China has a long history and rich natural scenery, so you can enjoy a photography feast including beautiful Jiuzhaigou, karst hills along the Li River and the magnificent Great Wall. Wuyuan Rape Flowers Fields in spring and Beijing Fragrance Hill Park in autumn has attracted a lot of photograph lovers. You can not only enjoy beautiful scenery, but also have a fun to take great photos. Where to take wonderful photos in China? Here we list the best photography destinations for your unforgettable photographic journey in China.
Top Photography Destinations in China
Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong Valleys
Breath-taking natural scenery in Jiuzhaigou Valley and Huanglong are the first choices to take photos in China. Emerald water, alpine lakes, colorful forest, snowy mountains and Tibetan villages are the highlights of Jiuzhaigou. You can also see waterfalls and tranquil grasslands in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Multi-Color Pond in Huanglong Valley is another beautiful natural wonder to photography.
Due to the natural beauty, Jiuzhaigou has been one of the hottest places to take wedding photos in China. Jiuzhaigou in autumn is a paradise composed by emerald water and colorful trees. You can get some marvelous natural photos there.
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Tibet's holy Buddhism culture influences people's life there. Deeply blue sky, snowy mountains, mysterious original local customs attract hundreds of travelers from home and abroad. You can not only get some photos of wonderful plateau scenery, but also photography some local people and festivals. But you need to ask people and temples before you photography.
When Tibet is reopen to foreign travelers except Japanese and Filipino in 2013, it's a great opportunity to take a photographic travel. You can get some great photos of magnificent Potala Palace, a landmark of Tibet. And Shigatse, Nyingchi and Nagqu are worthy visiting to photography in Tibet. July, August and September are the best time to take the trip to Tibet.
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You can enjoy different scenery of Beijing in autumn. The Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is decorated by numerous colorful trees in autumn. And the snowy Great Wall is also beautiful in winter. Photography lovers like to head to Fragrance Hill Park which is famous as an autumn destination because of colorful leaves.
You can take some photos of imperial palaces including the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. Beijing Hutongs are great choices to experience local life and culture. If you are an art lover, 798 Art Zone is an absolutely right choice for you. Bird's Nest and Sanlitun Bar Street are great choices to take some photos of night scene and enjoy a night life.
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Kanas in north Xinjiang, is a marvelous nature reserve consisting of beautiful lakes, rivers, glaciers, forests and grass lands. In autumn, there are colorful trees around Kanas Lake which has picturesque scenery. Located in Burqin County in Altay City, it is a wonderful destination to photography in Xijiang. With a crescent shape, Kanas Lake is formed 200,000 years ago during the Quaternary Period. It has rich plant and animal categories. You can see some birds playing in the lake or flying in the sky when you visit Kanas Lake.
The best time to visit Kanas Lake is from June to September. The color of Kanas Lake is so changeable that you may see green, grey, white or blue lake in one day. A lot of travelers head to Xijiang to photography the beautiful autumn scenery.
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Lijiang in Yunnan Province is the right place to explore beautiful natural scenery, and experience local ethnic minorities' life and culture. Lijiang Ancient Town and Shuhe Ancient Town are places to experience local people's unique culture with your cameras such as Dongba culture, Mosuo customs and Naxi people's life. The night of the ancient towns is great scenery not to miss.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Black Dragon Pool are the places to photography beautiful natural scenery. Lashi Lake is migratory birds' paradise after August 15th in Chinese lunar calendar. You can also enjoy original Naxi villages along the Lashi Lake.
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Xitang Water Town
As one of top six water towns in China, Xitang Water Town is the place to enjoy clear water, small bridges and ancient houses with your camera. With a long history, there are many well-preserved houses of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Covered corridor, lanes, bridges and houses are the highlights of the water town. Located Jiaxing City in Zhejiang Province, it's convenient to reach from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou.
In the morning, you can try to photography the foggy water town. At the same time, you should not miss the night of Xitang Water Town. The night scenery in Xitang is excited and wonderful, and it's a completely different sight from a modern city.
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Wuyuan County in Jiangxi Province boosts its Huizhou architectures and rape flower fields. It is known as one of the most beautiful villages in China. The county is one of birthplaces of Huizhou culture and Huizhou architectures. It is a golden flower sea from the mid-March to mid-April. You can get some great village photos during the period. With a more than 1200 years history, you can take photos of unique Huizhou architectures in Wuyuan.
