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Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hunan Province, China designated in 1992. It’s noted for more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site, many over 200 metres (660 ft) in height, along with many ravines and gorges with attractive streams, pools and waterfalls. It features 40 caves, many with large calcite deposits, and two natural bridges, Xianrenqiao (Bridge of the Immortals) and Tianqiashengkong (Bridge Across the Sky)
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From P.R.China
Travel from Dec 26 to Jan 12
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TOWER OF BUDDHIST INCENSE (Foxiangge_in summer palace) _ 0630

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 The Tower of Buddhist Incense is the symbolic structure in the Summer Palace. It was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. The tower is 41 meters high. It faces Kunming Lake southward,thus tourists can have a bird’s eye view of the lake.
A nine-level pagoda was originally planned for the tower’s location but Emperor QianLong (1711-1799) ordered it to be dismantled during the construction of the eighth level.
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From P.R.China
Travel from Nov 25 to Jan 3
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FORBIDDEN CITY _ 0360

Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang
Seat of supreme power for over five centuries (1416-1911), the Forbidden City in Beijing, with its landscaped gardens and many buildings (whose nearly 10,000 rooms contain furniture and works of art), constitutes a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Imperial Palace of the Qing Dynasty in Shenyang consists of 114 buildings constructed between 1625–26 and 1783. It contains an important library and testifies to the foundation of the last dynasty that ruled China, before it expanded its power to the centre of the country and moved the capital to Beijing. This palace then became auxiliary to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. This remarkable architectural edifice offers important historical testimony to the history of the Qing Dynasty and to the cultural traditions of the Manchu and other tribes in the north of China.
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IMG_3468From China
Travel from Feb 28 to Mar 18
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No.29 ( My Unesco World Heritage Site)

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Wulingyuan Scenic Area

Wulingyuan (Chinese: 武陵源; pinyin: Wǔlíng Yuán) Scenic and Historic Interest Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hunan Province, China designated in 1992. It’s noted for more than 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars and peaks across most of the site, many over over 200 metres (660 ft) in height, along with many ravines and gorges with attractive streams, pools and waterfalls. It features 40 caves, many with large calcite deposits, and two natural bridges, Xianrenqiao (Bridge of the Immortals) and Tianqiashengkong (Bridge Across the Sky).
The site is situated between 29°16′0″N 110°22′0″ECoordinates: 29°16′0″N 110°22′0″E and 29°24′0″N 110°41′0″E in the Zhangjiajie City and lies about 270 kilometres (170 mi) to the northwest of Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Wulingyuan forms part of the Wuling Mountain Range. The scenic area comprises several national parks, one of which is the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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THE GREAT WALL _ 0075

Jiayuguan Pass
Shanhaiguan Pass
Juyongguan Pass

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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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The Great Wall at Jiankou

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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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The Great Wall at Mutianyu

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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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HUMBLE ADMINISTRATOR’S GARDEN _ 0072

The Humble Administrator’s Garden

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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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THE MASTER OF NETS GARDEN _ 0071

The Master-of-Nets Garden

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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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The Lingering Garden

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From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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SUZHOU CLASSICAL GARDEN _ 0069

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are a group of gardens in Suzhou region, Jiangsu province which have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Spanning a period of almost one thousand years, from the Northern Song to the late Qing dynasties (11th-19th century), these gardens, most of them built by scholars, standardized many of the key features of classical Chinese garden design with constructed landscapes mimicking natural scenery of rocks, hills and rivers with strategically located pavilions and pagodas.
The elegant aesthetics and subtlety of these scholars’ gardens and their delicate style and features are often imitated by various gardens in other parts of China, including the various Imperial Gardens, such as those in the Chengde Mountain Resort.[2] According to UNESCO, the gardens of Suzhou “represent the development of Chinese landscape garden design over more than two thousand years,”[3] and they are the “most refined form” of garden art.
These landscape gardens flourished in the mid-Ming to early-Qing dynasties, resulting in as much as 200 private gardens.[1] Today, there are 69 preserved gardens in Suzhou,[4] and all of them are designated as protected “National Heritage Sites.”[5] In 1997 and 2000, eight of the finest gardens in Suzhou along with one in the nearby ancient town of Tongli were selected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site to represent the art of Suzhou-style classical gardens.
Famous Suzhou garden designers include Zhang Liang, Ji Cheng, Ge Yuliang, and Chen Congzhou.
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1 – The Couple’s Garden Retreat
2 – The Lion Grove Grove Garden
3 – The Canglang Pavilion
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1 – The Retreat and Reflection Garden
2 – The Mountain Villa of Embraced Beauty
3 – The Garden of Cultivation
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1 – The Humble Administrator’s Garden
2 – The Master – of – Nets Garden
3 – The Lingering Garden
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 The Master – of – Nets Garden
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The Garden of Cultivation
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The Couple’s Garden Retreat
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The Lingering Garden
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The Canglang Pavilion
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The Humble Administrator’s Garden
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The Retreat and Reflection Garden
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The Mountain Villa of Embraced Beauty
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The Lion Grove Grove Garden
From Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
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