AAAAA Tourist Attractions of China

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Tourist attractions or scenic areas rated as AAAAA (5A) are the most important and best-maintained tourist attractions in the People's Republic of China, given the highest level in the rating categories used by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. As of 2018, there are 248 tourist attractions listed as 5A.[1]

History

The origins of the rating system for tourist attractions are based on criteria first set out in 1999 by the China National Tourism Administration (predecessor to the current Ministry of Culture and Tourism) and revised in 2004.[2] The criteria includes quality and management factors like ease of transportation links, site safety, cleanliness, etc. and also takes into account the uniqueness and recognition of the sightseeing offering.[2] Tourist attractions were graded according to the criteria on a scale initially from A to AAAA with AAAAA or 5As added on later as the highest rating. A group of 66 tourist attractions were certified as the first set of AAAAA rated tourist attractions in 2007.[2] The first batch included many of the most iconic historical sites in China including the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Additional batches of additional sites have been added including 20 new 5A sites in February 2017.[3] On rare occasions a few locations have been delisted from the highest rating category for deficiencies in visitor experience.[4]

List

Province Prefecture Name Date of Inclusion Description Image
Beijing Dongcheng Forbidden City
("Palace Museum")
2007 A .72 km² compound of 980 buildings,[5] initially constructed by the Yongle Emperor from 1406 to 1420,[6] used as the main palace of the Ming and early Qing dynasties, converted into a public museum in 1925.[7] Its southern Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'anmen) displays a famous portrait of Mao Zedong and has been the scene of numerous important events in modern Chinese history, including the 1 October 1949 celebration of the founding of the PRC and the Tian'anmen Square protests of 1989. Verbotene Stadt Eingang - panoramio.jpg
Beijing Dongcheng Temple of Heaven 2007 A 2.73 km² compound of 92 buildings,[8] initially constructed by the Yongle Emperor in 1420,[8][9] used for the traditional worship of Heaven during the Ming and Qing dynasties, converted into a public park in 1918.[9] 11 Temple of Heaven.jpg
Beijing Haidian Summer Palace 2007 A 2.97 km² compound surrounding Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake,[10] initially constructed by the Qianlong Emperor from 1750 to 1764[10] to represent other famous sites of China and Chinese mythology in miniature, used as the unofficial main palace for the rest of the Qing,[11] infamously[12] razed by European troops in 1860 during the Second Opium War, rebuilt by the empress dowager Cixi and a center of late Qing government, damaged and looted by foreigners again in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion, converted into a public park in 1924,[10] and extensively restored since 1953. Yi He Yuan - A. Holdrinet.jpg
Beijing Yanqing Badaling Great Wall 2007 A 3,741 m section of the Great Wall[13] initially constructed in 1505 to protect the Juyong Pass,[14] restored after 1952,[15] and opened to tourists in 1958.[13] It has received scores of foreign leaders, most notably US president Richard Nixon during his 1972 visit.[15] 2014.08.19.094528 Great Wall Badaling.jpg
Beijing Changping 13 Ming Tombs[16] 2011 A 34.35 km² necropolis[17] constructed between 1409 and 1644 in a hollow of Yanshan Mountain, used as the resting place for 13 of the 16 emperors of the Ming.[16] Ming Tomb Site.JPG
