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Top 3 Nature Wonders in China

Jilin Rime

Jilin City is situated at the bank of the river Songhua to the north of China. The temperature of Jilin decreases up to -30 degree Celsius in winter. Due to this low temperature and effect of south wind there is very high humidity. By the influence of weepage of the Fengman Hydropower Station, the temperature of the water is about 4℃ which makes water vapor to rise and attached to the cold objects and this forms the rime. This Rime also functions as the purification of air. So when you see the rimes you might also feel the fresh air.

The willows along the Songhua River bank blossom silver flower and pine blossom silver chrysanthemums when rime comes. It brings a picture of a wonderland. To this addition of beauty of rimes, you can also predict the weather as well as other information according to the character and period of rimes. These rimes are unique and beautiful at the same time.

Jilin Rime

Jilin Rime

 Stone Forest in Yunnan

Stone Forest is located in the Automous County of Shilin Yi in the city Kunming of Yunnan Province. It lies at the altitude of 1500 to 1900 m and have subtropics low altitude plateau mountain monsoon climate and having an annual temperature of nearly 16 degrees Celsius. Just at a distance of 78 kilometers from Kunming, the stone forest is the Karst scenic area of the sub tropic plateau. It has got reputation of the No. one wonder of the world and Stone Forest Museum.
About 200 million years ago, this place had a sea area with deposition of lot of big and thick lime stones. Later, due to the movement of geotectonic these huge lime stones exposed to the ground. About 2 million years ago, due to the dissolution, the lime stones get separated from each other and after several years of rain and wind erosion, this Stone Forest was formed.

The stones of Stone Forest are strange and odds and towering up from the ground. Some looks like the walls and some like the trees. The stone forest has attracted many tourists from domestic as well as abroad.

Stone Forest in Yunnan

Stone Forest in Yunnan

 The Yangtze Three Gorges

Three Gorges is a magnificent valley with splendid landscape in the Yangtze River and one of the most famous scenic sites of China. It is about 193 kilometer long covering the essence of scenery on the River Yangtze. Within this distance, they are arranged in a way that one valley is narrow and the other is wide by turn to the other gorges. Due to this, the momentum of the water is pent-up in the narrow valleys and released in abruptly manner in gorges.

In bottle necks, the water rushes down wildly and swiftly. If you travel in a cruise ship in this part of River Yangtze you can enjoy the grotesquely shaped rock and magnificent mountains which are alongside the river. It is having a variety of landscape displaying its charm for several years.

The Yangtze Three Gorges

The Yangtze Three Gorges

Top 3 Palaces in China

Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace is located in the heart of capital of China. Also known as the Forbidden City, it is the symbol of the imperial power in China. This palace was build during the period of Yongle in the Ming Dynasty. This palace is the largest and well preserved building of the world. The architecture of the building is laid out very much precisely in accordance with the feudal code of architectural hierarchy which designated the specific features reflecting the status of emperor and paramount authority.

Forbidden City is the best example of traditional Chinese palatial architecture. It was listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of the preserved and ancient wooden structure in the world. It has also been renowned as the World heritage Site in the year 1987.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Potala Palace

Potala Palace was originally build in 17th century by the king Songtsen  Gampo. This inspiring palace perched high above much of the landmark of the city, Lhasa.

Potala Palace is built against the Red hill as has a spectacular castle like building complex of Lhasa. It was used to be the unification centre of religious and political of Tibet. It covers an area of more than 360,000 square meters and this palace is a blend of art with creative designing as well as gorgeous decoration. Due to its precious scriptures, conservative religious atmosphere, jewels, murals and antiques which are housed inside it has been placed in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

The Imperial Mountain Resort

The Imperial Mountain Resort is situated in the Chengde City which lies in the north eastern part of Hebei Province. It is one of the very popular summer resorts of the emperors of Qing Dynasty. It has an easy access to Beijing which is about 200 Km away from it and entitled as the backyard garden of Beijing.

The Imperial Mountain Resort has superb natural environment and it has served as the second political center of the Qing Imperial court. The emperors of early Qing Dynasty use to come here for spending their summer time, boating and hunting.

It is largest existing imperial garden of china and covering an area of 5.64 million square meters which is double as the Summer palace and eight times to that of Beihai Park, Beijing.

