China’s top ten small cities among foreign tourists (with photos)



Lijiang (丽江, beautiful river), Yunnan’s paradise city is located in the north-west part of Yunnan Province. When a few years ago many people still mistakenly treat it as a small river, it is now well known in the world after being identified as the world historical and cultural city by the United Nations. In fact, as early as in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Lijiang was renowned for its clear lake, clean and fresh air.


Pingyao’s history can be dated back to more than 2800 years ago, it is currently one of China’s most well preserved county-level ancient counties. In the Qing Dynasty, the ancient city was a thriving nationwide commercial and finance center.


Yan’an is China’s revolutionary site where the CPC Central Committee and Chairman Mao Zedong and other revolutionaries lived here for 13 years and led the Anti-Japanese War and the domestic war. It is now still an important education base to cultivate and transmit the spirit of national patriotism and revolutionary tradition.


Fenghuang County is located near the Tuo River, Central China’s Hunan Province. It became famous because of the masterpiece “cities on the border(边城)” by the famous writer, Shen Congwen.


Xichang is first stop of high-tech tour in CHina where people can not only see the huge rocket launchers, but also understand the whole process of the satellite launch. About five kilometers at the south of the city, people can find a “Guangfu Temple (光福寺)” in the Lu Mountain.


Turpan Prefecture, also known as Turfan Prefecture or Tulufan Prefecture, is located in the east of Xinjiang, People’s Republic of China. It has an area of 69,324 square kilometres and a population of 570,000. It became famous for its particular climate as well as the history of being an important town of the Silk Way through which the silk was transported from China to the outside world.


Pingxiang is a county-level city in the municipal region of Chongzuo in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. It witnessed the friendship as well as war relationship between China and Vietnam.


Zêtang is one of the largest cities in Tibet and is located in the Yarlung Valley, 183 km southeast of Lhasa in Nedong County of Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region of China.

According to legend, the origin of Tibetans begun in the “Kampot Mountain” where there were three caves being home to a Buddha, a monkey (who used to be a god) and a beautiful fairy. It’s believed that the money married the fairy and had six children whose offspring are now the Tibetans.


Madoi County is a county of Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in southeast-central Qinghai province. Its area is about 25,000 km², and with an average elevation of 4,300 m it is the highest Chinese county by average elevation. It is the first county where the great Yellow River starts.


Xingcheng, former name Ningyuan, is a county-level city of southwest Liaoning province, China, with a population of approximately 140,000 urban inhabitants, and is located on the Liaodong Bay, i.e. the northern coast of the Bohai Sea.

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