50+ Amazingly Unique Destinations in China that Probably Haven’t Heard of

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.

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Mount Emei – Sichuan

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Juizhaiguo – Sichuan

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Leshan Giant Buddha – Sichuan

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Guilin & Yangshou – Guanxi

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Lijiang & Dali – Yunnan

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Shangrila – Yunnan

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Tiger Leaping George – Yunnan

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YuanYang Rice Fields – Yunnan

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Dongchuan Red Land – Yunnan

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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.

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Hakka Tulou – Fujian

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Shaolin Temple & Longtan Valley – Henan

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Guoliang Tunnel – Taihang Mountain – Henan

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Spring Temple Buddha – Pingdingshan – Henan

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Nanjie Village – Luohe – Henan

Widely reported as being the last Maoist village in China. Join in and paint the town red 🙂

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White Horse Temple – Luoyang – Henan

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Hanging Temple – Shanxi

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Zhangjiajie – Hunan

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Fenghuang Old City – Hunan

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Three Georges – Hubei

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Mogao Caves – Gansu

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Crescent Lake – Gansu

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The Maijishan Grottoes – Gansu

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Jiayuguan Fortress – Jiayuguan – Gansu

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Lhasa – Tibet

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Lurang Gar – Tibet

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Rongbuk Monastery and Guesthouse – Rikaze Diqu – Tibet

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Mount Taishan – Shandong

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Three Natural Bridges – Chongqing

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Mount Danxia – Guangdong

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Huashan Teahouse – Shaanxi

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Longyou Caves – Quzhou

Found after draining a pond, these deep ancient caves are a complete mystery.

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Shi Cheng –  Hangzhou – Zhejiang

China’s Atlantis, yes, it’s an submerged ancient city for all you diving fans with a bent for history.

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Fangweng Hanging Restaurant– Hubei

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Wudang Mountains – Hubei

The most sacred Taoist mountain in China, featuring several temples, including the palatial Nanyan Temple.

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Kangbashi (the ghost city) – Ordos

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Buxian Bridge Huangshan – Anhui

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Chinese Pyramids of  Xianyang – Xian

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The Giant Buddha of Guifeng – Jiangxi

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West Xia Imperial Tombs – Ningxia

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Haohan Qiao — Brave Men s Bridge – Hunan

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Jiaohe Ruins – Tulufan Diqu – Xinjiang

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Hotan Sunday Market – Hotan – Xinjiang

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Kanas Lake –  Xinjiang

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Kaiping Dialous – Jiangmen – Guangdong

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Yan Huang Plaza – Zhengzhou – Guangdong

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Hallstatt China – Huizhou – Guangdong

A perfect clone of an Austrian Village.

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Zhujiajiao Water Town – Shanghai

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Zhenyuan Ancient Town – Qiandongnan – Guizhou

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Congjiang – Qiandongnan – Guizhou

Home to the Miao and Dong minorities, a journey into local folk customs and traditions.

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Huangguoshu Falls – Guizhou

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Wuyuan – Jiangxi

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Mati Temple – Gansu

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Longwu Monastery, Tongren, Qinghai

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Sanya Phoenix Island – Hainan

Phoenix Island is an new island resort in Sanya – Hainan

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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.

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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 here. 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)