What are your plans for the National Day holiday? Here we take a look at the best tourist routes for visitors along China's high-speed railways, featuring the country's most beautiful autumn scenery.
|Zhengzhou-Xuzhou High-Speed Railway (361.9km)|
Scenic spots along the way: The Shaolin Monastery, The Yellow River Scenic Area, The Prefecture of Kaifeng, The Ancient City of Shangqiu, Huang Cangyu and Yunlonghu Lake
Why it's good: The railway line runs through the two major national transport hubs in Xuzhou and Zhengzhou and completes the journey from Xi'an to Hangzhou in just six hours. In the same day, tourists can experience the unconstrained northern Shaanxi style, as well as the exquisite scenery south of the Yangtze River.
|Hefei-Fuzhou High-Speed Railway (850km)|
Scenic Spots along the way: Chaohu Lake, Huangshan Mountain, Wuyi Mountain and Sanqing Mountain
Why it's good: This is China's first high-speed railway to travel at 300km/h across the mountains, taking just 4.5 hours to go from Hefei to Fuzhou.
|Jilin-Tumen-Hunchun High-Speed Railway (360km)|
Scenic Spots along the way: Songhua Lake, Wusong Island, Lafa Mountain, Red Leaves Canyon, Weihuling, Jingpo Lake, Changbai Mountain and Tumen River
Why it's good: This is China's first high-speed rail link along the borders of Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Russia, and it passes over 10 scenic spots along the way. It is called "the most beautiful high-speed railway in northeast China".
|Hainan Round Circle Railroad, also called 'Haikou-Sanya-Haikou Railway' (653km)|
Scenic Spots along the way: Dongjiao Coconut Forest, Shenzhou Peninsula, Ultima Thule (Tianya-Haijiao), Egret Paradise
Why it's good: It is the only circular high-speed railroad in the world, showing passengers the beautiful scenery of Hainan Island.
|Guiyang-Guangzhou Railway (857km)|
Scenic Spots along the way: Huangguoshu Waterfall, Longli prairie, Sanbao Dong Village, Guilin Landscape and Guangzhou Tower
Why it's good: Tourist attractions along the way include the mountains and rivers of Guilin, as well as other natural and cultural spots. It attracts many tourists from home and abroad.
|Nanning-Guangzhou Railway (574km)|
Scenic Spots along the way: Qingxiu Mountain, Longtan Gorge, Qixingyan Scenic Area and Guangzhou Tower
Why it's good: This is the first non-stop railway to run across Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Guangdong Province in under three hours.
Great Attractions to Visit This Autumn
|Red Leaves Canyon, a valley of the Changbai Mountain extension, lies in the Qingling scenic area of Lafa Mountain National Forest Park, northeast China's Jilin Province. The beautiful scenery of the canyon in autumn shows a colorful view, attracting many tourists to visit.|
|Daocheng Yading, located in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Sichuan Province, was reputed to be the "last pure land on the planet," as well as a paradise for shutterbugs.|
|The Tarim Basin in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region boasts the oldest, largest and most complete preserved poplar forests in the world. Over the years, it has attracted many tourists to explore its mystery.|
|Qianhu Mountain, located in Shangrila Xiaozhongdian Township, Diqing City, southwest China's Yunnan Province, contains thousands of lakes. The autumn scenery tells the story of the mythical kingdom of Shambhala.|
|Huzhong, located deep in the forests of Daxing'anling Prefecture, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, is one of the country's coldest, most untouched, silent and amazing places.|
|Galutu Lake, located at the Hulunbeir grassland of north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, appears like a giant mirror reflecting the blue sky, white clouds and autumn scenery.|
(Source: CCTV News / Translated and edited by Gender Study Network)