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  • Abakh Khoja Tomb (Xiangfei Tomb )

    Description: Abakh Khoja Tomb, five kilometers northeast of Kashgar is an important cultural unit protected by the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. As a tomb of the descendants of an Islamic missionary, it was built around 1640 .The legend has it that seventy-two persons in all of five generations of the same family were buried in the tomb. The first generation buried here was Yusuf Hoja, a celebrated Islam missionary. After he died, his eldest son Afaq Khoja carried on the missionary work and became the leader of the famous Islamic sect of white mountaineer during the seventeenth century which seized the power of the Yarkant for a time. Afaq Khoja died in 1693 and was buried in the tomb. His reputation was greater than his father's, so the tomb was renamed "The Abakh Khoja Tomb." The tomb is a group of beautiful and magnificent buildings including the Tomb's Hall, the Doctrine Teaching Hall, and the Grand mosque, small Mosque beside the gate, the gate tower, a pond and an orchard. Legend goes that among the Hoja descendants buried here, there was a lady, Yiparhan by name, who was one of the concubines of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong. She was called Xiangfei in Chinese. After she died, her remain was escorted back to Kashgar by her sister -in-law and was buried in the Abakh Khoja Tomb. So, some people also called the tomb "Xiangfei Tomb."
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  • Aberdeen

    Description: Aberdeen Harbor is home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks. Their traditional lifestyle is dramatically juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community spread over the nearby hillsides. In the evenings, the thousands of twinkling lights reflected on the water are a magical sight.
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  • Akasaka Palace

    Description: Akasaka Palace is a former imperial residence that functions today as the “State Guesthouse.” The palace is designated by the government of Japan as official accommodation for visiting state dignitaries. Located in the Moto, Akasaka area of Tokyo, the building took on its present function in 1974, having previously been an imperial detached palace. In 2009 the palace was designated a National Treasure of Japan. The main building is the only Neo-Baroque style Western building in Japan and one of biggest buildings constructed during the Meiji period.
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  • Akihabara

    Description: Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. Tools, electrical parts, wires, micro-sized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other specialty shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.
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  • Ancient Street of Tunxi

    Description: Tunxi Ancient Street lies in the center of Tunxi district, where the municipality of Huangshan is located. The street with centuries-old history dates back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Emperor Huizong (1082-1135) moved his seat of government to Lin'an ( present Hangzhou ), when many architects and workmen were conscripted to construct the new capital. After returning to their hometown, they imitated the structural style to build architecture along the street; thus Tunxi Ancient Street was formed. Tunxi Ancient Street, became a distribution center for goods and materials to Huizhou during Ming and Qing dynasties. The street is paved with maroon flagstones with a total length of 1,273 m (about 1,392 yards), of which 895m (about 979 yards) is the pedestrian commercial street. Shops standing on both sides are generally of two or three stories high, which feature the local Anhui style of stone base, brick construction and tile roof. The layout of these ancient buildings commonly takes on the characteristic of shops in the front while residences or workshops are to the rear.
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  • Angkor Wat

    Description: Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation-first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the divas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometers (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous divatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
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  • Apsara Dance

    Description: Apsara Dance is a popular Khmer classical performance known by various names in English, such as Khmer royal ballet and Cambodian court dance. For most travelllers, no visit to Cambodia is complete without attending Apsara Dance. Traditional Khmer dance generally brings ancient Khmer culture to life through its dancers, singers and instruments. Apsara dance has a grounded, subtle, and feather-light appearance. The dance is exceptionally unique with its elaborate costuming, tight posture, fingers flexed backwards, arched back and feet, codified facial expressions, slow, deliberate but flowing movements. It presents themes, messages and stories inspired primarily by the Reamker or the Ramayana and the Age of Angkor. The countless Apsaras or celestial dancers adorning the walls of Angkorian temples may suggest that this classical dance has been part of Khmer culture for over a millennium, making the source of the tradition impossible to trace. Much of traditional dance is inspired by Angkorian-era art and themes, but the tradition has not been passed unbroken from the age of Angkor. In the past, the Apsara dance was the Royal dance, performed only before Royalty to commemorate their dynastic ancestors and to honor the gods.
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  • Asakusa Temple

    Description: Asakusa Temple, better known as Sensōji, is an ancient Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy. According to legend, a statue of the Kannon was found in the Sumida River in 628 by two fishermen, the Hinokuma brothers. The chief of their village, Hajino Nakamoto, recognized the sanctity of the statue and enshrined it by remodeling his own house into a small temple in Asakusa, so that the villagers could worship the Kannon.
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  • Assembly Hall of Cantonese Congregation

    Description: This is beside the Japanese Bridge at 176 Tran Phu street and is a very well maintained, bright and colorful assembly hall. It was founded in 1786 and shoes must be removed before entering.
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  • Baisha Murals

    Description: Ten kilometers (six miles) northwest of Lijiang Old Town, there are several ancient villages, including Baisha, Dayan, Shuhe, Yangxi and Xuesong. There, the invaluable Lijiang Mural is stored, preserved and displayed in 15 venerable temples, such as Juexian, Wande, Guiyi temples and Sanbi Garden. Altogether, the mural used to include more than 200 pieces of fresco. However, hundreds of years of historical vicissitudes have left only 55 pieces in good condition. The most famous frescos are known as Baisha Mural of the Dabaoji (Great Treasure) Palace and the Colored Glaze Temple (Liuli Dian) in the town of Baisha.
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  • Banpo Museum

    Description: The Banpo Museumis located in the eastern outskirt of Xi'an City. As the first museum at the prehistoric site, It was built at the base of the excavations of the Banpo site. The Banpo site is a typical Neolithic matriarchal community of the Yangshao Culture dating back about 6,000 years. Here a lot of relic exhibited to show how ancient people.
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  • Banteay Samre

    Description: Banteay Samre is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia located east of the East Baray. Built under Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II in the early 12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Named after the Samre, an ancient people of Indochina, the temple uses the same materials as the Banteay Srei.
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  • Banteay Srei Temple

    Description: Banteay Srei is a 10th century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia, at 13.5989 N, 103.9628 E, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.[1] Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art."
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  • Baofeng Lake

    Description: Baofeng Lake is a veritable place of graceful mountains and charming waterway and for all the kind, good gracious and wise people. Baofeng Lake .is such a paradise that you would like to visit again and again, whether you have been here or not. Located in the high gorges, a body of crystalline and calm water is surrounded by the emerald mountains. The lake is situated part way up the mountain range, 85 meters above the ground, and attains an altitude of 585 meters. Because of its association with the Baofeng Mountain Range, the lake bears the name of Baofeng. This water is produced by rainfall, mountain springs and underground streams, and .stays emerald all year around, so it is reputed as Paradise in the Human World. Beautiful scenery in this area include: Baofeng Waterfall, Stone Gate Welcoming Guests, Peacock Displaying Colorful Tail, and Golden Toad Biting the Moon, Fairy Lady Reflected in the Lake and so on.
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  • Baoguang ('Divine Light') Temple

    Description: Located in Xindu County, the temple is 18 kilometers away from Chengdu City. The temple acquired its name from the emperor Xizong of Tang Dynasty (618-907) when he saw the divine light coming from the bottom part of the temple one night. Legend also tells how monks at the temple found 13 Shelizi (Buddhist relics), crystal and bright. Today, its storied history, splendid architecture, majestic sculptures, peaceful environment and plenty of guest services, have made Baoguang Temple a popular destination for travelers from China and abroad.
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  • Barkhor Street

    Description: Located in the old area of Lhasa City, Tibet, Barkhor Street is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the Tibetan people are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, this street is also a must-see place for the tourists. It's said that in 647, the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo (617 - 650) built the Jokhang Temple. Due to its magnificence, it quickly attracted thousands of Buddhist pilgrims. As a result, a trodden path appeared. That is the origin of Barkhor Street. Today even still many pilgrims hold the prayer wheels to walk clockwise there from dawn to dark. Also you can see some pilgrims walking or progressing body-lengths by body-lengths along the street. Even some of them are teenagers or have experienced thousands of miles' walk to reach this sacred place. The way they express their piety could make you understand the holiness of religion. To sum up, Barkhor Street is a place full of religious atmosphere and a world of exotic articles. If you have been attracted by it, you should go there. Believe your eyes, and you will get a lot of surprise there.
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  • Bazhai Scenic Spot Area

    Description: Bazhai Scenic Spot Area lies northwest of Danxiashan, covering a total area of 42.5 square miles. This tourist resort boasts not only its picturesque and unusual landforms featuring Danxia geomorphology, but also human cultural interest such as ancient mountain fortresses, temples, etc. Within this area, Danxia landforms are found being typically developed, with a variety of types as represented by rock mass blocks densely concentrated and ravines and valleys incisively dissected, leading to a tranquil atmosphere, in the meantime, natural environment well preserved. At an elevation of 2028 feet, Bazhai is the summit of Danxiashan Global Geopark and characterized by uniquely boasting scenery that is picturesque, perilous, precipitous and fascinating, and is considered the essence of beautiful mountains and waters and most important component part of human cultural interest for the Danxiashan tourist resort as a whole. Major points of interest are listed as follows: Bazhai Stockaded Village, Tea-Pot Peak, Bianzhai Stockaded Village, Liangtouzhai Stockaded Village, Flying-Water Rock, Swallow Rock, Colter-Like Stockaded Village, Chinese Dragon Flying Up to the Sky, Mother Buddha Hill, Xizhu Rock, Pingtou Stockaded Village, Chuanyan Rock, and Riddle of Mt. Danxiashan——Sister Peaks, Soul of Mt. Danxiashan——landscapes with hills and waters, Danxiashan flavour——ancient villages integrated with ancient stockaded villages. This tourist area turns out to be really a nice and satisfactory tourism resort where visitors may enjoy sight-seeing, mountain climbing, camping, leisure-time-spending, holiday-making, and conduct science popularization and education.
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  • Beijing National Stadium

    Description: The Beijing National Stadium, also known as the bird's nest, will be the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics and will be host to the Opening and Closing ceremonies. In 2002 Government officials engaged architects worldwide in a design competition. Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron collaborated with Arup Sport and China Architecture Design & Research Group to win the competition. Contemporary Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei, is the Artistic Consultant for design. The stadium will seat as many as 100,000 spectators during the Olympics, but this will be reduced to 80,000 after the games. The structural elements mutually support each other and converge into a grid-like formation - almost like a bird's nest with its interwoven twigs. The spatial effect of the stadium is novel and radical, yet simple and of an almost archaic immediacy, thus creating a unique historical landmark for the Olympics of 2008.
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  • Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Grottoes

    Description: The Caves stand high on the cliffs of west Mutou Valley under the Flaming Mountain, 45km east of Turpan and 15km north of the Gaochang Ruins. Of the 83 original caves, 57 caves currently remain. The murals cover an area over 1, 200 sq km in more than 40 caves. As Buddhism was the first religion from abroad introduced to this area, Xinjiang witnessed the earliest development of Buddhist cave art in China. Soon after the religion's establishment in the region, Turpan became the Buddhist center on the Silk Road owing to its geographic location. Among the Buddhist caves found in Turpan, Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves are considered most valuable. The heyday of the caves was during the end of the Gaochang state in the 13th century before the kingdom was moved to Gansu province, after which, Buddhism in Turpan began to decline in popularity with the introduction of Islam. Subsequently, the religious importance of The Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves became less apparent. Most of the statues and frescos here have either been destroyed by Muslims or by foreign adventurer-explorers. The caves of today are only a glimmer of their previous glory. Nevertheless the surrounding scenery is quite nice.
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  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda

    Description: Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. This attraction can be divided into three parts: the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Da Ci'en Temple, and the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion, its simple but appealing style of construction, and its new square in front of the temple.
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  • Bird Garden

    Description: Hundreds of songbirds in exquisitely crafted cages can be seen at this market, which is on the other side of Nathan Road on Yuen Po Street. The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is close to Mong Kok East MTR Station and Mong Kok Stadium. Packed with booths selling birds, Hong Lok Street (or "Bird Street") was closed as part of an urban renewal project in June 1998. The Garden was constructed by the government to accommodate some of the booths. It was completed in March 1997.
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  • Bitahai Lake

    Description: Bitahai Lake is 3,000 meters long, 700 meters wide and 3,504 meters high. The water is 40 meters deep. Thousands of azaleas come into bloom around the lake each year, and have become one of the lake’s most noted features.
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  • Black Dragon Pool

    Description: At the foot of Longquan Hill, about 17 kilometers (10 miles) north of the center of Kunming, there is a beautiful place called the Black Dragon Pool (Heilongtan), also known as the Dragon Fountain Temple (Longquanguan). An ancient legend lends the Black Dragon Pool its name; it is said that a long time ago there were ten wicked dragons that caused much destruction and did great harm to people. One day, one of the Eight Immortals of the Chinese legend 'Lu Dongbin' subdued nine of the dragons and jailed them in a tower. Only the youngest black dragon was left, charging with protecting and benefiting the people as the price of its freedom. This dragon is believed to be living in the Black Dragon Pool to this day.
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  • Buddha Caverns

    Description: The ancient Buddha Caverns are famous for spectacular world of stone pillars, lying in the West of Leshan city and 34 miles away from Shaoguan. It is a large-scale limestone cave with stalactites and stalagmites that visitors can feast their eyes on the changing spots while walking in the paradise of God. It is a brilliant cave featuring Buddha or God shape stone pillars; ancient people even built a temple just at the entrance of the cave, so the cave deserves its name. The Buddha Cave covering an area of 129166 square feet, with the highest point of 99 feet. The temperature in the cave is pleasant all the year round, warm in winter and cool in summer, with average temperature at 66-68 degree Fahrenheit.
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  • Cham Museum

    Description: The Cham Museum is the main attraction of Da Nang and is worth the trip, even if it is from Hoi An. This old sandstone building houses an excellent collection of Cham art and sculpture. The museum was built between 1915 and 1916, with Da Nang being chosen due to its proximity to the themes of Cham architecture, and was enlarged in 1936 as the collection of works increased. There are now over 300 pieces of sculpture and they are all original pieces of work. The subjects of the sculpture range through a vast ten rooms of the museum bears the name of the district in which the relic were found.
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  • Chang Hai

    Description: Chang Hai (Long Lake) has an average altitude of 3060 meters, with a maximum of 4457 meters. It originates from the deep rounding ranges of mountains. Extending about 8 kilometers from north to south and 4.4 kilometers from east to west, it covers an area of about 2 million square meters. It has a maximum depth of 103 meters. It is the largest and highest lake in Jiuzhaigou Valley. Opposite to the lake, snow-capped mountains are all elevated about 4000 to 5000 meters, with typical glacier landscapes of cirques and u-shaped valley. In spring and autumn, Long Lake is more fantastic: the reflection of flowers clustering around the ice-covered peaks in the water and the scenery of yellow leaves and red maples grown round the lake. Another spectacle is that water neither brims over the bank in the rainy summer and fall nor never runs dry in the winter and spring. Local Tibetan people praise it as "a precious gourd that will never be poured full or dried up." At the time of bitter winters, the lake is frozen over with a depth of 60 cm.
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  • Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

    Description: The Chapel of St. Francis, built in 1928, is located on the southern coast of the island and stands near a monument commemorating a victory over pirates in 1910. The chapel used to contain some of the most sacred Christian relics in Asia, including the remains of 26 foreign and Japanese Catholic priests who were crucified in Nagasaki in 1597, as well as those of some of the Japanese Christians who were killed during the Shimabara Rebellion in 1637. Among them was a bone from the arm of St. Francis Xavier, who died in 1552 on Sanchuan Island, 50 mi from Macau, before it was transferred to Saint Joseph's Seminary and the Sacred Art Museum.
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  • Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon

    Description: These two small temples, similar in plan and style, are found opposite each other and it doesn't take too long to see them. Both were built under Suryavarman II (1113-ca 1150) in the late 11th and mid-12th centuries. The Thommanon temple was dedicated to Vishnu (the protector) and presents some very nice walled doors and stylized goddesses, while its companion was built to honor Shiva (the destroyer) and sports scenes from the Ramayana. Although the precise dates of these monuments are unknown, they belong to the best period of classic art stylistically and represent two variations of a single theme of composition. Chau Say Tevoda has deteriorated more than Thommanon.
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  • Chinese Sturgeon Museum

    Description: Chinese Sturgeon Museum is a part of the Chinese Sturgeon Garden which is located in Xiaoxita Town, in Yichang of Hubei Province. The museum was set up in 1993 by the Chinese Sturgeon Research Institute. This institute aims to preserve the rare species of Chinese sturgeon that includes 27 species of sturgeon that still exist in the world. Chinese sturgeon, also known as Green Sturgeon, is a kind of migration fish. Having lived on the earth for 140 million years, the Chinese sturgeon is one of the oldest vertebrate lying between chondrichthian and bony fish. In this case, Chinese sturgeon are called the 'living fossil'. Chinese sturgeon is the king of the freshwater fish for it is the largest and lives the longest. An adult sturgeon can be more than 4 meters (about 13 feet) long and weigh in excess of 500 kilograms (about 1,102 pound). A mature Chinese female sturgeon, over 14 years old can lay about 0.3 million to 1.3 million eggs at one time; unfortunately, more than 90% of these eggs will become the dinner of other fish, such as the bronze gudgeon and the yellow catfish. Therefore, the considerable reduction of the number of this specie makes it a highly prized variety of Chinese sturgeon. Since the building of the famous Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project in the 1980's, the Chinese sturgeon's migration route has been obstructed by the dam. As a result, Chinese sturgeons have lost their spawning area for reproducing offspring which has also put the survival of Chinese sturgeon at risk. In 1982 the Chinese government set up a major institution to protect the precious rare species, and to research the reproduction of the rare Chinese sturgeon in order to preserve them. From 1984, 4.44 million young Chinese sturgeons have been put into the Yangtze River . Since 1988 in order to provide the species with even greater protection, the Chinese sturgeon has been upgraded and has received a state-protected animal classification.
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  • Chong Khneas

    Description: Chong Khneas is the floating village at the edge of the lake closest and most accessible to Siem Reap. If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tours of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long. Take a motodup or taxi the 11-15km from Siem Reap to the boat docks where there are always boats waiting for passengers. A two-hour boat trip through the floating village runs $6 and the boats may carry as many as 15 other people. The boatman will probably point out the differing Khmer and Vietnamese floating households and the floating markets, clinics, schools and other boatloads of tourists. Chong Khneas, while interesting, is over-touristic and is not as picturesque and 'unspoiled' as floating villages further from Siem Reap. The boat trip usually includes two stops: one at a touristy floating 'fish and bird exhibition' with a souvenir and snack shop, and the other at the very highly recommended Gecko Environment Centre, which offers displays and information introducing the ecology and biodiversity of the lake area.
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  • Chongqing City Zoo

    Description: Here you can see Giant pandas, Lesser pandas, Golden hair monkeys, South China Tigers and some other national protected animals.
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  • Ciqikou Old Town

