Nature of China - national parks and reserves for active recreation

China's nature can boast of diverse landscapes, from vast plateaus in the eastern part to high mountains in the west, as well as deserts, tropical and bamboo forests. The country's weather is depended on the region. In the north and west, cold winters and hot summers are caused by a temperate continental climate. The central part lies in the subtropical zone where there are frequent rains and a softer winter. Southern regions are warm in winter and hot in summer. Most of the precipitation falls on the summer season. Winter in China is dry and cold.
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Today, due to the rapid development of industry, the natural environment is severely threatened, but in remote locations, it is still possible to find authentic beauty unspoiled by civilization. It attracts not only tourists but also Chinese who want to relax and feel the harmony of the pristine nature. A popular place among tourists and pilgrims from all over the world is Wu Yue. It's five sacred mountains, which were believed to be the place where gods met. Here you can find the famous Shaolin Monastery, the Hanging Temple, and about twenty Taoist temples. Taishan is the most famous sacred mountain, on which Confucius and Mao Zedong climbed.
More than three hundred nature reserves have been created across the country. The most famous of them is Wolong located in Sichuan Province. Giant pandas, snow leopards, surilis (golden monkeys) and other rare animals live here under the protection and care of professionals. Zhalong is a nature reserve protecting rare species of birds: cranes, herons, storks. In autumn, it's worth to visit the Changbai Mountains - a virgin forest where various coniferous and deciduous trees grow. Lushan Mountains are ninety-nine peaks of completely different shapes and outlines, overlooking waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. Copyright
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In Huanglong National Scenic Reserve (Eng. - "Yellow Dragon") is Sishendong Waterfall where, according to legend, ancient goddesses bathed. Waters cascade down to the foot of the mountain, falling into crystal-clear lakes. Around there are majestic mountains and coniferous forests. On one of the peaks, one can see the remains of an ancient Taoist temple. Local forests are home to rare species of animals: bamboo bear, takin, and others. Every June in this place is a big temple fair attracting people from near and far provinces, as well as tourists.
Zhangjiajie is a national park in which you can pass over the abyss along a glass bridge, ride a boat in the Dragon Cave, take an elevator to the sky, walk in picturesque places along Golden Whip Brook, and overcome 4 thousand steps to the Quingping Temple standing on the top of the mountain. The symbol of this park is huge salamanders that live in Lake Baofeng, which are difficult to see in the daytime. n the park you can walk on foot or travel by sightseeing buses that run around the reserve.
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The clearest lakes of China - Shudu, and Bita - can be found in the center of Potatso National Park surrounded by high mountains and thickets of rare plants. Jiuzhaigou is another Chinese nature park where you can see over a hundred lakes of completely different shades. This reserve is located in Sichuan, in the south-east of the country. Its name literally translates as "The Gorge of Nine Villages". Three valleys form the letter "Y" at their intersection. In this place, there is the magnificent Nozhilan Waterfall, which is more than 100 meters wide. The best time to come here is autumn when all shades of deciduous trees are reflected in clean waters of equally fantastic colors.
Another attraction of China is the Guilin Mountains rising along the Li Jiang River. These low peaks are known for their rounded shape and thickets of lianas and orchids. Under the influence of water and wind, mountains have formed for centuries, countless caves and grottos appeared. The valley's river is considered to be one of the cleanest in the world, therefore, when traveling on it, one can see everything hidden under water. Although this place is not a national reserve, it has become one of the main Chinese sights.
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Reference information
Map of all parks
National and city parks of China
♥   World Heritage Site 'China Danxia' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Dongsha' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kenting' . On the map   Photos
♥   National Park 'Kinmen' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Huangshan' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Sanqingshan National Park' . On the map   Photos
♥   World Heritage Site 'Mount Taishan' . On the map   Photos
Famous places and sights of China

Cave Temples of Mogao

From the series “The most interesting UNESCO sites in China”
The cave temples of Mogao are one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. They were built in the middle of the 4th century. The caves have existed for more than a thousand years. These temples are located in the eastern part of the Taklamakan desert. Caravans with silk passed here in ancient times. Buddhist preachers also traveled great distances through these roads along with merchants. Unique frescoes are considered the main value of ancient temples. The total area of the preserved drawings is about 42,000 square meters.

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National Center for Performing Arts

From the series “Glass Architecture - Impressive Villas and Buildings from Glass”
In Beijing, you can see a wonderful glass building that can be compared with a huge drop of water that has fallen on the earth. In this 200 000-square meter building has placed the National Center for Performing Arts. The corpus of this unusual building is made from titanium and the cupola is made from glass segments. The territory around the building has also a great decoration. There was made a huge artificial lake.

The unusual theatre has three halls with 6 500 seats. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. The theatre has been built for six years and was finished only in 2007. It is situated on the territory of the historical district and is surrounded by centuries-long buildings and monuments. The National Center for Performing Arts was built specially for the Olympic Games … Read all
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