1 The Terracotta Army
No visit to China is complete without a peek at these warrior figurines, guarding the tomb of Qin Shi Huang near Xi’an.
2 Hiking Hua Shan
Within day-trip distance of Xi’an, this spectacular mountain range encourages a longer stay, and begs to be hiked around.
3 The grasslands
Explore the rolling green horizons of Inner Mongolia’s “grass sea” – such as those near Hohhot – and sleep in a Mongol yurt.
4 The Hanging Temple
If you’ve a fear of heights, stay away from this incredibly photogenic temple, perched on stilts on a cliffside south of Datong.
An intact Ming-era walled city, home to winding back alleys and a number of atmospheric hotels and guesthouses.
6 Longmen Caves
Walk along a riverside promenade past caves peppering limestone cliff faces, containing more than 100,000 Buddhist carvings.