The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and in the northern areas of China, winter has already hit in (almost) full force. Each year, during the months of December to February, the Middle Kingdom is in a state of limbo as family members in faraway cities return home to visit relatives, students spend the holidays with their families, and employees take much-needed breaks from work.
Where will you spend your holidays in China? From winter wonderlands to tropical paradises, China has a holiday destination for everyone. Here are two vacation suggestions for both the wintry- and tropically-inclined:
Enjoy the cold? Spend time in Harbin at the Ice Festival, a sub-zero spectacular. Harbin in Heilongjiang province, known by many as the home of the ‘clearest Chinese accent,’ is a frigid, but incredible, destination during the winter months. Children and adults alike can delight in the many frozen attractions, which range from rainbow castles and snowy animal sculptures to brightly-hued bridges and icicle-adorned bushes — all created with ice, of course. Make sure to bring your long underwear and down jackets, or you may find yourself more consumed with frostbite than with your beautiful, sculpted surroundings.
Want to escape to warmer weather? Try Sanya, the ‘Chinese Hawaii.’ Many Chinese native to Sanya, in Hainan province, will ask visitors to confirm that Sanya is indeed identical to Hawaii in terms of temperate climate, beaches and mountainous areas. This is not quite accurate, but it is certainly an excellent substitute for those who wish to get warm while remaining on the mainland. Inexpensive hostels, delicious local and foreign cuisine, and a beachside attitude make Sanya a great place for a fun, laidback vacation. Don’t expect much cultural exploration, but there is plenty of hiking, biking, and swimming to be done.
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