14 Most Beautiful Small Towns in China

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Guizhou Province.

As a photographer, I love color and beauty. Therefore, when I traveled around China, I was impressed by the overwhelming visual appeal of the landscapes. The diversity in topography, mineral resources, history, and culture in each of the major provinces of China is phenomenal. The architecture, food, culture, and the majority of the local population also support this statement.

Some of the best photography opportunities can be found when traveling around China. Whether you want to shoot the environment, architecture, or people. The landscapes are also a great source of inspiration.

China has some of the most beautiful small towns in the world. Some of which provide a unique and special sense of beauty and charm. Some of the most beautiful small towns in China are found in Guizhou province and some of them are can also be very serene and peaceful.

Below are the 14 most beautiful small towns in China.


A scenic town rebuilt in 1920, the town was named by Kuomintang. The lake is filled with lotus flowers, pink azalea, azalea, and orchid. It is a picturesque tourism spot with its thick forest.


It is located in the most southwestern area of Guizhou. The total area of Erlong is about 3600 square kilometers.


This village is absolutely beautiful and a much-loved tourist destination. It also has a government subsidised hut for overnight visitors.

School Children in the Village of Duoyishuishu

The village is situated on the shore of the Xiang River where it cascades down the eastern flank of Green Dragon Mountain and converges with the Qing River, which is known as the chief river of Hangzhou.

The village was one of the famous counties in West Lake of the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

Duoyishuishu Village

The relics found at this place indicates that the village was inhabited from the Neolithic to the Han Dynasty.

The village lies on the banks of the Xiang River, a tributary of the Hangzhou River. The area looks beautiful, with green mountains and water flowing through the village.

The scenic landscape, which is not tall and steep, makes the village less suitable than other tourist destinations.

There are three ways tourists can go to the village which is Duoyishuishu.

West Lake Ferry, Take the tourist train, or go on foot.

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Heshun Town

Anshun City, Guizhou Province.

Known as the "Gong Chating" (Marble Town), this town has 117 adjacent villages with a total population of 30 thousand. The distinctive kind of stout-sized marble, called “Huiguan, is unique to this town. It was originally exploited by the natives. Before the 20th century, the town and the marble were known as the most prosperous and strongest in the pugi (China) as well as in the whole world.

It's famous for its unique culture, beautiful scenery, and beautiful sceneries. It has the most beautiful sunset in mainland China. This city is located 173 kilometers away from Guiyang and 352 kilometers away from Guilin.

Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village

Yunnan (China)
This village in China is known for being known for being a large minority village of the African Miao tribe. It is a small village with only 950 residents. It is known for the beauty of Yunnan. This village has become a popular destination for tourists here is the Elephants that this village is well known for.

Hemu Village

(Fujian Province)

If you want a small village that's away from the hustle and bustle, Hemu Village (Yumen in Chinese) in Dingtou County, Xiamen, Fujian Province is just the place for you.

Located 130 meters above sea level, Hemu Village is a typical village that has as many as 30 households. In the village, there is a couple dozen stone steps that take you to the top of the mountain. As you walk up the steps, you will be amazed by Hemu Village's lush greenness. Even if the weather is hot and humid outside, you will definitely feel refreshed when you come up the steps.

Besides the beautiful scenery, Hemu Village is known for its interesting histories. The villagers of Hemu Village have a long-standing tradition of being shoemakers. From the 7th century onwards, many villagers have learned to make shoes. As a result, the village has a long history in making shoes and high quality leather shoes.

Although the shoemaking village is no longer so prosperous, you can still find many villagers in the village making and repairing shoes.

Chengyang Villages


Chengyang Villages is the home to thousands of families from Chengyang Village.

Chengyang Village is on the Longtan Road, named as one of "China’s First Civilized Towns" for the way it was running and its distinct traditional culture. Discovered in the reign of Ming Dynasty, Chengyang Village became a popular tourist destination.



Zhouzhuang is one of the top ten small town villages in China. Given the small population and the picturesque scenery, Zhouzhuang has been listed as a top tourist attraction by many local media in China. In the past couple years, Zhouzhuang has been promoted as a magical land, attracting over one million tourists each year. Many tourists are attracted by the town’s unique rock formations, which stand completely naked in the naked desert. There are more than 50 major rock formations in Zhouxhuang, each of which is named after its shape.

Fenghuang Ancient Town

Feng Huang Ancient Town was the most valuable moment of my trip to China. I was stunned in its beauty and was blown away by its profound significance.

The town has become even more famous as a key tourist attraction in Nanyang. This town still has historical nature, which basks in its surrounding historical background.

