ROUTES OF DISCOVERY
If you want to see magnificent landscapes, enjoy gourmet food and learn about traditional Chinese customs, here are 10 themed tourism routes that have recently been selected by netizens and tourism experts. Yang Feiyue reports.
4. Yellow River
The route enables visitors to take in the Yellow River, China’s second longest river, and valley and lake scenery. Many wellknown and historical sites are found along the route.
Recommended sites: Hukou Waterfall in Shanxi; Mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia; Sanmenxia reservoir, Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes in Henan; Taishan Mountain and Spring Park in Shandong.
5. Pearl River
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The route offers a taste of Lingnan culture and showcases the evolving culture along the Pearl River.
Recommended sites: Stone Forest in Kunming, Yunnan province; Huangguoshu Waterfall in Anshun, Guizhou province; Baiyunshan scenic spot in Guangzhou.
6. Winter fun in North China
The route offers breathtaking natural and artificial winter scenery, winter sports and ice-snow art in northern China.
Recommended sites: Laohutan Ocean Park in Dalian, Liaoning province; Museum of the Imperial Palace of the Manchu State and Jingyuetan Park in Changchun, Jilin province; Sun Island in Harbin, Heilongjiang province; Dazhao Temple in Hohhot, the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.
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The route features heavenly landscapes, including high-altitude mountains and glaciers, as well as exotic Tibetan elements. It is ideal for self-drive tourists.
Recommended sites: Stone Forest in Kunming; Yulong (Jade Dragon) Snow Mountain and Lijiang ancient town; Potatso National Park in Shangri-La, Yunnan province; the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
8. South China Sea
The route gives visitors a taste of the charm of the South China Sea. Visitors can experience Buddhism, tropical rainforests, and Li and Miao ethnic culture at Betelnut Valley.
Recommended sites: Hainan province’s Nanshan cultural tourism zone, Yanoda rain forest cultural tourism zone in Sanya; Qilou old street inHaikou.
9. Maritime Silk Road
The route runs through major coastal cities and showcases marine culture. The Maritime Silk Road connected China to the outside world in ancient times.
Recommended sites: Oriental Pearl TV Tower in Shanghai; Xikou scenic spot in Ningbo’s Fenghua, Zhejiang province.
10. Red tourism
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The route enables visitors to follow in the footsteps of the Red Army’s Long March. Visitors can learn about martyrs and patriotism.
Recommended sites: Changting, Liancheng and Shanghang inFujian province’s Longyan; Jinggangshan in Jiangxi province.
Hukou Waterfall in Shanxi province; Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang in Xi’an, Shaanxi province; Lijiang ancient town in Lijiang, Yunnan province; ice structures in Harbin’s Ice and Snow World; and Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, Hubei province. They are among top sites of the themed tourism routes in China.