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24/04/2013

China Sceneries: Beautiful Places to Visit China II

7. Guangxi: Yangshuo

When the Chinese long for views of the nation’s most scenic hills and rivers, they book a bamboo-boat cruise in Yangshuo (a hot destination for China travel deals).

The riverside town in southern China is most famous for its karst hills and traditional fishing-village lifestyle. Downtown is touristy.

Visitors can rent bikes and head to the countryside to find a more calming scene: bamboo boats chugging along the river, fishermen setting out with cormorants, farmers toiling in fields with lush peaks soaring high above.

Most travelers reach Yangshuo from Guilin. Buses bound for Yangshuo leave every 15 minutes from Guilin Bus Station on Zhongshan Lu and Guilin South Railway Station. The journey takes around 90 minutes and the fare is about RMB 15 per person.

8. Guizhou: Huangguoshu Waterfall

The highest waterfall in Asia, majestic Huangguoshu "Yellow Fruit Tree" Waterfall plunges a dramatic 77.8 meters across a 101-meter-wide span.

It's one of a handful of mammoth waterfalls in the world that's accessible for viewing from almost any angle -- from above, below, front, back, left or right.

The best visiting season is June to August for your China tour, when the water reaches a peak flow of 700 cubic meters per second.

Admission fee: RMB 180 between March 1-October 31; RMB 160 between Novermber 1-February 28

The nearest traffic hub to Huangguoshu Waterfall is Huangguoshu Airport. It's about six kilometers away. Major cities connected to Huangguoshu by direct flights include Beijing and Guangzhou.

9. Hainan: Guanyin Statue

Look beyond the beaches of Sanya to find the world’s largest Guanyin statue, erected near Nanshan, China’s southernmost mountain.

The story goes that the three-sided statue faces mainland China, Taiwan and the rest of the South China Sea -- meaning that the bodhisattva blesses not only China, but the whole world.

At 108 meters tall, the figure was raised and enshrined in 2005 and is one of the tallest statues on the planet.

Admission: RMB 150

The Guanyin Statue is located within Hainan’s Nanshan Culture Tourism District which are listed as the place for China best tours, which is some 40 kilometers from downtown Sanya. Shuttle buses are available between Yalong Bay and Nanshan.

10. Hainan: Yalong Bay

Hainan delivers the best tropical setting in China. Yalong Bay is the pinnacle of the resort getaway.

The 7.5-kilometer crescent beach is the most popular and developed stretch of Hainan’s southern coastline.

It provides all the quintessential experiences of a Southeast Asian holiday, with as many luxury hotels as palm trees -- more than 20 international luxury hotels line the beach of Yalong Bay.

The beach is also a haven for water sports warriors, including surfers who sometimes ride uncrowded waves all day.

If you visit in July, August, October or during Spring Festival, you'll be surrounded by Chinese families, mostly sporting old-school swimsuits.

Yalong Bay is 28 kilometers southeast of Sanya which attracts so many tourists every year for their popular China travel package. Sanya Airport operates flights to all major Chinese cities, as well as nine international cities including Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul.

11. Hebei: Chengde Mountain Resort/Rehe Palace

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mountain resort was once a summer palace used by Qing Dynasty emperors on holiday.

Delicate gardens and a 70-meter pagoda remain.

Lush grasslands, marvelous mountains and tranquil valleys still make it a cool place to avoid the heat.

Admission fee: RMB 120

Shuttle buses depart from Beijing to Chengde hourly during the day, ticket is RMB 50

You can get to know more about these places via China tour operator.

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