China abounds in cultural relics and scenic spots. In addition to the 21 cultural and scenic spots or areas which have been included in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list, China has applied for three more. They are Wuyi Mountain, stone carvings in Dazu and Zhouzhuang Village.
The 60-square-kilometer Wuyi Mountain is about 15 kilometers south of Wuyishan City in Fujian Province. It is a famous scenic area surrounded by valleys and isolated from other mountains. Places of interest include the Nine-Turning Stream and 36 peaks and 99 rocks. Nine-Turning Stream starts from the Sanbao Mountain and flows through Xingcun Village before entering the Wuyi Mountain area and it is a wonderful experience to float down the stream from the village on a bamboo raft. Wannian Palace in Chongyou, Chaiyang Academy and Hongqiao Bridge are historical sites and other places of scenic interest are Dawang Peak, Yunu Peak, Jiesheng Peak, Lesser Peach Garden and Skyline. There are also many rare plants and animals as well as the Wuyi Mountain Museum of Nature. In 1988 it was listed as one of the world's biosphere protection areas.
Dazu Stone Carvings
The stone carvings in Dazu date to the Tang and Song dynasties. There are 100,000 images in this group of stone carvings which are found at 70 sites about 14 kilometers from Chongqing. Most are Buddhist but there are Confucian and Taoist images. The stone carvings in Dazu and typical grotto carvings from later historical periods. They are important cultural relics and are under slate protection.
Zhouzhuang village is in southwest of Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, and is bordered by the Baixian, Dianshan and Nanhu lakes. The village has a 1,000-year history. In 1086 during the Northern Song Dynasty, Zhou Di, a court gentleman responsible for evaluations, built this village. All the residential houses and shops are next to water and most of the buildings were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the village there are 10 stone arch bridges; two of them, the Shide Bridge and the Yongan Bridge were built in the period 1573-1620, during the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli.
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