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The Small Seven-hole Bridge

Libo Zhangjiang Scenic Spot, located in Libo County of southern Guizhou, bordering Huanjiang and Nandan of Guangxi. It covers an area of about 273 square kilometers, and was listed into the list of World Natural Heritage site in 2007 for its fine examples of karst scenery.

The scenic area mainly consists of the Xiaoqikong (Small Seven-hole Bridge) Scenic Zone, Daqikong (Large Seven-hole Bridge) Scenic Zone, Shuichun River Scenic Area and Zhangjiang River Scenic Area. The former two, dubbed “Little Jiuzhaigou”, unveil a wide array of waterfalls, streams, lakes, forests and fantastic caves.

Wonderful Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, one of the minority autonomous prefectures of the province. As a vital pass from China to the Indo-China Peninsula by land. Jinghong is the political, cultural and financial center of Xishuangbanna.

There is no doubt that Xishuangbanna is a must-see stop on a trip to Yunnan. This city boasts lush tropical rain forests with a variety of rare animals and plants. It’s easy to get close to beautiful peacocks, wild elephants, monkeys and other animals at Wild Elephant Valley and the Primeval Forest Park. The exquisite and unique Dai bamboo buildings and ancient Buddhist temples are all hidden in the green trees, showing a natural, peaceful and simple living atmosphere. The Water-Sprinkling Festival in April is a carnival of the whole city, which absolutely should not be missed.

As one of the key tourism cities in China, Xishuangbanna is quite famous for its magnificent tropical rain forest scenery and traditional minority customs. Besides, its special geographical position – borders Laos and Burma, adjacent Thailand and Vietnam, which made it important access to Southeast and South Asia and the gateway of Yunnan Province opening to the world outside.

The whole area of Xishuangbanna is a famous Scenic Area and Natural Reserve, which can be divided into 3 main areas – Jinghong City Scenic Area, Menghai County Scenic Area and Mengla Scenic Area. The whole area covers an area of over 1202.53 square kilometers.

Welcome to beautiful Xishuangbanna!

Cycling in the North West of Yunnan

Began from Erhai Lake, and ended at the foot of Jade Dragon Mountain. Following the Ancient Tea & Salt — Horse Road, we went through Dali,Diqing, and Lijiang prefectures, 6 days and 600 kilometers. Beside the beautiful scenery,we also explored the colorful ethnic minority nationalities’ culture, discovered the beauty of the people, and enjoyed the peace and quietness of the old small towns. We visited the Tibetan Buddhist temple and the Tibetan family, tasted different foods and joined different kinds of local culture shows.

Riding a bike 40 to 70 kilometers each day, we were energetic again in the morning no matter how exhausted the day before. we climbed the high mountain that even the birds can not fly over, we arrived at the first bend of the Yangtze River. We made the impossible into possible. We were crazy! Yes, we are crazy but we are professional. Thanks to you all. We conquered all difficulties and challenges. What a wonderful trip!

Fengjing Ancient Town

Ancient Town of Fengjing is located in the southwestern corner of Shanghai. It has long been known as a typical ancient water town in the southern Yangtze with profound significance of history and culture, as well as one of the four most famous towns in the south China. The green water, low houses and the boats moving slowly on the river make up a tranquil and picturesque water town. Others which enjoy similar reputations are Nanxun Ancient Town, Wangjiangjing in Zhejiang Province, and Shengze in Jiangsu Province.

Fengjing Ancient Town has a history of over 1,500 years. Demarcated by the boundary river in its center, it was governed separately by Zhejiang and Jiangsu Provinces from 1430 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

In the town, many buildings are mainly two-story structures of brick and timber with white washed walls and black-tile-covered roofs. Each has wing-rooms, dooryard and walkway. The total area of old residences in the four main streets reaches 12 acres, and nine locations among these are included in the Shanghai Unmovable Cultural Relics.

Another specialty in the town is local food delicacies, such as the yellow wine, pork trotter, Zhuang Yuan Cake and Tian Xiang Dry Bean Curd are all known as the “Four Treasures of Fengjing”.

