Explore More Than The Great Wall in China
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Explore More Than The Great Wall in China

Getaway Staff
|5 min read

Every travel guide to China advises you to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, the Terra Cotta Army, and other similar places. Understandably so - these monuments are cultural and historical treasures. But there's so much more to do in China! Whether you're want to undertake a death-defying hike up a sheer mountainside, shop the open-air markets of Old Shanghai, take a cruise down the Yangtze River, or visit ancient Buddhist caves, China has something for everyone.

01 Visit the Dizzying Hanging Temple of Hengshan

Located about thirty-five miles southwest of Datong in Shanxi province, this temple dates to the 5th century CE. And it's been built right into the side of a mountain! The temple celebrates Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism in a 40-room complex. Visitors are advised to buy tickets in advance and to note that the site is not recommended for those with mobility challenges.

Hanging temple in Shanxi province,China cacaroot / Getty Images
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