An amazing collection of antique Ming villages, used atmospherically in Zhang Yimou’s film Raise the Red Lantern.
2 Huang Shan
Arguably China’s most scenic mountain, wreathed in narrow stone staircases, contorted trees and cloud-swept peaks.
3 Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan
On show here are 2000-year-old relics from the tombs of aristocrats, including a lacquered coffin and an orchestra of 64 giant bronze bells.
4 Shennongjia Forest Reserve
Wild and remote mountain refuge of the endangered golden monkey and (allegedly) the enigmatic ye ren, China’s Bigfoot.
5 Wudang Shan
Temple-covered mountains at the heart of Taoist martial-art mythology; it’s said this is where tai ji originated.