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What to do on Cheung Chau

12km south west of Hong Kong island and at only 2.5km in length, Cheung Chau is relatively small when compared to its more amply proportioned neighbours, but this has by no means left it floating in obscurity. The island has seen human settlement for longer than most other parts of the territory ...

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The Grand Buddha of Leshan: Leshan for anything else?

Dafo, or the Grand Buddha, is carved straight out of the cliff face overlooking the confluence of three rivers. It faces Mount Emei 35km back down the road, and at 71m tall, with ears 7m long and fingernails bigger than your average shutter-snapping tourist, I doubt he had trouble making the school basketball team.

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Emei Shan, Sichuan Province, China

With a height of 3099m, Emei Shan in Sichuan Province, Western China, is comfortably the tallest of China's Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism and is traditionally seen as the place of enlightenment of the bodhisattva Samantabhadra to whom many of the mountain’s temples and monuments are dedicated.

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Jiuzhaigou National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and a World Biosphere Reserve since 1997, Jiuzhaigou National Park is not only one of the wonders of Sichuan, but arguably one of the wonders of China itself. With lakes so clear you can see the bottom tens of meters down and water iridescent with blues, greens and turquoise ...

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The Road to Jiuzhaigou

On the road to Jiuzhaigou we could have died a thousand times. From landslides to falling rocks, a head-on smash or fatal plunge, we could have been undone by either one on our ten hour ride through earthquake country from Chengdu.

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