In 2011 I crossed borders with China at the border with Laos. I traveled overland to Beijing and have visited some recommendable places that I would like to share with you.
- The Great Wall Ruins (长城）(I believe I was at Jiankou – 箭扣, hard to tell)
- Lotus Mountain (华山)
- The Terracotta Army (秦始皇兵马俑)
- Li River (漓江)
- Xuankong Temple (悬空寺)
- Yungang Grottoes (云冈石窟)
- The Bund (上海外滩)
- Xiaoxihu Lake (小西湖）
There are many more interesting and/ or beautiful sights in China, but unfortunately I did not have the chance to visit them yet.
In Yunnan I would visit Lijiang + hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
In Shanghai I would recommend to visit the propaganda museum, Yuan bar for a good cocktail, and I would go to the YuYuan gardens/area.