China can boast not only the ancient temples, palaces and constructions like the Great Wall. It goes beyond the cutting-edge cities of Shanghai and Beijing. Geography is China’s greatest treasure – read and discover the most breathtaking places in the country! Check China Tours for organised trips and China Flights on how to get to the most remote places.

1. Li River in Guilin

The most beautiful part of the Li River is near Guilin, in Guangxi province. The landscape is famous for the karst (limestone and gypsum) hills of the most unusual shapes. To admire the scenery, take a cruise down the Li River and see such wonders of nature as the Elephant Hill and Folded Brocade Hill. Trivia: Guilin was used as a film location for the Star Wars: Episode III movie!

 

2. Danxia Landform

Known as ‘China Red Stone Park’,  Danxia hills in Guangdong province burst with colours. Danxia Mountain is the landform’s most famous scenic wonder and various other incredible forms – e.g. natural bridges, cliffs, caves – are encountered there. Several ‘Danxia forms’ were inscribed as the World Heritage Site last year, so if you’re visiting Yunnan – Danxia is a must-see!

 

3. Huangshan Mountains

Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. Located in Anhui province, it’s best known for its sunsets and granite peaks. It was described in many texts and pictured in many paintings of the past. Recently, it was used as a filming location for the Oscar-winning ‘Avatar’.  Waterfalls, sea of clouds and uniquely shaped pines and rockes coined a saying:  ‘No need to see any other mountains after Huangshan!’.

 

4. Luoping

Located in Yunnan Province, the Luoping County is particularly beautiful in spring. The peculiar black mountains are surrounded by the golden sea of blooming canola (rapeseed flower). Luoping is around 240km from Kunming, from where regular bus services are running. Allow at least 2 days to explore the area – a beautiful Jiulong Pubu waterfall is just an hour drive from the town.

 

5. Leye Tiankengs

Guangxi Province can boast the largest area of clustered tiankengs (rare karst caves) on Earth.  Besides China, tiankengs are encountered in only 3 other places in the world! Two new species of animals were discovered at the bottom of the largest tiankeng here. They say that with white clouds just above your head, looking down the steep cliffs will make you feel like flying in the sky!

 

6. Heavenly Pool in Changbai Mountains

Changbai Mountain range spreads over a few provinces. It is considered a birthplace of the founders of the Qing dynasty and it’s the largest settlement of the Manchurian tiger – species on the brink of extinction. The majestic Heavenly Pool is located in the Jilin Province and it’s the deepest crater lake in China. Enclosed by 16 peaks, it is a famous spot for ‘winter swimming’ – even in summer water temperature doesn’t exceed 7 degrees Celsius!

 

7. Namtso Lake

At an altitude of almost 5,000m, Namtso Lake is China’s tallest saltwater lake. It is a sacred place for Tibetans, being a destination of Tibetan pilgrims for centuries. It spreads over an area of nearly 2,000 sq km. Namtso Lake area is also known for its insidious weather, so take extra care if you decide to explore this beautiful site!

 

8. Baishui Terrace

Covering an area of 3 sq km, Baishui Terrace in Yunnan Province is the largest karst wonder in China. The best way to explore the area is hiking the Haba Snow Mountain – the white waters of the Terrace contrast with the wild mountain greenery, making it one of the most unique landscapes in the region.

 

9. Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon

Located in Tibet, it’s one of the largest and deepest canyons in the world. It’s even longer than the Grand Canyon in USA!  The Yarlung Zagbo River flowing through the Canyon was named ‘The Everest of the rivers’ because of its harsh conditions for the kayakers.

 

 

10. East Hulun Buir Grassland

Finally, probably the most relaxing landscape in China. Endless green fields and green mountains cut with silver rivers of this part of Inner Mongolia will be a perfect ending to you trip to China. The best way to explore the steppe is horseback riding.

Before you visit each of these places, make sure to find accommodation with China Hotels.

 

Jack Li
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