Beijing Xicheng Prince Gong Mansion
("Prince Kung's Mansion")[18]
2012 A 6 ha (15 acre) compound with an expansive garden,[18] initially constructed in 1777[19] by the Qianlong Emperor's notoriously corrupt[20] official Heshen, used as a residence for members of the imperial family including the diplomat Yixin during the rest of the Qing,[18] repurposed as the women's campus of Fu-Jen Catholic University under the Republic and as residences for leaders of the Ministry of Public Security under the People's Republic,[11] restored after 1982,[18] and opened as a museum in 1996.[21] It is one of the few surviving Qing palaces, out of the 74 still used by imperial princes at the fall of the empire.[11] Gongwangfu4.jpg
Beijing Chaoyang Olympic Green 2012 An 11.59 km²[22] Olympic Park constructed for the 2008 summer games, now featuring the Bird's Nest stadium, the National Indoor Stadium, the Water Cube aquatics center, the Olympic Forest Park, and national science & technology and the ethnic museums. Beijing National Stadium - night.jpg
Tianjin Nankai Guwenhua Jie
("Ancient Culture Street")
2007 A 560 m[23] street lined with imitation Qing shops opened in 1986,[24] selling traditional wares and snacks[23][25] beside Mazu and Taoist temples (originally dating to 1326 and 1368, respectively)[24] and a folklore museum.[26] Zhangxiange Pavilion on Guwenhuajie Street 2.jpg
Tianjin Jizhou Mount Pan
("Panshan Scenic Area")
2007 A 105 km² forest park surrounding 850 m Mount Pan,[26] whose temples were first built in AD 25 during the Han. The four surviving temples include a 13-story dagoba and have all been renovated since the 1990s.[26] 盘山顶峰 - Summit of Mount Panshan - 2015.10 - panoramio.jpg
Hebei Baoding Baiyang Lake
("Lake Baiyandian")>
2007 The largest lake in northern China, although growing urban and agricultural water use after 1950 reduced its size from more than 1000 km² to almost nothing in the 1980s.[27][28] It is presently composed of 143 smaller lakes around 366 km² and is used for nature tourism,[29] but its size is now maintained by unsustainable use of highly polluted groundwater.[27][30] 河北白洋淀.jpg
Hebei Chengde Chengde Mountain Resort
("Imperial Summer Resort and the Surrounding Temples")
2007 A 6.1 km²[31] compound initially constructed from 1703 to 1792 during the Qing,[31] with an imperial summer resort surrounded by areas of mountains, plains, and lakeshore mimicking China's overall topography,[32] serving as a culmination of traditional Chinese gardening and an influence on landscape gardening worldwide.[31] The palace was a particular favorite of the Kangxi and Qianlong emperors, and its intermixed ethnic architectural styles consciously affirmed their government's commitment to a multicultural state, and it.[31] Chengdemountainresortpic2.jpg
Hebei Baoding Yesanpo National Park 2011 A 334.8 km²[33] park at the intersection of the Taihang and Yan chains,[33] comprising three main scenic areas—the Baili Gorge, the Longmentian Pass, and Fodongta Peak with Yugu Cave.[33] Yesanpo.jpg
Hebei Shijiazhuang Xibaipo 2011 A village including a museum and other memorials reconstructing its role as the headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party and People's Liberation Army in late 1948 and early 1949, an important period of the Chinese Civil War.[34] (The original sites are underwater as a result of local hydroelectric projects.)[35] Xibaipuo1.jpg
Hebei Tangshan Eastern Qing Tombs 2015 A 78 km²[36] necropolis of 508 buildings constructed between 1661 and 1908[37] in a hollow of Changrui Mountain,[38] used as the resting place of 5 emperors of the Qing,[38] as well as the dowager empress Cixi.[39] Xiaoling Tomb 20160906 (1).jpg
