Southwestern China

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  • 1. Cangshan

    Mountain–Sight

    With a peak that rises to more than 4,500 meters (14,765 feet), "Green Mountain" can be seen from just about anywhere in Dali. A 16-km (10-mile...Read More

  • 2. Green Lake Park

    Park/Playground

    Filled with willow- and bamboo-covered islands connected by stone bridges, Green Lake Park is a favorite gathering place for Kunming's older...Read More

  • 3. Huangguoshu Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Baishui River tumbles over nine sets of rocks, creating nine waterfalls over a course of 2 km (1 mile). At the highest point, Huangguoshu...Read More

  • 4. Stone Forest

    Geological Site

    The forest's groups of karst, first formed 270 million years ago, have been given names to describe their resemblance to creatures real (turtles...Read More

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  • 5. Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Geological Site

    The deepest gorge in the world is hard to forget once you've seen it in person, and it makes an excellent trekking destination. If you're hiking...Read More

  • 6. Black Dragon Pool Park

    Park/Playground

    Outside the Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park has a tranquil pavilion where locals come to play cards and drink tea. The park is one of the most...Read More

  • 7. Drum Tower

    Building/Architectural Site

    This tower in Jinquanhu Park is the Dong people's gathering place for celebrations. ...Read More

  • 8. Elephant Trunk Hill

    Geological Site

    On the banks of the river in the southern part of the city, Elephant Trunk Hill takes its name from a rock formation arching into the water...Read More

  • 9. Erhai Lake

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    Almost any street off Fuxing Lu will bring you to the shore of Erhai Lake. from which you can marvel at the looming Cangshan peaks. You may...Read More

  • 10. Ganlan Basin

    Forest

    One of the more scenic areas of Xishuangbanna is this valley 37 km (23 miles) from Jinghong. Locals still live in bamboo huts in the beautiful...Read More

  • 11. Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum focuses on Guangxi's numerous ethnic minorities. In the back are magnificent full-size reconstructions of houses, pagodas, and drum...Read More

  • 12. Hebin Park

    Park/Playground

    Filled with bamboo groves, Hebin Park sits on the banks of the Nanming River. In many ways it's the archetypical Chinese park, with senior citizens...Read More

  • 13. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Mountain–Sight

    Towering majestically over Lijiang, the 18,360-foot Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is one of China's most spectacular peaks. The mountain's jagged...Read More

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  • 14. Lancang River

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Lancang River is the name of the Mekong River in China, where it originates before flowing through Southeast Asia. It is easiest to access...Read More

  • 15. Longsheng Longji Rice Terraces

    Farm/Ranch

    These terraced rice fields cut into the hills make a mesmerizing pattern of undulating color. Amazing for their scale as well as their beauty...Read More

  • 16. Lugu Lake

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    If you have a few days to spare, Lugu Lake is a great getaway from Lijiang. The lake straddles the border of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces and...Read More

  • 17. Manting Park

    Park/Playground

    On the southeastern edge of Jinghong is Manting Park, where you can have a closer look at some of the area's indigenous plants. Also worth exploring...Read More

  • 18. Ming Tomb (Guilin Jingjiang King Tomb)

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    East of downtown is the tomb of Zhu Shouqian, the nephew of the first Ming emperor, who founded a principality here. It makes a pleasant excursion...Read More

  • 19. Minorities Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This museum displays arts, crafts, and relics of the local indigenous peoples. ...Read More

  • 20. Moon Hill

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Probably the most popular destination in Yangshuo, Moon Hill is named after the large hole through the center of this karst peak. Amazing vistas...Read More

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