The Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes are located in Dunhuang County

The Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes are located in Dunhuang County, Gansu Province, some twenty-five kilometers southeast of the city. The common name for the grottoes is the Thousand?Buddha caves. These are located on the precipitous face of the east ridge of the Mingsha Mountains. Their construction began in the year 366 AD and, by the time of the Tang-dynasty empress named Wu Zetian, more than one thousand rooms had been carved and painted. Those that have been preserved to this day include rooms from the dynasties of Northern Wei, Western Wei, Northern Zhou, Sui, Tang, Five Dynasties, Song, Westerm Xia, and Yuan. In all there are some 492 grottoes, with wall paintings covering 45,000 square meters, and containing 2,415 painted stone carvings. This is considered a priceless artistic trove. It is now protected as a National Key Cultural Relics Protected Unit, and in 1987 it was listed among the ranks of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours, We also provide Thailand tour packages or Cambodia tour packages.

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Research has shown that the Mogao Grottoes are continually suffering damages caused by the natural environment and aging of the caves; factors such as mountain slitting and sand and wind erosion are exacerbated by the large number of tourists. Based on scientific surveys, 20 percent of the 45,000-square meter total area covered by the murals are damaged to different degrees, with this damage occurring at a much faster rate than in ancient times. President of the Dunhuang Academy Fan Jinshi says we can only slow down, rather than completely stop the aging process.

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The mural art in Mogao Grottoes is unique. The murals, especially the story telling murals, have made Mogao Grottoes famous all over the world. There are no grottoes that can reach or exceed it in the world. The story telling murals depict mainly Buddhist thought including the scriptures, the biography and stories of Buddha, and other Buddhist historical records. In addition, there are Gods, mighty warriors, a thousand small Buddhas, as well as flying Buddhist angels too. The murals in Mogao Grottoes are famous for their grand scale, extensive subject matter and exquisite art. For these reasons, Mogao Grottoes is called the “library on the wall”.

The beauty of the West Lake

The beauty of the West Lake lies in a lingering charm that survives the change of seasons in a year, of hours in a day, and of different weathers. Ancient people praised the lake as a “home of hundreds of tourist sites where you get intoxicated all the time”. To demonstrate its beauty, the lake offers 10 most famous scenes as Spring Dawn at Su Causeway, Melting Snow at Broken Bridge, Sunset Glow over Leifeng Hill, Lotus in the Breeze at Crooked Courtyard, Autumn Moon on Calm Lake, Listening to Orioles Singing in the Willows, Viewing Fish at Flowers Pond, Evening Bell at Nanping Hill, Three Pools Mirroring the Moon, Twin Peaks Piercing the Clouds. No wonder the Song Dynasty poet Su Shi compared the Lake to Xizi, a Chinese Cleopatra: “Ripping water shimmering on sunny day, Misty mountains wonder in the rain, Plain or gaily decked out like Xizi, the West Lake is always alluring”. So the lake is also known as Xizi Lake.

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The West Lake landscape is an exceptional testimony to the very specific cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of ‘pictures’ that reflect what was seen as a perfect fusion between people and nature, a tradition that evolved in the Tang and Song Dynasties and has continued its relevance to the present day. The ‘improved’ West Lake, with its exceptional array of man-made causeways, islands, bridges, gardens, pagodas and temples, against a backdrop of the wooded hills, can be seen as an entity that manifests this tradition in an outstanding way.

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The West Lake is a like a shining pearl inlaid on the vast land of China, reputed for beautiful scenery, a multitude of historical sites, brilliant cultural relics, and a profusion of native products. Legend has it that the West Lake was a heavenly jewel fallen to earth. Pragmatists insist that it is a mere lagoon on Hangzhou’s western fringe. In any case, West Lake has inspired painters for centuries.

The Forbidden City is in the heart of Beijing

In the heart of Beijing lies the largest palace in the world, The Forbidden City. For five hundred years, it served as the home of the almighty Emperors of China along with their wives, concubines, and entourages of tens of thousands of eunuchs and civil servants. But the Forbidden City is more than an imperial residence; it is the center of the universe, a unique complex of structures revealing a hierarchy of power both imperial and divine.

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Many of the largest building blocks of the Forbidden City came from a quarry about 43 miles (70 kilometers) away from the site. People in China had been using the spoked wheel since about 1500 B.C., so it was commonly thought that such colossal stones would’ve been transported on wheels, not by something like a sled.

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Over the hundreds of years since it was first built, most parts of the Forbidden City have been rebuilt many times. In modern times, The Forbidden City has been renamed the Palace Museum and is open to the general public.

The Forbidden City is also a treasure trove of movable cultural relics; it is the seat of the National Palace Museum. It has over 1.8 million movable cultural relics, including more than 1.68 million pieces of precious relics. In 2012, the highest single-day passenger flow volume of Forbidden City exceeded 180,000 people, and annual passenger flow volume exceed 15 million people. It can be regarded as the busiest museum in the world.

Xijiang Miao Villageis the largest Miao ethnic village all over the world

The Miao is an ethnic group known as keen on singing and dancing. Xijiang Miao Village is situated 37 kilometers northeast of Kaili, Guizhou Province. The village is known as the largest one in China, it is famous for profound ethnic culture, beautiful scenery and interesting tourism activities.

