Here’s a list of over 50 unique destinations in China, from temples to remote villages, that will leave you simply amazed.
There are so many unique experiences in China. The country is so large, and so diverse, it really is like a whole collection of worlds in one. When itinerary planning for a China journey, you can shape any kind of experience that you want, it’s up to you.
For most people, they are happy to stick to the safety of standard tour-book experiences and the well developed, and well known major attractions, such as anything Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau or a even Yangzte River boat cruise. The slightly more adventurous will fit in Xi’an and the Terracotta Army, Chengdu Panda Base and so on. All of which are awesome and great places to get started, but, China offers so, so much more.
Let’s try and list some unique & must visit attractions that we haven’t mentioned so far:
Hailuogou Hot Spring – Sichuan
Located among virgin forest and ice glaciers in Hailuogou Glacier Park.
Mount Emei – Sichuan
Juizhaiguo – Sichuan
Leshan Giant Buddha – Sichuan
Guilin & Yangshou – Guanxi
Lijiang & Dali – Yunnan
Shangrila – Yunnan
Tiger Leaping George – Yunnan
YuanYang Rice Fields – Yunnan
Dongchuan Red Land – Yunnan
Tengchong Rehai Hot Springs – Yunnan
Rehai is located west of Tengchong County. In addition to its hot springs, the place also boasts spectacular natural scenery and an ancient temple.
Hakka Tulou – Fujian
Shaolin Temple & Longtan Valley – Henan
Guoliang Tunnel – Taihang Mountain – Henan
Spring Temple Buddha – Pingdingshan – Henan
Nanjie Village – Luohe – Henan
Widely reported as being the last Maoist village in China. Join in and paint the town red 🙂
White Horse Temple – Luoyang – Henan
Hanging Temple – Shanxi
Zhangjiajie – Hunan
Fenghuang Old City – Hunan
Three Georges – Hubei
Mogao Caves – Gansu
Crescent Lake – Gansu
The Maijishan Grottoes – Gansu
Jiayuguan Fortress – Jiayuguan – Gansu
Lhasa – Tibet
Lurang Gar – Tibet
Rongbuk Monastery and Guesthouse – Rikaze Diqu – Tibet
Mount Taishan – Shandong
Three Natural Bridges – Chongqing
Mount Danxia – Guangdong
Huashan Teahouse – Shaanxi
Longyou Caves – Quzhou
Found after draining a pond, these deep ancient caves are a complete mystery.
Shi Cheng – Hangzhou – Zhejiang
China’s Atlantis, yes, it’s an submerged ancient city for all you diving fans with a bent for history.
Fangweng Hanging Restaurant– Hubei
Wudang Mountains – Hubei
The most sacred Taoist mountain in China, featuring several temples, including the palatial Nanyan Temple.
Kangbashi (the ghost city) – Ordos
Buxian Bridge Huangshan – Anhui
Chinese Pyramids of Xianyang – Xian
The Giant Buddha of Guifeng – Jiangxi
West Xia Imperial Tombs – Ningxia
Haohan Qiao — Brave Men s Bridge – Hunan
Jiaohe Ruins – Tulufan Diqu – Xinjiang
Hotan Sunday Market – Hotan – Xinjiang
Kanas Lake – Xinjiang
Kaiping Dialous – Jiangmen – Guangdong
Yan Huang Plaza – Zhengzhou – Guangdong
Hallstatt China – Huizhou – Guangdong
A perfect clone of an Austrian Village.
Zhujiajiao Water Town – Shanghai
Zhenyuan Ancient Town – Qiandongnan – Guizhou
Congjiang – Qiandongnan – Guizhou
Home to the Miao and Dong minorities, a journey into local folk customs and traditions.
Huangguoshu Falls – Guizhou
Wuyuan – Jiangxi
Mati Temple – Gansu
Longwu Monastery, Tongren, Qinghai
Sanya Phoenix Island – Hainan
Phoenix Island is an new island resort in Sanya – Hainan
Dashiwei Tiankeng – Guangxi
A giant sinkhole of sorts at 613 meters deep the primitive forest at the bottom of Dashiwei Tiankeng is the largest of its kind around the world.
China is packed with endless attractions and experiences, including historic, modern and natural. There is also a large number of World Heritage Sites which you can find listed. For me, the most unique experiences are well off the beaten path. The more regional you go and the smaller the city, the further back in time you go, and the more fascinating things get.
But you should not just think of China in terms of it’s physical attractions, actually it’s the people that really make the country. The warmest memories for me come from the festive times such as Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, and even small festivals such as the Water Splashing Festivals are outrageous fun. Stay tuned for a future post on China’s amazing festivals.
(Lianshan Water Festival 2015)