Discover China: 4 Trending Destinations to Visit

With the latest visa-free travel arrangement, Singaporeans now have the opportunity to explore all that China has to offer for up to 30 days! It’s an exciting time to embark on this adventure and discover the wonders of China.

China is steeped in history and culture that spans thousands of years, and is also one of the world’s largest countries. As of January 2024, there are over 700 official cities. Among them, four cities are the most popular for globetrotters: Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Shanghai.

Each city offers a unique blend of ancient traditions and modern development, making them must-see destinations for any traveller.

Beijing – The Heart of China

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As the capital of China, Beijing is a city where ancient history meets modern innovation. Its top attractions include the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, each offering a fascinating glimpse into China’s imperial past.

The best time to visit is during spring or autumn when the weather is mild. Beijing is well-connected by flights, trains, and buses, and offers a range of accommodations from luxury hotels to budget hostels. An ideal itinerary would include at least 4 days to explore the city’s main historical sites and experience its vibrant culture. Don’t leave without trying Peking duck, a local specialty known worldwide!

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Xi’an – A Famous Ancient City

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Xi’an is one of China’s oldest cities and it was once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. Today, it’s famous for the Terracotta Army, an impressive collection of life-sized statues depicting the armies of the first Emperor of a unified China, Emperor Qin Shi Huang.


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The best time to visit Xi’an is in the spring and autumn. The city is accessible by flights and high-speed trains. Accommodations range from international chain hotels to local guesthouses.

A 2-day itinerary is recommended, allowing you to visit the Terracotta Army and explore the ancient city walls. Don’t leave without trying the city’s renowned Biang Biang noodles!


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Chengdu – Centre of Sichuan Essence

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is known for spicy cuisine and cute pandas! Make no mistake, the city is home to the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, where you can see these adorable creatures up close. The pace of the city is slightly less hectic than Beijing and is more affordable than Shanghai.


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The best time to visit is from March to June and September to November. Chengdu’s Shuangliu International Airport serves flights from many international cities, and the city is also well-connected by train.

A 3-day itinerary would allow you to visit the panda base, explore local markets, and enjoy the city’s food scene. Don’t leave without trying Chengdu’s hotpot, a fiery and fragrant dish that embodies Sichuan’s culinary culture.


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Shanghai – Financial Capital of China

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Shanghai is China’s largest city which offers a dazzling mix of East and West. From the futuristic skyline of Pudong to the colonial architecture along the Bund, Shanghai is a city that celebrates its contrasts.


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The best time to visit Shanghai is in the spring or autumn. The city is a major transportation hub with two international airports and numerous train stations. There is a wide range of accommodations to suit all budgets.

A 3-day itinerary would allow you to explore both the historic and modern aspects of the city. Don’t leave without trying Xiaolongbao, a type of soup dumpling that is a local favourite!

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