Top Sights to See in Jinan

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Jinan is the large province of coastal economy of the east of China and is the provincial capital of Shandong. It also remains the political, economic and cultural centre of the whole province. The best time to visit Jinan is between August and July where weather is at its best with low precipitation and warm temperatures. Whilst visiting Jinan there are some must see sights and below are the 5 top recommended sights!

1)       Four Gate Pagoda

The Four Gates Pagoda (Chinese: 四门塔) is a Sui Dynasty (581-618 AD) stone Chinese pagoda located in central Shandong Province, China. It is thought to be the oldest remaining pavilion-style stone pagoda in China. The oldest extant brick-built pagoda in China is the 40-metre-tall (130 ft) Songyue Pagoda of 523 AD.

The Four Gates Pagoda is located at the foot of Qinglong Mountain, near Liubu Village, in Licheng District, under the administration of Jinan City, about 33 kilometers southeast of the city of Jinan proper. The pagoda is located to the east of the site of the Shentong Temple (Chinese: 神通寺), which was one of the most important temples in northern China at the time the pagoda was built but is now in ruins.

2)       Daming Lake

Daming Lake Park covers a total area of 860,000 square meters (about 212 acres) of which the lake itself comprises of 460,000 square meters (about 113 acres). The six islands in Daming Lake contain flowers, trees and other plants flourishing amongst the various pavilions. The lake is a center of activity and one can find fish leaping near yachts and boats.

In summer, lotuses bloom uninhibitedly filling half of the park with its fragrant scent. At the same time, willows circle the lake on three sides and swing with the breeze, a scene for which Daming Lake is famous. The centerpiece of the lake is a great man-made hectometer fountain built in 1985. The fountain has 103 injectors, and the main injector can spout water as high as 100 meters.

3)       Baotu Spring Park

Beautiful Baotu Spring Park is located in the centre of Jinan City, and it is here that you will find the Baotu Spring. The park itself was originally established in 1956 and more recently has been extended to 158 mu (about 26 acres). This highly valued facility represents the symbol of Jinan City and is regarded as one of the three major places of interest in Jinan. This park is highly regarded as a well known scenic spot which makes an ideal location for admirers of wonderful natural springs, culture and various constructions.

The Baotu Spring Park has memorials of Li Kuchan, a master in traditional Chinese Painting, Wang Xuetao and Li Qingzhao. The park also holds performances of Peking Opera all year round. With ten cultural features, including the spring, rocks, opera performances, lanterns, chrysanthemum, calligraphy, paintings and stone tablets, the Baotu Spring Park has become a world famous tour spot.

4)       Thousand Buddha Mountain

Thousand Buddha Mountain (Qianfo Mountain) is located about 2.5 kilometers southeast of the city at 285 meters above sea level. It is one of the three most famous scenic spots in Ji'nan and occupies an area of 166 hectares. During the early years of the Sui Dynasty (581-618), Buddhism became popular with people in the area and Buddhist disciples built many temples and carved numerous Buddhist statues on the rocks of the mountain, hence the name. 

The Thousand Buddha Mountain Park, many objects were built, such as garden peach blossom, cableway, the strange slide ways, Yingfang garden, the eighteen disciples of Buddhas, sleeping Buddhas, stone garden, golf courses, waterfall, theatre, the picture of stone of the Shun garden.  

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Sightseeing in Yinchuan

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Yinchuan is one of the most historical and cultural cities of China, it also serves as the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Yinchuan has three districts, two counties and one city under its jurisdiction, approximately 30% of the city’s population is Hui people. What makes Yinchuan one of the most fascinating places to visit in China is the cultural diversity where the Hetao culture and Islam culture are both prevalent but blended together.

For some tips of the best places to visit below are a few recommendations of the most popular sights of Yinchuan.

