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Nature of China - national parks and reserves for active recreation

China's nature can boast of diverse landscapes, from vast plateaus in the eastern part to high mountains in the west, as well as deserts, tropical and bamboo forests. The country's weather is depended on the region. In the north and west, cold winters and hot summers are caused by a temperate continental climate. The central part lies in the subtropical zone where there are frequent rains and a softer winter. Southern regions are warm in winter and hot in summer. Most of the precipitation falls on the summer season. Winter in China is dry and cold.
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Today, due to the rapid development of industry, the natural environment is severely threatened, but in remote locations, it is still possible to find authentic beauty unspoiled by civilization. It attracts not only tourists but also Chinese who want to relax and feel the harmony of the pristine nature. A popular place among tourists and pilgrims from all over the world is Wu Yue. It's five sacred mountains, which were believed to be the place where gods met. Here you can find the famous Shaolin Monastery, the Hanging Temple, and about twenty Taoist temples. Taishan is the most famous sacred mountain, on which Confucius and Mao Zedong climbed.
More than three hundred nature reserves have been created across the country. The most famous of them is Wolong located in Sichuan Province. Giant pandas, snow leopards, surilis (golden monkeys) and other rare animals live here under the protection and care of professionals. Zhalong is a nature reserve protecting rare species of birds: cranes, herons, storks. In autumn, it's worth to visit the Changbai Mountains - a virgin forest where various coniferous and deciduous trees grow. Lushan Mountains are ninety-nine peaks of completely different shapes and outlines, overlooking waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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In Huanglong National Scenic Reserve (Eng. - "Yellow Dragon") is Sishendong Waterfall where, according to legend, ancient goddesses bathed. Waters cascade down to the foot of the mountain, falling into crystal-clear lakes. Around there are majestic mountains and coniferous forests. On one of the peaks, one can see the remains of an ancient Taoist temple. Local forests are home to rare species of animals: bamboo bear, takin, and others. Every June in this place is a big temple fair attracting people from near and far provinces, as well as tourists.
Zhangjiajie is a national park in which you can pass over the abyss along a glass bridge, ride a boat in the Dragon Cave, take an elevator to the sky, walk in picturesque places along Golden Whip Brook, and overcome 4 thousand steps to the Quingping Temple standing on the top of the mountain. The symbol of this park is huge salamanders that live in Lake Baofeng, which are difficult to see in the daytime. n the park you can walk on foot or travel by sightseeing buses that run around the reserve.
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The clearest lakes of China - Shudu, and Bita - can be found in the center of Potatso National Park surrounded by high mountains and thickets of rare plants. Jiuzhaigou is another Chinese nature park where you can see over a hundred lakes of completely different shades. This reserve is located in Sichuan, in the south-east of the country. Its name literally translates as "The Gorge of Nine Villages". Three valleys form the letter "Y" at their intersection. In this place, there is the magnificent Nozhilan Waterfall, which is more than 100 meters wide. The best time to come here is autumn when all shades of deciduous trees are reflected in clean waters of equally fantastic colors.
Another attraction of China is the Guilin Mountains rising along the Li Jiang River. These low peaks are known for their rounded shape and thickets of lianas and orchids. Under the influence of water and wind, mountains have formed for centuries, countless caves and grottos appeared. The valley's river is considered to be one of the cleanest in the world, therefore, when traveling on it, one can see everything hidden under water. Although this place is not a national reserve, it has become one of the main Chinese sights.
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Map of all parks
National and city parks of China
♥   World Heritage Site 'China Danxia' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Dongsha' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kenting' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kinmen' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Huangshan' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Sanqingshan National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Taishan' . On the map   Photos

Famous places and sights of China

Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Hotel

From the series “Elegant Architectural Structures for Fans of Skywalks”
The real attraction of Shanghai is the luxurious Ritz-Carlton hotel. It's chosen not only by fans of high-end leisure, but also by those who like to enjoy cityscapes. The top floors of a skyscraper offer wonderful views of the Huangpu River. Many rooms have amazing windows from floor to ceiling. There you can enjoy panorama of the city from a great height. Even nearby skyscrapers seem quite tiny.

