Activities

The Meilang Sisters Towers, also known as the Twin Towers, are located in the southeast of Meilang village in Meiting township, Chengmai, Hainan. The towers are about 20 meters apart and are surrounded by hills and ponds. Railings wrap around the tower platforms with dozens of exquisite reliefs carved into the outside walls.

Old Dragon Head (老龙头) (Take bus 25 from the south gate or train station, taxi around Y10). At Qinhuangdao, the Great Wall juts out into the sea. The original wall is long gone, but an extensive rebuilt section has been put up. Bus 25 will take you there for ¥1-3.

Huanglong Cave (黄龙洞, Huanglong Dong). A large cave with an area of underground rivers and waterfalls, and impressive rock formations lit up with colorful lights. The tour includes a boat cruise on one of the rivers. About 10 km east of Wulingyuan village.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a 243 sq mi (630 km2) park is full of stunning karst pillars of sandstone, covered with sub-tropical rainforest. The park is often covered in fog, adding to the mystery but obscuring views. The mountains in director James Cameron's movie, Avatar, may have been inspired by the scenery here.

Shamian Island (沙面岛) (Metro 1 Huangsha, exit D). The buildings and streets of the former British and French concession have been beautifully renovated, creating an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise bustling and hectic metropolis. One of the old structures is Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, located at 14 Shamian Street.

Chimelong Safari Park (广州香江野生动物世界 Xiāng-jiāng-yě-shēng-dòng-wù-shì-jiè, Xiangjiang Safari Park) (Metro 3 Hanxi Changlong, exit E). 09:30-18:00. Day safaris and night safaris offered, mini jungle train, free ranging animals. From the Metro station there are scheduled free shuttles to all the Chimelong parks. ¥175.

It is a great place for a nice walk or bike ride. There are shops all around that rent bikes. You can also rent paddle boats on the lake. There are good views from the top of the hill.

Lianhua Shan (Lotus Mountain) (莲花山 Lián-huā-shān). Features an impressive quarry from which red sand stones were mined about 2,000 years ago, a pagoda from 1612, and a barrack from 1664. The obligatory statue of Guanyin, the Buddhist Goddess of compassion, at the side of the Buddhist temple is also not to be missed.

Lingnan Impression (岭南印象园) (Metro 4, Higher Education Mega Center South, exit B.). This is a place to see the city's past before the economic boom. The park is a 15-minute walk from the subway station. Free shuttle is available on the weekend. ¥45.

Guangdong Science Center is a comprehensive, non-profit science center and scenic spot established in 2008 in Guangzhou. Since opening to the public on Sept 26, 2008, it has become an iconic building in the city and a major place to popularize science education in Guangdong province.

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