China has so many incredible locations, both modern and historic, cultural or natural, that it would take even a dedicated traveller a long time to visit all of them. Many of China’s great sights, such as the Great Wall, West Lake in Hangzhou, Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, The Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, Victoria Harbour, Mount Huangshan, Xishuangbanna, the Shunan Bamboo Sea, and Yangshuo’s karst scenery, have all regrettably been left off of this top 5 list.
But which epic places did make the list? Find out below, from 5-1:
5. Lijiang Old Town is one of the major tourist attractions in Yunnan Province, and the area gives visitors a great insight into how Chinese people lived in centuries long ago. The streets in the Old Town are very narrow and made almost entirely of stone, as well as the roofs of the houses being made of stone, too. It is said that some hutongs in Beijing were modelled on the Old Town of Lijiang.
4. The Leshan Giant Buddha is said to be the largest Buddha state of its kind in the world. Located a few hours drive out of Chengdu city, Leshan is a popular spot for domestic and international tourists alike. It is possible to walk up stairs either side of the Buddha to get a great glimpse not only of the sheer scale of the construction undertaken to carve it out of the rock, but also to see the shimmering waters of the river below.
3. Jiuzhaigou National Scenic Area, located in Sichuan Province, would usually be known as the most epic place of all in any other country, yet in China it ranks merely as number 3! A substantial day trip from Chengdu is required to reach this amazing paradise, but when you’re here, you can stand astounded in the nature at the vibrancy and colours on show. Regardless of the season, there is always something so epic about the appearance of Jiuzhaigou – and it is said that wild pandas also roam the area (though the chances of seeing one is near-impossible).
2. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, with its incredible “floating mountains” is said to have inspired the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar. Zhangjiajie is situated in Hunan Province, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is an elevator and cable car system that allows visitors to get good views of the surroundings from high above. Even though it may appear difficult to get to, it actually has its own domestic airport which has links to all over China.
1. The Potala Palace gets my vote for being the most epic place in all of China! The Potala Palace is the single most amazing iconic image of Tibet and was once the home of the revered Dalai Lama. There is something so epic and enchanting about this palace situated in the middle of the Himalayas with prayer flags waving all around. You need a special Tibetan tourist visa to get here, but once you arrive in Lhasa and have adjusted to the altitude, you can marvel at the wonder before you! The Potala Palace truly defines the word “epic”! Check out my experience at the Potala Palace!
Do you agree with my choices? Which epic places would you have chosen?