In China's expansiveterritory,there are many beautifulmountainsand rivers.Somedemonstrate capricious climates and exhilarating scenery while others depict quiet and colorful pictures of nature
Wawang Peak, the highest one, is the prime scenic spot in Wuyishan. The peak, towering into the clouds, has the shape of the kings crown. So it has gained the name of Dawang Peak(Grand King Peak). On the foot of the peak, there is the Wuyi palace, built in Tang Dynasty (618 -907). It used to be the place where former emperors held memorial ceremonies.
Yunu Peak (Jade Lady Peak) in Wuyishan, on the bank of the winding creek, looks like a standing pretty lady in shape. On top of the peak, trees and bushes form the shape of the hair, and the peak has a legendary story. It is said that Jade Lady was the daughter of the Jade Emperor - supposedly ruling the earth in the Heaven. Jade Lady fell in love with the Grand King who lived on earth, and they secretly got married. The Jade Emperor was greatly annoyed and exercised magic power to turn them into rocks. Even now on Yunu Peak stands a mirror shaped round rock engraved with two Chinese characters Mirror Table, which is said to be the place where Jade Lady combed her hair. The pool at the foot of the peak is called Bathing Lady Pool.
Tianyou Peak is crowned No.1 scenic spot in Wuyishan. It is located in the section of the Jiuqu Creek. On top the peak tourists, taking a bird's-eye view of the creek, watch the ever-changing clouds, as if traveling in the paradise.
Gulangyu Islet in Xiamen (Amoy)
Gulangyu Islet, with an area of 1.77 square kilometers,is separated from Xiamen by a narrow strait five hundred meters wide, and has gained the good reputation of Garden on the Sea. The name Gulangyu means Islet of Drumbeat Wave. It is surrounded by sea, with beautiful beaches of golden sands caressed by surf. The islet is hilly, covered by green and luxuriant trees. Architectural styles of the buildings are various - many 18th century European style buildings. Residents on the Islet have a liking for music. There are more than 500 pianos in peoples homes. Therefore, the Islet is also known as Islet of Music. Scenic spots include Sunlight Rock, Sunlight Temple, Shuzhuang Garden, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall and Haoyuan Garde
The Lijiang River rises from the Maoer Mountains northeast of Guilin. Winding its way through Guilin and Yangshuo down into the Xijiang River in Wuzhou, its course oof 437 kilometers is flanked by green hills and beautiful scenery. A river cruise (83 kilometers) between Guilin andYangshuo offers you a rare opportunity to enjoy the most magnificent scenery in China. Special attractions along the river cruise are the Elephant Trunk Hill, Tunnel Hill, Pagoda Hill, Crown Hill, Yellow Cloth Hill, Nine-Horse Mural Hill, Embroidery Hill, and Green Lotus Peak. Traveling at different times and in different weather conditions offers kaleidoscopic views. The river cruise makes one feel as if traveling in front of a huge traditional Chinese landscape painting. The Lijiang River cruise is a must for every tourist in Guilin.
Ludi ( Reed Flute)Cave
Ludi Cave is on the southern shoulder of Guangming (Bright) Hill, 7 kilometers northwest of Guilin. It is so called because over the entrance of the cave there used to be reeds which were used for making flutes. The cave is 240 meters deep and 500 meters long. Inside the cave there are stalactites and stalagmites that resemble pillars, curtains, cascades, and flowers, which constitute the caves greatest charm. Once inside the cave, one will be enchanted by the sky-reaching Dragon Pillars, mysterious Stone Forest and Enormous Crystal Palace. The cave is really an Art Gallery of Mother Nature.
Seven-Star Cave, formerly called Xixia (Sun s Resting) Cave, lies on the western shoulder of Putuo Hill. The cave, originally an underground river, was formed by the crust changes that raised the level of the river bed. The cave has three layers. The middle layer has an 800-meter long tourist route, which is 43 meters at its widest point and 27 meters at its highest. The lower layer remains an underground river. Temperature in the cave remains at 20℃all the year round. The stalactites and stalagmites in the cave are translucent, as white as snow and as fine as jade, giving the cave an enchanting beauty. The Jade Rabbit, Golden Lion, Silver Snake, Pandas Gamboling over the Snowball and other scenes in the cave all have such a lifelike quality that the cave has been called An Abode of the Immortals. The cave has been a favorite tourist spot ever since the Sui and Tang Dynasties over a thousand years ago. In and out of the cave there are many ancient inscriptions and poems in praise of the cave.
