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Shennongjia nature reserve

Shennongjia Natural Reserve is a very famous place in China for at least two reasons. It's a treasure trove of wildlife renowned since Emperor Shennong, who visited the mountains searching for herbs and using a ladder to collect some...
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Yantai – the charming city

In 2004, China Central Television (CCTV) recognized Yantai as the most "Charming City of China." Although Yantai is not a metropolis like Beijing and Shanghai, it has its own unique charm. Adding to the draw of local natural resources,...
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Mount Taishan

Mount Tai (泰山) is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai'an, in Shandong province, China. The tallest peak is the Jade Emperor Peak which is commonly reported as 1,545 metres. The word tai in Chinese means stability and peace and the name...
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Qingdao

Combining fresh sea air and dashing good looks, Qīngdǎo (青岛) – the name means 'Green Island' – is a rare modern city that has managed to preserve some of its past while angling a dazzling modern face to the...
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Jiayu Pass – starting point of the Great Wall

Among the passes on the Great Wall, Jiayuguan(嘉峪关) or Jiayu Pass is the most intact surviving ancient military building. The pass is also known by the name the "First and Greatest Pass Under Heaven" (天下第一雄关), which is not to...
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Zhangye – outpost along the silk road

Zhangye lies in the centre of the Hexi Corridor. The area is on the frontier of China Proper, protecting it from the nomads of the northwest and permitting its armies access to the Tarim Basin. During the Han Dynasty, Chinese armies were often engaged...
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Gannan: A perfect getaway in NW China’s Gansu

Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture is situated in the southwest of Gansu Province, neighboring Dingxi and Longnan in the east and Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture in the north. It is bounded on the south by Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province in the neighborhood of Guoluo, and Huangnan Tibetan autonomous prefectures...
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Qilian Mountains

The Qilian Mountains also known as Richthofen Range, (祁连山), together with the Altyn-Tagh (Altun Shan) also known as Nan Shan (南山, literally "Southern Mountains"), as it is to the south of Hexi Corridor, is a northern outlier of the Kunlun Mountains, forming the border between Qinghai and...
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Qinghai Lake – the largest saline lake in China

Qinghai Lake is sandwiched between Hainan and Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefectures in northeastern Qinghai. The lake is located at the crossroads of several bird migration routes across Asia. Many species use Qinghai as an intermediate stop during migration. In the Han Dynasty (206 BCE–220 CE), Qinghai Lake was called the West Sea (西海),...
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Xining

Xining (西宁) has a history of over 2,100 years and was a chief commercial hub on the Hexi Corridor caravan route to Tibet, handling especially timber, wool and salt in ancient times. The trade along the Hexi Corridor was part of a larger...