After showing you the 5 landmarks that are on the Vietnamese Dong, today we will continue with the Renminbi (also known as Yuan – its primary unit). The current fifth series of the Chinese currency can be considered as an itinerary that will take you to some incredible places.
According to Lonely Planet, in China, there are over 800 lakes that are called Westlake. However, the one in Hangzhou is surely the most famous and beautiful. Described as having “influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries” and reflecting “an idealized fusion between humans and nature”, Westlake in Hangzhou was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. Surrounded by lush tree-covered hills and having lots of pagodas, gardens and temples, Westlake has also influenced Chinese painters and especially poets with its scenic natural beauty. Visitors coming here can expect a laid back and relaxing time while adoring a sumptuous display of traditional Chinese architecture. Perhaps the most iconic view of Westlake is the three man-made islands, known as “Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon”, one of the ten famous scenic spots here. The image of it is printed on the 1 Yuan today.
Westlake in Hangzhou
Mount Tai (or Tai Shan in Pinyin) is one of the five sacred mountains in mainland China. As it is the easternmost of the five (also the most prominent considered by the Chinese people), Mount Tai is associated with sunrise and signifies birth and renewal. The peak of it, known as the Jade Emperor Peak is situated at the height of 1.545 meters. For the last 3000 years, Mount Tai has been of great importance as a place of worship throughout China as there are 22 temples, 97 ruins, 819 stone tablets, and 1,018 cliff-side here. Besides, Mount Tai offers some spectacular views of the surroundings with its height and possesses a collection of flora and fauna including 200 species of animals. Its great value of both natural and cultural significance has earned its name as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.
Mount Tai in Taian, China
With 6.300 kilometers long, Yangtze River is the longest river in China. No cruise voyages along Yangtze River are considered complete without passing its Three Gorges. Out of those three, Qutang Gorge is the shortest with only 8 kilometers compared to the 45 kilometer long Wu Gorge and the 66 Kilometer long Xiling Gorge. However, Qutang Gorge is considered the most spectacular. Although the cruise is brief, what had left deep impression on travelers’ mind are the imposing canyons created by the combination of the narrow river stream and the sheer height of mountains on either side. Qutang Gorge must be one of photographer’s favorites during their ExoticTrip to Mainland China.
Qutang Gorge in Yangtze River in 10 Yuan
Unlike the breathtaking sceneries in the Three Gorges of Yangtze River, a bamboo boat trip along Li River will give you the picturesque Chinese countryside landscape which is characterized by the sensationally tall limestone mountains. Between them are the bamboo groves, the lumbering buffalos pulling carts or taking a bath in the river and the farmers toiling on the rice fields. You can also take a stop to embark on the dry land and explore the majestic maze of unusual karsts formations by hiking or biking.
Li River in Guangxi Province, China
Built in 1645 and later took 50 years to complete, the Potala Palace served as the residence of Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the Tibetan uprising in 1959. This highest palace in the world is a must visit during any tour to Tibet Autonomous Region. The lingering stairways will lead you to this huge complex consisting of over 1000 rooms which house various sophisticatedly decorated statues, tombs and antiques. While Dalai Lama used to live at The White Palace, the Red Palace was once the spiritual center in Tibet. Today, the Potala Palace is renovated into a museum in which you can get a glimpse of how life was inside these walls more than 55 years ago.
The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet
The Great Hall of the People is an imposing structure in front of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Built in 1959 as one of the “Ten Great Structures” completed in time for the 10th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, it is the meeting venue of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese Parliament. One of the highlights of it is the large red star on the ceiling and the surrounding pattern of blue waves representing the people. This iconic building is truly the political center of China.
The Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China