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15+ Best Cultural Experiences & Activities in China to Show Off to Your Family & Friends When They Visit
So, you're living in China and have got some friends, family, or a boyfriend/girlfriend coming to visit. You know all the hot tourist hotspots, restaurants, bars, and clubs to hit, but what about actually showing off something, you know, cultural? After all, 'this is China'—a country brimming with more than 5,000 years of history and traditions. Here's my list of 15+ best cultural experiences and activities in China to show off to your family and friends when they come visit.
I can't believe I've finally visited China's dopest mountain! And no, I'm not referring to Huangshan "Yellow Mountain" or even Zhangjiajie's "Avatar" Mountain—I've been to both of those too. I'm talking about China's Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, or most famously called, "Rainbow Mountains".
Why Touring Yunnan's Lijiang Ancient Town & Tiger Leaping Gorge During China's Golden Week Was the Best Trip Ever
I came. I saw. I conquered. I toured Yunnan Province's Lijiang city during China's October National Holiday week and it turned out to be one of my best trips ever!
The best list of popular attractions and top things to do in Pudong, Shanghai right at your fingertips!
Momma I Made It: How I Ended Up Exploring FAST, China's Massive Five-Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Telescope in Guizhou!
My trip to Guizhou's 500-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, also known as FAST, was nothing short of an epic adventure. As a huge fan of any and everything that mega space agency NASA does and has done for as long as I can remember, hearing about China's unexpectedly bold participation in the search for extra-terrestrial life throughout the cosmos naturally caught my attention.
What It’s Like Turning 30 Years Old in China: My Epic Adventure From Shanghai to Guilin, My Favorite Travel Destination in the Country
Karsts hills, bamboo rafting, five-hour cruises, scenic bike routes, hiking trails, and the most beautiful natural scenery you can find across China. What an awesome way to celebrate my 30th birthday in Guilin, China!
Tron Lightcycles, Davy Jones’ lost treasure, acrobats, lively parades, vibrant fireworks, oh yeah, and Mickey Mouse. Fresh from my first trip to Shanghai Disneyland, I must say that I had a wickedly awesome time exploring the “happiest place” in the city of 24 million people.
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Yes, I finally had the chance to explore the observation deck of Shanghai Tower, the tallest skyscraper in China and 2nd tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai!
Why Guangzhou’s Canton Tower Observation Deck is One of the Best Across China That You Need to Visit ASAP
Oh boy, the top of Guangzhou’s Canton Tower is one of the best observation decks I’ve ever visited, period! It was absolutely insane, and if you can bare towering heights, here’s exactly why you should go.
Why Hiking China’s Most Famous Mountain – Huangshan “Yellow” Mountain – Was an Adventure Like No Other
I felt extremely accomplished after hiking China’s Huangshan “Yellow” Mountain; after all, it’s arguably China’s most famous mountain. Located in Anhui Province, Yellow Mountain is a scenic attraction brimming with stunning natural beauty and spectacular mountainside views, so much so that it’s even listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is classified as an AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration. How awesome is that!?
So, There’s This Giant Statue of Chairman Mao Zedong’s Head in Changsha, China, and Yes, Here’s Why You Should Pay it a Visit!
So, there’s this big, giant, absolutely humungous head of Chairman Mao Zedong in China and yes, here’s why you should see it!
China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest: Yep, I Hiked the Mountains That Inspired the Floating Mountains of Pandora in Avatar & It Was Awesome!
You’ve seen Avatar, right? What am I talking about, of course you have! Remember those cool floating mountains of Pandora in the movie? Well, did you know that they were inspired from the mountainous landscape of China’s very own Zhangjiajie National Forest? That’s right, and I explored it!
Long queues, terrifying roads, lush green mountains, breathtaking scenery, and a giant hole. Know what these things all have in common? One absolutely fantastic trip to Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China!
One of the coolest statues I’ve ever seen in my life has to be the 88-meter high, 700-ton Grand Buddha at Ling Shan statue in Wuxi, China. Have you been?
Why You Should Make a Huangpu River Cruise One of the First Activities to Do After Arriving in Shanghai!
Incredible! My first ride on a Shanghai Huangpu River cruise absolutely blew my breath away, so much so that I had to do it twice!
I Spent My 2016 China Spring Festival in Xiamen. It Was Overcrowded, Overbooked & Overcast, But Still One Hell of an Adventure!
Chinese New Year’s Chunyun, or Spring Festival, is renown as the world’s biggest annual human migration. It’s a time when hundreds of millions of people will not only travel far and wide across China to bring in the new year with loved ones, but will also set a record number trips on flights, trains, buses, taxis, you name it, to explore popular tourist spots in and around the country.
My First Time Attending a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) Game—Shanghai Sharks Vs. Qingdao Eagles—Was Fun, But its Definitely Nowhere Close to the NBA
Oh boy! My first time attending a Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) game was such an awesome experience! Wait; did you even know that China has its own version of the NBA? Yep, it’s been alive and kicking since 1995. Where have you been!?
Inside the Observation Deck of One of China’s Most Iconic Landmarks: Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower
Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower just might be the coolest looking tower in the world. Standing at a height of 467.9-meters, ‘Pearl Tower’ is located in the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui District, a bustling global financial powerhouse jam–packed with skyscrapers and luxurious high-rise apartments.
Taiwan was one of the first major overseas travel destinations I visited after moving to China to work as an English teacher. I had already made an epic voyage to Hong Kong—my favorite travel destination in Southeast Asia thus far—and Macau, and though I didn’t know much about ‘China’s 23rd province’, all it took was a photo of Taiwan’s infamous Taipei 101 building to have me racing to book my next 3-day adventure.
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