Historic sites in China

From the Great Wall to the birthplace of Mao Zedong, the Historic Sites in China paint a fascinating picture of this country’s incredible past.

Whether you’re interested in its ancient past, its magnificent dynasties or its more modern story, the Historic Sites in China offer a tangible link to times gone by and a way to immerse oneself in the history. There’s a fantastic selection of Historic Sites in China and you can plan some great things to see on your trips by browsing our selection. Our interactive map lets you discover Historic Sites in China or you can navigate further by using the links below.

Once you’ve explored the Historic Sites in China you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan out your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook.

Our database of historic sites is constantly growing, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Historic Sites in China, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

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Beihai Park

Of the historical sites in China, Beihai Park has one of the strongest links with the country’s royals. This imperial palace and garden have a history dating back to the 1st century AD.

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Chaotian Gong

This archaeological museum is set on the location of one of the ancient historic sites of China, a Confucius Temple dating to the 4th century AD.

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Emei Shan

Emei Shan was the site of China’s first ever Buddhist temple and remains one of its most holy sites.

First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party

Whilst probably not one of the top tourist things to do in China, The Museum of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is an important part of the nation’s past as the place where the party was founded.

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Giant Buddha of Leshan

Definitely among the more arrestingly beautiful historic sites in China, The Giant Buddha of Leshan has the honour of being the biggest Buddha in the world and is a World Heritage site.

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Great Wall of China

It’s impossible to list the historic sites of China without The Great Wall. This iconic ancient defensive structure was first built by the Qin Dynasty.

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Great Wall of China - Huanghuacheng

This little known section of the Great Wall of China is not open to the public.

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Great Wall of China - Mutianyu

Less well-known than the main tourist area of this famous site, the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China offers an alternative place to view this fantastic icon of the historic sites of China.

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Jingshan Park

Several historic sites in China are located in Jingshan Park. Once an ancient imperial garden, Jingshan Park is now home to sites such as the holy Hope Tower and the coffins of members of the Qing Dynasty.

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Longhua Martyrs Cemetery

One of the historic places in China located in Shanghai, The Longhua Martyrs Cemetery is a memorial to those who died under the Kuomintang and was a Japanese internment camp in WWII.

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Longhua Temple

The Longhua Temple in Shanghai is a Buddhist monastery dating to the 10th century and one of many picturesque holy historic sites in China.

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Longmen Caves

Listed amongst the World Heritage historical sites in China, the Longmen Caves contain a vast collection of Buddhist statues dating back to the Northern Wei Dynasty.

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Ming Tombs

Dating back to the fifteenth century, the Ming Tombs are among the best known historic places in China and house the mausoleums of 13 of the Ming Emperors.

Pingyao Ming City Walls

Among the best preserved examples of Ming-era historic sites in China, the Pingyao Ming City Walls still surround the city.

Puning Si - Chengde

An 18th century Quing Dynasty temple, Puning Si is one of the historic sites in China listed as part of the UNESCO site of the Chengde Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples.

Shaanxi History Museum

The Shaanxi History Museum in Xi’an, China explores the history of the Shaanxi people.

Shaoshan

One of the lesser known historic sites in China yet often still a place of pilgrimage for many is Shaoshan, the birthplace of Mao Zedong.

Shuanglin Si

A 1,500 year old Buddhist temple, Shuanglin Si in Pingyao is one of the more distinctive historical sites of China, with some two thousand lifelike statues of Buddha.

Temple of Heaven

This Ming Dynasty era holy site in Beijing is another great example of the UNESCO historic sites of China.

Terracotta Army

With a staggering collection of over 7,000 life sized clay soldiers, horses, chariots and more, the third century BC Terracotta Army is one of the most iconic historic sites in China.

The Forbidden City - Beijing

The Chinese imperial residence for nearly five centuries, the Forbidden City in Beijing is one of the top historic places in China.

The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum

One of a series of important historical sites in China located in the Purple Mountains, The Hongwu Emperor Mausoleum is the burial place of the first Ming Emperor.

The Nanjing Memorial

Among the more harrowing of the commemorative historical sites in China, The Nanjing Memorial remembers the 1937 massacre.

The Old Ming Palace

Whilst not the best preserved of the historic sites of china, this once outstanding fourteenth century palace is an important part of its history.

The Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum is a museum of art and history in Shanghai in China.

The Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum

The tomb of the founding father of the Republic of China, this is one of the grander historic sites in China.

The Sun Yat-sen Museum

The Sun Yat-sen Museum tells the story of the Republic of China’s first leader.

The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum

Telling the story of a major civil conflict, The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Museum is among several fascinating historic sites in China located in Nanjing.

Tiananmen Square

Certainly one of the most famous historic sites in China, Tiananmen Square is of great political, social and cultural importance.

Yinxu

Yinxu is the impressive, UNESCO listed site of an ancient Chinese capital city.

Zhonghua Gate

Large and imposing, the Zhonghua Gate is one of the more arresting historical sites in China and is among the remains of Nanjing’s 14th century city walls.