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10 Most Scenic Drives in China

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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With the rapid development of the expressways and highways, road tripping has become one of the most favorite ways of traveling across China. The car represents mobility, freedom with a feel of controlling your destinations.

China is a vast country, very drivable since now the roads are excellent. It has countless scenic drives with most of the stellar standouts in the northwest, west and southwest China.

In the past 10 years I have been road-tripping China on and off. But I’m still far from covering all the incredible sightseeing drives across China. Today I’d like to present our version of the 10 most scenic drives in China, an attempt to be helpful in planning your China road trip. My 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best.

First of all, I’d like to round up some travel tips for planning your road trip in China.

Trips for Planning a China Road Trip

1) Hire a Vehicle with driver
Hiring a vehicle with driver (or just take a taxi for a short road trip ) is the easiest way to hit on the open road. Hiring a car and self-driving in China is still very much difficult for short-time international visitors.

The driving rules and regulations are quite different from those in your home country. Penalty for traffic violation is high. Almost all the expressways and highways are covered under surveillance cameras.

2) Prepare for the food on the way
Scenic drive cannot guarantee the food quality and very often you don’t find any restaurants on route. It is a good idea to prepare in advance some high protein and vitamin snacks, nuts and fruits.

3) Book your hotels on your road trip
Download a hotel booking app on your smart phone and prebook your hotel before you get to the next destination for overnight. In the remote areas or during off tourist season, you may just book your hotel on the spot when you get there. Getting ready for sleeping bags in case you are in the middle of nowhere.

4) Toilets on route
Gas stations are often the only places for you to use toilets. But the toilet general condition is not good, dirty and without any toilet paper. You should always bring your rolls of toilet paper on your China road trip.

5) Plan your road trip
You should plan your China road trip in advance. China is huge and you may do just a section for one time. Even for this section, you need to split your road trip across several days. It is a good idea to keep a loose plan because you never know when fun and interesting opportunities will arise.

 10 of my previous most scenic drives in China

1. Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village
Guoliang Village is located 82km to the northwest of Xinxiang, 90km north of Zhangzhou, easily accessible by highspeed trains from Beijing, Shijianzhang, Wuhan and Guangzhou since Xixiang is on the Beijing – Guangzhou Railway Line.

From Xinxiang, you hire a taxi for a few hours’ return road trip to Guoliang Village. In 1972, 13 strong villagers from Guoliang Village wanted to change the situation of inaccessibility to the outside world and started carving a road off the east side of the cliff.  The carved tunnel is 12 or 13 feet across, about 15 or 16 feet high and  a mile long. The road was opened in 1977.

Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village

Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village

Praised as one of the 8 road wonders in the world, the tunneled road is now well known as “Long Corridor in the Cliff” or “Precipice Gallery”.  The east side of the carved road is the picturesque Grand Canyon with Red Steep Cliff. The Grand Canyon is more than 200 meters in height, 500 meters in width and 20km in length. The red rocks are scarlet and upright like knifed and axed. The scenic Grand Canyon is one of the highlights on your road trip to Guoliang Village.

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Guoliang Village.

2. Yaxi Expressway: Ya’an to Xichang Highway
Yaxi Expressway is lauded as the most beautiful “Sky Road” in China. Yaxi Expressway starts from Ya’an and ends at Xichang,  a section of Beijing-Kunming highway, 240km long and a ladder like road “leading to the sky”.

Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

The “leading to the sky” here has two meanings – 1) The 240km expressway is made of 270 viaducts,  an elevated roadway that stretches 240 kilometers, designed to minimize impact on the environment and driving on the numerous viaducts makes people feel like driving in the air; 2) For driving each kilometer, we ascends by 7.5 meters along the expressway. There are also 25 spiral tunnels used to reduce the effect on mountains.

For more information, check out:
Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

3. S313 Highway: Scenic Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba
It is an incredible 150 km drive along Highway S 313 from Xinduqiao to Danba, morphing from Muya Tibeten area  to Jiarong Tibetan area.

