China has 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the 2nd highest of any country in the world. While beautiful sites are scattered all around China, you’ll want to plan your trip with travelling time in mind.
If you happen to be in South China, here’re some UNESCO World heritage sites you can visit!
Guilin Karst (part of South China Karsts)
Part of a collection of unique karst landforms in China, the Guilin Karst was awarded its UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2014. Karsts are formed characterized by underground drainage systems with sinkholes and caves, usually formed with the weathering of soluble rocks such as limestone. Beautiful karst hills, bizarre caves and the enchanting rivers give Guilin its magnificent views.
Libo and Huanjiang
Libo Karst and Huanjiang Karsts (part of South China Karsts)
Inscribed in 2007 and 2014 respectively, the Libo and Huanjiang Karasts feature the unique Karst landform and rich biodiversity. The Huanjiang Karst and Libo Karst link naturally together, and feature a diverse range of landform shapes.
Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
Dialou refers to ancient clock towers built during the Ming Dynasty. These are found in 4 separate villages in Kaiping, and served as protection against bandits. Each of these unique concrete towers stand out against the rustic villages, and contained influences of East/West architecture, a result of major emigration of Chinese overbroad.
Mount Danxia (part of China Danxia landforms)
Danxia Landforms are a unique landform found in China. Characterised by spectacular red cliffs, you can find dramatic natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and waterfalls in these areas. The first studies of such landforms were conducted at Mount Danxia, thus the Danxia Landform were named after Mount Danxia.
Mount Langshan (part of China Danxia landforms)
Located relatively near Mount Danxia, Mount Langshan is one of the 6 Chinese areas under the collection of China Danxia landforms UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The mountain is covered by dense vegetation, with clear streams flowing through, which have attracted a great number of animals.
Historic Centre of Macau
Probably one of the more well-visited destination of this list, the historic centre of Macao provides a unique testimony to the meeting of aesthetic, cultural, architectural and technological influences from East and West. The area consists of 2 zones, which include famous landmarks such as the Ruins of St Paul’s and the Guia Fortress.
Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
Ancient paintings believed to be between 1800 and 2500 years old adorn limestone cliff faces in Guangxi. Created using haematite, animal glue and blood, the paintings feature human figures, animals, weapons and everyday items which are believed to illustrate the life and rituals of the ancient Luo Yue people.
From natural wonders to ancient works, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Guilin and surroundings are bound to keep you spellbound. The next time you’re in Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou and other parts of Southern China, be sure to hook up with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a visit!