The Mogao Grottoes are a holy land for China’s largest existing Buddhist caves, with one of the world’s richest selections of Buddhist art items. After ten dynasties’ (about 1600 years) of ups and downs, the grottoes now feature 492 caves with more than 2,000 colored Buddha figures, over 1,000 reliefs and tens of thousands of scriptures. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours, We also provide Thailand tour packages or Cambodia tour packages.

Also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang city, northwest China’s Gansu province, are well-known for their fine wall paintings and sculptures. In 1987, the Caves were inscribed on the World Heritage List.
The construction of the Mogao Caves started in 366 in the Qianqin Dynasty. In that year, a monk whose Buddhist name was Le Zun wandered to this place, and saw thousands of golden lights on the Sanwei Mountain looking like thousands of Buddhas. Thinking that this place must be a great place for Buddhism, the monk cut the first cave on the rock face. Afterwards, the construction work continued in the following dynasties, and did not stop until the Yuan Dynasty (A.D. 1271—1368).

About one hundred years ago Western World museums and art dealers became aware of the artistic treasures. Soon, they and their Chinese agents began exporting many of the irreplaceable scrolls to the West. Fortunately, nearly all the wall drawings and painted statues were left behind.

The Dianchi Lake, also called ‘Kunming Lake’, ‘Kunming Pond’, and ‘Southern Lake of Yunnan’ during ancient times, is a plateau lake with beautiful scenery; it is about 1,886 meters (6,187.7 feet) above sea level. The lake water and the sky seem joining mutually, dense mist is on the surface of the lake, and sails are strolling above the water. It claims to be ‘a pearl on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau’ for a long time.

Dianchi Lake (Dianchi), 370 square kilometers in area, 44 meters deep, and 1,885 meters in elevation, is the eighth largest lake in China and the largest in Yunnan Province. It is also the sixth largest freshwater lake in China, also known as Kunming Lake or Kunming Pond, was formed by the subsidence of a fault zone. It is a highland lake, much treasured both in the light of Kunming’s perennial spring weather and the splendid scenic beauty of the Lake District. Surrounded by hills and crisscrossed by streams, the lake basin is spread with thousands of acres of fertile fields reaching as far as the eye can see. The lake and the area around the lake are regarded as the center of Kunming’s attractions. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours, We also provide Thailand tour packages or Cambodia tour packages.

The lake is crescent-shaped, about 39 kilometers (24 miles) in length and 13 kilometers (8 miles) in width at its widest. Its natural banks are formed by mountains on all four sides. More than twenty rivers nurture the lake which has a shoreline of 163.2 kilometers (101 miles). Four surrounding hills contribute to the picturesque landscape, making visitors intoxicated and linger around. You may appreciate the beauty of the lake and hills from a boat, and explore this cradle of Yunnan culture.

Rising in the southwestern part of the Chengdu Plain in Emeishan City, Mount Emei is called the “mountain of brightness” in Buddhism together with Plant Kingdom , Animal Paradise , Geological Museum, Heaven of Buddhism, and Beauty Spot under Heaven etc. The most spectacular scenery is the sunrise, the sea of clouds, the Buddha halo, and the saint light. It is fairly abundant in natural resources and cultural heritages. There used to be over 100 temples and halls on the mountain, but only some 20 still stand. You can visit Golden Summit, Wannian Temple, Qingying Pavilion, the Baoguo Temple, the Fuhu Temple , and the first Square. It is a saint destination for nature-lovers and the worshipers of Buddhism.

The Emei Mountain is a very large scenic spot however private vehicles are not allowed to drive up the mountain. Private vehicles are required to park at the foot of the mountain and tourists travel to the Godden Summit or Wannian Temple by public bus leaving from the Passenger Transport Center. Please notice that the road up to the mountain is quite bumpy. We suggest you take motion-sickness medicine before get on the bus if you suffer from car-sickness.

Mt. Emei has a long history. According to the archaeological material, people in remote ancient times have lived in this place. As early as 5,000 years ago, the Emperor Xuanyuan paid two visits to the mountain to learn Tao thoughts. 1,900 years ago, a practitioner built the first monastery in the mountain, thus marked the Emei the birthplace of Buddhism in Yangtze Valley. Today the Buddhist culture has become the main body of Emei Culture. The Buddhist architecture, music, grottos and paintings in the mountain all reflect rich religious flavor and culture.