1)       Nanguan Grand Mosque

The landmark of Yinchuan City has to be the Nanguan Grand Mosque, where all Muslim religious events are held. The mosque has the most unique and elegant architectural design making it one of the most popular places to visit for tourists. The Nanguan Grand Mosque is located in Xingqing district, the mosque stands at a 22 meter height. When Friday approaches the mosque is filled with Muslims gathering for prayers. On other occasions such as traditional festivals and religious activities the grand hall can accommodate 1,000 people.

2)       Mingcui Lake National Wetland Park

The Mingcui Lake National Wetland Park is located in Xingqing district and is a national AAA attraction. The wetland park exhibits environmental protection but at the same time offers its visitors entertainment. You will be enchanted by the scenery of the lake and the lotus flowers and reeds floating on the surface of the peaceful waters. There are also several fish and bird species that have made their home at the wetland park. The top two highlights of the park is the “Reed Maze” and the irrigating system that consists of two waterwheels one made of wood and the other of stone.

3)       Western Xia Imperial Tombs

TheWestern Xia Imperial Tombs is a national AAAAA attraction which is under state protection. The tombs are the burial grounds for the Western Xia Dynasty (1038-1227) emperors. The tombs are the best preserved imperial cemeteries in China. The Western Xia rule lasted approximately 190 years with 10 emperors. The tombs consist of underground burial chambers but today only the Western Xia tombs can be found. Within the Western Xia History Art Museum there are 18 groups of artistic scenes and 160 figure statues.

4)       Zhenbeipu Western Film City

Zhenbeipu Western Film City is one of the most famous attractions of Yinchuan and has been rewarded “The Most Popular Tourist Destination of China” award. There are over 100 scenes for filming with many costumes that were used in film productions. One of the most fun activities is recreating some of the most memorable film scenes and with a professional film team available you can enjoy your few minutes of fame and have it captured on camera. Some of the most famous films that have been filmed at the city are: The Herdsmen, New Dragon Gate Inn, Red Sorghum and many more.

5)       Huaxia Rare Art City  

Huaxia Rare Art City is one of the best places to visit to learn more about Islamic culture in China. The art city can be separated into three areas: Islamic Culture Museum, Rare Stone Museum and The Chinese Coin Museum. Within the Islamic Culture Museum visitors can admire the miniature reconstructions of the famous mosques. The Rare Stone Museum offers over 10,000 stone, fossils and crystals which are all considered rare. The Chinese coin museum shows a wide collection of coins that span over the different dynasties of China and visitors can learn about the development of the coinage over the years. 

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What to Do in Guangzhou

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As one of the hot tourist city in southern China, Guangzhou is a morden as well as cultural city where there are lots of interesting things to do during the Guangzhou tours.

Listen to Cantonese Opera
Guangzhou traditional repertoire – Cantonese Opera, known as “southern red beans”, performing flexible and delicate, smooth and varied vocals, melodic and harmonious, deeply loved the local people of Guangzhou.
Where to enjoy Cantonese Opera
1 Guangzhou Opera House
Guangzhou Opera House is a new landmark building in the central axis of Guangzhou, rated as one of the country’s top three theatres with National Centre for the Performing Arts and Shanghai Grand Theatre, prides itself on the highest-profile art palace across South China. It is designed by the architect Zaha Hadid, and there are many world top performers performing here.
Address: No.1 Zhujiang West Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, Guanghzou
Tel: 020 -38392766
2 The Huanghuagang Theater
There are often some musical groups performing here, and also occasionally played Cantonese opera and drama performances and other exciting repertoire.
Address: No. 96 Xian Lie Zhong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou. (near The Huanghuagang Park)
Tel: 020-38362199
3 Lijiang Pearl Opera
It is Guangzhou’s first super-luxurious large studio, and its interior architectural decoration is also very luxurious.
Address: No. 111, Yingbin Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou.
4 Guangzhou Southern Theater
It is one of Guangzhou’s historic theaters. You can enjoy traditional Chinese opera, acrobatics and other performances, as well as the new drama, song and dance performances.
Address: No.80 Jiaoyu Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou
Tel: 020-83352871

