Most Beautiful Places in China would like to show you the most popular scenic cities with stunning natural scenery. China has many cities with spectacular views that will make a feast for your eyes and even lead you to the dreamy land. Sometimes areas with gorgeous natural beauty are located outside city in a prefecture governed by, and with the same name as, a city. TopChinaTravel has, though very hard, tried to pick out 10 of the most popular China scenic cities for you that with precious top scenery (in no particular order).
Situated in South China, Guilin is like a glittering pearl on a green carpet, the scenery here enjoys the praise of "top landscape in the world". It is renowned for its Karst landscape, exquisite mountains, wired caves and especially the limpid Li River that runs from downtown to Yangshuo County, all of which mix together and form a giant elegant Chinese painting. At the same time, you would not wanna miss the unique beauty of graceful rice fields in Longsheng County. Guilin is definitely ranked first in the most beautiful places in China.
Li River, Guilin
♦ Li River, is the top ranked attraction in Guilin, which expressed perfectly the inner core of scenery and also the custom of the city - mild, delicate, genial but also proud. It is said that the river between Yangdi and Xingping (of Yangshuo County) is the most outstanding section.
♦ Longji Rice Terraces is a very special site that considered the best of its kind, attracted people with its creative layout, well-toned figure and extraordinary size.
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Situatied in the east part of Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou county owns one of the most famous fairy-land-like spots of the world – Jiuzhaigou Valley, which is a legendry land that recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage in 1992. Jiuzhaigou County is also a good place for people to experience unique Tibetan culture and unspoiled local custom.
♦ Called as the living paradise, Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic Area is reputed for its bright green waters, icy waterfalls, colorful forest (especially in autumn) and pure snow mountains surrounded. It is also home of varied creatures like wild pandas, white-lipped deer.
♦ Huanglong, a World Natural Heritage site, touching Jiuzhaigou, is also famous for its colorful ponds, snowy mountains, deep valleys, and dense forest. Between 3,145 and 3,578 meters above sea level at the foot of Xuebaoding, the main peak of Mt. Minshan, lies a 3.6-km-long calcified hill, resembling a giant golden dragon galloping among the virgin forest, and this is how the mountain was named.
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Situated on the mid-east part of China, Huangshan city owns abundant natural and cultural resources. Boasted grand mountain-view sites, elegant water-view spots and primary national forest reserves, this city is a real popular tourist city of China. In 1990, the most outstanding site Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) was recognized by UNESCO as World Natural Heritage.
♦ Yellow Mountain (Mt. Huangshan) is one of the top mountain-view spots of China and known as the No. 1 Mountain under heaven. It features imposing peaks, grotesquely-shaped rocks, steep cliffs, fantastic caves and those peculiarities that make the mountain outstanding among others.
♦ Hongcun Village is an ancient village with a history of 400 to 500 years. The original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. It was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000.
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Shangri-la enjoys the reputation of “Highland Garden” and “Realm of Living Creatures”. Read about the Lost Horizon, we would know it is a remote peaceful land with transparent sky, snow-covered mountains, dignified monasteries and primary forest. Shangri-la, the lost paradise, is the place where we can expect a stunning adventure to the nature which beautiful enough to feast our eyes.
Potatso National Park, Shangri-la
♦ Mery Snow Mountain, or Meili Snow Mountain or the Crown Prince of Snow Mountains, is known as the most beautiful snow mountain of the world. Kawagebo Peak, the main peak, is the highest peak in Yunnan Province and one of the grand four holly mountains of Tibetan Buddhism.
♦ 22km away from Shangri-la, Potatso National Park is the first national park of mainland China, which consists of two main attractions – Bitahai Lake and Shuduhu Lake. With well-preserved ecological environment, primary forest, wetlands, deep valleys and alpine meadow can also be seen in this park.
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Situated in the northwestern part of Hunan, central of Wuling Mountain range, Zhangjiajie is one of the popular tourist cities of China, especially renowned for its mountain scenery. Enjoying superb geographical and natural environment, its Wulingyuan Scenic Resort (including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Nature Reserve and Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve), which was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in December 1992, attracting people from all over the world.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
♦ Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is the first national forest park of China, with a forest coverage rate up to 98%. Renowned for its numerous sheer peaks, secluded valleys and primary forest, this park also rich in biology resource, is a decent Museum of Nature.
