The wonders of hidden China

China might be home to breathtaking wonders like The Great Wall and the Terracotta Army, but it has so much more to offer when it comes to captivating natural and man-made wonders

By Air China
Published 21 May 2019, 13:00 BST
Photograph by Getty Images

1 Zhouzhuang 
Zhouzhuang is one of China’s oldest water towns. Its canal network was used over 900 years ago, while its picturesque labyrinth of narrow streets and stone bridges are largely untouched.

2 Forgotten Village
Visiting the leafy village of Houtouwan, once home to 2,000 fishermen, is a must. Here, structures come together to create something memorably picture-perfect.

3 Zhangye Danxia Landform
These layered sandstone mountains display vivid red, orange, and yellow stripes, creating an incredible technicolour landscape on a vast scale.

4 Wudaoying Hutong
Head to this quaint Beijing hutong (historic alleyway), adjacent to the magnificent Lama Temple in the old quarter. It offers traditional Chinese heritage, as well as providing a tranquil, relaxing haven amid the bustling streets of the metropolis.

5 Haohan Qiao
The locals call it ‘Brave Men’s Bridge’, and at over 300 metres long, this astonishing glass suspension bridge is one of the world’s longest. It connects two peaks in the Shiniuzhai National Park, Hunan Province — a region believed to have inspired the film Avatar.

Getting there
As one of China’s leading airlines, Air China operates 445 routes that connect 188 cities in 43 countries and regions. The airline currently operates up to three flights a day from Heathrow to Beijing and three flights a week from London Gatwick to Chengdu.

Published in the May 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK). 

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