Pearl River Night Cruise
The Pearl River has a total length of 2129km, watershed across Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan, Jiangxi six provinces, including the East River, West River and North River and other tributaries, and converge at Guangzhousection, the surrounding scenery is very beautiful. There are many historic buildings along the Pearl River. Taking a Pearl River Night Cruise tour can make you faster and fully understanding of Guangzhou Culture and history. Pearl River Night Cruise is one of the major highlights of Guangzhou tours, and the scenic Pearl River is comparable to Hong Kong Victoria Harbor.
For Guangzhou people, a really fantastic day would start from the nightlife, therefore clubbing becomes the main way of nightlife in Guangzhou. In Guangzhou, there are nearly 300 bars, three bar streets, including YanJiangLu Bar Street (Yuexiu District), Fangcun Bar Street (Liwan District), Central City Road Bar Street (Tianhe District), and each street has its own characteristics.
Enjoying flowers
In Guangzhou, vegetation is evergreen and flowers normally open all through the year, so it is also known as the “Flower City”. There is a long history for Guangzhou people to plant and admire the flowers. Now you can enjoy different flowers during different seasons in Guangzhou.

bar streets in Guangzhou

Pearl River Night Cruise

enjoying flowers in Guangzhou

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Guangzhou Specialty Shopping

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In Guangzhou, Fresh tropical fruits, herbal tea, soup bases, Guangzhou embroidery, Guangzhou porcelain, Guangzhou wood carvings and Lingnan bonsai are famous local specialty. When shopping in Guangzhou, you must be sure to shop around and bargain to buy cheap things, so that you can appreciate the fun of shopping. It is more fun to wander in various shopping street, experiencing the cultural customs in Guangzhou while shopping.

Herbal Tea
Drinking the herbal tea is a lifestyle in Guangzhou. Herbal tea is a kind of oral Chinese patent medicine, and tastes a little bitter and sweet, with the function of clearing away the summer heat, such as the Wong Lo Kat, Guilinggao, Shiqi herbal tea etc. It is an essential summer drink for many Cantonese families. There are also many herbal tea shops in Guangzhou streets.
herbal tea

Cantonese Mooncakes
There are two kinds of Cantonese moon cakes: salty and sweet mooncakes, and the most representative moon cakes are the ones produced in Lin Heung Tea House, Guangzhou Restaurant, Pan River Restaurant, Tao Tao Ju, Fun Cake house, etc.
Cantonese moon cakes

Guangzhou Embroidery
Guangzhou embroidery, Suzhou embroidery, Hunan embroidery, and Sichuan embroidery are regarded as the “four famous embroideries in China”. Guangzhou embroidery is not only has the characteristics of skillful knitting and elegant designs, rich colors and decorative.
Guangzhou embroidery

 Guangzhou Porcelain
Guangzhou porcelain is dated back to Ming Dynasty, and is also known as Canton woven gold polychrome. Guangzhou porcelains are the arts and crafts painted and fired in a variety of white porcelain ware, with a strong oriental feature, mostly using our tapestry patterns, and known as its bright brilliant color, so it is a unique breed of glaze polychrome in China.

Guangzhou porcelain

Guangzhou Woodcarving 
Guangzhou woodcarving is known for its exquisite craftsmanship and delicate carvings, and can be divided into two types: architectural decoration and furniture carving. Most architectural sculptures are made of camphor wood, such as the halls flower couch, doors, windows, screens, case of God, and so on. The screen, beams, doors and windows in Chen Family Temple Guangdong Folk Art Museum reflect the characteristics of Guangzhou woodcarving. As for the furniture carving, the mahogany furniture and camphor chest is the most famous and typical ones.
Guangzhou woodcarving

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Tips for Kunming Travelling

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Main Sights in Kunming:
Dianchi Lake
Dianchi Lake is the biggest freshwater lake in Yunnan.It is also the sixth biggest lake in China. The lake is crescent-shaped, 24 miles in length and 8 miles in width. The scenery around the lake is very beautiful.There are four hills surround the lake ,making a picturesque landscape.You can enjoy the beauty from a boat.It’s really a relaxation.
Dianchi Lake

Stone Forest
Stone Forest is 126 kilometers far away from Kunming.It is a great landscape formed by all kinds of shaped rocks.It’s a wonderful land of rocks. The Stone Forest covers an area of more than three hundred square kilometers.For the rocky roads,you should wear light and comfortable shoes.