Hebei Handan Nüwa Imperial Palace
("Wahuang Palace")[40]
2015 A 1.7 km²[40] compound beside Phoenix Mountain (Fenghuangshan)[41] honoring the goddess Nüwa,[40] who temples were first built under the Han.[40] The surviving palaces and temples were initially constructed under the Wanli Emperor of the Ming,[41] were restored in the 1990s, and include one of China's most impressive rock carvings: 130,000 characters of Buddhist scripture engraved into the mountains from the Northern Qi onward.[40][42] Wahuang Palace 2.png
Hebei Handan Guangfu Ancient City 2017 A 1.5 km²[43] town in the center of Yongnian Marsh,[43] first settled during the Spring and Autumn Period[44] and serving as the capital of Dou Jiande's and Liu Heita's short-lived principalities of "Xia"[43] and "Handong"[45] during the late Sui, with city walls initially constructed under the Tang and modern construction mimicking the town's appearance under the Ming.[46] It has museums to locals Yang Luchan and Wu Yuxiang, the founders of the two largest schools of tai chi.[43][47] 行摄梓地 hiroko.cn MRG 6188.JPG
Hebei Baoding Mount Baishai
("Whitestone Mountain Scenic Area")[48]
2017 A forest park surrounding 2096 m Mount Baishai, the northern end of the Taihang Mountains[48] and site of the 1937 Battle of the Great Wall during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War. 白石山长城.JPG
Shanxi Datong Yungang Grottoes 2007 An 8.5 km²[49] area of 252 caves in the Wuzhou Mountains with 51,000 niches filled with Buddhist statues and 18,000  of carved wall space,[50] initially constructed under the Northern Wei in the 5th & 6th century,[51] expanded by the Liao in the 11th,[52] and restored since 1952.[53] There is also a ruined Ming fortress and beacon tower over the caves.[54] China - Yungang Grottoes 6 (135940397).jpg
Shanxi Xinzhou Mount Wutai 2007 A 423.12 km²[55] area surrounding the five peaks of Mount Wutai (3,061 m), considered holy since at least the Han (1st century AD), the site of imperial pilgrimage since the Northern Wei (5th century),[55] and the seat of the Buddhist bodhisattva Manjushri (Wenshu) since the 7th century,[56] and now hosting 53 monasteries in architecture spanning over a thousand years, including a timber hall from the Tang.[55] Wutai Shan.jpg
Shanxi Jincheng House of the Huangcheng Chancellor 2011 A 10 ha[57] (25 acre) walled estate with 9 gates, 19 gardens, and 640 rooms, initially constructed in 1633 for Chen Changyan and expanded in 1703 for Chen Tingjing, tutor to the Kangxi Emperor and chief editor of the Kangxi Dictionary.[58] Huangcheng Xiangfu 2.JPG
Shanxi Jinzhong Mount Mian[59] 2013 A 75 km² area[60] surrounding the peak of Mt Mian (2,440 m),[59] considered holy since at least the Spring and Autumn Period (8th–5th centuries BC),[61] most famed as the scene of Jie Zhitui's supposed immolation by Duke Chong'er of Jin c. 636 BC[60] and thus the home of China's Cold Food and Tomb-Sweeping Festivals,[62] the site of imperial pilgrimage since the Tang (7th century),[60] when Li Shimin won an important victory nearby[61] and constructed a temple for the Princess Changzhao to retire to as a Buddhist nun.[60] Mianshan.jpg
Shanxi Jinzhong Qiao Family Compound
("Qiao's Grand Courtyard")[63]
2014 A 1.1 ha[63] (2.6 acre) courtyard house comprising six large courtyards and 313 rooms built in the shape of a ,[63] the character for "double happiness", initially constructed in 1755 for the tofu and tea merchant Qiao Guifa,[64] rebuilt twice,[65] including for the financier Qiao Zhiyong,[63] converted into the Qixian Folk Museum in 1986, and the setting for Zhang Yimou's 1991 Raise the Red Lantern and over 40 other movies.[63] Qiao Family Compound, Jinyiyuan.JPG
Shanxi Jinzhong Pingyao
