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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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Zhangjiajie Weather

The weather and temperature in Zhangjiajie have big seasonal changes. This is a guide to help you plan your time to travel to Zhangjiajie.

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Top 5 Things to Do in Zhangjiajie

Our Zhangjiajie local guides share their opinions on must-see attractions in Zhangjiajie. This article concludes their knowledge and list Zhangjiajie's top 5 places to visit.

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How to Plan A 3-Day Trip to Zhangjiajie

To help you with a good plan, our travel experts here in China design a Zhangjiajie 3-day itinerary and summarize the key tips for planning a trip to Zhangjiajie.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in July

July is the hottest month in Zhangjiajie. This article is about the weather and temperature and tips you need to know before visiting Zhangjiajie in July.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in August

How to escape the summer heat when visiting Zhangjiajie in August? This article is about Zhangjiajie’s weather and temperature and travel tips in August.

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Best Time to Visit Zhangjiajie

The best time to visit Zhangjiajie is late Autumn- the end of October, and throughout the month of November. What about the rest time of the year?

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How to Plan A Zhangjiajie Tour?

How many days do you need in Zhangjiajie? When to go? Where to stay? This article will answer all your concerned questions when planning a Zhangjiajie tour.

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How to Visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park?

How to get to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park? How many days do you need there? This article will answer many of the questions you may have before visiting Zhangjiajie National Park.

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Zhangjiajie Tour Guide: Do You Need?

Is it safe to explore Zhangjiajie by yourself? This article will help you decide whether you need a tour guide to travel around Zhangjiajie.

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Baofeng Lake

Baofeng Lake is a man-made lake located in the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. It’s draws include boat rides, and hiking the surrounding forested peaks.

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Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie is famous for its steep sandstone karsts. The landscape here was the inspiration for the floating mountains in the movie Avatar.

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Yangjiajie Scenic Area

Yangjiajie Scenic Area, the fourth and last subsection of Wulingyuan Scenic area, is located northwest of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and southwest of Tianzi Mountain.

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Yuanjiajie Scenic Area

Yuanjiajie Scenic Area, located in Zhangjiajie Forest Park, is famous for misty karst topography. You can see the famous Hallelujah Mountain, made famous in Avatar.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a must-visit site in China. It has 3 scenic areas, one of which inspired the mystical floating mountains in the movie Avatar.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in January

Zhangjiajie weather in January is cold, icy, and frequently snowy. Read more to check the temperatures and tips before visiting Zhangjiajie in January.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in February

Zhangjiajie weather in February is cold and snowy or rainy. But February is a good time to visit Zhangjiajie if you don’t mind the cold and want to avoid crowds.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in March

March is still not warm in Zhangjiajie. It is rainy and cold, but not always cold. Here gives you a list of what to wear when visiting Zhangjiajie in March.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in April

April in Zhangjiajie marks the coming of the mild spring weather. Here are what you what you need to know before visiting Zhangjiajie in April.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in May

May in Zhangjiajie is warm and sunny, with occasional rains. The mild temperatures and misty peaks make May a great time to visit Zhangjiajie, if you bring some rain gear.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in June

June in Zhangjiajie has high rainfall and summer heat, but don’t let the difficult weather discourage you- June is a beautiful time to see the seas of clouds floating amid the mountains.

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Tianmen Mountain

Tianmen Mountain or Heaven's Gate Mountain features breathtaking glass walkways, the world’s longest cable car, and the thrilling 99 Bending Road. Start your fun-packed hiking tour here!

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Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon offers great views of karst landscapes. We recommend you go hiking from the top of the canyon to the long and deep valley.

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Where to Stay in Zhangjiajie

Most of the hotels in Zhangjiajie are in one of two locations: downtown Zhangjiajie, and Wulingyuan. Where is the best place to stay in Zhangjiajie? Read to know.

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Zhangjiajie Airport

How do I get to Zhangjiajie? How do I fly to Zhangjiajie? How do I get from Zhangjiajie Airport to Wulingyuan? Read this article to get answers.

