Kick the Winter Blues: 8 Unexpected Chinese Sites Full of Bright & Shiny
By Brittany Dismuke, on November 13, 2018
What a beautiful place, who wouldn’t feel better after a trip to this award winning aquatic kingdom? Home to one of the world’s largest marine theme parks, over 20,000 species of fish, one of the world’s longest roller coasters, a polar themed water coaster, a marine parade and a performance including lights and projections, lasers, and fireworks, this is truly a one of a kind place!
Take a bit of a different spin on the bright and shiny theme with a visit to the Golden summit Temple. Located on top of a mountain, this statue is 48 meters high and has faces that look in ten directions one for each of the Bodhistattva’s “Ten Truths of Universal Worthiness.” Take in the beautiful landscape and gain some inner peace in this sacred space.
The Da Shuhua festival in Tangshan, China is the epitome of this theme. The festival grew out of a 12th century tradition for making a poor man’s firework, as only the rich could afford them. Blacksmiths would heat iron and on a winter’s night throw it against a stone wall causing the iron to explode into a thousand sparks like fireworks that resemble a flower. This flower shape is what gives the festival its name “tree flower.” Such a magnificent display of human creativity should brighten anyone’s day.
What about a giant neon ferris wheel built above a bridge doesn’t make you smile? Hang out almost 400 feet in the air and for the 30 minute ride and get a great view of the landscape. Even if heights aren’t your thing, the brightly lit display should be enough for a grin.
This destination may seem a little out of place, but the good feels of this LGBT club will warm even the coldest grinch. Bright and full of color it is one of the most popular dance clubs in Beijing for locals and tourists of all sexualities. It is not just a club, but also houses a dance studio, lounge, art gallery, café AND HIV-Testing center.
Also known as “the palace of natural arts” this 180-million-year-old natural limestone cave has been attracting visitors for over 1200 years! The reeds used in flute making grow outside, thus giving it is name. The cave is lit with multi-colored lights making it an even more awe-inspiring experience to view the formations as well as the more than 70 inscriptions that date back as far as 792 AD. Being in a place that was visited by people for hundreds of years can really give you a sense of a bigger purpose and inspire you.
Even if you don’t make this into a full tour, hopefully you can add on a bit of bright and shiny to your next trip to China! If you need assistance with your travel visa for China, please visit APVI.com to apply for one and we will make sure you get the assistance you need and deserve.