With a land size of 3.705 million square miles, it’s no surprise that China has vast and diverse scenery. There are layers of colourful rice paddies, immense jutting mountains and winding rivers. Some of these awe-inspiring landscapes are found miles from civilisation and others are vital elements of cities and towns.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful examples of China’s natural scenery is Guilin where the famous Li River can be found nestled within awe-inspiring karst topography. Along the river are a number of famous and unusual rock formations, such as Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. The region is also home to Yangshou, a town surrounded by dramatic jutting mountains, and the Dragon’s Back Bone, the most amazing rice terraces in China.
Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre in Chengdu is a dream come true for animal lovers. At this world-class conservation facility, visitors can see the furry friends foraging for honey and bamboo.
Guilin and Chengdu are both best to visit during spring and autumn when temperatures are not as hot as the summer, and there are few downpours.
When visiting wildlife centres, do a little research before you visit. Not every institute that calls themselves ‘animal friendly’ are telling the truth. Check out their policies and read into reviews – this will give you a better idea of how the animals are treated.