Etiqueta: China

Lijiang old town of China

Lijiang old town of China

Lijiang is perfectly suited to the irregular topography of this commercial and strategic site, it has preserved a historic urban landscape of high quality and authenticity. It belongs to the list of places that are World Heritage Sites according to Unesco since 1997, and it 

Discover a landscape from another planet: The Reed Flute Caves

Discover a landscape from another planet: The Reed Flute Caves

Located in southern China, its spectacular rock formations and careful lighting make these caves seem like a magical place, almost from another world. The Reed Flute Caves are part of almost every tourist itinerary in the Guangxi Zhuang region. They are located a few kilometers 

The beautiful colorful mountains of Zhangye Danxia

The beautiful colorful mountains of Zhangye Danxia

Thousands of multicolored and original-looking rock formations have turned Zhangye Danxia Park, a remote corner of northern China, an authentic canvas whose beauty surprises. Ocher, blue, reddish, green, violated .

The endless color gamut of this landscape offers an almost unreal image of nature made art.

The show lasts over 300 square kilometers, in the province of Gansu, an area of ​​low rainfall, which has seen how erosion has carved sandstone forms for 24 million years.

The natural pigments on the rock strata that the tectonic movements brought to the surface have colored them in a surreal spectacle.

¿What to do there?

One of the main attractions is to contemplate the ways that the mountains make, finding valleys, cliffs and different geological formations, very interesting to observe and photograph.

In addition you can always talk to people who will give you knowledge and with whom you can learn many facts about the formation of the land.

There are many geologists who come there to be able to analyze how rocks have evolved since the earliest times.

Sign up for the bus routes, which will bring you closer to the viewpoints and points of interest, where the guides will recommend you stop.

Normally guided tours usually last 2 hours. If you go through Gansu, you will also have the opportunity to contemplate the yaks, as well as approaching the Gobi desert, to hire some camel routes.

You will also have to tour the Mogao caves of Dunhuang, as they are part of the protected heritage within the most wonderful places in the world.

¿When to go to Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park?

You can visit this area and enjoy the best weather, if you go between May and October. Anyway, it is recommended that you wear a thin piece of rain and another for the cold (in the morning and at night usually cool).

On the silk road

The mountainous mountains of the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park are a place of passage of the Silk Road, the historic commercial route that has united the Asian and European continents for centuries, crossing countries such as China, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Iran and Iraq.

Today, visiting them has become an adventure and a must for those traveling to the area.

The Danxia mountains (means pink clouds in the local language)
They attract people from all over the world to Zhangye, a city that by itself is not a particularly popular destination.

Located fifty kilometers away, it has enough hotel infrastructure to accommodate tourists visiting the site.

“The most spectacular multicolored orography images are obtained at sunrise and sunset”

¿How to get?

From Zhangye, there are three ways to get to the park. The cheapest way is to do it by free, by bus, from the west station of the town, while for those who do not like to leave anything to chance and want to avoid any unforeseen events, the ideal is to opt for an organized tour.

However, the most comfortable formula is to hire a taxi for the whole day. This option is not expensive and allows you to make the visit with much more tranquility, hurrying the times.

And the most spectacular multicolored orography images are obtained at sunrise and sunset, especially from the four viewpoints located in strategic places, which guarantee infarction views.

Those who are not satisfied with walking along the paths marked between colored hills, can decide on other activities such as paragliding, a different way to enjoy a wonder declared World Heritage.

¿What accommodations to choose?

One of the accommodation options you will have will be «7days premium Zhangye Passengers Station», it is one of the best rated hotels, with different offers.

You will have common rest areas, it is centrally located and you will also have television with international channels in each room.

The rice terraces of Yuanyang, in China

The rice terraces of Yuanyang, in China

The terraces of Yuanyang are one of the most spectacular human creations in the south of China, because throughout centuries of continuous care and work of rice, the Hani minority has been modifying the slopes of the mountains between which are their villages to allow 

The Pearl Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

The Pearl Waterfall, Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

Located in the famous Jiuzhaigou valley, in the heart of China, The Pearl Waterfall offers a magic show for discerning visual taste. Jiuzhaigou Valley, China, is a place that offers wonderful, dreamy landscapes and nature seems to be straight out of a fairy tale; but 

Tianzi Mountains in China

Tianzi Mountains in China


Mountain of Zhangjiajie in Hunan Province of China are a natural spectacle as a world out of this world. A giant stone forest known as the Pillars of the southern sky and is one of the many works of art that nature has made in China.

The Tianzi Mountains are definitely a place to visit if you travel to the Asian giant. It’s a tourist attraction in China, although it was not too known. However, this natural monument, consisting of «columns» trying to get to heaven, increased his popularity by inspiring landscape James Cameron film, Avatar.

Specifically, the mountain called Heaven South Column, located in the area of Zhangjiajie, was taken as a prototype for the configuration of the Hallelujah Mountains (Hallelujah) on the film and is a sacred place for the fictional town of Na’vi.

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They say the special effects expert Eric Hanson found this landscape for the movie when he visited Zhangjiajie Nature Reserve in Hunan Province, southeast of China. A few months ago the Tujia minority, which lives near Zhangjiajie, held a ceremony to rename the spectacular massif as ‘Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’, a sample of the movie passions unleashed.

Now the most impressive place is this ‘Hallelujah Mountain’, as described in the guidebook of the place,

All Scenic Area Wulingyuan where the National Forest Park Zhangjiajie is located, has a collection of more than 3,100 stone pillars, all of different heights with some reaching over 800 meters, lush valleys and dense forests, lakes, caves , waterfalls and streams, spread over an area of approximately 266 square miles (690 square kilometers).