Huangshan Mountain in east Chinas Anhui province is one of Chinas best-known scenic spots, celebrated for having all the wonders of mountain scenery characterized by spectacular rocky peaks, odd-shaped pines, crystal-clear mountain springs and seas of clouds. Known as the No. 1 Mountain Under heaven, it possesses of distinguished features. The main peak Lianhua Peak is 1,840 meters above sea level. There is plentiful rainfall in Huangshan Mountain. Therefore there are thick forests. Natural scenery in the area changes beyond prediction. Xu Xiake, a noted Chinese traveler, praised Huangshan Mountain as the best of all mountains.
In December,1990 The Huangshan Mountain was listed in the Chronology of Recognition of World Heritages in China.
Beihai in Huangshan
Beihai Scenic Area is in the central part of Huangshan Mountain. It is a good place to view the sunrise and sunset. There are the Pai Yun (Cloud Dispersing) Pavilion, the Shi Xin (Seeing is Believing ) Peak - the most elegant and refined one of the 72 peaks, Shisun Peak (Bamboo Shoot Peak), and Qingliangtai (Refreshing Platform).
Shixin Peak in Huangshan (Seeing is Believing Peak)
Shixin Peak, in eastern Huangshan Mountain, attracts the greatest number of tourists. People say of it : The beauty of Huangshan is unbelievable until you reach this peak. That is why it is named Seeing is Believing Peak. The deep chasm below Shixin Peak is the home of the Huangshan Monkey.
Lianhua Peak in Huangshan (Lotus Flower Peak)
Lianhua Peak, the highest peak in Huangshan Mountain, is 1,860 meters above sea level. It is shaped like a lotus flower in blossom, with steep slopes and rocky peaks around. On top of the peak is a boat shaped rock named Boat for Picking Lotus Seeds. Tourists, standing here, look around as if they were reaching the sky.
Located 43 km southwest of Anshun, Huangguoshu Waterfalls is a magnificent scenic spot in Guizhou. When Baishui River reaches Huangguoshu, there is a drop of 74 meters into the Rhinoceros Pool. When water falls into the pool, it produces thunderous sound, which can be heard at a distance, and the mist from the falls carries to the local villages during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. It has been found out that the falls in Huangguoshu consist of 18 falls on the ground and 4 underground falls.
Zhijin Cave in Anshun
Located near Zhijin County, Zhijin Cave is 30 kilometers long. There are stalactites and stalagmites. It is a treasure house of karst formations, and a nice place for tourism.
Suoxiyu Scenic Area
Suoxiyu Scenic Area, part of Wulingyuan Tourist Area, is famous for its landscape of craggy peaks and huge rocks columns rising out of the luxuriant subtropical forests. Suoxiyu is a natural botanical garden and zoo. Here tourists can have a view of naturally shaped grotesque rocks, unpredictable clouds and fogs, grand waterfalls, cold springs, mirroring lakes, mystic Underground House and Dragon Palace, and elegant relics. Major sights include the 10 - 11 Gallery, known as a natural sculpture museum; the Yellow Dragon Cave, known as the underground pearl; Xihai, renown for its forest of peaks; Baofeng Lake; and Baizhang Valley.
