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Three spellbinding natural wonders in China

Although it looks like one of Dali’s surrealistic paintings, it is nothing else than a natural marvel, one of the most astounding of all time. These colorful terrace fields, among which the rice culture covers more than ten thousand hectares, have been the main point of attraction for all time tourists that have visited the state.

Yuanyang rice field


From the entire area offering a spectacular landscape, the best known is the Yuanyang rice field, a terraced platform home of the Hani population. This nationality is an ethnic group, of around 1, 4 million. Their cultural traditions engage them mostly in agriculture. Although their number is not huge, they have various dialects, therefore they cannot communicate with the ones speaking another dialect. Their ancestors are believed to have lived during the 3rd century B.C.

The best recommended time to visit the place is during February and March. It is then when the villagers water the terrain, preparing it for the plowing. The water on the field creates many different colors and shades, reflecting the water on the sunshine.


Crescent Lake

The falling water table is the main reason for which the Crescent Lake is shrinking for the past three decades. The beauty of the oasis makes it seem like a delusion of the Gobi desert. One of the greatest buddhist shrines, where long ago here was China’s gateway to the West, is experiencing the progressive dissapearing of water.

Located 6 kilometers south of the center of Dunhuang, near the Dunes of Singing Sands, this point where the oasis meets the desert is one of the most appreciated all over the Asian continent for the magnitude of this natural wonder. The Chinese think the landscapes is a natural metaphor for a feminine, stylish woman eye, while the visitors see it looking more like a crescent fallen down into the desert.

Tianzi Mountain

A golden triangle. This is what Zhangjiajie Forest Park and Souxiju Valley form with the Tianzi Mountain in China. The beautiful, yet mysterious setting ondulates approximately 40 kilometers, on a surface of 5400 hectares. The cable car is a great opportunity for admiring the magnificence of the landscape, sometimes half covered by a carpet of clouds.

Xiang Dakun, the one who led the farmer’s local revolt, named himself Tianzi (meaning The Son of Heaven) and the mountain is named in his memory. It is also necessary if you wish to climb the mountain to be accustomed with hard, problematic trails. Otherwise, there’s the chance not only not to get to the edge, but never to climb another mountain again. Even so, the trip is worth taking.



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