China Snow Town

China’s Snow Town, a beautiful village, aptly named “the home of snow”. Located in the Shuangfeng Wood Farm in Hailin City (under the jurisdiction of Mudanjiang City), the village is about 280 kilometers away from Harbin, the capital city of Heilongjiang Province. White snow, red lanterns and blue skies make here a very charming place in winter.

The village is at an elevation of 1,500 meters and covers an area of 500 hectares. It consists of around twenty wooden houses decorated with strings of golden corn and red chili hung to dry. In winter the snow here can reach up to two meters which creating a winter wonderland. With its fascinating snowy scenery, this is a must-visit place for photography enthusiasts.

Though endowed with the pure and beautiful snowscape in the world, the Snow Town was not known to the outside world until it was discovered by some shutterbugs and their photos won the international reputation in several years ago. Since then, a lot of TV shows and films were shot in here. After that, China’s Snow Town is regarded as a dreamlike paradise in winter. Its high mountains, local traditional wooden houses, animals, trees and the sunrise are all greatly different from those in the other world’s snowy areas.

Dunhuang Mingsha Shan (Echoing Sand Mountain) and Crescent Moon Spring

The crescent moon lake is a magnificent lake in Dunhuang city. It is quite literally an oasis in the desert. The spring’s name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn’t dry up as one might expect. The width between north and south is only 54 meters. It is really a mini lake surrounded by sand.

The Singing Sand Mountains are famous for the sounds the wind makes when blowing over the dunes. Through the ages, by “mountain spring coexistence, sand water paragenesis” (a sign of the scenic spot) the marvelous landscape is celebrated worldwide, with the reputation “a pearl north of the Great Wall”.The length between east and west is 40 km while the south and north is 20km. The Mingsha mountain’s peak is like a knife’s edge. From far away, it looks like a dragon but also resembles mighty waves in the sea .It is really a magnificent sight to behold. In 1994 it is listed as the national key scenic spot. Mt. Mingsha, the crescent moon spring and the Mogao Caves art landscape merges into a whole which has become a popular tourist attraction all around the world.

Chaka Salt Lake

Chaka means “salt lake” in Tibetan. located in Wulan county in the east of the Qaidam Basin of Qinghai province, Silhouetted by the azure sky and floating clouds as well as mountains in the distance, is regarded as “the mirror of the sky” in China for its splendid beauty.

It is included in “the 55 places you must go in your lifetime” list by China’s National Geographic magazine. Tourists are often enthralled by the various salt sculptures within the Chaka Salt Lake scenic spot.

Bingling Temple, One of the Noted Four Caves in China

Bingling temple is located in Yongjing County, Lanzhou city. Bingling thousand Buddha cave in the temple is one of the four famous Grottoes in China, second only to Mogao Grottoes in terms of artistic value, and was listed in the world heritage list on June 22, 2014. Bingling temple, founded in the Western Qin Dynasty, has a history of more than 1600 years since it was expanded in the Northern Wei, Western Wei, Northern Zhou, Sui, Tang, yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Ice cream means “Ten Thousand Buddhas” in Tibetan. Bingling thousand Buddha cave was built in the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). These caves were excavated many times in subsequent dynasties. There are 183 niches, 694 stone carvings, 82 clay sculptures, and 900 square meters (1076 square yards) of murals in good condition. Bingling qianmiao Grottoes is famous for its stone carvings. It is located on the West Cliff of Dashigou, about 200 meters (about 600 feet) long. The main characters are Sakyamuni, Guanyin, wuliangshou Buddha, Maitreya Buddha, etc. With elegant posture, elegant robes and ribbons, statues are the same as life. Among these caves, cave 169 is worth mentioning. Produced in the Northern Dynasty (386-581), it is the most magnificent and exquisite clay sculpture to preserve Guanyin, Dali Buddha (Dali means powerful power in Chinese). Dali Buddha has a round face and sits cross legged. When we see this sculpture, we will feel its expression is very solemn. On both sides stood Bodhisattva, dressed in hair and waving with bare arms. Color shows us the Buddha and Buddha. No. 125 cave, where Sakyamuni stone sculptures are preserved, should not be missed.