From Xinduqiao to Taigong, you need to slow down – this region wants to be savored, not gulped. The road is lined with
with golden meadows, crystal-clear streams, yellow poplar trees and Tibetan stone houses against the meandering mountains under the canopy of the blue sky and white clouds.

Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

Tagong Town is well known for the same name Tagong Monastery and its surrounding Tagong Grassland that offers great views against the sacred Yala Mountain at 5820m.

For the 87km Bamei Town- Danba  road trip, there are two impressive sights – Huiyuan Monastery in Xie De Town ( formerly the ancient Tai Ning City ) of Dawu County in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the majestic Yala Snow Mountain at the elevation of 5820m.

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Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

4. S217 and S216 Highways: Eye-Popping Drive from Litang to Yading
The Highway S217 runs from Litang to Daocheng (148km), and further stretched to Yading along S216  (115km). The 148km drive from Litang to Doacheng is one of the jaw-dropping drives, going over Rabbit Mountain at the altitude of 4696 meters and passing by the vermilion Buddhist Monastery, the undulating mountains, Tibetan houses and yellow poplar trees and dry riverbeds.

The highway S216 from Daocheng to Yading is surprisingly in good condition, a wide and flat asphalt road with clean iron handrails and clear road signs. The road meanders on the wide and flat valley flanked with fields, meadows, Tibetan houses and undulating hills, all coated with autumn golden hues ( best to drive in autumn ).

Bowa Lake

Bowa Lake on the way from Daocheng to Yading

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Drive from Litang to Daocheng
Drive from Daocheng to Yading.

5. National Highway 214:  Drive from Mangkang to Shangri-la 400km
The National Highway G214 (Yunnan-Tibet Highway) is a hidden gem,  3256 km long starting from Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province to Jinghong, Yunnan Province.

The 400km drive from Mangkang to Shangri-la has stunning views. You need to split the drive across two days. On the first day you drive from Mangkang to Deqin (219km ) and second day from Deqin to Shangri-la (181 km).

Unlike the hyped G318, G214 is quite unknown to the public though it has heart-stopping views with its varied landscapses. G214 connects the headwaters of Yangtze River, Yellow River, Lancang River and Honghe River.

Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

The G214 (Yunnan-Tibet Highway ) from Deqin to Shangri-la is de facto a sightseeing avenue, which cuts through the intoxicating Baimang Snow Mountain ( also known as Baima Snow Mountain). Lying in the mid-section of Hengduan Mountain, Baima Snow Mountain runs from north to south with 20 peaks over 5000 meters and its highest peak at 5430 meters.

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Drive from Mangkang to Deqin
Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

6. Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp Road Trip 100km
The road trip branching off the main National Highway 318 going to the Mt. Everest Base Camp takes 3 or 4 hours for a 100km mountain road mainly due to the poor and bumpy dirt road.

The road trip is every much challenging. People have to endure endless twists and turns, and hairpin bends. But you will see heart-stopping views – dotted Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains, yaks, wild rabbits, wild sheep, dzopkyos (yak-cow hybrids),  and awe-inspiring mountain peaks – a paradise on earth!

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp Travel Tips:
1) Better for a small group using a land cruiser instead of bus tour
2) Ready for Bottled oxygen if you are not confident about your health
3) Water and snacks
4) Sunglass, sunscreen, altitude sickness medicine
5) Good sleep the day before
6) Suggested to stay in Tingri for overnight
7) Alien Travel Permit for Mt.Everest Base Camp

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 Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

7. Head-spinning drive from Xining to Qinghai Lake 151 km
Qinghai Lake has long been one of the biggest draws in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province which lies on the northeast of Tibetan Plateau. At the altitude of 3200 meters, Qinghai Lake boasts great charms – Blue sky and water, white clouds and green grassland, and amazing rape flowers, a wonderful summer resort and mesmerizing landscape.

On the way

On the way

The 151 km road trip is a scenic drive, passing by massive valleys, alpine meadows, limpid rivers, historical sites and remote towns. There are quite a  few scenic attractions and historical sites on route. You can ask your driver to stop at the sites you are interested in.

