10 Natural Wonders of Western China: The Most Beautiful Place On Earth

10 Natural Wonders of Western China: The Most Beautiful Place On Earth

We all know that China is a place of big cities, overpopulation and one rather great wall, but what we seem to forget is that there are many Natural Wonders of Western China that make it one of the most beautiful places on this planet.

 

To prove it here are 10 reasons to make Western China your next holiday destination…

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YuanYang

Only clouds intercept these undulating valleys that peak and trough for as far as the eye can see.

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The Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert is one of those unforgettable places to travel in China. On the outskirts of Dunhuang town these spectacular pyramids of sand rise up from out of nowhere. Nestled within their folds is the iconic Crescent Lake Oasis.

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Mingyong Glacier

Adorned with prayer flags and visited by pilgrims from all over the country this is China’s most spiritual glacier.

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Tiger Leaping Gorge

 Southern China’s most famous trek that appeals to anyone with a love for mountains and a head for heights.

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 Balagong Pass on the Baihanluo Mountain

A three day trek between Dimaluo and Cizhong in north western Yunnan covers two mountain passes and one enormous glacial sheet.

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 Danxia Geological Landform

An easily accessible natural formation that could be the most colourful place on Earth. We think so.

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 The Road to Tibet

Skirting along the Nujiang River from Bingzhongluo is a crumbling road that paves the way to Tibet. Most of Southern China’s scenery is caused by three impressive and forceful rivers that carve up its dramatic landscape.

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 Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

A diverse valley of colourful lakes and waterfalls that are so mesmerising I had to add two photographs. Out of our 10 natural wonders of China this is the only one where we experienced crowds, but they were worth it.

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 Chola Mountain Pass

Cutting between two enormous peaks is the 5050m high Chola pass. The only access to the Tibetan town of Derge and its famous Buddhist Scripture monastery.

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 Yadan Geological Park

It is a day trip from the silk road but this almighty desert sees very few tourists.

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

6 Comments
  • Jessica Festa says:

    These are all insanely beautiful photos! I would have never believed that these were all taken in China. The Mingyong Glacier is especially interesting. Where do the pilgrims that travel there place the prayer flags mentioned?

  • I hope to visit the Danxia landforms in a couple of weeks. I’m curious if they match up to the photos. Hope your trip in Canada is going well and that my country is treating you well! Cheers and happy travels!

  • Hi Rebecca,
    It is indeed not exactly what one associates with China… I only know the rice terraces of Yanking, and it was an experience of a lifte time! Absolutely spectacular.
    Well, probably another reason to go back to China… And it must have changed a lot since Mai 2008, last time I was there…

    • Hey Gilles,

      Oh my gosh when I think of the speed with which China is changing I get goosebumps (or chicken skin depending where you some from 🙂 ). Highways and cities are erupting from nowhere so I can’t image the change you would see from 2008! Thankfully there are still some amazing pockets. Yanking would have to be a place I put on my China ‘to-see’ list… we too are keen to get back and explore!

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