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Xijiang Miao Village is the largest Miao ethnic village all over the world. Anthropologists and experts on folklore consider this as the well-reserved region of ’primitive ecological environment’ of Miao Minority.
Xijiang Miao Village, also named ‘China’s Miao stockade village of one thousand households’, is supposed to be the largest Miao Village in China. A continuous row of houses spreads in line of the hilly area. These houses are unique and grand under sunshine and verdant trees.

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The village is located southeast of the town of Kaili (凯里) in southeastern Guizhou, deep in a valley. While we were driving on the narrow windy road in the middle of steep hills covered with forests. So much for the lost paradise and mysterious Miao villages hidden in the misty valley. Xijiang has become a major tourist attraction for those who want to experience the culture of the Miao.
Xijiang Miao Village celebrates many festivals, if tourists are lucky enough to get there during local festivals they could experience how magnificent it could be. Once come to Xijiang, tourists are invited to live like a Miao people, sing Miao songs, dances, wear Miao traditional costumes and silver ornaments.

Shaoshan Scenic Zone has 82 scenic spots in 7 scenic regions

Shaoshan, 100 km southwest of Changsha, is a mountain village with some fairly beautiful and birth place of the oft-lamented Mao Zedong. The village is adorned with propaganda, loudspeakers blare revolutionary songs and speeches to welcome approaching tourists. But aside from the novelty of being Mao’s hometown, Shaoshan is not much more than a rural Hunan village.

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Shaoshan Scenic Zone has 82 scenic spots in 7 scenic regions. At present, four scenic regions including Former Residence, Dishui Cave, Shao Peak and Qingxi have been developed. Former Residence and Dishui Cave have become National 4A Scenic Spots. To be precise, the most popular scenic spots are, the Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Mao Zedong Square, the Dishui Cave—”the mysterious West Cave” described as “such waters and mountains have fostered great persons”, Comrade Mao Zedong Memorial Museum—one of the 100 national excellent bases for patriotism education, Mao Zedong Relic Museum—a museum to show the great man’ s spirits, and carry out patriotism education and revolutionary traditions education, Research Center of Mao Zedong Thought, a professional library with memorial value—Mao Zedong Library, Stele cluster of Mao Zedong’ s poems “integrated with Mao Zedong’ s artistic essence and presented Mao Zedong’ s insights into literature”, Shao Peak—enjoys the reputation of “comparing with mountains around the world, it is the greatest mountain on the south of the Yangtze River” , Mao Zedong Memorial Garden—a place to integrate history and represent the great man’ s footprints. A large number of new and old outstanding scenic spots attract visitors with their own unique styles and rich cultural legacy, thus Shaoshan becomes a sacred place of red tourism.

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If you are in Shaoshan, there is one thing that you should not miss. That is Braised Pork of Mao Family. It is said that Chairman Mao thought highly of it after having a taste. The authentic restaurant of Mao Family in Shaoshan is particular about the cooking methods which are quite complicated. This dish is a kind of stimulation to your eyes and gustatory sense. It looks golden and shining; it tastes fat but not greasy.

Maoming is a famous litchi production base in China

Maoming is a famous litchi production base in China. The Genzi Litchi Cultural Tourist Area is situated in Genzi, a small town in Maoming. Fang Ji Island, also know as Chicken Island, is the largest island in the city. It covers an area of 1.9 sq km and has clear sea waters, beautiful coral reefs and scuba diving. The delicious local foods are also worth recommending. Huazhou Baiqie Chicken, Genzi Beef Rice Noodle and Xinyi Huaixiang Chicken are the most popular local dishes in the city.

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Show the chicken island and lie in 21.23 degrees of north latitudes, the east passes 111.00 degrees, lie the south ocean of Dianbai county sideways, possession rich to congratulate the intersection of harbour and the intersection of mouth and the southwest, from rich to congratulate, go the intersection of island and 8 of quay, it is the intersection of Guangdong and east that lead to Zhanjiang, island that Beibu Bay must pass, the top of highest peak on the island shines from 15 sea miles of solar energy beacons, guide the vessel to sail safely.

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Enjoying a subtropical monsoon season, the local weather is moderate with an annual average temperature of no less than 22℃ (72℉). It is a green city all the year round. The rainfall of a year lies between 1530-1770 millimeters (60-70 inches).

Namjagbarwa Peak is the highest mountain in Nyingchi Prefecture

Namjagbarwa Peak is the highest mountain in Nyingchi Prefecture, Tibet. It ranks 16th among the highest mountains above the sea level with an elevation of 7782 meters.

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The most mysterious thing is that at each end of the Himalayas two peaks stand on the mysterious tectonic knots: at the eastern end stands Namjagbarwa (7,782 meters), the world’s 15th highest peak, and at the western end Nanga Parbat (8,125 meters), the world’s ninth highest peak.
Namcha Barwa is in an isolated part of southeastern Tibet rarely visited by outsiders. It stands inside the Great Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo River as the river enters its notable gorge across the Himalaya, emerging as the Dihang and becoming the Brahmaputra. Namcha Barwa’s sister peak Gyala Peri 7,294 metres rises across the gorge 22 km to the NNW.

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In Tibetan, Namjagbarwa means a “long lance piercing into the sky.” The sky-scraping Namjagbarwa Peak, with its majestic appearance, precipitous shape and unpredictable climate, has been an ambitious aim of mountain-climbing organizations from various countries, and was only conquered recently by a Sino-Japanese climbing team in 1992.