For more information, check out:
How to Visit Qinghai Lake from Xining

8. Urumqi to Kanas Lake Loop Road Trip 2000 km
As you know, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region occupies an area of 1.6 million square km with a population 20.95 million, one sixth of China in size, equivalent of 160 “Beijings”, an area the size of France, Germany, Spain and the UK combined. Xinjiang has a huge number of unique natural and cultural resources and no one can digest them all.

Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake Natural Reserve is the big draw in the  Northern Xinjiang Route. Kanas Lake is classified by UNESCO as “mankind’s last piece of pure land. Not just Kanas Lake, you have more to see, to feel, to touch along the semicircle Northern Xinjiang route around the Junggar Basin touring Fuyun, Altay, Burjin, Kelamayi…

For more information, check out:
Drive from Urumqi to Burjin
Burjin – Kanas Lake – Jiadengyu
Drive from Jiadengyu to Kelamayi
Drive from Kelamayi to Urumqi

9. Lanzhou to Langmusi Road Trip 488 km
For the road trip from Lanzhou to Langmusi 488 km, you may split it into two sections for 2 days – Lanzhou to Xiahe 258 km and Xiahe to Langmusi 230km.

The whole drive distance from Lanzhou to Xiahe County, and on to Labrang Monastery is about 258 km. In between, you pass by Hezheng County and Lingxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture. The 258 km road trip will give you deep impression in terms of both different landforms and cultures unfolded on the road.

Langmusi

Langmusi

For the 230km road trip, you will drive along the National Highway No.213 passing by Hezuo City, Luqu County, experiencing mesmerizing views of alpine meadows, grasslands, grazing yaks and sheep, and Tibetan living houses, unfolding a “water colour” picture of the pristine life in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

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Drive from Lanzhou to Xiahe
Drive from Xiahe to Langmusi

10. Hohhot to Ejina Qi Return Road Trip 2080 km
The West Inner Mongolia, or Alashan (Alxa) League specifically, is a mysterious place admired by all travelers. With its capital at Bayanhot(Bayanhaote), Alashan (Alxa) League is the largest league prefecture -level region in Inner Mongolia with an area of 270,000 Square km.

It comprises three counties – Alashan Zuoqi (Alxa Left Banner), Alashan Youqi (Alxa Right Banner) and Ejina Qi (Ejina Banner), which are also the largest oasises in Alashan. Numerous striking sights are dotted around these three green lands.

Badain Jaran Desert

A Glimpse of Badain Jaran Desert

The Hohhot to Ejina Qi ( Ejina Banner), an over-2000 km crazy drive will allow you to pass by Yinshan Mountains and Kubuqi Desert, through Ulan Buh Desert and Badain Jaran Desert.

Badain Jaran Desert is definitely the highlight of the adventurous drive. Badain Jaran Desert boasts the highest stationary dunes in the world (the tallest dune over 450 meters, extending over 5 km in length) and the third the largest desert in China with an area of over 49,000 sq.kilometers.

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A Glimpse of Badain Jaran Desert

 

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28 Beautiful Reasons to Visit China

Friday, December 11th, 2015
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Traveling to China is not cheap given the long haul flights and expansive land in China, but every penny spent here is totally worth it.

China has a lot to offer – diverse cultures, spectacular Great Wall, beautiful scenery, delicious food and hospitable people.

These are some of the things I have summed up or in my eyes for people to have good experience in China.

1. Great Wall
Seeing and touching the Great Wall of China is the main reason why people travel to China. In Beijing you can visit multiple sections of the Great Wall. Some are repaired and renovated; some are half original and half renovated; some are just wild and unrestored. Great Wall Travel Tips.

Jiankou Great Wall

Jiankou Great Wall

2. Forbidden City
Built in 1406 to 1420, Forbidden City was the imperial palace for Ming and Qing dynasties ( 1420 – 1911) for over 500 years.

The complex comprises 980 buildings with 8707 rooms with an area of 180 acres. The Forbidden City epitomizes the traditional China palatial architecture. Forbidden City Travel Tips.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

3. Terracotta Warriors
These vivid over 2000-year-old soldiers of Terracotta Army were discovered March 24, 1974 by a group of local farmers when they were digging a well.

