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Perched up on high in the Cang Shan mountain range, Zhonghe Temple (Zhōnghé Sì, 中和寺) is a modest temple with a panoramic view of Er Hai lake and the lowlands around it. A common stop for those hiking up Cang Shan, Zhonghe Temple is a good place to stop and get your bearings, plus there's a restaurant nearby to fuel up. It's also possible to stay the night in the temple. Yunnan guide | Dali guide | Dali attractions | Dali flights Dali hotels | Dali tours & activities | Dali on the China Travel Blog
Though no longer China's tallest building (having been eclipsed by the neighboring World Financial Center), the Jin Mao Tower (Jīn Mào Dàshà, 金茂大厦) remains Shanghai's most elegant and distinctive skyscraper. It also still proudly houses the world's highest hotel, post office and bar. Situated in the heart of the Lujiazui financial district, the Jin Mao's design is based on the lucky number eight: 88 floors soar upward, divided into 16 segments, each 1/8 smaller than the preceding one. Architecturally a..
Jing Shan Park (Jǐngshān Gōngyuán, 景山公园) is the highest point along Beijing's central axis. With a total area of 23 hectares (57 acres), the park offers an excellent bird's eye view of the whole city from the top of the hill. Over 800 years old, Jing Shan was built in 1179, constructed with displaced earth from the dredging of the Tongzi River and leftover debris from demolished imperial architecture all piled on top of the former site of the Yingchun Pavilion. First named Wansui Shan, the name was later changed to Jing Shan in 1655...
Yuelu Hill Park (Yuelushan Gongyuan) is located on the Xiang River's (Xiangjiang) western shores. It's one of Changsha's most historic spots and is most notable for its academic establishments. The hill rises to a height of around 300 meters above sea level, and the park covers an area of 500 hectares, part of which is occupied by the Hunan University. The most famous academic establishment here was the Yuelu Academy (Yuelu Shuyuan), a Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) institution that was designed to train scholars for the civil..
Taking the tram to the top of Victoria Peak (太平山) for the first time can make you a bit giddy, first with the kind of buzz little kids get from amusement park rides, then with the pleasure of realizing that, in Hong Kong, everyday public transportation is fun (don't forget the double-decker street trams and Star Ferry). And once you reach the peak, you're in for another treat: one of the world's best views, with Hong Kong's skyscrapers, bustling Victoria Harbour and Kowloon spread out before you. The tram drops you off at the foot of the..
Situated on a hill overlooking the Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral, the Fortaleza do Monte (大砲臺), also known simply as Monte Forte, was built by the Jesuits at the same time as the Cathedral in order to protect the churchmen of St. Paul's from pirates. Called Mount Fortress in English, it later became a military base, equipped with facilities and ammunition for a two-year siege. It was only used in this way once—to repel the Dutch from the island in 1622. Today, the area consists of a public park, observatory and museum and affords great..
Opened to the public in 1983, Xiao Yu Shan Park offers excellent views of No. 1 Bathing Beach from its hilltop location. Situated on the Xiao Yu Shan Park grounds are Lanchao Ge (Tide Viewing Pavilion), Yongcui Ting (Green Group Embedded Pavilion) and BiboTing (Pavilion for Viewing Blue Ripples), all of which provide stunning, panoramic views of Qingdao.
Rising above the Huangpu River and Pudong skyline like something out of an old science fiction flick, the Oriental Pearl Tower (Dōngfāng Míngzhū Tǎ, 东方明珠塔) holds a special place in Shanghai's recent history. Before the early 1990s, the east bank of the Huangpu was a low-rise jumble of warehouses and muddy settlements. The erection of the tower, completed in 1995, served as a symbolic declaration of Shanghai's future-forward orientation and grand ambition. Its quintessential Shanghai retro-futurist architectural kitsch set..
Completed in 2008 and currently the tallest building in Shanghai (not to mention China), the Shanghai World Financial Center (Shànghǎi Huánqiú Jīnróng Zhōngxīn, 上海环球金融中心) stands as an architectural exclamation point tacked on to the end of the astonishing period of economic growth and construction that has transformed the Lujiazui district of Pudong (the east bank of the Huangpu River) from mudflats, warehouses and farms into one of the world's most impressive skylines. Though the..