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How to Travel from Beijing to Zhangjiajie

How far is Zhangjiajie from Beijing? How do you get from Beijing to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park? Read more to know.

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How to Travel from Guilin to Zhangjiajie

Guilin is 600 km from Zhangjiajie. The best option is flying directly from Guilin to Zhangjiajie. High-speed train is another recommendation when you can’t get a direct flight.

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How to Travel from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie is 990 km from Guangzhou. Travel for speed and comfort, taking a direct flight is the best way to get from Guangzhou to Zhangjiajie.

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How to Travel from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang

Fenghuang Ancient Town is about 230 km from Zhangjiajie. How to travel between them? By bus, train, or private car? Read to know.

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Best way to Travel from Changsha to Zhangjiajie

How do you get from Changsha to Zhangjiajie? By train, flight, or bus? Is it possible to travel directly from Changsha to Wulingyuan? Continue to read and find the answers.

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How Travel from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie

How do you get from Shanghai to Zhangjiajie? There are 3 ways. Read more to know the detailed information.

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Zhangjiajie Transportation

How do you get to and around Zhangjiajie? Are you getting confused between Zhangjiajie and Wulingyuan? This article helps you out.

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Travel from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie

Hong Kong has no direct flights nor direct trains to Zhangjiajie. We recommend first going to Shenzhen from Hong Kong and then directly flying to Zhangjiajie from there!

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Zhangjiajie vs Yellow Mountain

Are Zhangjiajie and Mt. Huangshan similar to each other? Which one should you choose? This article will help you out.

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Yellow Dragon Cave

Yellow Dragon Cave, or Huanglong Cave, is a underground karst cave in Zhangjiajie. It is large enough that visitors can take a boat ride on an underground river.

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Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge is the highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge in the world. It stretches 430 meters long, hovering over a 300-meter vertical drop.

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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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Tianzi Mountain

Being a karst landscape made from hard-packed sandstone, Tianzi Mountain is 1262 meters tall. Read this Tianzi Mountain travel guide to know more.

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Zhangjiajie Bailong Elevator

Bailong Elevator, or Hundred Dragons Elevator is located in Zhangjiajie. It is the world’s tallest outdoor elevator, at 326 meters. Read to know more details.

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Furong Ancient Town

Furong Ancient Town is a well-kept old village close to Zhangjiajie. Read more information on location, things to see and do in the town.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in September

With cool and dryer weather, September is a great time to visit the wondrous national park in Zhangjiajie. You can be cool and comfortable during your stay.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in October

What is the weather like in Zhangjiajie in October? Is it a good time to go there? What clothes to wear in Zhangjiajie in October? Read to find the answers.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in November

What clothes to wear in Zhangjiajie in November? Is November a good time to visit Zhangjiajie? Read to find the answers.

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Zhangjiajie Weather in December

Will Zhangjiajie snow in December? Is it a good time to visit Zhangjiajie? What should you wear? Read to find the answers.

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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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Chongyang Festival

Chongyang Festivel will be on October 25, 2020. Get to know some details on traditions and customs of the lesser-known Chongyang Festival.

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Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival, a day for tomb sweeping and spring outings, falls on April 4 in 2020. The public holiday in China lasts 3 days, from April 4 to April 6.

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Guangzhou Food

Cantonese food is known for its sweet, mild, and savory flavors. Visitors to Guangzhou will find a wide range of food specializing in savory meats and sweet desserts.

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Shanghai Food

Shanghai’s top foods include Xiaolongbao, Shengjianbao, Hongshaorou, hairy crab, and … You’ll know after reading this article.

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Beijing Food

What eat in Beijing when traveling in 2020? You must have heard of Peking Duck, but there are more than that.

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Chinese Lucky Numbers

Check out the customs and traditions on Chinese lucky numbers like number 8, number 9 and unlucky numbers like number 4 and its meaning in Chinese culture.

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Macau Food

Macau' food combines Cantonese food and Portuguese food. For true “East-West” culinary fusion, look no further than Macau.