Now this site of Terracotta army has been turned into a world famous attraction site, bombarded by tons of tourists visiting this museum. Terracotta Warriors Travel Tips.

Terracotta Warriors

Terracotta Warriors

4. Shanghai
Though no match for the long history of Beijing and Xian, yet Shanghai has a unique story to tell: starting from a fishing village opened up 1842, Asia’s leading city in the 1920s and 1930s dubbed as “Paris of the East”, and today Shanghai has become one of the world’s largest metropolitan cities. Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai.

Shanghai

Shanghai

5. Yangtze River
The 6300-kilometer-long Yangtze River is the longest river in China. Yangtze River cruise usually refers to the cruise through the Three Gorges that are located between Chongqing and Yichang in the upstream area.

The Three Gorges are Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, which are the most beautiful part of the Yangtze River. Yangtze River Cruise

Yangtze River Cruise

Yangtze River Cruise

6. Li River Cruise & Cycling Yangshuo
Cruising on Li River is the top thing to do during your Guilin tour. The 83-km long Li River from  Guilin resembles a jade ribbon flanked by idyllic paddy fields and green forested hills, and dotted with pinnacled peaks, yellow shoals, bamboo groves, odd shaped crags, deep pools and flying waterfalls. Li River Cruise and Cycling Yangshuo.

Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

7. Hiking Longji Rice Terrace
Longji Rice Terrace, literally means “Dragon’s Backbone Terraced Paddy Fields”.  Longji Rice Terrrace area mainly refers to the rice terraces in the three forest-fringed villages –  Dazhai Village, Tiantouzhai Village and Ping’An Village.

For hiking lovers, you may hike up from Dazhai Village along the trails with English signposts. The time hiking up to No.01 and No.2, then back to the entrance takes about 4-5 hours.  Longji Rice Terrace Travel Tips.

Longji Rice Terrace

Longji Rice Terrace

8. Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge, located 60 kilometers north of Lijiang City, is one of the deepest gorges on the planet, and it has the best hiking trails in Yunnan.

Tiger Leaping Gorge is sandwiched by Jade Dragon Snow Mountain to the east and Haba Mountain with plenty of trekking trails.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

9. Huangshan & Hui Villages
Huangshan Mountain is famed for its beautiful landscape – Staggering sunrise and sunset, fantastically shaped granite peaks, the gnarled forms of ubiquitous Huangshan pine trees, and the other-worldly sea of the clouds.

Hongcun Village is typical of Huizhou Dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters there and gave full play to them. Hongcun Village is a village of rivers and lakes, like a Chinese paintingscroll rolling before you.  Huangshan Travel & Hongcun Village.

Huangshan

Huangshan

10. Hiking in Jiuzhaigou National Park
Jiuzhaigou literally means “Nine Village Valley” in Chinese. Listed as World Cultural Heritage in 1992, Jiuzhaigou is well known for its beautiful water – multi-level waterfalls and colorful lakes.

Jiuzhaigou is located in Jiuzhaigou County of the Aba Tibetan Qiang Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province, 436km north of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. Jiuzhaigou Travel.

Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou

11. Lhasa
Lhasa is one of the most”want to visit” cities in the world. People want to visit Lhasa either because of its remoteness or its impressive heritage of over a thousand years of Tibetan culture and religion. Top 10 Attractions in Lhasa.

Potala Palace in Lhasa

Potala Palace in Lhasa

12. The Silk Road
Silk Road in China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgizstan have been added the World Heritage list. The decision was announced at the 38th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage committee in Doha, Qatar on June 22, 2014.  Silk Road Tour.

There are numerous scenic spots and historical sites along the silk road: Jiayuguan Pass, the Mogao Grottoes of Dunhuang, Yangguan Pass, the Turpan Basin, Bazaar of Urumqi, Abakh Khoja Tomb, Idgar Mosque, Kashgar Old Town of Kashgar and (Kashi) and many more.