♦ Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve enjoys a reputation of “grand potted landscape, mini fairyland”. Its wild primary scenery is the masterpiece of nature. There are four scenic wonders there, namely Cloud Billows, Moon Brightness, Sun Glow and Winter Snow, you would not wanna miss.
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Zhangye is an important city lying on the ancient Silk Route in northwest China, Gansu Province in particular. Possessing the unique Danxia Landform, Zhangye has appeared as background in many movies showing its fascinating beauty to all admires from the world. It is a perfect place to admire unique geological landform. If you are a photographer, Zhangye Danxia landform Park will provide you another glimpse of what heaven looks like.
Zhangye Danxia Landscape
♦ Danxia Landform Park Blue, green, yellow, red, orange, all these gorgeous colors are squeezed in those mountains, call it rainbow mountains if you like. In a circumference of more than 10 square kilometers of range hills, you will feel like as if it is secret gateway into another fairy world.
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Rich in natural and cultural resources, Lijiang is a well-known city that famous for its grand mountain-view, serenity lake-view, steep valley-view and peaceful old town-view multi-ranged scenery. It is, therefore, an ideal place suitable for a whole year round travel, for both nature lovers and anyone interested in ancient people groups and their customs. Lijiang has occupied an important position in the most beautiful places in China.
Lijiang Ancient Town
♦ Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the holy mountain worshiped by Naxi people. Renowned for its dignified momentum, elegant figure and mysterious legends, this mountain is yet to be conquered by a human.
♦ Lugu Lake is about 300km to the northeast of Lijiang City, is a paradise that far from the stir of society and unspoiled virgin land in Yunnan. Mosuo people is the main inhabitant there, which well remained the custom of primeval matri-clan system.
♦ As one of the deepest valleys in China, Tiger Leaping Gorge locates 60km north of Lijiang, around 15km in length, is known throughout the world for its amazedness, awesomeness and strangeness.
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Hangzhou is famous for its profound historical accumulations, and especially, for the paradise-like natural scenery. Since ancient times, it has enjoyed a title as “one of the most beautiful and elegant cities of the world”. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular tourist cities of China, which with many splendid sightseeing attractions, attracting people from home and abroad.
West Lake, Hangzhou
♦ West Lake is a previous natural gift of Hangzhou as an apple of the eye. Ancient Chinese people praised the West Lake as a place of intoxicating beauty as for its vast serenity water surface and the long narrow river levee that full of sense of “willow down and flowers reign”.
♦ Only 5km away from West Lake, Xixi National Wetland Park is a rare and the only inner city wetland park in China, which combines urban wetland, farming wetland and cultural wetland three together.
♦ Has 1,078 small islands within the range, Thousand-islet Lake hence the name. Surrounded by verdant mountains, the crystal-clear lake, which is dotted by the 1,078 islets, is like a mirror covered with a great amount of jade.
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Wuyuan is known as the "most beautiful countryside in China" , every spring numerous cole flower flourishing attracts tourist and photographers come here for nice pictures. The oil seed flower here is among the fourth largest flower sea in China. Apart from the cole flower scene in spring, maple leaves form another breathe-taking view for its autumn here. Besides, due to its remoteness and inconvenient transportation before, many traditional Hui style architectures have been well-preserved from over capacity of tourists, so as their traditional life style and the pure tranquil beauty of this beautiful village.
Cole flower sea in Wuyuan County
♦Likeng Village is where gets most popular among tourists here. The well preserved traditional architectures, stone curb bridges, streams and rivers together present you a nice photograph as if you are walking in an ancient Chinese scenery painting. The best time to visit Wuyuan is suggest between March to April, and November for autumn view.
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Tibet is one of the must-sees in China. Without visiting Tibet, your China trip is not complete yet. Tibet Autonomous Region possesses a unique beauty of its own. Here it is where the world highest mountain Mt. Everest sits and a handful of eight-thousander snow-capped mountains scattered along the Himalaya Mountains. Namsto Lake, Yamdrok Lake they have been admired as gods for their pristine blue waters and mysterious legends from Tibetan Buddhism for thousands years. Apart from natural beauties, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple are highly recommended for Tibetan Buddhism culture and architecture.
