Ever thought about traveling to China? I honestly have it but I thought these were some really awesome pictures and makes me consider going there on a trip in the future! Who knows?!
1. Anhui: Hongcun Ancient Village (安徽宏村)
The 900-year-old village of Hongcun has long drawn in-the-know Chinese visitors, who love its tranquil vibe and distinctive architecture.
The striking Huangshan mountain backdrop (see No. 2) doesn’t hurt, either.
Its classic structures, Moon Lake and picturesque locals have been an inspiration for art students for decades.
Walking the narrow lanes paved with quartzite and seeing farmers working in rice fields, with the reflection of ancient houses in the lake, should provide enough material to get you started on your own visual masterpiece.
2. Anhui: Mount Huangshan (安徽黄山)
A UNESCO World Heritage Site set amidst “the loveliest mountains of China,” Mount Huangshan, aka Mount Yellow, is a once-in-a-lifetime trek for many Chinese.
The 1,863-meter mountain is renowned for its oddly shaped pines, spectacular rock formations, hot springs and seas of misty and melancholy clouds.
A trip here provides a mountain of feeling.
Admission fee: RMB 230 between March 1-November 30, RMB 150 between December 1-February 28,
3. Fujian: Mount Wuyi (福建武夷山)
A major landmark in southeast China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Wuyi was the setting for the development and spread of neo-Confucianism, influential in East Asia since the 11th century.
Bamboo raft drifting in the Nine Bend River (lower gorge) is a popular activity among visitors.
The two-hour, eight-kilometer trips provide grand views of Mount Wuyi. It’s the best way to take in the serene beauty of the smooth peaks and clear water.
Admission: RMB 140 for Mount Wuyi park, RMB 100 for bamboo raft drifting.
4. Guangxi: Yangshuo (广西阳朔)
When the Chinese long for views of the nation’s most scenic hills and rivers, they book a bamboo-boat cruise in Yangshuo.
The riverside town in southern China is most famous for its karst hills and traditional fishing-village lifestyle.
Downtown is touristy.
Visitors can rent bikes and head to the countryside to find a more calming scene: bamboo boats chugging along the river, fishermen setting out with cormorants, farmers toiling in fields with lush peaks soaring high above.
5. Hainan: Yalong Bay (海南省亚龙湾)
Hainan delivers the best tropical setting in China. Yalong Bay is the pinnacle of the resort getaway.
The 7.5-kilometer crescent beach is the most popular and developed stretch of Hainan’s southern coastline.
It provides all the quintessential experiences of a Southeast Asian holiday, with as many luxury hotels as palm trees — more than 20 international luxury hotels line the beach of Yalong Bay.
The beach is also a haven for water sports warriors, including surfers who sometimes ride uncrowded waves all day.
If you visit in July, August, October or during Spring Festival, you’ll be surrounded by Chinese families, mostly sporting old-school swimsuits.