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Most Beautiful Places in China

In 2005, the Chinese National Geography magazines listed 114 places in 17 categories as the most beautiful places in China. The list was not developed through voting competitions by tourists to select their favourite places but by academics and specialists, who are experts in each of the categories so it's the most authoritative list so far. You can feel the difference when comparing this list to those titles you can find in bookshops as the justification for the places were very professionally explained. We visited a few places and they are indeed beautiful. Since then, we always try to include these places in our travel plans. Only challenge is that these places can be quite remote and not very well known outside China. But the rewards are really, as the title suggested, beautiful places that make each visit worthwhile.

The 17 categories:

Five Most Beautiful City districts



No 1, Gulangyu, Xiamen City, Fujian Province

No 2, Suzhou Old City, Jiangsu Province

No 3, Historic Centre of Macao, Macao SAR

No 4, Badaguan Scenic Area, Qingdao City, Shangdong Province

No 5, Shicha Sea, Beijing Municipality

Eight Most Beautiful Coastlines



No 1 Yalong Bay, Sanya City, Hainan Province

No 2 Yehliu, New Taipei Wanli, Taiwan

No 3 Chengshantuo, Weihai City, Shangdong Province

No 4 Dongzhai Habour Mangrove Nature Reserve, Haikuo City, Hainan Province

No 5 Changli Golden Beach, Qinghuangdao City, Hebei Province

No 6 Victoria Bay, Hong Kong SAR

No 7 Chongwu Beach, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province

Five Most Beautiful Peak Forest



No 1, Yangshou, Guilin City, Guangxi Province

No 2, Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province

No 4, Mt Sanqingsan, Jiangxi Province

Six Most Beautiful Show Caves



No 2, Furong Cave, Wulong County, Chongqing Municipality

No 3, Huanglong Cave, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province

No 4, Tenglong Cave, Lichuan County, Enshi Prefecture, Hubei Province

No 5, Xueyu Cave, Fengdu County, Chongqing Municipality

No 6, Benxi Cave, Benxi City, Liaoning Province

Ten Most Beautiful Islands



No 6, Miao Island, Penglai City, Shangdong Province

No 7, Mt Putuo Island, Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province

No 9, Linjing Island, Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province

Ten Most Beautiful Mountains



No 5, Mt Huangshan, Huangshan City, Anhui Province

No 9, Mt Taishan, Taian City, Shangdong Province

No 10, Mt Emei, Leshan City, Sichuan Province

Seven Most Beautiful Danxias



No 2, Mt Wuyi, Nanping City, Fujian Province

No 3, Dajin Lake, Sanming City, Fujian Province

No 4, Mt Longhu, Yingtan City, Jiangxi Province

No 7, Chishui Danxia, Chishui City, Guizhou Province

Ten Most Beautiful Gorges



No 7, Yellow River Jinshan Gorge, Border of Shaanxi and Inner Mongolia Provinces

Yellow Rivers flows from North towards Shaanxi Province. It forms the border between Hohhot prefecture on the right side and Ordos Prefecture.

No 9, Taihang Gorge, Anyang City, Henan Province

Ten Most Beautiful Forests



No 10, South Sichuan Bamboo Forest, Yibin City, Sichuan Province

Five Most Beautiful Lakes



No 5, West Lake, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province

Five Most Beautiful Deserts



No 5, Shapotuo Desert, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Autonomous Region

Six Most Beautiful Towns and Villages



No 5, Wuyuan Village, Jiangxi Province

Six Most Beautiful Grasslands



No 3, Xilin Gol Grassland, Xilin Hot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Five Most Beautiful Waterfalls



No 3, Hukuo Waterfall, Border of Shanxi and Inner Mongolia

Six Most Beautiful Marshlands



No 4, Huanghe Sanjiaozhou National Geopark, Dongying City, Shandong Province

No 6, Panjin Red Beach, Panjin City, Liaoning Province

Six Most Beautiful Glaciers



Three Most Beautiful Yadan Landforms



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