Every city has its iconic landmark which defines it in the eyes of the world. The top 10 iconic city landmarks in China are as follows:
Tian’anmen Square, Beijing
1. Beijing - Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen
This architecture of this historic site embodies over 500 years of history. Tiananmen is the symbol of the long history of Chinese civilization and also bore witness to the historical from feudalistic dynasties to today’s present system.
Bell Tower, Xi’an
2. Xi’an - Bell Tower
The bell tower is located in the city center, opposite the drum tower. It was firstly constructed in 1384 AD at the Guangji intersection of Xidajie and reconstructed in 1582 AD and relocated to its current location. A bell used to hang in the tower which was used for telling time.
The Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower, Shanghai
3. Shanghai - The Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower
This shining beacon of China’s development, modernization, and growing economic strength was completed in 1994, and serves as a counterpoint to the colonial buildings located just across the Bund.
CITIC Tower, Guangzhou
4. Guangzhou - CITIC Tower
Completed in 1997, with a total investment of 3.7 Hong Kong dollars, it was the highest building in China when it was completed and now it is still the highest building in South China and the highest concrete building around the world.
World Trade Centre, Chongqing
5. Chongqing - World Trade Centre & the People's Liberation Monument
Chongqing’s World Trade Centre was completed in 2004. Jiefangbei, the People's liberation monument, located at the intersection of Minquan Road, Minzu Road and Zourong Road,s is the historical witness to victory during the Anti-Japanese War and Chongqing’s liberation. It is also the only monument that commemorates the winning of the Anti-Japanese War in China.
Tianjin TV and Radio Tower
6. Tianjin - Tianjin TV and Radio Tower
With the total height of 415.2 meters, it soars into the sky, being listed among the world high buildings. Completed in 1991 and located at the side of Niegong Bridge, it is next to Zijinshan Road on the left and connects with Fucuilongtan Park at the right.
Xuanwu Gate, Nanjing
7. Nanjing - Xuanwu Gate & Nanjing Olympic Sports Center
The Xuanwu Gate was built by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in the Ming Dynasty. The Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, completed on Jul. 5th 2005, is the stadium built for the 10th National Games.
Anshun Corridor Bridge, Chengdu
8. Chengdu - Anshun Corridor Bridge
Built around 1680, Marco Polo is said to have visited this bridge during his travels in China. He ranked it among the four most impressive bridges he’d ever seen.
Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou
9. Hangzhou - Leifeng Pagoda
The pagoda is located in front of Jingci Temple at the foot of Rihui Hill, Nanping Mountain, on the south bank of West Lake. It is said that the pagoda was built by the Wuyue King in celebration of Concubine Huang giving birth to his son. Thus, it was originally called “Concubine Huang’s Pagoda”. However, it is called as “Leifeng Pagoda” among the people because it is built on Leifeng Mountain Range. The pagoda used to have seven layers splendid layers with multiple eaves.
Yellow Crane Tower, Wuhan
10. Wuhan - Yellow Crane Tower
This famous pagoda-like tower offers visitors a view of the Yangtze river. It’s considered one of the Four Great Towers and thanks to many reconstructions, some of them recent, it is now built out of modern materials and features an elevator.
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