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25 THINGS TO DO IN CHINA (SEPTEMBER 04 - SEPTEMBER 13)

Longsheng (Longji) Rice Terraces

mid-April–mid-November • nature

It took hundreds of years to construct a mountain of rice terraces which today reaches ap to 900 m above sea level

Pink Dolphin Watching

all year round • nature

Pink dolphins are so popular that they have become a mascot of Hong Kong

Rainbow Mountains

June–September • nature

China's geological wonder started forming tens of millions years ago

Glass Plank Road at Tianmen Mountain

September–November • activity

Would you dare to step on a glass road, built high at the mountains?

Great Wall of China

March–May | September–November • nature

As Chairman Mao said: 'Until you reach the Great Wall, you're no hero!'

Giant Pandas

April–November • nature

Eat, play, sleep,—that's three core elements of the meaningful life for a panda

Yellow River

May–October • nature

Huge strangely-coloured river is believed to be the origin of Chinese Civilisation

Sheepskin Rafting

May–October • activity

Chinese invented inflatable rafts long before the modern civilization—sheep were of a great use

Shilin Stone Forest

November–April (all year round) • nature

Wandering in the labyrinth of huge stone pillars, you'll reveal plenty of amusing natural sculptures, as well as caves, ponds, lakes, and waterfalls

Panjin Red Beach

September–mid-November • nature

Autumn spreads a nice red carpet over 130 square kilometre beach in Panjin

Huanglong Limestone Terraces

September–October • nature

Fragile beauty of limestone pools is hidden high amidst forested mountains inhabited by rare wildlife

Long Hair Village

March 30, 2017 | May–October • activity

Until recently Chinese "Rapunzels" didn't show their loose hair to anyone but to their husbands and children. Nowadays the rules are milder—married women may unveil their beauty in public

Shaolin Flying Monks Temple

all year round • event

Did you know that impossible became truely possible? Master the art of flying with Shaolin monks

Li River Hiking

April–October • activity

Are you ready to witness the most beautiful scenery?

Century Eggs

all year round • food

Welcome the century eggs—an extremely weird Asian delicacy

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

April–October • nature

The mission to see the famous Avatar’s site alive turned out to be more than possible

Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park

all year round (best in late October) • nature

Immerse yourself into Jiuzhai Valley—one of the earth's wonderlands

Climbing Kongur Tagh

June–September • activity

The highest peak of the Pamirs and the Kunlun Range. Until the 20th century, this grand mountain was hidden among its similarly huge neighbours, and it was first conquered only in the 80s

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

all year round • activity

The world's highest railway is a real masterpiece attracting travellers from all over the planet

Reed Flute Cave

all year round • nature

Traveling underground has never been so exciting!

Peking Duck

all year round • food

Discover this Chinese north-eastern special dish, famous for its thin, crispy skin

Leshan Giant Buddha

March–May | September–November • activity

World's largest Buddha was erected at the junction of three mountain rivers in order to calm down turbulent waters and save local people's lives

Rice Harvest

September–November • nature

As it goes in a famous Chinese saying 'If you want to have a happy life, eat rice every day'

Yelang Valley

all year round • activity

Gaze into the forever open eyes of these giant rocky creatures!

Houtouwan

all year round • activity

No one even noticed how this once prosperous fishermen's village turned into an eerie green abandoned place

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Qiantang River Tidal Bore

1–5 and 15–20 days of the lunar month • nature

World's biggest tidal wave may easily sweep you into the river, and viewing platforms don't always guarantee your safety

Monihei Carnival

May 01–May 02 • event

A story of how to get dirty and be okey with that

Great Wall Marathon

May 18, 2019 • event

Would anyone dare to argue this route is not the world's number one in its uniqueness?

Miao Sisters' Meal Festival

April 19–21, 2019 • event

Feel the warmth of hearts during this Asian Valentine's day

Da Shuhua Molten Iron Fireworks

March 02, 2018 • event

Witness this breathtaking alternative to a traditional firework show

Lantern Festival

February 19, 2019 • event

Dragons, butterflies, flamingoes, bears, and rabbits! You'll be amazed the shapes these different lanterns can take!

Yulin Dog Meat Festival

June 21–30, 2018 • event

While some locals claim it's part of their culture, millions protest against the cruel festival worldwide and some people even adopt rescued dogs

Mass Swimming Pool

June–August • activity

Thousands of people in China's largest swimming pool—it means the only private room you will surely have is within your rubber ring, but a cooldown and socialising is guaranteed

Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival

December 21 2017–February 28 2018 • event

This is like a visit to the kingdom of Snow queen. Dive into this magical world of amazing sculptures made of ice and snow

Qingming Festival

April 05, 2019 • event

Immerse yourself into a strange combination of sadness and happiness

Flower Blooming at Poyang Lake

late October–early November • nature

Once you've visited this place in the blooming time, you'll realize this world could be pink enough even without wearing pink glasses

Saga Dawa Festival

May 18, 2019 • event

One of the most important Buddhist festivals gathers pilgrims at the base of a sacred mountain

Dai Water Splashing Festival

April 13–April 15 • event

Enjoy one of the most unusual ways to celebrate Buddha's birthday

Hungry Ghost Festival

August 15, 2019 • event

Being more than 100 years old, the Festival of Hungry Ghosts is officially listed as part of China’s ethereal cultural heritage

1400-Year-Old Ginkgo Tree

mid- to late November • nature

This legendary tree that has seen everything seems to be older than life itself

Plum Blossom Festival

mid-March–mid-April • event

When the long, dry, and gloomy winter days are finally over, don't miss a chance to see Beijing decorated with fantastic pink blossom splendour

Fried Scorpions

all year round • food

Deep-fried scorpion skewers are a real delicacy in China

Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

October–May • activity

Explore one of the deepest gorges in the world!

Qingdao International Beer Festival

July 20–August 26, 2018 • event

Discover a festival held in honour of the nectar of the gods!

Mid-Autumn Festival

September 24, 2018 | September 13, 2019 • event

One of the most important Chinese holidays

Canola Fields in Luoping

February–March • nature

It's a sin to miss such a giant golden carpet laid out in front of you!

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

China's ski resorts are unfairly underestimated by the outside world