Scenery in Tibet
♦ Mt. Everest (Mt Qomolangma) is the ultimate goal of mountaineers. It is the mighty king of mountains with its waist hidden in the clouds. Each year, a great number of brave robust mountaineers come from all over the world to visit and climb Mt. Everest, hope to fulfill a life-long dream by climbing onto and looking over from the world's highest peak.
♦ Potala Palace is landmark of Lhasa city, it was originally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century in 1645. Potala Palace is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa. It is the seat of Dalai lamas and the political centre of Tibet. This palace has sit here for centuries testing the belief of people who visit here and accepted a great value of admiration from people coming from every corner of the world.
♦ Yamdrok Lake. Together with Lake Namtso and Lake Manasorova, they are the three sacred lakes in Tibet. It sits 170km southwest to Lhasa city. Over the years tourist from both home and aboard have come here for its amazing turquoise blue and mysterious legends beauty it possesses. Surrounded by several snow-capped mountains, Yamdrok Lake is said to be the sacred lake to help Tibetans find the reincarnated soul of the Dalai Lama.
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Yuanyang Rice Terrace is located in Yuanyang County, near southern back of Red River in southern Yunnan province. If you are attracted by natural view and photographs taking, Yuanyang rice terrace is a place you can not miss in China!
Yuanyang terrace is a unique landscape dug onto southern Ailao Mountains by the local Hani people many centuries ago. The terrace here possesses all kinds of views according to the seasonal changing all the year round. It provides you with a view of thousands of mosaic mirrors reflecting the blue sky, or a delighted harvest scene of different crops when it is coming to the autumn season.
Apart from its spectacular natural scenes, the traditional lives of Hani ethnic group people here is another main fact attracting people coming here over the years home and abroad.
Yuanyang rice terraces, Yunnan Province
♦ Duoyishu Scenic Area is considered to be the best place to take photographs of sunrise. The terrace here extends from the foot f mountain to the top; viewed like ladders to heaven. A sunrise here above the “ladders to the heaven” will be an amazing scene to be memorized.
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Yangtze River is one of the most popular tourist destinations of China, especially for the section between Chongqing and Yichang, where you will be deeply impressed with the beauty of spectacular Three Gorges, elegant Shennong Streem or Lesser Three Gorges and mighty Three Gorges Dam, etc.
Yangtze River Highlights:
♦ Three Gorges is an outstanding natural attraction of Yangtze River, which consists of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Qutang Gorge or Kui Gorge, though is the shortest one (8km), is considered as the most magnificent and awesome gorge among the three gorges with its steep cliffs stick into the water straightforward. Wu Gorge is known for its zigzags turnings, deep valleys and forest covered mountains. Xiling Gorge is the longest gorge among them that full of shoals and rapid currents.
♦ As one of the tributaries of Yangtze River, Shennong Stream is an important attraction that renowned for its special virtues of serenity, uniqueness, primitiveness and wilderness. With a total length of about 60 km, one exciting sport played here is "Gliding in Water".
The above mentioned places are highly recommended places for you to enjoy natural landscape in China. Actually, with a vast land and abundant resources, China can present you more, not just the above listed place to admire the magnificent view of the nature.
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Facing the South China Sea, Sanya enjoys the best coastal scenery of Hainan Island. With bright sunshine, fine and pleasant weather, soft white sandy beach, pure sea water and comfortable seaside resorts, Sanya is an incomparable place to spend the holiday. Sanya is one of the most beautiful place in China, you should not miss.
Yalong Bay, Sanya
♦ Known as “the Oriental Hawaii”, Sanya has the most beauty beach of China - Yalong Bay, which stretches 7.5 km, is a crescent-shaped soft sandy beach with gentle and broad slope. Vast shallow-sea area embraces this beach with pure clean water and calm waves, made this beach the most popular attraction and also the best swimming spot. Besides, Sanya Bay and Dadonghai Bay are also ideal places for strolling, swimming, diving and water skiing, etc.
♦ Wuzhizhou Island with abundant vegetation resources and flash water resource, is only 30km away from Sanya. Except for the beautiful tropical landscape, the exciting aquatic sports are another choice to experience this island.
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