Bezeklik Cave Complex
This tomb (also referred to as the Han Jing Mausoleum, Liu Qi Mausoleum and Yangling Mausoleum) is easily Xī'ān's most underrated highlight. If you only have time for two sights, then it should be the Army of Terracotta Warriors and this impressive museum and tomb.
Located 130km south of Bāotóu, in the middle of absolutely nowhere, is the Genghis Khan Mausoleum , China's tribute to the great Mongol warlord The first thing to know about this place is that old Genghis was not buried here, making the mausoleum part of the name somewhat irrelevant.
This splendid fortification, with a green-tiled, twin-eaved roof rising up imperiously south of the Ancient Observatory, dates back to the Ming dynasty. Clamber up the steps for views alongside camera-wielding Chinese trainspotters eagerly awaiting rolling stock grinding in and out of Běijīng Train Station.
Marco Polo made it his final stop and Samuel Taylor Coleridge immortalised it in Western minds as the ultimate pleasure palace. Today Xanadu, or Shàng-Dū , is little more than a vast prairie with vague remnants of once mighty walls, but in days of yore it was indeed one of the most wonderful places on Earth Construction of the city started in 1252 and lasted four years.
Disgorging from endless buses, a friendly invasion of frenetic tourists from all over China come to see the 77.8m-tall, 81m-wide Huángguǒshù Falls , making this Guìzhōu's number-one tourist attraction.
Also known as Shíchàhǎi (什刹海) but mostly just referred to collectively as ‘Hòuhǎi’, the Hòuhǎi lakes are compromised of three lakes: Qiánhǎi (Front Lake), Hòuhǎi (Back Lake) and Xīhǎi (West Lake), two of which (Qiánhǎi and Hòuhǎi) are linked.
One of the great monasteries of the Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the Kumbum Monastery is in the small town of Huángzhōng (湟中), 26km south of Xīníng.
The striking exhibits at the Sānxīngduī Museum highlight archaeological finds that some Chinese archaeologists regard as even more important than Xī'ān's Terracotta Warriors Throughout the 20th century, farmers around the town of Guǎnghàn, 40km north of Chéngdū, continually unearthed intriguing pottery shards and other dirt-encrusted detritus.
Southern Chinese claim 'myriad mountains, rivers and geniuses' while Shandong citizens smugly contest they have 'one mountain, one river and one saint', implying they have the last word on each: Tai Shan (the most revered of China's five sacred Taoist peaks, and the most climbed mountain on earth), Huang He (the Yellow River) and Confucius Tai Shan is a unique experience - .
Well known throughout the Tibetan world, but rarely visited by tourists, this sprawling 17th-century hillside monastery in the Hùzhù Tǔzú (互助土族) Autonomous County is also considered one of the greats of the Gelugpa order Famous for its academies of medicine and astrology, its scholars and its living Buddhas (tulku), Yòuníng Sì (Rgolung in Tibetan) was instrumental in solidif.
The main road follows Zécháwā River (Zécháwā Hé) up Shùzhēng Valley, as it runs past Héyè Village (Héyè Cūn) to Sparkling Lake (火花海; Huǒhuā Hǎi), the first in a series of lakes filled by the Shùzhēng Waterfall (树正瀑布; Shùzhēng Pùbù) A walking trail begins north of Sparkling Lake and runs along the eastern edge of the river up to Nuòrìlǎng Waterfall (诺日朗瀑布; Nuòrìlǎng Pùbù).