The Imperial Mountain Resort

The Imperial Mountain Resort

Top 3 Landmarks in China

The Great Wall

It is the star attraction and considered as the wisdom of the Chinese people as well as symbol of china. It is one of the spectacular defensive structures which were built in order to keep intruders from entering into the mainland. The construction of this Great Wall begun in the 5th century BC and it continued for many centuries and different dynasties. And finally this Wall stretches from Jiayuguan Pass to the west to the Shanhiaguan Pass in east having a total length of about nine hundred kilometers transverse over nine provinces and municipalities.
It is also inscribed in the World Cultural Heritage Site by the organization UNESCO in the year 1987; the most famous sections within Beijing are Badaling, Simatai and Mutianyu.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

Forbidden City, Beijing
Forbidden City also known as the Imperial Palace museum is a very magnificent building complex which is located in the heart of Beijing. It was build during the period of Yongle from the Ming dynasty. It is the largest as well as well preserved wooden building complex of the World. They were laid out very much precisely in accordance with the feudal code of architectural hierarchy which designated the specific features reflecting the status of emperor and paramount authority.

Forbidden City is the best example of traditional Chinese palatial architecture. It was listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of the preserved and ancient wooden structure in the world and became World heritage Site in the year 1987.

Forbidden City, Beijing

Forbidden City, Beijing

Qin Terracotta Army, Xian
The terracotta Army is a famous attraction of China because of its uniqueness and Historical significance. It is significant as the hundreds of models of detailed life-size representing the army that has triumphed over all the other Chinese army and who have been the decisive factor in the formation of united China.

The Terracotta Army Museum is situated at the two kilometer east of The Tomb of Qin Shihuang, who is known as the first Emperor unifying China about 2,200 years ago. Emperor Qin, from whom country China has got its name, ordered for the creation of this model army. UNESCO has selected the Tomb of the First Emperor including the Terracotta Army Vaults as the World Cultural Heritage Site.

The statue of the army of terracotta was made for burying with the first Emperor Qin Shihuang as show of his glory and to remember that army which has got triumphed over the other Warring states for uniting the china and also because it was believed that the objects like the statues can be animated in afterlife and Qin Shihuang required the after death army.

Qin Terracotta Army

Qin Terracotta Army

 

Top 3 Lakes in China

Qinghai Lake

Qinhai Lake or the Koko Nur means “a blue lake” in Mongolian and it is the largest salt lake and inland lake of China having a surface area of about 4,600 sq. Km. It is located at a distance of 100 kilometers from west to Xining which is the capital city of Qinhai Province and one of the most popular attraction of that area. This lake is fed by more than 40 rivers but mainly by Inverted River, Habu River and Gbagbolan River.

On the western side of this lake at the tip of the peninsula are the Bird Island or Cormorant Island and Egg Island which are having bird sanctuaries of the Qinghai Lake Natural Protection Zone since 1997. This lake often remains frozen for four months continuously during winter from December to March.

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake


Khanka Lake

Khanka Lake is also known as the Xingkai Lake in China and is a transborder freshwater lake located on the borders between Heilogjian Province of the Norther China and Primorsky Krai of Russia. It has an area of about 4200 square kilometers out of which 72 percent is located in Russia and 28 percent is located in China.

This lake actually consists of tow lakes, that is Khanka Lake and the Khanka Lake Jr. and these two lakes are separated by a sandy hill. The latter one is the serenity lake which is located in China. The area around these lakes has been an important habitat of the wetland and has formed National Nature Reserve on the Chinese side and Khanka Land Nature Reserve on Russian side.

Khanka Lake

Khanka Lake

Poyang Lake

Poyang Lake is third largest lake and largest freshwater Lake of China. It is located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River and to the northern part of the Jiangxi Province. It is also fed by the Xin, Gan and Xiu rivers and some other small streams. This all contribute to a total surface area of 35 hundred square kilometer and volume of about 25 sq. kilometer. The average depth of Poyang Lake is about eight meters during abundant period

It is very important habitat of the various migrating waterfowls like the White Naped Crane, White crane, Black Stroke, etc and one of the significant wetlands in China.

