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Popular Nature Attractions in Asia

Gulangyu Island
Xiamen·China
4.4/5
38,085 Reviews
Island/Peninsula
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site  
Historical Architecture
Gulangyu Island is a tiny island located on the estuary of the Chiu-lung River, facing the city of Xiamen. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site that used to be an important window for Sino-foreign exchanges during the 19th and 20th century. The island is a popular attraction for architecture enthusiasts, providing a mixture of different architectural styles including Traditional Southern Fujian Style, Western Classical Revival Style and Veranda Colonial Style. You can hike up the Sun Rock to overlook the whole island, take a walk in the Shuzhuang Garden (including the Piano Museum) which is one of the finest Jiangnan classical gardens, visit the Hao Yue Garden containing architectures from the Ming Dynasty (including a statue of national hero Zheng Chenggong), the organ museum, and the international letter carving art museum. Don't forget to send yourself a postcard from the future at local stores!
West Lake
Hangzhou·China
4.7/5
25,784 Reviews
Lake
West Lake is associated with Hangzhou beauty. It is a beautiful scenery belt. The famous “10 Scenes of West Lake” surround the lake. Walk along the Sudi and Baidi causeway, or row yourself to the "Three Pools Mirror Moon" located at the middle of the lake. It is a spot where you can enjoy a complete view of the West Lake on your boat and feel the gentle ambience of Hangzhou. You can also rent a bicycle to ride around the lake and enjoy the freedom of stopping wherever you want for a photo.
Yalong Bay
Sanya·China
4.6/5
12,878 Reviews
Beach
Yalong Bay is a well-known bay in China. It was once rated as one of the eight most beautiful bays in the country by National Geographic. The water quality is top-notch and the sand is white and clean. It is also where luxury hotels in Sanya congregate. There is a special sea activity center, with golf courses, yacht clubs, spa clubs and other activities at your disposal.
Wuzhizhou Island
Sanya·China
4.5/5
24,313 Reviews
Island/Peninsula
Snorkeling/Diving
Seashore
Wuzhizhou Island is a neighbouring island close to downtown Sanya that has magnificent scenery.The sea water there is crystal clear and teeming with marine life. The island is a well-known diving spot and it is also a good place for water activities such as Jet Ski rides, parasailing, and a banana-boat cruise. Wuzhizhou Island is well-developed and well-equipped with resort villas, bars, and seafood restaurants. You can stay here for one night to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Lijiang·China
4.5/5
10,885 Reviews
Mountain
Glacier
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is not far from the ancient city of Lijiang. It is a sacred mountain range of the Naxi people and has 13 interconnected peaks with a breathtaking view. You can take a cablecar up the mountain while observing the vegetation changing from bottom to top. The foot of the mountain is a ranch. During the spring season, there will be a large number of flowers blossoming. The Yunshan Ping on the mountain side is regarded by the Naxi people as a romantic place. The top of the mountain is covered in snow all year round, and you can absorb the glorious sight of the glaciers when you are up there.
Tianya Haijiao
Sanya·China
4.5/5
23,478 Reviews
Rock Monument
Tianya Haijiao is a famous landmark in Sanya. The highlights of this scenic spot are the seashore scenery and rocks that come in different shapes. “Tianya” and “Haijiao” are two big rocks that have large Chinese inscriptions on them. It is a symbol of love for many people, making it a popular attraction among couples. In addition to these two stones, other famous stone carvings include “Nan Tian Yi Zhu” and “Rocks of Sun and Moon,” which represent wealth and love respectively. Do look out for them too when you are there.
Lugu Lake
China
4.7/5
4,675 Reviews
Lake
Lugu Lake is located between Ninglang County of Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County of Sichuan Province. It is named as such because it is shaped like a gourd. The lake is about 2,600 meters above sea level and locals see it as a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the Northwest plateau. The Mosuo people living on the lake are one of the key highlights of the attraction. They are one of the few matriarchal societies remaining in modern world as women play the role of production and management, holding the principal position in society. There is no marriage, men stay in the women's home as mates called 'Axia' and the intimate relationship lasts as long as they like. While on board a local boat, you will notice that the lake is crystal-clear with swarms of seagulls flying over the water. The surrounding scenery is like a painting that is worth seeing at least once a lifetime!
Li River
Guilin·China
4.6/5
11,841 Reviews
River
Boat Tour
The essence of Guilin's landscape lies in the scenery of Li River. Dubbed as the “best landscape in the world”, Guilin has appeared widely in elementary school textbooks. The two sides of the Li River have different mountains with different shapes. Among them, the most representative ones include the Nine Horse Mountain and the Yellow Cloth Shoal. The latter is featured on the back of the new 20 RMB notes. Visiting the Li River can be done by boat or bamboo rafts. The big boat is spacious but the bamboo raft is more exotic.

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