    Description: Ciqikou is on a hill above the Jialing River in the western part of Chongqing city. It is a small section of city with about two city streets and back allies that are set aside as a pedestrian shopping and dining area. The government wants to promote tourist business in the area. People go to shop and eat snacks and gourmet food. It is now a part of the city of Chongqing, but it was once was a prominent market and trade town next to Chongqing. In the Ming Dynasty, it was a river port and market town. Goods were transported over land and water. Some buildings have been renovated and preserved. Along the streets are shops for porcelain and other items and many restaurants and snack shops. So while you are shopping, you can eat and drink beverages at the same time. Some of the tea houses have performances of traditional Chinese music. It is a place to see more of how Chongqing used to be.
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  • Come Horseracing Tour

    Description: Horseracing was introduced to Hong Kong soon after it became a British colony in 1842. For many years it has been the most popular sport in Hong Kong, with a huge following. Hong Kong boasts more punters per capita and the highest racing turnover in the world, in spite of competition from football gambling. Some of the world's top jockeys and trainers - as well as horses - make their home here. Nothing sets Hong Kong abuzz with excitement quite like the thrill of horseracing. The atmosphere is exhilarating, betting is feverish and there are potentially huge rewards.
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  • Cu Chi Tunnels

    Description: The tunnels of Cu Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country. The Cu Chi tunnels were the location of several military campaigns during the Vietnam War, and were the Viet Cong's base of operations for the Tet Offensive in 1968. The tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerrillas as hiding spots during combat, as well as serving as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The role of the tunnel systems should not be underestimated in its importance to the Viet Cong in resisting American operations and protracting the war, eventually culminating in an American withdrawal.
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  • Cuihua Mount National Geological Park, Xi'an

    Description: Located in the north of Qin Mountains in Chang' an county, Shaanxi. Cuihua Mount located 40 km away from Xian City. Scenic attractions include Taiyi Pool, Wind Cave, Ice Cave and Cuihua Temple. Taiyi Pool, surrounded by high and steep mountains, is a lake between hills. Its crystal green water, slightly rolling waves and the reflection of grand mountains all add to the beauties of the scenic spot. Boating on the pool will undoubtedly ensure you an absolute relaxation from daily busy works and make you return to the nature. The Wind Cave, fashioned by two big granite rocks is situated west of Taiyi Mountain and is 15 meters high and 40 meters deep. Towards the north of Wind Cave, there lays Ice Cave, Even during summer's hard ice can be found in the cave. Temple Fair is held in front of Cuihua temple from June 1-3 in lunar calendar every year. During this period a great number of tourists come to experience the magnificent scene.
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  • Daguan pavilion (Kunming)

    Description: As one of the most attractive scenic areas in China and one of the first groups of elaborate parks in Kunming, it was constructed in 1696, getting its name from the Daguanlou Building in it. During the Qianlong Years of the Qing Dynasty, Sun Ranweng, an ordinary scholar, wrote the long couplet of 180 characters, well known domestically and internationally, named as the "longest couplet in the world". Mao Zedong commented it "unique since the ancient times, with special style". Daguanlou is one of the four well known buildings in China, with the other three named as Yellow Crane Towner, Yueyang Mansion and Prince Teng's Pavilion respectively.
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  • Danxia Mountain

    Description: Mount Danxia is a famous scenic area near Shaoguan city in the northern part of Guangdong, China. It is formed from reddish sandstone which has been eroded over time into a series of mountains surrounded by curvaceous cliffs and many unusual rock formations (Danxia Landform). It is described in local signage as a "world famous UNESCO geopark of China." There are a number of temples located on the mountains and many scenic walks can be undertaken. There is also a river winding through the mountains on which boat trips can be taken to enjoy the scenery. Particularly noted are two formations: a stone pillar called the Yangyuan ("male/father stone") that bears a remarkable resemblance to a phallus and the Yinyuan hole, which (especially to people who visited the Yangyuan pillar before) somewhat resembles labia.
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  • Dragon Gate (Kunming)

    Description: Lying 15 km west of Kunming City, the Dragon Gate in the Western Hills is close to the west shore of the Dianchi Lake. It consists of the Sanqing Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto Complex. The marvelous Dragon Gate Grotto Complex was accomplished through 72 years of hard work (1781-1853). The Dragon Gate consists of 3 parts: a stone archway, a platform, a stone room and a number of sculptures, all carved out of the same rock.
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  • Dragon Pavilion

    Description: Dragon Pavilion is the main part of Dragon Pavilion Park located in the northwest of Kaifeng City, where six dynasties located their capitals. The site where Dragon Pavilion is located is the site of many dynasties' imperial palaces and reached its height of prosperity in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Then, most of the constructions were destroyed through wars. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the mansion of an emperor's son was established here with a garden. In the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) a hall was added, a place where the emperors' tablets were placed, thus getting the name of Dragon Pavilion.
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  • Dragon Well Tea and Plantation

    Description: Dragon Well Tea is well-known worldwide; the water of dragon well is sweet and clear. The name Longjing is from a small village on the Fenghuang Hill, in Hangzhou Zhejiang Province. It is said that residents in ancient times believed that a dragon dwelled there and controlled the rainfall. Longjing tea is grown in the Longjing mountain area of Hangzhou, southwest of the West Lake. The fertile land is both rich in phosphorus and sub-acidic sand. Hangzhou as the capital carried out further development in tea production. The tea has more than a thousand-year-long history. Its earliest record may be found in the book named chajing, the first book about tea in the world. The green tea here enjoys great reputations since Ming dynasty for its four special features: green color, fragrant aroma, sweet taste and smooth even appearance.
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  • Drepung Monastery

    Description: Situated at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters (299,007 square yards), it held 7,700 monks in total and possessed 141 fazendas and 540 pastures in its heyday, and is the largest-scale monastery among the ones of the same kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung Monastery' which, in the Tibetan language, means Monastery of Collecting-Rice. The monastery was established in 1416 by Tsong Khapa's disciple Jamyang Qoigyi, who was versed in both Esoteric and Exotoric Buddhism and became the first Kampo there. With the support of plutocrats, it developed as the richest monastery of Gelugpa and became the mother temple of Dalai Lamas. In 1546, the third Dalai was welcomed as the first Living Buddha into the monastery. At the invitation of Mongolia's king, he went to Qinghai Province to preach. He was dignified with the title 'the third Dalai Lama' the first and second Dalai were entitled, too. It is the very place that the second, third, and the fourth Dalai Lama held the Sitting-in-Bed Ceremony, as well as the residence of the fifth Dalai before his nomination by the government of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The Drepung Monastery houses many cultural relics, which adorn the monastery and make it more superb. Statues of Manjushri Bodhisattva, and Sitatapatra found on the first storey of the Coqen Hall, rare sutras on the second storey and Jamyang Qoigyi's conch shell given by Tsong Khapa on the third one, all add to the wonderment of the monastery. Exquisite statues of Tsong Khapa, Kwan-yin Bodhisattva, Manjushri Bodhisattva, Amitayus, and Jamyang Qoigyi in other sutra halls, as well as flowery murals on walls also fully present the wisdom of the Tibetan people.
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  • Dry Sea

    Description: Dry Sea is a vast meadow with an altitude of 3,100 meters (10,171 feet). Just as its name implies, it had been a highland glacial lake before the 1940s and was formed after the water had dried up. Dry Sea is located at the east foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and is only 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away from Lijiang Old Town. Surrounded on all three sides by the superb mountains, Dry Sea is the closest and also the best place to get a panorama of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The 13 peaks of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain are covered by the undefiled white snow wriggle from the north to the south, like a white jade dragon flying and playing leisurely in the sapphire sky. The name of the highest peak, Shanzidou (Fan Peak) originates from its shape. From one angle of view, it looks like a gigantic unfolded fan cutting in the clouds.
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  • Elder Peak Tourist Spot Area

    Description: In a narrow sense of the word, the main peak of Danxiashan is formed by three conjoined mountain rock bodies composed of Elder Peak, Hailuo Peak and Baozhu Peak, belonging to the earliest developed tourist areas in this geopark. It is divided into three levels in terms of landscape scenery. At the lower level lies Jinshiyan landscapes consisting of groups of Jinshiyan caves, and grottoes as built in the Northern Song Dynasty (from 960 to 1127 AD), where Dragon Scale Stone is said to be one of the Four Extremes amidst the Danxia culture in addition to Awoken-from-Dream Pass, Tongtiandong Cave, Baizhang Gorge and the most typical landscape of Danxia Red Wall, etc., with large numbers of poems, travel notes and tablet inscriptions left over by men of letters in history, and cliffside stone engravings which were most concentrated in Danxiashan area; at the middle level are the landscapes surrounding Biechuan Buddhist Temple, where major scenic spots are located like Biechuan Buddhist Temple, one of the ten great Buddhist Temples in the Five Ridges in South China, A Gleam of Sky, Mandarin Duck Tree, etc.; ascending through red-colored stone steps and iron chains, visitors may come to meet the landscape of Sun-Viewing Pavilion on the top level, where visitors may find themselves put in a nice and good place to enjoy over a dozen points of interest, and meanwhile they will also be placed in a position to overlook the full view of the dwarfed Danxia landscapes and scenery of enchanting beauty of the undulated mountains standing all round, as well as the glorious sun-rising at dawn or sun-setting pageantry by the evening.
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  • Elephant Hill

    Description: An elephant-like hill stands majestically at the confluence of the Lijiang and Yangjiang rivers, and faces the Zi-Zhu Islet on the opposite side of the Lijiang. Arching its long trunk into the river, this seeming like an elephant suck water, lifelike in shape and full of energy in posture. No wonder it takes the name "Elephant Hill"
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  • Elephant terrace

    Description: The terrace of the Elephants in its present form extends in length for over 300 meters - from the Baphuon to the terrace of the Leper King - though the two extremities remain imprecise in their layout and the terrace itself shows evidence of additions and alterations. Along the square it presents five perrons, three of which dominate. The southern of these is framed by motifs, already found on the gates of Angkor Thom, of three elephant heads with trunks forming pillars tugging at lotuses. The same arrangement can be seen on the two secondary stairways which frame the central perron. As the most imposing, this has its side walls - as well as the walls of the terrace itself up to the secondary stairways - sculpted with lions and garudas "as atlantes". Above, the various changes in level are marked with lions sculpted in the round and naga-balustrades on blocks with garudas on their hoods, clearly in the style of the Bayon - except for a few earlier ones that have no garuda. The northern extension has, rather than an axial stairway, two steep symmetrically arranged stairs. Another stairway on the northern facade is, like that on the southern, sculpted partly with garudas and lions "as atlantes", partly in a bas-relief of horizontal bands representing scenes of sport, wrestling, chariot racing and polo - which originated from India. The other panels have been sculpted for their entire length in a high relief of elephants mounted with drivers. Represented in profile and almost full in size, they are depicted with some realism in hunting scenes and surmounted by a naga-balustrade on blocks. The upper terrace - from where one can see the enclosure walls and the eastern gopura below of the earlier Royal Palace - has two levels with a four meter wide border towards the square and an upper platform of 10 meters, with a base sculpted with "Hamsas" (sacred geese). It certainly occupied by light-weight palatial pavilions, whose nature one can only guess at. The remains of some laterite block work lie just in front of the northern end which must have been clad with sandstone bas-reliefs. An excavation undertaken just in front of this block work showed that the layout of this area had been altered. One can see - effectively in a kind of pit - a panel sculpted in high relief that can only have been part of an ancient facade, with expressive craftsmanship showing some remarkable modeling. It represents a horse with five heads - the king's horse sheltered under tiered parasols - surrounded by apsaras and menacing genies armed with sticks that chase some terrified smaller figures. Finot and Goloubew suggest that this was a representation of Lokesvara in the form of the divine horse Balaha. On the second southern stairway of the central group, another excavation has revealed some superb garudas and lions "as atlantes" in perfect preservation and aligned with the front of the main facade. This would seem to prove that this stairway was an addition.
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  • Eling Park

    Description: The Eling Park, at 350 meters high, offers a grand view of the Yangtze River to its south, the Jialing River to its north, the city proper to its east and the Futuguan to its west. It is located in Changjiang Lu, Yuzhong district. Eling was originally named Edingling (Goose Nape Hill), for its narrow and steep shape resembling a nape of a goose. Eling Park was built in 1909 as a private garden, and was originally the home of Lee Yaoting, a rich businessman. It was known as "courteous park" at that time. The park has towers, pavilions and bamboo groves of unique styles. with special plant species and a newly built tower (Liangjiang Pavilion) provides views of the entire city. In 1958, large-scale of restoration was carried out on the site of Lee Garden and the park was renamed " Eling Park "
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  • Emin Minaret (Sugong Pagoda)

    Description: Emin Minaret is the largest extant old tower in Xinjiang; it is the only Islamic tower among the hundred famous towers in China. Standing 2 km (1.24 miles) east of Turpan, Emin Minaret was built in 1777 in honor of the heroic Turpan general, Emin Khoja. He was an outstanding patriot who defended the unification of China throughout his life. It is made of sun dried bricks and is decorated with delicate geometric and floral patterns. The adjoining mosque has a latticed ceiling and a domed sacred space, all supported by wooden pillars. The cylindrical Sugong Pagoda is 37 meters high and 10 meters in diameter from the bottom.There are a total of 14 windows at various directions and levels. A flight of 72 spiraling steps leads to the dome-shaped top of the pagoda. A brick, spiral pillar in the center supports its entire body. The pagoda displays the typical features of Uygur architecture.
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  • Express Train Haruka

    Description: Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka is a limited express train service, connecting Maibara through Kyoto Station to Kansai International Airport in Osaka, Japan. It is operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West). There are 60 Haruka train services per day, numbered 1 through 60; odd-numbered trains run south and even-numbered trains run north.
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  • Famous Local Calligrapher

    Description: Visit a calligrapher who lives in Hutong during his whole life. His house is 300 years old. He knows much more about Hutong area.
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  • Fan Zhou Chinese Painting Museum

    Description: Fan Zhou Chinese Painting Museum of Zhongnanshan artistic creation basement was founded in 2001.Located along the heaven lake of the Cuihua Mountain National Geo Park which is China's magnificent scenery. Having area of 1800 square meters, and consistent by two modern architecture in the north and south. It is a modern art exhibition show venues of art collection and education. The Museum display Mr. Fan Zhou's painting work collections and as well a good place for displaying works of artists from nation and abroad. The Exhibition area is 800 square meters, the hall is equipped with multi-media presentation area so as to know artist background information with works on displayed, and we have all types of art books on shelves for spectators. There are painting desk, chair, Sharon-space in reception area for the communication of the artists and audience. And the 30 meters wide transparent window of the art creation exhibition hall make the whole landscape both within and outside seems harmonious.
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  • Flaming Mountains

    Description: Flaming Mountain is at the north fringe of the Turpan Basin. It was called Red Rock Mountain for the dark red sandstone dominating the area. Many years of volcanic activity have formed the unique crisscrossing gullies and ravines. The mountain stretches across the Turpan Basin from east to north measuring 98 kilometers long, 9 kilometers wide. It located at an altitude of around 500 meters with the highest point of 821 meters close to Tuyugou. Flaming Mountain was formed around a hundred million years ago. The whole mountain contains nothing more than these reddish slopes and gullies. At midday during summer time, the mountain looks like a huge flying red dragon setting off fires in the fiery sun and temperature can top 55 degree centigrade. Flaming mountain is the hottest place in China and highest temperature sometimes climbs to 48 degree centigrade and temperature on the earth face occasionally reaches over 70 degree centigrade.
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  • Forest of Stone Steles Museum

    Description: Once the site of the Temple of Confucius during the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), the Forest of Stone Steles Museum is situated on Sanxue Street, near the south gate of Xi'an City Wall. With 900 years of history, this treasure house holds a large collection of the earliest stone steles of different periods, from the Han Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, all together there are 3,000 steles.
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  • Giant Buddha Statue

    Description: Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major center of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
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  • Giant Panda Wolong Research Center

    Description: The Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center was one of the earliest research bases established in the early 1980s by the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC). In 1989, the Ministry of Forestry of PRC and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) formulated the long-term Giant Panda Management Plan. Today, the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve Center has been turned into the Giant Panda Breeding Center focusing on research works on breeding and bamboo ecology. Many other research works are being carried out at other Reserves such as the one in Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province. The Center basically takes care of giant pandas under three situations: * when the giant pandas are brought up from captive breeding, * when the giant pandas are somehow dispersed from the group, or are rescued from injury, and have lost the ability to survive if released back to the wild, * when the giant panda are ready to be released back to the wild. The Center has two types of 'accommodations' for giant pandas - the captive cages and the semi-nature enclosures. Most of the giant pandas in the Centre stay individually in the captive cages, which are in fact large enclosures, each consists of an in-door room and an out-door courtyard. The semi-nature enclosures are very large wild areas but protected by border fences. Those giant pandas that will soon be released back to the wild will be put in the semi-nature enclosures for a long enough period of time for them to adapt to the natural environment. Although food has to be provided, the giant pandas will sleep there, eat there and recover their natural survival skills there until they can be released back to the wild.
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  • Ginza Shopping District

    Description: Ginza is an upscale area of Tokyo with numerous department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffeehouses, and is recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world. Many upscale fashion clothing flagship stores are located here, and has the highest concentration of western shops in Tokyo. Prominent are Chanel, Dior, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Flagship electronic retail stores like the Sony showroom and the Apple Store are also here.
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  • Golden Pavilion

    Description: The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, or Kinkakuji, is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design. It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually. Serenity surrounds the gold-leaf covered pavilion designed by a long- ago feudal lord as his personal retreat. Walk through its picturesquely laid out garden and set aside the tensions of modern life.
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  • Golden Whip Stream

    Description: With a length of 7.5 kilometers, Golden Whip Stream is famous for its pristine water, its verdant mountains, its steep cliffs and its serene valley. As a veritable paradise for plants, its pathways are adorned by an abundance of flowers, trees, and grasses. Then too, this place is a kingdom fit for various fauna-birds, fish and land animals. Such comparable scenic poetry is only to be found in fairy tales. Indeed, someone has aptly remarked: It is a stream of bright watercolor painting, and a creator of ancient legends. To many other observers, Golden Whip Stream is a stream at once unique and mysterious, producing astonishment in the hearts of those fortunate enough to tour its wonders.
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  • Grape Valley

    Description: On the western face of the Flaming Mountains, east of Turpan is the Grape Valley. Despite the sweltering summer heat that hits Turpan, this 8km (5 mile) long valley remains cool and humid. Grapes were first grown in the city over 2,000 years ago and together with Turpan’s melons and wines, soon became the region’s specialty products. The delicious produce was often presented as tribute to the Tang imperial court. The Grape Valley is filled with trellised walkways, that in the peak season of July to August, are covered with bunches of grapes. The valley produces the famous seedless white grape, and red and black grapes in the fall. Peaches, apricots, apples, pomegranates, pears, and various types of melon are also grown here.
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  • Hakone Ropeway

