Jiuzhaigou National Park Lake and mountain skyline

The National Parks of China that Will Take Your Breath Away

The best way to see nature at its finest is to go to the many beautiful national parks that are scattered throughout the country of China.

These amazing places are full of sights that you will never forget, and some may even take your breath away. Delving into these magical places gives you a peaceful feeling coupled with a strong connection to the nature that is around you.

Here are our top picks for National Parks that you should visit in China:

Jiuzhaigou National Park

Located in the Min Shan mountain range in Sichuan, this beautiful area is known for amazingly blue waters of its over 108 lakes.

The incredible placid surface of these waters reflects the mountains in the background, creating a brilliant scene that doesn’t seem quite real.

The name of the park actually means “Nine Village Valley”, and in this area, you will be able to visit local Tibetan villages and see the culture of the native people.

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Another highlight of this area is the many majestic waterfalls that cascade into those shimmering lakes.  In particular, Nuorilang Waterfalls are the widest waterfalls of China, and a fantastic site to see in Jiuzhaigou.

Jiuzhaigou National Park Lake

The best time of year to visit this national park is absolutely in the fall when you can see the colors of the leaves changing and these brilliant reds and yellows reflected in the crystal clear waters.

Shilin National Park

Also known as the Stone Forest, this karst stone forest is unique to its area of the world, and its jagged beauty is unusual and intriguing to the eye.

These incredible stone peaks stand straight into the air, appearing to be an actual forest made of stones. These natural stone formations are rugged, elegant, and strange.

Shilin National Park

There are seven different sections to the Shilin National Park, the most popular being the Greater and Lesser Stone Forests. Also of interest is the Naigu Stone Forest, which is less commercialized and distant from the crowds that at times horde the other areas of the park.

Visiting this park is something that can be done all year round, as the area of Kunming where it is situated tends to have an annual average temperature of 15o C (60o F).

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

As the first national park set up in China and the inspiration for some of the scenes in the movie ‘Avatar’, this fantastically beautiful area is graced by majesty and mysterious charm that can hardly be surpassed by any other place on earth.

Its towering stone pillars and rich wildlife make it an incredible spot to really get into nature and enjoy the area. Sitting in the Hunan province, this natural park covers 400 km2 and includes peaks, ravines, waterfalls, and a plethora of caves.

zhangjiajie rocks

For the able hiker, exploration is at the tip of your fingers, giving you deep insight into this natural treasure. Its striking beauty will no doubt leave you speechless.

Breath-taking Zhangjiajie

As a home to many endangered plants and animal life, this is an interesting place to visit and see things you may not normally see. Visit the Yellow Stone Stronghold and see its many natural sites such as the Needle Peak, Five-Finger Peak, and Tranquil Trail.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park

Located in the Yunnan Province of China, this beautiful group of peaks close to the city of Lijiang is an excellent place to take in nature.

Wander over to the Black Dragon Pool to see a fantastic view of the mountain itself, or go for a hike and get into this incredible place! Hiking along Tiger Leaping Gorge affords some fantastic views, as this is one of the largest gorges in the world.

The path to the top of the mountain is a specially built stairway, which makes it easier and safer to climb.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain National Park

Go in the winter for some snowy fun, or enjoy a good hike around at any other time of the year.  In the small town of Yuhucun you can go for a guided horse ride into the park, and enjoy the scenery that way.

Take in the views of the Yangtze River flowing beneath you as you climb higher up this beautiful place.

National Parks are treasures that should always be appreciated and respected.  Enjoy their incredible natural beauty and soak in the culture of these fantastic areas.

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Cez Krol

Travel blogger at eTramping
Cez lives in China like a local for the past 4 years. Apart from speaking the language, he loves to discover more about this unique country of extreme contrasts. He shares his China experiences here at Sublime China and on his blog eTramping, so go and check out what's out there for you in China.
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