The magnificent Yading Nature Reserve, 140km south of Daocheng, centers around three sacred snowcapped mountains, a holy trinity encircled by forested valleys, crystal-clear rivers, and glacier-fed lakes. These are, quite simply, some of the most stunning landscapes you'll ever see.
Xi’an is the capital city of China's Shaanxi Province in central China. The city marks the Silk Road’s eastern end and was home to the Zhou, Qin, Han and Tang dynasties' ruling houses.
Today, most visitors flock to Xi'an to see the famous archaeological excavation of Bingmayong, more commonly known as the Terra Cotta Army.
While most visitors use Xiamen as a stepping stone to visit the famous island of Gulang Yu, the city has recently transformed into one of the most tranquil, different, modern and hipster cities in Asia. Craft coffee shops, roasteries, and breweries have popped up on most corners and Chinese artists love the international flair in the city.
Tiger Leaping Gorge
One of the deepest gorges in the world, it measures 16km long and is a giddy 3900m from the waters of the Jīnshā River (Jīnshā Jiāng) to the snowcapped mountains of Hābā Shān (Hābā Mountain) to the west and Yùlóng Xuěshān to the east, and, despite the odd danger, it’s gorgeous almost every single step of the way.
The charming city of Suzhou, or 'The Venice of the East', is located just one hour by high-speed train from Shanghai. While most of the city's historic landmarks and formations were destroyed and replaced by modern architecture, Suzhou is famous for its gardens, canals, pagodas, and parks.
The seemingly ultra-modern city of Shanghai is home to world's second largest tower and numerous other colossal buildings. While the city strikes one as extremely advanced and modern, and this is certainly true, the core of Shanghai is still traditional and Chinese history and culture are prevalent in the city that is China's answer to New York City.
When you arrive at Lake Namtso, you will enjoy the incredible surroundings with wild yaks, an endless variety of birds, hares and other local wildlife that are part of the ecosystem of this picturesque destination. You will find that locals are very friendly and happy to be photographed and let you ride their yak for a small fee.
Leshan, about 120 kilometers south of Chengdu in China's Sichuan Province, is famous for its giant Buddha.
The first Chinese Buddhist temple was built here in the first century AD and with the addition of other temples turned the site into one of Buddhism's holiest sites. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number.
The best time to visit the ancient city of Kashgar is right now. In recent years, modernity has swept through the city and Han migrant workers have settled in the city to bulldoze the old and develop the new. Today, only a small part of the true 'old city' with its incredible architecture remains.
Jiuzhaigou National Park
Located in the north of China's Sichuan province, Jiuzhaigou National Park is most famous for the crystal clear waters of the many rivers and lakes flowing through it.
Jiuzhaigou was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve in 1992, confirming it as one of the most stunning national parks in the world.
Hangzhou, located in China's Zhejiang Province, is one of the most important tourist cities in the country. Famous for its natural beauty, surrounding yellow mountains and historical and cultural heritage, many Chinese and international visitors flock to the city in spring and autumn.
Gyantse Kumbum, located in the town of Gyangze in the southwest of Tibet, was commissioned by a local prince in 1427. While the exterior is magnificently stunning, the inside is no less impressive, and in what seems an endless series of tiny chapels you’ll find painting after exquisite painting (Kumbum literally translated means ‘100,000 images’)
Guilin, a small city located in southern China, is best known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills. At the center of Guilin are 2 lakes, Shanhu and Ronghu, remaining from a medieval-era moat that once surrounded the city.
Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-la
Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-la are all located within China's Yunnan province. Other than their location, the towns share an incredibly rich history and unique modernization. All three cities are very popular hangouts not only for western backpackers who want to recoup and recover for a few weeks at a time but also for young Chinese citizens who want to live a more hipster life and mix with foreigners
Most visitors flock to Chengdu on a mission to see Pandas in the Sichuan region, but Chengdu itself shouldn't be overlooked. The city is recognized as one of China's most significant culinary hubs and together with the towns laid-back vibe, Chengdu makes for a perfect destination to spend a few days.
Beijing, China's massive but marvelous capital city, boasts history dating back over three thousand years. While the city has vastly modernized in recent years, and become one of China's economic, financial and business hubs, the core of the city has never lost its traditional roots.