Must-see attractions in China

  • Thangka Wall


    Next to some rock paintings is this support wall, used to hang a giant thangka during festivals.

  • Banshan Temple


    Located at 800m, this Huangshan temple's name literally means 'Halfway up the Mountain Temple'.

  • Jinquanhu Park


    Known as the site of the Dongs' ceremonial drum tower, this park gets lively at festival time.

  • Pushan Temple


    Built in 1713, this temple was destroyed in the 1920s. Only some ruins and old trees remain.

  • Kāng Líng


    The tomb of the Zhengde Emperor, who reigned from 1506–21. It's not open for visitors.

  • Former Law Court


    This handsome former court of law is now inhabited by local residents. No public entry.

  • Gucheng Museum


    A survey of the old town’s history; sadly, most of the captions are in Chinese only.

  • Puren Temple


    Built in 1713, this is the earliest temple in Chengde, but is not open to the public.

  • Yingxiang Temple


    Qingyan's welcoming Buddhist temple makes a peaceful detour from the tourist crowds.

  • Folk Culture Centre


    A small museum of marginal interest in the town of Tashkurgan on the Karakorum Hwy.

  • Dé Líng


    The tomb of Tianqi, the 15th and penultimate Ming emperor. Not open for visitors.

  • Tsangba Kangtsang


    This college is worth popping into if you want to explore off the beaten track.

  • Confucian Temple


    This 18th-century walled temple is now a middle school and cannot be entered.

  • Catholic Church


    Visit or take part in prayer at this splendid 1866 Catholic church in Qibao.

  • Tsowa Kangtsang


    This college welcomes visitors, though the chapels are sometimes closed.

  • Yìzú Shānzhuāng


    This 1920s villa has a European-style gatehouse and baroque sculptures.

  • Tài Líng


    The tomb of the Hongzhi Emperor (1470–1505). Not open for visitors.

  • Mào Líng


    The 15th-century tomb of the Chenghua Emperor. Not open for visitors.

  • Yŏng Líng


    The tomb of the Jiajing Emperor (1507–1567). Not open for visitors.

  • Bo’ai Hospital


    This cream-coloured former Japanese hospital was built in 1936.

  • Changnan Pagoda


    Recently constructed old-style pagoda overlooking the river.

  • Xinda Bridge


    Handsome newer bridge linking Zhenyuan's old and new towns.

  • Waterwheel


    This wooden waterwheel is a popular photo op.

  • Bamboo Forest

    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Bamboo forest in Tiger Leaping Gorge.

  • Riwoche Tsuglhakhang

    Eastern Tibet

    Riwoche Tsuglhakhang was founded in 1276 by Sangye On, who relocated to Kham after the death of his master Sangye Yarjon (1203–72), the third leader of…

  • Keru Lhakhang


    The main chapel of Keru (or Drakmar Keru) is one of Tibet's oldest temples, dating from the mid-8th century, before Samye Monastery was even a glimmer in…

  • Tsedru Monastery

    Eastern Tibet

    At 4800m this is one of Tibet’s highest monasteries, and its location, strung out along a ridgeline below a series of natural cliffs and caves, is one of…

  • Wara Monastery

    Eastern Tibet

    This 700-year-old monastery, 30km east of Jomda, contains Tibet’s largest Sakyapa monastic school with more than 200 monks studying here at any time. The…

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