There are few experiences quite like traveling to China. Between its sheer size, rich sense of history and natural beauty, there is something for everyone in the world's most populous country. However, this impressive variety can cause a problem. After all, how can you decide where to go when there is so much to do? Paring down your itinerary can undoubtedly be a considerable challenge, but according to the social travel website minube, there are a few destinations in particular that will offer the quintessential China travel experience.
Leshan Giant Buddha
One of the most stunning sculptures in the world, the Leshan Giant Buddha dates back to around the eighth century when it was carved out of stone. Though it was originally constructed in an effort to placate the river running below its feet, now it stands a testament to the ingenuity of the Chinese civilization from more than 1,000 years ago. The statues is remarkably well preserved for its age and is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world at 223 feet. Luckily, there's a stairway on the side so you can make the climb to the top of the cliff and give this impressive work of art the attention it deserves.
Situated in the middle of China, Jiuzhaigou Valley is arguably is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the region. It's almost impossible to deny the considerable appeal of the valley thanks to its lush landscape, crystal clear lakes and majestic, snow-covered mountains. The valley encompasses more than 74,000 acres, so there is no lack of attractions, but some of the highlights include the breathtaking Pearl Shoal Waterfall and Five-Flower Lake.
A city located in the easternmost reaches of the country, Kashgar may not be what people envision when they first think of China, but a trip there is sure to be one of the most rewarding experiences during your time in China. Kashgar dates back more than 2,000 years, and its lengthy history is readily apparent around every corner. Among its most famous sites is the Id Kah Mosque - the largest mosque in China - which can hold up to 20,000 worshipers. You should also make a point to walk through its regular Sunday market, which has been a trading hotspot for centuries