("Pingyao Ancient City")[66]
2015 A 2.25 km²[67] walled town of about 4000 buildings[68] in central Shanxi, first protected by earthen ramparts c. 800 BC,[67] thoroughly reconstructed and fortified c. 1370 under the early Ming,[67] serving as the financial center of the region from the 16th century and of the entire Qing Empire during the late 19th century.[67] The town exemplifies Ming & Qing urban planning, with over a hundred streets and lanes lined with 17th–19th century shops criss-crossing the town.[67] Organized restorations have been undertaken periodically since the 15th century, the most recent phase beginning in 1979.[67] The World Heritage Site also includes the nearby Shuanglin and Zhenguo Temples.[68] Pingyao marketstreet.jpg
Shanxi Xinzhou Yanmen Pass Scenic Area[69] 2017 A cluster of fortifications which once guarded the 1 km Yanmen Pass beside Mt Gouzhu,[70] protecting "China Proper" from the nomads of the Eurasian steppe, initially constructed around 306 BC during the Warring States Period[71] and taking most of its present form from Lu Ting's work in 1374 during the early Ming,[70] when it formed part of the "inner" line of the Great Wall.[71] Its strategic importance made it the site of numerous major events, most famously the 980 battle which formed an important element in the Chinese legends, plays, &c. about Yang Ye and the other Generals of the Yang Family.[72] Yanmenguan3.JPG
Inner Mongolia Ordos Xiangshawan 2011 Desert resort Nomad Theater Xiangshawan.jpg
Inner Mongolia Ordos Mausoleum of Genghis Khan 2011 A 225 km²[73] area surrounding a compound of 4 buildings[73] constructed between 1954 and 1956[74][75] to house relics used in the veneration of Genghis Khan, Tolui, and their wives since the Yuan, repurposed as a salt depot in 1968,[76] restored in the early 1980s,[74] and now the world center of Genghis Khan's cult,[76] despite having only replicas[77] after its desecration during the Cultural Revolution.[74] The site also includes an expansive prairie, an equestrian sports center, a hot air balloon area, and a village showcasing traditional Mongolian culture.[78] GhinggisKhanMausoleum.jpg
Inner Mongolia Hinggan League Mount Arxan and Chaihe River scenic area[79] 2017 An amalgam of the Arxan National Forest Park and Geopark, the Zhalantun Scenic Area, and Rose Peak.[79] 阿尔山杜鹃胡 - panoramio.jpg
Liaoning Shenyang Shenyang Botanical Garden Shenyang 世博园 - panoramio.jpg
Liaoning Dalian Tiger Beach Ocean Park, Tiger Beach Polar Museum 老虎滩海洋公园正门.jpg
Liaoning Dalian Golden Pebble Beach Jinshitan Scenic Area or Golden Pebble Beach National Resort
Liaoning Benxi Benxi Shuidong National Park Benxi Water Caves 本溪水洞洞口.jpg
Liaoning Anshan Qianshan National Park Qianshan National Park 1, China.jpg
Jilin Changchun Changchun World Sculpture Park 2017 长春世界雕塑公园主塔.jpg
Jilin Dunhua Mount Liudang 2015
Jilin Changchun Museum of the Imperial Palace of Manchukuo 2007 Qinmin Lou in Imperial Palace of the Manchu State.JPG
Jilin Baishan Changbai Mountains 2007 Heaven Lake, Changbai.jpg
Jilin Changchun Jingyuetan 2011 净月潭.jpg
Jilin Changchun Changchun Movie Wonderland 2015
Heilongjiang Daxing'anling Arctic Village 2015 Zuibeikun530.png
Heilongjiang Yichun Stone Forest Scenic Area 2013 Located within the Tanwanghe National Park.
Heilongjiang Mudanjiang Jingpo Lake 2011 Jingpo Lake Maogong Mountain.JPG
Heilongjiang Heihe Wudalianchi 2011 Wudalianchi1.jpg
Heilongjiang Harbin Sun Island 2007 One of the main exhibition areas for ice sculptures during the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. 水閣雲天太陽湖.jpg
Shanghai Pudong Oriental Pearl TV Tower 2007 Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai.jpg
Shanghai Pudong Shanghai Wild Animal Park