    Description: The Hakone Ropeway is the name of both an aerial lift and its operator. The funitel line links between Sōunzan and Tōgendai via Ōwakudani, all within Hakone, Kanagawa, Japan. The line became funitel in 2002, the second of its kind in the nation, after Hashikurasan Ropeway. It makes a part of the sightseeing route between Odawara and Lake Ashi. The company belongs to the Odakyū Group.
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  • Halong Bay

    Description: Halong Bay is one of the world's natural wonders and is the most beautiful tourist destination of Vietnam. Halong Bay features more than one thousand awesome limestone karsts and islands of various sizes and shapes along the 120-km coastline of Bai Chay Beach. Its waters are host to a great diversity of ecosystems including offshore coral reefs, freshwater swamp forests, mangrove forests, small freshwater lakes, and sandy beaches. The folk tale has it that the dragons descended from heaven to help locals by spitting jewels and jade to the sea, forming a natural fortress against invaders; these precious stones are represented by the lush green outcrops. Several islands boast beautiful grottos and caves with contiguous chambers, hidden ponds and peculiar stone formations. The bay is about 170 kilometers northeast of Hanoi and 3.5 hours by road.
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  • Han Yang Ling

    Description: The Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor, Liu Qi, is located at Zhangjiawan Village, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Xian City, Shaanxi Province. It is a joint tomb of Liu Qi, a notable emperor of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD), and his empress, Empress Wang. It was built in the year 153 AD and covers an area of 20 square kilometers (4,942 acres). It is a magnificent and abundant cultural relic, comprising the emperor's tomb, empress' tomb, the south and north burial pits, ceremonial site, human sacrifice graveyard and criminals' cemetery. The mausoleum is neatly arranged, centered with the emperor's tomb, revealing the strict hierarchical social structure. The Outside Pits Exhibition Hall was opened in 2006 and is the first underground museum in China.
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  • Heavenly Lake

    Description: Heavenly Lake, which is located in the Bogda Mountains, boasts both splendid natural scenery and legendary tales. The crescent-shape lake lies 110 km (68 miles) east of Urumqi; covering an area of 4.9 sq km (1,211 acres). The water in the lake is pure and clean, reflecting the snow-capped Bogda Mountains around. Because of the high altitude, 1,980 meters (6,496 ft) above sea level, the temperature of Heavenly Lake is usually quite low. According to fairy tale, pure Heavenly Lake is the summer palace of the famous Queen Mother of the Western Heavens (the Leader of the Goddesses) and so many places in the Heavenly Lake Scenic Area are related to her. The peak is always regarded as Holy Mountain and as the genesis of nations by all Turks. To have a better tour of Heavenly Lake, we will cruise on the lake and take a golf cart around the lake.
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  • Historic Center of Macau

    Description: The Historic Centre of Macau is a collection of over twenty locations that witness the unique assimilation and co-existence of Chinese and Portuguese cultures in Macau, a former Portuguese colony. It represents the architectural legacies of the city's cultural heritage, including monuments such as urban squares, streetscapes, churches and temples. In 2005 the Historic Centre of Macau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the 31st designated World Heritage site in China.
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  • Hoan Kiem Lake

    Description: Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword" or "Lake of the Restored Sword", also known as - Sword Lake is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. According to the legend, emperor Le Loi handed a magic sword called Heaven's Will which brought him victory in his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty back to the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) in the lake and hence gave it its present name (the lake was formerly known as "Luc Thuy" meaning "Green Water"). The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) standing on a small island near the center of lake is linked to the legend.
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  • Hoi An Locals Silk Production

    Description: Silkworm production : The cocoon is immersed in boiling water to enable the thread to be woven. Silk worm cocoons in bamboo frame pattern.
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  • Hua Gang Park

    Description: Flower Harbor (Huagang) Park is adjacent to Su Causeway consisting of Red Fish Pool, Peony Garden, Flower Garden, widespread lawns and woods, occupying an area of 21 hectares. Initially, the park was a small private garden built and owned by Lu Yunsheng, an imperial official of the South Song Dynasty. The garden was located near the Flower Home Hill. Inside the park was a fishpond and a stream nearby was ushered into the pond for raising goldfish. Later the private garden began to gain a big fame in Hangzhou as Flower Harbor and became a recreation resort for viewing goldfishes. Painters and poets vied each other for depicting the garden in their inspirational artworks. In the Qing Dynasty, the park was relocated in today's place, much nearer to the West Lake. Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty visited the Park on one of his inspection trips to this part of China. The emperor was so pleased and inspired by the flowers and goldfish he saw at the garden that he wrote a poem to praise the resort as well as in memory of his visit. Today's Flower Harbor is famed for its half-a-year-long flower scenery. The best time for flower viewing is when spring translates itself smoothly into summer. The garden is full of flowers. The red fish pond is fringed with blossoms and verdant trees while fishes hover and float soundlessly; the peony garden showcases the celestial tints and aromas in supreme elegance; streams bubble their way into the flower harbor, without minding the changing time. The widespread lawn is deeply colored by green grasses, and the dense wood hides away paths stretching into it under its flourishing grace.
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  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

    Description: The 'World Wonder' and 'Fairy Land on Earth' are names enjoyed by the Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area, which is well known for its colorful lakes, snow clad mountains, valleys and virgin forest. It was included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1992. The Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area is located in Songpan County, in the northwest part of Sichuan Province and encompasses the Huanglong and Muni Valley. Huanglong's major scenery is concentrated in the 3.6-kilometer (2.2 miles) long Huanglong Valley that includes snow-clad peaks and the easternmost glaciers in China. Due to its layered calcium carbonated deposit patterns, the valley resembles a golden dragon winding its way through the virgin forest, stone mountains and glaciers. Along the valley are scattering numerous colorful ponds of different sizes and shapes, which are strewn with gold colored limestone deposit giving a shimmering golden hue to water, so in sunlight, a golden dragon seems to surge forth from the forest. Thus it was named 'Huanglong Valley' (Yellow Dragon Valley). Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area are famed for its outstanding travertine (calcium carbonate) formations. With the virgin forest as its backdrop, the travertine scenery holds colorful ponds, beaches, lakes, springs, waterfalls, caves, etc. The travertine formations scenery is No.1 in China.
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  • Huangshizhai

    Description: Covering an area of about 250 mu (about 16.7 hectares) at its top, Huangshi Village ("yellow stone stronghold" in English) is approximately 800 meters above the ground, and 1100 meters above sea level averagely. The village is characterized by the overhanging cliffs, high staking platforms, jagged rocks and elegant apexes. And it is reputed as the enlarged potted landscape landscape and miniature fairyland.
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  • Huating Temple (Kunming)

    Description: The Huating Temple is famous for its colorful statues that combine styles of Buddhism and Taoism. The solemnity of Buddhism and the freedom of Taoism blend into one.
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  • Huguang Guild Hall

    Description: This combination museum-theater, housed in a complex of traditional buildings with gray tile roofs and bright red gables, has a connection with Beijing Opera dating back to 1830. To the right of the main entrance is a small museum filled with old opera robes and photos of famous performers (including the legendary Mei Lanfang), probably interesting only to aficionados. On the left is the expertly restored theater, a riot of color with a beautifully adorned traditional stage, paper lanterns hung from the high ceilings, and gallery seating on all three sides. Subtitles are in Chinese only, but brochures contain brief plot explanations in English. Performances take place nightly at 7:30pm.
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  • Huishan Clay Figurine Factory

    Description: Huishan clay figurines made in Wuxi are one of the well-known folk arts in China . It is said that Huishan clay figurines have a history over 1,000 years, originating in the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period (386-581). The little clay figures are not only very cute and colorful, but also full of cultural connotations in them. "Da A Fu" is probably the most famous figure, which usually appears as a plump boy holding a green lion or a fish, symbolizing prosperity and luck. Children are one of the main themes of the figures. Like "Da A Fu", the typical children figures have large heads and smiling faces. There are mainly two types of the figurines, one molded and the other made by hand. The molded clay figures are relatively coarse and good as toys for kids. The hand-made figures are more delicate, creative and vivid, having a variety of characters that are largely based on traditional Chinese operas and the rich Chinese culture.
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  • Hutong Tour

    Description: Hutong is an ancient city alley or lane typical in Beijing. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. Hutong is composed by Siheyuan which the traditional residence of Beijingers, each consisting of a rectangular courtyard surrounded by one-storied tile-roofed houses, usually one to six meters wide. By visiting Hutong, it is a good way to see how traditional residents live and a kind of life style that keep several hundreds. Visit local family who live in Hutong and talk with them to known how they live. Taste the real Chinese family dishes in courtyard.
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  • Imperial East Garden

    Description: The East Garden is where most of the administrative buildings for the palace are located and encompasses the former Honmaru and Ninomaru areas of Edo Castle, a total of 210,000 m2 (2,300,000 sq ft). Located on the grounds of the East Garden is the Imperial Tokagakudo Music Hall, the Music Department of the Board of Ceremonies of the Imperial Household, the Archives and Mausolea Department Imperial Household Agency, structures for the guards such as the Saineikan dojo, and the Museum of the Imperial Collections.
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  • Imperial Palace

    Description: Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo close to Tokyo Station and contains several buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the imperial family, an archive, museum and administrative offices. It is built on the site of the old Edo castle. The total area including the gardens is 7.41 sq km (2.86 sq mi). During the height of the 1980s Japanese property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some as more than the value of all the real estate in the state of California.
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  • Impression West Lake

    Description: "Impression West Lake" is a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics. Staged entirely upon the lake itself, a stage has been built 3 centimeters below the surface. The story is based on a Hangzhou legend. Using the lake and its surroundings as props, lights and hundreds of actors create a sensational performance. Hangzhou's "Impression West Lake" is certainly not to be missed. At night, West Lake becomes the watery site of an imaginative, at times startling, multimedia show called "Impression West Lake" directed by Zhang Yimou, China's most famous film director, the nightly performance is a skillfully crafted fusion of light, sound and movement.
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  • Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountains)

    Description: Locating between 100 04'-100 16'east longitude and 27 03'-27 40' north latitude, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Mountain) is the southernmost glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Consisting of 13 peaks, among which Shanzidou is the highest one with an altitude of 5,600 meters (18,360 feet), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain stretches a length of 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a width of 20 kilometers (13 miles). Looking from Lijiang Old Town in the south which is 15 kilometers (nine miles) away, the snow-covered and fog-enlaced mountain resembles a jade dragon laying in the clouds, hence, the name Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
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  • Jade Emperor Pagoda

    Description: Among Ho Chi Minh City's many tourist attractions the Emperor Jade Pagoda in Saigon is one of the most interesting ones. The Chua Ngoc Hong or the Phuoc Hai Tu was built in 1909 by the Cantonese community. The pagoda is also known as the Tortoise Pagoda. Taoist, Buddhist and other ethnic mythical stories from various cultures are carved in the walls of the pagodas. The Figure that dominates the main hall is the statue of the Jade Emperor who is believed to the "god of the heavens". It is the emperor who decides who will be allowed entry in to the heavens and who will be refused. Towards the left is an anteroom, which houses the idol of Kim Hua, a goddess of fertility. The King of Hell occupies another nook and is accompanied by his sundry minions. Many elaborate carvings depict the ten levels of hell and the Chinese's equivalent of the apocalypse. Enormous statues made of reinforced paper mache depict various figures from ancient Taoist and Buddhist mythology.
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  • Japanese Bridge

    Description: The bridge was built by the Japanese trading community in 1593 to link them with the Chinese quarter on the other side of a small stream. The bridge is obviously very solidly built, almost out of proportion to the small trickle which runs under it. At either end of the bridge are alters to guardians of the bridge. One end has a pair of monkeys, while the other is guarded by dogs (left). There's also a sort of temple on the north side of the bridge, right in the middle over the stream. The former harbor town of the Cham at the estuary of the Thu Bon River was an important Vietnamese trading centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, where Chinese from various provinces as well as Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled. During this period of the China trade, the town was called Hai Pho (Seaside Town) in Vietnamese. Originally, Hai Pho was a divided town with the Japanese settlement across the "Japanese Bridge"(16th-17th century). The bridge (Chua cau) is a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.
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  • Jiaohe Ruins

    Description: One of the world's architectural wonders hides in Yarnaz Valley 6.2 miles west of Turpan. The ancient city of Jiaohe was first built by the people of Jushi during the time span from the 2nd century BC to the middle of the 5th century AD. The city was built on a large islet (1650m or 5,413 feet in length by 300m or 984 feet wide at its widest point) in the middle of a river which formed natural defenses, which would explain why the city lacked any sort of walls. Instead, steep cliffs on all sides of the river acted as natural walls. The layout of the city had eastern and western residential districts, while the northern district was reserved for Buddhist sites of temples and stupas. Along with this there are notable graveyards and the ruins of a large government office in the southern part of the eastern district. Jiaohe played an important military role in China's history. Jiaohe's vital location for trade and military made it especially vulnerable for invasion and attack. Dynasties in central China and nomadic tribes in north China fight bitterly for it. Jiaohe was completely destroyed by wars in the 14th century.
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  • Jichang Garden

    Description: Jichang Garden, formerly known as Qin Garden, lies in the Xihui Park at the east foot of Mt. Huishan. Jichang Garden was once the site of two monasteries during the Yuan dynasty. In 1506-1521, Qin Jin, a high official of the Ming dynasty, built a garden, renowned for its unique and state-of-the-art landscaping style, at this site. After numerous repairs and expansions, it emerged to become one of the best gardens in Wuxi City.
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  • Jingjiang River Long Corridor

    Description: Also Called Jinshui River in the Han Dynasty (206 BC to 220 AD), the Jinjiang River, threading its way from northeast to southwest through Danxia mountains and ridges for 21 miles and going through altogether 32 meandering belts, flows southward to the Zhenjiang River in Shaoguan City. Distributed in a beaded way are dozens of  places  of  interest along its course, where Danxia red walls on both banks overlook the flowing river, shining each other with red cliffs and blue water; verdant  bamboo groves setting each other off; time and again fields and gardens offering tourists with enchantingly charming scenery along both sides of the river. Thus, the mountains and rivers become so beautiful here that visitors simply can’t take them all in at once. Now that an item of on-board-ship tour has been opened, it takes a water course of 6.2 miles to get upstream to Yangyuanshi (Male Stone) Tourist Area. The points of interest this water course passes by in the direction upstream are "Carp Leaping into the Chinese Dragon’s Gate", "Big Brocade-Like Rock Red Wall", "A Group of Elephants Coming Out of Mountain", etc.; meanwhile in the direction downstream to Wangjiangting Pavilion are, so to speak, the rockery-bonsai-like scenery such as "Gold Tortoise on a Pilgrimage", "Celestial Being Sticking His Palm In", "An Elder Celestial Being", "The Big Belly Buddha", "Magnificent Palaces on Celestial Hills", etc.
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  • Jinli Street

    Description: Jinli Street, located to the east of the Wuhou Memorial Temple of Chengdu (the most famous Three Kingdoms period (220 - 280) relic museum in China) is particularly representative of the Chengdu City. It is recorded that as early as the Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC), Jinli Street was the most famous place for baldachin-a rich, ornate cloth. And it was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263). Hence, it is known as 'First Street of the Shu Kingdom'. At the time of the Three Kingdoms period, the production of the famous Shu brocade (a rich silk fabric with raised patterns in gold and silver) was centralized at the southern bank of the Jinjiang River in Chengdu, adjacent to the historical Wuhou Memorial Temple, The area was originally known as Jinguan or Jinli, and during the later Tang and Song Dynasties, Jinli became another name for the city of Chengdu. The geography of the area is relatively simple; Jinjiang River lies to the north and the Rainbow Bridge to the east of Jinli Street. At one end of the street is an imposing archway with 'Jinli Street' carved on it. From there the street, paved with green flagstones, winds through Chengdu for a length of 350 meters (382.8 yards). By combining the culture of the Three Kingdoms Period with the folk customs of Sichuan , the buildings on both sides including tea-houses, stores and hotels, are modeled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in western Sichuan Province from the Qing (1644-1911) Dynasty. The wooden steles and the brick-walls exhibit an ancient charm. In the middle of the street, there is a wooden stage which looks like an ancient pavilion. It is used from time to time for performing classic Sichuan Operas. Renovation of the street was completed at the end of 2004. Visitors from all over China and abroad gathered here in this ancient street to relax, take in the surroundings, and perhaps taste some of the local specialties. It is said that citizens of Chengdu are particularly fond of dining and socializing, and perhaps this is what helps to create the city‘s leisurely ambience. Chengdu has been newly designated as one of the ten most livable cities in China.
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  • Kappabashi

    Description: Kappabashi, or Kitchen Town, is a street in Tokyo between Ueno and Asakusa which is almost entirely populated with shops supplying the restaurant trade. These shops sell everything from mass-produced crockery, restaurant furniture, ovens and decorations, through to esoteric items such as the plastic display food found outside Japanese restaurants. The street's name is believed to come from either the kappa (raincoats) of nearby residents which were hang out to dry on the bridge, or from a merchant named Kihachi Kappaya who funded the project to build Shinhorikawa River for water management. However, due to the homophone with the popular mythical creature, Kappa, the group of shops along the street officially adopted kappa as its mascot.
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  • Karez

    Description: Karez systems are the life source of Turpan. According to records, the history of the karez in Xinjiang dates back to 103B.C. Karez systems are very delicate irrigation systems made up of vertical wells, underground canals, above-ground canals and small reservoirs. Generally, a karez is 3 km (1.9 miles) with the longest being 20 to 30 km (12-19 miles) with several dozen vertical wells. Sometimes the number of vertical wells exceeds 300. Until today, the shortest karez found is only 30 meters (98 feet) long. The vertical wells are for ventilation, digging and maintenance of the karez. The bottoms of all the vertical wells are connected so that water can pass through. The underground canal is about 2 meters (6.5 feet) high and covered with earth to resist the heat. The surface canals, connected to the underground ones, are not more than 1 meter (3.2 feet) wide with trees planted on both sides to prevent evaporation. Melting snow from the Tianshan Mountain is the water source of the karez. Water is collected by vertical wells and conducted by the underground canals to the oasis, where the water is held in the ground canals for irrigation. The vertical wells near the water source may be 100 meters (328 feet) deep while further downstream they are less than 10 meters (32.8 feet) deep. A karez reduces evaporation, avoids getting polluted and needs no other power equipment; it runs from high to low ground owing to gravity alone. Turpan is the hottest place in China and the arid climate makes water all the more precious. A karez system helps to ideally solve this problem.
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  • Kashgar Old Town

