France has been a traveller’s dream destination since forever, but China is gearing up to overtake the land of the Eiffel Tower by 2030. Yes, in just a couple of years, China will be topping the charts on the global travel-and-tourism map. By Priyanka Chakrabarti

French Riviera can take a backseat because China is going to be every traveller’s top priority by 2030. A leading travel research firm, Euromonitor International has predicted that Asia will overtake Europe and become the world’s top tourist destination in just a few years. As per the statistics, nearly 1.4 billion trips will be made in 2018, and the numbers are spiking up by 11 per cent every year. The only place that is witnessing a striking rise in the number of tourists per year is the Asia-Pacific region. In fact, this number is growing at an estimated 10 per cent rate per year.

#TNLRECOMMENDS: Hidden Gems Of China You Should Explore:

Jiuzhaigou:

Jiuzhaigou’s colossal lake is filled with water that changes colour throughout the day and year. Sounds magical, right? Well, this is caused due to a consolidation of algae and calcified rocks found at the base of the lake, as well as the reflection of the enclosing landscape.

Guanyin Statue:

This gigantic statue is dedicated to Guanyin, the Chinese Buddhist goddess of mercy. It’s part of the Nanshan Temple complex. At 354 feet, the Guanyin statue overlooks the encompassing region. The statue has three faces. One looks towards the land and the other two looks towards the South China Sea.

Dongchuan Red Land:

The Dongchuan Red Land is a 77,000-square mile area situated about 25 miles southwest of Kunming City. This place’s subtropical temperatures causes iron to oxidize and deposit in the soil, which gives it a dark crimson colour. It’s a sight to behold.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces:

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces have been harvested into the rolling scenery of the southern Ailao Mountains by the Hani people over countless centuries. Enveloping more than 12,500 hectares, these shallow-sloped terraces are handsomely green or filled with water that reflects the hues of the sky.

Hongcun Ancient Village:

The Hongcun Ancient Village is an astonishing conventional village with a history that roots back to more than 1,000 years. With the crescent-shaped Moon Pond at its centre, the village is a charming expanse of narrow lanes, traditional clan halls, elegant bridges and quaint lakeside views. This gorgeous place is set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Huangshan Mountain Range. Moreover, this place is home to more than 140 ancient houses, and the village is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

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