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Over half-a-year selecting procedure, 8 out of 31 candidate attractions in Shenzhen stood out on 28th of June in 2004, which form “the Top 8 Attractions of Shenzhen”, namely, Dapengsuo City, Early Spring on Lotus Mountain, Prosperous View of the Overseas Chinese City, Brilliance on Shennan Thoroughfare, Misty Rain over Phoenix Mountain, Walking on Meisha Wave, One Street with Two Systems, Yangtai Mountain surrounded by Lush Greenery, and they are must-visit highlights during your Shenzhen travel.
Lying at Dapeng Town, Longgang District of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province the 110,000-square-meter Dapengsuo City was initially built for fighting against the Japanese pirates in the 27nd year (1394) of Hongwu Period during the Ming dynasty, boasting the only cultural relics unit under China’s state protection in Shenzhen.
Early Spring on Lotus Mountain
Known to public for its lotus-flower shape, the Early Spring on Lotus Mountain locates north of Shenzhen downtown. On the mountain top erects the statue of Deng Xiaoping, where you’ll have a panoramic view of Shenzhen.
Prosperous View of Overseas Chinese City
Located in the west of Shenzhen downtown, the Oversea-Chinese City is composed of a number of themed parks such as Splendid China, Chinese Folklore Culture Village, Window of the World and Shenzhen Happy Valley.
Brilliance on Shennan Thoroughfare
Boasting the most prosperous road in Shenzhen, the 17.2-km long Shennan Thoroughfare starts with Sanjiu Hotel in the east and ends with Nantou Checkpoint in the west, along which architectures of various sizes and shapes are lined, highlighted by Jingji 100 (the tallest building in Shenzhen).
Misty Rain over Phoenix Mountain
As the tallest peak along the Pearl River Delta and an ideal place for climbing and sightseeing in Shenzhen, the 944-meter tall Phoenix Mountain holds Xianhu Botanical Garden, Donghu Park and P.E. Park, standing on the top of which it’s really an exhilarating experience to overlook Hong Kong and Depeng Bay. Hongfa Temple perches at the foot of the mountain, boasting the biggest one of its kind in Shenzhen.
Walking on Meisha Wave
Titled “the Oriental Hawaii” and famous for its yellow and fine sands, Meisha Beach is like a crescent besetting in the vast blue sea, which is actually made up of the Greater Meisha Beach and the Little Meisha Beach, adding so much lust to your Shenzhen travel.
One Street with Two Systems
Located at Shatoujiao Town, Yantian District of Shenzhen, the Sino-British Street is divided into two sections by a boundary tablet erected in 1898, namely, the Chinese-controlled Shatoujiao in the east and the British-controlled Shatoujiao in the west. Meanwhile, the boundary tablet symbolizes China’s “One Country, Two System” policy, which is a highlight of your Shenzhen Travel.
Yangtai Mountain surrounded by Lush Greenery
As the cradle of Shenzhen River, Yangtai Mountain is rich in animal and plant resources with its peak of 587.3 meters high above the sea level, where the famous scenic spots are Nenqiniang Cave and Stream Valley.
For those visitors who are planning a Shenzhen Travel, don’t miss the top 8 attractions during your visit to Shenzhen.
Ranked on the list of the first batch of excellent cities in China, Kunming is a tourist hub for its beautiful natural landscape and glorious historical heritages as well as its rich and varied folk customs, where over 200 attractions are available, including Stone Forest World Geo-Park, Dianchi Lake, Anning Thermal Spring, Jiuxiang Karst Cave, Jiaozi Snow Mountain, World Exposition Garden and Yuannan Ethnic Village. Over 10 national-level tourist routes linking with Southeast Asian countries have been developed in Kunming, combining tourism, sightseeing, holiday-spending and recreation perfectly as one, most of which are the must-visit routes during your travel to Kunming.
Stone Forest World Geo-Park
Located in Lu’nan County with 86 km away from Kunming, the Stone Forest World Geo-Park is composed of 7 parts, namely, the Large Stone Forest, the Small Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, Dadie Waterfall, Chang Lake, Yue Lake, Zhiyun Cave and Qifeng Cave, all of which feature karst topography y, boasting “the First Wonder in the World”.
Jiuxiang Karst Cave
Situated at Yiliang County of Kunming, Jiuxiang Karst Cave is a comprehensive national-level scenic area that integrates karst scenery, human heritages and folk customs, which is famous for its grotesque stones, intricate mazes, dark valleys and thundering waterfalls, highlighted by the Bat Cave, the Crouching Dragon Cave, Yincui Gorge and the Scare Gorge.
World Exposition Garden
Kunming World Exposition Garden is built on a mountain slope in a neat order and a magnificent style, with gardening masterpieces from over 95 countries collected here, which fully combines gardening art with science & technology and perfectly represents the theme of “Harmony between Man and Nature”.
Kunming World Exposition is made up5 halls, 7 themed exhibit gardens and 3 outdoor exhibit areas, which are the International Hall, China Hall, Man & Nature, Science & Technology Hall and Great Greenhouse; Silva Garden, Bamboo Garden, Bonsai Garden, Herb Garden, Tea Garden, Fruit & Vegetable Garden and Famed Flower & Rare Stone Garden; International Outdoor Exhibit Area, China Outdoor Exhibit Area and Enterprise Outdoor Exhibit Area. 2,551 species of over 2 million plants are exhibited in the garden, including 112 endangered species.
