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Given the vast landmass of China, the great artist Nature has too much talent to elaborate. In north, south, east or west of China, mountains, rivers, trees, deserts, stones, sands…, no landforms can prevent the marvelous creation from Nature. Far ancient ages from millions years, this writer and painter never stop to mold the diversity on the paradise country, each natural wonders we get shocked just like a usual work it practice every day. To demonstrate the genius, the Nature gives us abundant and beautiful new looks of China in every season. Too much to list once for all, the below Top ten natural beauty are the tiny microscopes to observe what kind of magic nature has, and what precious treasures nature gifted within China.
Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks.
Best Travel Time: October ~ November (Autumn)
Recommended Visiting: 2 days
Location: Jiuzhaigou County, Aba Tibetan & Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province; over 400km of north Chengdu City (about 8hrs’ dirving).
Located at an elevation of nearly 3000m, Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve is a World Natural Heritage, National Geopark and the first preserve set up for natural landscape in China. Waters in Jiuzhaigou Valley is superior to all unnecessary is the perfect description of this fairy tale world, where affords fantastic springs, waterfalls, rivers and shoals. The geopark contains 74 national reserve rare plants, 18 precious animals and abundant ancient fossils and glacial landform. Rare wild animals like Giant Panda, Golden Monkey and the natural habitat are the key protected objects.
Named after the nine Tibetan villages in the canyon, Jiuzhaigou is world famous for the natural diversity of beautiful emerald lakes, double waterfalls, colorful forests, snow-capped peaks, glacier ice and Tibetan folks (Six Wonders of Jiuzhaigou). Among the108 mountain lakes in different size and colors, Five Flower Lake in light yellow, dark green, deep blue and other colors are the dramatic spot and marvellous essence of Jiuzhaigou. Nuorilang Waterfall of 270m wide and 24.5 high are the broadest waterfall in China. Dark blue Changhaizi Lake (the deepest lake in Jiuzhaigou), Five Color Pond (the smallest pool with richest colors), jade-like Rhinoceros Lake, Panda Lake, Pearl Shoal Waterfall are gorgeous waterscapes you can never miss.
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Type: Geologic Formations,Canyons, Nature & Parks.
Best Travel Time: March ~ May, September ~ November (Spring & Autumn)
Recommended Visiting: 3 days
Location: Wulingyuan District, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province.
Known by the world for the movie Avatar from James Cameron, Zhangjiajie is the first National Forest Park of China and a World Geopark listed in 2004. Covering an area of 1840 hectares, the Zhangjiajie Park is a heavenly Pandora formed by complex geological structures and peculiar landforms, say more than 3000 remarkable peaks standing into sky. As a magic creation from the nature, Zhangjiajie in Wulingyuan is the wonderland where many Chinese TV productions or movies were filmed, like the Dream of Red Mansions, Journey to the West - two of the four greatest Chinese novels.
Identified as National Forest Park with Yangjiajie, Tianzi Mountain, Suoxiyu Nature Reserve, Zhangjiajie is the most excellent part of capacious Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Area. As a paradise for adventurers, here are countless vertical cliffs, beautiful Golden Whip Brook, thrilling glass skywalk encircling Tianmen Mountain for 60m, the highest water-eroded mountain cave – Tianmen Cave, frightening Yaozi Village, best views of all the peculiar peaks and top stone bridge in broad Yuanjiajie, One Step to Reach the Sky in the lasted discovered Yangjiajie with dense forest, shrinking fairyland to watch the most original natural landscape in Tianzi Mountain, perfect site to watch sunrise in lion-like Huangshi Village…
Type: Geologic Formations, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks.
Best Travel Time: March ~ December
Recommended Visiting: within one week
Location: Yangtze River, Chongqing & Yichang, Hubei, China.
The Three Gorges of Yangtze River consisting of Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge is the cultural symbol of Chongqing and the image on Back of 10RMB Note (Qutang Gorge), and one of the cradles for ancient Chinese culture. Passing the Yibin in Sichuan, Yangtze River get to Chongqing and Yichang of Hubei, the downstream run across the Wushan Ranges, forms the famous three grand canyons – the only water route to Eastern China in history. With the construction of Three Gorge Dam, now the Yangtze River Cruise through the Three Gorges becomes a world popular China tour.
As a 193km long gores belt, it begins in the Baidi City, Fengjie County, Chongqing in the west and ends in the east Nanjin Pass, Yichang, Hubei with steeply rising peaks, cliffs on both riversides. The 8km long Qutang Gorge located in Chongqing is the shortest but the grandest gorge where bluffs stand upright for hundreds of meters. Wuxia Gorge in the middle extends 46km in a beautiful bendy gallery where scroll the deep valley, twisting rivers, green hills and scenery aside constantly. The longest segment - Xiling Gorge with 120km is the most thrilling shipping channel once high praised by many ancient poets like Libai, Bai Juyi… Zigui in south Xiling Gorge bred the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan and the legend Wang Zhaojun. Long ago, the heroes from the Three Kingdoms fought against each other with surprising wisdom in the gorges, decorates the nature into more attractive.
