Despite being the world’s most populous city, China boasts a huge territory with some of the most breathtaking natural scenery on the planet. From the colorful lakes in Jiuzhaigou to the picturesque landscapes in Yanshuo, it is no doubt that China’s beauty is as impressive as its culture.
So, if you are planning to visit China, you might want to check out these 5 beautiful places:
The Yellow Mountains – Sunrises and Seas of Cloud
The Yellow Mountains are the most famous and most beautiful mountains in China. The peculiar pines, the seas of clouds, hot springs, and oddly-shaped rocks draw the attention of people.
Zhangye’s Danxia Landscape – Rainbow Mountains
Widely known as the Rainbow Mountains because of its vivid colors, the Zhangye’s Danxia landscape is composed of multi-colored formations that are often disregarded by typical travelers, but loved by photographers.
Hong Village – Nine Centuries Quaint
The Hong Village is surrounded with watery scenes, bridges, and charming architecture. The village became known for its house gardens and water yards.
Xiapu – Mudflats and Traditional Seaside Life
Xiapu is considered a hidden gem of China, waiting to be discovered by the world. Due to its picturesque mudflats, it is loved by photographers from various parts of the world.
The Li River & Yangshuo – China’s Most Beautiful Karst Landscapes
Bounded by the classic steep karst hills, the Li River has inspired plenty of poets and ink artists. It is even listed by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the Top 10 Watery Wonders of the World.
Rice Terraces, Yunnan Province
Rice terraces resemble stained glass in Yunnan Province in southern China, where human activities began with the reshaping of hillsides into grand staircases of grain. Rice stubble left to decay in the field, manure, and fish raised in the paddy water all add nutrients to the area’s soil.
Shipton’s Arch, Taklimakan Desert
A climber navigates a slot canyon below Shipton’s Arch, a geological wonder found by famed British explorer Eric Shipton in the mid-20th century. Located in the Taklimakan Desert in western China, the arch is 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Kashgar, once among Britain’s most remote diplomatic posts.
A great terra-cotta army was buried to accompany China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. More than 2,200 years old, the lifelike statues have fascinated archaeologists since their discovery near Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi Province.
Brahmaputra River, Tibet
Ribbonlike branches of the Brahmaputra River—known in China as the Yarlung Tsangpo River—flow from Tibet’s Himalaya mountain range into India. The Tibetan Plateau’s lockbox of snow and glacial ice supplies freshwater to nearly a third of the world’s people.
China’s most rural reaches retain their beauty and mystery even as the countryside and its people are touched by the rapid pace of industrialization.
Writhing like dragon tails, the Great Wall is not one structure but many. Most of what is called the Great Wall was built during the 14th-century to 17th-century Ming dynasty.
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The next time you plan your vacation in China, make sure you include these places on your list.