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The Waning Hometown
2006-05-05 09:40:19

The glory of Chinese history is showcased at numerous villages, towns and cities where natural beauty blends harmoniously with human civilization. The diversified landscape and local culture has rendered each place with rich and distinguishing character and charm. However, these "one of a kind" destinations are eroding away in light of today's overwhelming trend toward modernization.

The following are some of the old charms that are expected to be leaving us soon. Click on the pictures to grasp these waning sceneries and set yourself on the road, if possible, while you still have time to soak them in with your own eyes...


Ili River valley was one of the early centers of the matrilineal society, and Ili was the first place in China to have wasteland re-cultivated by soldiers.

Lijiang's architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries.

Huizhou  is one place where you can easily visualize the past, by strolling among old streets, picturesque countryside, and enchanting villages.


Shigatse has always been an important trade and administration center and also has political and religious significance, once being the seat of the Panchen Lama.


As the old saying goes , "Guilin's scenery is the most beautiful in the world, Yangshuo's scenery is far more superior to that of Guilin's".


If one could go back in time to Quanzhou during the Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368), one would see hundreds of huge ships docked in Quanzhou Bay.


Hometown of the great thinker and educator Confucius, Qufu is also the cradle of the Qilu culture and the Chinese civilization.


This ancient small town named Phoenix, according to New Zealand writer Rewi Alley, is one of the two most picturesque small towns in China.


Rippling waters shimmering on a sunny day, Misty mountains shrouded in rain; Plain or gaily dressed like Xizi; West Lake is always alluring.


Dali is widely acknowledged as a "Backpackers' Paradise" in China. Some foreign visitors live there for months or even years to study the fascinating local culture.


Kangding is where mountains and clouds make friends and play together. It is the home of love songs.


Pingyao is famous for its well-preserved city wall and streets, stores, temples and residential housing built in the Ming and Qing dynasties.


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