Zhangjiajie Scenic Area
Zhangjiajie is the pearl of Wulingyuan. Thousands of stone peaks stand out, with snaking creeks flowing through and wild flowers and plants covering everywhere. Countless fantastically-shaped peaks and rocks dot the area, just like a natural museum of sculpture. The scenery in Zhangjiajie can be characteristically described as beautiful, wild, grotesque and refreshing. Major sights include Yaozizhai Scenic Area, Huangshizhai Scenic Area, Jinbian Creek and Jinbian Cliff, where precipitous cliffs and steep slopes are the main attraction; and Shandaogou, a mysterious and wild valley. In 1982, Zhangjiajie Area was classified as National
Tianzi Mountain Scenic Area
The king of the peaks in Wulingyuan is the Tianzi Mountain. Local legends say that an ancient Tujia chieftain who aspired to become Tianzi (Son of Heaven), gathered his people and launched an uprising on this peak. This is a virgin land teeming with mystery. There is a flyover, two pools, three ancient temples, four gates, five waterfalls, six caves, seven scenic spots, 84 natural view platforms and 9,990 peaks. Major sights include the forest of peaks and rocks, the Heavenly Pool, the Temple of Son of Heaven and Waterfall of Lovebirds.
Wulingyuan Tourist Area
In December,1992 The Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed in the Chronology of Recognition of World Heritages in China.
Wulingyuan is situated in Dayong City in northwestern Hunan Province, with an area of 369 square kilometers. It is composed of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Suoxiyu Valley and Tianzishan (Mt. Emperor). The climate is of subtropical monsoon moisture, with no chilly days in winter and no hot days in summer. The average temperature all year round is 14 - 15 degree centigrade.
The uniqueness of Wulingyuan is its forest of sandstone peaks, which offers divinity, mystery, beauty and wilderness, earning it the name labyrinth of nature. The peaks is usually above 200 meters. Streams flow through the forest of peaks. There are 560 scenic spots. About 97.3 percent of the area is covered with forests, which contain 95 categories, 538 kinds of woody plants, 27 kinds of trees, of which have been listed by the state as key protection species. There are 962 kinds of animals and birds, 20 rare animals of which have come under state protection.
Tianchi Lake in Changbaishan Mountain
Tianchi, “Lake of the Heaven”, is in the Changbaishan Mountain (Ever-White Mountain). The lake is a volcanic crater-lake, five kilometers from north to south, 3.5 kilometers from east to west, and 13 kilometers in circumference. it is surrounded by jagged rock outcrops and peaks; three rivers run off the lake, with a rumbling 68-meter waterfall - the source of Songhua and Tumen Rivers. Tianchi Lake is the deepest lake in China, and a lake which divides China and Korea. In this area there are Junior Tianchi Lake, Jing Lake, Changbai Hot Spring and many other natural scenic spots.
In December,1992 The Jiuzhaigou Scenic Area was listed in the Chronology of Recognition of World Heritages in China.
In northern Sichuan, close to the Gansu border, is Jiuzhaigou (Nine Stockade Gully). It is so named because there are nine Tibetan villages in. Jiuzhaigou covers an area of 600 square kilometers, by now 50 square kilometers of which has been opened to tourists, comprising six scenic spots. In this area there are lakes, waterfalls,snow mountains and forests. The place is well preserved as its natural state.
Zhijin Cave in Anshun
December,1992 The Yellow Dragon Scenic Area waslisted in the Chronology of Recognition of World Heritages in China.
Located in Songpan County of Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba in Sichuan Province, Yellow Dragon Scenic Area covers 700 square kilometers of land. Its main sights of interest are grouped in the 3.6 kilometer-long Yellow Dragon Ravine which is covered with layers of sedimentary trvertine carbonate like terraced fields, resembling a huge yellow dragon. Other sceneries In include snow-capped mountains, watefalls, virgin forests and canyons. Apart from its unique karst landform, Yellow Dragon Scenic Area is also known for its rich resources of flora and fauna. From the bottom of Yellow Dragon Ravine (2,000 meters above sea level) to the mountain top (3,800 meters abovd sea level) exist in sequence subtropical evergreen trees mingled with deciduous broadleaf trees, conniferous and broadleaf mingled forests, conniferous orohylile, and corypgile. Sauntering among these forests are a dozen rare animal species including Giang Panda and Golden Monkey. The karst landform complimented by rare flora and fauna resources presnts a heavenly scene. And the majestic, precipitous, grotesque and primeval sceneries win Yellow Dragon Scenic Area many titles including "the world's marvellous scenery" and "immortals' abode on earth".