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…
1,491travelers 445reviews 564blogs
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…
1,292travelers 183reviews 261blogs
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…
220travelers 34reviews 28blogs
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…
136travelers 28reviews 14blogs
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…
99travelers 24reviews 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…
177travelers 63reviews 105blogs
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…
143travelers 70reviews 117blogs
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…
37travelers 9reviews 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…
66travelers 5reviews 17blogs
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…
53travelers 6reviews 17blogs
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…
29travelers 13reviews 28blogs
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…
59travelers 9reviews 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…
13travelers 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 …
36travelers 7reviews 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…
58travelers 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…
81travelers 33reviews 40blogs
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…
41travelers 16reviews 8blogs
Dalian #18 most popular location
36travelers 5reviews 37blogs
Ningbo #19 most popular location
25travelers 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 14reviews 23blogs
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…
44travelers 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…
31travelers 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…
54travelers 4reviews 23blogs
Jinan #24 most popular location
20travelers 1reviews 2blogs
Wuxi #25 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 …
14travelers 1reviews
Zhuhai #26 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…
19travelers 4reviews 18blogs
Macau #27 most popular location
44travelers 43reviews 6blogs
Zhengzhou #28 most popular location
26travelers 2reviews 12blogs
Nanning #29 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…
22travelers 9reviews 16blogs
Haikou #30 most popular location
8travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Dali #31 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…
5travelers 6reviews 10blogs
Huangshan #32 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…
8travelers 11reviews 6blogs
Fuzhou #33 most popular location
21travelers 6reviews 4blogs
Foshan #34 most popular location
11travelers 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…
139travelers 23reviews 57blogs
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…
31travelers 21reviews 65blogs
Nanchang #37 most popular location
10travelers 2blogs
Guiyang #38 most popular location
8travelers 2reviews 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
4travelers 2reviews
Hohhot #41 most popular location
3travelers 2blogs
Zhangjiajie #42 most popular location
7travelers 1reviews 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…
10travelers 3reviews 13blogs
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…
23travelers 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…
3travelers 3blogs
Jinhua #49 most popular location
2travelers 1reviews
Yinchuan #50 most popular location
1blogs
Datong #51 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 #52 most popular location
6travelers 1blogs
Dunhuang #53 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…
10reviews 12blogs
Jiuzhaigou #54 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…
24travelers 7reviews 6blogs
Xining #55 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 2blogs
Emeishan #56 most popular location
3travelers 2reviews 8blogs
Jinzhong #57 most popular location
2reviews
Weifang #58 most popular location
2travelers 3blogs
quanzhou #59 most popular location
3travelers 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…
2travelers 4reviews 3blogs
Jiangmen #61 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Great Wall #62 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 …
160travelers 12blogs
Hulunbuir #63 most popular location
1reviews
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 13blogs
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
Tangshan #67 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Mianyang #68 most popular location
3travelers 1reviews 3blogs
Kashgar #69 most popular location
If Kashgar is not on your list of places to visit, put it there! It is an amazingly, culturally rich part of China that is not to be missed. The main cultural groups in Kashgar are the Ui…
14travelers 5reviews 16blogs
Pingyao #70 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 2reviews 16blogs
Jingdezhen #71 most popular location
1blogs
Kaifeng #72 most popular location
1travelers 5blogs
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
3travelers 1reviews 1blogs
Jiayuguan #76 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 3reviews 14blogs
Wuyuan #77 most popular location
1travelers 3blogs
Chizhou #78 most popular location
1blogs
Turpan #79 most popular location
1travelers 3reviews 11blogs
Anshan #80 most popular location
4travelers 1blogs
Badaling #81 most popular location
2reviews 5blogs
Daqing #82 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…
10travelers 1reviews 10blogs
Putian #83 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Ya'an #84 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Gyangze #85 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
Forbidden City #86 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. …
14travelers 2blogs
Dengfeng #87 most popular location
1reviews
Xianyang #88 most popular location
1travelers 1blogs
Shenzen #89 most popular location
8travelers 5reviews
Longyan #90 most popular location
1reviews 1blogs
Panzhihua #91 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
Shangri-La #92 most popular location
12travelers 2reviews 2blogs
Mutianyu #93 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 4blogs
Simatai #94 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
Tiger Leaping Gorge #95 most popular location
4travelers 8blogs
Tingri #96 most popular location
2travelers 2reviews 3blogs
Jingzhou #97 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 #98 most popular location
2travelers 2blogs
Xiahe #99 most popular location
2reviews 2blogs
Zham #100 most popular location
The border city of Zham (aka ZhangMu) is a lively place with hundreds of trucks going from Tibet to Nepal exchanging the goods here. The city is also unique in that it is a mountain town, wit…
2reviews 1blogs