The Most Beautiful Places in China That You Didn't Know Existed!

Source: TheCultureTrip

Do you know any of these 5 places? Take a look!

1) Guanyin Statue - Hainan, China

This massive statue dedicated to Guanyin, the Chinese Buddhist goddess of mercy, is part of the Nanshan Temple Complex. At 354 feet, the statue towers over the surrounding area. Its said to be the worlds tallest statue of Guanyin, as well as the fourth tallest statue on the planet. The statue has three faces, one of which looks towards the land, and the other two which point towards the South China Sea.

2) Dongchuan Red Land - Yunnan, China

The Dongchuan Red Land is a 77,000-square mile area located about 25 miles southwest of Kunming City. The regions subtropical climate causes iron to oxidize and deposit in the soil, which gives it a deep red color. The red soil color is emphasized by the other colors of the surrounding landscape, contrasting against green barley, golden buckwheat, white oil flowers, and the blue sky. Often described as a palette of colors, the area is best visited from either May to June or September to November, when various crops are ripe and the colors are most distinct.

3) Saint Sophia Cathedral - Heilongjiang, China

With its deep green onion domes and golden crosses, Saint Sophia Cathedral is one of Harbins most recognizable landmarks. Standing 177 feet tall, the church is the largest Orthodox church in East and Southeast Asia. Today, the churchs un-restored interior houses a museum dedicated to the city, while its front square is a popular local gathering spot.

4) Echoing Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake - Gansu, China

The Echoing Sand Mountain is a series of sand dunes located along the Silk Road, in the Gobi desert in northwest China. The huge dunes stretch for more than 25 miles long and 12 miles wide, reaching 800 feet at their peak. Aside from their interesting shapes, the dunes are known for the haunting echoing sound they produce when strong winds blow over the sands. The dunes surround Crescent Lake, a half-mooned shaped lake that offers a pleasing contrast to the sand with the gardens blooming on its shores.

5) Yungang Grottoes - Shanxi, China

The Yungang Grottoes are a collection of 53 grottoes found in Shanxi Province, which contain more than 51,000 sandstone sculptures of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Dating mainly between the 5th and 6th centuries during the North Wei Dynasty, the site is an important Buddhist landmark, reflecting numerous different styles of Buddhist art. The tallest sculpture is 55 feet high, while the two smallest are only a few inches. Five Buddhas sculpted based on five Wei emperors can be found in grottoes 16 to 20, which are considered to be the most well-preserved caves.