Things I Find Exotic In China

Here we come with a list of things we find alluring in China.
They are distributed around the country and can be seen on a daily bases, yet, they never cease to enchant.

 

Gates
Páifāng

The grandiose gateways are distributed all around, using traditional Chinese architecture, adding beauty to wherever they stand.

 

Guardian Lions
Shíshī

Originated from Buddhism, the stone lions are also popular in other parts of Asia.
They are believed to have protective benefits and are usually represented in pairs.

 

Hand Fans
Zhé Shàn

The charming ancient object even though used worldwide, is strongly associated with Chinese culture.
In the past artists used to hand-paint the fans making them true pieces of art.
There’s also a variation called Chinese dancing fans, which is used in traditional performances.

 

Chinese Pagodas

These beautiful towers are one of those things that come to mind immediately when thinking about China.
In the past they were constructed to store relics, nowadays there are diverse uses for them, including housing temples as one of the most popular.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Asian Conical Hats
Dǒulì

Created to protect from the sun and rain, this hats came to be associated with Chinese culture.
They are often spotted in the cities and display the mix of the old and the modern coming together.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Parks and Gardens

It didn’t take long for us to notice that the Chinese gardens and parks are a spectacle of beauty.
Not only big and famous ones but every little garden you spot is a work of art, they definitely mastered it.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Singing and Dancing Groups

My first time in China was in 2008 and I come back every year since then, I visited and lived in many cities and never went without seeing the dancing and singing groups.
They usually use traditional music, which helps to give a truly Chinese experience for anyone passing by.

 

Taichi
Tàijíquán

T’ai Chi Ch’uan (Tàijíquán) means “the ultimate fist”. It’s an internal Chinese martial art, which means that apart from the physical aspects, it comprises Qi (life force), spiritual, and mental characteristics.
Click here to see our experience in a Taichi class in Shanghai.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Roofs

Part of Chinese traditional architecture, the intricate roofs caught my attention for the first time on my trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing.
The amount of detail and colors leave you gaped. Since then, I always pay attention to the alluring roofs in every place we visit in China and I am yet to be disappointed.

Things I Find Exotic In China

 

Lanterns

Symbol of traditional Chinese culture, the gorgeous lanterns are still found decorating the cities.
They give a special air to any ambient and for tourists like us, it brings the real feeling of being in China.

 

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Zhangjiajie – the AVATAR movie city – China

Destiny boy was in Zhangjiajie (张家界) for work and brought us with him!
The city located in Hunan province is home to dazzling natural beauties including waterfalls, caves with stalagmites and much more.

Scenic Zhangjiajie got even more famous after the movie Avatar been shot on its mountains.
Apart from the area used in the motion picture, there’s still more enchanting spots to be discovered in the city.
Some nice examples of that would be the glass bridge, the cable car and heaven’s gate which you can have a better look at the video.

Addresses and extra info on the attractions you saw in the video:

Tianmen Mountain – 天门山
1518 meters – 4982 feet height
Admission fee: cny258 (+scalator to heaven’s gate cny32 one way)
Website: http://www.tianmenshan.com.cn
Open from 8am to 5pm.

Zhangjiajie - the AVATAR movie city - China


Tianmen Shan Cable Car – 天门山索道
Longest cableway ride in the world (7km- around 30 min one way)


The Cliff-Hanging Walkway
Ghost Valley Plank Road – 鬼谷栈道
Length of 800m suspended 1400m above sea level.

Zhangjiajie - the AVATAR movie city - China


The Glass Skywalk (Part of the Cliff-Hanging Walkway) – 玻璃栈道
The Walk of Faith
Shoe covers are available for free on site with the intent of don’t scratching the glass.

Zhangjiajie - the AVATAR movie city - China

 

The 99 Bends – 通天
Heaven-linking Avenue
6.7 miles – 10.77 kilometers

Zhangjiajie - the AVATAR movie city - China


Heaven’s Gate – 天 门
Tianmen Cave
131,5m – 431 feet height
57m – 187 feet width
60m – 196 feet depth


Tianmen Mountain Temple – 天门山寺
First built in Tang Dynasty(AD 870), rebuilt in 1949 Qin Dynasty style.

 

There’s a lot of history, mystery and mysticism to be explored in Zhangjiajie.
The wonderful views from the cable car were Diego’s favorite part, what is yours? Let us know at the comments below! ✨

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