1 Yixian

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.

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