What's the most beautiful city in China?
#1 nobody has been a member since 26/2/2013. Posts: 9
Urban skyline from a rooftop - Shanghai (. . . oh, are we considering Hong Kong here).
Walking along streets - Lijiang, Xiamen (Gulangyu Island)
Topography - Guilin/Yangshuo
Majority say - Hangzhou
History - Beijing and X'ian.
Topography - Yangshuo (as casey has said)
Obscene displays of weath - Shanghai
Food - Chengdu.
Overall my vote goes to X'ian, a great, great city.
#3 chinarocks has been a member since 17/6/2011. Posts: 738
If we exclude Hong Kong, Hangzhou is probably #1 for combining urban scenery with nature.
If it's just great urban views you're looking for, then Shanghai would be your best choice.
I don't think Guilin is a good example, the scenery around it is indeed beautiful, but the city itself has nothing.
Chongqing can seem nice when you view it from afar, but extremely ugly when you walk its streets. Still, it is one of China's most fascinating cities I think.
I once traveled to Guilin and Yangshuo with my friends in October, 2011. We set off alongside the tranquil Li River for a good introduction to Guangxi's dreamlike scenery, with its otherworldly karst topography as a backdrop. Many streets are embroidered with osmanthus trees, filling the air with a sweet fragrance. Take the bamboo raft ride or cycle through the dreamy valleys.
#5 fanhongjuan has been a member since 24/2/2013. Posts: 6
Why has no one even mentioned Qingdao? Not sure about the new area but the old town is great, it's not a typical chinese city but I don't think it matters.
#6 stefanw has been a member since 10/12/2010. Posts: 50
Lijiang is incredibly scenic, even though you can hardly move through the crowds of Chinese tourists. You just can't NOT like it.
Of the big cities we visited in a 30-day trip last year (see my China 2012 travelogue), my wife and I thought Xi'an was the nicest.
I also found that if you get up early in Lijiang the tourist crowds aren't too bad, and on the side streets are nearly empty on most days.
Personally when I was in Xi'an I found it rather dusty and the area outside of the old city wall had very little character. That said, there are many historical sites there and once inside the city wall and wandering around the muslim quarter it can be pleasant.
Beijing has to be never one. But a lesser known place is Pingyao, 3hours by train from Beijing, amazing old town.
#9 FisherMaster has been a member since 5/8/2013. Posts: 3
Beijing, China's capital city over 700 years is the most beautiful city. It is one of the most populous cities in the world.
#10 MellisaTurner has been a member since 16/3/2013. Posts: 14
Hi, in my view, Shanghai is the most beautiful city of China. It is a historical and cultural city. Travelling Shanghai, you can see the blending of Westerin and Eastern culture. If you have chance, you should visit Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market, Oriental Pearl TV tower, The Bund, Shanghai Museum, Zhujiajiao, or Nanjing Road.
#11 rosemarielaca has been a member since 24/11/2013. Posts: 3
Most popular cities in china i really like it
#12 markalan0123 has been a member since 7/12/2013. Posts: 8
Guilin-Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Southwest Chin:-
The Li River from Zhujiang Pier to Yangshuo is like an artist's masterpiece. The landscape is decorated with startling hills, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and farming villages, and is lined with bamboo groves. In a Chinese poem it is written: "The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins".
#13 davidally has been a member since 10/7/2014. Posts: 12
Hangzhou with its beautiful nature!
#14 nikitushu has been a member since 29/9/2014. Posts: 3
To live in I would definitely say Beijing. To visit as a tourist, Pingyao or Dali.
#15 Risstel has been a member since 21/12/2013. Posts: 6
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