There are many things to see and do if you plan to visit China. It is a mysterious country because it is not well known due to its tendency for privacy.
However, if you are going there and want to know about some places to visit in China besides the Great Wall of China, here are three suggestions.
Jiuzhai Valley National Park
Better known as Jiuzhaigou by the locals, which in Chinese means “Nine Village Valley,” this national park is the home to several endangered plant and animal species and over 220 bird species. In addition, the park has nine Tibetan villages.
It is located in the Min Shan mountain range in the Northern Sichuan province of South Western China.
Located in Beijing, the Summer Palace, also known as Yiheyuan in Chinese, is a series of lakes, gardens and palaces that has become a popular tourist attraction and recreational area.
The area covers over one square mile and is mainly dominated by water. The two most prominent features are Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, both of which are manmade. Longevity Hill was built with the soil excavated for Kunming Lake.
Located in Dunhuang County in the Gansu Province, the caves are situated at a strategic point along the Silk Road. The caves span over 1,000 years of Buddhist art. There are 492 temples located by the caves.
This has led to many calling this area the “Caves of a Thousand Buddhas.” The caves also contain Chinese Buddhist grottoes and are one of three ancient Buddhist sculptural sites in China.
These places to visit in China may be located in different areas of the country, but one thing they have in common is that they were all named UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This affords them special protection in order to preserve them for future generations.