Cuihua Mountain National Geopark – An Ancient Imperial Forest

The Cuihua Mountain National Geopark is located in Xian City, Shaanxi Province of China and is one of the most scenic places in the country. It is such a diverse and large geo-park that is rivals parks both home and abroad. Covering a square mile area of 12.36, this well known site also has a peak of 8,543.31 feet which is a major tourist attraction as well.

The Cuihua Mountain National Geopark used to be known as the Imperial Forest Park or Imperial Garden during the Tang, Qin and Han dynasties. Today the site has developed into one of the most beautiful geo-parks in the world and has a rating of Grade AAAA for its scenic spots. Given its very unusual and unique topography, this park is also often referred to as a natural museum for geography and is thus visited by many geologists. It is the perfect place to learn about the environment, types of landslides and so on.

To make the park much more appealing for visitors, it has been divided into three sections. At the Tianchi Landslide Science and Recreation area you can have a load of fun with “water walking balls”, enjoy the view from a yacht and much more. The Yifangyuan Ecological area is the ideal location for sightseeing and visiting the forest gym section, also known as the Ganqiuchi Forest. One can also check out ancient pathways that were used during the trading period. Make sure to take in the amazing view of the pine trees and so much more when you are here. The district has some other fascinating sites worth seeing too such as ice caves, so make a day out of it and enjoy your China experience.

The Cuihua Mountain National Geopark is a great place to travel to with the family or to explore even by yourself. It offers an enriching experience and you are bound to love your time here. Finding Xian accommodation at well placed service apartments Xian has to offer is an ideal option for travellers looking to set off on excursions. Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi’an is an option worth considering and provides a comfortable and great stay.


Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.


Mount Li Xi’an –a panoramic wonder

Nature lovers should heed the clarion call sounded by Mount Li, which forms part of the scenic Qinling Mountains in Xi’an, which boasts a proud and impressive history that is worth exploring when you’re in the region. Secure some quality Xian accommodation while you’re at it, in the form of the Citadines Central  X’ian which features a stellar array of service apartments Xian has to offer its leisure and business visitors. The Mount Li National Park is perfect when you have a day free for a spot of hiking and scenic sightseeing in the great outdoors of the Xi’an province. Mount Li is a superb option, as it towers 1,256 metres in height and spans over 20km across. Assuming the stance of a stallion poised to take off at a gallop, it is unsurprising that the mountain is a steady feature of many postcards and other scenic captures of Xi’an’s landscape. A hike through the area will reveal an intriguing array of ancient buildings, foremost amongst them is the Laojun Palace as well as the remains of the Huaqing Palace Court, which was the primary place of worship for Lao Zi, who founded the Taoist school of thought. You will also come across Bingjian Pavilion, famous for the “Xi’an Incident” of December 12, 1936, when General Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng had the president arrested by the army in order to convince him to unite the country to fend off the Japanese invasion. Once you reach the summit of Mount Li, you will be treated to a majestic panorama of the Xi’an landscape unfolding before you that makes it one of the eight scenic spots in the region popularly believed to “shine like a beacon in the evening sunlight.”

Angela Fernando is an impassioned travel writer who composes pieces under the pen name Sumaira Narayan. She loves writing about new and exciting places around the world and intends to visit them all someday.


Forest of Stele Museum – A Xian Landmark

The Xi’an Beilin Museum, also called the Stele Forest, is a museum that contains stone sculptures and steles, which are tall and narrow slabs made out of stone or wood usually for a funeral or to commemorate something. The museum was opened in 1944 in Xian, China, on the site of a Confucius Temple dating to the eleventh century. The Xi’an Beilin Museum was renamed in 1992 and is now called the Forest of Stone Steles due to the increase in the number of steles kept here. In total, there are about three thousand steles that are showcased in seven exhibition halls along with traditional paintings and calligraphy. It is best not to skip any of the halls as they each have something different to offer.

In addition to the seven exhibition halls the museum also contains two separate galleries for the stone sculptures. The old gallery contains intricate pieces from the Tang and Han Dynasties while the newer gallery has sculptures from the Song Dynasty. Opening hours are between 8 am and 6 pm, although the museum is open longer during the summer months. It can take about three hours to take in all the exhibits at the museum. Visitors have the option of hiring an English tour guide, which is a good option for those who want to learn more about the displays.

Xian is a city located in China’s Shaanxi Province that is famous for the army of Terracotta Warriors found just outside the city. Xian has a number of other interesting attractions as well. These include the Eight Immortals Temple, the Grand Mosque, the DaMing Palace and Park and the Shaanxi Historic Museum. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations inside China and offer visitors gripping insights into Chinese history and culture.

Tourists should be able to get around the city with relative ease as there are always plenty of buses. Although Xian has a subway system it is still not complete. Finding Xian accommodation with a central location can also greatly ease the hassles of travel. The Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi’an offer spacious serviced apartments Xian that are well appointed and conveniently located.