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One-Day Tour: Helan Mountain Rock Paintings and Zhenbeipu Western Studio

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Becomes nicer the further you go

Make sure to go further into the canyon as most of the tourist groups do. The place is crowed and touristy at the beginning, but is getting really nice. There are some options to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 10, 2015
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Shanghai, China
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Guangzhou, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

The ancient rock paintings are pretty hard to see in the wild - considering they've been exposed to the elements for thousands of years it's not surprising - and only the ones in the museum are really clear. The area itself is quite scenic, and if you have time you can just start walking up the mountains wherever you feel... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

Make sure to go further into the canyon as most of the tourist groups do. The place is crowed and touristy at the beginning, but is getting really nice. There are some options to hike up the mountains and look down the canyon.

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

if you stand under the cliff, you can not figure out how the ancient people to carve the vivid living scenes on these enormous rocks. Maybe this is the way history goes, some carved in rock, some written in paper, some, just fade away~

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I read the writing about this place for long time. And proud to admit, when my friends know that I had been there via my facebook album, they are all delighted.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I've lived and traveled in China for 11 years, and I'd place this site in my top 3 attractions. I'm grateful we went. Upon arrival you'll be ushered into a middling to poor museum of rock art throughout China and the world - I'd advise skipping it (note: it appears that a new museum is under construction as of May... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Visited in 2009 and found it interesting but you have to close your eyes to the usual China tourism squalor (gift shops, concrete paths, etc.). In 2009 we could climb the hills and stray off the sidewalks where we found additional carvings un-enhanced that were much more interesting. Why oh why can't the Chinese tourism industry learn to leave things... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I enjoyed this place but think for non-artists it might be too far for too little. Its highly commercialised "exit through the gift shop" and very much on the tour bus circuit. That said the rock carvings are interesting - if heavily "enhanced" to improve their kerb appeal.

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