Title: Classical Stories of China Series: Scenic Spots Stories
Press: China Intercontinental Press
China is blessed with a vast area of 9.6 million square km and a time-honored history of thousands of years. The Chinese people have been living in harmony with nature for many millennia. The landscape boasts numerous breathtaking scenic spots and there are an overwhelming number of cultural and historic attractions. These scenic spots, not only showcase China’s spectacular natural scenery, but also record the brilliant history and culture of China. Today, many places of interest have been listed as world heritage sites and are globally cherished as the common cultural wealth of mankind.
As Confucius, a famous Chinese philosopher, said, “The wise man delights in water, the good man delights in mountains.” The Chinese people some 2,000 years ago began to treat the relationship between the natural world and spiritual culture philosophically. For this reason, touring scenic spots for Chinese people goes far beyond mere travel and leisure. Scenic spots have a close link with the cultural life of the Chinese people. Cultural relics that have been left behind by the Chinese in different eras can be found in many famous mountains and rivers, from which we can understand many things about China such as architecture, religion, customs and history. With regard to these natural beauty spots, there are a lot of anecdotes of famous people, folk customs and myths. These stories, combined with the landscape of the land, comprise an integral part of the cultural connotation of scenic spots in China.
This book introduces the most well-known and representative man-made and natural scenic spots in China, along with the most well-known stories about them. Readers can enjoy these places of interest and the charm of Chinese culture as they read.
Temple of Heaven
Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde
Terracotta Warriors (Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor)
Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
Taishan Mountain (Mount Tai)
Qufu Confucian Temple
Dujiangyan Irrigation System
Potala Palace and Jokhang Monastery
Leshan Giant Buddha
Yellow Crane Tower
Hangzhou West Lake
Three Gorges of the Yangtze River
Shilin (Stone Forest)
Landscape of Guilin
Ancient City of Pingyao