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Hello! I'm Elben and I love collecting travel information and writing comprehensive travel guides. I hope my travel knowledge will keep you informed and your journey fun-loving, meaningful, and relevant.

Top 7 Mountains in China

China stretches across a vast area covering many mountains. The different types of mountains listed below are either among the most famous or the most beautiful in China.

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2019 Mid-Autumn Festival

In 2019, Mid-autumn festival, aka Moon Festival falls on September 13th. Do you want to know the celebration, history, legends, and traditions of the festival?

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Top 7 Autumn Destinations in China

Autumn, from September to November, is the best time to visit China. But there are so many destinations waiting for exploration in China, which one to choose? Below are some of the best-for-autumn-visit places you can put on your bucket list.

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Daxing Airport (PKX)

Beijing Daxing International Airport, officially open for business since September 25, 2019, is the biggest airport in the world. This is a guide about its facts, airlines and transportation.

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China Visa

This China Visa Guide will help you know info about visa types, requirements, application, cost, visa-exemption countries, visa-free transit policies, Visa on Arrival, etc.

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Visa-Free Transit in Shanghai for Up to 144 Hours

Countries, qualifying criteria, documents, arrival points...everything you need to know before enjoying a visa-free journey in Shanghai.

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Visa Free Transit in China for 144 Hours

Countries, qualifying criteria, documents, arrival points...This page offers everything you need to know before enjoying a visa-free journey in China.

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Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park

Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park lies only 8 km south of the city of Zhangjiajie, but does not belong to the UNESCO-recognized block-and-obelisk Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

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Longji Terraced Fields

Longji Rice Terraces was initially reclaimed 800 years ago, but now local people still live and work on their fields. Spetember is usually the best time to visit there.

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Li River

Li River is the cradle of the beautiful landscapes of Guilin. Over 10 domestic or foreign political leaders have ever cruised on Li River. Hiking along the river is also a good option for sports fans.

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Guilin to Yangshuo

Yangshuo is 70 km southeast of downtown Guilin. How to get to Yangshuo from Guilin? Here we try to list everything that you might consider about the transportation between them.

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from HK

This article gives you all the transportation details you need to know to plan a tour from HK to Guilin, including time schedule of buses, flights, high speed trains, and travel tips.

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Chinese Festivals

Chinese people celebrate a series of festivals in a year. You might want to check to see whether your visiting dates coincide with these festivals in 2020.

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Reed Flute Cave

Reed Flute Cave is known for the reeds that grow outside that are hollow and can be made into flutes. There are large number of stalactites and stalagmites in the cave.

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Beijing Transport

Beijing, the capital city of China, is a transport hub with airports, trains, buses, subways, taxis and even rickshaws, providing people with convenient services.

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Beijing Air Transport

Beijing has three running airports so far: PEK, NAY and PKX. The third one, Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), have been officially open since September 25, 2019.

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Li River Cruise

The schedule, prices, and travel tips below will help answer your questions to almost everything you need to know before booking a cruise on the Li River.

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Guilin Restaurants

Find best foods from our 10 picks of the best restaurants in Guilin and Yangshuo. From local to expat and from cheap to fancy, there must be something meeting your picky tongue.

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Elephant Trunk Hill

Elephant Trunk Hill, the very symbol of Guilin, is an elephant-shaped hill that looks like a huge elephant siphoning up water from Li River. The hilltop offers a panoramic view of downtown Guilin.

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Great Wall Hiking Routes

The Great Wall is nowadays a must-see in Beijing. Apart from touring the well-preserved or restored sections, however, there are more and more people challaging to hike on the rugged, uneven steps and slopes of the “wild Great Wall”.

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Visa Free Policy in China for 15 Days

Since October 1, 2016, the 15-day visa-free policy has been operating for foreign tour groups entering China from Shanghai by cruise. So what are the visa-free requirements for cruise ship passengers?

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Huangluo Yao Village

Huangluo Village, in Longji Rice Terraces area, is famous for its unique culture of the Yao and the long hair of local women, who have the longest hair on Earth.

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Arctic Village

Mohe Arctic Village is the northernmost place in China, located in far northwest of Heilongjiang Province, featuring glorious polar lights and picturesque winter views.

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Mt. Lushan

Mount Lu (Lushan) is situated about 20 kilometers due south of the city of Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province. Mount Lu is a typical a horst-style block mountain and famous for religious culture and waterfall.

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Moganshan Road Art District

Shanghai Moganshan Road Art District, also known as M50, is a right place to explore Chinese contemporary art in Shanghai, just like the 798 Art District in Beijing.

