Three Pagodas, Dali, Yunnan: The oldest of these three Buddhist towers dates back to the mid-ninth century. At 69 meters and 16 stories high, it was a "skyscraper" for the Tang Dynasty and is still the tallest pagoda in China.
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Mount Huangshan, Anhui: Renowned for its oddly shaped pines, spectacular rock formations and seas of misty clouds, Mount Huangshan is a once-in-a-lifetime trek for many Chinese.
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Wuyuan, Jiangxi: Colorful blossoms and a relaxed, countrified pace attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to this small county each spring.
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Yungang Grottoes, Shanxi: This 1,500-year-old landmark houses 252 caves and more than 51,000 Buddha statues of different styles and sizes -- the tallest stands 17 meters, the tiniest two centimeters.
Potala Palace, Tibet: Standing 3,700 meters above sea level, the former winter home of the Dalai Lama is the highest palace on the planet. It's now a state museum.
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Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, Dunhuang, Gansu: Echoing Sand Mountain is a series of dunes surrounding Crescent Lake. Named for its distinctive shape and aural characteristics, its echoes can be heard as the wind blows over the dunes.
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Lake Karakul, Xinjiang: This stunning view of Lake Karakul is the reward after a thrilling ride over one of the world's most dangerous roads, the Karakoram Highway.
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Fortress Towers, Kaiping, Guangdong: Erected mostly in the early 20th century, these fortress towers were built as a display of wealth by well-traveled Kaipingers, who brought home many architectural styles, including Islamic, Roman and even ancient Greek.
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Guanyin Statue, Hainan: At 108 meters tall, this figure is the world's largest Guanyin statue. It's located near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya on Hainan island.