There is subtropical monsoon climate with plenty of rain and sunshine. Winters are short lived and the temperature is 16 degrees, also the temperatures at the tops of the mountains are 3 or 4 degrees less.

It’s no surprise that this park has been designated a World Heritage Site and World Geopark by UNESCO.

In this paradise live several ancestral groups, such as Bai Tu or Miao. They are the true gods of the area, their carers and his angels. The soul of the place.

At the top of the Tianzi Mountain is accessible with a free bus or cable car. There’s a gazebo and a restaurant with a famous fast food brand. So, while enjoying stunning views, you can kill the bug with hamburger, although not typical of Chinese cuisine.

Zhangye Danxia Geopark in China.

Zhangye Danxia Geopark in China.

The Danxia geomorphologic landscape shown in a geological park near Zhangye, in Gansu, northwestern province of China. Danxia, which means «rosy clouds» in Chinese, is a special geomorphological landscape of reddish rocks that have been eroded over time into a series of Mountains surrounded by 

Stone Pools in Huanglong, China

Stone Pools in Huanglong, China

The sight of these incredible natural formations belongs to scenic and historic attractions of Huanglong in Sichuan Province, China, is famous for its beautiful mountain scenery containing mostly intact and varied forest ecosystems. It is also home to impressive karst formations (a type of rock 

The Terracotta Warriors in China

The Terracotta Warriors in China

The Terracotta Warriors

The Terracotta Warriors («figures of soldiers and horses»), within the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang, also known as Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (秦始皇 陵; pinyin: líng Qinshihuang) was discovered in March 1974 during a works for the supply of irrigation water near Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, PRC. Since 1987 is considered World Heritage by UNESCO.

The army consists of over 7,000 figures of warriors and horses in real size, which were buried with the self-proclaimed first emperor of China, Qin Dynasty, (Qin Shi Huang) in 210-209 a. C.

Burying these statues was believed that the Emperor would still have troops under his command. The Terracotta Army was buried in battle formation on three pits, one mile east of the Emperor’s tomb, located 33 km east of Xi’an. The three pits are between 4 and 8 feet deep. They have been excavated and a museum has been built in the ruins, called Terracotta Army Museum of the First Qin Emperor.

The first pit was discovered in 1974 by chance by some peasants who were looking for water to combat drought. In that area had already found some remains of those who had been given too much importance to the news of the discovery of the new pit reached the ears of an archaeologist began excavating.

The pit has an area of ​​200 meters by 60 and contains more than 6,000 warriors, some of them still to be unearthed. The figures are life-size: measured 1.80 m. high and are equipped with armor also made terracotta. The grave was opened in 1979.
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Each of these figures has different features and characteristics: mustaches, hair, young, old, different ethnic traits … Heads and hands are molded separately and then added to the bodies. Uniforms also reflect the military ranks to which they belong. Each soldier carried a weapon: bows, spears, swords … After the fall of the Qin Dynasty, peasants looted the tomb and stole the weapons. Originally, the images are vivid and bright colors, color is lost after five hours of exposure to oxygen, which contributes to its oxidation. It is for this reason that we are studying the technique to keep these colors and until completion of their study are deferred excavations of other warriors.

The second pit to open the public contains 69 figures and is known as «the pit of the generals». It is believed that represented the staff of the army. In the pit are also visible figures of four horses. The last pit contains about 1,000 soldiers, many of them without restoring.

In 1980 he discovered two painted bronze chariots. Each of these cars is made up of more than 3,000 pieces. The four horses of each carriage are guided by an imperial driver. According to some studies, the first of these cars would help pave the way for the emperor’s entourage while the second would be the car in which the monarch sleep. The cars are not actual size (about half) and were inlaid with silver and gold.

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The mausoleum is located on Mount Li, about 30 kilometers east of the city of Xian, in the district of Linton, in Shaanxi Province, northwest China.

The mausoleum remained forgotten and buried 2,000 years. The emperor spent nearly 38 years to build the mausoleum. Which has 2.13 square kilometers and together with other 181 tombs spread in the area, covering a total area of ​​60 square kilometers and included the participation of more than 700,000 workers. It was built according to the urban plan of the city of Xian yang, the ancient capital of the Qin Dynasty, also divided into two parts: inside and outside with a truncated pyramid with a base of 350 meters and a height of 76 meters.
The burial chamber tomb of the Emperor and have not been opened and are in the center of the underground palace of the mausoleum.

To get easy to Xian, capital of Shaanxi Province in northwest China, it’s best to take the high speed train TGV of state-owned China Rail from Beijing. Between the two cities there are 1,200 km, but the train moves through them in less than six hours.

Tourists enjoy an unforgettable show, which brings to mind the time when the Imperial Guard marched with pomp. In an area of ​​16,300 square meters, divided into three sections or «wells» archaeological replicas were restored 7000 soldiers, officers and generals, 130 chariots with 520 military horses were rescued weapons and bronze sculptures, including a set of horses. The imperial funeral procession included other figures in terracotta, unearthed in recent years: acrobats, musicians, servants and bodyguards. The different «wells» regrouped since 2010 in the Mausoleum and Park of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall, through mountains and rivers, remains one of the great wonders of the world and many of the stones that were used in its construction are over eight feet beyond the ton. It has an area of ​​8,851 kilometers instead of the 6,300