorge #95 most popular location
4travelers 10blogs
Zhangye #96 most popular location
5travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Simatai #97 most popular location
Simatai is a well preserved section of the great wall and less travelled than the more common destination of Badeling. There is the option to trek several kilometres along it and althought pa…
2travelers 6blogs
Tingri #98 most popular location
2travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Jingzhou #99 most popular location
Jing Zhou City is an ancient city in Hubei Province centered around the Yangtze River. A popular point of interest in the city is the 2,000-year-old City Wall, the largest and best preserved…
2travelers 8blogs
Longji #100 most popular location
2travelers 2blogs