Editor’s Note: Did you know that China is home to the world’s longest canyon, the world’s oldest giant Buddha, and the world’s largest ancient palace? This translated article details China’s most epic and most record-breaking natural and man-made sites.
Have you been to all of China’s best ten world-class tourist attractions? These tourist spots are some of the most famous destinations in the world.
1) The Great Wall- One of the Seven Wonders of the World: The Great Wall is China’s treasure, but is also an important global attraction with a fascinating cultural heritage. Two thousand years ago, Chinese workers built the Great Wall with sweat and blood- completing a task that seemed insurmountable at the time. The Great Wall is a symbol of the wisdom of the ancient Chinese people and the symbol of China itself.
2) Mount Everest- The World’s Highest Peak: At 8844.43 meters tall, Mount Everest has the highest peak in the world. Mount Everest is known in Nepal as Sagarmatha. Its Chinese name is Zhumulangma, which translates to Mother Earth. The Tibetan name for the mountain is Chomolungma. In Tibetan “chomo” means goddess and “langma” means female elephant. The mountain is China’s most beautiful peak and the most famous mountain in the world.
3) Terracotta Warriors- The Eighth Wonder of the World: Qin Shi Huang’s Mausoleum is located 30 kilometers away from Xi’an in Lintong County, east of the foot of Mount Li. Qin Shi Huang was only 13 when he ascended the throne. Prime Minister Lü Buwei planned and designed the tomb, and General Zhang Han supervised its construction. It took 38 years to build. The Terracotta Warriors and Horses is the world’s largest underground military museum.
The tomb was discovered in 1978. Former French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac said in his 1978 visit to the site that, “The world has seven wonders, and now that the terracotta warriors have been found we can say that there are eight miracles.”
4) Dunhuang Mogao Caves- The World’s Most Magnificent Buddhist Cave Temple
5) Tiananmen Square- The World’s Largest Square: Tiananmen Square lies in the heart of Beijing and is the world’s largest city square. Beijing holds solemn flag raising and lowering ceremonies in the square every day. Tiananmen Square has seen countless major political and historical events. In 1986, Tiananmen Square was recognized as Beijing’s most famous attraction in the world.
6) The Forbidden City- The World’s Largest Palace: Built by Ming and Qing emperors, the Forbidden City is an ancient architectural masterpiece. It is one of the world’s largest and most complete ancient wooden structures. Visitors from all over the world come to China to marvel at the Forbidden City. It is a living monument to China’s history and culture.
7) Tibet Plateau, Qinghai- The World’s Highest Plateau: The Tibet Plateau has the highest average elevation in the world (4000 to 5000 meters). It is known as the “Roof of the World,” or “The Third Pole.” The plateau is the source of many of Asia’s large rivers. The plateau is known as an important center of Tibetan culture.
8) The Brahmaputra Grand Canyon: The World’s Longest Canyon: The section of the Brahmaputra Grand Canyon in Tibet’s Brahmaputra River is the world’s deepest gorge. The center of the Grand Canyon has four large groupings of waterfalls ranging from 30 to 50 meters tall. The Canyon is biologically diverse with nine natural strata including a snow belt and valleys filled with tropical rainforests. It contains two thirds of the known plant species, half of the known mammal species and four fifths of the known insect species in the Tibetan Plateau.
9) Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal- The World’s Longest Ancient Canal: The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is one of the oldest surviving canals. At 1794 kilometers long, it is the longest ancient canal. It connects five major rivers including the Yellow River, Yangzte River, and Qiantang River and runs through Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang. Built over 2,500 years ago, the Grand Canal and the Great Wall are China’s two ancient wonders of engineering.
The Grand Canal has recently once again entered the international stage because of China’s ambitious South-North Water Transfer Project. The Eastern Route of the project runs through the course of the Grand Canal.
10) Leshan Giant Buddha- The World’s First Stone Buddha: The Leshan Giant Buddha is located in Leshan, Sichuan. The Buddha is carved into the Lingyun cliff where the Minjiang River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River all meet. The carving is also known as the Lingyun Buddha and the Maitreya Buddha. The Buddha was carved during the Tang dynasty and is one of the world’s largest Maitreya Buddha statues.
Source: QQ News
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