Stone Forest

World Horticultural Exposition Garden
Located in Jindian Scenic Spot, World Horticultural Exposition Garden is about 6 kilometers from the city center.It is a first-class Grand View Garden with typical Chinese featuresand local Yunnan characteristics.The World Horticultural Exposition Garden held Kunming International Horticulture Exposition in 1999.

Kunming World Horticultural Exposition Garden

Health & safety:
Kunming is a very safe city in China.You can have a great time during your Kunming travel.The only thing you should pay attention to is that take care when you are near the train and long-distance bus stations.There may be some thieves who will cut your bag and steal your wallet.
Money & costs:
You can change cheques, foreign currency and offter cash advances on credit cards in Bank of China(Zhōngguó Yínháng) which located in Renmin Donglu and open at9am-noon & 2-5pm.The branches of Bank of China is on Dongfeng Xilu and Huancheng Nanlu. You can also use the ATM which is very convenient.
The PSB(Public security bureau) is located on Jinxing road and open on 9-5pm Mon-Friday.If you have a visa issue,you can go there and seek help.

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Top 5 Attractions in China Tianjin

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Located in north China, Tianjin is only 1.5 hours drive from Beijing. It is a good travel destination. Mixing Chinese and Western features,Tian is a city with European-style architecture, ancient Chinese streets, beautiful coastline and picturesque mountain.

The Haihe River
Haihe River, formed by five large rivers in China, is consider as the biggest water system in north China. It flows through Hebei Province, Beijing, Tianjin and Shangdong Province. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of the river and the European-style buildings along the river.Among the grandeur buildings,there are two world-famous buildings: the Wanghailou Church and the Tianjin Railway Station.They all have a very long history and very beautiful architectural style.

Ancient Culture Street
Tianjin Ancient Cultural Street can date back to AD 1404, reflecting the traditional style of Tianjin.The buildings imitate Ming and Qing Dynasty’s style. Although the buildings is not original, it attracts tourists for its special architectural styles.The shops along the street are full of all kinds of antiques and snacks.You should not miss the tea soup which is made by a big teapot.It’s tasty and the making process is very impressive. If you are interested in Chinese traditional culture and customs,this street is for you.

Tianhou Temple (Tianhou gong)
Located in the middle of the Ancient Culture Street, Tianhou Temple was built in 1326 AD in order to pray for navigation safety.It was repaired many times during the long history. This is the place holding ceremonies and performances to worship the Goddess of the Sea. the birthday of Matsu who is the Goddess of the Sea is on the lunar March 23.Every year on this time,there will be a folk flower fair held to memorize her.

Shi Courtyard
Located in Yangliuqing Ancient Town, Shi Courtyard is the residence of Shi Yuanshi whose ancestor is one of the eight great masters in Tianjin. Covering an area of 1,200 square meters ,including over 200 folk houses, Shi Courtyard is consider as the first mansion in North China.Its architectural style combined the elegance of imperial garden and delicacy of south garden together.Now the Shi Courtyard is used as the folk custom museum in Yangliuqing with a large collection of folk art pieces.

Mt. Panshan
Located in Jixian County, Mt. Panshan is one of the most amazing tourist destinations in the city.
With numerous temples and pagodas, Mt. Panshan combine natural beauty and historical heritage together.It’s on the list of China’s top fifteen mountains.

