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China’s Forbidden City

China's Forbidden City The Forbidden City's outer gates, Beijing. Tom Bonaventure via Getty Images It can be easy to assume that the Forbidden City, that marvelous complex of palaces in the heart of Beijing, is an ancient wonder of China.  In...
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Tibet

The history of a unified Tibet begins with the rule of Songtsän Gampo (604–650 CE), who united parts of the Yarlung River Valley and founded the Tibetan Empire. There are over 800 settlements in Tibet. Lhasa is Tibet's traditional capital and...
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Wuyi Mountains

The Wuyi Mountains (武夷山) have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for cultural, scenic, and biodiversity values since 1999. The region is part of the Cathaysian fold system and has experienced high volcanic activity and the formation of large fault...
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Lijiang

Lijiang (Chinese: 丽江) is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of Yunnan province. Lijiang is located in the northwestern portion of Yunnan and borders Sichuan. It is in a region where the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau converge. Owing to...
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Dunhuang

There is evidence of human habitation in the Dunhuang area as early as 2,000 BC, possibly by people recorded as the Qiang in Chinese history. Located in the western end of the Hexi Corridor near the historic junction of the...
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Suzhou

Suzhou is famous for its Classical Gardens, collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Suzhou, the cradle of Wu Culture, is a city with a history of more than 2,500 years, tracing back to the later Shang Dynasty. While talking about...
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Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou (literally "Nine Village Valley") takes its name from the nine Tibetan villages along its length. The remote region was inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang peoples for centuries. Until 1975 this inaccessible area was little known. Extensive logging took place...

The Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism

Wudang Mountains For centuries, the mountains of Wudang (武当) have been known as an important center of Taoism, especially famous for its Taoist versions of martial arts or Taichi. The first site of worship—the Five Dragons Temple—was constructed at the behest...
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Huangshan Mountain

Huangshan  is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 meters (3,600 ft), with trees growing up to the treeline at 1,800 meters (5,900 ft). The area is well known for its...
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Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie is a prefecture-level city in the northwestern part of Hunan province. The city itself was previously named Dayong (大庸), and has a recorded history dating back to 221 BC. The new name of Zhangjiajie City was adopted in 1994, after...

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Harbin

Harbin, which was originally a Manchu word meaning "a place for drying fishing nets", grew from a small rural settlement on the Songhua River to...

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