Due to its rich culture and a long history, China has become a more and more popular destination for foreign students in recent years. More and more students come to China to have a culture feast, enjoy beautiful scenery or experience a unique Chinese trip. Here, China Travel lists the hottest student attractions for your trip to China.
Top 10 China Destinations for Students
Beijing, the capital, has a more than 3,000 years history. Although Beijing is a prosperous metropolis, it is a great city to explore ancient Chinese culture. The Palace Museum, also known as the Forbidden City, is the imperial palace for 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Tian'anmen Square, a symbol of new China, was the front gate of the imperial palace.
Besides, you can visit Mutianyu section of Great Wall and Summer Palace. Built in the Yuan Dynasty, Beijing Imperial Academy (Guozijian in Chinese) is the highest level national education institution in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Student travelers can go to Beijing Imperial Academy to have a glance at the ancient education environment. Quadrangle and hutongs stand for old Beijing's local life. If you want to see some art works in Beijing, 798 Art Zone with all kinds of art studios is the right place.
Recommended Beijing Tours:
- Take a 5 Day Beijing Delight Tour from USD $349
Together with Beijing, Luoyang and Nanjing, Xi'an is one of 4 famous ancient capitals in China. Which attractions are suitable for a student travel in Xi'an? Terra-Cotta Warriors in the Qin Dynasty is No.1 historical attraction in Xi'an as the Qin Dynasty is the first dynasty of united China.
The Emperor Qingshihuang's Mausoleum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda , the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Forest of Steles are popular attractions in Xi'an. You can also join a cycling along Xi'an ancient City Wall and have all kinds of tasty Northwest style snacks in Muslim's Quarter.
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Located in Henan Province, Luoyang is one of four famous ancient capitals. April and May is the best time to see all kinds of peonies which stand for wealth, good fortune and prosperity.
Situated at Hao Mountain in Zhengzhou City, Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of Shaolin wushu. You can have a try to experience the unique and magical wushu in Shaolin Temple. And Shaolin Forest of Pagoda has the largest number of ancient tomb pagodas from the Tang Dynasty.
The Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang is one of four famous grottoes in China. Here, you can view China's stone carving arts from the ancient times. Firstly built in the North Wei Dynasty, it reflects imperial stone carvings in the North Wei and Tang Dynasties.
Recommended Luoyang Tours & Services:
- Take a 10-Day Ancient China Student Tour including Luoyang from USD $1,429
A lot of Chinese paintings about Guilin represent a symbol of Chinese waters and hills. Chinese painters love to visit Guilin because of its picturesque karst landscapes. The beautiful scenery in Guilin consists of pure waters and karst hills. To take a cruise along the Li River or Yulong River (Meet Dragon River) to enjoy the marvelous landscape is one thing not to miss in Guilin.
A large number of travelers from home and abroad head to Yangshuo County which has the best karst scenery in Guilin. Vivid West Street in Yangshuo is the right place to stay and eat in the county. Longsheng Terraced Rice Field in Guilin is loved by photographers, and you can climb on the top of the fields to view magnificent terraced fields.
Recommended Guilin Tours & Services:
- Take a 3-Day Essence of Guilin Tour from USD $279
Shanghai, the second famous city after Beijing in the mainland, is a city not only for modern skyscrapers, but also for some old Chinese elements such as nongtang. Shanghai Xintiandi has been full of western and Chinese buildings which make you have a feeling of old Shanghai in 1920s or 1930s.To take a cruise along Huangpu River or visit the Bund in the evening is a good choice to enjoy the night of Shanghai.
The Oriental Pearl TV tower is the landmark of Shanghai City, and you can have a high view of skyscrapers from the tower. Shanghai history Museum, French Concession in Shanghai and Tianzifang are worth visiting during your trip in China.
Recommended Shanghai Tours & Services:
- Take a 3-Day Essence of Shanghai Tour (Visa Free) from USD $349
Hangzhou and Suzhou
Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou areas are totally known as Jiangnan which are famous for its water towns. China has a proverb about Suzhou and Hangzhou's scenery: there is a paradise in the sky, and there is Suzhou and Hangzhou in China. West Lake and Leifeng Tower in Hangzhou have been widely known by every Chinese people.
To ride a bike along West Lake and come to visit Wuzhen Ancient Town is a recommended thing to do in Zhejiang Province. Suzhou's private gardens, small bridges and rivers make up of a picture of Jiangnan. You can visit Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden or take a small boat along the ancient canal in Suzhou.
