Beautiful but unknown: many destinations in China are waiting to be discovered from international tourism

This beautiful places, often well known for Chinese people, are still unknown for international tourism. They are waiting to be discovered also from foreign tourists

The towns to discover in China. Beautiful, but unknown to the great mass of Western tourists. Often these destinations are already known in China and receive considerable tourist flows. Or they are already well known only by foreign tourists more expert about China. But the big international tourism has not yet included them in the main travel routes in China. Of course we do not claim that this list includes all the beautiful places of China unknown to foreigners, certainly in China there are many other interesting destinations. Indeed, if some of our readers know of places that deserve to be present in this page please let us know by writing to this address: chinaforgroups@gmail.com. So (also with your help) we will try to expand this list periodically.

Anyang, the capital of 3400 years ago
Anyang (Henan province) with the old name Yin was the first stable capital in Chinese history about 3400 years ago, with the emperor Pangeng, of Shang Dynasty. Anyang has remained the capital (of a part of China) during the reign of 12 emperors. The Anyang city as it stands today was rebuilt in the decade after 1365, after being almost completely destroyed by wars and fires. In 1899 it was discovered a vast archaeological site, where excavations have been ongoing for many years. The collected material was placed in the Museum of Garden Yinxu, of which the Tomb of Fu Hao is one of the main attractions.

Jinxiu, the paradise of Yao people
Jinxiu (Dayao Mountain) is a county of Guangxi province, where the greater part of the Yao people (about 160.000 people) live. This area of China was isolated from the rest of the world until 1929. Jinxiu is located in the Dayao Mountain, a place full of beautiful natural landscapes and ancient historical remains. All this is enhanced by numerous festivals of Yao population, settled in this place for over 1000 years. The Yao have preserved all their traditions and are happy to show them to visitors.

Kaifeng, once the most prosperous city in China
Kaifeng was the capital of China several times and around the year 1000 (during the Song Dynasty) was one of the most prosperous cities in China. The city was visited by Marco Polo, and preserve a part of the ancient city walls (as well as numerous other antiquities). Here it developed a new ethnic population called 'Hui', who descends from a large group of foreigners (many of whom were Arabs and Persians). There is also a characteristic neighborhood jew (Bible Hutong) who is visited by many tourists from Israel. The history of Kaifeng is well documented (with objects and artifacts of the time) in the museum of Kaifeng. Noteworthy it is also the Cooking Museum, where you can learn about the evolution through the centuries of eating habits in this area of China.

Jinan, a city 4000 years old
Jinan is the capital of Shandong Province, located in eastern China, about 400 km away from Beijing. This area has been inhabited for over 4000 years. Valuable evidences of the ancient Neolithic Longshan Culture are offered from an archaeological site that was discovered about 88 years ago in the Zhangqiu. The Longshan Culture is also known for its beautiful and fine ceramics. A little curiosity: the Jinan name means 'South of the River Ji'. But in reality in Jinan there is no river Ji since 1850, when the Yellow River changed its course, and since then the river Ji has been missing for Jinan.

Laibin, forests and beautiful sceneries
Laibin is located in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. This is a prefecture-level city that contains in its territory (45% is covered by forests) beautiful scenery and remains historically valuable. The local population is mainly composed of Han and Yao. Laibin (2.5 million inhabitants) is an ancient city, with over 2000 years of history. This area was already inhabited in prehistoric times, about 35 thousand years ago.

Mount Guifeng (Jiangmen), natural wonders, with autumns dyed red
Located in Guangdong Province, Mount Guifeng (Jiangmen) contains some of the most beautiful scenery in China, especially compounds from natural forests, remnants of the past and beautiful natural lakes. Due to its characteristics the Monte Guifeng has been designated National Forest Park. The Xinhui territory has an average elevation of 400 meters, the highest point measuring 550 meters. The landscape in autumn turns red and becomes beautiful colors. The Monte Guifeng also boasts rare plants, exotic flowers and many animals belonging to rare species.

Erhai Lake (Dali), the second lake in China, at 2000 meters above sea level
Erhai Lake (Dali) is located almost 2000 meters high and is the second largest lake in China, after Dianchi Lake. Erhai is 40 km long and about 8 km wide, inside there are many beautiful islands, some of which are open to tourists (Jinsuo Island, Nanzhao Island Folklore, Xiaoputuo Island). On the shores of the lake are also worth mentioning the Butterfly Springs and bike lanes to visit the area more comfortable. The lake is an important food resource for the locals (the Bais, which usually still use the traditional method of fishing with trained cormorants). The lake is home to several species of carp, which are not found anywhere else in the world.

Lushan Mountain, many attractions for tourists
Lushan Mountain is located in Jiangxi Province and is part of the Lushan National Park, protected by UNESCO World Heritage. This is a great mountain oval, 24 km long and 11 km wide. Its highest point is Dahanyang Peak which reaches 1474m in height. Dozens of peaks stand up above the sea of ??clouds that cover the area for about half of the year. Lushan Mountain has many attractions to offer tourists, as the White Deer Cavern, the Immortal Caverns, Five Old Man Peaks, Bamboo Temple, Guanyin Bridge, Lushan Hot Springs, Tiled Three Springs and Luling Lake.

Pingyao, to breathe the air of ancient China
Pingyao (Shanxi Province) is located about 80 km from Taiyuan (the capital of Shanxi Province) and is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world. Founded about 2700 years ago, is inhabited by approximately 50.000 inhabitants and is one of the Chinese sites placed under protection of UNESCO. The city still retains its beautiful walls were built around the year 1375 by Emperor Hongwu (the founder of the Ming Dynasty). The walls are 6 meters high and 4 meters wide, the perimeter is about 6 km and includes 6 fortification towers and 72 watchtowers. Around the walls there is still the 4-meter deep moat. Pingyao is a fascinating city, where you can still breathe the air of ancient China. Almost all the buildings date back to the Ming and Qing architecture and provide a valuable record of ancient China.

Xitang, water city with ancient architecture
Xitang (Zhejiang Province) is an ancient city located in Jiashan County, whose origins date back to at least the Spring and Autumn Period (500 BC). Xitang is a water city crossed by nine rivers. The city is composed of eight sections, divided by waterways and connected by old stone bridges. In the oldest parts of town the houses are built right on the edge of the channel (which in this city are the main means of transport). Xitang is a fascinating city, it's sceneries often appear in depictions of ancient and modern painters. From longtime Xitang is a popular tourist destination for Chinese visitors, but is still not well known from international tourism. Xitang also contains ancient temples (for example the Temple of the Seven Masters) and numerous architectural groups of the Ming and Ching dinasties, for this reason it is often visited and studied by experts in architecture from different parts of the world.




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