("Shanghai Wildlife Park")
2007 Shanghai Wild Animal Park Main Entrance.jpg
Shanghai Pudong Shanghai Science & Technology Museum 2010 A picture from China every day 034.jpg
Jiangsu Nanjing Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum Located on Purple Mountain Hall of Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum.jpg
Jiangsu Suzhou Classical Gardens of Suzhou (Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden) Located on Tiger Hill
Jiangsu Suzhou Tongli 20090930 Tongli 5669.jpg
Jiangsu Suzhou Zhouzhuang Located on Kunshan Zhouzhuang1.jpg
Jiangsu Suzhou Jinji Lake Located in Suzhou Industrial Park Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) - West Bank of Jin Ji Lake.jpg
Jiangsu Wuxi CCTV Wuxi Film/TV Studio 三國城 - panoramio.jpg
Jiangsu Wuxi Grand Buddha LinShanDaFo.jpg
Jiangsu Nanjing Qinhuai River Located in Nanjing Fuzimiao Confucius Temple river.jpg
Jiangsu Yangzhou Slender West Lake Five Pavilion Bridge and White Pagoda 2017.jpg
Jiangsu Zhenjiang Three Mountains of Zhenjiang (Jinshan, Jiaoshan and Beigushan)
Jiangsu Changzhou Oriental Jurassic Park
Jiangsu Nantong Hao River Hao River in The Evening.JPG
Jiangsu Taizhou Qin Lake Scenic Area
Jiangsu Suzhou Lake Tai
Jiangsu Wuxi Yuantouzhu
Jiangsu Changshu Yushan
Jiangsu Changzhou Tianmu Lake
Jiangsu Zhenjiang Mount Mao
Jiangsu Huai'an Former Residence of Zhou Enlai Zhou Enlai1.jpg
Jiangsu Yancheng Dafeng Milu Nature Reserve
Jiangsu Xuzhou Yunlong Lake 2016
Jiangsu Lianyungang Mount Huaguo 2016
Jiangsu Changzhou Chunqiu Yancheng 2017
Zhejiang Hangzhou West Lake
Zhejiang Wenzhou Yandang Mountains
Zhejiang Zhoushan Mount Putuo
Zhejiang Hangzhou Qiandao Lake
Zhejiang Ningbo Xikou-Tengtou scenic spot Located in Fenghua Second storey of Chiang Kai Shek's house Miaogaotai in Xikou, Fenghua, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China - 20061230.jpg
Zhejiang Tongxiang, Jiaxing Wuzhen
Zhejiang Jinhua Hengdian World Studios Located in Dongyang
Zhejiang Jiaxing South Lake
Zhejiang Hangzhou Xixi National Wetland Park
Zhejiang Shaoxing Lu Xun's residence
Zhejiang Quzhou Root Palace Buddhist Cultural Tourism Zone Located in Kaihua County
Zhejiang Huzhou Nanxun Old Town Located in Nanxun District Baijianlou.jpg
Zhejiang Taizhou Tiantai Mountain
Zhejiang Taizhou Shenxianju Located in Xianju County
Anhui Huangshan Huangshan
("Mount Huangshan Scenic Area")
2007 Huangshan pic 4.jpg
Anhui Chizhou Mount Jiuhua 2007 Jiuhuashan higher Daxiong Baodian.jpg
Anhui Anqing Mount Tianzhu 2011 Tianzhu Peak (20170116142019).jpg
Anhui Huangshan Xidi and Hongcun 2011 Yixian Hongcun 2016.09.09 18-21-34.jpg
Anhui Lu'an Tiantangzhai 2012 索道.jpg
Anhui Xuancheng Longchuan 2012 龙川水街3.JPG
Anhui Fuyang Bali River 2013
Anhui Huangshan Huizhou Cultural Area 2014 The Chengxuan Archway of Ancient Huizhou Government Office 02 2014-11.JPG
Anhui Huangshan Sanhe Ancient Town 2015
Anhui Wuhu Fantawild Adventure Wuhu 2016 芜湖方特-游乐场 - panoramio - luchangjiang~鲁昌江 (1).jpg
Anhui Lu'an Wanfo Lake 2016
Fujian Xiamen Gulangyu 2007 Gulangyu.jpg
Fujian Nanping Wuyi Mountains
("Mount Wuyi")
2007 Peak Yunu.jpg
Fujian Zhangzhou
Longyan
Fujian Tulou 2011 Hakka china.jpg
Fujian Sanming Taining 2011
Fujian Ningde Baishuiyang 2012 白水洋水上广场 - Baishuiyang Water Square - 2014.07 - panoramio.jpg
Fujian Quanzhou Mount Qingyuan 2012
Fujian Ningde Mount Taimu 2013 九鲤湖 - Nine Carps Lake - 2011.07 - panoramio.jpg
Fujian Fuzhou Sanfang Qixiang 2015 衣锦坊20170512.jpg
Fujian Longyan Gutian 2015 Gutian compound.jpg
Jiangxi Jiujiang Mount Lu 庐山日出.JPG
Jiangxi Ji'an Jinggang Mountains 革命圣地井冈山啊.JPG
Jiangxi Shangrao Mount Sanqing Sanqingshan 1461.JPG
Jiangxi Yingtan Mount Longhu
Jiangxi Shangrao Jiangwan Village Located in Wuyuan County.