Type: Geologic Formations, Mountains, Sights, Nature & Parks
Best Travel Time: November ~ May
Recommended Visiting: 2 days
Location: Huangshan Scenic Area, Huangshan District, Huangshan City, Anhui Province.
Clouds Sea is the top of Four Unique Natural Wonders on Mount Huang. Since ancient times, Yellow Mountain is called Yellow Sea, a shadowy Penglai fairyland where steep peaks are hidden in the thick clouds and mist. Get the luck to enjoy the Clouds Sea on a mountain top, you will gasp in great admiration at the fantastic experience on this land, as if you already ascended into immortal.
On the average, the mist happens on Mount Huang more than 200 days, and the Clouds Sea can only be watched in a minimal chance to about 50 days a year. Drifting with the wind, clouds and mist all over the sky fly down and up, circle round and stretch to make up a special grand sight of dynamic Clouds Sea. Everytime the sea of clouds emerge, Mount Huang is redistricted into couples of oceans with white misty clouds. Just then, the beautiful and exotic peaks shrouded in the heavy mist expose the authentic appearance in the faint and the floating clouds and mist swim among the mountain pool like a thin layer of veil, a prefect landscape changes in every second and forms into a fresh new one next. Five Seas in different location of main peaks on Mount Huang is the best sites to enjoy multiple types and scenery of Clouds Sea when the Sun rises, or before sunset, after raining.
Type: Mountains, Rivers, Natura & Parks.
Best Travel Time: April ~ October
Recommended Visiting: 2 days
Location: Northeast Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
As the best presentative of Karst landform, the distinctive Landscape of Guilin has officially listed as World Natural Heritage in 2014. For thousands of years, nature beauty there has a reputation that Guilin scenery tops else around the country. With plentiful eyeable attractions, world’s biggest and best karst tourism spot - idyllic Li River scenic area has four great wonders of Guilin, green hills, beautiful rivers, odd caves and fabulous stones.
The best two contributors of picturesque Guilin are mountains and waters, such as the rocky mountains pulling out from plain grounds, the mirror like water of Li River, secluded and extraordinary caves in the peaks, exotic stones from superlative craftsmanship of the nature. Landmark of Guilin scenery goes to the Elephant Trunk Hill in confluence of Peach Blossom River and Li River, which looks like a giant elephant drinking by the Li River. The most poetic leisure is taking a boat to tour Li River, enjoy the marvelous peaks and reflections around, immerse yourself in the villatic painting of blue water, verdant peaks…A journey to the 240m long Reed Flute Cave is the best tour to experience the amazing Karst beauty where different style of exquisite stalagmite, stone pillars, followers and ancient murals are displayed. Besides, Guilin offers more feast for your eyes, like the Longji Race Terraves, Duxiu Hill, Mao’er Mountain, Yuntai Mountain, Yulong River and etc.
Type: Geologic Formation, Points of Interest & Sights, Nature & Parks.
Best Travel Time: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting: 1 day
Location: Shilin Town, Shilin County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province; about 78km of Kunming City.
Kunming Stone Forest of Yunnan is a World Geopark reserving and displaying the most diverse Karst forms in the world. It is praised as the one of the Top Wonders in China and the Stone Forest Museum for various kinds of hills. Evolved as the masterpiece of earth, the spectacular formations, large scale and old ages, geological value makes the awesome highlights of Stone Forest you can explore anytime of a year in ethnic land of Yunnan.
Big & Small Stone Forest, Pine Rock, Flying Dragon Waterfall, Chang Lake are the major tourist attractions in the geopark. The main sightseeing area - Big Stone Forest provides many animal style taupe stones and peaks rising up to the sky, which constitutes of a vivid zoo scene. Stone peak Ashima stands by the two circular green ponds of the Small Stone Forest is a lifelike statue of local legend beauty. Yue Lake with elevation of 1906m is a crescent lake hidden much marine fossils. The narrow Karst lake - Chang Lake, 18km from Stone Forest is the beautiful place where movie Ashima was shooting. Apart from the sword-shaped stone pillars, more stones in Pine Rock (8km of north Stone Forest) are like castles, pagodas, mushrooms which separate each other at upper but bound tight in the foot and form huge stone walls and circles.
Type: Mountains, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Best Travel Time: July ~ August
Recommended Visiting: three ~ four days
Location: Antu County, Yanbian Prefecture & Fusong County, Baishan City, Jilin Province.
Changbai Mountain located in southeast Jilin Province, northeastern China, is one of the ten famous mountains of China. It is highly praised for the massive white pumices and snows, together with the holy peak, lake, exotic forest and fruits within the scenic area. Being the cradle of Manchu, Changbai Mountain was worshipped from Qing Dynasty and earns a reputation of the most beautiful peak with pines and snow covered long years.
Known as a Species Gene Reserve and a Natural Museum, Changbai Mountain is a typical natural complex rich in various kinds of recourses including Siberian tiger and precious animals, plants and mineral. Tianchi Lake on top of Cahngbai Mountain - the highest and largest mountain pool in northeastern China, is an elliptic lake formed in crater where Songhua River, Yalu River and Tumen River originate. And the waterfall group falls from 68m height is the major spot to witness the magnificent flow from Tianchi Lake.
