China’s vast and diverse territory endows the country with some of the most beautiful natural scenery on earth. From the picturesque landscape in Guilin and Yanshuo to the precipitous pillars in Zhangjiajie, from the colorful lakes in Jiuzhaigou to the Rainbow Mountains in Zhangye, China’s diverse natural beauty is as impressive as its splendid culture.
Tibet — Lofty Mountain Splendor
Tibet, locked in the Himalayas, holds travelers’ imaginations of the lost Shangri-la. The world’s highest peak Mount Everest; from the vast untouched Changtang Grasslands to the depths of the Yarlung-Tsangpo Canyon, the Roof of the World is filled with awe and pristine beauty.
Zhangye’s Danxia Landscape — Rainbow Mountains
The Danxia landscape in Zhangye is vividly named “Rainbow Mountains” by many due to its dazzlingly colors. Danxia means ‘red, red clouds’.
Zhangjiajie — Precipitous Pillars
The precipitous pillars in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park are the inspiration for the Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar. Zhangjiajie is famous for its towering peaks, grotesque rock pillars, and deep valleys. The forest of massive pillars is one of the best muses for photographers in China.
Hong Village – Nine Centuries Quaint
Hongcun is a picturesque village with beautiful watery scenes round its lotus ponds and bridges, as well as charmingly crafted architecture. Villagers have diverted water into “house gardens” and “water yards”, which exist only in this village. The village, in its breathing-taking setting, looks like a Chinese painting.
Jiuzhaigou — Colorful Alpine Lakes
Jiuzhaigou, in remote west China, has inspired dreams of a colorful fairyland among many travelers. Jiuzhaigou features multicolored lakes surrounded by vast mountain forests. These lakes change color throughout the day and year. The colors come from the reflections of surrounding mountainsides and the greenish waters.
China’s Most Beautiful Rural Area Wuyuan is hailed by Chinese travelers as “the most beautiful countryside in China”. The classic image of Wuyuan is rural life under colorful blossoms. Wuyuan is just 50 km (30 mi) south of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain City).
The Li River & Yangshuo – China’s Most Beautiful Karst Landscapes
The Li River is like an artist’s masterpiece, bounded by classic sheer karst hills, which have inspired many poets and ink painters. It is listed as one of the world’s “Top 10 Watery Wonders” by America’s National Geographic Magazine and the World’s “15 Best Rivers for Travelers” by CNN Travel.