A Uyghur Girl along Silk Road

A Uyghur Girl along Silk Road

13. Yungang Caves
In a valley at Yungang, some 16km west of Datong, there are more than 45 recesses dug into the hills and filled with Buddhist statues of various sizes and shapes, 51,000 altogether, later called Yungang Grottoes ( Cloud Ridge Caves ) listed UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.  Yungang Caves Trip.

Yungang Caves

Yungang Caves

14. Pingyao
Experience a real ancient city in Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911) in China – one of the most prosperous periods in Chinese history. Pingyao is your ideal choice, a small ancient city in central Shanxi Province.

Pingyao lies about 700 km from Beijing, 500km from Xian and 100 km from Taiyuan.   Pingyao, Bring you 2700 Years Back.

Pingyao Ancient City

Pingyao Ancient City

15. Grand Buddha Leshan
Leshan City is about 145 km southwest of Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province. The city of Leshan is situated at the confluence of three rivers including Minjiang River, Qingyi River and Daduhe River. The world famous giant Leshan Buddha,  a statue of Maitreya in sitting posture opposite to the city of Leshan across the rivers.

This is the largest  cliff stone caved Buddha sitting sculpture.  Listed as UNESCO World Heritage together with Mount Emei 1982. Leshan Grand Buddha Leshan Trip.

Grand Buddha Leshan

Grand Buddha Leshan

16. Fujian Tulou
Fujian Tulou refer to the vernacular dwellings mainly inhabited by the Hakka People in the mountainous areas in the southwest Fujian Province of China. The Tulou are earthen houses, providing communal housing and reinforcing the structure of clans.

In July, 2008, Fujian Tulou were listed as World Cultural Heritage. A total of 46 Fujian Tulou sites including the major sites as Hongkeng Tulou Cluster, Gaobei Tulou Cluster, Chuxi Tulou Cluster, Nanxi Tulou Cluster and Nanjing Tulou Cluster. Chuxi Tulou Cluster.

Chuxi Tulou in Fujian

Chuxi Tulou in Fujian

17. Dunhuang
The monotonous desert landscape suddenly gives away to the green oasis with cultivated fields opposite the rolling sand dunes. But it is not just the oasis and the sand dunes that attracts a huge number of tourists coming to Dunhuang each year, it is the splendid Dunhuang Mogao Caves, a trove of Buddhist art in the high desert.  Dunhuang Trip.

Mogao Cave in Dunhuang

Mogao Cave in Dunhuang

18. Zhangjiajie
Zhangjiajie is located in the northwest of Hunan Province. The city of Zhangjiajie has two administrative districts – Yongding District ( downtown area ) and Wulingyuan District (Wulingyuan Scenic Area). Yongding District and Wuling District are approx.30km apart.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area was listed with UNESCO World Heritage 1992. Wulingyuan Scenic Area are  famous for its unique hills, queer rocks and peaks, tranquil valleys, clear streams, abundant fauna and flora and hospitable climate. Top 10 Attractions in Zhangjiajie.

Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Wulingyuan Scenic Area

19. Fenghuang
The old town Fenghuang is located in  the west of Hunan Province, about 210 km from Zhangjiajie, 430 km from Changsha and 37 from Jishou. Fenghuang, literally “Phoenix”, is  named after its neighboring mountain that resembles a flying phoenix. Fenghuang old town is mainly inhabited by the minorities dominated by Miao and Tujia.

The old town Fenghuang features a magnificent riverside town dotted blessed with wooden stilt houses, stone flagged pathways, winding bridges and charming rivers. Just walk randomly in the old town, you will see the old city wall, elegant bridges, former houses of celebrities, old temples ans museums.

The old town Fenghuang

The old town Fenghuang

20. Cruise up Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour, one of the most popular travel tourist attractions in Hong Kong, is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula.Victoria Harbour covers an area of about 41.88 square kilometers. Victoria Harbour is world-famous for its magnificent panoramic sight.

Tower on the Victoria Peak is the best place to soak in the beautiful view. Vistas from the Culture Centre and Tsim Sha Tsui are also very nice. Number of people go for rides on the Star Ferry to see the harbour.

Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour

21. Yuanyang Rice Terraces
Yuanyang County is located in Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture in the south of Yunnan Province.  It is a Hani minority settlement with vast rice-terraced mountains. Part of the area now forms the 45th World Heritage Site in China.

