Fanjingshan, China

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The UNESCO World Heritage site of Fanjingshan, also known as Mount Fanjing is a stunning mountain area located in the Wuling Mountains, in the Guizhou province of China.

The mountain site is formed by three peaks: the Mushroom Rock (2.318 m), the Old Golden Peak (2.474 m) and the spectacular Red Cloud Golden Peak (2.336 m) on whose top, onto a 100 meters high rock pinnacle, the Mile Temple and the Shijia Temple are connected by a bridge above the rift that splits the peak into two parts. Visitors can reach the two temples by the whole walking trail (8.888 steps, 5-6 hours), or by cable car and a shorter trail of about 2.300 steps.
Fanjingshan is a sacred Buddhist mountain, a pilgrimage destination for thousands of worshipers every year.

The whole Wuling Mountains area has plentiful biodiversity with more than two thousand species of plants and endemic endangered animals like the grey snub-nosed monkey, the Chinese giant salamander and the forest musk deer.

Mount Fanjing can be reached from the city of Tongren by a two hours bus drive and the best period to visit it is from March to November.

For any further information visit the Fanjingshan Official Website.

Dongchuan Red Land, China

Dongchuan Red Land
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The Dongchuan Red Land is located in Huashitou Country, Dongchuan District, Yunnan Province, China at 1.800 – 2.500 meters high.

It is a stunning natural landscape characterized by an unusual red-colored soil formed by oxidated iron elements deposited after centuries due to the humid and warm climate conditions.

During the year, the terraces used for cultivation (potatoes, rapeseed, wheat, barley, rape…) form artistic compositions similar to a painted picture.

The most suitable time for red soil photography is during spring and autumn, when most of the cultivations are in bloom.
The local people say that the perfect time for taking pictures is after the rain, when the wet sunlit land becomes more colorful.
There are many buses to get to Dongchuan from Kunming, which usually takes about 4-5 hours.
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