For this post we head to China- the world’s largest country and we’re talking World Heritage Sites! But not the obvious ones such as the Forbidden Palace and the Terracotta Warriors. Here we cover a few of the more unusual and rare Chinese World Heritage Sites, been to them all recently to get a good detailed look at the more “off the beaten track” parts of China! [I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair21.jpg]
1. The Fujian Tulou Buildings in Fujian Province, CHINA – These are scattered all over the central Fujian region and are amazing old style buildings, once used to house entire clans and large families. Keeping the enemy at bay, these houses are round, square and very insular and self sufficient. I toured around lots of them and have written extensively about them – a real world heritage gem in Fujian if truth be told. Worth seeing! [[I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair16.jpg]]
Quick Guide – Get to the city of Yongding in Fujian Province. Once you’re there you will realise that there are many bus tours out to these buildings and numerous drivers offering them. If you’re a foreign tourist, they will probably come to you. However be aware of rip offs and drivers cutting special buildings off your trip.
2. Danxiashan Mountains, Guangdong Province, CHINA: Hidden shyly in the north of Guangdong Province, this range of mountains, hills and odd rock formations lets your mind wander into a real unknown part of China, at least for the non-Chinese amongst us. It’s not a guided tour or anything like the buildings in Fujian, this is very much a Do It Yourself style hiking and climbing opportunity. The views at sunset are amazing, as is the tough ascent for sunrise the following morning.
Quick Steps – Arrive in the city of Shaoguan first and then get a bus from the main bus station there out to these epic mountains. The bus will drop you off at the Danxia entrance and you can stay overnight in a village called Jin Jiang or Yao Tang. From there it becomes easy to organise the hikes – one at sunset is good and passes by penis rock, the other one is a sunrise hike and has incredible views!
3. Kaiping Dialou, Guangdong Province, CHINA: It’s amazing that in a country so vast as China, that a scattered array of almost 2,000 impressive tower style buildings almost goes un-noticed! Well it’s easy to get lost in China, luckily these buildings have outlasted their builders and as recently as 2007 they were declared a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so! This was actually my MOST recent venture into China, just a couple of weeks ago, so you’ll hear a lot more about it. [[I:http://proarticlesdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/JonnyBlair18.png]]
Quick Guide – Get to the city of Kaiping and stay in the Milan Hotel. It’s a great central hotel within a 2 minute walk from the bus station (YES a real 2 minute walk – I really travel remember!). From there ask at reception about doing the tour out to the amazing Diaolou. There are leaflets in reception.
That’s my rundown on these 3 excellent unknown World Heritage Sites in China – head out and check them out!