Exotic Destinations In China

Going somewhere during the Chinese New Year holidays? What better place to infuse and immerse yourself in the Asian experience than the land of the oriental itself - China. Hop on the next plane to visit the land of ancient histories and exotic landscapes where you’ll find yourself relaxed and intwine with nature.
Here are the best exotic destinations to go in China:

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

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Located west of the Hunan Province, this national forest park was made popular due to the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in the movie used the Zhangjiajie mountains and trees as their real-life inspiration featuring these out of this world pillars which is home to dense forests and karst caves. This place is truly magical and is a sight to see, especially when you see the tips of these limestone karsts protruding out of the clouds.

 While in the area, you can also explore the Tianzi Mountain Area, Huangshizhai Scenic Area as well as the famous Tianmen Mountain which is home to a series of vertical cliffs, a glass skywalk, and insanely beautiful views. While the place has heaps of sky bridges, viewpoints, and cable cars, there are also a few trekking trails that are worth exploring.

Huanglong National Scenic Reserve

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Loosely called as “Fairy Land on Earth”, this place is a sight to see and is one of the best places to visit in China. With light blue water cascading down over a series of pools stretching out as far as your eyes can see, this place is pretty unreal. During the summer months, expect to see the surrounding area full of exotic trees and flowers that are in full bloom. During the winter months, you can see snow-capped mountains gleaming in the background. The icing on the cake? The Huanglong National Scenic Reserve is home to exotic species like the Sichuan golden snub-nosed monkey and giant pandas.

Terracotta Warriors

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Again, a visit to China would hardly be complete without paying respects to the impressive Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. After being discovered in 1974, this impressive collection featuring a full-blown Terracotta army features thousands of life-sized soldiers, horses, and war ammunition. Spread across four different pits, although the entire attraction is very touristy, it is worth going to.

Yúnnán

 
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Yúnnán (云南) is the most diverse province in all China, both in its extraordinary mix of peoples and in the splendour of its landscapes. That combination of superlative sights and many different ethnic groups has made Yúnnán the trendiest destination for China’s exploding domestic tourist industry.

More than half of the country’s minority groups reside here, providing a glimpse into China’s hugely varied mix of humanity. Then there’s the eye-catching contrasts of the land itself: dense jungle sliced by the Mekong River in the far south, soul-recharging glimpses of the sun over rice terraces in the southeastern regions, and snowcapped mountains as you edge towards Tibet.With everything from laid-back villages and spa resorts to mountain treks and excellent cycling routes, Yúnnán appeals to all tastes. The roads are much better than they once were, so getting around is a breeze, but you’ll need time to see it all – whatever time you’ve set aside for Yúnnán, double it.

Chéngdū

 
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Chéngdū (成都) is no great draw when it comes to major tourist sites – pandas excepted, of course – but many visitors find its laid-back pace and diversity of cultural scenes unexpectedly engaging. It could be its relaxing teahouse culture, with favourite local institutions serving the same brews across generations. Maybe it’s the lively nightlife, with a strong showing of local partiers bolstered by large student and expat populations that gather at craft beer bars and super-hip clubs. It might be the food: famous for heat, history and variety even in the cuisine-rich cultures of China; and very much a point of pride. It is, after all, Unesco's first-ever City of Gastronomy. But who can say for sure? Luckily, as Chéngdū is the transport hub for the entire region, most travellers in China's southwest pass through this way and can find out for themselves.

Credit: Zee Zaki

Credit: Zee Zaki