Photos: Popular destinations in China for American tourists

When visiting China here are some of the can't miss places Americans visit.

[img src=]2181The Great Wall
Originally built to protect the borders of China from invaders, the 13,000-mile-long Great Wall stretches from Dandong in the east, to Lop Lake in the west. Sections of the wall were built between the 5th century BC and the 16th century. The wall was designated as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987 and is the only man-made structure that can be seen from space. (Severin.stalder/wikimedia commons)
[img src=]1331Forbidden City, Beijing
The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum lies north of Tiananmen square in Beijing. The walled complex was the Chinese imperial palace from 1420-1912. In 1987, The Forbidden City was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for having the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures. (Dimitry B./ Flickr)
[img src=]1130Tianamen Square, Beijing
Tiananmen Square is the large city square located in the center of Beijing. China's legislative offices, museums, and the Mao Zedong mausoleum are popular draws in the square. During the National Day and Mid Autumn Day holiday, the square saw 14.97 million domestic and foreign visitors in 2009, the Beijing government reported. (Graham Styles/Flickr)
[img src=]1081Terracotta Warriors, Xian
Tourists flock to see the Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Northwest China's Xian where visitors can view awesome numbers of life-size statues, animals, and chariots made of clay as part of the burial traditions for the first emperor of China Qin Shi Huang. The archeological find was discovered by farmers in 1974 and is now a UNESCO recognized world heritage site.
[img src=]1011Summer Palace, Beijing
Beijing’s Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. Built in 1750, It was listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1998. The palace served as a garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It later became the main residence of royal members in the end of China's last reign, the Qing Dynasty. (Jakub Hałun/Wikimedia Commons)
[img src=]971Hanging Monastery, Shanxi province
The Hanging Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, 65 kilometers from Datong in North China's Shanxi province. The monastery got its name for its location at the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge, more than 50 meters (164 feet) above the ground. (Patrick Streule/Wikimedia commons)
[img src=]960Qutang Gorge, Chongqing
The Qutang Gorge is the shortest of the Three Gorges along the Yangtze River in Chongqing. Qutang Gorge flows between Baidi City in Fengjie County to Daxi Town in Wushan County. Numerous tourist boats stop at scenic spots along the river. (Chen Hualin/ Wikimedia commons)
[img src=]1080Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region
The Potala Palace is named for Mount Potalaka, the mythical abode of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Construction for the palace began in 1645 and is a popular tourist attraction. (Ondřej Žváček/ wikimedia commons)
[img src=]900Shanghai
The city of Shanghai was once called "Paris of the Orient" and has long been a popular tourist destination. Today travelers come to stroll along the Bund, view the Oriental Pearl TV tower in the Pudong business district and take in the majestic city skyline. (Urashimataro/wikimedia commons)
[img src=]930Temple of Heaven, Beijing
The Temple of Heaven in Beijing was first built in 1420 under the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty and was rebuilt by following emperors. It covers an area of 2,700,000 square meters (about one square mile). Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would visit the temple for annual ceremonies of prayer for a good harvest. (Philip Larson/wikimedia commons)