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.

5 Pingyao

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.

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