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China – The Land Of Hidden Wonders

China is the largest country in Asia and also the largest tourist magnet, welcoming over 56 million visitors every year. The country has a huge array of attractions, be it natural wonders or man-made spectacles. From the stunning rice fields along the Red River to the mammoth skyscrapers of Hong Kong, China can surprise you with its traditional charm along with its urban infrastructure. There is so much to see and do in China that it can leave any traveler confused. In this blog, we list 10 activities and attractions that should certainly be in your list during your trip to China.


  1. Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

This annual monthlong festival is  the largest ice and snow sculpture festival in the world today, often featuring some of the world’s largest snow sculptures. It usually starts on the 5th of January and continues for a month. The festival used to attract only Chinese sculptors when it started in 1963, but over the years, it started getting international attention and now attracts some of the finest art sculptors from all over the world. The sculptures are exhibited in Sun Island and Ice and Snow World beside the Songhua River. If you are there in January, there is no way you should miss a chance to be a part of this stunning festival.


  1. Red Seabeach

Located in the Panjin region of north eastern China is one of its most stunning natural wonders — the Red Seabeach. The red color comes from the Suaeda Salsa, a type of red-colored grassy growth usually found in wetlands. The suaeda starts growing in April when it has light reddish hue and matures into a darker red color. This wetland region of China is not only home to the suaeda but also has a large variety of flora and fauna, which has prompted the government to put most of it under protection. However, certain pockets allow access to visitors to witness this wonderful natural phenomenon. The Red Seabeach is about 7 hrs from Beijing and is accessible by car and train.


  1. Danxia Landform

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Danxia Landform, also known as China Danxia, is a unique natural wonder of the country. Found in the Guangdong region of China, it is a colorful sandstone range with several shallow caves and crevices under the surface. Although there are several pockets where one can witness this natural wonder, tourists usually go from the village of Zhangye from where  it is most easily accessible. The government has made increasing infrastructural developments in the recent years to promote tourism in this region so the trip is usually very comfortable.


  1. Li River Cruise

The Li River flows through the south eastern part of China, passing through some of the most beautiful natural landscapes of the country. The best way to explore this beauty is to take a boat cruise on this river. The best stretch is from Guilin to Yangshuo, which is about 83 km long. Tours are available complete with an experienced tour guide who will introduce the visitors to the different sections, each with its own tradition and culture.


  1. Rice Field Terraces along the Red River

Created by hand by the Hani people over 1000 years ago, the rice field terraces remain one of the most spectacular man-made wonders in the world. Found along the banks of the Red River, these terraces were carved by rice-growing Hani people almost 1800 m above sea level. Parts of the region have been declared a World Heritage Site for preservation. Although this attraction is not the best connected from the neighboring cities, a recently constructed highway connects it with the city of Kunming through a 7-hr bus ride.


  1. Tianmen Shan Mountain

Located in the Tianmen Shan National Park in the Hunan province of China, the Tianmen Shan mountain is not only the tallest peak in the region, it is also a major tourist attraction. There is an 11 km long road with 99 hairpin bends that lead to the top of this mountain. Alternatively, you can take the cable car ride, claimed to the “longest passenger cableway of high mountains in the world.” Whichever route you take, you will be blessed with some dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding scenery that will make your trip truly memorable. There is also a glass-walk at the top — which is surely not for the faint-hearted.


  1. Fenghuang Ancient Village

The Fenghuang Ancient Village, also known as Ling Xia, is located in the Hunan province of China. Listed as a Heritage Site in China, the village is famous for its well-preserved historic architecture and surrounding natural scenery. The village has more than 5 dozen buildings and monuments which date back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, including the Wen Tower, dating back to the 18th century. After exploring the village, if you have some time, visit the neighboring Fenghuangsan Forest Park and the Dapeng Fortress.


  1. The Great Wall of China

No trip of China is complete without visiting the Great Wall of China, one of the greatest architectural achievements from the ancient world and presently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Wall, with all its branches, measures a staggering 21,196 km, making it the largest man-made object ever built. The first section of the wall was constructed in the 7th century BC. It was further extended in the centuries to come by more than 7 dynasties. It can be visited from different parts, with Badaling being the most popular section with tourists and visiting heads of state. The Wall can be visited any time of the year, although it is best avoided during the winter months when the temperature often goes below freezing.


  1. Terraced Pools of Huanglong

Huanglong — literally translating to Yellow Dragon in the local language — is a place of natural wonders in the Sichuan region of China and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. The place gets its name because the valley looks like a golden dragon from the mountains peaks. The Huanglong scenery consists of snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and diverse forest ecosystems, but it is the unique colorful natural terraced pools that are the highlight of all attractions. These pools are formed by calcite deposits which give it a distinct color. Huanglong is also famous for being home to the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey — 2 endangered species of animals.


  1. Hong Kong and Macau

Hong Kong and Macau are 2 autonomous territories of China that have developed as major tourist attractions in this part of the world. While Hong Kong has a wide array of attractions ranging from natural wonders to stunning skyscrapers and Buddhist monuments, Macau is famous for its casinos and stunningly extravagant themed luxury hotels in the style of Las Vegas.

Originally posted 2017-03-24 06:55:06.

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