Shanghai is a metropolitan city, vibrant and modern. While Shanghai does not contain any of the 53 UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are found throughout China, its surrounding UNESCO Sites offer a quick getaway from the hustle of the city.
If you are in Shanghai, take a quick train ride or tour and explore these beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Comprised of a collection of gardens from the Northern Song and Qing Dynasties, these gardens feature classical Chinese garden landscape designs. Tranquil and refined, these gardens are an ode to nature and over 2000 years of landscape design.
West Lake Cultural Landscape
West Lake is one of the most scenic locations in Hangzhou, and its said to have inspired poets and painters across China’s long history. There are 10 main scenic spots around the West Lake, each marked with a calligraphic epithet written by the Qianlong Emperor.
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum (part of the Imperial Tombs of Ming and Qing Dynasties)
This mausoleum marks the tomb of the late HongWu Emperor, founder of the Ming Dynasty. It’s name literally translates to ‘Ming Filial Tomb’. As part of the collection of Qing and Ming Imperial Tombs, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum carries great historical significance.
Huangshan, or the Yellow Mountains, is an incredibly scenic place and one of the most beautiful mountains in China. ‘4 Natural Wonders’ pepper its landscape, creating a place that has memersized generations. Read more about Huangshan and other mountains here.
Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui (Xidi and Hongcun)
If you are looking to experience old world charm, these 2 traditional villages in Southern Anhui are a must-go. Typical of classical architecture of its time, the villages reflects the pursuit of coexistence, unity and the harmony of man and nature.
Danxia Landform at Mount Jianglang (part of China Danxia Landforms)
The Jianglang mountains exhibit the Danxia Landform, 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.
That’s 6 World Heritage Sites, within the vicinity of Shanghai, and a small fraction of the UNESCO sites of China!
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