Lhasa Tibet

Far away from the rest of the world, Lhasa Tibet can be found at one of the most incredible places on earth, the Himalayas. Dubbed “the rooftop of the world,” Lhasa Tibet has preserved its cultural and spiritual history, making it a great place to learn about pure Tibetan culture.

The word Lhasa means Holy Land, or the Buddha Land, in the Tibetan language. In all of China, this is the best place for tourists who want immerse themselves in a spiritual experience.

There are flights to Lhasa from Beijing, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Qamdo, Kunming, Shanghai, Xi’an, Zhongdian, and Xining. You can also get there by train from Xining, Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing.

Guilin

The province of Guilin is truly a pocket of serenity, a paradise on earth. It is blessed with four clear lakes, fascinatingly shaped sheer-sided karst mountains, and the famous Li River, which is printed on the 20 yuan bank note.

The most popular tourist activity in Guilin is the Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshou. Other tourist spots include the Elephant Trunk Hill, which sits at the junction of Guilin’s two rivers, the Li River and the Peach Blossom River. On the Elephant Trunk Hill, one will find the Water Moon Cave, the Puxian Pagoda, Yunfeng Temple, and the Elephant’s Eye Stone.

Despite its natural ambience and pristine atmosphere, Guilin is full of western-style hotels, as it is a popular destination for international and local tourists alike.

Shaolin Monastery

When we speak of China, the topic of kungfu can’t be far behind. So when you visit China, you have got to visit the home of kungfu, the Shaolin temple, where some of the best kungfu (wushu) practitioners still practice today.

This Buddhist temple located at Song Mountain in Henan was founded in the 5th century. Since then, it had been destroyed and rebuilt several times. It’s latest attack had been during the Cultural Revolution of 1966, when the Red Guards entered it forcibly, captured and flogged the monks before jailing them, and destroyed all Buddhist materials found within the monastery walls.

Today, the Shaolin Monastery’s upkeep is partly funded by donations from martial arts groups from all over the world. The monastery is also honored as one of China’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Hainan

China isn’t all about temples, ancient infrastructure, and martial arts. The Chinese also know how to have fun in the sun. The province of Hainan is called “China’s Hawaii” because of the swarms of local and foreign surfers who come there every year to join the Surfing Hainan Open or to simply have some seaside fun.

Since this entire island has also been declared a special economic zone, Hainan is more prosperous than most other places in China, due to government and tourist support. It also has a larger expatriate community and more Western restaurants and other facilities, especially in the Sanya area.

So if you’re tired of visiting stuffy old museums and ancient architecture, head out to Hainan and enjoy the beach, the breeze, and the surf.

Heaven Lake

Heaven Lake in Jilin is a picturesque volcanic lake that lies at the caldera of Baekdu Mountain, found at the border of China and North Korea.

Aside from the lake’s natural beauty, it holds another fascination for tourists and locals alike: Heaven Lake is said to be the home of the Lake Tianchi Monster, a buffalo-like creature that lived under the lake’s waters.

The Lake Tianchi monster was first sighted in 1903, when it reportedly attacked three people before getting shot six times. It then said to have retreated back into the lake.

Since then, sightings of the monster – or monsters, as some say they saw as many as six at the same time – have been reported by more than a hundred people.

So if you are in search of mythical and mysterious creatures, or if you just want to appreciate the beauty of nature, Heaven Lake is a great place to visit.

 

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