Located in a canyon at the foot of the Mountain Heng in the province of Shanxi, and built in the later period of the Northen Wei Dynasty (368 – 534), the Hanging Temple hung in mid-air is a rare piece of architecture of its kind in China. It was listed as one of the 10 top architectural wonders of the world by the Time Magazine in Dec. 2010. The existing 400-hall/house/building/pavilions, all of wooden structure, are scattered around in different secluded spots or on steep cliffs between 26 and 50 meters from the bottom up. Constructed on mechanical principles, is stands propped up by hidden rocks corridor balustrades well connected together. Unique, difficult of access and ingeniously built, it is, as a local saying goes, hung by three horsetails suspending in the air. "Inside the temple are more than 80 bronze cast statues, iron cast statues, and clay sculptured statues and stone carvings banded down from different dynasties. Welcome to China for Canton Trade fair. HRC is pleasure to provide Guangzhou hotels booking and China Tour guide .

Coincidentally – embodied in the Monastery, according to local conditions and take full advantage of the natural state of the cliff to the layout and construction of the temple each part of the construction, the flat architecture of the typical temple layout, shape and construction gate, the bell tower, main hall, side hall and other three-dimensional space has a very compact design. Monastery of the existing variety of bronze, iron, clay, stone statues, a lot of style, the style as early period was characterized with high artistic value of the treasures. Monastery of the from the ground about 50 meters, the Kongsi development of our country’s architectural heritage and architectural style, its architectural features can be summarized as "strange, suspended, clever words. "Hanging" is another feature of the Monastery of the whole temple the total Diange 40, the face of it appears to support their more than a dozen root sized thick wooden pillars, in fact, some poles is not bound by force, so it was with Monastery, a half-day, three the horsetail air hanging "to describe the county empty Temple. But the real center of gravity stays in the hard rock, semi-plug fly beam-based use of mechanics.

The monastery is founded during the Northern Wei period (386-584) in the 6th century, boasting a history of over 1,400 years. An architectural complex was built on the base of the natural hollows and outcrops along the contour of the cliff. Over 40 halls and pavilions within an area of 152.5 square meters are connected each other by corridors, bridges, boardwalks. They are evenly distributed and well balanced in height. Inside the monastery are over 80 statues; some are cast with bronze, some with iron, some with clay and some are carved out of stone. Founders of Buddhism , Taoism and Confucianism are living friendly and harmoniously with each other.

Most buildings in Lijiang are built low, with three stories at most. According to locals, this ensures that “wherever you stand, nothing will block your view of the snow mountain.” Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. In fact, one fourth of all plant species in China can be found here and 20 primeval forest communities shelter a big family of 400 types of trees and 30 kinds of animals which are protected by the state. These species live in different temperature levels and create different kinds of views. The 13 peaks, which have the altitudes of at least 4,000 meters, are covered by snow all year round; the mountain is also called the "Natural Glacier Museum" for it has all types of glacier. Move down from the mountaintop and you can see rivers and pools, which are formed by the thawed snow water running along the valley and through the forests. The plants and the animals are different according to the altitude, so are the views. Every sight brings you a surprise and every step takes you to a new scene.  Each of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has its own special character due to their different landscape and height. For instance, Yunshanping (Spruce Plateau) is grassland with gigantic spruces whilst Ganhaizi (Dry Sea) used to be a highland lake as its name tells, the meadow was formed after the water had dried up.

The mountain is a holy mountain for the Naxi (also spelt Nakhi and Nahi) people, a soul of the tribe. Allegedly, the Naxi tribe believed that their Genius "Sanduo" was the god of mountain, living on the Jade Dragon Mountain. Legends say whenever the Naxi people fought with their enemy, he always appeared, with white face like the snow, wearing white helmet and white armor, riding a white horse, holding a white spear, to help the Naxi soldiers to defeat the enemy. Naxi warriors must sacrifice the "Sanduo" god before they went to battle. On the slope of the mountain lies a "Sanduo Temple" where the Genius "Sanduo" of the Naxi people is worshipped.

Misty Gorge, the middle gorge of the Lesser Three Gorges, is also the middle-sized gorge, length-wise, at 10 kilometers, beginning at Tortoise Shoal and ending at the village of Double-Dragon. Misty Gorge is renowned for its many caves with Hanging Coffins, which contain the skeletons of members of the ancient Ba minority group. The Hanging Coffins of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River area, namely, those from around the Three Gorges region, were for the most part made from a single piece of wood, i.e., carved from a tree trunk. No one knows exactly why these ancient peoples practiced this form of burial, whether it was reserved for "royalty" only or whether it was the custom to bury every dead person this way.

