#77 best destination in the world

Danxia Landform

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  • Consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs
  • Formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Jiuzhaigou

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  • Nature reserve and national park
  • Known for its many multi-level waterfalls, colorful lakes, and snow-capped peaks
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Mutianyu

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  • #18 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • One of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall of China
  • The Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Terracotta Army

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  • #24 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China
  • Form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife
  • Dating from approximately the late third century BCE, were discovered in 1974 by local farmers in Lintong District
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site7

 

Lijiang

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  • City famous for Old Town of Lijiang
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

Huangshan

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  • Well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, hot springs, winter snow, and views of the clouds from above
  • Frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Potala Palace

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  • Was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising
  • Built 1645
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

The Bund

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  • Waterfront area that runs along the Huangpu River
  • One of the most famous tourist destinations in Shanghai

 

Badaling

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  • Site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China
  • The portion of the wall running through the site was built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty, along with a military outpost reflecting the location’s strategic importance
  • The portion of the wall at Badaling has undergone restoration, and in 1957, it was the first section of the wall to open to tourism
  • Now visited annually by millions, the immediate area has seen significant development, including hotels, restaurants, and a cable car

 

Summer Palace

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  • Vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces
  • Was an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty
  • The front hill is rich with splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty
  • The central Kunming Lake, covering 540 acres, was entirely man-made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Hanging Temple

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  • Temple built into a cliff
  • Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it is the only existing temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism
  • The main supportive structure is hidden inside the bedrock
  • The monastery is located in the small canyon basin, and the body of the building hangs from the middle of the cliff under the prominent summit, protecting the temple from rain erosion and sunlight

 

Red Beach (Panjin)

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  • Famous for its landscape featuring the red plant of Suaeda salsa
  • Based in the biggest wetland and reed marsh in the world
  • The landscape is composed of shallow seas and tide-lands

 

Avatar Hallelujah Mountain

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  • Quartz-sandstone pillar, renamed to its present name in 2010 for having served as inspiration for the “Hallelujah Mountains” in the film Avatar

 

Forbidden City

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  • Palace complex housing the Palace Museum, and was the former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty (the years 1420 to 1912)
  • The Forbidden City served as the home of emperors and their households and was the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years
  • Constructed from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers over 180 acres
  • The palace exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere
  • Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • Largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

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  • Area is known for its colorful pools formed by calcite deposits, as well as diverse forest ecosystems, snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and hot springs
  • Also home to many endangered species including the giant panda and the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Canola Flower Fields

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  • Canola flowers which bloom February through March
  • While most anywhere outside the limits of the small town of Luoping is drenched in the sun, the most surreal places to view them are with the towering mountains like the Golden Rooster Hill (aka Jinjifeng) and Hundred Thousand Hills
  • At the beginning of the canola season an annual festival is held in the flower’s honor, while after the petals fall Luoping County returns to its slumber amongst the hills

 

Crescent Lake (Dunhuang)

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  • Crescent-shaped lake in an oasis
  • In the following 40 years, the depth of the lake has continually declined
  • In the early 1990s, its area had shrunk to only 1.37 acres
  • In 2006, the local government with help of the central government started to fill the lake and restore its depth; its depth and size have been growing yearly since then

 

Jiuzhaigou Natural Reserve

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  • Eulogized as a world of magical fairytale, has for years enchanted tourists with its mountains and luxuriant forests, colorful lakes, gushing waterfalls and abundant wildlife
  • Inhabited by Tibetans, the nine villages and alpine lakes, are like reflecting mirrors or crystal jade blocks inlaid in snow mountains and forests
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Historic Centre of Macau

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  • Collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, a former Portuguese colony
  • Represents the architectural legacies of the city, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Temple of Heaven

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  • An imperial complex that was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest
  • Built in 1420
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Jinshanling

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  • Section of the Great Wall of China
  • Built from 1570 AD during the Ming dynasty

 


 

Costs

all flights $3,731

food $9/day x 30 days = $270

hotel $19/day x 28 days = $532

tickets (all attractions) $518

TOTAL for whole itinerary $5,051

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