Type: Waterfalls, Body of Water, Nature & Parks.
Best Travel Time: April~May & September ~ November (Spring and Autumn)
Recommended Visiting: 1 day
Location: Shared by Hukou Village, Yichuan County, Yanan City, Shaanxi Province & Hukou Town, Ji County, Shanxi Province; about 320km to southwest Xian and 380km to northeast Taiyuan.
As the world’s largest yellow waterfall and the most spectacle of Yellow River, the amazing pouring in Hukou is the only large canyon waterfall attraction of China once gracing the RMB 50 note. In the upper reaches, Yellow River surges onward like ten thousand horses galloping in 300m wide, and compress huge water yield into 20~30ms’ river mouth suddenly, making an imposing wonder of waterfall on the 20-meters high cliff.
The famous Eight Greatest Wonders of Hukou Waterfall are the highlights and fantastic sceneries of the Yellow River in Shanxi Province. Smoke from Water Bottom is the scene incredible mist rising to the sky from underwater. Boating in Dry Land is a tradition way to transport goods by pulling empty boats to downstream and reload materials. Besides, frequent rainbows, roaring momentum and beautiful ice flows, ice bridge connecting two coasts in frozen winter and sometimes dry up for short period and etc in the Huhou Waterfall will show you breathtaking views of water transformation you never seen before.
Type: Ice & Snow, Nature & Parks
Best Travel Time: Late December ~ February (Winter)
Recommended Visiting: 1 day
Location: Songhua River, Chuanying District, Jinlin Province, Northeastern China.
Rime of Jilin is the Wu Song, a pretty natural phenomenon of ice trees along the Songhua River affected by cold weather in Northeast China. Just ordinary trees last night, next morning it turns into a fascinating white wonderland full of silver flowers. People step into the Rime kingdom often forget the original look of the world, only get the everlasting absorption in the dazzling snow and ice fairytale. Apart from the charming beauty to enjoy, Rime still has some benefits to humans as an original air cleaner and muffler thanks to the unique structure.
The Rime in Jilin is the thickest formation in the minimal density and most loose structure, the superior masterwork than the rare Rime occurs occasionally in some regions.Firstly huge temperature variation between water and air is produced in winter. Then the Songhua River continuously release vapour, which later congeal on the trees and grasses as Rime in 40~60 mm. The best orders to view how Rime is formed are the three stages: mist in the evening, hanging trees in the morning and fallen followers later. Each period, the Rime presents graceful characters that shock you, during the night, more and more mist rise and roll up the both riversides, and the dark willows and cypresses covered a crystal shining coat and decorations in next morning, finally cluster of ices drop off from tress and dancing in the air by jealous sabotage from the sun and wind.
Type: Deserts, Nature & Parks.
Best Travel Time: Late October ~ Middle November
Recommended Visiting: 1 ~ 2 days
Location: Talimu Basin Center, Xinjiang.
Covering an area of 330,000 sq km, the Taklamakan Desert in southern Xinjiang is the largest, driest and highest desert in China and tenth-largest in the world, and the world’s second-largest flow desert than Rub Al Khal Desert (650,000 sq km) in The Arabian Peninsula. The hinterland area is awarded as one of the five China’s most beautiful deserts. An overlook from the western Red & White Mountain, all will be shocked by the vast expanse of Taklamakan Desert.
Surrounded by Tianshan Mountains, Kunlun Mountains and Pamirs in the north, south and west separately, it is a mysterious land full of fancy. When seen from afar, complex and diverse dunes, sand hills and ridges seems like dragons resting on the earth, tower-type dune groups change into various kinds of faveolated, feather or fish scale looks momentarily. Mushroom rocks shaped by wind are spectacular, such as the giant umbrella on the two red-white dunes of sandstone and white plaster (Shengmushan) can hold more than 10 people. Euphrates poplars are the prominent warriors and beauty standing in the boundless barren.Climate of Taklamakan Desert is extremely harsh and tough, average annual precipitation is under 100mm while evaporation highs to nearly 3000mm, huge temperature difference between day and night, and reaches to over 60 Celsius degree in summer days and minus 20 degrees.
Haven’t enjoy yourself to the full in the above ten top beautiful natural sightseeing? China never disappoints you with the most satisfied attractions. There are much more kind of nature wonders you can explore in different regions of China and in different seasons. China Snow Country in northeastern China is the best destination to skiing and watch fancy ice and snow world in reality during winter. Mount Everest hiking offers you once in a lifetime experience when you visit the highest peak in the world. The largest inland lake in China - Qinghai Lake gives intoxicating impression when you immerse yourself in. Breathtaking colors in Daocheng Yading mix your feeling in the palette of an oil painting in autumn. Holy Namtso Lake leads you to a divine spirit never defiled in your deep soul. Vast Hulunbeir Grassland is the best idyllic pastoral for your free heart. Yet you have countless chances to witness these masterpieces from nature, because China are the best land full of nature beauty with more and more.
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