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Homemade Moon Cakes

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One of Chinese traditional festival: Mid-Autumn Festival is around the corner, which will fall on 19th Sept this year. As one of the most important part of the festival, moon cake is one kind of Chinese food eaten to celebrate the festival.

Typical moon cakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4–5 cm thick. A rich thick filling usually made from red bean or lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs.

Now let’s have a look at how to make it.
Ingredients: plain flour, red bean, pine nuts, convert syrup, maltose (without, changed into syrup), salt, SOAP and water, peanut oil.
The practice of moon cakes just as the pictures showed below:

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Top 5 Hot Springs of China

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Hot springs is one of the best way to relax and enjoy a long awaited vacation! The health benefits of hot springs has been an ancient remedy for many illnesses according to the Chinese. No wonder China is becoming one of the most popular destinations for hot springs and spa resorts. Visiting hot springs is really a romantic vacation for couples or for those who need time away to relax and wind down. Below are the top 5 hot springs that are well worth a visit and will definitely be worth the trip.

Sanya Nantian Hot Springs

The Nantian hot springs remain one of the most popular choices for those who want to reap the health benefits of the natural springs in Sanya. The location of the Nantian springs is ideal for capturing the tropical scenes and with the dancing coconut trees and great sunshine and the sound of the relaxing sound of waves splashing against the shores. The scenery is also magnificent with Wuzhizhou Island located right across the sea and with the Monkey Island as its neighbor and Yalong Bay on the south you can enjoy scenery from all sides!

Jiuhua Spa & Resort

Jiuhua hot springs is perhaps the most representative hot spring resort of Beijing. What makes Jiuhua resort outstanding from other resorts is the Qing dynasty décor and its herb immersed pools that have the reputation for healing. Walking the stone paved stairs towards the different pools in the resort you can capture a glimpse of the wonderful architecture. The resort is built exactly on the site where Qianlong emperor and Cixi empress once bathed. There are a total of 80 hot springs and 17 herbal baths.  

Jinshan Hot Spring Resort

Jinshan hot springs are located up in En’ping city which is not too far from Guangzhou. Jinshan resort was one of the first of its kind and today has over 22 pools and 28 Japanese style bathing pools. The water at Jinshan is completely natural and has many minerals that has great benefits for the skin and health. The reputation of this resort has been recognized worldwide and they have been honored as “the second best spring in the world.”

Tibet Dezhong Hot Spring

Dezhong hot spring is situated near Lhasa and is known for its healing benefits. The hot springs are popular amongst tourists and locals who flock to this wondrous hot spring. Whilst bathing in the hot springs you can enjoy the beautiful view of the distant mountains and spectacular Tibetan scenery. Those visiting the hot spring are advised to adapt to the high plateau environment before venturing to the hot springs.

Jinpingmengla Hot Spring

Yunnan’s Jingpengmengla hot spring is the perfect destination for those who want to be immersed in the local ethnic cultures! The water temperature ranges from fifty centigrade to sixty centigrade. Lying in the rough pool you can feel the masseuse rocks working their magic and soon all your fatigue will be washed away. There are lush forests, caves and ravines to explore after your hot spring paradise is over.


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Top 7 Danxia Landform in China

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The Danxia landform refers to various landscapes found in southeast and southwest China that “consist of a red bed characterized by steep cliffs”. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called “pseudo-karst” landforms. There are more than twenty provinces have Danxia landform in China, but the Danxia Mountain in Renhua County, Shaoguan City of Guangdong Province is the most famous one, and even the danxia landform is named after Danxia Mountain.

1 Danxia Mountain (Shaoguan, Guangdong Province)
DanxiaMountain, or Mount Danxia, is a national key scenic spots, and also known as “China’s Redstone Park”. Danxia Mountain consists of a dozen red conglomerate Danxia hills. It is the most complete, unique beautiful and typical Danxia landform Among 1200 Danxia landscapes in the world, it is also called “open-air geological museum”. At the same time Danxia Mountain also has some unique stone, such as Yang Yuan Stone, yin Yuan Stone, Breasts stone, Sleeping Beauty and other attractions.

