Saturday, August 21, 2010

Natural tourist attractions in China

Huangguoshu Waterfall in Guizhou Province

The Huangguoshu waterfall, the largest and one of the six most beautiful waterfalls in China, is located on the Baishui River in the Bouyei Miao ethnic minority Autonomous County, southwest China's Guizhou Province. The Huangguoshu waterfall runs down through plenty of rocks and is surrounded by steep mountains.

The waterfall is 30 meters wide (can reach 40 meters in summer) and has a fall of 66 metres.There are 17 more waterfalls in the upper and lower reaches of the Baishui River, where the Huangguoshu Waterfall lies. These 18 waterfalls form the largest cluster of waterfalls in the world and was listed in the Guinness World Records in 1999.The best time to visit the Huangguoshu Waterfall is from May to October.

Taklimakan Desert in Xinjiang

The Taklamakan Desert, also known as Taklimakan, is a desert in Central Asia, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. As one of the largest sand deserts in the world, the Taklimakan Desert covers an area of 330,000 square kilometers.It is bounded by the Kunlun Mountains to the south, and the Pamir Mountains and Tian Shan (ancient Mount Imeon) to the west and north. It is crossed at its northern and at its southern edge by two branches of the Silk Road as travelers sought to avoid the arid wasteland. "Taklimakan" has the meaning that you can never get out of the place once you step in it. The sand hills in the desert are 300 meters high. When wind blows the sand up, the hills can reach a height of 900 meters.

Namtso Lake in Tibet

Some 60 kilometers to the northwest of Damxung County of Lhasa, Namtso Lake is the highest salt lake in the world and largest salt lake in Tibet. It is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and receives high respects among the local people. On the Tibetan year of sheep, pilgrims from faraway come here to walk around the lake. It takes more than 10 days to circle the lake once.

Namco, once dubbed as the highest inland lake in the world, is located at an altitude of 4,718 meters. The sacred lake attracts lots of pilgrims and visotors each year.Situated at north Tibet, Namco areas boast numerous scenic spots and diversified geographic features, such as snowbergs, wetlands, Gobi deserts, lakes and swamps.

Changbai Mountains in Jilin

The Changbaishan is generally acknowledged as the most famous mountain range in Northeast China. The mountains rise in the northern part of Jilin's Antu County, and gradually extend southwards towards the North Korean border. Guests can visit the beautiful birch forest and the Heavenly Lake, the deepest alpine lake in China.

The Changbai Mountains in Jilin Province has China's largest population of wild northeast tigers. There are altogether over 400 wild northeast tigers in the world, less than 20 of them in China. They are first-class national protected animals and listed as endangered species. The wild northeast tigers are 2.8 meters long on average, and their tails are usually one meter long.

Chengguan town in Danxian county, Hainan Province

Chengguan town in Danxian county, Hainan Province has the most thunderstorms in China. Every year, there are some 131 days with thunderstorms, which leads to the town's nickname of "the town of thunder". Thunderstorms always cause hail and cyclones. It is the place for scientists and explorers to experience dramatic weather conditions.

Mt. Qomolangma in Tibet

Mount Qomolangma, also called Mt. Everest, is the highest peak in the world. Its Tibetan meaning of 'Goddess the Third' adds more mysterious color and magic power to the subject. As a result, it has intrigued all kinds of people since it was first discovered. Pilgrims trek long distances to present a pious worship, climbing enthusiasts run great risks to challenge its high altitude and the common tourists also yearn for a reverent look at this holy peak.

The altitude of Mt. Everest is now about 8,844.43 m. (29,017 ft.). It is the dominant peak of Himalayas, the northern brae in Tingri County of Tibet and the southern in the Nepal. The area has 4 peaks above 8,000 m. (26,247 ft.) and 38 peaks above 7,000 m. (22,965 ft.), hence the laudatory title 'the Third Pole of the Earth'.

The Loess Plateau along the Yellow River

The Loess Plateau, also known as the Huangtu Plateau, is a plateau that covers an area of some 640,000 km² in the upper and middle of China's Yellow River and China proper . Loess is the name for the silty sediment that has been deposited by wind storms on the plateau over the ages. Loess is a highly erosion-prone soil that is susceptible to the forces of wind and water; in fact, the soil of this region has been called the "most highly erodible soil on earth". The Loess Plateau and its dusty soil cover almost all of Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and parts of others.

The Yellow River, China's second-largest river, passes through the Loess Plateau. You can drift on a raft along the Yellow River to view the plateau. The best time to visit the Loess Plateau is from March to October.

Maolan Karst Virgin Forest in Libo county, Guizhou Province

The Maolan Karst located in Libo of southern Guizhou Province; the reserve is covered by a lush virgin forest and the largest subtropical virgin forest in China.It covers an area of over 130 square kilometers with forest coverage of 91.59 percent. Over 500 kinds of trees can be found in the forest, including ginkgo and Chinese tulip trees. Wild animals such as macaques, South China tigers and bears also live in the forest. There are also waterfalls, karst caves and lakes in the area.

There are more than 2,000 species found in the reserve and these include some 40 new plant species. The reserve features the perfect blend of Karst sceneries and lush green forest. You will so charmed by the Karst peak-clusters, funnels and depressions, covered with primeval vegetation.

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