National Weeks is coming up very soon. Almost everyone has an entire week off. If you haven’t booked a vacation yet, you still have time to find a great place to kick back and explore some of the coolest places in China most people don’t know about. Here are 10 places you could check out for National Week.
Chengde Mountain Resort 承德避暑山庄
Location: Hebei, China
The Chengde Mountain Resort is a large complex of imperial palaces, gardens, pagodas, temples and various other beautiful works of architecture. The most famous attractions in the entire resort are the various ponds and lakes surrounding the mountain featuring different architecture styles from around China.
Yangshuo Town 阳朔
Location: Guilin, Guangxi
Yangshuo County is located in Southern China, the northern part of Guangxi province. The town itself is tourist friendly and has been a popular site for backpackers since the 1990s. But just outside of the county, there is the Li River where you can take a floating tour and get a beautiful view of the distance mountains. You can also go rock climbing and see the magnificent Moon Hill.
Yungang Grottoes 云冈石窟
Location: Datong, Shanxi Province
The Yungang Grottoes are one of the three most ancient famous Buddhist sculptural sites in China. There is the famous giant Buddha sculpture pictured above, but overall there are over 250 individual grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddhist statues. If you are around Northern China, this is a must visit UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Heaven Lake 长白山天池
Location: Jilin Province
Heaven Lake is located in Northeastern China and is split right down the middle by the China-North Korean border. The half of the lake that is in China is a cool and unique spot to visit. The lake is in a crater on top of a volcano in the Changbai Mountains. There are a lot of legends about the lake including its formation and a potential lake monster inside.
Huangguoshu Waterfall 黄果树瀑布
Location: Anshun, Guizhou Province
As one of the largest waterfalls in China, Huangguoshu is located on the Bai River and is 67 m (220 ft) high and 83 m (273 ft) wide. There are a number of different viewing spots at the waterfall where you can see the falls from all different perspectives, including birds eye, from a distance and from underneath.
Wuyuan County 婺源
Location: Shangrao, Jiangxi Province
Wuyuan County has both a cool Ancient town and a lot of natural wonders to check out. Wuyuan has most of it’s ancient architecture from the Tang Dynasty preserved over 1000 years. It is relatively remote, but it doesn’t get a lot of tourists, so it really is a gem. Outside of the ancient city there a tons of caves, vast fields and historic sites to check out.
Old Town of Lijiang 丽江古城
Location: Yunnan Province
If hiking or crazy landscapes aren’t your cup of tea, you can find a cool gem of a vacation at Lijiang. The town is over 1,000 years old and is extremely culturally diverse. You can find authentic ethnic Han music and performances. The town is absolutely beautiful at night and is near a calm and peaceful lake.
Mount Jiuhua 九华山
Location: Qingyang, Anhui Province
Jiuhua is one of the four sacred mountains of Buddhism in China. Legend has it that famous Ancient Chinese poet Li Bai travelled to Jiuhua and wrote a poem about it, which was used to name the mountain. In the area that are plenty of Buddhist templs and 99 other mountain peaks so the view is pretty nice!
Zhijin Cave 织金洞
Location: Guizhou Province
Originally called the Daji Cave, the now Zhijin Cave was only discovered in 1980 by the Zhijin County Tourism Exploration Team. The cave is huge, extending 13.5 km (over 8 miles). It is believed to be the largest unsupported roof spand of a cave ever discovered. There are hundreds of different crystalline formations, including the largest one named Silver Rain Tree 银雨树 which is 17 m (56 ft) long.
Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area 黄龙
Location: Sichuan Province
Located in Northwest Sichuan, Huanglong is best known for it’s colorful pools of water. In a special section called Yellow Dragon Gully 黄龙沟 there are all kinds of different ecosystems including snowy peaks, waterfalls and hotsprings. This area is also home to a lot of endangered wild animals like the giant panda and golden snub-nosed monkey.
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