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Wild Elephant Valley

Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley is made up of low hills and small hillocks, with wide valley bottoms rich in tropical plants to meet the wild Asian elephants' needs.

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Moon Hill

The Moon Hill, located 8 km away from West Street, is a large piece of rock with a 50-meter semicircular hole in its center. It is 380 meters high, 410 meters long and 22 meters wide.

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Xian City Wall

Xi'an is a city neatly arranged along the city wall. The City Wall is massive - tall, long and thick, and stretches round the old city, dividing the city into the inner part and the outer part.

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Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve

As a part of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain is carpeted with thick forests and with the wildlife that characterizes Wulingyuan Scenic Area.

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Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Located in the north of Zhangjiajie City, Wulingyuan Scenic Area boasts of natural beauty where gathers mountains, valleys, forests, caves, lakes and waterfalls.

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Yangjiajie Scenic Area

Yangjiajie Scenic Area, a subsection of Wulingyuan Scenic Area, is located northwest of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. It is a fusion of nature and bandits’ legends.

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Hongya Cave

Hongya Cave, Hongyadong, is a great place to walk around at night in Chongqing. There is food street, glorious night views, and unique stilted building group that is similar in Spirited Away.

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Tourist Festival in China

China is vast country with natural beauty and illustrious history and culture. All kinds of tourists festivals make China a much more popular travel destination. Explore festivals, explore China.

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Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall, a World Heritage listed by UNESCO, is the most well-known Great Wall section. Ancient Cannon, Ramparts and War Dais are the highlights on the Great Wall Section.

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Qixi Festival

The Qixi Festival, known as the China's Valentine's Day is celebrated on every 7th day of the 7th month according to Chinese lunar calendar. In 2020, it falls on August 25th.

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Simatai Great Wall

Simatai Great Wall is the most spectacular and most precipitous section of the Great Wall of China. It was recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

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Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai Huangpu River Cruise is history revisited in the sense that it affords many glimpes of Shanghai's past during the period, and is also a way to admire today's glorious metropolis.

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Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land consists of hundreds of terraced fields. September to December and May to June are the best time to visit, especially for photography enthusiasts.

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Tianmen Fox Fairy Show

Tianmen Fox Fairy Show is a large-scale real-scene musical drama that originated from a traditional Chinese fairy tale, which showing a love story between a fox fairy and a woodsman.

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Shanghai World Financial Center

Shanghai World Financial Center is a building consisting of sightseeing, shopping, hotels and high-level offices. With the height of 492 meters, it is one of the best places to see Shanghai’s skyline.

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The Bund

The Bund, a 1.5-km embankment along Huangpu River, is the very landmark of Shanghai. It features the view of the River and the 52 old European style buildings.

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Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town is found within the suburbs of Shanghai City and is the closest water town from Shanghai - you can get there by metro.

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Summer in Guilin: Green Rice Terraces and Li River Cruise

Guilin is hot and humid in summer – someone may turn away and find somewhere else to avoid summer heat – however, you’ll probably regret that you miss the lively green rice terraces and breezy Li River Cruise.

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Shanghai Maglev Train

Maglev Train is not a Shanghai attraction but trying Maglev train can be a highlight in your Shanghai trip. It is the first choice to leave Shanghai Pudong International Airport.

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Houhai Bar Street

Houhai Bar Street is place for nightlife. Over 120 bars are competing for customers on the street. Beer, cafe, milk.... Almost every beverage in the world can be found on the street.

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Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge is the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. Here we listed its facts, tickets and transportation information for you.

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Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon is a natural wonderland where incorporates mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and forest. What makes it world-famous is the Glass Bridge.

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Chinese Solar Terms

The Twenty-Four Solar Terms were developed by farmers in ancient China through observation of the sun’s annual motion, to guide agricultural production in a year.

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Shanghai

Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, Shanghai is a great destination for a visa-free transit travel: Shanghai Tower, the Bund, water towns...

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong faces Macau across the sea in the west and borders Shenzhen in the north. It is an all-in-one destination: Victoria Peak, Victoria Harbour, Disneyland, beaches...

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Chengdu

As the capital city of Sichuan Province, Chengdu features both historic sites and natural beauty, not to mention the lovely giant pandas. Don't forget hot pot and Sichuan opera.

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Beijing

Beijing, the capital of China, has been rated by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best places to visit in Asia Pacific in 2019. It is a must-visit city for travelers who come to China for the first time.

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Xian

Xi'an the capital city of Shaanxi and the starting point of the Silk Road. Its profound history and cultural relics make it a popular tourist destination in China.

