Tourism Resources

China is a vast land, rich in tourism resources. It comes out in front in the world in scenic spots and historical sites, spectacular landscapes, and colorful and varied national customs. At present, there are two major tour routes in China: One is the “S”-shaped traditional tour route, containing famous political and cultural cities such as Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou; the other one is the crescent-shaped tour route containing coastal open regions, such as the Liaodong and Shandong peninsulas and the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas. Following the “S”-shaped tour route, tourists may climb the Badaling Great Wall and visit the Imperial Palace and Temple of Heaven in Beijing, and view the terracotta warriors and horses excavated from the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, the Stele Forest and the Great Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, wander along the bustling Bund and Nanjing Road and through the Pudong New Zone in Shanghai, enjoy Suzhou’s gardens and the sights of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Following the crescent-shaped tour route, visitors may get some idea of the enormous changes which have taken place in the open coastal cities since the initiation of reform and opening to the outside world, and appreciate the charming seaside areas in north and south China. Moreover, the coastal towns all have holiday villages and various recreation facilities.

In 2000, China is sponsoring the “China Century Tour.” The program consists of dozens of tourism celebrations and festivals, such as the Ice and Snow Festival, Lantern Festival, and Pingyao Ancient City Cultural Festival. Nine specially chosen tourism routes along the Yangtze River, Yellow River and Three Gorges are expected to attract more foreign tourists. Meanwhile, China is starting large-scale promotion activities in the domestic tourism market, so as to make the Chiense people get to know their own country’s tourism resources better. During the China Century Tour activities, China is promoting “China’s World Heritage—World-Level Tourist Attractions in the 21st Century” as China’s competitive products in the international tourism market.

Longshouya (Dragon Head Cliff) at Mount Lushan in Jiangxi Province.


The Qiao family compound--a famous private residence in Shanxi Province.


Chinese music, dance and opera, and the culture and customs of ethnic minorities are treasure stores of tourism resources. Coming to China, tourists appreciate folk art, including uniquely charming Peking Opera performances and comic dialogues, and also learn about ethnic customs such as the Dai Water Sprinkling Festival, Yi Torch Festival, Bai March Street, Zhuang Singing Festival and Mongolian Nadam Fair. Besides, tasting Chinese cuisine is an absolutely necessary part of touring in China. The Beijing Roast Duck of the Quanjude Restaurant, Mongolian boiled mutton, Guangdong’s roasted piglet, Hangzhou’s West Lake vinegar fish, Sichuan’s spicy beancurd and a variety of local-flavor snacks are only some of China’s culinary delights.

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Last updated: 2000-07-13.