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Hangzhou Food

Hangzhou food is most known for its Dongpo Pork. Well, you won't know other great local foods until you really get there.

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Lhasa Food

Visitors to Tibet will find a diet heavy in meat, dairy, and hearty plants. Yak meat, butter tea, and Tibetan noodles are all staples of this high-elevation diet.

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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 Geography

How Big China IsChina is amongst the three biggest countries in the entire world....

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China Overview

Covering a total area of 9.6 million square kilometers, China is located in eastern Asia and on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean....

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Visa Free Policy in China for 15 Days

Foreign tour groups are allowed to enter China from Shanghai by cruise without visa and stay for 15 days. What are the visa-free requirements for cruise ship passengers?

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Traditional Chinese New Year Food

What foods are are traditionally eaten during Chinese New Year? This page will give you a detailed menu and show you what to eat to celebrate Chinese New Year.

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From Beijing to Xi'an

Xi'an is a must-see city if you want to go deeper into Chinese history. Here is a guide for you to get from Beijing to Xi’an by train or by flight.

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Hong Kong Visa

Passport holders of 170 countries and regions can transit or stay in Hong Kong without a visa, there some certain nationals need to apply for a visa. Check out!

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China 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit

Some cities of China allow visitors from 53 countries to stay for 72 hours without a China visa, which means, it is possible to get a 72-hour visa-free transit in China.

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Xian City Wall

Xi'an City Wall, built in 1370, is China’s largest ancient city wall and a muset-see for visitors to Xi'an. The bell tower can be seen from the top of the Wall.

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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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Great Mosque

China’s largest mosque, the Great Mosque of Xi’an is still an active place of worship. It is divided into 4 courtyards with landscaped gardens, arches, and towers.

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Xian Restaurants

Xi’an’s food today boasts everything from international food at 5-star hotel restaurants to traditional Shaanxi meals that have been eaten for thousands of years.

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Xian Food

Xi’an is the starting point of the Silk Road, through which Arab traders would come to and from China, so its cuisine combines Middle Eastern and Chinese flavors.

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an is a pagoda constructed during the Middle Ages. It was constructed to collect Buddhist works and relics brought from India by Xuanzang.

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Huashan Mountain

120 km (75 miles) from Xi'an, Huashan, or Mount Hua is well-known for its sheer cliffs and plunging ravines, regarded as the most dangerous mountain in China for climbers.

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Tibet Visa

Tibet Entry Permit, or Tibet Visa, is a necessary entry pass to Tibet for foreign travelers- in addition to a mainland Chinese visa. This guide can help visitors get Tibet Permits and travel in Tibet.

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Bilingual Menu for Main Dishes

Chinese dishes feature diversity due to the vast territory and abundant resources....

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Bilingual Menu for Staple Food

Traditional Chinese staple food is mainly plant-based food, including rice, wheat and corn, as the mode of production in Central Plains of China is mainly agricultural production....

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Latest FAQs about China Visa

China Visa situation is changing. We collected some FAQs from our customers' emails, Chinese embassy’s websites, and several travel forums for your information.

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China Visa Application

How to apply for a Chinese visa? What documents are needed for a Chinese visa application? Where to download a China Visa Application Form? Check this visa guide.

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Macau Visa

Nationals of 79 countries are exempted from a visa or entry permit to Macau for a certain period of time. Which countries need a visa for Macau? Check the list.

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China Facts

China Facts and Chinese Culture talks about topics on China's Geograph, Society, Administration, Economy, Transport, Communication, Chinese History Culture and China Travel Guidebook.

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China Visa on Arrival

Sometimes travelers might not have so much time to do the visa application work. Good news is that Visa on Arrival is available at certain ports of entry in China.

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China 24-Hour Visa-Free Transit

International travelers who directly transit through mainland China and stay within 24 hours don't need a visa. Onward tickets with confirmed seats are required.

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Visa-Free Transit in Beijing for Up to 144 Hours

Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei allow travelers from 53 countries to stay for 144 hours without a China visa. We have compiled the rules and some FAQs you may have for this policy.

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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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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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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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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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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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