Famous Landmarks in China
The Great Wall - Landmark of China
The star attraction of China is the Great Wall, which is considered the symbol of China and the wisdom of Chinese people. The construction of the Great Wall began in the 5th century BC. It is a spectacular defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland, which stretches from Jiayuguan Pass in the west, to Shanhaiguan Pass in the east, with a total length of 8851.8 km that traverses Liaoning, Hebei, Tianjin, Beijing, Inner Mongolian and Shanxi, Shaanxi, Ningxia, Gansu, etc. 9 provinces and municipalities.
The steady stone fortification was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987. Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai sections within Beijing area are the most famous ones.
Yangtze River - Landmark of China
The mighty Yangtze River is the life-blood, the "Mother River" of the Nation. It is a curious blend of the grand natural scenery and brilliant human culture. Flowing through 9 provinces, over 6,300 kilometres long, it is therefore the largest and longest river in China, even in Asia.
It originates from the Tuotuo River on the southwestern side of the snow-draped Geladandong, flowing from west to east through 9 provinces and city of Shanghai, finally running into the East China Sea. This ‘Travelling-Through-the-Heavens’ River, with superb natural scenery and profound historical accumulations, is also a main tourist attraction in China, where you can appreciate the magnificent Three Gorges and mighty Three Gorges Dam, etc.
Forbidden City - Landmark of Beijing
The magnificent Forbidden City is considered the symbol of imperial power of ancient China. Located in the very heart of Beijing, magnificent Forbidden City, also known as Imperial Palace Museum, was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Built in Yongle Period, Ming Dynasty (1406 - 1420 AD), it covered an area of about 720,000 square meters. It therefore is the largest and well-preserved wooden building complex of the world.
It now consists of 980 buildings with 9,999 bays of rooms. Originally, it was designed very precisely in accordance with a feudal code of architectural hierarchy which designated specific features for reflecting the paramount authority and status of the emperor. It once be the centre of the ancient, walled city of Beijing. It was listed as one of the world cultural heritages by UNESCO in 1987.
At the northern end of Tiananmen Square is the Tiananmen Rostrum. Tiananmen was built in Ming Yongle period of 15th years (1417), formerly known as Chengtianmen. During Qing Shunzhi period eighth years (1651) it named Tiananmen after rebuilt. In more than 2000 square meters of beautifully carved white marble base, there is red and white abutment wall of more than 10 meters high, upon the abutment wall is resplendent and magnificent Tiananmen Rostrum. Under the rostrum are blue waves shimmering stream, and 5 carved white marble Jinshui Bridge on the river.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower - Landmark of Shanghai
In the Oriental Pearl TV Tower faces the “International Architecture Exhibition Group” of The Bund on the other side of the river. The main structure is 350 meters high; the total height of 468 meters, ranked third only to Canada Toronto TV tower and tower in Moscow, and it is the first in Asia. Like the statue of liberty in New York, Sydney opera house, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it becomes the landmark of Shanghai. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower combines sightseeing, conference, exhibition, catering, shopping, entertainment, accommodation, broadcasting and television emission, has become the landmark building of Shanghai city in the 21st century. At present, the "Oriental pearl" in the number of tourism and tourist is second only to France in the world's high tower of the Eiffel Tower, and becomes the world famous tourist attractions.
Qin Terracotta Army - Landmark of Xi'an
Qin Terracotta Army in Xian, also known as the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, is one of the greatest discoveries in the archaeological history. It is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shihuang, which has been buried underground for more than 2,000 years till 1974. According to their roles and position, those figures vary in height and charactered as warriors, chariots and horses
Known as the eighth wonder of the world, now is the biggest underground military museum to display all mighty terracotta warriors and horses made in Qin Dynasty (221 B.C – 206 B.C). There are four main categories of figures in this museum: chariot warriors, infantrymen, cavalrymen, and horses. It deserves its place on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Elephant Trunk Hill - Landmark of Guilin
Elephant Trunk Hill, formerly named Li Mountain and it likes a standing giant elephant in the river drinking water thought its trunk therefore the mountain named Elephant Trunk Hill. As early as the Tang and Song dynasty here has become a famous tourist attraction, there are more than 1000 years history of tour. Elephant Trunk Hill scenic area combine strange rock, beautiful water, special cave as a whole, and there are abundant of cliff stone carvings Buddhist statues and many historical and cultural relics, no matter from the view of natural landscape and human landscape, it is the essence of Guilin landscape culture, enjoys a high reputation in the world.
Elephant Trunk Hill the main attractions are Water-Moon Cave, Elephant Eyes Rock, Puxian tower, Hongfeng Temple, etc. And near is stupas remained in Sui and Tang dynasties. Water-Moon cave is close to the river and Li river flow through it, when the waters wave and the moonlight gleams, the scene is exceedingly enchanting. This cave intoxicated innumerous poets through ages. Many lines can be found giving high honor of the cave.
Li River- Landmark of Guilin
Derived from Maoer Mountain, Li River belongs to the Pearl River water system. Li River like a jade belt winding in the green mountain. Boat tour to appreciate Lijiang, you can have a look of mountain inverted reflection in water, clear water, green hill, hearing the cowboy songs and seeing fisherman fishing leisurely, everything is so poetic here. The Li River tourist attractions are various, in the short term tourists can only choose its main attractions to visit, among them, one river (Li River), two caves (Reed Flute Cave, Seven Star Cave), three mountains (Solitary Beauty Peak, Fubo Hill, Folded Brocade Hill) are representative, they basically are the essence of Guilin landscape.
Potala Palace - Landmark of Tibet
The Potala Palace, contrasting with the twists and turns with mountain together, stands high, magnificent and towering. Wall is red and white, the roof shows strong artistic appeal. It is the sign of Lhasa city, also is the symbol of the Tibetan people's great creativity, is the precious wealth of Tibetan architectural art, and is also unique Syracuse plateau of human cultural heritage.
Mt. Everest - Landmark of Tibet
Stood at the south part of Tingri County in southern Tibet, Mt. Everest, or Qomolangma in Tibet, is the highest mountain of the world. With a height of 8,848 m above sea level, this mountain is permanently covered with snow. Its body assumes the shape of a pyramid with its peak stabbed the sky. Its snow peak sends out silver radiance year after year. Its waist is hidden in the clouds.
As the earth’s highest mountain, it is the ultimate goal of every mountain lovers. The optimum weather to visit Mt. Everest is from April to June, a golden period for mountaineers. But due to its complicated and volatile natural environment, it is actually a tough job even for those well-experienced mountaineers.
Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower - Landmark of Guangzhou
Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower, a total height of 600 meters, replace the CN tower in Canada as the world's tallest free-standing tower, is second only to Japan's Tokyo sky tree as the world's second high tower free-standing tower, also become a new landmark of Guangzhou. Guangzhou tower has several of the world's most: the longest sky ladder, the highest revolving restaurant, the highest 4D Theater, the highest goods shop, the highest lateral ferris wheel, the highest air post office.
Bank of China Tower - Landmark of Hong Kong
Near the Victoria Harbor, Bank of China Tower is located in No.1 garden road, central. A total construction area of tower is 129000 square meters, 70 floors on the ground, building height of 315 meters, the top two pole height of 367.4 meters. It was once the 1st high building in HK and the 5th high building in the world. As the headquarters for the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, it is not open to the public to do sightseeing inside.