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Xian Shi, China

Xi'an City Walls

An ancient fortification lives on in this Chinese city.
Jingzhou, China

Guan Yu Statue

China has many statues of the general and war god, but none are as epic as this.
Qiannan Buyizumiaozuzizhizhou, China

The Eye of Heaven

The largest radio telescope in the world searches for extraterrestrial life from the remote limestone peaks of southern China.
Tianjin, China

Tianjin Eye

This massive neon wheel is the only one of its kind to be built over a bridge.
Qiannan Buyizumiaozuzizhizhou, China

Yelang Valley

It took an artist 20 years to create this sprawling sculpture garden honoring the area's ancient inhabitants.
Guilin, China

Reed Flute Cave

Hidden behind musical flora and forgotten for over a thousand years, this cave is now a neon dream.
Guilin, China

Yangshuo and Moon Hill

Natural arch gives panoramic views of Yangshuo's karst hills.
Shanghai, China

Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

This psychedelic tourist trap is a leisurely descent into madness.
Zhuhai Shi, China

Chime-Long Ocean Kingdom

This aquarium has almost as many world records as it does fish.
Jiangmen, China

Kaiping Dialous

Massive fortified towers blend North American and Chinese architecture.
Zhengzhou, China

Yan Huang Plaza

350-foot-high emperor faces in China's Yellow River valley.
Guangzhou, China

Guangzhou Circle

The world's tallest circular building is loaded with symbolism, but many just see a big donut.
Beijing, China

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

The embalmed remains of the communist leader lie within a custom crystal coffin.
Shenzhen Shi, China

Dafen Oil Painting Village

The knock-off oil painting capital of the world.
Tangshan, China

Da Shuhua

A spectacular annual festival centers around humans throwing molten iron against a wall at night.
Shangrao, China

The Giant Buddha of Guifeng

China's mysterious record-setting sleeping Buddha.
Beijing, China

Mansudae Art Studio Gallery

North Korea's massive art and propaganda factory now has an official gallery space in Beijing.
Zhangzhou, China

Fujian Tulou Cluster

Walled family complexes in Southern China.
Shenzhen Shi, China

Window of the World

130 replicas of world wonders squeezed into just 118 acres of space.
Beijing, China

The Fox Tower at Dongbianmen

This historic Chinese tower was said to have been haunted by fox spirits but is now haunted by a grisly murder.
Shaoguan, China

Mount Danxia

Unique geological formations in China, featuring some suggestive shapes.
Beijing, China

Working People's Cultural Palace

This smaller cousin of the Forbidden City has gone from ancestral sacrifice to tourist's whispers.
Changsha, China

Giant Head of Mao Zedong

The world's largest statue of Mao Zedong looks out over the city where he discovered Communism.
Luoyang, China

Longmen Grottoes

The field of tiny caves that mark this Chinese cliffside are each their own historic Buddhist temple.