GUEST POST: The 7 Wonders of China



GUEST POST: The 7 Wonders of China

Personally, I haven’t had many chances to travel through China. Today’s guest post will introduce some of the most amazing destinations in China which you simply have to visit. So far, I have been only been to two of the listed wonders below. I really would like to visit Mount Wudang and the Li River one day. Enjoy reading.


 

Today, China is one of the most powerful countries in the world, but the country has gone through much war, struggle and changes to end up where it is today. These 7 wonders of China give a glimpse into what makes China such an incredible place filled with deep history, culture and beauty.

 

  1. Hanging Monastery
1 hanging monestary

By BRUNNER Emmanuel (Manu25) (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

If the fact this beautiful and unique temple is built into a cliff is not enough for you, it’s also over 1,400 years old, and has survived an enormous earthquake. The temple hangs on the side of Hengshan Mountain. The views from the Hanging Monastery will take your breath away, and you will be amazed as you explore the 40 cave rooms throughout the temple.

Aside from its beauty, many are intrigued by how the monastery includes Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. This is not something you find every day.

 

  1. Mount Wudang
By Gisling (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Gisling (Own work) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wudang mountains are a must see when visiting China. The incredible architecture and stunning natural beauty of the mountains play a huge part in why people all over the world find the mountains so wondrous. The architecture is built into high peaks, cliffs and valleys, incorporating itself into the surrounding nature. Mount Wudang will take you back to the Ming Dynasty, a time when China was creating incredible art and architecture, which is very apparent at Mt. Wudang.

It is easy to spend days in the Wudang Mountains and temples. In fact, you can even attend a kungfu school in the mountains. You will learn what makes Wudang kungfu different, and how to live a healthier life. Also, please remember when visiting that it does snow in the winter. The snow makes the mountains magical, but be sure to dress appropriately.

 

  1. Li River

3 li river

Listed in National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Watery Wonders, it is no wonder so many people flock to experience the inspirational beauty of the Li River. Riding down the Li River is nothing like you’ve ever experienced. You will float past intriguing caves and green hills, and wildlife. These are just a few of the many sites that will take your breath away.

  1. Terracotta Warriors
By Kevin Poh [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Kevin Poh [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Terracotta Warriors were discovered less than 50 years ago, and quickly became top on the list of must see sites in China. Qin Shi Huang had the Terracotta army created thousands of years ago so he could have an army join him in the afterlife. It is astounding to see the thousands upon thousands of warriors, chariots and horses mostly kept intact after all these years.

Visiting the Terracotta Warriors in person, as with many of the wonders of China, is much more interesting with more knowledge about the history surrounding the warriors. IPhone apps like ACM: Terracotta Warriors can help provide additional information. When using apps in China, you may encounter problems with certain apps or websites being blocked by The Great Firewall. It is a good idea to find out which VPNs are best to use when traveling in China.

 

  1. The Forbidden City

5 forbidden city

In the center of Beijing you can find the Forbidden City, home to China’s emperors for hundreds of years during the Ming and Qing dynasty. The palace gets its name from the fact it was forbidden to enter the palace without an invitation from the emperor. This UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site is not only historically important, but a piece of architectural art.

 

  1. Shi Bao Zhai Temple
Richardelainechambers at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Richardelainechambers at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

This temple may not be as old as some of the other amazing wonders of China, but its beautiful location and architecture still make it one of the 7 wonders of China. It is built into a side of the hill along the Yangtze River. The Buddhist temple was originally built to help people get to the top of the hill.

Today, many people come on boats down the Yangtze River to visit the majestic temple. You can enjoy the temple on anything from a day trip, to a 12 day river cruise that will take you from Beijing to Shanghai.

 

  1. Great Wall of China

7 great wall of china

Last, but definitely not least, is the Great Wall of China. It is possibly the most popular tourist attraction in China, and definitely for a reason. The wall stretches for 5,500 miles across China. You can admire this astounding architectural masterpiece from one of the many areas set up for tourists, or, wander off the beaten path, and explore the more untouched parts of the Great Wall. Use this guide to help you decide which parts of the Great Wall you would like to discover. Whichever way you decide to explore the Great Wall will surely be an unforgettable experience.

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Anna Z. is a freelance illustrator and portrait artist in her late 20s, with a passion for Martial Arts and Chinese culture, and is the creator of Lost Panda, a blog to China and Art. Together with her husband, a Chinese national, she writes about daily life in rural China, focusing on cultural and social differences and the joys (and sometimes difficulties) as an intercultural couple. Apart from China related topics, she publishes her artwork, photography, art material reviews and tutorials to help more people discover their creative side. She is fluent in German, English and Mandarin Chinese.

7 thoughts on “GUEST POST: The 7 Wonders of China

  1. The Hanging Monastery looks beautiful. I would really like to see that one day. I’ve been to a few of these locations such as the Li river, Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. This post makes me really miss China now. The place I desire the most to visit is the Mogao Caves. So much history and beautiful art! It really shows the diversity that filled the Silk Roads.

    • China is definitely one of my favorite places that I have been. The Li River is so beautiful and the surroundings are out of this world!

  2. Those are all places I still have to go except the terra cotta warriors and the forbidden city.

    Btw, just saw the recent art you have on the page, love the stargate ones!

    • Hehe thanks Timo. I am a huge Stargate geek xD I watch all ten seasons at least once a year. SG1 of course. Atlantis is ok as well, but I don’t really like Universe.

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