    Description: The Kashgar Old Town is famous for its fascinating architectural style and winding narrow streets. Most of the houses are built by mud and wood with beautifully carved wooden ceilings. The structured roof, walls, doors, windows and colors remain unchanged for centuries. Many houses are even passed down through seven or eight generations. The old town area of Kashgar is the best-preserved example of a traditional Islamic city to be found anywhere in Central Asia. Uyghur people have been living in this area since the city of Kashgar was formed more than two thousand years ago. With an occupation of 4.250 square kilometers, it is now home to more than 126,800 people. This historic town is full of customs and stories.
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  • Kashgar Sunday Market

    Description: Kashgar Sunday Market or Kashgar Sunday Bazaar is renown as a biggest market in central Asia; a pivotal trading point along the Silk Road where the goods have been traded for more than 2,000 years. The market is active every day but Sunday is the biggest in scale.
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  • Kasuga Shrine

    Description: Kasuga Shrine is a Shinto shrine in the city of Nara, in Nara Prefecture, Japan. Established in 768 AD and rebuilt several times over the centuries, it is the shrine of the Fujiwara family. The interior is famous for the 2,000-odd stone lanterns and 1,000 bronze lanterns donated by worshippers leading the way up to the centuries-old, vermillion lacquered shrine.
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  • Kowloon Markets Walk

    Description: We start our guided walk along Hong Kong's historic harbor front, where we introduce the history of Kowloon. Here, well-known Hong Kong landmarks such as the old Railway Clock tower, 1881 Heritage and the Peninsula Hotel are situated. Our guided walk then takes us through the back streets of Kowloon and into the daily lives of local residents. We walk through colorful streets and come across some of Hong Kong’s most lively markets, where you will feel first-hand the energy and soul of everyday Kowloon.
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  • Kyoto Imperial Palace

    Description: The Kyoto Imperial Palace is the latest of the imperial palaces built at or near its site in the north-eastern part of the old capital on Heiankyō after the abandonment of the larger original Heian Palace that was located to the west of the current palace during the Heian Period. The Palace lost much of its function at the time of the Meiji Restoration, when the capital functions were moved to Tokyo in 1869. However, the Taishō and Showa Emperors still had their coronation ceremonies at Kyoto Palace. *In order to enter the palace, you are required to fill out a form with your name, sex, age, nationality, etc.
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  • Lake Ashi

    Description: Lake Ashi, also known as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in the Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji and its numerous hot springs. Several of the boats that traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers are full-scale replicas of man-of-war pirate ships.
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  • Lantau Island

    Description: Lantau Island, based on the old local name of Lantau Peak, is the largest island in Hong Kong, located at the mouth of the Pearl River. Administratively, most of Lantau Island is part of the Islands District of Hong Kong. A small northeastern portion of the island is located in the Tsuen Wan District. Originally the site of fishing villages, the island has been developed in recent years with the construction of Tung Chung New Town on its north-western coast and the completion of several major infrastructure projects, including Lantau Link (1997), Hong Kong International Airport (1998), Hong Kong Disneyland (2005) and Ngong Ping 360 (2006).
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  • Leifeng Pagoda (Thundering Peak Pagoda)

    Description: Leifeng Pagoda is a five-story tower with eight sides located on Sunset Hill south of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Originally constructed in the year 975 CE, it was stripped bare by pirates during the Ming Dynasty and its wooden parts burned, leaving behind only brick. When whispers arose that the bricks from the tower could ward illness, and many took the bricks to grind into powder. The pagoda finally collapsed in 1924 but was rebuilt in 2002, after a mausoleum beneath the pagoda was excavated in 2001. Since its reconstruction, it has become a popular tourist attraction.
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  • Li River Cruise

    Description: The picturesque Li River is one of the most important parts of Guilin scenery. It originates in the northeast of Guilin and winds its way for 170 kilometers, passing through Guilin, Yangshuo to the outlet of Gongchen river in Pingle county. Li River traverses 84 kilometers: a jade ribbon meandering through thousands of hills. The rolling peaks, steep cliffs and green hills that line the river create a hundred-mile picturesque gallery. Li River is known to all not only for its green hills, clear water, fantastic caves and spectacular rocks but also for its deep pools, springs and waterfalls. Moreover, people can enjoy the different beauties of Li River scenery at different seasons and weathers. In fine days, reflections of the hills in clear and greenish water are especially pleasing to the eyes, but the hazy view of the drizzling rain and lingering clouds give birth to a wonderful fairyland for all who see it.
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  • Ling Yin Temple

    Description: The Temple itself is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, An Indian Monk Huili came to Hangzhou and he was so attracted by the beauty of Hangzhou that he believed the city must be the residence of gods. Hence, he built this temple in honor of this paradise-like place and named it Lingyin, which means "the place where gods rest in seclusion". The Lingyin scenic area is so large that you may need to choose a few of the more interesting areas to cover. Upon entering the Temple, turn left and you will see some huge stone statues that are reproductions of famous Buddha statues located in other temples. After finishing your visit, you can go to Lingyinsi vegetarian restaurant that is closely next to the temple and serves vegetarian dishes. These vegetarian dishes are some typical of the kind in China. Eating the vegetarian food might find you some sentiment of being a secluded god.
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  • Local family

    Description: Spend one day in a Beijing local residence, experience the local life in the family for a while or just learn to cook in local flavor.
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  • Longmen Grottoes

    Description: Longmen Grottoes was promulgated a key national cultural relic unit for special protection by the State Council in 1961. In 1982, it was promulgated one of the first group of scenic zones to be protected at the state level by the State Council. In November 2000, Longmen Grottoes was inscribed on World Heritage List by UNESCO. Longmen Grottoes is located on both banks of the Yi River, 13 kilometers south of Luoyang City . Here the two hills stand facing each other and the Yihe River washes its way northward through the gorge. It seems to be a natural gate, historically called "Yique", later in Sui Dynasty renamed "Longmen". The carving work at Longmen began in Northern Wei Dynasty when emperor Xiaowen moved his capital to Luoyang (A.D.493). It lasted more than 400 years. At present there are over 2,300 caves and niches, more than one hundred thousand Buddhist images and over 300,000 characters of inscriptions. The grottoes and niches in the two hills are known at home and abroad for their large numbers, massive scales, variety of subjects, delicate carving and profound meaning. With their original imperial style and the style of central China, the grottoes created during the Northern Wei period and the Tang Dynasty reached the pinnacle of the development of stone carving at that time and differed from grottoes created earlier. The site has been known as the "forest of ancient steles" for the biggest number of steles and inscriptions ever seen in any of the grottoes in the world. It is rare in the art of stone carving so far as the extensive coverage of the various sects of Buddhism, and even Taoism, as the subject matter of the grottoes is concerned. The large numbers of materials in kind and literary data have reflected, from different angles, the developments and changes of Chinese politics, economics, religion, culture, and other aspects in ancient times, and have made important contributions to the creation and development of the Chinese art of stone carving. Longmen Grottoes have been the choice of the imperial members and nobles of the Northern Wei and Tang Dynasty to make vows and create statues. It can be said that Longmen Grottoes are mainly embodiments of imperial wills and behaviors. Among all the caves, Fengxiansi Cave, the largest one, is the most representative works of sculpture art of Tang Dynasty. The empress, Wu Zetian, donated 20,000 strings of coins from her face power expenses. It was completed in the second year of Shangyuan(A.D.675)The open niche was carved in accordance with Avatamsaka Sutra. The main Buddha Vairocana is 17.14 meters in height, with his head 4 meters tall and her ears 1.9 meters long. He is graceful, poised and shakable. This statue embodies the great material and spiritual strength of Tang Dynasty, demonstrates the supreme level attained in the art of stone carving in Tang Dynasty.
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  • Luwei Hai

    Description: Luwei Hai is elevated about 2140 meters. It is actually a semi-marsh lake, where reeds abound and birds fly freely. When the reeds come into bloom, layers of the down-like flowers undulate, seducing lots of wild ducks and egrets to come here. Reed Lake suffuses a thriving and flourishing vitality. When the season turns, the green meandering brook presents a striking contrast with the yellow spread of reeds.
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  • Macau Tower

    Description: Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, also known as Macau Tower, is a tower located in the former Portuguese colony of Macau, now a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. The tower measures 1,109 ft in height from ground level to the highest point. An observation deck with panoramic views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls and the Skywalk X, a thrilling walking tour around the outer rim. At 764 feet, the Macau Tower's tethered "skyjump" and Bungee jump by AJ Hackett from the tower's outer rim is the second highest commercial skyjump in the world, after Vegas' Stratosphere sky jump at 853 feet.
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  • Meiji Shrine

    Description: Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. After the emperor's death in 1912, the Japanese Diet passed a resolution to commemorate his role in the Meiji Restoration. An iris garden in an area of Tokyo where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken had been known to visit was chosen as the building's location.
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  • Mekong Delta

    Description: South Vietnam covers the Mekong Delta, the extreme southern end of the Mekong River, and the area around Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. As all deltas, it receives the bounty of the siltation from the upper Mekong, and as such is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields. It produces about half of the total of Vietnam's agricultural output, and is the place for timeless sceneries of farmers planting or harvesting rice. The Mekong splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, the Bassac (Hau Giang) and the First river (Tien Giang) then in Vietnam into a more complex system, creating a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and all the villages are often accessible by river rather than by road.
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  • Mekong River Cruise

    Description: The Mekong River is listing the twelfth longest river in the world; it is the longest river in Southeast Asia and the most important river in Cambodia. One of its important uses is that it is navigable for most of its 'run' through the country, as well as the Mekong delta in the South. It rises about 5, 000m in the Tanghla Shan Mountains, on the northeast rim of the great Titetan Plateau. The Mekong flows generally Southeast to the South China Sea, a distance of 4, 200km through or along the borders of six countries. The Mekong crosses Yunnan Province, China and forms the border between Burma (Myanmar) and Laos and most of the border between Laos and Thailand. It then flows across Cambodia and southern Vietnam into a rich delta before emptying into the South China Sea. In the upper course are steep descents and swift rapids, but the river is navigable south of Loung Prabang in Laos. In terms of mean annual discharge, the Mekong ranks sixth in the world. The total drainage basin of 783, 000sq.km includes 160, 000sq.km in China, 12, 000sq.km in Burma, and 611,000sq.km in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam (the lower Mekong basin). Cambodia is also home to the largest lake in Southeast Asia, the Tonle Sap (Great Lake), which connects with the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. The Tonle Sap enlarges to four times its normal size when the Mekong rises during the monsoon season thus causing the Tonle Sap River to flow northward into the Lake. During the dry season it reverses its flow and goes back into the Mekong River. As a result of this, The Tonle Sap Lake is a great resource for freshwater fish, actually being one of the richest sources in the world. There are two monsoons which make up Cambodia's climate, a cool, dry, north-eastern one that is rather dry and comes from November to March and a south-western one which brings with it heavy rain, high winds and high humidity from May to early October. December and January are considered to be the coolest months and fall in the dry monsoon season. Annually, Cambodia gets about 1,400 mm and the temp averages around 27 degrees C (80 degrees F).
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  • Merchant House (Tan Ky Old House)

    Description: Many of the old merchant houses are lived in by the locals, but fortunately are beautifully preserved. They can be typically described as having a narrow and lofty interior with a barrel vault ceiling. The street entrance has a shop front where the merchant used to display his goods. This is still used for his purpose n modern Hoi An with its numerous galleries and antique shops. There is also a back room where the merchant's family, apprentices and servants lived. The entire inside of the house is made of deeply polished hardwood. Walls, columns and entrances are decorated with poems, words, symbols, and patterns. Much of the heavy ornate furniture are originals, however some pieces are replicas. Private houses in this style open to travelers include Tan Ky House that has staff that speak fluent English and French.
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  • Militangya Alpine Pastures

    Description: A trip to Shangri-La would be incomplete without a visit to Militangya Alpine Pastures. Here is a paradise where you can simply take in the picturesque natural beauty of the never ending pasture lands and unique animals that call this place home.
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  • Ming Tombs

    Description: Located about 31 miles northwest of Beijing, tombs and Mausoleums of 13 of the 16 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) buried in a complex that spread some 15 square miles. It was originally built only as Changling, tomb of emperor Yongle, Zhu Di (reigned 1403-1424) and of his empress. This is the most magnificent of the tombs. The succeeding twelve emperors had their tombs built around Changling. Each tomb is located at the foot of a separate hill and is linked with other tombs by the Sacred Way, a road guarded by 36 statues. Carved in the 15th century, the statues include 12 pairs of animals and 12 humans. Only two tombs are open to the public, the Changling and the Dingling, an underground mausoleum of Emperor Zhu Yijun and his two empresses.
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  • Mogao Caves

    Description: Located 25km (16 miles) outside Dunhuang, the Mogao Caves are the best example of Buddhist cave art to be found in China. There are almost 500 caves, decorated with 45,000 sq meters of frescoes and over 2,000 painted statues carved into the east side of Mingsha Hill. Legend has it that the cave art was initiated by a monk on a pilgrimage to India in 366AD. It is said that he saw rays of light sparkling in the cliffs, which inspired him to carve a cave to honor Buddha. Subsequently other pilgrims stopped and added their artistic contributions by carving and decorating caves and niches in part as tribute to Buddha and to ensure their own safe journey. Artistic styles from the Jin dynasty (265-420AD) to the Tang dynasty (618-907AD) can be seen in the caves. The paintings from the Tang era feature many asparas (flying angels) which are a famous characteristic of Dunhuang cave art. In 1900, a cave containing 50,000 religious and historical manuscripts was found at Dunhuang. It is believed that the texts were hidden by Buddhist monks during the 11th century. The texts included rare and ancient works in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Uighur, Chinese and other languages. In 1987 the Mogao Caves were listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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  • Moon Lake & Sander Sand

    Description: About 6 kilometers (3.73 miles) south of Dunhuang city, and surrounded by the Echoing-Sand Mountain, Crescent Spring can be called a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert . The Spring's name derives from the crescent moon shape the small pool of spring water has taken between two large sand dunes. Although the area is very dry, the pool doesn't dry up as one might expect. Here you can enjoy not only the rare view where an oasis meets the desert, but also some fun sand adventures, such as riding camels, "dune surfing" sand sliding. After climbing to the top of the dunes, from there you can't help but marvel at the dramatic view. You have discovered the wondrous sight of Moon Lake.
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  • Mountain Tianmen Fox Fairy

    Description: Mountain Tianmen Fox Fairy The Tianmen Mountain and Tianmen Cave are grand and magnificent. A 5km valley with altitude difference of more than 1000m nestles in the magnificent and extraordinary Wuling Mountain Range. The valley boasts fragrant grass, chattering stream and mist wafting from the valley, which make the valley like a heaven of peace and happiness. The main stage of the A Fox Fairy of Tianmen Mountain – the New Story of Woodman Liuhai blends with wonderful mountains, valleys, forests, streams and waterfalls to form the only large stage against the background of towering mountains and valley in the world, measuring all over 1 kilometer in depth, width and height respectively. The central stage of the play is built above the brook, looking like an inverse ancient tree floating on the bubbling stream, which blends with surrounding natural landscapes perfectly. Occupying a total area of 10000m2, the stage is the largest stage for performance in the world up to now. Moreover, it is designed to be made of glass steel, which becomes transparently bright under lighting effect to create fantastic scenes with color variations.
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  • Mt. Fuji

    Description: Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707-08, Mount Fuji lies about 100 km (62 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Mount Fuji's exceptionally symmetrical cone is a well-known symbol of Japan and it is frequently depicted in art and photographs, as well as visited by sightseers and climbers. It is one of Japan's "Three Holy Mountains" along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku.
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  • MT. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

    Description: Huangshan Mountain in east China's Anhui province is one of Chinas ten best-known scenic spots, It is characterized by the four wonders, namely, odd-shaped pines, grotesque rock formation, seas of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs. Mount Huangshan is celebrated for having all the features of mountain scenery. Known as the No. 1 Mountain Under heaven, it features numerous imposing peaks (77 exceed an altitude of 1,000m), forests of stone pillars and evergreen sturdy pines; other features include grotesquely-shaped rocks (many of which are individually named, such as "pig-headed monk eating water melon"), waterfalls, pools and hot springs. Because of its mists and clouds, natural scenery in the area changes beyond prediction. Xu Xiake, a noted Chinese geologist and traveler in Ming Dynasty, praised Huangshan Mountain as the best of all mountains. Mount Huangshan was listed as one of the World Natural and Cultural Heritages in 1990. In Huangshan, pines and rocks are intimately involved with each other, almost every rock has a pine tree growing out of the crevice, and every tree has tortuous and gnarled roots and branches.The still sea of snow-white cloud can suddenly begin to roll and toss, rise or fall, gather or disperse while the peaks emerge and disappear in the clouds like isles in the ocean. So from ancient times it has been frequented by tourists seeking their mystery and admiring their frequented by tourists seeking their mystery and admiring their scenery. They come to the conclusion that the fantastic pines, the grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds and the hot springs are the four major attractions of the Yellow Mountains. As a matter of fact there are marvels almost everywhere, especially in the following scenic areas: Wenquan (Hot Spring), Yupinglou (Jade Screen Tower), Xihai ( West Sea), Beihai (North Sea), Yungusi (Cloud Valley Temple) and Songgu'an (Pine Valley Nunnery).
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  • Municipal Institute Archeological Research

    Description: At this Institute, our VIP clients will be offered a ONCE IN A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE. They will have the chance to hold artifacts of thousands of years old and examine them closely while an expert describes the history and significance of each piece.
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  • Museum of Ethnology

    Description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation's different ethnic groups. The museum also serves to guide research, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum. The museum is divided into two parts: an indoor and an outdoor exhibition. The indoor part is composed of the exhibition building, office, research centre, library, storage, technical lab and auditorium. The outdoor exhibition highlights different types of houses in all parts of Vietnam. Pathways link the indoor and outdoor exhibitions with each other.
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  • Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang

    Description: The Terracotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Upon ascending the throne at the age of 13 (in 246 BC), Qin Shi Huang, had work begun on his mausoleum. It took 11 years to finish. It is speculated that many buried treasures and sacrificial objects had accompanied the emperor in his after life. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
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  • Nakamise Street

    Description: Nakamise Street, or Nakamise-dōri, leads up to Asakusa Kannon Temple. It is said to have come about in the early 18th century, when neighbors were granted permission to set up shops on the approach to the temple. It has a long and torrid history of being destroyed and built back up again thanks to government orders, earthquakes, and World War II. Today, the length of the street is approximately 250 meters and contains around 89 shops.
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  • Nanjing Road

    Description: Extending from the Huangpu River all the way to Tranquility and Peace Temple (Jing'ansi) and measuring five kilometers from west to east, this street passes through the city's center and is its busiest market. Along the street are more than 340 stores, including the city's largest department store, food store, medical shop, clothing store, and bookstore. The Peace Hotel, International hotel, and Overseas Chinese Hotel are all located on this street.
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  • Nara Park

    Description: Nara Park is a public park located at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, and is home to over 1,200 wild sika deer who freely roam the park. According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine, Takenomikazuchi-no-mikoto. He was said to have appeared on Mt. Mikasa-yama riding a white deer. From that point, the deer were considered divine and sacred by both Kasuga Shrine and Kōfukuji.
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  • National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)