Misty Gorge (Bawu Xia) also known as the Iron Coffin Gorge, measures six miles. In the cliff of this section, there hangs a black Suspended Coffin. Because the color of it is like that of iron, the coffin is called the Iron Coffin, hence the name of the gorge. The gorge is characterized by rare rocks on both banks. Some take the form of the monkey fishing for the moon and some look like Kwan-yin sitting on the lotus platform. All of them are full of humor and wit.
Strangely shaped stalactites can be seen suspended below the roofs of caves. Many have formed into grotesque shapes. These and other strange rock formations have traditionally been given names. One therefore passes such sites as Dragon In & Tiger Out, Dragon- Returning Cave, Fairy Peach Peak, Fairy Throwing a Silk Ball, Goddess of Mercy Seated on Lotus Platform, Horse Returning to Mountain, Monkey Fishing in the Air, Piggy Worshipping the Goddess of Mercy, and Suspended Coffin, all of which require a good imagination – which the Chinese apparently have in large measure! – in order to visualize them, though once you "get the picture", you can easily see it again and again. Many of these names refer to fairy tales and to other, ancient Chinese fables.

Misty Gorge, is featured by stalactites in different shapes and various sculptured groups formed on both banks of the river. All you need to enjoy the spectacular sights is a great imagination. During the cruise, you may discover the Goddess of Mercy Seated on Lotus Platform, the Monkey Fishing in the Air, the Fairy Peach Peak and so on. All of the scenes are extremely lifelike, and many are related to fairy tales or ancient legends.

Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, China. It is known as “Spring City” owing to the pleasant climate all the year round, no severe cold in winter and also without heat in summer, four seasons’ temperature keep between 3 ~ 29℃.
Kunming is famous for its natural scenery, pleasant weather, four-season flowers and ethnic customs. Here are the places we have visited during my 2 days Kunming tour.

First Stop: Yunnan Ethnic Village, here you can feel Yunnan’s diverse ethnic culture. It is a theme park of sorts–an ethnographic display of the architecture and ways of life of Yunnan’s minority population.

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The Second Stop: Dianchi Lake, which reputed as the “Pearl of the Plateau”, is a great place to relax and get close to nature, to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

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The Third Stop: Kunming Expo Park, brings together the world gardening achievements in one park. It includes 34 domestic exhibition park and 33 international exhibition of Park; 112 species of rare and endangered plants, the previous record A1 level the best level of world Horticultural Exposition.
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Phoenix Ancient Town (Also named Fenghuang in China), which was called by the New Zealand writer Rewi Alley as one of the most beautiful town in China. The town is situated on the western boundary of Hunan Province, surrounded by mountains and rivers. It attracts more and more visitors from home and abroad.

Phoenix Ancient Town

Phoenix Ancient Town´s history can be traced back to the Qin Dynasty (221-206BC). Here has a number of remarkable old gardens as well as distinctive residential buildings, elegant bridges and mysterious towers and pagodas. These architectural delights date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911).
Phoenix Ancient Town

Phoenix Ancient Town has a very famous architecture style to symbol its special identity–House on stilt. With upturned eaves and corners, the stilted houses are connected by corridors on three sides. Riding a small boat drifting along the Tuojiang River, you will see those unique buildings along the riverside, where local Miao people live.

Phoenix Ancient Town

Yunnan, a land of various ethnic groups, landscapes, natural scenery, creatures etc, is the most southwest province of China, sharing a border with Burma in the west, Laos in the south, and Vietnam in the southeast. In case you decide to travel Yunnan, here i suggest you the top 4 attractions in Yunnan to be added in your list.

Kunming Stone Forest
The Stone Forest, know as the first wonder of world, is about 120 kilometers away from Kunming and covers about 400 square kilometers. It takes about 2 hours from Kunming to Stone Forest. There is a local saying “A visit to Kunming is waste time without a visit to the Stone Forest.” Therefore, it’s a value for you to have Stone Forest trip.
Kunming Stone Forest
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge, lying between between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides. Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge), which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world, is a popular hiking place for tourists when they travel in Lijiang. Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang Old Town
The Old Town of Lijiang is a world famous tourist destination. It is a well preserved ancient city filled with ethnic minorities, culture, and art. The Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. The unique geographical location, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make it one of the most special.
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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Famous for its ice and snow sights, altiplano and meadow attractions, virgin forest and landscape, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the core area of Lijiang Old Town’s natural sight.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has become a famous destination for visitors who wish to do a bit of sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploring, and scientific research. It is an untouched natural paradise that should not be missed.

The Pudacuo National Park, located in the east of Shangri-La, southwest Yunnan Province. It is one of the most biodiversity regions of the whole world containing at least 20 % of the countrys plant species, around 1/3 of its mammal and bird species, as well as nearly 100 endangered species.

Pudacuo National Park

The National Park boasts and preserves many typical characteristics of China’s southwestern region along with various aspects of traditional nomadic Tibetan plateau life. It has its two highlights–freshwater lakes (Emerald Pagoda Lake & Shudu Lake) as well as a visitor center, Tibetan culture villages and pasture views. Park buses (included in the park ticket) frequently transfer between the spots. Summer and fall (June-October) are the best time to visit the park, particularly the azalea blossoms in June and a riot of color in September. >>Shangri-La Tour Guide

Pudacuo National Park

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