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Three Ways of Exploring the Li River

The Li River, one of the most beautiful rivers in China, is the soul of Guilin. There are three ways to explore the beauty of the river: the Li River cruise, the bamboo raft and hiking.

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Top Outdoor Activities in Yangshuo

Guilin landscape is said to be “the best under heaven”, and Yangshuo is the essence of it. Just get to Yangshuo and you can enjoy the great outdoors!

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Huangshan

Huangshan City is known for Yellow Mountain, the mountain of the same name with the city. Glorious sunrise, sunset, and sea of clouds can be seen on the top of the mountain.

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Hong Kong Maritime Museum

Hong Kong Maritime Museum, located on the underground of Murray House in Stanley Plaza, began to be constructed in 2003 and began to open to the public in 2005 with the support of shipping communities in Hong Kong, aiming to show shipping history, ship technology and the trade between China and other countries, ....

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Hong Kong History Museum

To understand a city is to know its history. The Hong Kong Museum of History is the proud home and living encyclopedia of the region’s unique political and cultural existence....

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Hong Kong Harbor City

Hong Kong Harbor City, located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon of Hong Kong, is Hong Kong’s largest shopping center and one of the largest shopping malls in western Kowloon....

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Hong Kong Golden Bauhinia Square

Situated near Hong Kong Convention Exhibition Center, Golden Bauhinia square is set up for remembering Hong Kong’s return to the motherland....

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Hong Kong Disneyland Park

Hong Kong Disneyland is located on Lantau Island, surrounding by mountains at three sides and facing the South China Sea....

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Hong Kong Cultural Center

Hong Kong Cultural Center is located in Tsim Sha Tsui, enjoying superior location....

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HK Convention and Exhibition Centre

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center may not be at the top of the list as a tourist spot, but it is a bulwark in keeping Hong Kong at the top of the convention capitals of China, and is also an historic marker, as next door Bauhinia Square marks the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty back to China, from Great Britain....

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Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware

Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware is a professional museum hosted by Hong Kong City Council, which is also the world’s first museum with the theme of tea set....

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Happy Valley Racehorse

It is well-known that Hong Kong people love to bet on horse. If they have interest and time and money is enough, visitors are advised to go to the racecourse to experience the exciting and nervous atmosphere of the horse race by themselves....

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Chi Lin Nunnery

There is much more to Hong Kong than just shopping and eating! Chi Lin Nunnery makes for an ideal break from the hustle and experience a calmer side of the metropolis....

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Cheung Chau Island

With the shape of a dumbbell, the Cheung Chau island has an area of 2400sq.m with relatively large population....

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Bank of China Tower

The design of Bank of China Tower resembles growing bamboo which symbolizes the continual development of Bank of China....

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Avenue of Stars

Located on the very upscale Victoria Harbor promenade, Tsim Sha Tsui (which has no immediate English-language translation), on Hong Kong's "mainland" peninsula, Kowloon, the  Avenue of Stars is modelled after its Hollywood forerunner, the Hollywood Walk of Fame....

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Aberdeen

Location Aberdeen Bay is part of a narrow channel situated on the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island, with Aberdeen Island (also called Ap Lei Chau) just across the narrow channel from Aberdeen Bay....

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Hong Kong Attractions

Hong Kong is vibrant metropolis where East meets West. In addition to its impressive modernity, Hong Kong has many beaches and natural sights for outdoor lovers.

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Hong Kong Park

As exciting as Hong Kong can be with all of its never-ending movement and frantic energy, it can get a bit tiring for those who require a bit of nature in their life to balance everything out....

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Hong Kong Sai Kung

Hong Kong Sai Kung, paradise of seafood, is located in Sai Kung Peninsula in the east of New Territories....

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Hong Kong Science Museum

Hong Kong Science Museum is located in the east of Tsim Sha Tsui, near Hong Kong History Museum....

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Hong Kong St.John Cathedral

St. John’s Cathedral is nestled in Central District between the harbor promenade and Austin Mountain, with Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island rising up behind it....

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Hong Kong Tramways

The Hong Kong trams (Ding Dings) go back to the origins of the city’s modern history and set the tone for the renowned and popular MTR metro system....

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Kowloon Park

During the Opium War, Kowloon Park was the base for Kowloon, Kuan Yung Emplacements built by Lin Zexu, which became a barrack for British army later....

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Kowloon Walled City Park

Kowloon Walled City Park used to be the military base of the Qing dynasty. After a series of historic events, such as the lease of New Territories to British, the lost of Qing’ governing right for Hong Kong and the occupation of Japanese on the area, Kowloon Walled City became a vacuum of civil order and then a nest of social problems like crimes, population, bad environment and hygiene and so on....