    Description: The Water Cube employs water as a structural and theatrical "leitmotiv" with the square, the primal shape of the house in Chinese tradition and mythology. The structure of the water cube is based on a unique, lightweight construction, developed by Arup and CSCEC with PTW, and derived from the structure of water in the state of aggregation of FOAM as deduced by. Behind the apparently random appearance hides a strict geometry found in natural systems such as crystals, cells and molecular structures. By applying novel materials and technology, the transparency and randomness is transposed into the inner and outer skins of ETFE cushions. Unlike traditional stadium structures with gigantic columns, beams, cables and back spans, to which a facade system is applied, in the water cube design the architectural space, structure and facade are one and the same element. Conceptually the square box and the interior spaces are carved out of an undefined cluster of foam bubbles, symbolizing a condition of nature that is transformed into a condition of culture. The appearance of the aquatic centre is a "cube of water molecules" - the WATERCUBE.
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  • National Diet Building

    Description: The Diet Building was completed in 1936 and is constructed purely out of Japanese building materials, with the exception of the stained glass, door locks, and pneumatic tube system. It is the place where both houses of the Diet of Japan, Japan’s bicameral legislature, meet.
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  • National Museum

    Description: The distinctive rust-red National Museum next to the Royal Palace was dedicated by King Sisowath in 1920. Over 5000 objects are on display including Angkorian era statues, lingas and other artifacts, most notably the legendary statue of the Leper King. Though the emphasis is on Angkorian artifacts, there is also a good collection of pieces from later periods, including a special exhibition of post-Angkorian Buddha figures. Visiting the museum after rather than before a trip to the Angkor in Siem Reap helps lend context to the Angkorian artifacts. Multi-lingual tour guides are available. Souvenirs and books available including guide-book to the artifacts in the museum.
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  • Neak Pean

    Description: Neak Pean is located east of Preah Khan temple and about 300 meters off the road. The temple is in the centre of the Jayatataka or Northern Baray and is placed on the same axis as Preah Khan. It was built in the 12th century by king Jayavarman VII (1181-1219). It is dedicated to the Buddha, attaining the state of nirvana. It is composed of a large central pond surrounded by four smaller ponds. The central pond is a replica of Lake Anavatapta in the Himalayas, situated at the top of the universe. The lake gives birth to the four great rivers of the earth. These rivers are represented at Neak Pean by sculptured gargoyles at the four cardinal points. Lake Anavatapta was fed by hot springs and venerated in India for the curative powers of its waters. The orientation of the ponds at Neak Pean ensured that the water was always fresh because the ponds received only reflected light.
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  • Ngoc Son Temple

    Description: At the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake is a small island with the Ngoc Son ("Jade Mountain") Temple. The temple supposedly dates back to the fourteenth century, although the current buildings were probably built in the eighteenth century. The temple is dedicated to the hero Tran Hung Dao, who defeated a force of 300,000 sent to invade Vietnam by the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan. There are also altars dedicated to the scholars Van Xuong and La To, the patron saint of physicians. The island and its temple are reached by a red wooden bridge called The Huc, which translates to "Flood of Morning Sunlight".
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  • Ngong Ping Crystal Cabin Cable Car

    Description: The Ngong Ping 360 is a tourism project on Lantau Island in Hong Kong. The project was previously known as Tung Chung Cable Car Project before acquiring the Ngong Ping 360 brand in April 2005. It consists of the Ngong Ping Cable Car, a gondola lift formerly known as the Ngong Ping 360 Skyrail, and the Ngong Ping Village, a retail and entertainment centre adjacent to the cable car's upper station. Ngong Ping 360 serves to connect Tung Chung, on the north coast of Lantau and itself linked to central Hong Kong by the Tung Chung rail line, with the Ngong Ping area in the hills above. Prior to Ngong Ping 360's opening, the only access was via a mountain road and bus service.
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  • Nijō Castle

    Description: Nijō Castle is a flatland castle located in Kyoto, Japan. The castle consists of two concentric rings of fortifications, the Ninomaru Palace, the ruins of the Honmaru Palace, various support buildings and several gardens. The surface area of the castle is 275,000 square meters, of which 8000 square meters is occupied by buildings. Once a residence of the Tokugawa Shogun, the castle is famous for its architectural beauty and interior decoration.
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  • Nishi Honganji

    Description: Nishi Honganji, or the “Western Temple of the Original Vow,” is one of two temple complexes of Jodo Shinshu in Kyoto, the other being Higashi Honganji (or "The Eastern Temple of the Original Vow"). Today it serves as the head temple of the Jodo Shinshu organization. Nishi Honganji was established in 1602 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu when he split the main Honganji in Kyoto in two (Higashi Honganji being the other) in order to diminish its power.
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  • Norbu Lingka

    Description: There are many gardens in Lhasa which in Tibetan are called "lingka" In the past monks and lay officials used these gardens to avoid the heat of summer, and most were owned by monk officials, lay officials, noble families and the monasteries. The Norbu Lingka, the summer and autumn retreat for the Dalai Lama, is one such garden, hence the name "Dalai Summer Palace." Norbu Lingka means "treasure garden" in tibetan. Located about one kilometer west of the Potala Palace, it used to be covered by marshland. In the mid-18th century, the 7th Dalai Lama, who was suffering from leg problems, often went for a dip in the fountain. The Qing Dynasty High Commissioner in Tibet ordered tents to be erected in the fountain area so that the 7th Dalai Lama could rest and recite sutras. This was the origin of the Norbu Lingka. In 1755, the 7th Dalai Lama had the Galsang Phodrang Palace built in the area. During the period of the 8th Dalai Lama, the Cogyi Phodrang Palace (Lake Center Palace) and areas for Buddhist teaching and recitation were also constructed. The Gyianse Phodrang Palace, Galsang Degyi Palace and Qimei Qoigyi Palace were built in the western part of the garden during the time of the 13th Dalai Lama, and the Daain Myingquelin (Eternally Unchanging Palace) was added at the time of the 14th Dalai Lama. As a result of all these efforts, the Norbu Lingka is today a large garden containing palaces in various traditions, villas, pavilions, waterside pavilions, lawns dotted with flowers, fruit trees and gushing fountains. It is now a park and museum open to the general public, and celebrations are held there during festivals and holidays.
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  • Norbu Lingka (Lhasa)

    Description: There are many gardens in Lhasa which in Tibetan are called "lingka" In the past monks and lay officials used these gardens to avoid the heat of summer, and most were owned by monk officials, lay officials, noble families and the monasteries. The Norbu Lingka, the summer and autumn retreat for the Dalai Lama, is one such garden, hence the name "Dalai Summer Palace." Norbu Lingka means "treasure garden" in Tibetan. Located about one kilometer west of the Potala Palace, it used to be covered by marshland. In the mid-18century, the 7th Dalai Lama, who was suffering from leg problems, often went for a dip in the fountain. The Qing Dynasty High Commissioner in Tibet ordered tents to be erected in the fountain area so that the 7th Dalai Lama could rest and recite sutras. This was the origin of the Norbu Lingka. In 1755, the 7th Dalai Lama had the Galsang Phodrang Palace built in the area. During the period of the 8th Dalai Lama, the Cogyi Phodrang Palace (Lake Center Palace) and areas for Buddhist teaching and recitation were also constructed. The Gyianse Phodrang Palace, Galsang Degyi Palace and Qimei Qoigyi Palace were built in the western part of the garden during the time of the 13th Dalai Lama, and the Daain Myingquelin (Eternally Unchanging Palace) was added at the time of the 14th Dalai Lama. As a result of all these efforts, the Norbu Lingka is today a large garden containing palaces in various traditions, villas, pavilions, waterside pavilions, lawns dotted with flowers, fruit trees and gushing fountains. It is now a park and museum open to the general public, and celebrations are held there during festivals and holidays.
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  • Notre Dame Cathedral

    Description: Built in 1883, Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon is a good 126 years old by now. This granite statue of the Virgin Mary, titled 'Regina Pacis', was installed in 1959. Before that, it used to be a bronze statue of Bishop of Adran leading Prince Canh, the son of Emperor Gia Long. In October 2005, the statue was reported to have shed tears, attracting thousands of people and forcing Vietnam authorities to stop traffic around the Notre Dame Cathedral. All the original building materials were imported from France. The outside wall of the cathedral was built with bricks from Marseille. And although the contractor did not use coated concrete, these bricks have retained their bright red color until today. The Notre Dame Cathedral also used to have stained-glass windows seen from outside the building. But they were destoryed during WWII and were never replaced.
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  • Nuorilang Waterfall

    Description: Nuorilang Waterfall is elevated about 2365 meters. Being 32 meters wide and 25 meters high, it is the widest waterfall in Jiuzhaigou Valley and one of China's largest calcium falls. The name of Nuorilang means magnificent and splendid in Tibetan language. It is famed for its broadness and grandeur. When the sun is shining, you will be enchanted by the magic and gorgeous rainbows above.The top of the waterfall is very flat. Legend has it that originally there was no waterfall but a platform here long ago. Then a monk brought a spinning wheel when he came to this place. A Tibetan girl learned the skill of spinning very soon, so she carried the wheel to the platform and showed her sisters how to spin. Roza, a cruel man and his accomplices thought that she was doing something evil. They kicked her, as well as the spinning wheel, off the cliff. In no time, torrents rushed Roza and his accomplices down the mountain, so the platform had turned into the waterfall.
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  • Our Lady of Carmel

    Description: This contemporary Catholic Church (c1968) is in the industrial Bairro Tamagnini Barbosa in the north of the city. Interesting features include side walls lined with stained-glass panels and a wooden crucifix on a red brick wall. This is one of the most active Parishes in Macau.
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  • Owakudani Valley

    Description: In Ōwakudani Valley, you can smell sulfurous fumes and see clouds of steam rise from crevasses. Here, you can sample eggs hard-boiled in the sulfurous hot spring water. They are unique in that their shells have turned black from the boiling, and there is a local legend that eating one such an egg will add seven years to your life.
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  • Palace of Double Glory (Chonghua gong)

    Description: This is a VIP Venue NOT open to the Public The Chonghua gong (Palace of Double Glory) located in the western route of inner count and built by the Yongzheng emperor for his heir-designate (the Qianlong Emperor) in 1727. After Qianlong ascended the throng, although he moved out from Chonghua gong, he met friends and ministers in this palace as a private place. Every New Year day, emperor would get the ministers in Chonghua palace to make poems and tea banquet. The furniture and buildings' arrangement are all same as the Qianlong period. Since travelers can rarely visit here, the courtyard is so quiet and only you can hear is history voice.
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  • Phimeanakas

    Description: Numerous kings were involved in the construction of the sandstone and laterite 'Celestial Palace', located at the Royal Palace's center and formerly crowned with a gold spire. Each night in the top chamber, the King had Naguy, the snake-queen. The welfare of the Kingdom depended on this union. Although poorly preserved, Tcheou Ta Kouan indicates that it was once completely gold-plated. Excellent views from the summit.
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  • Phnom Kulen

    Description: Phnom Kulen is a sacred hilltop site 30km from Angkor Wat in Cambodia and a national park of Cambodia. Phnom Kulen is widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire and is located some 48km from Siem Reap. Of special religious meaning to Hindus and Buddhists, it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarma II proclaimed independence from Java in 802 A.D.
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  • Phuc Kien Community Hall

    Description: This is a Chinese Community Hall, but has other uses as a temple, shrine, place of ancestor worship, and a venue for conferences. The Chinese maintain practicality in their worship but since most things in life cannot be guaranteed, superstition also plays a large part in their religious beliefs. The rear contains an altar dedicated to the three gods of health, wealth, and longevity. There is even a goddess who will stop your baby crying for a sufficient tip. Other community and assembly halls include: the Hainan Chinese Assembly, the ChaoZhou Assembly Hall etc.
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  • Pingyao Ancient City

    Description: Pingyao Ancient City is one of the best preserved examples of a walled city in China and is located 100km (62 miles) south of Taiyuan. In 1997 it was named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.The city was at its peak during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the walls and design of Pingyao are typical of the symmetrical layout of cities of the era. The narrow streets, courtyards and rooftops are particularly attractive and are authentic examples of Ming and Qing dynasty (1644-1911) architecture. If the beautiful streets of Pingyao seem familiar it may be because Zhang Yimou "Raise the Red Lantern" was filmed here. Pingyao square city walls are in excellent condition and were built in 1370AD as a final defence should invaders have overcome the Great Wall. Surrounding the city for 6km (4 miles), the walls are 5 meters (16ft) deep and 12 meters (40ft) tall and watchtowers located at every corner and at 50 meter (164ft) intervals ensured the security of the town. Other sites of interest in the ancient city include the Rishengchang Bank. Established in the early 19th century, it played a key role in the development of China financial system and pioneered the use of paper checks as a form of payment. Pingyao Tian Ji Xiang Museum has a small collection of exhibits illustrating the city history and the Bell Tower is a good example of classic Han northern Chinese architecture.
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  • Po Lin Monastery

    Description: Po Lin Monastery is a Buddhist monastery, located on Ngong Ping Plateau, on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. The monastery was founded in 1906 by three monks visiting from Jiangsu and was initially known simply as "The Big Hut." It was renamed to its present name in 1924. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha – representing his past, present and future lives – as well as many Buddhist scriptures.
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  • Prah Khan

    Description: Prah Khan, is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organization, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.
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  • Prasat Kravan

    Description: Prasat Kravan is a small 10th century temple consisting of five reddish brick towers on a common terrace, located at Angkor, Cambodia south of the artificial lake or baray called Srah Srang. Its original Sanskrit name is unknown. The modern name in Khmer, "Prasat Kravan", means cardamom temple. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu in 921 CE, according to inscription on door jambs.
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  • Provincial Museum

    Description: In the museum we can see the mummies from over 2000 years ago that can tell us many historical mysteries not found in books.
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  • Pudacuo National Park

    Description: The Nature Conservancy has helped China achieve a conservation landmark: the establishment of that country's first national park , which will also serve as a model for a new Chinese national park system. The new park — Pudacuo National Park in China 's Southwest Yunnan Province — is located in one of the most biodiversity regions of the world. While the region comprises only 0.7 percent of China 's land area, it contains more than 20 percent of the country's plant species, about one-third of its mammal and bird species and almost 100 endangered species. By any standard, Pudacuo qualifies as a natural wonderland. It contains endemic species of fish found no where else in the world, rare and beautiful orchids, black-necked cranes and a yew whose extracts are indispensable to the creation of many cancer drugs. While there are more than 2,300 nature reserves in China , only a fraction are in areas of critical biological importance, and an even smaller number are well-managed. Pudacuo will meet the standards for national parks established by The World Conservation Union (IUCN) — and also advance both protection and sustainable development of this ecologically significant section of Yunnan Province.
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  • Quan Thanh Temple

    Description: After King Ly Thai To established the capital (1010), the Temple was moved to the north-west of the capital. It is one of the "Thang Long tu tran" - four famous sacred temples, which also includes Bach Ma (White Horse), Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) and Kim Lien, honouring the Gods who guard at four main directions (East - West - South - North) of the ancient Thang Long Citadel. Quan Thanh temple is dedicated to Saint Huyen Thien Tran Vu who guarded and administered the north of the country. That is why it is also known as the Tran Vu Temple. Quan Thanh Temple in Hanoi is not only famous for bronze cast statutes but also the art of woodcarving. The temple's wooden structures were carved skillfully with different shapes and patterns, such as four sacred animals, fish, fir-trees, bamboo trees, flower baskets, wine gourds, swords and daily activities on the heaven and the earth. All were created with the art style of the Le Dynasty.
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  • Reed Flute Cave

    Description: Located at the northwest of Guilin City, 5 kilometers away from the center of the city. The cave is a famous scenic spot, mainly offering a magic fairyland of stalactites, stalagmites, stone columns, curtains and flowers in fantastic shapes and colors while appreciating landscape and rural scenery. The length of the cave is 240 meters, whereas the whole distances of touring can last 500 meters. There are too many things for the eyes to take in. The natural beauty of a large amount of stalactites and stalagmites, with their endless variety of remarkable scenes and visitors in the cave could undoubtedly evoke breathless admiration from domestic and foreign visitors. Among these never-to-be-forgotten scenes are Rosy Dawn in the Lion Hill, Round-topped Mosquito Net, Dragon-shaped Pagoda, Primitive Forest , the crystal Palace, the Hill of Flowers and Fruits, etc. Thus, the cave is highly praised as the Huge Art Palace of the Nature.
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  • Reunification Palace

    Description: Not far from the War Museum sits the Reunification Palace. This building, currently a museum, used to be the official residence of the Presidents of the former South Vietnam government. It was here that the American led war ended on April 30 1975, when the North Vietnam Army invaded the Palace forcing the president to resign. Currently the Reunification Palace complex is open to the public. Visitors can see the basement tunnels, the conference rooms, the Presidential Receiving Room, the telecommunications center and the war room.
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  • Royal Palace

    Description: The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh was constructed over a century ago to serve as the residence of the King of Cambodia, his family and foreign dignitaries, as a venue for the performance of court ceremony and ritual and as a symbol of the Kingdom. It serves to this day as the Cambodian home of King Norodom Sihamoni and former King Norodom Sihanouk. The Royal Palace complex and attached 'Silver Pagoda' compound consist of several buildings, structures and gardens all located within 500x800 meter walled grounds overlooking a riverfront park. Marking the approach to the Palace, the high sculpted wall and golden spired Chanchhaya Pavilion stands distinctively against the riverfront skyline. Inside the Palace grounds, street sounds are silenced by the high walls and the various Royal buildings sit like ornate islands rising from the tranquil, manicured tropical gardens. Except for the area of the actual Royal residence, the Khemarin Palace, most of the Palace grounds and Silver Pagoda are open to the public.
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  • Russian Market (Phsar Toul Tom Poung)

    Description: This market became the foreigner's market during the 1980's when most of the foreigners in Cambodia were Russians, hence the name 'Russian Market.' It is of far less architectural interest than the Central Market but has a larger, more varied selection of souvenirs, curios and silks. Like the Central Market, there are several jewelers and gold-sellers, but it also carries huge selection of curios, silks and carvings, it is one of the best markets in town to buy fabric, and it offers the largest selection of VCDs, DVDs and CDs of the traditional markets. Most of the DVD vendors are located on the south side near the southeast corner of the market. Most of what the visitor might want is in the same general area on the south side but the rest of the market is well worth exploring. Food and drink stands in the middle of the market for hygienically adventurous visitors.
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  • Ryōanji Temple

    Description: Ryōanji (literally, The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. Belonging to the Myoshin-ji school of the Rinzai branch of Zen Buddhism, the temple and karesansui garden is one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One object of interest near the rear of the monk’s quarters is the carved stone receptacle into which water for ritual purification continuously flows. This is the Ryōanji tsukubai. The lower elevation of the basin requires the user to bend a little bit to reach the water, which suggests supplication and reverence.
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  • Saigon Central Post Office