Danxia Mountain

2 Mount Wuyi (Nanping, Fujian Province)
Located at Junction of north Fujian and Jiangxi Provinces, Mount Wuyi is among the first group of China’s top tourist destinations, as well the fourth natural and cultural heritage in China. With a pleasant climate, fascinating scenery, abundant products, time-honored history and rich tourism resources, Mount Wuyi is a famous tea, grain and timber production center in China. It is a typical Danxia cuesta, massive mountain and columnar mountain, standing near the water. Please see our Mount Wuyi tour packages, join us! 

Mount Wuyi

3 Dajin Lake (Sanming, Fujian Province)
Dajin Lake is consisted of four unique styles of small basins. Clear and green lake and surrounding different styles of red mountains constitute the perfect combination of dynamic and static landscape. It is well-known as “the first hills”; some of the scenic mountain is rather old, so it is also the oldest Danxia landform in southeast coastal area of China. A large number of strange caves and honeycomb caves can be seen everywhere in the scenic area. Caves are large, strange, with different patterns and are called “Danxia landform Cave Museum”. 
Dajin Lake

4 Mount Longhu (Yingtan, Jiangxi Province)
Located at 20 kilometers southeast of Yingtan City, Jiangxi Province, Mount Longhu, or Longhu Mountain, is one of China’s four famous Taoism Mountains, as well as the best and most complete Danxia landform in China. The mountains, caves, and rocks in the scenic area constitute its complete and unique Danxia landform.
Mount Longhu

5 Bajiaozhai Village (Ziyuan County, Guilin, Guangxi Province) & Langshan Mountain (Xinning County, Shaoyang City, Hunan Province)
Bajiaozhai village is located in Guangxi Autonomous Region, while the Langshan Mountain is in Hunan Province, but they are quite close to each other.
Bajiaozhai Village is also called Yutai Mountain, of which corner has dangerous, towering, majesty, wonderful, beautiful, and natural characteristic, one of which is called “Longtouxiang” and it is suspending in the air, it looks like a dragon which is going to fly. Bajiaozhai Village was evaluated as one of the beautiful Danxia landforms in China by the China national geographic in 2005. It covers more than 40 square kilometers and its landform shape is developed richly. Honored as “soul of the Danxia landform” by the concerned experts, the Bajiaozhai Village is worthy inspection. 
Bajiaozhai Village

Langshan Mountain is one of China's National Geological Park and famous for its unique Danxia landform. It is located in Xinning county, Hunan province. In the south Langshan Mountain is connected with Guilin, in the north it echoes Zhangjiajie. Covering an area of 108 square kilometers, Langshan Mountain has rich natural scenery and abundant tourism resources. There are more than 60 scenic spots in Langshan Mountain. Among which the most famous are Tianyi Lane, Chili Peak, Zixia Cave, Fuyi River, Innate Bridge, Bajiao Stronghold, Emperor Xun Forest Park and Xicun Ancient Dwelling, etc.
Langshan Mountain

6 Zhangye Danxia Landform (Zhangye, Gansu Province)
Zhangye Danxia Landform is major features quaint, colorful and magnificent, and based with isolated peaks and steep rock formations, including colorful gorge, colorful tower, colorful lake, as well as colorful many other wonderful scenery, both have southern and northern charm and style. Danaxia landforms are colourful rock formations at the Zhangye Danxia Landform, a unique type of petrographic geomorphology which is found only in China which consists of red-colored sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age.

Zhangye Danxia Landform

7 Chishui Danxia Landform (Zunyi City, Guizhou Province)
Chishui Danxia landform has bright red red cliff, ​​narrow ridge, spectacular rocks and mountains, huge rocks gallery cave and beautiful danxia canyons, together with green forests and waterfalls, forming a unique Danxia landform. 

Chishui Danxia Landform

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