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Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees, located in Lam Tsuen Valley, New Territories, are two big banyan trees....

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Lamma Island

The Lamma Island is believed by archaelogist the oldest cultural site in southern China....

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Lantau Island

Separated by roughly 10 kilometers of open sea from - and lying due west of - Hong Kong Island, the island of Lantau is the largest of the 260 islands surrounding Hong Kong's Kowloon Peninsula, and which all belong to greater Hong Kong....

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Mai Po Nature Wildlife Natural Reserve

As the most important natural reserve in Hong Kong, visitors can’t get in without permission....

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Nan Lian Garden

The Tang Dynasty was a major era in Chinese history due to the many measures that were taken that led the country into one of its most prosperous chapters....

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Noah Ark

Noah’s Ark theme park is constructed imitating the ancient Noah Ark recorded in the Bible....

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Ocean Park

Hong Kong's Ocean Park is located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, just west of center, with Aberdeen Channel and Aberdeen Island (aka Ap Lei Chau) to the west, and with Deep Water Bay and Middle Island (aka Tong Fo Chau) to the east....

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Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery

Po Lin Monastery lies on a high plateau in the middle of Lantau Island, which is by far Hong Kong’s largest....

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Repulse Bay

Location Repulse Bay lies on the southwestern side of Hong Kong Island, which is the main island in the south of mainland Hong Kong....

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Stanley Market

Stanley Market on Hong Kong Island’s southeast peninsula combines the colorful bargain shopping that tourists and expats love alongside a beach promenade literally a block or two away and open air restaurants overlooking the sea....

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Tai Long Wan

Some kilometres away from Hong Kong, on the coastline of the Sai Kung peninsula, in the New Territories, a chain of sublime virgin beaches seem to belong to another world....

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Tai O

The area is divided into two parts which are linked together by a river so the local people come and go by boat....

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Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery

There are a few reasons why Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery, also known as Man Fat Tsz, is a favorite attraction for many travelers....

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The Peak Tower

The Peak Tower is a characteristic seven-storey-tall building of Hong Kong, designed by a British architect, covering a total area of 10,400 square meters....

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Tsing Ma Bridge

The overall length of the bridge is 2,200 meters, and its length of main span reaches 1,377 meters....

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University Museum and Art Gallery, the University of Hong Kong

The museum is in Hong Kong University. And its most precious exhibit is a collection of bronze wares of the Yuan Dynasty which is the largest collection in the world....

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Victoria Harbor

Location Victoria Harbor is situated between mainland Hong Kong (i.e., Kowloon Peninsula) and Hong Kong Island, which lies immediately south of Kowloon Peninsula....

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Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is the highest physical feature on Hong Kong Island, which offers a bird's eye view of Victoria Harbor. The view from the Peak changes dramatically by night.

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Yuanxuan Temple

Making good use of advantages of the three schools, Yuanxuan temple is delicate and elegant, and the main building which imitates the Temple of Heaven in Beijing is famous for its memorial arch towering to the sky....

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Top Things to Do in Beijing

Beijing has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the 10 best places to visit in Asia Pacific in 2019. If you are planning a trip to China for the first time, don’t miss Beijing. If you come to Beijing, don’t miss the following 10 things.

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Huangshan Attractions

The city of Huangshan is called Huizhou in the old days, and now it name after the famous Yellow Mountain....

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Shanghai Attractions

Ever since the turn of the 20th century, Shanghai has been held as the symbol of fashion and charm in China....

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Huangshan Weather

Huangshan is in the north of the central subtropical zone, enjoying a humid subtropical monsoon climate, with relatively short spring (mid-March to mid-May) and autumn (mid-September to mid-November) and comparatively long summer (mid-May to mid-September) and winter (mid-November to mid-March)....

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Shanghai Weather

Characterized by a humid subtropical climate, four distinct seasons and relatively good air-quality, Shanghai is a place well suited for habitation....

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Huangshan Transport

Departure Arrival Distance Driving Time Huangshan downtown Huangshan International Airport 9km 17mins Huangshan Railway station 4km 10mins Huangshan North Railway Station 17km 30mins Huangshan Bus Station 5km 12mins Huangshan Scenic Area Huangshan International Airport 60km 54mins Huangshan Railway station 57km 1h Huangshan North Railway Station 47km 49mins Huangshan Bus Station 54km 53mins Air Transport The Huangshan Airport is located in Longfu of Tunxi District....

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