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Historic Sights

Already the world's third most visited country, China offers an abundance of amazing places to visit. Unsurprisingly for a country with such a long history, many tourist attractions are related to China's historic past.

As of December 2013, China has 45 places inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and a further 48 on the tentative list. Many of these have some historic relevance.

In addition, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) maintains a Tourist Attraction Rating System that divides all tourist attractions in the country between the ratings of 5A to 1A.

The large Google map underneath shows the visitable historic sights that are mentioned in the articles on this site.


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The following table lists the historic places based on their order of appearance on this site. Chinese History Digest's listing of a historic attraction alongside a specific historic period doesn't mean that the attraction was built during this period, but that the attraction is specifically mentioned in the article about this historic period.

Historic Period Name/Picture Map Hotel Recommendation
Prehistory Paleolithic Period Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian Bust of Peking Man on permanent display at Zhoukoudian
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the Doubletree by Hilton Beijing (near the Beijing West Railway Station) or find other hotels in Beijing
Prehistory Neolithic Period Banpo Museum in Xi'an Entrance of Banpo Museum
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a convenient hotel near the Xi'an Railway Station is the Grand Soluxe International Hotel that you could find here along with many other hotels in Xi'an
Shang Dynasty the Yin Ruins in Anyang Entrance of the Yin Ruins
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the Super 8 Anyang Hong Qi Road Hotel that you can find here along with other hotels in Anyang
Zhou Dynasty the Confucius Family Mansion, Cemetery and Temple in Qufu courtyard in the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
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The Queli Hotel, which you can find here along with other hotels in Qufu is located very near the Confucius Temple and Mansion
Zhou Dynasty the Mencius Family Mansion and Temple in Zoucheng gate inside the Mencius complex,Zoucheng
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the Xinyuan Hotel or Shunfeng Business Hotel in Zoucheng, or a hotel in nearby Qufu
Qin Dynasty the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum near Xi'an Terracotta Warriors
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the Grand Soluxe International Hotel (near Xi'an Railway Station & departure point of busses to the terracotta warriors museum) that you could find here along with many other hotels in Xi'an
Six Dynasties the Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang Longmen Grottoes
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the Dong Shan Hotel, that you can book here along with many other hotels in Luoyang, is just a short walk away from the Longmen Grottoes
Six Dynasties the Yungang Grottoes near Datong Yungang Caves
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the Hong Qi Hotel, that you can book here along with many other hotels in Datong is very close to the Datong Railway Station
Six Dynasties the Orchid Pavilion near Shaoxing Orchid Pavilion Shaoxing
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The Jinjiang Inn Central Shaoxing Shengli Road Hotel, that you can book here along with many other hotels in Shaoxing is close to the Shaoxing Railway Station
Tang Dynasty the Shaolin Temple near Dengfeng Shaolin Temple Building
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The Shaolin International Hotel is located in downtown Dengfeng and can be booked here
Song Dynasty the Yue Fei Temple in Hangzhou Yue Fei Temple in Hangzhou
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the Shangri-la Hotel Hangzhou that you can book here along with many other hotels in Hangzhou is very close to the Yue Fei Temple
Song Dynasty the Longjing Imperial Tea Garden near Hangzhou Waterfall near Longjing Tea Village
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very close to the Longjing tea village is the Landison Longjing Resort Hangzhou Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Hangzhou
Ming Dynasty the Forbidden City in Beijing the entrance of Beijing's Forbidden City
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the Raffles Beijing Hotel is located on Tiananmen Square and therefore very close to the Forbidden City or search for other hotels in Beijing
Ming Dynasty the Yucheng Post in Gaoyou the Yucheng Post in Gaoyou
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find a hotel in nearby Yangzhou and visit Gaoyou on a day trip. Gaoyou only has a few hotels that accept foreign guests.
Ming Dynasty the Shenyang Imperial Palace (a.k.a. Mukden Palace) entrance of the Shenyang Imperial Palace,Mukden Palace
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the Jinjiang Inn Shenyang Palace Museum Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Shenyang is very close to the palace
Ming Dynasty the Jingshan Park in Beijing the Jingshan Park Hill
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The Emperor Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Beijing is just a short walk away from the Jingshan Park
Ming Dynasty the eastern end of the Great Wall at Shanhaiguan the eastern end of the Great Wall at Shanhaiguan
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Shanhaiguan has some small hotels but some don't allow foreigners to stay there or find a hotel in nearby Qinhuangdao and visit Shanhaiguan on a day trip from there
Qing Dynasty the Chengde Mountain Resort Little Gold Mountain in the Chengde Mountain Resort
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the Mountain Villa Hotel that you can book here along with other hotels in Chengde is just a short walk away from the entrance to the Chengde Mountain Resort
Qing Dynasty the Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan) Stone Arch Bridge in the Old Summer Palace
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the Lake View Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Beijing lies within walking distance of the Old Summer Palace
Qing Dynasty the Summer Palace (Yihe Yuan) Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake in Beijing's Summer Palace
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the Aman at Summer Palace Beijing Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Beijing is very close to the entrance of the Summer Palace
Republic of China the Temple of Heaven in Beijing The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, Temple of Heaven, Beijing
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the JinJiang Inn - Beijing Temple of Heaven Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Beijing lies a short walk east of the temple
Republic of China site of the founding First National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai site of the founding First National Congress of the Communist Party of China in Shanghai
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the Royal Court Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Shanghai is very close to the site of the First National Congress of the CPC
Republic of China the Yan'an sites of the Communist Party of China meeting hall of the communists in Yan'an
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the Yan An Hotel that you can book here along with another hotel in Yan'an is conveniently located in the center of Yan'an
Republic of China the Huaqing Hot Springs near Xi'an Huaqing Hot Springs near Xi'an
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the Grand Soluxe International Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Xi'an is close to the bus stop from where to reach the Huaqing Hot Springs
Republic of China the Memorial Hall to the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall to the Victims of the Nanjing Massacre
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the GreenTree Inn Nanjing Yinqiao Market Hotel that you can book here along with many other hotels in Nanjing lies within walking distance of the Memorial Hall
Republic of China the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) in Beijing Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen) in Beijing
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the Raffles Beijing Hotel is conveniently located on Tiananmen Square or search for other hotels in Beijing
People's Republic of China the Red Flag Canal in northern Henan province section of the Red Flag Canal
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visit the Red Flag Canal on a day trip from Anyang, where a few hotels are available for booking or find a hotel in Linzhou (20 km south of the Red Flag Canal)
People's Republic of China the Mao Zedong Mausoleum in Beijing Mao Zedong Mausoleum in Beijing
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the Raffles Beijing Hotel is conveniently located on Tiananmen Square or search for other hotels in Beijing