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The Ancient City of Dali (Dàlǐ Gǔchéng, 大理古城), or Dali Old Town, is another great example of ancient and modern fusing together in China. The architecture is indeed ancient with...


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The entire length of the Yellow Dragon Cave (Huánglóng Dòng, 黄龙洞) is about 12 km (7.5 mi) and it has four distinct levels. The cave's massive size houses both dry caves and watery caves, including two "palaces," eight "halls" and 96 "corridors." It's sure to satisfy any avid spelunker, plus the colors from the rock formations are truly a sight to see. Stalactites and stalagmites fill the whole cave, and, if you can bring yourself to do it, when you whack a stalactite hard enough it will resonate at a certain..

Golden Whip Brook (Jīnbiān Xī, 金鞭溪) is located inside the Wulingyuan Scenic Area (Wǔlíng Yuán, 武陵源) of Zhangjiajie and several places of interest can be found nearby. The brook meanders its way through 5.5 km (3.5 mi) of mountains and valleys, from north to south and the further you venture upstream, the fewer people you'll see. You can enjoy the dense forest and oddly-shaped peaks from either of its banks. Leg-weary visitors are often seen resting on a rock by the stream, watching fish swimming in the water or..

Huangshi Village (Huángshí Zhài, 黄石寨), the name of which means "Yellow Lion Village," is the highest village in the Zhangjiajie area. The village actually sits on top of a 1,200 m (3,937 ft) high plateau, allowing for a fantastic view of the surrounding vicinity. Besides the majestic stone pillars scattered about, below the village lie the waters of Golden Whip Brook and the ancient Heizongnao Forest (Hēizōngnǎo, 黑棕脑). The trek or cable car up to the village offer a very scenic journey, and at the top..

A beautifully preserved riverside town in southwest Hunan, Fenghuang (Fènghuáng Xiàn, 凤凰县), or "Phoenix Town," is home to a large number of Tujia and Miao minority people, which is reflected in both the architecture and the local customs. The old town lies at the foot of a mountain spread across the two banks of the Tuo River (Tuó Jiāng, 沱江). The river can be crossed via a number of small stone and wood bridges or by hopping across twin rows of stepping stones. Billed as "China's most beautiful town,"..

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