It always amazes me how many people don’t want anything to do with China. I have never understood it, even before I went. Other travellers I’ve meet chatting away in hostels always seem to be like:
“Oh, why would you want to go to China? It’s all pollution and dirty cities..right?”
And I really have to stop myself from yelling …. WRONG! China has written history going back 4,000 years and is one of the great ancient civilizations of the world – and gave us the option to walk the Great Wall of China!
I fell in love with China when traveling here for a month – The amazing food, people, culture, history and experiences. All the incredible famous landmarks. It’s so so captivating and photogenic you simply can’t stop yourself from getting snap happy – and this treasure trove of images are part of the reason I started to make money with Shutterstock.
There is no place like it and while the language barrier can be difficult, it is extremely rewarding to experience the interactions you just don’t get in countries with a huge amount of international tourism.
I really think China has so much to offer the world, and travellers, so I have compiled 20 photos that will make you want to drop everything and go to China! Now to get on with booking my next trip there….
20 Photos That Will Make You Want To Drop Everything And Go To China
1. Temple of Heaven
2. CCTV Headquarters
3. Peking Opera
6. Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
7. Jade Belt Bridge
10. Giant Panda
11. Forbidden City
12. West Lake
13. Seventeen-Arch Bridge
14. Mt. Taishan
16. Tiananmen Square
16. Classical Gardens of Suzhou
16. Summer Palace, Beijing
19. Hushan Great Wall, Dandong
20. Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties
I hope you have enjoyed these 20 photos that will make you want to drop everything and go to China! You may have noticed I’ve left Hong Kong and Macau off this list – though the arguments for considering them seperate countries is rapidly diminishing. Both of obviously worth visiting if you are in region – as well as nearby Taipei.
The joys of geopolitics…
Further Things To Consider Before Any Adventure
Now you're all set and prepared to explore our big wide world, why not sort out everything else out all in one go? If necessary for your travel plans make sure you have brought proper travel insurance, protected your privacy by getting a secure VPN, compared all the top hotel booking sites to find just what you're after, reserved an unbeatable rental car price and - of course - booked the best flight deals!
Many budget travelers (including me) indulge in worldwide airport lounge access, so we can experience luxury while still slumming it in economy. Naturally, we would never leave home without a more general travel guide since we couldn’t possibly cover everything here!
Just add an adventurous attitude and plenty of smiles - they go a long way - and that about covers it all! Now go out, find your own path and don't forget to share your best inspiration stories with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram...I'd love to hear from you!