Rewind: what to see when in China

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As you all may know, The Golden Scope explores the fascinating and beautiful, featuring remote destinations, unique location and stunning landscapes.

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This is why today we decided to focus on a few places located in China that we feel people should know about, and maybe one day go visit.

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If you are a big fan of the Chinese culture, then you should also take a look at our previous pieces on Guilin, Xiamen and China’s most beautiful ancient towns.

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If you are ready, we could now begin our journey across China’s most wonderful hidden gems: the scenic Teng Wang Ge, the immense Leshan Giant Buddha statue, the ancient towers of Kaiping Diaolou, and the millennial Mogao Caves.



Located in the Jiangxi Province the Tengwang Pavillion—also known as the Pavillion of Prince Teng—is one of the great works of the Tang Dynasty. Built along the Xi River the pavillion  reaches a height of around 60 meters with a floor space of 13,000 square meters.


This colossal stone statue is 71 metres tall. It was built during the Tang Dynasty, so around the 700s, and it is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. Leshan Giant Buddah is located in the southern part of the Sichuan province.


Kaiping Diaolou towers are fortified multi-storey towers, situated in the Guangdong province. They have been declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 2007, and they can be dated back to the Qing Dynasty (1644–1912).


The Mogao Caves—or Mogao Grottoes—are part of a system of 492 temples all located at a crossroads on the Silk Road, in the Gansu province. The caves contain some of the finest examples of Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years. The first caves were dug out in 366 BC as by some Buddhist monks who were looking for a place where to meditate in peace.


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