Rooms on the last floors are quite expensive, but thrifty guests will also be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city. One of the top floors of the hotel features a gorgeous swimming pool with a high ceiling. Its outer wall is completely replaced by the picture window. In addition, several restaurants and a bar are situated at the top floors. In the fine weather, guests can relax on the roof. … Read all

Motu

From the series “The Most Extreme Settlements on the Planet”
The isolated town of Motu in China has a population of about 10 000 people. Only a 200-meter long suspension bridge connects this settlement with the outside world. Not everyone dares to pass through it. All other roads were destroyed by mudslides and avalanches. Adherents of the Buddhist religion consider Motu to be sacred. It is visited by devotees and pilgrims each year.

This town is situated among impenetrable Tibetan mountains. Those who have visited these places at least once in their lives will never forget their beauty and calming atmosphere. However, it's not easy to get to this picturesque area. The only way to Motu passes through the most dangerous mountain areas with permafrost, where the temperature is critically low even in summer. The aforementioned suspension bridge, … Read all
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Cultural sights in regions of China

Shanghai
One of the most unusual attractions is the Yuyuan Garden. It impresses with the variety of lovely plants and architectural attractions. It is situated not far from the colorful market. An amazing garden was founded in the 17th century, its territory gradually expanded. Then a lot of small markets and shops appeared. Today it is a major shopping district and a popular tourist destination. Here is the wonderful temple of the gods Chenghuang Miao – a classical religious building surrounded by … Read more
Beijing
Gugong Palace in Beijing is one more remarkable architectural structure besides the Great Wall. It was built in the beginning of the 15th century, and remained the residence of the Chinese rulers for many years. The palace is a large-scale architectural complex that consists of a main building and several auxiliary buildings. The territory of the palace also remained closed for a long time, so this sight had another interesting name - the Forbidden City. When it comes to describing the modern … Read more
Guangzhou
Tourists, who are fond of excursions, will find it incredibly interesting to attend the Qinping Market, the largest outdoor market in the city. Many travelers consider a walk in the market equal to a museum visit. Indeed, the diversity and uniqueness of items available for sale, including rare medicinal plants, make the market an absolutely one-of-a-kind place. There are more than 2,000 stalls in total at Qinping, and most of them offer truly unique goods. It’s the place where one can buy … Read more
Suzhou
A garden with the unusual name of The Lion Grove Garden is also sure to please both nature enthusiasts and connoisseurs of ancient architecture. The founder of this beautiful garden is the monk Tian Zhu, who built it in honor of his spiritual teacher. Much of the garden's design elements are made of stone. Its area also includes several beautiful rock formations and deep caves. Some rock formations resemble lions in their shape, which gave the garden such an original name. Be sure to visit … Read more
Shenzhen
One of the most unusual attractions of the city is Minsk World Military Theme Park including the former Soviet aircraft carrier "Minsk". One of the local companies bought it in 1998, and two years later it became part of the large park complex. Besides interesting theme parks, there is a huge number of interesting museums and cultural establishments in Shenzhen. Fans of ancient history would be interested in visiting Shenzhen Museum that keeps a rich collection of unique historical artifacts … Read more
Hangzhou
There is one more interesting nature landmark that is a must-visit place in Hangzhou - Feilai Feng Mount. The 209-meter tall mountain is an exceptionally interesting place not only from the natural but also from the historical point of view. There are caves with interesting rock drawings in the mountain. These drawings were made hundreds of years ago. In total, there are more than 500 images of Buddha and even stone statuettes in the caves. According to scientists, some of these drawings were … Read more
Xiamen
Connoisseurs of ancient architecture should certainly walk along the picturesque Jimei district. Here, you can see a lot of magnificent constructions built in style classical for the province of Fujian. The picturesque district of Jimei that is perfect for hiking is a place for interesting national holidays and cultural events. The Dragon Boat Festival is annually held here. Tours to Wulao Peak with a scenic panoramic view of the city are very popular with hiking fans. Here, you also can … Read more
Chengdu
One of the most unusual and most amazing attractions is Du Fu Cottage. The great Chinese poet had lived in Chengdu for a significant part of his life. The poet’s house is a small hut with a thatched roof that has miraculously survived to this day. At present, the hut is a location of a small museum dedicated to poet’s life and work. Here you can see an interesting collection of old books and papers. Of particular interest is a forest near the hut with more than 25 types of fruit trees and … Read more

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