by Jonny Blair
For this post we head to China, the world’s largest country, and we’re talking World Heritage Sites! But not the obvious ones such as the Forbidden Palace and the Terracotta Warriors. Here we cover a few of the more unusual and rare Chinese World Heritage Sites, been to them all recently to get a good detailed look at the more “off the beaten track” parts of China!
1. Fujian Tulou, FUJIAN Province, CHINA: Nestled deep in the forgotten green countryside of the Fujian Province, lies a magical world of special ancient Chinese buildings known as the Fujian Tulou. Known as “Earthen Buildings” these structures housed entire clans, kept out the enemies and made their Chinese dwellers self efficient. I visited loads of them and wrote about 10 posts about them, such was their impact on the travelling Northern Irishman. I detailed a lot about them on other posts. 
Quick Guide – Get to the city of Yongding in Fujian Province. Once you’re there you will realise that there are many bus tours out to these buildings and numerous drivers offering them. If you’re a foreign tourist, they will probably come to you. However be aware of rip offs and drivers cutting special buildings off your trip.
2. The Mountains at Danxiashan in the Guangdong Province of China: These are a spectacular range of remote mountains hidden deep in the north of Guangdong – well worth a trip and best to do it yourself. A splendid range of mountains, hikes, climbs and rock formations make for a marvellous few days. Do the sunset and the sunrise hikes for some amazing views and scenery.
Quick Steps – Arrive in the city of Shaoguan first and then get a bus from the main bus station there out to these epic mountains. The bus will drop you off at the Danxia entrance and you can stay overnight in a village called Jin Jiang or Yao Tang. From there it becomes easy to organise the hikes – one at sunset is good and passes by penis rock, the other one is a sunrise hike and has incredible views!
3. Kaiping Dialou, Guangdong Province, CHINA: It’s amazing that in a country so vast as China, that a scattered array of almost 2,000 impressive tower style buildings almost goes un-noticed! Well it’s easy to get lost in China, luckily these buildings have outlasted their builders and as recently as 2007 they were declared a World Heritage Site, and deservedly so! This was actually my MOST recent venture into China, just a couple of weeks ago, so you’ll hear a lot more about it. 
A Quick Guide – to see the excellent Dialou Buildings, you firstly need to stay in the city of Kaiping. There are a few hotels in the city centre, we stayed in the Milan Hotel and organised things from there. Pick up a leaflet and enqire abut tours or hire your own driver and get out there!
That’s my rundown on these 3 excellent unknown World Heritage Sites in China – head out and check them out!
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