Top 10 most stunning landscapes in China

On July 7, 2011, in Cool Places, Guilin, Tibet, by Jack Li

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 […]

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.

 

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Dunhuang, “the city of the tousand Buddhas”

On June 17, 2011, in Adventure Trip, Other Regions, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

The city, located in the Gansu province in northwest China,  is accessible thanks to the Dunhuang city Airport located 9 miles east of the city centre. It is possible to fly there from Beijing Lanzhou, Urumqi and Xian, flights available on China Flights. Duhuang was firstly established by emperor Wudi during the Han Dynasty in 111BC […]

The city, located in the Gansu province in northwest China,  is accessible thanks to the Dunhuang city Airport located 9 miles east of the city centre. It is possible to fly there from Beijing Lanzhou, Urumqi and Xian, flights available on China Flights.

Duhuang was firstly established by emperor Wudi during the Han Dynasty in 111BC at one of the cross of two main roads of the ancient Silk Road. The name Dunhuang from Chinese “to flourish and prosper” helps to understand that the city origins are rooted in ancient China. The city being one of the main stops of the Silk Road was the place where products from Far East where introduced to Europe and middle Asia. Furthermore among the area, is still perceptible the Buddhist culture, throughout carved images and traditional architectures, a perfect example of well preserved relics are the Magao caves. Indeed the latter are the main reason to visit the city, Caves are located 20 miles away from the city centre, they are also known as the 1,000 Buddha Caves. Indeed they are filled with spectacular Buddhist manuscripts and art. The construction of the cave was mainly due to a monk, who during his trip on the desert, in the 4th century, had a vision of a thousand Buddhas, explaining the reason why caves have been excavated, filled with treasures and called with the actual name.

Just next to the thousand Buddha caves is situated the “White horse Pagoda” built by a monk from India to thank his horse which helped him to get to China. However sightseers are not allowed to visit the cave on their own, for this reason the site provide a tour guide each 10-15 people for the price of 160 RMB.

For those landscape lovers, visitors cannot miss out the opportunity to visit the Sand Dunes riding a camel reviving the authentic Silk Road experience (for no more than 11 dollars per person). Within this visit, it is possible to experiment the surprising Ringing Sand hill, the hill has the particularity to produce a whistling sound due to friction. Another impressive and unique landscape is offered by the only one of its kind dry coloured flora of the Huyang forest. It is mainly characterized by a small forest constituted by rare poplars (Populus Divesifolia), some of them are more than 600 years old.

Another site to see is the Moon Crescent Lake, located only 6 km south of the Dunhuang city centre, at the Singing Sand Mountains, where the oasis meets the desert. Spring water trickles up into a depression between the high sand dunes creating a small crescent-shaped pond.

In conclusion find the way around may be complicated especially for first visit travellers as most of the attractions are outside the city centre. In this case is always advised to consult China Tours website which will provide you will all the necessary information about the area and an available English-speaker tour guide. For those more expert tourists looking for an accommodation around the Dunhuang city is advised to consult China hotels.

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