Jiangxi Jingdezhen Ancient Kiln Folk Customs Museum
Jiangxi Ganzhou Cradle of the People's Republic of China Ruijin Shazhouba Geming Jiuzhi 2014.05.30 16-39-34.jpg
Jiangxi Yichun Mingyue Mountain
Jiangxi Fuzhou Mount Dajue 2017
Jiangxi Shangrao Guifeng Peak 2017
Shandong Yantai Penglai Pavilion PenglaiPavilion.jpg
Shandong Jining Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu 曲阜孔廟大成殿.jpg
Shandong Tai'an Mount Tai 泰山 南天门.jpg
Shandong Qingdao Mount Lao Laoshan-mountain-with-rocks.jpg
Shandong Yantai Mount Nanshan
Shandong Weihai Liugong Island
Shandong Zaozhuang Taierzhuang Ancient Town Located in Tai'erzhuang District.
Shandong Jinan Baotu Spring
Shandong Linyi Yimeng Mountain Located in Yishui County.
Shandong Weihai Huaxiacheng 2017
Shandong Weifang Qingzhou Ancient Town 2017
Henan Zhengzhou Mount Song and Shaolin Monastery 2007
Henan Luoyang Longmen Grottoes 2007
Henan Jiaozuo Yuntai Mountain 2007
Henan Kaifeng Qingming Riverside Landscape Garden 2011 Cultural theme park that recreates the painting Along the River During the Qingming Festival.
Henan Luoyang Baiyun Mountain 2011
Henan Anyang Yinxu 2011 Site of the archaeological discovery of oracle bones and oracle bone script, which resulted in the identification of the earliest known Chinese writing.
Henan Pingdingshan Mount Yao and Spring Temple Buddha 2011
Henan Luoyang Mount Laojun and Jiguan Cave 2012
Henan
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Hubei Wuhan Yellow Crane Tower GELBERKRANICH-WUHAN.jpg
Hubei Wuhan East Lake Ostsee Wuhan 3.jpg
Hubei Yichang Three Gorges Dam ThreeGorgesDam-China2009.jpg
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Hunan Changsha Yuelu Mountain Yulu-Moutains2.jpg
Hunan Hengyang Mount Heng HengshanMountains.JPG
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Guangdong
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Guangxi Guilin Li River 漓江山水.jpg
Guangxi Guilin Merryland World
Guangxi Guilin Jingjiang Princes' Palace
Guangxi
Guangxi
Hainan Sanya Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Zone
Hainan Sanya
Hainan
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Hainan Wuzhizhou Island Wuzhizhoudao.JPG
Chongqing
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Sichuan
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Guizhou Anshun Longgong National Park Scenic Area 2007
Guizhou Anshun Huangguoshu Waterfall 2007
Guizhou Bijie Baili Dujuan National Forest Park Scenic Area 2013
Guizhou Qiannan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture Zhangjiang Scenic Area 2015
Guizhou Guiyang Qingyan Ancient Town 2017 Originally built in the year 1378, during the Ming Dynasty. Qingyan’s pig’s feet is a local delicacy found in the town. The pig’s feet symbolize good luck. Located in Huaxi District.