    Description: Saigon Central Post Office is a post office in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City, near Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city's main church. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a Gothic architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Today, the building is a tourist attraction.
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  • Sanxingdui Museum

    Description: Sanxingdui Museum is a modern museum located northeast of the state-protected Sanxingdui Archeological Site. Covering a total area of 12 square kilometers, the museum showcases precious cultural relics unearthed there, including a variety of unique bronzes, such as 2.62-meter standing statue, a 1.38-meter-wide bronze mask and a 3.95-meter-high bronze tree, all of which stand out as unparalleled treasures. In addition, gold pieces such as a gleaming scepter and ornate jades are undeniably rare jewels never seen elsewhere.
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  • Shaanxi History Museum

    Description: Shaanxi History Museum Shaanxi Province is the birthplace of the ancient Chinese civilization. Xian City was the capital city in thirteen dynasties which in total lasted over 1100 years. The Shaanxi History Museum considers it an obligation to be a showcase of ancient civilizations. It was opened to the public in 1991. Over 700,000 people visit this national treasure each year.
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  • Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archeological Research

    Description: This is a highly secured government building that is NOT open to the public. VIP clients can enjoy those terracotta warriors inside the research center closely. This is a VIP Venue NOT open to the Public
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  • Shanghai Museum

    Description: As a museum of ancient Chinese art, Shanghai Museum houses a collection of 120,000 precious works of art. Its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy is specially celebrated in the world. Its unique architectural form of a round top with a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese philosophy that the square earth is under the round sky, is a distinguished architectural combination of traditional feature and modern spirit. The present Shanghai Museum has eleven galleries and three special temporary exhibition halls. It extends warm welcome to the visitors from all over the world.
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  • Shaolin Temple

    Description: Founded in AD 496 during the Northern Wei dynasty, the Shaolin Temple was built in honor of an Indian monk called Bodhidharma (known to the Chinese as Da Mo), founder of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism or more popularly known as Chinese Chan (or Zen) Buddhism. This temple is therefore regarded as the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism.The temple, which bore witness to the rise and fall of several dynasties, is also famous for its Martial Arts(Kung Fu). Shaolin Kung Fu is the product of the synthesis of other martial arts principles into a distinctive martial art style. An ancient Shaolin Master once said: "Study Shaolin style in great depth, then study for wisdom and train the body." This quote embodies the physical and mental strength and discipline required in the study of martial arts. In recent years, renewed interest in Kung Fu has led visitors, western & otherwise, to the steps of the temple where schooled martial arts started.
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  • Shau Kei Wan Wet Market

    Description: Shau Kei Wan Wet Market is an important social place from past to present - colors, aromas and sounds bombard you in this traditional wet market with its abundant array of fresh food and people. One important primary product of Hong Kong is marine fish. One can see fresh marine fish being distributed to outside retail market after wholesaling at Shau Kei Wan Wholesale Fish Market. Facilities for the landing and wholesale of fresh marine fish are provided. It is one of the seven wholesale fish market operated by the Fish Market Organization. It is currently the second largest in Hong Kong, after the one in Aberdeen.
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  • Sheung Wan

    Description: Sheung Wan is an area in Hong Kong, located in the north-west of Hong Kong Island, between Central and Sai Ying Pun. Administratively, it is part of the Central and Western District. The name can be variously interpreted as Upper District (occupying relatively high ground compared to Central and Wan Chai), or Gateway District (perhaps a reference to the location where the British first entered and occupied Hong Kong).
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  • Shu Fang Zhai

    Description: This is a VIP Venue NOT open to the Public Shu Fang Zhai Palace is close to Chonghua Palace. Constructed from the basis of a former price residence, the Lodge consists of a courtyard and an "I" shaped building. It is characterized by two stages. The large one is located in the courtyard and is the largest one-story stage in the Imperial Palace. The small one is in the west of the rear hall of the building and was mainly used to perform highlights of operas during imperial family banquets. All the furniture inside Shu Fang Zhai is original relics from the Qing Dynasty. Shu Fang Zhai was also used as the study by the most famous emperor of Qing Dynasty, Emperor Qianlong. Around the New Years Day, the emperor would accept congratulations from officials and invite them to the large stage to watch operas. From the first to the tenth day of the first lunar month during the Qianlong period (1736-1795), the emperor would choose an auspicious day to treat a small group of officials here with the tea of three purities, which include fingered citron, plum blossoms, and line nuts. Since 1925, the very year when the Palace Museum (Forbidden City Museum) was established, Shu Fang Zhai was used as the VIP reception chamber for heads of states and dignitaries.
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  • Shudu Lake

    Description: East of Shangri-La, Shudu Lake is the biggest lake in the county surrounded by an awe-inspiring landscape of plush pastures and a dense forest of fir spruce and birch. Each Spring and Summer, herds of yak and goat can be seen grazing beside the lake.
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  • Shuzheng Group of Lakes

    Description: The scenic spot of Shuzheng Qun Hai ( Shuzheng Lakes ) is the entrance to the beautiful and splendid Jiuzhaigou. With a total length of 13.8 kilometers, Shuzheng contains over 40 various lakes, big and small, which extend for about 5 kilometers, occupying 40% of the total area in Jiuzhaigou. With an elevation difference of over 100 meters, the lakes form a stair-like lake group. The water is bright blue and clear. The clay-colored calcium dykes are elegant and refined, with a lot of weeping willows, pines, cypresses and China firs grown on it. Waters of upper lake leap over bushes and trees of the dyke, arousing a lot of white spray and forming many charming water screens. The whole lake group is clearly leveled with blue water and green trees, making visitors wonder whether they have stepped into a world of fairy tales.
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  • Silver Pagoda

    Description: The 'Silver Pagoda' sits next to the Royal Palace, separated by a walled walkway, but within the same larger walled compound. The Silver Pagoda's proper name is Wat Preah Keo Morokat, which means 'The Temple of the Emerald Buddha,' but has received the common moniker 'Silver Pagoda' after the solid silver floor tiles that adorn the temple building. The pagoda compound as a whole contains several structures and gardens, the primary building being the temple Wat Preah Keo Morokat and other structures including a library, various stupas, shrines, monuments, minor buildings and the galleries of the ReamkerThe walls enclosing the pagoda are covered with frescoes depicting episodes from the Khmer version of the Ramayana.
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  • Songzanlin Monastery

    Description: Being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan near Shangri -La County, Songzanlin Monastery, also known as Guihua Monastery, is situated in the high altitude region over 3,300 meters (about 10,827 feet) high. The monastery is located, at the foot of Foping Mountain. Construction began in 1679 and was completed in 1681. It is said that the Fifth Dalai Lama chose the site of the monastery through divination and named it "Gedan Songzanlin Monastery." During its time of greatest prosperity, there were more than 3,000 monks in the temple. Built along the mountains with a magnificent facade, the present monastery is a faithful imitation of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Two main lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang, command the highest position in the architectural complex. They are both Tibetan-style watchtowers and are surrounded by eight sub-lamaseries and the dormitories or the lamas. A five-story Tibetan-style building serves as the main hall in this monastery. Seen from the distance, the gilded copper stupa at the top of the structure and the gilded copper tiles seem to shine eternally in the plateau sunlight. Brightened with numerous butter-oil lamps, the hall can hold 1,600 lamas sitting in meditation or chanting the Buddhist scriptures. The monastery has many treasures. The most famous are the eight gold-covered sculptures of Sakyamuni, fashioned between the time of the Fifth and Seventh Dalai Lamas.
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  • Spruce Plateau

    Description: Also named 'Splendid Vale,’ the Spruce Plateau is a large meadow hiding behind a primeval forest. It lies at the foot of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and is encircled by lofty spruces. An excellent environment makes the plateau just fairies' bower. The plateau is located at an altitude of over 3,000 meters (approx. 9,843 feet). Standing on the plateau, you will feast your eyes on a vast extent of verdant meadow which is both quiet and beautiful. Every year in spring and summer, flourishing green grass and colorful flowers are all over. In autumn, the color of the plateau changes to orange. In winter, the plateau wrapped with white snow offers you another kind of beauty. Animals like yak, scalpers and goats wander here, dipping their heads from time to time to gnaw the fresh grass. Far away, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is huge and rises high into the air beside the plateau, seeming to overlook the meadow. What separate the plateau and the mountain is a forest lying on the edge of the plateau. In the forest, trees are lofty and deadwood and lichen are everywhere, making the forest looks like a fairyland that hasn't been disturbed by the outside world for a thousand years.
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  • Stanley Market

    Description: Stanley Market is situated in Stanley New Street near the Stanley food market, located on a peninsula on the southeastern part of Hong Kong Island. It is an array of small shops and street stalls, selling everything from luxury luggage items to cheap brand name clothes.
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  • Stone Forest (Shi Lin)

    Description: The world-famous Stone Forest lies within Lunan County. Owing to the weathering process through the millennia there finally came into being a typical karst physiognomy-a most enchanting sight of fantastic stone pillars, and reputed as the "Number One Grand Spectacle on earth". Many beautiful legends originate in this magical place, passed along by the native people known as Sani, a branch of the Yi ethnic group. One particular story about the faithful love of Ashima, a beautiful, clever and warm-hearted Sani girl, is the most popular and has been told for thousands of years. The Sani people celebrate their national festival - the Torch Festival - every lunar year on June 24. They take part in traditional performances such as wrestling, bull fighting, pole-climbing, dragon-playing, and lion-dancing and the Axi Moon Dance. During this time, the Stone Forest is alive with a particularly joyful, festive atmosphere, making the area even more attractive than usual. However, the Stone Forest - with its sculptures engraved by nature, herself - is always a true miracle for visitors to behold.
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  • Sugong Pagoda

    Description: The Su Gong Tower (Sugong Tower, Su Gong Ta) located in the central area of Xinjiang Province, is about 2 kilometers from the Turphan City. It is a famous Islamic tower and has another name "Turphan Tower. The Su Gong Tower is a typical tower of Islamic characteristics. It has a cylinder body made of yellow bricks standing 37 meters high. The outside decorated with the traditional minority tribe's flower patterns such as rhombic, water ripples, hill, four-petal-pattern, etc. There are 14 windows in total from the top to the bottom. Each window is different in height and direction. There has 72 steps spiraling from the foot to the top. The top of the tower takes a shape like a fighter's armor. It is so strange to find no sills or girders inside the tower. The suspended path of bricks spirals upward and sustains the whole weight of the body. Visitors tracing the oblique steps will get a beautiful Birdseye view of the whole landscape from the top. If you are planning to take a trip in Western China area, start from Turphan City and then Flaming Mountain, Sugong Tower and then on to many other tourists attractions in the area will be a good start.
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  • Sumida River Cruise

    Description: The Sumida River branches from the Arakawa River at Iwabuchi and flows into Tokyo Bay. Its tributaries include the Kanda and Shakujii rivers. Sumida River was once the path of the Ara-kawa, but towards the end of the Meiji era, the main flow of the Ara-kawa was diverted to prevent flooding. The cruise ship provides a perfect vantage point to appreciate the harmonious blend of old and new Tokyo.
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  • Symphony of Lights

    Description: A Symphony of Lights is a synchronized building exterior decorative light and laser multimedia display, featuring 44 buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbor of Hong Kong accompanied by music. The technology was developed by Australian firm Laservision and cost approximately 44 million HK dollars. It has attracted over 4 million visitors and locals so far, and is held every night for ten minutes.
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  • Ta Prohm

    Description: Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara Located approximately one kilometer east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray near Tonle Bati, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.
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  • Taipa Houses Museum

    Description: The Taipa Houses Museum is located at Avenida da Praia in Taipa. It is a row of beautifully-restored houses including the Macanese House, the House of Islands, the House of Portugal Regions, and the Exhibition Gallery. It is very peaceful and serene, unlike the hustle-bustle and noisy surrounding of the city. You can just sit down and relax on the benches and admire the view of the sea, and see the Cotai Strip that's currently under construction.
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  • Tam Kung Temple

    Description: Tam Kung Temple is dedicated to Lord Tam, a Taoist god of the sea. In Chinese folk legends, Tam Kung was one of gods who could forecast the weather. He was born in Huizhou Prefecture. It was said that he could cure patients in his childhood. Tam Kung became an immortal in heaven at the age of twenty in the Nine-dragon Mountain in Huizhou. He was granted an honor in the Qing Dynasty.
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  • Tangdui Village

    Description: This village is 30 km away from Shangri-la city. It's famous for black pottery made by its local villagers. There are 148 families here totaling about 800 people. Over 50% of the village families are black pottery makers. The history of making pottery in this village dates back over 3000 years. The traditional way of making pottery is handed down from generation to generation. In ancient times, villagers use pottery to trade for rice, salt, tea, oil and everything they need for their livelihood. They use clay to make hot pot, tea pot, and fire pot, vase, incense burner and butter lamp. In this village tourists not only can learn how to make pottery, but can also enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn about Tibetan daily life.
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  • Tasaki Pearl Gallery

    Description: At Tasaki Pearl Gallery, guests will be given the opportunity to view the process of pearl cultivation. There is also the option to participate in a contest, the winner of which will receive a cultured pearl.
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  • Tay Ninh

    Description: Tay Ninh is a town in southwestern Vietnam. It is the capital of Tay Ninh province, which encompasses the town and much of the surrounding farmland. Tay Ninh is approximately 90 km to the northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's largest city. The city is most famous for being the home of the Cao Dai religion, an indigenous Vietnamese faith that includes the teachings of the major world religions. The Cao Dai religion's Holy See, built between 1933 and 1955, is located around 5 km to the east of Tay Ninh's town centre.
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  • Temple of Heaven

    Description: Temple of Heaven was built in 1,420 in the Ming Dynasty, which is the most holy of all Beijing's imperial temples. This is where the Emperor came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. True to the Chinese saying, “Round Heaven, Square Earth.” The park is in a square shape and the temple in a round shape which symbolizes that the emperor had to leave the Earth (represented by the square) for Heaven (represented by the round-roofed building).
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  • Temple of Literature

    Description: The Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam is the country's oldest and foremost monument to education. The 1,000-year-old city of Hanoi predates the Temple of Literature only by a few dozen years. The Temple's grounds are home to two distinct but related institutions: the shrine to Confucius named Van Mieu, and the former university for mandarins called Quoc Tu Giam, literally the "Temple of the King Who Distinguished Literature". The former was first built in 1070, and the latter was established in 1076. The Vietnamese King Ly Thanh Tong first built Van Mieu to honor Confucius, revered as a paragon of learning in a bureaucracy that was heavily influenced by the neighboring Chinese. Six years later, Quoc Tu Giam was opened to educate the growing civil service, becoming in effect Vietnam's first university. Originally, only the sons of mandarins were admitted.
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  • Terrace of the Leper King

    Description: The terrace of the Leper King, just north of the Terrace of Elephants, is a platform 7m high. On top of the platform stands a nude, though sexless, statue. It is another of Angkor mysteries. The original of the statue is in Phnom Penh's National Museum, and various theories have been advanced to explain its meaning Legend has it that at least two of the Angkor kings had leprosy, and the statue may represent one of them. A more likely explanation is that the statue is of Yama, the god of death, and that the terrace of the Leper King housed the royal crematorium. The front retaining walls of the terrace are decorated with at least five tiers of meticulously executed carvings of seated Apsara; other figures include kings wearing pointed diadems, armed with short double - edged swords and accompanied by the court and princesses, who are adorned with beautiful rows of pearls. The terrace, built in the late 12th century, between the construction of Angkor Wat and the Bayon, once supported a pavilion made of lightweight materials. On the southern side of the Leper King (facing the terrace of Elephant), there is access to the front walls of a hidden terrace that was covered up when the outer structure was built - a terrace within a terrace. The four tiers of apsara and other figures, including naga, look as fresh as if they had been carved yesterday and some of the figures carry fearsome expressions.
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  • The Bund (Waitan)

    Description: The Bund (Waitan) is one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. "Bund" derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront and that is what it was in the beginning when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. Located on the west bank of a bend (running north and south at this point) in the Huangpu River and just south of Suzhou Creek, the Bund became the site of some of the earliest foreign settlements after Shanghai was opened as one of five "Treaty Ports" in the Treaty of Nanjing that ended the Opium War in 1842. Because of its proximity to the Yangtze (Changjiang) River--the path into central China, Shanghai grew rapidly as the economic center of foreign interests.
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  • The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

    Description: The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a non-profit organization engaged in wildlife research, captive breeding, conservation education, and educational tourism. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987, with six giant pandas rescued from the wild. Today (2008) our captive population has increased to 83 individuals from that founding population of only six. Genetic diversity in the population is sustained by the exchange of preserved genetic material with other facilities. We are very proud that we have not taken any giant pandas from the wild for 20 years. This demonstrates our unique and uncompromising commitment to the conservation of the wild population and the healthy growth of the captive population.
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  • The Cheoung Ek Museum

    Description: Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh is actually a memorial now. The place had become really popular after the mass killings of the Cambodian population in the years between 1975 and1979. The bodies were found at Choeung Ek during the Khmer regime and most of the dead were known to each other as they had stayed together at the Tuol Sleng prisons. The mass graves contained almost 8,895 bodies and the place has been associated with gruesome past of Cambodia. Attractions of the Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh The Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh houses many important attractions. The Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh is actually a memorial which has become the resting place for the numerous souls who have perished here after the Khmer Regime. The museum cum Genocide center is a very attractive tourist destination as the center houses as many as 5,000 skulls and other remains of the human body. The place stands as a horrifying remainder of the atrocities inflicted on the innocent. However most of the human remains have been shattered and destroyed as they were too gruesome for human viewing. In order to reach the Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh Cambodia one would find access to the museum very easily available. Tourists can travel to the center either by buses and cars. One can afford to miss the Cheoung Ek Museum in Phnom Penh as it happens to be one of the historic and best Museums in Phnom Penh.
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  • The Eastern Tibetan Training Institute

    Description: The Eastern Tibetan Training Institute is a non-profit organization focused on giving local Tibetan students the vocational skills they'll need to succeed in the rapidly developing tourism economy of the Shangri-La regions For more information, visit the Eastern Tibetan Training Institute website
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  • The Forbidden City

    Description: Forbidden City was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties which is the largest palace complex in the world. It surrounded by 10-meter high walls and a 52-meter wide moat. It covers 74 hectares and has 9,999 rooms. In the forbidden city, you can get more knowledge about the eastern architecture, splendid painted and beautiful craftwork.
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  • The Great Wall