Poyang Lake

Poyang Lake

Top 3 Most Beautiful Deserts in China

Desert is an area which has almost no precipitation and very sparse vegetation. The ground area is covered with the endless sand dunes. The cruel environment also endows a unique landscape which is a desert landscape. The following are the list of 3 most beautiful deserts in China which is the must see attraction for the desert tour fans.

Badain Jaran Desert

Badain Jaran Desert is located in the Autonomous region of western Inner Mongolia and covers an area of about 47 thousand square kilometers. It is third largest desert of China having altitude between 1200 to 1700m. Badain Jaran Desert is also a home to the tallest and stationary dunes. The relative height of these sand dunes is about 500 meters high. Hence, this desert is also known as the “Desert Everest”. You can also find many pyramid and moon shaped sand hills and sand dunes having relative height over 200 meters. Sound-sand, Queer dunes, temples and holy springs are some of the features of Badain Jaran Desert.

Normal deserts, all lack in water and often viewed as devoid and desolate of life. But, Bdain Jaran Desert is a dry desert having wonderful landscapes with numerous sand dunes and lakes.

Badain Jaran Desert

Badain Jaran Desert

Taklimakan Desert (Xinjiang)

The Taklimakan Desert of Xinjiang is the largest, highest and driest desert of china. It fills the Tarim basin between Tien Shan Mountains to the north and Kunlun Mountains in the south in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.  It is 2nd largest flow desert in the world which is just smaller than the Sahara desert of Africa.
This desert is extended from east to west for 1000 km and from north to south for about 400 km which covers total area of about 337,600 square km. It is about thousand meters above the sea level and among the all deserts of the world; it is the most attractive and the most mysterious one. There is typical continental climate having violent sandy wind, rare precipitation, and large difference in temperature in the middle of the desert. The sand dunes are about 100 to 300 in height. You can see vogue mirage in distinct places.

Taklimakan Desert

Taklimakan Desert

Gurbantunggut Desert

The Gurbantunggut Desert covers a large area in the centre of the Junggar basin and is 2nd largest desert in china. It is also the largest fixed and semi-fixed desert in China covering an area of about 50 thousand square meters. The climate is mild here in comparison to other deserts. The representative landscape is sand ridge and it covers half of the whole desert area. You can see different scenery in different season. In spring, you will see beautiful blooming flowers whereas in summer the green shrubs. Long cold seasons are accompanied with the stable snow covered and frequently rime phenomena.

Gurbantunggut Desert

Gurbantunggut Desert

Top 3 Buildings in China

Famous Buildings in China would like to introduce those Famous Architectures in China. Some of them are grand building complexes built hundreds of years ago, some of them are incredible skyscraper flourishing in recent years. All of them are sharing one thing in common, they are the crystallization of human wisdom.

Great Wall of China

Also known as the Defensive Wall, Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and it is an outstanding representative of various famous buildings in China.
Ranked in the top tourist destination in China, it is one of the spectacular defensive structures which were built in order to keep intruders from entering into the mainland. The construction of this Great Wall begun in the 5th century BC and it continued for many centuries and different dynasties. And finally this Wall stretches from Jiayuguan Pass to the west to the Shanhiaguan Pass in east having a total length of about 8852 kilometers transverse over nine provinces and municipalities.
It is also inscribed in the World Cultural Heritage Site by the organization UNESCO in the year 1987; the most famous sections within Beijing are Badaling, Simatai and Mutianyu.

Great Wall of China

Great Wall of China

Xian City Wall

This is one of the largest defensive systems of ancient military which protected the city of Xian from invasion in ancient times. The first landmark that you will encounter in the city of Xian is the ancient City Wall which stretches all round the old city. This wall is therefore one of the oldest as well as well preserved Chinese City walls and attracts a great number of tourist from all over the world.

You can enter the inner city through the North Gate and the South Gate. The city is arranged neatly long the city wall. The structure is really impressive and just a glimpse of the several magnificent discoveries waiting for you to Xian.

Xian City Wall

Xian City Wall


Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace museum also known as the Forbidden City is a very magnificent building complex which is located in the heart of Beijing. It was build during the period of Yongle from the Ming dynasty. It is the largest as well as well preserved wooden building complex of the World. They were laid out very much precisely in accordance with the feudal code of architectural hierarchy which designated the specific features reflecting the status of emperor and paramount authority.