You can also visit the Rainbow Bridge, Shangxia Xiaoqi and Stone City in Wuyuan County. Rice Terraced fields, rivers and local villages make up of the beautiful scenery. The morning scenery of Stone City in autumn is a marvelous and colorful picture.
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Xi'an, known as Chang'an in ancient times, is the top 1 ancient capital of China. You can take photos of historical and cultural relics in Xi'an. As the capitals for more than 1200 years, it was the capitals for 13 dynasties such as the Qin, Han and Tang Dynasties. The Terra-Cotta Warrior and Horses of the Qin Dynasty is the most exciting photos when you show your friends.
Great Wild Goose Pagoda, Tang Paradise, and Xi'an Ancient City Wall are the most popular attractions in Xi'an. The music fountain near the Great Wild Goose Pagoda has attracted a lot of travelers at night. The night scenery of the ancient capital is worth photographing.
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The exotic peaks and stone forests in Zhangjiajie are on a lot of travelers' must-visit lists. Due to its great natural scenery, it became one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Located in Northwest Hunan Province, Wulingyuan Scenic Area is consisted of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley and Tianzishan Mountain.
You can get some great photos of sunrise with the landscape of Zhangjiajie in the morning. You can also see wonderful natural rocks and underground cataracts in Huanglong Cave and Longwang Cave. Spring and autumn are the best time to visit Zhangjiajie.
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Guilin's karst landscape is impressive to a lot of travelers from the whole world. Clear water, blue sky, karst hills are the highlights of Guilin's beautiful scenery. You can take a cruise along the Li River or a small boat along the Yulong (Meet Dragon) River to photography the classical karst landscape in Guilin.
There is a saying that the landscape in Guilin is the best in China, but the landscape in Yangshuo is the best in Guilin. You should explore more natural scenery and local Zhuang People's life in Yangshuo. And you can get some marvelous rice fields photos of large-scale Longsheng Terraced Rice Fields in Guilin.
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West Lake in Hangzhou
West Lake in Hangzhou of Zhejiang Province is one of the most beautiful lakes in China. West Lake 10 scenery is the most famous. A large number of lotuses in the West Lake are deeply loved by photographers in summer. Autumn Moon over Calm Lake and Melting Snow on Broken Bridge are different sights of West Lake. In the middle of the lake, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon is the scenery on RMB 1.
It is a UNESO World Heritage Site in 2011 divided by the Sudi, Baidi, and Yanggongdi Causeways. There are a lot of temples, parks, gardens and islands around the lake. So a lot of photography lovers like to visit West Lake to enjoy its beautiful scenery.
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Shanghai is one of international modern cities in the world. If you want to take some photo of bustling metropolis, Shanghai is the first choice. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center are symbols of Shanghai's modernization. You can have a grand view of the bustling modern buildings on the Floor 94 to 100 of Shanghai World Financial Center.
The night of Shanghai is amazing and impressive. The Bund is one of the hottest destinations to photography the night scenery of Shanghai. To take a cruise along the Huangpu River is also a great choice to enjoy Shanghai's modern life.
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Zhangye Danxia Landform
Located in Linze County and Sunan County, Zhangye Danxia Landform occupies about an area of 410 square kilometers. The colorful hills are about 40 square kilometers. Hundreds of red and reddish-brown hills are the highlights of the area. The special landform is consisted of red gravel, sandstone and mudstones. Here you can get some marvelous colorful hills of the Danxia Landform.
The Danxia Landform in Zhangye was formed about 200 millions ago from the Jurassic to Tertiary. The best time to visit the landform is from June to September every year. And it is the largest and best Danxia landform in China.
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Crescent Lake got the name because of its crescent shape. Located in Dunhuang, it has the reputation of "the first spring in the deserts". At the foot of Mingsha Mountain, the spring water forms a lake in the desert. Known as Sand Well in ancient times, it has been one of top 8 scenery in Dunhuang since the Han Dynasty. It is great destination to photography deserts and oasis. And dusk is the best time to take some photos of Crescent Lake.
If you are interested in Buddhism culture, you should not miss Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang. Situated at the west of the Hexi Corridor, Mogao Grottoes' exquisite murals and statues are widely known by people. It is the largest and richest well-preserved Buddhism grottoes. You can take photos of some caves and Buddhism statues there.
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