    Description: The Great Wall is perhaps China's most famous and most mythologized site. Several sections are conveniently visited from Beijing, including at Badaling, the most popular site, about 70 km (43 mi.) northwest of Beijing and at Mutianyu, 90 km (56 mi.) northeast of Beijing. These impressive brick and earth structures date from the Ming dynasty, when the wall was fortified against Mongol forces to the north. The Ming wall is about 26 feet tall and 23 feet wide at the base, and could accommodate up to six horsemen riding abreast. Watch towers, built on high points every 200-300 meters or so with small garrison forces, used fire signals or fireworks as a means of communication. These stretches of the wall are part of a system that extends from the Shanhaiguan fortress on the Bohai Gulf in the east to the Jiayuguan fortress in the west, altogether some 6000 km (3700 mi).
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  • The House of Dancing Water

    Description: After 5 years in development and $250 million spent, "The House of Dancing Water" is now showing at City of Dreams, Macau. It is a unique creation by Franco Dragone, whose shows have been seen by over 65 million spectators worldwide. The show will be housed in a theater designed with many breakthroughs including a stage pool that holds a record-breaking 3.7 million gallons of water, equivalent to 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools. This will provide the setting for the birth of an epic love story and spectacular journey through time, showcasing dazzling costumes, special effects and record breaking acts never seen before in a theater.
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  • The Jade Buddha Monastery

    Description: The Jade Buddha Monastery is famous for the Jade Buddhas in it. During the rule of Emperor Guang Xu of the Qing dynasty, Hui Gen, an abbot from Putuo Mountain, went on a pilgrimage to Tibet traveling through China and finally arriving in Burma. He found Burma to be rich in jade and superb in craftsmanship. He wanted to bring carved jade Buddha back to China. He obtained donation of over 20,000 taels of silver and got special permission from the Burmese king to dig and select jade in the mountains. He hired excellent jade carvers to carve five jade Buddhas in various sizes, all decorated with treasured stones and big pearls. On his way back from Burma, he left two Buddha carvings in Shanghai for the Buddhist disciples there to worship.
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  • The Jokang Temple

    Description: Included on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple is located in central Lhasa in Tibet. With an area of 25,100 square meters (about six acres), it is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The Jokang Temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top. It adopted the architectural styles of the Tang Dynasty, as well as those of Tibet and Nepal. Standing in the square of the Jokang Temple, one can view the entire complex. On the square there are two steles, one recording an alliance between the king of Tibet and the emperor of the Tang, the other portraying the teaching of the Tibetan people of how to prevent and treat smallpox, a once incurable disease in Tibet. In the eastern section of the yard there are rows of votive lights. These flicking lights provide a path leading all the way to the main hall. The main hall, over 1,300 years old, is the oldest shrine of the complex. Above the major entrance, there is a Dharma Wheel (chakra) flanked by two deer. This represents the unity of all things and symbolizes Sakyamuni himself. On both sides of the passageway, paintings showing the building of the temple and renderings of the temple from the seventh century are adorned on the wall. The statue of Sakyamuni at age 12 sits in the middle of the hall. It has been gilded many times and decorated elaborately with jewels typical of Tibet. Statues of King Songtsem Gampo, Princess Wen Cheng and Princess Bhrikuti are on the second floor. On the top floor, there are four gilded bronze tile tops crafted in the emblematical Tang style. The statue of Sakyamuni is a rare treasure. When Sakyamuni was alive, he disagreed with the idea of 'personal worship' and did not allow likenesses of himself to be created. Only three statues, designed by he himself, were permitted to be sculpted during his lifetime. The first is a likeness of him at age eight; the second shows him at age twelve when he was still a prince of India; and the third is of him as an adult. The statue kept in the Jokang Temple is the statue of Sakyamuni at age eight. It was presented to the king of the Tang Dynasty and brought to Tibet by Princess Wen Cheng.
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  • The Old Town of Lijiang

    Description: The Old Town of Lijiang, a well-preserved old city of ethnic minorities with brilliant culture, is a central town of the Lijiang Autonomous County of the Naxi Ethnic Minority in Yunnan Province. Located on the plateau which is 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) above the sea level and embraced by the tree-covered Lion Mountain in the west, Elephant and Golden Row Mountains in the north, vast fertile fields in the southeast and crystal clear water running through, the old town looks like a big jade ink slab, hence, got the alias name, the Town of Big Ink Slab (Dayanzhen).
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  • The Old Town of Shangri-la

    Description: The Old town of Shangri-la is made up of traditional wooden Tibetan homes, religious buildings alleys and squares. It is distinct from the newly developed town that has grown alongside it. You will be able to see the old versus the new architecture and appreciate the difference in time and history.
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  • The Potala Palace

    Description: Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. Early legends concerning the rocky hill tell of a sacred cave, considered to be the dwelling place of the Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara) that was used as a meditation retreat by Emperor Songtsen Gampo in the seventh century AD. In 637 Songtsen Gampo built a palace on the hill. This structure stood until the seventeenth century, when it was incorporated into the foundations of the greater buildings still standing today. Construction of the present palace began in 1645 during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama and by 1648 the Potrang Karpo, or White Palace, was completed. The Potrang Marpo, or Red Palace, was added between 1690 and 1694; its construction required the labors of more than 7000 workers and 1500 artists and craftsman. In 1922 the 13th Dalai Lama renovated many chapels and assembly halls in the White Palace and added two stories to the Red Palace. The Potala Palace was only slightly damaged during the Tibetan uprising against the invading Chinese in 1959. Unlike most other Tibetan religious structures, it was not sacked by the Red Guards during the 1960s and 1970s, apparently through the personal intervention of Chou En Lai. As a result, all the chapels and their artifacts are very well preserved. From as early as the eleventh century the palace was called Potala. This name probably derives from Mt. Potala, the mythological mountain abode of the Bodhisattva Chenresi (Avilokiteshvara / Kuan Yin) in southern India. The Emperor Songtsen Gampo had been regarded as an incarnation of Chenresi. Given that he founded the Potala, it seems likely that the hilltop palace of Lhasa took on the name of the Indian sacred mountain. The Potala Palace is an immense structure, its interior space being in excess of 130,000 square meters. Fulfilling numerous functions, the Potala was first and foremost the residence of the Dalai Lama and his large staff. In addition, it was the seat of Tibetan government, where all ceremonies of state were held; it housed a school for religious training of monks and administrators; and it was one of Tibet's major pilgrimage destinations because of the tombs of past Dalai Lamas. Within the White Palace are two small chapels, the Phakpa Lhakhang and the Chogyal Drubphuk; dating from the seventh century, these chapels are the oldest surviving structures on the hill and also the most sacred. The Potala's most venerated statue, the Arya Lokeshvara, is housed inside the Phapka Lhakhang, and it draws thousands of Tibetan pilgrims each day.
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  • The Ruins of Jiaohe

    Description: The ancient city of Jiaohe was first built by the people of Jushi during the time span from the 2nd century BC to the middle of the 5th century AD, and was prosperous in the Qu's Gaochang Period and Tang Dynaties (5th- 8th century AD). In the 9th century-14th century AAD, the political center of Uyghurian Gaochang State shifted to the ancient cities of Gaochang and Beiting, and the city of Jiaohe began to decline since then.In the time of Jagatai.
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  • The Sera Monastery

    Description: The Sera Monastery at the foot of Tatipu Hill is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. It is one of three famous monasteries in Lhasa along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. The Sera Monastery is dedicated to the Gelugpa or Yellow Hat Sect, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Tsong Khapa. Jamchen Chojey, one of Tsong Khapa's disciples built the monastery in 1419 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. The monastery is magnificent and covers an area of 114,946 square meters (28 acres). Its main buildings are the Coqen Hall, Zhacang (college) and Kamcun (dormitory). Scriptures written in gold powder, fine statues, scent cloth and unparalleled murals can be found in these halls. Colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines are held here and these employ a style distinctive from those at Lhasa's other famous monasteries .
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  • The Summer Palace

    Description: The Summer Palace landscape, dominated mainly by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is under water. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures. The Summer Palace is a monument to classical Chinese architecture, in terms of both garden design and construction. Borrowing scenes from surrounding landscapes, it radiates not only the grandeur of an imperial garden but also the beauty of nature in a seamless combination that best illustrates the guiding principle of traditional Chinese garden design: "The works of men should match the works of Heaven".
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  • The Three Gorges Project

    Description: The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River has been a dream for generations and will be one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by mankind. This great dam, the largest of its kind in the world, will provide China with tremendous power generation and flood control services. It was in 1992 that the Chinese Government finally gave the go ahead for the scheme, some seventy years after Dr. Sun Yet-Sen, pioneer of the Chinese democratic revolution, first proposed the idea. The Three Gorges Dam Project shows rapid change with each passing day. To develop tourism, the China Three Gorges Dam Project Corporation built the Tanziling to enable visitors to see the panorama of Three Gorges from the highest point of the building site. The exhibition house and environmental garden are located in the dam area, which includes the natural scenic spot Maogongshan and the old architecture Huangling Temple. Combined, these highlight the beauty of science and culture while showing the value of the Three Gorges Dam Project in China's water Conservancy effort.
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  • The Toul Sleng Genocide Museum

    Description: The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is a museum in Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The site is a former high school which was used as the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng in Khmer; means "Hill of the Poisonous Trees" or "Strychnine Hill".
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  • The Venetian Hotel Casino Floor

    Description: The Venetian Macau casino floor will boast the world's biggest casino (some 600,000 square feet of gambling space, about five times the size of your state-of-the-art Vegas gaming floor) and is home to 870 table games and more than 3,400 slot machines - with room to expand to 6,000. Together with the Wynn and Sands Casino this southern coastal Chinese city of Macau surpasses the Las Vegas Strip as the world's most lucrative gambling center.
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  • Three Travelers' Cave, Yichang

    Description: The cave is 10 kilometers away from City of Yichang. Its great mountains, beautiful rivers, and charming landscapes are like a giant painting. Three Travelers' Cave is located in a deep valley; it is warm in winter and cool in summer with great and beautiful views. The cave is about 30 meters deep, 23 meters in width and is about 9 meters high. Inside the cave, there are many stalagmites; the three main stalagmites divided the cave into two chambers. The chamber near the front is wide and bright, along the walls there are more than 40 stone tablets. The tablets caved with poems and prose made from the famous poets when they tour this area. The other chamber is gloomy and deep with great many strange stalactites. If you throw a rock at those stalactites, you will hear the echo sound of a bell, yet when the rock falls in to the water you will hear the echo sound of a drum. This is one of the reasons this cave became tourist attraction. The origin of this cave may be traced back to the Tang Dynasty. In 819, three Tang Dynasty poets, Bai Juyi, his brother Bai Xingjian and Yuan Zhen, met in Yichang and made an excursion to this site. While enjoying the spectacular scenery, they inscribed some poems on the cave walls. Afterwards they were considered as the 'First Three Travelers'.
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  • Tiananmen Square

    Description: Tiananmen Square is the largest downtown square in the world. It covers an area of 44 hectares, big enough to hold one million people. Here is the most sacred place for Chinese people. Beijing is the heart of China, and Tiananmen Square is the heart of Beijing.
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  • Tiane Hai

    Description: Tiane Hai ( Swan Lake ) is a semi-marsh lake with an altitude of 2905 meters. There are different kinds of plants: green grasses, wild flowers etc. growing in the broad lake. A flow of clear water winds through the swamp. Swans and wild ducks pay their frequent calls here.
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  • Tianmenshan Mountain

    Description: Tianmenshan Mountain is uniquely skyscraping and domineering. Tianmen cave the natural mountain-penetrating karst cave with the highest elevation in the world, hangs on the towering cliff. The cave become the unique sight under heaven and breeds the profound and grand heaven culture of Fairy Mountain in the local area. Tianmenshan Mountain is the second national forest park in Zhangjiajie. On the mountaintop are intact sub-primitive forests with overflowing wild atmosphere in all the seasons. In addition, the densely populated karst hillocks and karrens plus the mating of strange rocks and graceful trees. Create a grand garden of bonsai as if blessed by the God. Tianmenshan Mountain Temple, with an area of over 10000 square meters, has been honored as a pilgrimage site ever since the Ming Dynasty. It is the Buddhist center of Western Hunan.
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  • Tianzi Mountain (Tianzishan)

    Description: Tianzi Mountain, Tianzishan natural reserve is situated between Zhangjiajie National Forest Park and Suoxi Valley natural reserve and covers an area of 93 sq km. The highest peak is 1,260 meters (4,130ft) above sea level and provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Waterfalls, bridges, stone forests and caves are found throughout the mountains. Tianzishan is known for 4 natural spectacles - the clouds of mist that circle the peaks of the mountain, the amazing views of the rising sun, the moonlit nights and snowcapped winter peaks. They include more than 80 natural platforms to take in the magnificent scenery.
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  • Tiger Hill (Suzhou)

    Description: The hill, 3.5 kilometers northwest of the city, is surrounded by rivers and covered with pine and plum trees. On the hill stands the Yunyan Pagoda, Suzhou's oldest pagoda built in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and the Duanliang (Broken Beam) Hall built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), which is known for its unique beams. On the hill also lies the Jianchi Pond, under which the tomb of the King of the Wu State, He Lu, in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 B.C.- 467 B.C.) was built. With a dozen of other scenic spots, the hill is noted as the first tourist attraction in Suzhou.
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  • Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Description: Tiger Leaping Gorge is no doubt an independent hiker's first choice in China . This magnificent gorge holds several peaks at both sides up to 6000 meters. Around 15 km in length, the gorge is located where the river passes between 5,596 meters Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and 5,396 meters Haba Xueshan in a series of rapids under steep 2000 meter cliffs. Legend says that in order to escape from a hunter, a tiger jumped across the river at the narrowest point (25 meters wide), hence the name.
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  • Tōdaiji Temple

    Description: Tōdaiji is a Buddhist temple complex located in the city of Nara, Japan. Its Great Buddha Hall, which is also the largest wooden building in the world, houses the world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana, known in Japanese simply as Daibutsu. The temple also serves as the Japanese headquarters of the Kegon school of Buddhism. The temple is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site as “Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara.” Sika deer, regarded as messengers of the gods in the Shinto religion, roam the grounds freely.
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  • Tokyo Tower

    Description: Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 332.5 m (1,091 ft) in height, it is the second tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. Built in 1958, the tower's main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening. FootTown, a 4-story building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-story Main Observatory is located at 150 m (490 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250m (820 ft).
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  • Tonle Sap Lake

    Description: Tonle Sap is South East Asia's largest natural fresh water lake and has been the essence of Cambodia's existence for millennia. This shallow lake flows into the Tonle Sap River which joins the Mekong River in Phnom Penh. Take a morning boat trip and cruise across the massive Tonle Sap Lake is a fantastic way to experience floating villages with centuries-old lifestyle of the inhabitants at slow pace. The large floodplain, rich biodiversity, and high annual sediment from the Mekong makes the Tonle Sap one of the world's most productive fisheries, supporting over 3 million people. The Tonle Sap boasts unique geograpical characteristics. Firstly, its flow changes direction twice a year and secondly, the part that forms the lake expands and shrinks dramatically with the seasons. During the dry season from November to May, the Tonle Sap drains into the Mekong River at Phnom Penh. However, in June, the beginning of monsoon, the Tonle Sap backs up to form a gigantic lake. Discover local life style, friendly children in small boats and fishermen pulling in morning catch.
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  • Tran Quoc Pagoda

    Description: This pagoda is situated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between West Lake and Tran Bach Lake. Founded in the early sixth century during the Ly Dynasty, it was moved from next to the Red River to its current location in the early 17th century. In the gardens stands a bodhi tree, taken from a cutting of the original tree, under which Buddha sat and achieved enlightenment. The island and pagoda provide a beautiful backdrop, particularly when viewed at sunset. Visitors must be decently attired and long trousers are required for men.
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  • Tujia Folk Custom Park

    Description: Tujia Folk Custom Park has been greatly applauded by the tourists from all over the world these years. It is nicknamed "a window to see through the facts of Tujia ethnic group" in China. Covering an area of over 5 hectares, the park is mainly built to display Tujia people's folk custom in different aspects, such as architecture, food, agriculture, dance, songs, customs, military art etc. Most of the buildings here are constructed with wood and stone with the characteristics of carved girder and painted columns, upturned eaves. In the park, tourists can enjoy very traditional programs performed by the local Tujia people. In April, 2001, former premier Zhu Rongji visited the Tujia Folk Custom Park and gave a high appraisal of it. In September, 2002, the park successfully held a large-scale Maogusi Dance Party. This activity and its Nine-layer Diaojiaolou Building were listed in the Guinness World Record. In January,2004, the park was designated as the 4A National Tourist Attraction by CNTA (China National Tourism Administration)
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  • Ueno Shopping District

    Description: Ueno has a popular shopping district with many shops selling reasonably-priced goods. Some of its most notable parts are Ameyoko and Takeya. Ameyoko is a packed shopping bazaar full of stalls selling almost anything you can imagine. If you are looking for a more typically "Asian" market street in Tokyo, with bargaining expected and friendly vendors trying to out-shout each other, this is it. Takeya is a discount store, the oldest in the Tokyo city. It sells an abundant numbers of goods at a reasonable price, from foods to watches to medicine.
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  • Vegetarian Meals in Lin Yin Temple

    Description: Vegetarian meals in Lin Yin Temple are the best vegetarian meal ever in Hangzhou. It does not open to the public, but if someone ever had the karma to taste the food there, it would be considered a very honorable experience. The ingredients are all strictly selected like the discipline of Buddhism. Cooking of the temple adopts folk vegetarian cooking skills and the essence of the royal family. And the knife using skill is extraordinarily delicate. Beside color, aroma and taste, the shape of each dish are wonderful and imitated the nature remarkably true to life. The clergy celebrities from Southeast Asia countries, who had meals in the abstinence hall, all praised the vegetarian food in Linyin Temple to the utmost.
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  • Victoria Peak

    Description: Victoria Peak is a mountain in Hong Kong documented as The Peak and Mount Austin locally. The mountain is located in the western half of the Hong Kong Island. With an altitude of 1,810 ft, it is the highest mountain on the island, although far from the highest Tai Mo Shan in the territory. It is also known to have the highest land value in the world, with many of the Super-Rich residing here. Because of its view, history and spectacular location Victoria Peak is strongly attached with an air of prestige. The actual summit of Victoria Peak is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area comprises a mixture of publicly accessible parkland, and high-value residential land, and it is this area that is normally meant by the name The Peak. The Peak offers spectacular views over central Hong Kong, the harbor and surrounding islands, and is a major tourist attraction.
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  • Wai Gao Qiao

    Description: Shanghai Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Development Co., Ltd. develops and manages the properties in Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai's Pudong New Area. The Company develops and leases commercial and residential properties, manages hotel, invests in the goods trading business, and provides logistics services Shanghai. The Waigaiqiao Free Trade Zone handles over 60% of the total volume of all the Free Trade Zones in China. It handles the logistics of over 9000 companies. The company is a state owned enterprise under the Pudong Government and trades on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (Stock Number 600648) and has a market capitalization of over USD 1.3 billion.
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  • Wangjiang Tower Garden