Feng Huang Ancient Town is 7km and worth an hour of the drive from Chang Jiangxi. The town is the former capital of South Fenghuang State.

All the residences and palaces were built in the traditional era.

You can find the beautiful architecture and the fabulous history in the town.

There are several kinds of residences, which are usually big, colorful houses and small, low temples.

Moreover, there are 67 famous temples and even more small temples in the town. To the right of the bed, there are several small temples, which are called "Diarong Temple." Diarong means "Small Temple" and they are actually small temples.

Each temple is different in the way it's built.

Most temples have low-lying architectures with pointy eaves. This architectural style is favored by Yangtze River.

Crowning the town is a double-figured pagoda, which is the symbol of Feng Huang Ancient Town.

Wuyuan Villages

Wuyuan is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of Jiangxi province, China. The city is located at the foot of Mount Wuyi, and it is an important tourism area. It has a long history of opium cultivation and is considered the birthplace of Chinese tea culture. Tea culture in Wuyuan stems from the two-way trade between Wuyuan and Guangzhou since the early years of the Song dynasty (960–1279). After the Nanjing Yangtze River Tunnel opened, Wuyuan's tourism industry developed quickly.

Wuyuan is famous for its special Zhoai cuisine. Wuyuan is an important birthplace of Chinese tea culture. The tea produced in this region is of superior quality. In November of 2006, the Wuyuan Prefecture-level City government announced that their Wuyuan tea wa able to pass the international tea test, with over 900 scores (no. of taste buds) over 80.

The mountain is divided into three areas. The highest area has a tower called "Wuyi Rock" and a temple of Yanyan Qingsheng. It is also considered a spiritual center in the region.

The middle area is mainly the Wuyuan Orange Garden and the Wuyuan Flower Park. The third is the Hongfo Tea House near the entrance of Wuyi Rock.


Small town is located in the northeast of Shaanxi province, near the Great Wall and the Gobi Desert. Its mini-size exposes China’s vastness and emphasizes the importance of human beings ….….


Town, Huangshan Province.

Jiaju Town is a town in Huangshan Province, Anhui Province. Mostly made up of traditional Chinese houses, Jiaju Town is located in the middle of the clearest blue sky on earth. Surrounded by mountains and nestled in the coolest air, the place is known as a legend among Chinese travellers as a fast-growing tourist attraction.

The scenery here is just as stunning as the scenery itself. In addition, Jiaju Town is known for its “Dairy cow town,” where you can see the most beautiful dairy cows in China.

Lijiang Old Town

Lijiang Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Lijiang, Sichuan, China, located in the upper reaches of the Min River and surrounded by mountains. It is known as "Little Venice" because of its resemblance to its Italian counterpart, nicknamed "China’s Little Italy". Located in the Western Hills of southwest China, Lijiang is known as "China’s Old Town".

The history of Lijiang stretches back over 2500 years.

The first inhabitants of Lijiang are the Bai people, an ethnic group who have lived in Lijiang since ancient times.

During the Tang Dynasty, the Vietnamese people began to search for better farmland to provide for their growing population. Seeing the fertile land in the Lijiang basin, in 875 the Vietnamese established their own kingdom called Đinh dynasty.

The kingdom of Đinh dynasty was very successful, as it occupied over 100,000 square kilometers of land surrounding Lijiang following centuries of prosperity.

Monks from India introduced Buddhism to China in the 6th century, leading to the founding of a cave spiritual center called Shaolin Temple in the Southern Hills region of Lijiang.

Yangshuo Town

Guangxi Province.

Yangshuo Town is by far the most famous of the small towns and villages that make up the English-named "Danjiangkou District (population 6.9 million) in Guilin, Guangxi Province." Yangshuo is a town of about 3000, all of whom are connected by the Nanshan River, which runs right through downtown.

Yangshuo is a very popular destination for foreigners. It offers a safe and lovely retreat from the chaos and pollution of China's big cities. The town boasts charming one-street backstreets, tall limestone karst hills and Chinese gardens. All of the town’s streets are one-way, so you can drive around the village and take in the hill scenery and beautiful, open countryside-scenery without having to worry about your orientation.

The Danjiangkou Farmer’s Market is by far the largest in Guangxi Province and is attributed to its selection of different regional products. Some of the products they sell here include green tea leaves and bamboo shoots. You can even sample fresh green tea and buy some tea for home.

Yangshuo is well known for its colorful traditional Chinese paintings and calligraphy. It is one of the very few stops on the Great Silk Road still with a population large enough to offer a Chinese painting school.