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The heart of Guangzhou's former European concession—France and England both set up shop on this sandy river island in 1859 toward the end of the Opium Wars—Shamian Island...


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Around 5 kilometers northeast of Nyingtri lies a delightful wood of wild peach trees, attracting many varieties of birds and other animals. Peach Blossom Gully is bordered by green mountains on three sides, with crystal clear creeks crisscrossing the magical wood. The annual Peach Blossom Festival takes place at the height of the trees's wild blooms. Locals prize the tree not just for its beauty, but also for the special medicinal properties of its peaches.

Yarlung Tsangpo River means "water running from the highest peak" in Tibetan. The world's highest river encircles a Tibetan peak at 7,787 meters above sea level, forming the largest canyon of the world. That canyon, the Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, is a fascinating geological landmark as well as a diverse home for thousands of animals and plants. The immense canyon hosts dozens of huge waterfalls, enormous rock formations and astounding varieties of plant and wildlife. Totaling 504.6 kilometers, the unique U-shaped canyon stretches 56..

White Horse Mound, one of the most beautiful—and most mysterious—places in Tibet, holds sacred meaning for the Tibetans. Tucked away in Yalung Zangbo Grand Canyon, Medog (Motuo) has no public roads or clear access trails. Visitors reach Medog by helicopter or on foot. Two massive snow-covered mountains stand guard over the region and the sole mountain pass can only be traveled between July and October. Even summer brings dangerous rainstorms and mudslides. The difficult journey is well worth the effort, though—awestruck..

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