One of the main reasons an expat might choose China as their new home is the amazing diversity of sights that date back thousands of years. The country is stepped in cultural history and is so huge that on your breaks from living in China (perhaps Beijing or Shanghai) you can take some short flights around China and explore the different heritage sites.
The Great Wall of China
The most iconic of all the sites in China there is a reason this one is listed first: it lives up to the hype. This is particularly true if you have always wanted to visit the Great Wall for yourself and dreamed about it as a child. As an expat living in China, that is one of the key advantages–it’s close!
The Forbidden City
This is a great one to pair with a trip to Beijing to see the Great Wall because the Forbidden City is a huge complex inside of the very center of Beijing. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site and contains the largest collection of ancient structures in the world. It’s impressive and a great way to spend half a day (perhaps not the same day as the Great Wall though or you’ll be exhausted!
The Terracotta Warriors
This huge army of warriors has fascinated the world and you can get a look at these if you take a quick flight or overnight train into the heart of China, to Guilin. Although the Terracotta Warriors are one of the only key attractions in Guilin, it’s one of those things you just have to see in person if you’re going to be spending a good deal of time as an expat in China.
The Li River and Karst Mountains
The karst topography of western China (and into Southeast Asia as well) is a hallmark of rural China. Yangshuo has some of the most beautiful karst rocks jutting out of the Li River. In fact, the landscape is so pretty the rocks and river around Yangshuo are featured on Chinese currency, the Yuan!
The Bund and Shanghai Skyline
The first four are natural and ancient wonders inside China, but Shanghai is a bustling and very trendy city that is surprisingly likable. Consider strolling the waterfront skyline known as The Bund both during the day to get a scope for it, and at night for the beautifully colored lights and shapes of Shanghai’s skyline!