Lying at the foot of the West Mountain with 5 km from Kunming downtown, Dianchi Lake has long been a sightseeing attraction since the Qing dynasty, into which over 20 rivers such as Panlong River flow. Boasting the 6th largest inland freshwater lake in China, Dianchi Lake is crescent-shaped with 39 km long from south to north and 13.5 km wide from east to west, ranging from 3 m to 8 m in depth.
For those who plan a travel to Kunming, don’t miss the attractions I highly recommend for you to get the most out of it.
Author: Yang Qing Wei
As a multi-ethnic city in China, Kunming is home to over 25 ethnic minority groups in addition to the Han group, including the Yi ethnic group, the Hui ethnic group, the Miao ethnic group, the Hani ethnic group, the Zhuang ethnic group and the Dai ethnic group, each of which has a great influence on the other in the long history but preserves its own unique tradition, way of living and folk customs.
The ethnic minority people are warmhearted and hospitable with unsophisticated folkways in Kunming, who are good at singing and dancing as well. Visitors can feel a distinctive ethnic characteristic in Kunming from the colorful clothes, flavored food, unique civilian residences and impressive marriage ceremonies, all of which are highlights of your Kunming Travel.
Among the rich and colorful ethnic festivals in Kunming, the famous ones include the Torch Festival of the Yi ethnic Group, the March Festival of the Bai ethnic group, the Water Splashing Festival of the Dai ethnic group, the Lusheng Festival of the Miao ethnic group and the Knife-Pole Festival. The ethnic minority people wear their best clothes made by themselves and gather together from all corner during the festivals, when the wonderful activities such as wresting, bull-fighting and singing (in antiphonal style) are held, attracting thousands of foreigners to participate. According to climate and other natural phenomena of the seasons, the ethnic minority people climb the hill on 9th of lunar September and appreciate the round moon during the Mid-Autumn Day.
The Torch Festival
During the Torch Festival, the Yi ethnic people hold bull-fighting and wresting performances in the daytime while walking with torches into the wild in groups to celebrate their traditional festival.
Dragon Lantern Festival
Mizhi people in Kunming are decked out in their finest clothes and lift the dragon lanterns to the wells in the wild during the Dragon Lantern Festival, who also sing and dance to celebrate their festival.
Caijie Cultural Activity
Caijie cultural activity has attracted more and more people since 1990, and 30,000 out of 42,000 ethnic people in Quanba Town of Kunming participate it every year, which is large in scale and wonderful in performance events.
In addition, Kunming is rich and varied in local art types, including Dian Operas, Colorful Lantern Dramas, Folk Tunes and Folk Legends, all of which are favored by the folk people, so don’t miss them during your Kunming Travel.
Author: Yang Qingwei
As a large and modern city in west China, Kunming is most famous for its ethnic-minority culture, which is a tourist hotspot for visitors from all over the global as well, and I designed my itinerary as below during my Kunming travel last May.I walked into the Western Mountain Park to breathe some fresh air and do morning-exercise in the morning, taking a bus to Yunnan Ethnic Village to experience ancient Kunming folk customs later, and then I reached to Kunming Ancient Street to taste local snacks in the afternoon. After shopping along the Golden-Horse & Jade Rooster Archway in the evening, I returned to my hotel loaded with local specialties.
Western Mt. Park
Perching 6 km in the western suburb of Kunming, the Western Mt. Park is covered with pines and cypresses and overlooks the 500-acre Dianchi Lake, stretching over 40 kilometers along its way.
Owing to its shape resembling a sleeping Buddha, the 20- hectare Western Mt. is also called Reclining Buddha Mt., where the Huating Temple, Three-Trinity Pavilion, and Dahau Temple are available as well as some stone rooms and stone caves.
Yunnan Ethnic Village
Located north of Dianchi Lake and watching the Western Forest Park across water, Yunnan Ethnic Village is home to the Yi, the Bai, the Dai, the Miao, Jingpo, the Wa, the Harni and the Dulong ethnic groups, where the visitors can not only fully appreciate the lazar fountains and water-screen movies, but they can know more about the folk customs, taste local snacks and purchase specialties in this magic land.
Golden-Horse & Jade Rooster Archway
Perching in the intersection of Sanshi Road and Jinbi Road with 12 m tall and 18 m wide, the 400-year old Golden-Horse & Jade Rooster Archway is decorated with carved beams and painted rafters in an exquisite style, which is actually composed of the Golden-Horse Archway in the east (next to the Golden-Horse Mountain) and the Jade Rooster Archway (neighboring the Jade-Rooster Mountain) in the west, serving as a symbol of Kunming.
As the Sun is to about to sink, its afterglow shines on the Jade Rooster Archway from the west, whose reflection casts a shadow on the street in the east; meanwhile, the Moon rises from the east, shining on the Golden-Horse Archway and casting its shadow on the street in the west; at last, the two shadows connect to each other gradually, which is the highlight of the archway.
For those visitors who’re planning a Kunming travel, don’t miss the following attractions I mentioned.
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