Have you been to the five most beautiful places in China?
1. Zhangjiajie, Hunan
China boasts many famous mountains, but places like Zhangjiajie with its unique landforms and surreal natural spectacles are exceptionally rare. It's truly one of a kind among China's famous mountains. In April this year, CNN listed Zhangjiajie Forest Park among the world's 25 most beautiful places. Known for its breathtaking peaks and tranquil valleys, it's often referred to as "Three thousand peaks, eight hundred streams." The grandeur and magnificence of the place attracted global attention when it was chosen as a filming location for the movie "Avatar," earning Zhangjiajie international acclaim.
2. Terracotta Warriors in Shaanxi
The Terracotta Warriors in Shaanxi have been buried underground for 2,000 years, captivating the curiosity and astonishment of many foreigners, almost akin to the fascination with Egypt's pyramids. This ensemble serves as a golden emblem of China's ancient and splendid civilization. Listed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" in 1987, the Terracotta Warriors have hosted over 200 foreign heads of state and government leaders, with some visiting multiple times.
3. The Forbidden City in Beijing
The Forbidden City in Beijing stands as the world's largest and oldest existing ancient palace complex. Its architecture and artifacts vividly showcase the vastness of Chinese culture. This cultural charm has an undeniable influence worldwide, making the Forbidden City a must-visit for foreigners in China. The palace was the imperial residence and the administrative center for Ming and Qing dynasties.
4. Guilin and Yangshuo in Guangxi
Guilin was among the first Chinese cities to open up to the world, introducing the splendid landscapes of the Li River abroad. Known as the essence of Chinese landscapes, "Guilin's mountains and rivers are the best in the world," which holds true not only domestically but also internationally as China's iconic scenic spot. In the eyes of foreigners, Guilin and Yangshuo are like a poetic and picturesque paradise, attracting many foreign visitors annually. Those who come to Guilin are completely captivated by the ink painting-like scenery, and some even decide to stay by opening restaurants, cafes, and shops in the bustling West Street of Yangshuo.
5. Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan
Jiuzhaigou represents the epitome of China's landscapes. With towering snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and vibrant waterfalls, it's been termed a "fairy tale world" by Westerners. Not only in China but globally, Jiuzhaigou stands as a top-tier natural wonder. In 1992, officials from the World Heritage Committee were astounded by Jiuzhaigou's breathtaking scenery, unable to fathom such natural wonders, almost bowing in reverence to nature's creation.