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Top 8 natural tourist attractions in China

(china.org.cn)
Updated: 2010-01-20 13:40
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5. Changbai Mountains in Jilin

Top 8 natural tourist attractions in China

The Changbaishan is generally acknowledged as the most famous mountain range in Northeast China. The mountains rise in the northern part of Jilin's Antu County, and gradually extend southwards towards the North Korean border. Guests can visit the beautiful birch forest and the Heavenly Lake, the deepest alpine lake in China.

The Changbai Mountains in Jilin Province has China's largest population of wild northeast tigers. There are altogether over 400 wild northeast tigers in the world, less than 20 of them in China. They are first-class national protected animals and listed as endangered species. The wild northeast tigers are 2.8 meters long on average, and their tails are usually one meter long.

6. Chengguan town in Danxian county, Hainan Province

Top 8 natural tourist attractions in China
 
Chengguan town in Danxian county, Hainan Province has the most thunderstorms in China. Every year, there are some 131 days with thunderstorms, which leads to the town's nickname of "the town of thunder". Thunderstorms always cause hail and cyclones. It is the place for scientists and explorers to experience dramatic weather conditions.

7. The Loess Plateau along the Yellow River

Top 8 natural tourist attractions in China
 
The Loess Plateau, also known as the Huangtu Plateau, is a plateau that covers an area of some 640,000 km² in the upper and middle of China's Yellow River and China proper . Loess is the name for the silty sediment that has been deposited by wind storms on the plateau over the ages. Loess is a highly erosion-prone soil that is susceptible to the forces of wind and water; in fact, the soil of this region has been called the "most highly erodible soil on earth". The Loess Plateau and its dusty soil cover almost all of Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces, the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and parts of others.
The Yellow River, China's second-largest river, passes through the Loess Plateau. You can drift on a raft along the Yellow River to view the plateau. The best time to visit the Loess Plateau is from March to October.

8. Maolan Karst Virgin Forest in Libo county, Guizhou Province

Top 8 natural tourist attractions in China

The Maolan Karst located in Libo of southern Guizhou Province; the reserve is covered by a lush virgin forest and the largest subtropical virgin forest in China.It covers an area of over 130 square kilometers with forest coverage of 91.59 percent. Over 500 kinds of trees can be found in the forest, including ginkgo and Chinese tulip trees. Wild animals such as macaques, South China tigers and bears also live in the forest. There are also waterfalls, karst caves and lakes in the area.

There are more than 2,000 species found in the reserve and these include some 40 new plant species. The reserve features the perfect blend of Karst sceneries and lush green forest. You will so charmed by the Karst peak-clusters, funnels and depressions, covered with primeval vegetation.

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