Touring The Natural Assets of China

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Home to a civilization that has inhabited this land for over 5,000 years, China is known around the world for its deeply influential culture. From The Great Wall of China, the longest and biggest fortification in the world in its time, to it diverse and flavourful cuisine, millions of travelers arrive in this heavily populated nation every year looking to experience one of the world’s most prominent nationalities for themselves.

Yet, despite the fact that much of China is crowded with an unfathomable population of over 1 billion people, there is also no shortage of natural wonders to discover here, which comes as a surprise to most visitors. It shouldn’t though, as most Chinese citizens are concentrated in the cities and provinces of Eastern China, leaving much of the central, western, southern and northern portions of this geographically large country surprisingly devoid of people (relatively speaking, of course).

This allows the natural wonders located in these portions of China to truly shine, impressing most tourists that make an effort to visit them. Which of these attractions should you make room for on your Chinese itinerary? The following suggestions will please those that seek astounding displays of natural beauty on their journeys of discovery, so if you’re stuck, feel free to plug any one the following destinations into your travel plans.

Let’s delve into these remarkable places, starting with…

The Karsts of Guilin

Formed from millions of years of water erosion in this subtropical region, the limestone karsts of Guilin soar skyward from the tranquil rice fields that envelop them upon the flat earth that exists far below them, inspiring awe from the second one descends beneath the cloud deck on their incoming flight.

The best way to experience this natural wonder is to take a boat cruise, which slowly makes its way amidst these rocky spires on the Li River towards Yangshuo. Tour guides will not just enighten you on the geology of these giants, but also the local folk legends associated with them.

Jiuzhaigou Valley

Located in Sichuan province between the lower lands of the east, and the extremely high mountains of Tibet and the Himalayas, the “foothills” of the former gargantuan mountain range contains the subtle beauty of the Jiuzhaigou Valley.

Recognized by UNESCO for its diversity of landscapes, spectacular waterfalls, and a number of endangered and threatened species of flora and fauna, this nature reserve will impress most people with its variety of attractions. One sight that shouldn’t be missed here is Five Flower Lake, a lake with crystal clear water that frames ancient tree trunks on their bottom, having fallen ages before.

View Mount Everest From The Highest Monastery In The World

Due to the bureaucratic headaches required to access Tibet, Nepal and India have attracted most tourists seeking to glimpse Mount Everest, the highest peak on Earth. Yet, those that wish to see this iconic mountain (known as Qumonlangma in China) can also be viewed from the highest monastery in the world as well. Located on the dry side of the Himalayas, spectacular views are more readily had from this vantage point, which makes the task of filling out the paperwork for Tibet more than worth it.

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