Is China next on your admissions travel around the world? Whether you’re visiting China for the first time or the latest of many times, you’re going to want some time to savor China for yourself.

Yes. This is a list of recommendations for things to do in China, compiled by our Beijing-based team. What makes it different from all the other guidebook and travel blogs you can turn to if you’ve got a few hours to kill in China? The difference is that these are the places we take our own friends and family for a stellar experience of China.

Below are destinations and activities in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong submitted by each member of the Vericant Team.  These are some of our favorite haunts, and we want you to have a good time while you’re here too.


If you have a day: Great Wall
If you have an hour: Lama Temple (pictured below)

If you have anywhere in between, pen into your itinerary some of these other Can’t-Misses of Beijing, all favorite places of members of the Vericant Team:

1) Climb to the top of Jingshan Hill behind the Forbidden City for a birds-eye view of the old palace
2) Visit the Temple of Heaven for an unparalleled feeling of space and openness within the crowded city.
3) Head to the Panjiayuan Antiques Market (pictured below. A large open-air flea market selling the most fascinating knick-knacks, souvenirs, or a buddha statue or two).


Dumplings at BaoYuan Dumpling House, for a novel experience with this otherwise familiar food. Highlight: choose the color of your dumplings with their vegetable and fruit dyed dumpling wrappers. If you’re vegetarian, there are many creative options available to cater to your palate.

Peking Duck is a must. Co-founder Nicki Fung recommends Liqun, Qianmen (near Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City). “Off the beaten track, better roast duck than most restaurants, and located in a hutong alleyway.”  If you want a roast duck experience in Beijing unlike most, this is the place to go. Just follow the cute ducks painted on the wall along the alley.

Great Leap Brewery, a microbrewery in the hutongs next to Houhai. If you’re here on a Tuesday night, you can find Chris playing bluegrass there!
Apothecary in Sanlitun, probably one of Beijing’s best cocktail bars with a serious devotion to mixology. One of the city’s few bars to offer a wide-ranging selection of quality whiskeys.


Walk along the Bund, the waterfront in central Shanghai, and get a gorgeous view of the city line across the river (picture below). Probably the most famous sight-seeing destination of the city.
Walk through the French Quarter

Drinks at Boxing Cat Brewery.


Hong Kong:

Take the Star Ferry across the harbor at night. It is fifty cents for a gorgeous view of the city line.
If you have a day, visit the Big Buddha on Lantau Island. It is a ferry ride out, and then a taxi up to the Buddha.

Dim Sum at Maxim’s Palace City Hall (picture below)
Lei Gardenat IFC (International Finance Centre)

Lan Kwai Fong area in Central
Ozone, the highest bar in Asia! At the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong


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