During summer many of us are dreaming of escaping our daily routines and capitalizing on sunshine, fresh air and the great outdoors. China is filled to the brim with exciting adventures waiting to be had and we have picked out a few of our favorite summer destinations. While they have their charms year round, if you are planning to travel in China this summer we’d recommend including at least one of these destinations:
Tiger Leaping Gorge:
Along the Jinsha River, stemming from China’s longest waterway (the famous Yangtze River) you will find the ancient town of Lijiang, just north of which is the stunning Tiger Leaping gorge or Hu Tiao Xia （虎跳峡）as it’s known in Mandarin. Explore this dramatic and serene channel through the mountains by foot as you hike the well worn route along the gorge and riverside. Summer is the perfect time to travel to Tiger Leaping Gorge because the surrounding foliage will be bursting with green leaves. The high altitude of Tiger Leaping Gorge will also ensure that it won’t be too hot.
On our new WildChina journey Trekking through Tiger Leaping Gorge, your guide will take you off the beaten track and introduce you to Naxi, Yi, and Hui (Muslim) ethnic minority culture in villages dotted through the mountains. You’ll also discover the history behind White Water Terrace, a mythical landform situated at the end of the gorge trail.
When people speak of China, it’s often a discussion of big cities, ancient history and delicious food. Often forgotten is the stunning scenery and the beautiful national parks. China’s natural landscapes, like the UNESCO World Heritage site of Juizhaigou, are a delight to visit during the summer.
Temperatures are at their best; warm in the daytime and moderate at night and the park is sprinkled with magnificent waterfalls, bright blue and green colourful lakes, blooming flowers and foliage all around.
If the lush foliage and turquoise pools sounds like your perfect summer getaway, let’s start customizing your trip to Jiuzhaigou. Here you can stay in recently built upscale accommodations or find your zen at an eco-lodge. Either way you slice it, the surrounding nature of Jiuzhaigou will leave you breathless.
Summer is the perfect time to travel to the “roof of the world” when the temperature is warm to cool. Hikers will rejoice as even the high-altitude mountain passes of the Himalayas will be snow-free.
Local Tibetans use this warmer season to hold vibrant outdoor markets where you can collect spiritual wares to take back home with you. Likewise, the lushly green grasslands become the site for many festivals and sports contests. The brave among you can saddle up to the Nagqu Horse Racing Festival where you’re sure to see dazzling feats of men with their humble steeds.
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Home to the vast majority of China’s treasured ethnic minorities, Guizhou is a hotbed for authentic cultural experiences. With average summer temperatures on the cooler side, Guizhou’s lush natural foliage and vibrant local people make the province a great bet for summer travel.
Guizhou is also home to Huangguoshu, rumored to be Asia’s largest waterfall. Picture a lovely summer saunter through nature, a dip in a waterfall and ending the day with a warm supper cooked by your Miao homestay family.
The Silk Road
Although you might associate summer in Xinjiang with unbearable heat in the desert, the warmer months are actually a great time to visit the northern part of the province. Here, the higher altitude keeps the temperature cooler and there are a number of incredible lakes sprinkled throughout the countryside. You’ll find yourself relaxing beneath lush green trees and diving into turquoise pools in lakes such as Kanas Lake.
Along the Silk Road, you’ll have the opportunity to stop at some of the most exotic cities in China such as Kashgar and Urumqi. Here, ancient Muslim cultures have left ruins that will have you feeling like Indiana Jones as you step inside the timeworn tombs. The ethnic minority Uyghur cuisine is one of the most original cuisines in China, and you’ll deserve a second helping after spending your day soaking in the sights. Although fine to visit in summer, temperatures in the city will be high – be sure to pack your sunscreen and hat.
Curious to make like Marco Polo and navigate the historic silk road? Let’s get started planning your Marco Polo’s Silk Road tour today.
Summer is a great time to visit China, the green leaves and warm weather provide for a scenic backdrop to your Middle Kingdom adventure. Our travel designers are here to help you design the perfect getaway no matter the season. We can advise your itinerary to make sure its a great fit for the time of year you want to visit. Speak with us today by clicking the “Let’s Plan Your Trip” button below.