Time-honored history and brilliant Chinese civilization endow the country with numerous historical and cultural relics. Vast field gives birth to many beautiful mountains and rivers. This was an old and rich country sending an air of mystery. Nowadays, great treasures are greatly appreciated by tourist from all over the globe to explore.
Historical Relics Photos of Historical Relics
|Great Wall in Beijing|
Another place gathering multitudes of historical and culture relics should be the Silk Road, a vital trading route that traversed Asia and Europe. The prosperity of the past has gone. But communications in commodity, religion and ideology between the west and the east have been vividly engraved in places along the road and continue to inspire vigor in new era.
Beijing and Xian will occur to one's mind at the mention of ancient cities with profound cultural accumulations. Undoubtedly, Museum of Terra Cotta Warriors can best represent the city which was the capital of the first feudal dynasty, Qin (221BC-206BC). While Beijing is most highlighted by the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Qing dynasty which symbolized the peak hours of Chinese feudal society and where the imperial power completely faded out of the country.
Nature Scenery Photos of Natural Scenery
Mountains and waters often occur in literary works to express great breadth of mind or yearning for nature. They usually hold more than what their facial beauty can convey.
|Mt.Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) in Anhui|
Many mountains epitomize different religions and cultures. Mt. Jiuhua in Anhui, Mt. Emei in Sichuan, Mt. Putuoshan in Zhejiang and Mt. Wutai in Shanxi are the most noted Buddhist holy mountains. While Mt. Huangshan in Anhui, Mt. Laoshan in Shandong, Wudang Mountain in Hubei, Mount Wuyi in Fujian, Mt. Qingcheng in Sichuan and Dragon and Tiger Mountain in Jiangxi are well-known Taoist holy mountains. Mt. Huangshan seems to enjoy exceptionally high reputation. It is said to boast of combining the masculine grandeur of Mount Taishan, the mist and clouds of Hengshan in Hunan, and the grotesque splendor of Mt. Huashan. That's why the old saying goes as having no wish to see any of the five most famous mountains if having seen Mt. Huangshan.
|Mighty Yangtze River|
Poyang, Dongting and Taihu Lakes are the top three freshwater lakes in China, which fertilize the fields around and make them towns of rice and fish. West Lake, the golden name card of Hangzhou and Thousand Islets Lake (Qian Dao Hu), the resplendent pearl of the city are hot scenic spots. Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt lake in China, has the Bird Island as its most charming part, attracting lots of tourists.
In addition, Beidaihe Scenic Spot, Qingdao Seashore Scenic Area, Beihai Silver Beach and Asian Dragon Bay (Yalong Wan) have top beaches for summer holiday.
Scenic Areas and Natural Reserves
Ethnic Group Flavors
If you are interested in the culture and life styles of Chinese 56 ethnic groups, especially the 55 ethnic minorities, villages and buildings introduced here best show you their distinctive flavors. Guangxi, Yunnan and Guizhou have the richest resource of this kind. Baimian Yao Village, Yinshui Dong Village and Ethnic Relics Center in Guangxi are all worth visiting. China Folk Culture Villages in Guangdong and Xishuangbanna Nationality Culture Park in Yunnan are comprehensive scenic areas to gather flavors of many ethnic groups together in one place.
Ancient Towns and Local Resident Houses
|Wuzhen Water Town, Zhejiang|
Ancient City of Pingyao in Shanxi is characterized by the city wall and the ancient compounds of rich families. Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages have typical local residences in southern Anhui Province. Lijiang Old Town and Dali Ancient City in Yunnan have delicate residential houses, lanes and streams. In addition, Beijing's courtyards, earth towers of the Hakkas in Fuzhou, Huizhou local residences in Anhui and the farmers' caves in Shaanxi are outstanding representatives of local residences.
Gardens, Temples and Monasteries Photos of Temples and Mosques
|Shaolin Temple, Henan|
Temples and monasteries are emblems of China's long history. Shaolin Temple is the number one temple under heaven. White Horse Temple is the oldest temple and the cradle of Buddhism in China. Jokhang Temple, Labrang Monastery and Ta'er Monastery are famous Tibetan Buddhist shrines. As to Confucianism, there are several Temples of Confucius (Kong Miao) in many cities.
Towers and Pagodas
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