Zhangjiajie is located in the northwest of Hunan province. Due to its unique geology and landform, Zhangjiajie became one of the first recognized World Natural Heritages and World Geo-parks in China.
Zhangjiajie is a surreal world. A land of sandstone pillars towering above mist-shrouded ravines, pristine waters gently flowing under dense forests, rapids thundering, birds singing and animals leaping, that’s Zhangjiajie.
Zhangjiajie’s main tourist draw is the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which boasts lush vegetation, unique sandstone pillars, pristine water and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Wulingyuan contains three major sights, including Zhangjiajie Forest Park, Suoxi Vale, and Tianzi Mountain, covering a total of 396 square kilometers.
At present, Zhangjiajie scenic zone is accessible by flight, railway and expressway. It has sound tourist infrastructure. In particular, its sightseeing lifts, sightseeing cableway, overhead village road attract numerous visitors home and abroad.
7. Changbai Mountain
Changbai Mountain is generally acknowledged as the most famous mountain in Northeast China. You will see the beautiful birch forest and Tianchi Lake, the deepest alpine lake in China.
Leaf-like shaped, and slightly elliptical, it is a naturally formed crater lake after the eruption of the volcano, resembling a jasper-colored lotus flower nestled among the 16 peaks of Changbai Mountain.
Due to the changes in the vertical mountain terrain, the mountain shows four types of landscape from the temperate zone to the frigid zone with the increase of height, which is rare in the world. In mid-summer, the green billows roll with mountain breeze across, making it an ideal place to spend hot summer.
8. Lijiang Old Town
The Old Town of Lijiang, a well-preserved old city of ethnic groups with brilliant culture. It covers an area of four square kilometers, and was first built in the late Song Dynasty and early Yuan Dynasty, with a history of more than 800 years.
The Lijiang Old Town is the only old city built without walls. The layout of the town is free-style and flexible, with the houses close and diverse, and the lanes narrow and crisscrossing. Most of the houses are wood-tile structure compound with a garden, and engraved with vivid figures of people and animals on doors and windows.
The usage of the water created by the local people is very scientific. They build three mouths for every well from the upriver to the downriver. The water in the first mouth is for edibility, the second is for cleaning food, and the last one is for laundry.
The water not only meets the need of the dwellers, but also gives the town a beauty. Thus, the Old Town of Lijiang is reputed as “Oriental Venice” and “Suzhou in Highland”.
9. Shennongjia National Natural Reserve
It’s a treasure trove of wildlife renowned since Emperor Shennong, who visited the mountains searching for herbs and using a ladder to collect some of the most precious ones from the rocks.
In fact, Shennongjia in Hubei province is also famous for being home to the “Yeren” or wild men. Many people think that these are only stories and many sightings are probably nothing more than lies. But such stories have existed since the Middle Age in Europe and Asia. Carvings of such creatures exist on some cathedrals. So whether the story is in the human mind or a reality is hard to tell.
Shennongjia is probably one of the very few virgin temperate forests remaining in the world. All the mountains are karstic, a kind of lime that turns into a gigantic sponge-like form with cavities that range from the size of your finger to those of caves.
In many places, it’s very hard to walk because such rocks are interlaced with dense scrub and bamboo. But for nature lovers, walking in the virgin forests is an incredible experience, especially in the burning summer.
Located in the north of Zhejiang province, Wuzhen Town is embraced by the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal with rivers and canals crisscrossing the town. For hundreds of years, its residents have been building houses along the rivers.
Wuzhen has a history of more than 1,000 years. Of the ancient residential houses, workshops and stores still standing on the banks of the rivers, remained unchanged, lending an atmosphere of antiquity. The ancient docks, waterside pavilions, and corridors stretch out for miles and make a romantic atmosphere that is typical in water towns of South China.
If boating around the water network or lingering in the lanes, one can always feel the serenity, peacefulness and subtle beauty of the water town. Surrounding by water, you will never feel the insufferable summer hot, and bath in coolness.