The terraced paddy fields on the slopes are the collective masterpieces of labor by Hani minority people in their successive generations. Picturesque hilltop villages,  rice fields bouncing off mesmerizing colors at sunrise and sunset are your reason to make efforts to come to the Hani’s place.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

22. Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery is located on the north of Daxia River in the west of Xiahe County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province.

This most important Tibetan monastery outside Tibet was first founded by Ngagong Tsunde, the first generation of Jamyang from nearby Ganjia in 1709. it is an important monastery of the Gelukpa or the Yellow Hat Sect.  How to Visit Labrang Monastery.

Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery

23. Diaolou Kaiping
Kaiping County, 130km southwest of Guangzhou is highly recommended. Kaiping is world famous for its Diaolou (fortified village houses ), pristine villages and old townships.

Kaiping Diaolous and villages were named as World Cultural Heritage in 2007 for their harmonious fusion between Chinese and Western structures.  How to Visit Diaolou Kaiping.

Diaolou Kaiping

Diaolou Kaiping

24. Mt. Everest Base Camp
Mt.Everrest Base Camp is about 8km south of Rongbuk Monastery. In the middle of the way between the Camp and the Monastery, there is a “Tent Community”, also known in the tourist book as “Za-Rombuk”. The “tent community” is set up by locals for 6 months of each year.

The tents in Za-Rombuk seems cozy and warmer, and friendly. Climbers or leisure travelers share their temporary home. The tents are windproof, spacious. Heating comes from the stove in the middle of the room which burns yak and goat dung.  My trip to Mt. Everest Base Camp.

Mt. Everest Base Camp

Mt. Everest Base Camp

25. The West Lake Landscape
Hangzhou West Lake Landscape was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 24,  Once the ancient capital of China in the 12th and 13th centuries during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279‎), Hangzhou is now the capital of Zhejiang Province, about 200km to the southwest of Shanghai.

Hangzhou is the most beautiful garden city in China famous for its picturesque West Lake, the ancient canal, lakeside temples and historic buildings. It boasts lots of local products, like silk, Xihu silk umbrellas, color-glazed porcelain, Longjing tea, and white chrysanthemum,etc.  Night View of West Lake in Hangzhou.

Sunset over the West Lake

Sunset over the West Lake

26. Kanas Lake
The Kanas Lake (Kanasi Hu) means “beautiful, rich and mysterious” in Mongolian. The lake is nestled in the deep forests and mountains of Altay. The lake is 1,374m above sea level and covers an area of 45 sqkm (10 times bigger than Tianchi on Bogda Mountain) with the deepest point of 188m.

The long bean-shaped lake reflects the surrounding snow capped mountains. The tour guide on the boat says that the Kanas Lake in autumn is at its best with the beautiful foliage.

Legend has it that huge monsters live in the lake. They often take away horses and camels drinking into the water by the lake and later swallow them, a similar story of “Nessie Monster”.  Trip to Kanas Lake.

Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake

27. Narat Grasslands
Narat Grassland is about 180km long from east to west along the river bed sandwiched by the mountains of Tianshan in three sides, the east section of Ili valley.

The famous Ili River zigzags through Ili Valley. Ili River is formed by its principal three tributaries Kashi, Kunes, and Tekes. Kunes River is the upper reaches of Ili River, passing through the river bed of Narat Grassland.  Trip to Narat Grassland.

Narat Grassland

Narat Grassland

28. Badain Jaran Desert
Badain Jaran Desert is definitely the highlight of the adventurous drive. Badain Jaran Desert boasts the highest stationary dunes in the world (the tallest dune over 450 meters, extending over 5 km in length) and the third the largest desert in China with an area of over 49,000 sq.kilometers.

Badain Jaran literally means “mysterious lakes” in Mongolian. As its name suggest,  Badain Jaran Desert is dotted with over spring-fed 140 lakes. All  the lakes reside among the gigantic sand dunes, creating the most mesmerizing desert landscapes in the world.  A Glimpse of Badain Jaran Desert.

