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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



Gulangyu, Xiamen City, Fujian Province

Suzhou Old City, Jiangsu Province

Historic Centre of Macao, Macao SAR

Badaguan Scenic Area, Qingdao City, Shangdong Province

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



Yangshou, Guilin City, Guangxi Province

Wulingyuan, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province

Mt Sanqingsan, Jiangxi Province

Six Most Beautiful Show Caves



Furong Cave, Wulong County, Chongqing Municipality

Huanglong Cave, Zhangjiajie City, Hunan Province

Benxi Cave, Benxi City, Liaoning Province

Ten Most Beautiful Islands



Miao Island, Penglai City, Shangdong Province

Linjing Island, Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province

Ten Most Beautiful Mountains



Mt Huangshan, Huangshan City, Anhui Province

Mt Taishan, Taian City, Shangdong Province

Mt Emei, Leshan City, Sichuan Province

Seven Most Beautiful Danxias



Mt Longhu, Yingtan City, Jiangxi Province

Chishui Danxia, Chishui City, Guizhou Province

Ten Most Beautiful Gorges



Taihang Gorge, Anyang City, Henan Province

Ten Most Beautiful Forests



South Sichuan Bamboo Forest, Yibin City, Sichuan Province

Five Most Beautiful Lakes



West Lake, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province

Five Most Beautiful Deserts



Shapotuo Desert, Zhongwei City, Ningxia Autonomous Region

Six Most Beautiful Towns and Villages



Wuyuan Village, Jiangxi Province

Six Most Beautiful Grasslands



Xilin Gol Grassland, Xilin Hot City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region

Five Most Beautiful Waterfalls



Six Most Beautiful Marshlands



Panjin Red Beach, Panjin City, Liaoning Province

Six Most Beautiful Glaciers



Three Most Beautiful Yadan Landforms



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