The Great Wall
Extending for over 21196km long and spanning more than 2700 years, the Great Wall
, the most awe-inspiring feat of engineering in human history, can always evoke a sense of grandeur. Breathtaking hiking is involved to sample its breathtaking scenery. Time your visit during autumn, so you can enjoy the crispy fresh air, pleasant climate, clear blue sky and hills carpeted with red, yellow, golden colors. Sections including Badaling, Mutianyu, Simatai and Huangyanguang are top places to go.
Fairyland-like scenery and exotic ethnic splendor, Kanas has them all. Framed by snow-capped mountains in the distance, cascading and rainbow-hued forests contrast sharply against azure lakes and pristine rivers. The colors are so vivid and pure that can send the most established impressionist painter green with envy. Along the gentle slopes dot Sweden-style wooden houses of the Tuwa people (a Mongolian nomadic tribe residing in northwestern China’s Xinjiang. Dwelling within yurts or wooden houses roofed with straws, they celebrate festivals similar to that of the Mongols
. Populated at around 2,000, they are “outcasts” of forests and their civilization and lifestyles remain unchanged since the Ghegis Khan era, that is, the glorious Yuan Dynasty). Hordes of horses and sheep roam around leisurely. Smokes rise from the chimney. Carefree, slow-paced, serene and inviting, such is the forest life, in the western area of China.
Ejina Banner, Inner Mongolia
Encompassing over 253km2, the populous euphratica forests in Ejina Banner, Inner Mongolia is one of the three surviving Populus euphratica forests on earth as well as the most majestic and best-preserved one. (The other two is Taklamakan Desert in Xinjiang and Sahara Desert in North Africa.) Contrasting with the blue sky and yellow undulating desert are clumps of giant populous euphratic trees. With eye-pleasing golden colors, grotesque trucks, these resilient fossil trees native to acrid desert or gobi terrains, worth of your attention. Green during spring and summer, golden during autumn and red during winter, they contribute a lot to sustain the fragile environment and bring out the most dramatic landscape in China’s western frontier area. Each year, over one million photographers will bow to its sublime charm.
| The populous euphratica forests in Ejina Banner create many oases and sanctuaries for both human beings and wild animals. During summer, they will provide welcome shade, while in autumn, they will become the most astonishing scenery hidden in the deep of desert. |
Situated in Panjin, northeastern China’s Liaoning Province, Panjin Red Beach
will challenge your stereotyped impression of a beach by its bleeding marshland infested with a great variety of wildlife. During each September and October, this marshland, the biggest and best-preserved one in the world, will radiate with scarlet and even purplish red color. Mesmerizing vistas will unfold as you wander along a zigzagging wooden walkway. Spanning 133333333m2, Panjin Red Beach extends all the way till it finally meets the sky in the horizon. Autumn is a peak season for migrating birds, which will congregate here before embarking on an epic expedition to south China. Hence, from time to time, you can see a huge swam of birds dash out of the wetland and soar high into the sky. Among which, there are the world-renowned Red-Necked Crane, an endangered species. For globetrotter foodies, one kind of succulent and palatable cram native to this place will become your most enduring and haunting memory.
Longsheng Rice Terraces
Tucked away 77km from downtown Guilin
, Longsheng Rice Terraces
keeps enthralling backpackers and photographers for its unmatched tiered rice paddies and peculiar ethnic flavor. Scattered among these rice terraces are villages belong to Miao
people. Late September to middle October signifies the harvest season. Longsheng Rice Terraces will be transformed into a golden world at this period. Standing on the summit of a hill, you will be rewarded with an electrifying panorama.
The celestial and surreal beauty of Jiuzhaigou has drawn millions of visitors to its unspoiled forests and languid Tibet
an and Qiang minority villages since it was discovered two decades ago. Its legendary beauty will climax during each middle August, when its forests adopt a riot of manifold and eye-dazzling colors: scarlet red, golden yellow and brown…you can discern almost every color with every exquisite shade in a single patch of forest. The intensity and purity is simply unrivalled. Set against the dreamy turquoise lakes and rivers, they will carry your breath away by the bewildering beauty.
During the past millennia, Huangshan(Yellow Mountain)
, a UNESCO natural and cultural heritage site, has won countless hikers, photographers and artists’ hearts. As a maze composed of colossal peaks, deep valleys, splashing waterfalls, mysterious caves, intriguing monasteries and precipitous trails, it is duded as “God’s Bonsai”. Swirled by curtains of clouds and mist and frequented by pilgrims and artists all year around, Huangshan is bound to fulfill your quest for the ultimate natural splendor and enduring cultural legacy. When autumn falls, the mountains will display a riot of color, scents and mirages, which is reserved for the hardy and intrepid travelers. Once make it to Lotus Peak, the king of all mountains here, you will be awarded with a stunning 360-degree-view: under the crystal blue sky, colorful mountains spread out in all direction and play seek and hide with clouds…the painting-like dramatic landscape is both captivating and inspiring. Nearby ancient villages including Xidi
, two World Heritage Sites in Anhui, feature the most delicate wooden, stone and brick sculptures in China.
|Hong Cun Village, Anhui Province|
|Hong Cun Village, Anhui Province |
Daocheng Yading Nature Reserve (稻城亚丁)
Located in Gyatse Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, it is a lost world discovered by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884 – 1962), an Austrian-American explorer, geographer, linguist and botanist in 1928. Incorporating divine snow mountains, meadows, grasslands, forests, valleys and pools, it is reputed as “the last piece of unspoiled paradise on earth”. Photos took by Rock, a real-life Indiana Jones, were published in National Geography and stirred sensational reactions.
Xiapu County is a gem hailing from northeastern Fujian province, which echoes Taiwan Island to the east. Its population is composed of Han Chinese and She people. People here make a living out of fishing and kelp cultivation. Contrasting with the hilly northwest part of Fujian, Xiapu epitomizes the charm of coastal area. Fringed by a coastal line stretching for over 29592km and dotted with over 194 islands and 183 bays, it ranks as one of the top seafood cultivation bases of south China as well as a Mecca for photographers. March 28 (lunar calendar) is time to capture the ancient rituals typical of Mazu
Festival (a festival dedicated to their sea Goddess named Mazu), May to June is time to witness the thriving scene of harvesting kelps, while August to September will reveal the prosperous scenes of fishermen harvesting seaweeds. Top things to do here including stroll along the mudflat during sunrise or sunset and observe the sea transversed with boats, explore tranquil fishing villages and the 700-year-old Dajing Ancient Village(大京古堡) as well as ascend to Taimu Hill (太姥山) which is famed as “fairyland mountain along sea”.
Posted by Sophia on August 2, 2013