At the end of Yuan Dynasty and the beginning of Ming Dynasty, the yellow school (Gelu school) of Tibetan Buddhism was introduced into Bingling temple. On the basis of inheriting the folk art of the previous generation, Bingling Temple Grottoes absorbed and integrated the foreign Buddhist art, and created a vivid sculpture image and painting art with a new posture and simple technique.

Tianzhu Mountain, One of the Three Most Famous Mountains in Anhui

Tianzhu Mountain presents natural landscapes such as strange peaks, strange rocks, secluded caves, canyons, etc. it is famous for its masculinity, strangeness, spirituality and beauty. Geologists call it “the most beautiful granite landscape in the East”; writers call it “mountain jungle” and “stone Palace”.

Located in Qianshan, Anqing, Anhui Province, the mountain is a branch of Dabie Mountains and well known for its great number of peaks, caves and rare rocks, as well as the beautiful environment with fresh air and numerous green plants. It also features rich cultural relics such as steles carved with the calligraphies of famous people in ancient times, such as Libai, an outstanding poet of the Tang Dynasty (618~907). It is the perfect place for outdoor activities such as climbing mountains, admiring peculiar peaks and a sea of clouds, exploring mysterious caves, and splashing about in the water.

Tianzhu peak, 4887.7 feet (1989.8 meters) above sea level, is the highest peak in the scenic area. It is named “Tianzhu”, which literally means Tianzhu, because it looks like a huge pillar penetrating the sky. The mountain is famous for its steepness because it is extremely difficult to climb. So far, only two tourists have reached the top of the mountain.

Tianzhu Mountain is one of the three famous mountains in Anhui Province because of its unique natural landscape. As early as Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty, it was named “Nanyue”. There were cultural activities in all dynasties. After the founding of the people’s Republic of China, it has been developed into a scenic spot. In 2011, the scenic spot won the title of AAAAA tourist attraction. In September 2011, it was officially approved as a World Geopark by UNESCO.

Mount Jiuhua, the First Mountain in the Southeast

Jiuhua Mountain, one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China, is located in Qingyang County, Chizhou City, Anhui Province, known as the first mountain in the Southeast. From the foot of Jiuhua Mountain to Tiantai peak, there are many famous temples, many cultural relics and historic sites. There are still 78 ancient temples such as Huacheng temple, Yueshen temple, Huiju temple, Centenary palace, and more than 1500 Buddha statues. There are more than 1300 cultural relics such as imperial edicts, scriptures and other jade seals and artifacts issued by Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty.

According to historical records, Buddhism was first introduced to Mount Jiuhua in the year 401. In 719, a Korean monk named Jin Qiaojue arrived and practiced Buddhism here for 75 years. Upon his Nirvana in 794, Jin Qiaojue was respected as the Earth Buddha by the locals, hence it has become the place where religious rituals were held to worship the God of Earth.

It has always been a place of attraction to the literary world. It is said that Li Bai (701-762), a famous poet of Tang Dynasty, visited Jiuhua Mountain. When he was intoxicated with the scene of lotus like the peak of Jiuhua Mountain, the poem slipped out, “from the blue sky, a jade stream, nine charming lotus flowers rose from the bottom of the mountain.”. Later, Liu Yuxi (772-784), a poet of the Tang Dynasty, Wang Anshi (1021-1086), a writer of the Northern Song Dynasty, and many other scholars, politicians and monks also went to Jiuhua Mountain for tourism, which made them famous. As a Chinese saying goes, “mountains are famous for their holiness, not for their height.”.

Visitors to Jiuhua Mountain Temple are always impressed by its exquisite architecture and magnificent structure. There are no more than 90 existing temples, most of which were restored in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Among them, the most famous ones are the reincarnation hall, Huacheng temple, Zhiyuan temple, Changshou temple, zhantanlin temple, Ganlu temple and Tiantai town top temple.