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Suzhou, China

Chongyuan Temple's Guanyin Statue

An enormous effigy of the goddess of compassion hides within the sanctuary.
Nanjing, China

Xuanwu Lake Park

Once an imperial lake garden, anyone can now visit this city park.
Shanghai, China

Confucian Temple of Shanghai

A prestigious learning institute of old Shanghai.
Beijing, China

Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum / Xiannongtan (Temple of Agriculture)

An ancient Chinese temple where even the emperor dressed like a farmer in the name of the harvest.
Shanghai, China

M50 Art District

This former textile district now is now a thriving center for contemporary Chinese art.
Beijing, China

Working People's Cultural Palace

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

Ruiguang Tower

The earliest pagoda built in the beautiful Panmen Scenic Area of Suzhou.
Suzhou Shi, China

Precious Belt Bridge

This bridge dates back to the 9th century and allows visitors to walk an ancient path amid modern industrial trappings.
Xian Shi, China

Great Mosque of Xi'an

Although resembling a grand Buddhist temple, this structure is actually the largest mosque in China.
Kashi Diqu, China

Afaq Khoja Mausoleum

An exquisite example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.
Xian Shi, China

Xi'an City Walls

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

Tiger Leaping Gorge

One of the word's deepest gorges is also tied to a fantastic legend.
Wulumuqi Shi, China

Tarim Mummies

These excavated burials from the Tarim Basin are wrapped in mystery.
Suzhou, China

Luohanyuan Shuangta (Twin Pagodas)

Two nearly identical Chinese pagodas stand side by side, along with ancient stone relics.
Suzhou, China

The Seven Cats of Shantang Street

Thanks to a bit of wordplay, seven auspicious stone cats guard this ancient canalside street.
Kashi Diqu, China

Kashgar Livestock Market

Be careful not to get trampled at this lively two thousand-year-old market.
Tulufan Shi, China

Tuyoq

Natives of this mud-brick desert village use an ancient irrigation system to grow sweet, seedless grapes.
Hotan, China

Hotan Sunday Market

This weekly market in the remote oasis city of Hotan still has the atmosphere of the old Silk Road.
Tulufan Diqu, China

Jiaohe Ruins

The ancient remains of this natural fortress can still be found along the Silk Road looking surprisingly preserved.
Wuhan, China

Sword of Goujian

This ancient sword lay in a waterlogged tomb for 2,500 years, but managed to remain relatively untarnished and impressively sharp.
Jiayuguan, China

Jiayuguan Fortress

The western-most fortress on the Great Wall of China has gone from a strategic stronghold to a kitschy tourist carnival.
Shijiazhuang, China

Jade Burial Suits

Stone shrouds of Prince Liu Sheng and Princess Dou Wan of the Han Dynasty, created to preserve their flesh for eternity.
Shanghai, China

Scale Model of Shanghai

A giant scale model giving a sneak peek at what urban planners see for Shanghai by 2020.
Jiuquan, China

Mogao Caves

Hundreds of caves filled with thousands of centuries-old statues and murals.