Top 5 Places in China You Won’t Forget

China is immense. It will take you at least a week just to read the guidebook, and you won’t see a hundredth of the diversity and beauty during your vacation. Some of the places located in this country are so charming that they inspire developers to create games for Here are 5 of the most fascinating places in China.

YuanYang Rice Terraces

Carved into the slopes of a long chain of hills, YuanYang’s rice terraces bear witness to the amazing reverence of the Hani people for the magnificent landscape in which they live. Resembling the steps of a giant staircase, the terraces are pleasing to the eye at any time of the year. But in winter, when the rice checks are poured to the brim and the slanting rays of the sun at sunset and sunrise dart across the water, the sight is mesmerizing. Check ahead to see if your camera’s memory card has enough free space.

Forbidden City in Beijing

The Forbidden City is the name of a large palace complex in the Chinese capital. According to legend, the palace was once dreamt by a monk who shared the idea with Emperor Zhu Di. Whether this is a fairy tale or a true story, no one knows anymore, but anyway, in 1406, Zhu Di ordered the construction of a huge palace complex to begin.

The Emperor’s plan was so ambitious that the construction of the Forbidden City took no less than 15 years. Famous at the time engineers and architects worked on the project, and countless workers were involved in the construction. It is believed that the creation of the entire complex took 100 million bricks, 200 million tiles and a huge amount of marble.

Some parts of the buildings are truly unique. For example, for the columns of the most important halls the builders used solid logs of Chinese cedar. Huge terraces and stone ornaments were created from solid stone blocks. Getting giant boulders from the quarries to the construction site was almost impossible, but the workers showed ingenuity. Along the way they created a system of wells. The well water was used to water the roads at the height of the wells, and then the stones were dragged over the slippery ice. The floors of some halls were also paved with unusual “golden” bricks. The clay for them was fired in a special way: making each batch took almost a month.

Leaping Tiger Gorge

Imagine snow-capped mountains on either side of a two-kilometre-deep gorge, with a river at the bottom of the gorge rolling over rocks. Then imagine winding paths through tiny villages where you can rest and enjoy views of indescribable beauty. Leaping Tiger Gorge, which runs along the northwestern fringes of Yunnan Province, is a must-visit. Hikers who have returned from there are united in their expressions of rapturous delight.

Changbaishan Mountains

The largest nature reserve in China stretches over a vast area of 2,100 km2. It’s not just birch and pine forests stretching to the horizon, home to anything and everything from tigers to rare ginseng. It is not just an endless perspective, high waterfalls and 70 km long canyon with jagged rocks. It is, above all, the volcanic Mount Pektusan and the azure waters of Tianchi, or Heavenly Lake, in its crater. They are equally revered by the Chinese, Koreans, and all those fortunate enough to admire them from the surrounding heights.

Sunday Market in Kashgar

Sacrifice your lunchtime for a visit to the livestock market as the crowds thin out and the tourists load up their buses and drive on. Wander there, peering over the shoulders of vendors and customers and watching them examine sheep, goats, camels, and other livestock for sale.

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