Recommended Hangzhou and Suzhou Tours & Services:
- Take a 8-Day Shanghai Suzhou Hangzhou and Huangshan Tour from USD $1,199
In Southwest China, Chengdu is one of the most leisure cities in China. It is so leisure that hundreds of travelers from other cities don't want to leave after they travel in Chengdu. As the hometown of China's Giant Pandas, how could you escape from seeing cute Giant Pandas in Chengdu? Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center is the place to see them.
Chengdu was also known as a centre of the Ba Kingdom in ancient times. There are a lot of historical sites such as Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley and Wuhou temple. To try authentic Sichuan Opera and Sichuan cuisine is an amusing thing to do. Influenced by Taoism, Qingyang Temple and Qingcheng City are popular Taoism attractions. Besides, Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong in Songpan are amazing destinations in Sichuan Province.
Recommended Chengdu Tours & Services:
- Take a 5-Day Chengdu Panda Tour from USD $639
The plateau scenery, snow mountains and unique Tibetan culture are the most attractive elements in Tibet. Being the most sacred pilgrimage, Potala Palace in Lhasa is hundreds of Buddhists' destination to worship.
You will be touched by the wonderful scenery and pure Buddhists' belief. Some of them kowtow to Lhasa step by step because of their religious believes. Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street and Norbulingka will bring you to an original Tibetan local life.
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Hongcun village and the Yellow Mountain are the most attractive scenic areas in Anhui Province. Located in Yi County in Anhui Province, Hongcun Village is likened to a village in a picture. The best time to visit the village is March, April and November. An abundant rape flowers open in March and April to compose a yellow flower sea. Combined with the old buildings in the village, it is a paradise during the period. Tree leaves turn to red in November, so you can see wonderful autumn scenery there.
The Yellow Mountain is one of top 5 mountains in China. Four extreme beautiful sceneries in the Yellow Mountain include special pines, strange stones, cloudy sea and hot spring. It is a great pleasure to have a cup of Yunwu tea (Cloud Fog tea) which grows up in the cloudy and foggy area on the mountain.
Recommended Anhui Tours & Services:
- Take a 3-Day Yellow Mountain and Hongcun Village Tour from USD $529
If you have a chance to Hong Kong, you really should write down it on your travel list to China. Hong Kong is a modern metropolis deeply influenced by both Chinese and British culture. If you want to do some shopping on budget, Hong Kong is a good place to shop. As a tax free harbor, there are a lot of free tax goods and discount shopping activities. Tsim Sha Tsui, Times Square, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei are popular shopping destinations in Hong Kong.
You can also visit Taiping Peak, and Repulse Bay to have a look at Hong Kong's special coastal scenery. The night of Hong Kong along Victoria Harbor is top 1 night scenery in China. Hong Kong Ocean Park and Hong Kong Disneyland are popular destinations among the students.
Recommended Hong Kong Tours & Services:
- Take a 3-Day Hong Kong Memories Seat-in-coach Tour from USD $279
Tips for Student Travel to China
As a student to travel in China, you need to be sure to look after yourself. You need to properly prepare for your travel to China. You can learn some simple Chinese such as Nihao (Hello); Duoshao Qian? (How much?); Xiexie! (Thank you!); Zaijian. (Goodbye). You can also learn some local cultures and custom about China. >> find more details on Leaning Chinese Language
Check weather condition before you pack your baggage. Bring enough suitable clothes and prepare one pair of waterproof shoes are needed during your journey. Make sure you bring all the documents you need such as a more than 6-month valid passport with a Chinese travel visa. A camera will be useful to help you keep a good memory about the trip in China. The most important thing is to have enough money for your journey, and you can bring a credit card which is acceptable in China.
You can't use foreign student cards for a discount train or air ticket, but you might get a discount price for some attractions in China. If you have an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), you can get competitive prices in Hong Kong, Macau and some other cities. Most museums in China are free to the public, so you can chose some to visit.
At last, don't trust a stranger too much and look after your own belongs carefully on trains. Although the trains in China might not be on time, however, make sure you are on time when you wait for a train. If you have a friend in China, you might have a better situation.
How to apply for an ISIC?
You can apply for the ISIC through a travel agency in your motherland. Once you are over 12 years old (including 12 years old), you are allowed to apply for an ISIC. You need to prove you are a full-time student of a recognized school. The document for the ISIC can be your college or university student ID card or a letter with your school official's signature. The card is only valid from September in the first year to December of the second year. You need to renew the card when it is out of date.
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