CNN Published 40 Beautiful Place to Visit in China

2017/07/27 -- Annie

CNN Published 40 Beautiful Place to Visit in China

The List is in Alphabetic Order:

1. Anhui: Hongcun Ancient Village

The 900-year-old village of Hongcun has long drawn in-the-konw Chinese visitors, who love its tranquil vibe and distinctive architecture. The striking Huang mountain backdrop doesn’t hurt, either its classic stuctures, Moon Lakeand picturesque locals have been an inspiration for art students for decades. Walking the narrow lanes paved with quartzite and seeing famers working in rice fields, with the reflection of ancient houses in the lake, should provide enough material to get you started on your own visual masterpiece.  

Hongcun village is roughly 70 km northwest of the Huangshan in Anhui Province. Major cities connected to Huangshan Airport and Train station by direct flights and high-speed train. included Beijing, Shanghai, Xi;an and Chengdu.

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2. Anhui: Mount Huangshan  (Yellow Mountain )

A UNESCO World Heritage Site set amidst “ the loveliest mountains of China,” Mount Huangshan, aka Mount Yellow, is a once-in-a lifetime trek for many Chinese. The 1863-meter mountain is renowned for its oddly shaped pines, spectacular rock formations, hot springs and seas of misty

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3. Fujian:  Mount Wuyi 

A major landmark in southeast China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Wuyi was the setting for the development and spread of neo-Confucianism, influential in East Asia since the 11th century. Bamboo raft drifting in the Nine Bend River (lower gorge) is a popula activity among visitors. The two-hour, eight-kilometer trips provide grand views of Mount Wuyi. It’s the best way to take in the serene beauty of the smooth peaks and clear water.

4. Fujiang: Xiapu Mudflat

Yes, a humble mudflat favorite destination of Chinese photographers. A small region along the southeast China coastline Xiapu nevertheless has the largest mudflat in the country, encompassing 40 square kilometers and more than 400 kilometers of coastline. Along its tiger-striped beaches, bamboo structures and poles, buoys and fishing vessels provide human counterpoints to the area’s natural beauty.

5. Gansu: Echoing Sand Mountain and crescent Lake, Dunhuang .

Echoing Sand Mountain is a series of dunes surrounding Crescent Lake, Named for its distinctive shape and aural characteristics, its echoes can be beard as the wind blows over the dunes. Visitor ride camels up the dunes, which rise to 250 meters. With gardens blooming on its banks, Crescent Lake offers a lovely visual counterpoint to all the sand.  Echoing Sand Mountain and rescent Lake is six kilometers south of Dunhuang. 

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6. Guangdong: Fortress Towers, Kaiping

Erected mostly in the early 20th Century, the fortress towers at Kaiping were built by famously outbound Kaipingers, who brought home the many architectural styles they saw abroad, including Islamic, Roman and even ancient Greek. The towers were built as a display of wealth, and as a practical way of protecting locals from war and theft. Approximately 1,800 fortress tower still stand amid Kaipings vast rice fileds. Kaiping is located 130 km southest of Guangzhou, the provincial capital of Guangdong. 

7. Guangxi: Yangshuo

When the Chinese long for views of the nation's most scenic hills and rivers, they book a bamboo-boat cruise in Yangshuo. The riverside town in southern China is most famous for its karst hills and traditional fishing-village lifestyle. Downtown is touristy. Visitors can rent bikes and head to the countryside to find a more calming scene: bamboo boats chugging along the river, fishermen setting out with cormorants, farmers toiling in fields with lush peaks soaring high above.

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8. Guizhou: Huangguoshu Waterfall 

The highest waterfall in Asia, majestic Huangguoshu "Yellow Fruit Tree" Waterfall plunges a dramatic 77.8 meters across a 101-meter-wide span.  It's one of a handful of mammoth waterfalls in the world that's accessible for viewing from almost any angle -- from above, below, front, back, left or right. The best visiting season is June to August, when the water reaches a peak flow of 700 cubic meters per second.

9. Hainan: Guanyin Statue (the statue of Mercy Goldess)

Look beyond the beaches of Sanya to find the world's largest Guanyin statue, erected near Nanshan, China's southernmost mountain. The story goes that the three-sided statue faces mainland China, Taiwan and the rest of the South China Sea -- meaning that the bodhisattva blesses not only China, but the whole world. At 108 meters tall, the figure was raised and enshrined in 2005 and is one of the tallest statues on the planet.
10. Hainan: Yalong Bay

Hainan delivers the best tropical setting in China. Yalong Bay is the pinnacle of the resort getaway.The 7.5-kilometer crescent beach is the most popular and developed stretch of Hainan's southern coastline. It provides all the quintessential experiences of a Southeast Asian holiday, with as many luxury hotels as palm trees -- more than 20 international luxury hotels line the beach of Yalong Bay. The beach is also a haven for water sports warriors, including surfers who sometimes ride uncrowded waves all day. 

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