Badain Jaran Desert

Badain Jaran Desert

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Top 10 Places in China

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How to Make a Tourist Complaint in China

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
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 Plan your China tour? Generally speaking, Chinese people are kind and lenient to foreign visitors. But that doesn’t mean you are always safe and you can lower your vigilance while traveling in China. Like other countries in the world, tourist traps, scams or bad travel experiences also exit here in China.

If you have encountered cheating, forced shopping, fake products, bad experiences with a travel agency, or travel suppliers like flights, trains, scenic spots and hotels, and the list can be longer, you should make a tourist complaint to China Tourism Bureau or its branches in major cities where you are traveling.

According to the regulations made by China Tourism Bureau, A tourist is required to make a travel complaint within 90 days. When receiving travel complaints from tourists, tourism bureaus at all levels should handle these tourist complaints within five working days.

To make a tourist complaint in a faster way, you may make a travel complaint by calling the following tourism bureaus in China:

China Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 010-65275315

Four Municipal Cities in China
Beijing Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 010-85162288
Tianjin Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 022-28359093
Shanghai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 021-64393615
Chongqing Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 023-63236016

Hebei Province
Chengde tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0314-2024548
Qinhuangdao tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0335-3661001

Inner Mongolia
Hohhot Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0471-4606517
Hulunbeier Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0470-8346071

Liaoning Province
Shengyang Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 024-22821999
Dalian Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0411-83769989

Jilin Province
Jilin Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0432-64805588

Heilongjiang Province
Haerbin Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0451-84664315

Jiangsu Province
Nanjing Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 025-52260123
Suzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0512-65223377
Wuxi Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0510-85052599
Yangzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0514-87325601
Zhenjiang Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0511-85237555

Zhejiang Province
Hangzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0571-85171292
Shaoxing Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0575-80223031
Tiantai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0576-83881002

Anhui Province
Huangshan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0559-2517464

Jiangxi Province
Jiujiang Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0792-8225571
Lushan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0792-8287906

Fujian Province
Fuhzou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0591-83355312
Quanzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0595-22162068
Xiamen Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0592-5318985
Longyan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0597-2336649
Wuyishan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0599-5250580

Shandong Province
Jinan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0531-88389888
Qufu Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number:  0537-4414789
Taian Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0538-8209949
Yantai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0535-6246929
Weihai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0631-5313294
Qingdao Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0532-85912000

Shanxi Province
Taiyuan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0351-5679006
Pingyao Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0354-5868113
Datong Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number:  0352-5137307


Henan Province

Zhengzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0371-67181000
Luoyang Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0379-64310882
Kaifeng Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0378-3972220
 

Hubei Province
Wuhan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 027-82855773
 

Hunan Province
Changshan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0731-88666279
Zhangjiajie Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0744-8383173
Xiangxi Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0743-2198120
Hengshan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0734-8861041
 

Guangdong Province
Guangzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 020-86666666
Zhongshan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0760-88811825
Shenzhen Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0755-2598681
Zhuhai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0756-3366901
 

Hainan Province
Haikou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0898-66250780
Sanya Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0898-88392211
 

Guangxi
Nanning Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0771-5516551
Guilin Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0773-2800318
Beihai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0779-3060140
 

Sichuan Province
Chengdu Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 028-85482323
 

Guizhou Province
Guiyang Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0851-6515242
 

Yunnnan Province
Kunming Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0871-3164961
Dali Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0872-96927
Lijiang Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0888-96927
Deqin Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0887-8231527
Xishuangbanna Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0619-5126077


Shannxi Province

Xian Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 029-8763-0166
 

Gansu Province
Lanzhou Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0931-8847867
Wuwei Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0935-2220257
Zhangye Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0936-8222595
Jiuquan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0937-2614224
Jiayuguan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0937-6321626
 

Ningxia
Yinchuan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0951-6720638
 

Qinghai Province
Xining Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0971-6150597
 

Tibet
Lhasa Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0891-6150597
 

Xinjiang
Turpan Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0995-8523653
Hami Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0902-2251984
Aletai Tourism Bureau Complaint Phone Number: 0906-2122363
 

Further Readings


How to make a tourist complaint in Beijing
Top Tourist Scams in Beijing

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