    Description: Located on the south bank of Jinjiang River, Chengdu, Wangjiang (in Chinese, overlooking the river) Tower Park is one of three famous cultural relics in Chengdu, along with Wuhou Memorial Temple and the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu. While Wuhou Temple honors the legendary minister of Shu, Zhuge Liang, and Du Fu Cottage honors the Sage of Poetry, Wangjiang Tower is dedicated to a woman, Xue Tao, a poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Since in the past women lacked social status, the story of Xue Tao is all the more fascinating. Bamboos will get your attention as you enter the park. Xue Tao loved bamboo; over 150 kinds of bamboos from home and abroad grow here in her honor. Wangjiang Tower Park with its elegant garden of bamboo is the finest in Chengdu . The 39-meter (128-foot) high Wangjiang Tower is the greatest building in the park. Of the four stories of the tower, the upper two are octagonal while the lower two are square with every eave layer exquisitely decorated with sculptures.
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  • Wangshi Garden (Suzhou)

    Description: Wang Shi Garden, or Garden of the Master of the Fishing Nets, was originally the residence of Shi Zhenglong, a high official of the Song court who built it after he retired. The whole compound is made up of a garden and living quarters. The garden is located in the west, with a lake serving as the central point of the layout. On the lakeshores, corridors, pavilions, stone bridges and rockeries compose a scene of rich attractions. New York Metropolitan Museum of Art built a Chinese garden on the platform of the museum's second floor modeling after the Dianchunyi (Late Spring Studio) of the Wangshi Garden.
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  • Wat Phnom

    Description: A small hill crowned by an active wat marks the legendary founding place of Phnom Penh. The hill is the site of constant activity, with a steady stream of the faithful trekking to the vihear, shrines and fortune tellers on top and a constellation of vendors, visitors and motodups at the bottom. Elephant rides available. The legend of the founding of Wat Phnom is tied to the beginnings of Phnom Penh. Legend has it that in 1372 Lady Penh fished a floating Koki tree out of the river. Inside the tree were four Buddha statues. She built a hill (Phnom means hill) and a small temple ( wat means temple) at what is now the site known as Wat Phnom. Later, the surrounding area became known after the hill and its creator, hence the name of the city "Phnom Penh". The large stupa contains the remains of King Ponhea Yat who moved the Khmer capital from Angkor to Phnom Penh the early 15th century. Look for the altar of Lady Penh between the large stupa and the vihear. She is said to be of particular help to women.
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  • Wenshuyuan

    Description: Wenshuyuan or Wenshu Monastery, located in the northern part of the city in western Sichuan Province, is the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu . It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City . Initially built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wenshu Monastery was once called Xinxiang Temple. In 1681, during the reign of Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Cidu, an accomplished Buddhist monk, came to the monastery. He built a simple hut between two trees and for several years lived an ascetic life there. Legend has it when Cidu was being cremated; the statue of Wensu (Bodhisattva Manjusri in Sanskrit) appeared in the flames, staying for a long time. So people regarded Cidu as the reincarnation of the Bodhisattva Manjusri. Thereafter, Xinxiang Temple became Wenshu Monastery. Cultural relics are the highlights of Wenshu Monastery. Since the Tang and Song dynasties, over 500 pieces of painting and calligraphy by celebrities have been stored here. In addition to its cultural relics, Wenshu Monastery is famous for its exquisite garden and solemn halls. Tourists and locals can enjoy tea in the Tea House while listening to music by folk artists.
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  • West Lake

    Description: The famous West Lake is like a brilliant pearl embedded in the beautiful and fertile shores of the East China Sea near the mouth of the Hangzhou Bay. The lake covers an area of 5.6 square kilometers. The view of the West Lake is simply enchanting, which offers many attractions for tourists at home and abroad. On the gateway were inscribed four Chinese characters "Hao Qi Chang Chun" by Dr. SunYat-sen, meaning "Eternal Noble Spirit". Two-hundred-metre paveway lined with evergreen cypress trees lead to the Martyrs Tomb. Behind the tomb is a memorial wall made of stones. On the top stands the Statue of Liberty, symbolizing the martyrs' noble spirit of fighting for freedom and democracy. Near the tomb are pine trees planted by Dr. Sun Yatsen, Lin Shen and Jinlian Wu. That still stand tall and straight. Along the south path dozens of stone tablets are inscribed with epitaphs such as "Soul of Freedom"Immortal Spirit". Two stone dragon pillars, each more than three meters tall, stand opposite each other on both sides of the path. In addition to the Martyrs' Tomb, there are other revolutionary forerunners' tombs in the park. They are General Dawei Pan. General Zhongyuan Deng, General Xianri Yang, Mr. Ru Feng, Mr. Jianru Shi. The park also contains Huanghua Well, Huanghua Pavilion, Silent Pond, Square Pond, Octagonal Pavilion, Huanghua gardens, tennis courts and other scenic spots and activities services.
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  • White Horse Temple

    Description: (Baima Temple) is located 12 km away from Luoyang City. Established by the Han Dynasty in 68 AD when Buddhism started to spread, this temple is believe to be the first Buddhist temple built by the government in China. According to historical records, Emperor Ming of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 - 220 AD) once sent his minister on a diplomatic mission to western region to learn about Buddhism. After finished study, they came back with two eminent Indian dignitary monks - She Moteng and Zhu Falan, and a white horse carried the sutra and the figure of Buddha. In order to memorialize the white horse's contribution of taking back the sutra, Emperor Ming ordered the construction of the temple and named it White Horse Temple.White Horse Temple was regarded as the "originating court" and the "cradle of Chinese Buddhism" by the Buddhist disciples. Since its establishment, White Horse Temple has experienced vicissitudes of centuries. It was rebuilt for several times, in which the restoration during the reign of Emperor Wu Zetian was especially notable in its large scale.
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  • Women's Handicraft Center

    Description: Shangri-La Women's Handicraft Center is located in the heart of the old town which is supported by Yunnan Mountain Heritage Foundation, a non-profit community based organization. Summer is the busiest time for women in rural areas around Shangri-la with the harvest of mushrooms in full swing, yaks out to pasture, fields to be tended. At the Women's Handicraft Center , visitors can see weaving demonstrations of carpets and other handicrafts done on looms.
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  • Wuhua Hai

    Description: Wuhua Hai ( Five Flower Lake ) is elevated 2472 meters and is 5 meters deep. It is the pride of the whole Jiuzhaigou. Due to different water depths and silts on the bottom, the Lake's waters assume a variety of colors, such as light yellow, dark green, deep blue, jadeite, under the sun light, they are as colorful and beautiful as a peacock's feathers. Looking down at the lake, you can even see water bubbling out of a well in the bottom of the lake.
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  • Xi'an City Wall

    Description: Xi'an City Wall initially built during the old Tang dynasty (618-907) and ZhuYuanzhang,the first emperor of Ming dynasty, rebuilt the wall, creating the modern Xi'an City Wall. The wall now stands 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide at the top and 15-18 meters thick at the bottom. It covers13.7 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world.
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  • Xian Museum

    Description: The Xian Museum in the west displays more than 2,000 precious historical relics. In the central axis, there are the White-Clothing Pavilion, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Sutra Depository, the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian) and the Maitreya Pavilion in the Jianfu Temple. Verdant trees, grass and beautiful flowers can be found throughout the time-honored building complex. Moreover, beside the museum sits a big circular square and an artificial lake with two stone arch bridges featuring delicate designs.
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  • Xiangguo Monastery

    Description: Located at the center of Kaifeng City, it is one of renowned Buddhist Monastery in China firstly constructed in 555 AD during the period of Northern Qi Dynasty. It was firstly named Jianguo Monastery, in 712 AD, it was given the name the Great Xiangguo Temple by the Emperor Renzong in memory of his ascending to the throne of emperor from the former position of King Xiang. During the Northern Song Dynasty, it was deeply worshipped and respected by the royal family enlarging for several times, it once occupied an area as large as 500 mu of land, with 64 meditation yards, law yards under its administration, with more than 1,000 monks, being the biggest monastery in the capital city and the center of national Buddhist activities. Later, it was destroyed by floods and wars, and restored in the 10th year (1671 AD) under the reign of Emperor Kangxi in Qing Dynasty. Nowadays the temple resembles the rebuilding that was made during the Qing Dynasty, 1976, although restoration has taken place many times since then. The temple layout is still strictly in the Chinese style, the existing construction includes the Hall of Celestial King, the Hall of Great Marhavira, the Hall of Buddhism Inscriptions. In pavilion a Goddess of Mercy with thousand hands and eyes which is over 7 m high and is decorated with gold on its surface. It was made from one gingko tree trunk in the Qinglong Period of the Qing Dynasty. The Bell Pavilion is another attraction of the temple, in which stands a huge Bell cast in 33rd year of Qianlong's reign. The Bell is approximately 16.9m high and weighs over 10,000 jin. It is said that the sound of the bell can travel the longest distance when it is struck on a frosty day.
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  • Xianglong Lake Tourist Area

    Description: Xianglong Lake, located in the south of Elder Peak, is thus named because of the contour of the lake looking very much like a taking-off dragon, including its head, horns, beards, body, claws, tail, etc., complete with everything. Surrounded by plenty of peaks and precipitous cliffs, the lake makes up a picturesque and unusual beauty spot of rosy precipices combined with blue water. Natural landscapes include three mountain streams, six gorges, nine caves and eighteen peaks. Along this lake there are more than 20 points of interest, consisting of Dragon Horn Hill, Dragon Beard Ravine, Nine-Dragon Peak, Immortal-Resided Rock, Fog-Concealed Rock, Dragon-Riding Platform, etc. On the cliff sides, stone calligraphic works in relation with the Chinese dragon culture are seen in great number. Going upward along Huilong Stream to Jade-Girl Platform visitors may encounter the famous tourist attraction of Female Stone. In memory of the heroic deeds of subduing white tiger and rescuing Chinese dragon by Taoist Master Zhang, the Taoist Temple at Immortal-Resided Rock was built. Now this temple is taken charge of by the followers of Taoist Master Zhang.
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  • Xidi and Hongcun

    Description: Xidi is a village in southeastern Yixian County in Anhui province, which was declared a part of the "Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui" World Heritege Site by UNESCO in 2000 along with the village of Hongcun. Xidi was first built during the reign of emperor Huangyou during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) and was originally called Xichuan ( West River ), because of the water courses which flow through the village. The street pattern of Xidi is dominated by a main road which runs in east-west direction and is flanked by two parallel streets. These major streets are joined by many narrow alley ways. The village is famous for the 300 simple, yet graceful, Ming and Qing dynasty residences, of which 124 are well preserved with beautiful carvings and ornamentation. Hongcun is a village located near the southwest slope of Mt. Hangshan in Yixian County. The whole village was originally laid out in the shape of an ox. The spring in the center of the village was made into a pond, which was called the "Moon Pond" and regarded as the stomach of the ox. A 400-meter-long canal was dug to lead the water of the river at the western end of the village to the east. This canal runs zigzag through the village, being regarded as the intestines of the ox. The running water flows in the winding ditches to every household, and is finally gathered in a little lake at the entrance of the village. Hongcun earned great fame for its water-supply system. The waterways of the village were supposed to be designed to provide a source of washing and drinking water, and in case of emergency to extinguish the fire.
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  • Xihui Park

    Description: Xihui Park is located 2.5 kilometers west of the Wuxi City, occupying an area of 6.85 square kilometers. Situated between Mount Xi and Mount Hui where it got its name, Xihui, it is the most important scenic spot in Wuxi City. The park comprises of numerous gardens, teahouses, temples and pagodas, such as Jichang Garden.
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  • Xinjiang Provincial Museum

    Description: The Xinjiang Minority Peoples' Museum is definitely worth a visit. This museum houses an impressive collection of exhibits, covering artifacts and relics from more than 12 minority groups. The lay out and presentation of the exhibits is imaginative and the preserved bodies of men, women and babies found in tombs in Xinjiang, along with the 3000 year old mummies, make for insightful visit. The museum is divided into different sections: a Mongol wing, a Tajik exhibition, a Kasak exhibition and a Dauer people and relics display.
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  • Xiongmao Hai

    Description: With an altitude of 2587 meters, Xiongmao Hai ( Panda Lake ) is 14 meters deep, with an area of 90,000 square meters. This is also the haunting place of giant pandas. The rocks on the bank have special veins. Down in the water, there is a white rock with several black veins, looking exactly like a giant panda.
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  • Yamdrok-sto Lake

    Description: Yamdrok Yumtso (or Yamdrok-tso), one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet, lies at Nhagartse, located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the southwest of Lhasa. According to legend, it was a fairy that descended to earth. Her husband followed suit and transformed into Mt. Kampala. Besides Mt.Kampala, Yamdrok Yumtso is also surrounded by Mt. Nyinchenkhasa, Mt.Chetungsu and Mt. Changsamlhamo. Befitting its mythical feminine origins, the turquoise blue lake has indescribable scenic beauty, prompting the Tibetans to compare it with the fairyland in heaven. The lake is also called Coral Lake of the Highlands due to its shape. The charming lake produces abundant aquatic life. On the surrounding expansive pasture, animals and birds flourish in huge numbers. There are dozens of islets in the lake, on which flocks of birds roost. During the herding season, the local herdsmen will ferry their herds of sheep across to these islets since there aren't any predators on these islets, and leave them there until the onset of winter. The holy lake is also a pilgrimage site for Tibetans. Every summer, gangs of pilgrims trek there to pray and receive blessings. Pilgrims believe that its water can make the old young again, grant the middle-aged a longer life and make the children smarter. Being a sacred lake, the color of its water may be taken by the devout as having spiritual meaning. Tibetans will usually visit the lake before making important decisions. On one of the islets, stands a Nyinmapa monastery South of the lake, one finds the Sangding Monastery, which is famous as the residence of the only female high lama in Tibet
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  • Yangshuo West Street

    Description: West Street is the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. Situated at the center of Yangshuo County, West Street has become, since the 1980's, a window of eastern and western culture and the biggest 'foreign language center' in China. Visitors are attracted to West Street by its unique mix of cultures. West Street is 517 meters (1,696 feet) long and 8 meters (26 feet) wide, meandering in an 'S' along its length. Being completely paved with marble it is a typical example of a southern China street. It is greatly admired by foreigners for its simple style and courtyard-like setting. There is a saying about West Street that 'half is village while the other half is stores'. Because, at times, foreigners outnumber Chinese, West Street is also called 'foreigners' street'. Visiting West Street , you may see a multitude of items, from embroidered silk cloth, wax-painted weaving, to ethnic costumes made of batik fabric. At night, the restaurants on "Foreigner's Street" are crowded with diners. With facades decorated stylishly with tree bark, palm leaves and colorful lights, these restaurants all boast their own specialties.
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  • Yangtze River Cruise

    Description: Coursing over a distance of 6,380 kilometers, the mighty Yangtze is the longest river in China and the third longest in the world after the Amazon in South America and the Nile in Africa. It begins at Qinghai plateau at southwest, and flows through nine provinces, some major industrialized cities and into Yellow Sea after Shanghai in the east. It is also a cradle of ancient Chinese civilization. However, Yangtze River also floods every year causing lose of lives & millions of dollars. Therefore, the government decided to build dams to control the water; and Gezhouba & Three Gorges dams are born. Highlights of the cruise include the famed Three Gorges "Qutang, Wu and Xiling" showcasing dramatic scenery, deep valleys, verdant landscapes and stunning vistas; shore excursions of the Small Gorges with visits to either Shennong Stream Gorges or the Daning River; and the Three Gorges Dam Site, the world's largest construction project and an engineering marvel.
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  • Yellow Dragon Cave

    Description: Yellow Dragon Cave is more beautiful than the outside world. Day or night, without fear of rain or wind, all year long, you can delight in its wonderful scenery.The cave is of good beneficial air circulation, and is cool in the summer and war in the winter. Yellow Dragon Cave is one of the foremost scenic areas in Zhangjiajie, and was rated as one of the first 4A National Tourist Attractions in China. Also it has been honored as magical karst cave both in China and in the world.
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  • Yu Yuan Garden

    Description: Yu Yuan is a 400 year old classical Chinese garden in the Old Town of Shanghai, not far from the Bund. Pan Yunduan spent twenty years and all his savings building it to please his parents in their old age. In the garden you can feel the harmonies between the construction, plants and human.
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  • Yuanjiajie (Avatar Mount)

    Description: Located in the northwest part of the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuanjiajie is a divided by deep valleys. Added to this scene is an array of amazing lesser peaks and grotesque rocks. Each one stands in the valley and possesses its own peculiar shape. The foremost attractions in this area include: Back Garden, breathtaking Mihun Stage, and the First Bridge under the Sun.Yuanjiajie lies between Huangshi Village (yellow stone stronghold) and Tianzi Mountain (emperor mountain). From Zhangjiajie National Forest Park there are approaches to the place.
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  • Yumen Guan (Jade Gate Pass)

    Description: The Yumen Guan Pass was once the west terminal of the Great Wall built during the Han Dynasty 2100 years ago. Although it is quite ruined by the shifting sands throughout the centuries, yet it still shows the ever splendor. 98km northwest of Dunhuang, the Yumen Pass is a well-known spot at the ancient Silk Road . Caravans heading out of China would travel up the Gansu corridor to Dunhuang, the Yumen Pass was the starting point of the road which ran across the north of what is now Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and the Yang Pass was the start of the route which cut through the south of the region.
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  • Yunnan Minority village (Kunming)

    Description: Each nationality has its particularities in terms of language, religion, and in the ways of conducting themselves in relation to others, in attire, eating habits, the way of travelling, festivities, marriage, birth and burial customs, just as people say that "Yunnan has ten thousand kinds of customs and conventions". In order to exhibit the customs and conventions of the 26 nationalities in Yunnan, it is planned to build 26 natural villages, giving prominence to the architectures of various nationalities. Now eight villages have been completed and they were officially opened on February 18, 1992. The group sculpture at the entrance is called "white elephants greeting guests". When night falls, real elephants in the villages would solute to guests.
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  • Zhenzhu Tan

    Description: A stream rushes down a 20 degree slope into the Shoal splashing water about like millions of bouncing silver pearls and then goes on down to form fantastic waterfalls of various shape with thunderous roars echoed by the deep valley.
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  • Zhouzhuang

    Description: Zhouzhuang, situated between Shanghai and Suzhou, is an ancient town of Kunshan City, Jiangsu Province, abounds with rivers and lakes. Thus it is thought by many to be the best waterside town in China. This ancient town has a history of more than 900 years old with many houses built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There are about 100 houses with courtyards, and 60 of them have arch gateways made by carved bricks. With lakes on four sides, the beauty of Zhouzhuang is found, especially, along the waterside lanes and around a number of the stone bridges. A different vista at every turn can be found here. All these make the visit most enjoyable. Also, one can enjoy the fairyland atmosphere of the evenings here when the myriad stars twinkle as though in communication with the glittering lights.
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