Forbidden City is the best example of traditional Chinese palatial architecture. It was listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of the preserved and ancient wooden structure in the world and became World heritage Site in the year 1987.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Top 3 Waterfalls in China

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Huangguoshu Waterfall is located on the River Baishui in Anshuan in the Guizhou province and it is the largest waterfall of China. It has width of about 80 meters and dropping 74 meter and having a impressive view it is also called as the first waterfall in China.

Huanggusho waterfall rushes to the pond of Xinju and forms foams up by hundred meters and the roars can be heard even at a distance of kilometers away. Having typical karst topography, the areas around this waterfall have fascinating water eroded caves.

There is a 134 meters long curtain cave behind the waterfall. You will love to see the rushing waterfall from back side and touching in the shortest distance.

De Tian Waterfall

De Tian waterfall is situated at about 150 km from Nanning City, located in Daxin Coutny. It has width of more than 200 meters and drop of about 70 meters. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and 2nd largest transnational waterfall in world.

Its water of De Tian Waterfall rush down to three tiered cliffs with great force. This fall is awe-inspiring and you can hear its thunders miles away before it comes into view. Due to the change in season, the natural scenery around waterfall changes throughout the year.

De Tian Waterfall

De Tian Waterfall



Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall is located at the intersection of Shaanxi and Shanxi Province and second largest waterfall of China after the Huangguoshu Waterfall. It is very famous waterfall and has been renowned for its turbulent and impetuous water and loud voice The width of the water fall is about 30 meters which changes with the season and becomes up to 50 meter during flood time.

When the water in the middle reaches the Yellow River flows through the Jinxia Grand Canyon , 300 meter wide surface is narrowed suddenly to 50 meters and drop down turbulently to the lower section which is 9 meters below and forms Hukou waterfall.

 

Hukou Waterfall

Hukou Waterfall

Top 3 Hiking Routes in China

Trekking Li River

Guilin is the most favorable destination for any china tour and it is boosted with the magnificent beauty of nature and precious cultural relics. Li River is also honored to be one of the most beautiful galleries of the world and its journey from Guilin to yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to the city of Guilin. You can go for tracking from Yangdi to Xingping when the River Li passes through endless procession of bamboo groves, distinct peaks and wonderful landscape. This is the highlight of the trekking and you can experience the unique lifestyle of rural people. You will be surprised through the pinnacled peaks pop ups. You can enjoy water buffalos patrolling on the field, ducks paddling in water, peasant reaping paddles in front of the village houses, fisherman catching the fish through cormorants and returning them to the boat and kids going home singing songs. All of this will create a beautiful and idyllic scene in your mind.

Trekking Li River

Trekking Li River

 Trekking Tiger Leaping Valley

Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan is at the junction of Qinghai-Tibetan and Yunnan Guizhou Plateau and one of the most popular tourist attractions.  It is about 17 kilometers ling and divided into three main segments with an aggregate fall of about 200 meters. You can trek through three basic routes to the Tiger Leaping Gorge. You will witness incredibly loud, churning and foaming river with gaint boulders throughout your path. One road hugs the river and second is by the footpath running high above this river. You can go through the latter for better vistas and adventure. This path is only recommended for the experience and fit mountain trekkers as it might be hazardous due to its narrow and precipitous paths.

Trekking Tiger Leaping Valley

Trekking Tiger Leaping Valley

Trekking Hanas 

You can taste the fragrance of the Xinxiang in fall by trekking through Hanas. You can get the view of pine trees covering hillside, snow capped mountains, blue sky and fluffy white cloud. Xinjiang Province would be first choice for you here. If you are looking for unspoiled spot then you must trech through Hanas Lake or Kansi Lake which refers to “rich, beautiful and mysterious in Mongolian. This lake is about 1400 meters above the sea level and has deep forests as well as mountains of Altai which covers an area of about 45 square kilometers which is almost 10 times than Boghda or Tianchi Mountain. It is a ice erosion or moraine lake which is shaped like a new moon or the long hyacinth bean. You can see the reflections of the snow and tree covered mountain clearly on the lake water. The color of lake varies from green, white and blue depending upon the weather and season.

