In a country as massive as China, there’s lots to see. You could spend an entire lifetime exploring the Middle Kingdom and not see it all. That being said, there are definitely some places you’ll want to put higher on your China bucket list than others. Here are 25 famous Chinese landmarks and their names in Chinese so you can start planning your dream trip.
zǐ jìn chéng
tiān ān mén guǎng chǎng
yí hé yuán
bīng mǎ yǒng
lóng mén shí kū
yún gāng shí kū
mò gāo kū
bù dá lā gōng
lú dí yán
xuán kōng sì
jiǔ zhài gōu
zhāng jiā jiè
hǔ tiào xiá
wéi duō lì yǎ gǎng
hā ní tī tián
lóng jí tī tián
Now try to use the names learned above to answer a few simple questions about visiting famous places in China:
nǐ yǐ jīng qù guò shén me dì fāng
Which places have you already been to?
nǐ hái yào qù shén me dì fāng
Which places do you still want to go to?
nǐ zuì xǐ huan shén me dì fāng
Which places are your favorite?
If you’re curious about my answers, here they are:
我已经去过很多地方 – 长城，兵马俑，西湖，九寨沟，泰山，龙脊梯田，龙门石窟，外滩，什么的
wǒ yǐ jīng qù guò hěn duō dì fāng – cháng chéng, bīng mǎ yǒng, xī hú, jiǔ zhài gōu, tài shān, lóng jí tīt ián, lóng mén shí kū, wài tān, shén me de
I’ve already been to the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, West Lake, Jiuzhaigou, Mt. Tai, Longji terraces, Longmen Grottoes, the Bund, and so on.
wǒ hái yào qù bù dá lā gōng, huáng shān, hé zhāng jiā jiè
I still want to go to the Potala Palace, Yellow Mountain, and Zhangjiajie.
wǒ zuì xǐ huan cháng chéng hé jiǔ zhài gōu
My favorite (places) are the Great Wall and Jiuzhaigou.
Here are a few videos from my favorite places – camping on the Great Wall and exploring Jiuzhaigou National Park:
Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.
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