In the Ashkule Basin there are a couple of splendid scenic points—the Wuluke Volcano and a lake with the same name nearby. As the largest volcano-dammed lake in this basin, the Wuluke Kule (in Uygur “kule” means “lake”) is 7.26 kilometers at its widest place, resembling a giant sapphire on the earth. Photo/ Liu Zhiyong

On the Simian Mountain, or “the land of waterfalls”, the Wangxiangtai Waterfall drops from a cliff of 151.76 meters, and its width reaches 40 meters. In Chinese, such a grand waterfall is often described as “a river that runs down from Heaven”. A red cliff, verdant trees, and breathtaking waterfalls are the three elements that one typical ring-shaped cliff Danxia includes. Photo/ Hu Yong

This is a display of Bashu hieroglyphic seals discovered over the years. Bashu hieroglyphs were representations of tools, emblems, totems or religious symbols that the ancient Shu people employed to record their language. In 2016, several of these precious seals were unearthed at the Yanjinggou boat-coffin site. Photo/ Di Wenxiao

Nanzamu is a small town in Liaoning Province in Northeast China. Every summer, people who visit the valleys of the town may encounter tree stumps swarming with a kaleidoscope of butterflies. The shiny blue purple pattern, dotted with white and yellow spots on their wings, reveals that these are the great purple emperor, a butterfly distributed widely throughout Eastern Asia.

This is the reconstructed illustration of the Fanghu Shengjing (Beautiful Scene of the Square Pot), one of the Forty Scenes of the Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan). Completed in 1738 (during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor), the building was inspired by the imagined celestial buildings. Later scholars considered it the most majestic and elegant building complex. Picture/ Beijing Tsinghua Heritage Institute for Digitization (THID)