Yunnan
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Tibet Shigatse Tashi Lhunpo Monastery 2017 Founded in 1447, it is a historic and culturally important monastery that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. The monastery is located on a hill in the center of the city. The full name of the monastery in Tibetan means "all fortune and happiness gathered here." Tashi Lhunpo Monastery close up.jpg
Tibet Nyingchi Tsozong Gongba Monastery 2017 A small Tibetan Buddhism monastery founded in the 1400s in the Nyingma tradition, it is located on Tashi Island in the middle of Pagsum Lake in the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains Basum Lake 01.jpg
Tibet Lhasa Jokhang Temple 2013 Located in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the oldest part of the temple was built in 652 by Songtsen Gampo. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet. The temple is currently maintained by the Gelug school, but they accept worshipers from all sects of Buddhism. Jokhang Temple in Tibet.jpg
Tibet Lhasa Potala Palace 2013 The 5th Dalai Lama started construction of the Patala Palace in 1645, and it served as the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. The palace consists of thirteen stories of buildings —containing over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues— that soar 117 metres (384 ft) on top of Marpo Ri, the "Red Hill", rising more than 300 metres (980 ft) in total above the valley floor. 布达拉宫.jpg
Shaanxi Xi'an Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Terracotta Army Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang.jpgTerracotta Army, View of Pit 1.jpg
Shaanxi Xi'an Huaqing Pool 华清宫.jpg
Shaanxi Yan'an Mausoleum of the Yellow Emperor B-Tomb of Emperor Huangdi in Shaanxi.jpg
Shaanxi Xi'an Giant Wild Goose Pagoda Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.jpg
Shaanxi Weinan Huashan Hua Shan.jpg
Shaanxi Baoji Famen Temple Famensi.jpg
Shaanxi Shangluo Golden Gorge Scenic Area
Shaanxi Baoji Mount Taibai TaibaiShanNFP.JPG
Gansu
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Qinghai
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Ningxia
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Xinjiang Altay Kanas Lake
("Resort Kanasi Lake")
2007 Lake Kanas.jpg
Xinjiang Turpan Grape Valley 2007 Turpan grape valley.jpg
Xinjiang Changji Heavenly Lake of Tianshan
("Tianchi")
2007 Tianshan tianchi.jpg
Xinjiang Ili Nalati Grasslands 2011
Xinjiang Altay Koktokay 2012 Fuyun old bridge.jpg
Xinjiang Kashgar Jinhuyang Forest 2013
Xinjiang Ürümqi Tianshan Grand Canyon 2014
Xinjiang Bayingolin Bosten Lake 2014 Bosten-Lake (Bosten-See), Xinjiang, China, 87.00E, 42.00N.jpg
Xinjiang Kashgar Old Kashgar 2015 Kashgar-apakh-hoja-d04.jpg
Xinjiang Bayingolin Bayanbulak Grassland 2016 Bayan-Bulak-Kaidu.jpg
Xinjiang Ili Kalajun Grassland 2016
Xinjiang Altay Baisha Lake 2017

Delisting

Tourist sites found deficient by the China National Tourism Administration (merged into the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2018) have lost their 5A accreditation due to deficiencies in visitor experience.[4] In 2015, Shanhai Pass in Hebei was the first tourist site to be delisted from 5A. The next wave of delisting occurred in 2016 with the removal of Orange Isle in Hunan and Shenlong Gorge in Chongqing for "security concerns, overpricing, poor environmental management and poor facility maintenance, as well as bad service mainly resulting from a lack of staff members."[4]

Province Prefecture Name Date of Inclusion Date of Delisting Description Image
Hebei Qinhuangdao Shanhai Pass
("Shanhaiguan Scenic Area")
2007 2015 A cluster of fortifications which once guarded the 10 km Shanhai Pass between Horn Mountain in the Yan chain and the Bohai Gulf,[80] protecting "China Proper" from Manchuria, initially constructed in 583[81][82] during the early Sui dynasty and taking most of its present form from Xu Da's work in 1381 during the early Ming, when it became the eastern end of the Great Wall.[80] Its strategic importance made it the site of numerous major events,[82] most famously the 1644 battle that directly led to the establishment of the Qing.[83] ShanhaiguanGreatWall-end.jpg
Hunan Changsha Orange Isle 2016 Orange continent head 13.jpg
Chongqing N/A Shenlong Gorge 2016
Inner Mongolia Hulunbuir Manzhouli China-Russia Border Tourist Area 2016[84] The area includes the Matryoshka Resort, a cultural resort with a matryoshka theme, and National Gate Resort, a huge border gate with an observation deck at the top for visitors to overlook the border area between China and Russia. Other attractions at the scenic area include the No 41 Border Monument, Locomotive Square and the historical site of the Sixth National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 1928.[84]

See also

References

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  4. ^ a b c Su, Zhou (August 4, 2016). "Scenic sites stripped of top rating after inspection". China Daily.
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External links

  • Complete list of AAAA tourist attractions (Chinese) at the website of the central government of the People's Republic of China
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