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The Best Asian Tourist Destinations in Lonely Planet

Between Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, there is a world’s first beautiful scenery—Gansu. It defeated Kamakura, Japan, and the Four Kings Islands of Indonesia, and won the top one in Asia’s best tourist destination in the “Lonely Planet”.

Gansu is located at the intersection of the three plateaus of the Loess Plateau, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and Inner Mongolia Plateau. Its landform is complex and diverse, with various terrains including mountains, plateaus, plains, river valleys, deserts, and the Gobi, surrounded by mountains and hills.

It has the longest road in China: the Silk Road. Stretching 7,000 kilometers, the Silk Road, like the porcelain of the same origin in China, became a symbol of a prosperous civilization in East Asia at that time.

It has a Chinese art treasure: Mogao Grottoes. It has accumulated more than a thousand years of wind and sand, and it has supported the weight of more than a thousand years. The murals in it have witnessed the wisdom and greatness of the ancients, as well as the rise and fall of the dynasty and the cycle of time.

Shandan military horse farm: the largest military horse farm in Asia. In Gansu Province, there is one of the largest military horse farms in Asia: the Shandan military horse farm. The Damaging grassland on the northern foot of Lenglong Ridge of Qilian Mountain has a total area of 3.295 million mu. Flocks of horses ran across the vast prairies, the hoofs splashed off the dust, and the wrangler waved the whip, forming a magnificent scene.

Zhangye Danxia Landform: The Most Colored Mountain in China. The Zhangxia Danxia landform is in a 100-square-meter mountainous and hilly area with strange shapes, colorful, and magnificent. Moreover, the landform here developed from Pre Jurassic to Tertiary about 2 million years ago.

Tengger Desert. The Tengger Desert is one of China’s four largest deserts. When the sun drops, the desert turns golden and is accompanied by the setting sun. At that moment, when you look into the distance, you will feel so small. People can’t help but admire nature

Heihe Wetland: the south of the Yangtze River hidden in the Gobi. The Heihe River is the largest river in the Hexi Corridor and an inland river. When the Heihe river systems flow through Zhangye, they form a large area of rivers, lakes, and swamps. On both sides of the river, there are ribbon reed wetlands and red willow shrub wetlands. Therefore, they are full of life and birds playing in this area.

Jinchang Flower Sea: the same latitude as Provence. It is located at the same latitude 38 degrees north as Provence, France. Unlike Provence, where there is only a single lavender specie, the purple flowers here include lavender, verbena, sage, etc., while lavender and verbena occupy nearly 10,000 acres.

In addition to the abundant natural landscapes mentioned above, the rich and historic cultural views here are also world-famous, such as Maijishan Grottoes, Labrang Temple, and Jiayuguan. Make it full of artistic atmosphere. I believe you must can’t wait to travel here.

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Written by Debra Strauss

Debra, a culinary mother, is a three-child mother who graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a bachelor's degree in economics and Chinese.

Debra loves living and sharing and is currently working full-time on article writing.