What are China’s top 10 tourist cities?
According to a recent study, Shanghai is one of the best. But it doesn’t come out on top!
Cities on the Chinese mainland were evaluated based on five aspects:
- Number of visitors
- Tourism revenue
- Contribution to the local economy
- Tourism infrastructure.
Picturesque Hangzhou, history-filled Beijing and bustling Guangzhou all feature in the top 10. But which city tops the list?
Read on to find out!
As one of the four ancient capitals of China (the other three being Beijing, Luoyang and Xian), Nanjing has a prominent place in Chinese history.
World renowned for its elegant gardens, canals and bridges, it’s no wonder that Suzhou – or the Venice of the East – is one of China’s top 10 cities to visit.
Suzhou's famed gardens.
Hangzhou’s lush tree-lined streets, contemporary way of life and enormous West Lake make it one of China’s best cities for TEFL teachers and tourists alike.
Hanging out at West Lake in Hangzhou.
Compared to the other cities on this list, Wuhan is light-on when it comes to traditional tourist attractions but its central location makes it a booming travel and transport hub.
Wuhan's Yellow Crane Tower is the city's main tourist attraction.
Chengdu is home to China’s panda sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal with the country’s national treasure. And this is reason enough for Chengdu to be one of China’s top tourist cities!
Chengdu is popular with tourists thanks to its panda sanctuary.
Guangzhou is one of China’s biggest air travel hubs, with China Southern its main carrier. The warm weather in Guangzhou, and its proximity to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, keep tourists coming back to this megacity.
View of Guangzhou from the top of the Canton Tower.
Surprisingly high on the list at number 4, Tianjin is just a stone’s throw from Beijing (well, about a one-hour bullet train ride). This makes it a handy destination for Beijingers and tourists who make day trips from the capital.
Ice fishing in downtown Tianjin.
Shanghai is home to stunning European architecture on The Bund, as well as cosmopolitan shopping and food. It’s a great entry point into China for first-time visitors and those teaching in China.
Shanghai is popular with Western tourists and TEFL teachers.
If you love hot food, head to Chongqing for its famed hotpot. It’s also well located on the Yangtze River for some serious cruising.
Palaces, squares, temples and tombs – Beijing has got it all. And there’s also that thing called The Great Wall!
With a history of more than 3,000 years, Beijing is a metropolis with abundant natural and cultural resources.
Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
As a transport hub, travel in Beijing is relatively easy despite its big population. It’s got a super-network of highways, railways, subways and airlines that connect with countless locations.
In 2016, Beijing received 280 million domestic tourists and over 4 million foreign visitors. Its tourism revenue amounted to more than 500 billion yuan. This represents 20 per cent of the city’s total GDP.
And that’s why Beijing came out on top!
Do you agree that Beijing is China’s top city for tourists?