Trekking Hanas

Trekking Hanas

Top 3 foodie town in china

  1. Chengdu, Sichuan Province

Chengdu is crowned as the Asia’s first UNESCO city of Gastronomy in the year 2010 and it is best known for its spice dishes and fiery hot pot which are made by using Sichuan pepper and layered with sour, salty and sweet flavors. Some dishes that are not spicy like beer-braised duck are also very popular. You can also go to Chef Yu Bo which is a high end restaurant and cooks sophisticated Sichuan food and having inspiring presentation.

Hot pot is very much ubiquitous like the smell of chili. At the Zigong Delicious Hotpot, house specialty tiaoshui wa or the diving frog is cauldron of fiery chili to noodles, vegetables or meats can be added. You should spend time at Chengdu Spice Market for getting the real taste of huajiao and Sichuan’s signature peeper.

Chengdu hotpot

Chengdu hotpot

 

2.       Lanzhou, Gansu Province

Lanzhou is just like the synonymous in the finds of the food-lovers with hand pulled beef noodles and has one of the liveliest markets of street food night in China. To the west of the city centre, the Zhengning Lu bazaar has more than 100 street food stalls. You can also get a varied variety of hot and cold dishes with emphasis on the local Hui cuisine.

Some of the highlights includes sesame paste, sweet, grilled fish seasoned with the aromatic cumin, hot bowls of nai zhou and flaky pastry rou bing which is stuffed with meat.

You can also enjoy the noodles at Wumule Penhui, the winner of Lanzhou’s annual competition of pulled noodles in 2012. The halal restaurant’s spice noodle is also very much famous.

Lanzhou Noodles

Lanzhou Noodles

3.       Guangzhou, Guangdong Province

Guangzhou is known as the birth place of the Cantonese food and the best place for eating in China. It has over 12 million passionate food culture having high end restaurants. The local cuisine here is characterized by the fresh clean flavors, barbecued meats, sea foods and the tradition of yumcha, which is tea drinking by dumpling and small dishes.

Congee is the best way to start your day and Ru Xuan Sha Guo Zhou is the most popular vendor. You can enjoy the bowl of signature seafood congee any time of the day. You can also have various choices at the North Garden Restaurant. Enjoying Roast meat at Bing Sheng is also a good idea. Try steamed chicken and simple farmer style dishes at Ji Cun for something like home style.

Guangzhou street food

Guangzhou street food

 

Top 3 Beautiful Places in China

China has many cities offering stunning natural scenery and view which will make a feast for your eye as well as lead you to your dream land. Some of these beautiful places are as follows-

Guilin (Longsheng/ Yangshuo)

Guilin is situated in Southern China and it is just like the glittering pearl on green carpet. The scenery here is like the top landscape of the world. It is renowned for its exquisite mountains, Karst landscape, wired caves and the limpid Li River which runs to Yangshuo Country. All of this when mixed together forms a gaint elegant painting of China. You will also love the unique view of the beauty of graceful fields of rice in the Longsheng Country. Li River is one of the top attractions of Guilin and it is full of inner core of scenery and customs of the city. Longji Rice Terraces are one of the special site and attracts the most of the people due to its well toned figures, creative layout and extraordinary size.

Guilin

Guilin

Jiuzhaigou

It is situated in the eastern part of the Sichuan Province and known as one of the most famous fairy land like sport of world. Jiuzhaigou Valley is the legendary land and has been recognized by the UNESCO as a Word Natural Heritage in the year 1992. It is the best place for experiencing unique Tibetan culture as well as unspoiled local customs. Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area is reputed for icy waterfalls, bright green waters, pure white snow mountains and colorful forests. It is also the home for wide variety of creatures like white-lipped dear and wild pandas.

Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou

Huangshan is situated on the mid-east part of china country and has abundant cultural and natural resources. Elegant water view sports, great Mountain View sites and primary national forest reserves are very much popular tourist sites of this city. In the year 1990, Yellow Mountain or Mt. Huangshan has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage. It has imposing peaks, steep cliffs, grotesquely shaped rocks and fantastic caves which make it outstanding among other mountains.

Huangshan

Huangshan