Our 3 Favorite Places We Visited in China

By Jack Yang / February 19, 2017

Camping the Great Wall

After we met in Beijing, we decided we would like to take our adventure to a new level, camping on the Great Wall of China. But, the wall being so long, it’s not always easy making a plan on how to go on about it, since there are many different areas you can visit and camp on. If you were anywhere close to the Badaling section, you would know that it’s by far the most popular tourist spot, with suitable tourist infrastructure and restored facades. Gubeikou village is the last place where you can purchase necessities for camping, so make sure to stock up on supplies, and to bring your own tent and a sleeping bag if you are planning to camp the Great Wall.

Jiuzhai Valley National Park

Translated as “Valley of nine fortified villages”, Jiuzhaigou is a national reserve and a national park in the Sichuan province. With breathtaking sights and colorful nature, Jiuzhaigou is like a heaven on earth, so beautiful it was put on UNESCO World Heritage list in the nineties and is in category five of landscape protection. The Zharu valley is the tourist place in Jiuzhaigou, and it begins with a Buddhist monastery and ends with a group of lakes. Definitely one of the most beautiful examples of nature and a great romantic site to visit with your loved one.

Temple of Heaven

Located in Chongwen district in Beijing, this temple was used as a place for Heaven Worship Ceremony, and it is the largest existing example of Chinese sacrificial buildings. The Northern part is built in such a way that it stands higher than the southern part, following an old Chinese thought that the heaven is higher and earth is lower. It covers the area of almost 3 million square meters, and it is larger than the Forbidden City. The temple itself is enclosed by a wall, but the northern edges of the wall are circular. Visiting Temple of Heaven is not a one day deal, so if you plan to visit it, prepare yourself to stay more than one day.

For more must see places in China, check out this awesome post! China has some seriously cool experiences, from incredible hikes to weird food. These were our top three but we will definitely be adding to this!

About the author

Jack Yang

Hey! We're Jack and Liu and we're on a mission to explore all the historical wonders of the world! You can call it luck, fate, coincidence, a sign... Whatever you like to call it, our stories started separately before merging into one beautiful experience. Before our paths crossed, we were both just random individuals, traveling the world, visiting historical monuments and ruins, imagining how those landscapes looked like centuries ago. Then, Beijing happened, we met, we fell in love, we found each other. Our love story starts in Beijing where we met one rainy day whilst exploring the magical city. Two months later, we dropped everything, quit our jobs and went to travel the world together. We are both big history nerds and love to geek out by playing stupid historical guessing games together... We are China Geeks! Travel the world with us as we history-our-way around the world!