Daily Drip

Here Are the Most Beautiful Places in China


The travel magazine Chinese National Geography published their definitive list yesterday of China’s most beautiful locales. The endeavor lasted 8 months and involved collaboration with 34 media organizations across the country.

In the article, scenic shots are broken up into eight categories: lakes, waterfalls, mountains, villages, canyons, caves, grasslands, and deserts; and these categories each have a poetic introduction for the reader.

Domestic tourism is a massive industry in China, generating more than 5 billion RMB (nearly 700 million USD) in income in 2018, which represents an increase of over 12 percent from 2017, according to China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. In 2018, Chinese domestic travelers are estimated to have made more than 5.5 billion trips.

But enough talk. You want to see the pictures. Here are just some of the locations featured in Chinese National Geography‘s roundup.

Qinghai Lake

Tiger Leaping Gorge


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Lake Nam

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Horses and yak graze near the shore of Namtso Lake, the largest in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and highest in the world at 15,479 ft. This natural, salt lake is sacred to the Tibetans and is accessible by road from Lhasa. I get to travel to some pretty amazing places but without organizations like @nature_org working hard to protect them, that just wouldn’t be possible. This upcoming Earth Day, let’s help @nature_org stand up for nature—and inspire others—by entering the Nature Conservancy’s “What’s Your Nature?” Photo Contest. #lake #Namtso #lakenam #lakeNamtso #Tibet #Lhasa #China #photocontest #earthday @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeotravel @supchinanews @thephotosociety @thesilkroadjourney @natgeo.media

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Huanglong Cave, Zhangjiajie

Taklamakan Desert

Detian Waterfall


Zach Hollo
    J. Zach Hollo is a RADII contributor currently based in Guangzhou. He recently competed a master's degree in international affairs at National Chengchi University in Taipei, where he studied as a Fulbright scholar. Before that, he taught English in China's Hunan and Henan provinces. As an undergraduate, he attended Northwestern University's campus in Doha, Qatar, where he majored in journalism.