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China Seasonal Destinations for 2020

Traveling to Different China Destinations in Different Seasons in 2020

When is the best time to travel to China? What are the Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter like? Where should I travel to most in each season? Many travelers usually have above questions when planning a trip to China. Yes, it’s quite understandable, because China is so large. There are too many destinations you can go. But, to make sure you will enjoy the best sceneries of the destinations you are going to visit, you have to choose a suitable season for your trip. Let’s take Tibet as an example! You are suggested to visit it during Summer and Autumn. While in Winter and Spring, there are usually strong snows or winds. Many hotels and store are usually closed during this period of time.

Since China has four very distinct seasons, and the popular destinations are located in different regions of the territory, it is better to know the top recommended destinations for each season so that you can catch upon on the most beautiful time and landscape.

Beijing / Xian / Shanghai / Chengdu / Hong Kong - free to visit in all seasons

When you traveling in big metroplis, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Chengdu, the season doesn't matter as much as visiting natural destinations, because their best highlights are all conveniently located in or near the city downtown, and it is always very easy to book flights, trains and hotels.

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Some specific period of time when you can avoid traveling to China

Let us advise some specific period of time when you can avoid traveling to China (This doesn’t means you can travel to China. If you have travel during these periods of time, it’s better to take an organized trip offered ty travel agency).

- Spring Festival is the biggest festival in China. During the festival, each mode of transportation packed full, most shops, grocery stores and even some tourist attractions are closed during this holiday.

- National Holiday is known as the Golden Week for tourism. Most of attractions are crowded with tourists, and everything is quite expensive during the holiday. Sometimes you may have to spend half of your time on the traffic jam on the highway.

Recommended Destinations to Visit in Spring – March, April, May

The spring is the blooming season. You can have a delightful vacation to the southern China where you can not only enjoy a pleasant weather with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn (about 50-72 F), but also marvel at the colorful blossoms in the ancient gardens and villages and vast rape flower fields. There are also many chances to experience ethnic festivals during the Spring season. You are suggested to wear layered clothing because there usually a temperature difference between daytime and night.

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    Yangtze River
    Relaxing cruise along the blooming Yangtze River.
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    Romantic West Lake and local tea plantations.
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    China Classical Gardens and beautiful China water towns.
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    Enjoy the sunshine and interesting ethnic festivals.
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    Longmen Grottoes and Luoyang Peony Festival.
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    Land of rape flowers and ancient villages.

Recommended Destinations to Visit in Summer – June, July, August

Summer can no doubt be extremely hot in China. But it is one of two hottest tourist peak seasons because there are always places perfect for summer resort, such as Zhangjiajie, Mount Emei, Inner Monglian, etc. Avoid the famous ‘four furnaces’ if possible - Wuhan, Tianjin, Chongqing and Nanchang. Summer is also the rainy season, so remember to bring umbrellas, light raincoats and rubber/plastic shoes. Generally speaking, destinations in northern China, such as Beijing, Xian, Gansu, are more suitable for traveling during the summer - less stuffy and hot.

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    A holy land of Buddhism and spiritual Tibetan.
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    Cruise Li River and enjoy Yangshuo countryside.
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    Inner Mongolia
    Nomadic culture & Grand Naadam Festival.
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    Buddhist culture and cool summer resort.
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    Surrel Avatar views & breathtaking glass bridge.
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    Pleasant mountain views and Tai Chi culture.

Recommended Destinations to Visit in Autumn – September, October, November

Autumn can be the perfect season for traveling most parts of China. It’s cool, comfortable, sunny, and with less winds and rainfalls. The temperatures range between 50 and 72 F. Most importantly, the natural attractions, such as Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng, Shangri-la, Kanas (Xinjiang), Yellow Mountain, are at their beautiful period of time with different colors. As Autumn is a peak season, you should plan your trip in advance. If you travel with a travel agency, you should confirm your trip as early as possible to ensure you will have a better price, and be able to book hotels, flights and trains.

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    Yellow Mountain
    Incredible mountain of odd peaks and pine trees.
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    Mysterious and vast land with fewer crowds.
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    Danxia Landform, golden desert and Mogao Grottoes.
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    Amazing sunshine and landscape, Tibetan culture.
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    The most beautiful ancient city in China.
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    Stunning lakes, waterfalls and coloful forests.

Recommended Destinations to Visit in Winter - December, January, February

In most parts of China, the winter is cold and dry. Many people prefer not to travel to China in winter. But in fact, there are still many great places in southern China you can to go to explore Chinese culture and enjoy warm sunshine, such as Yunnan, Sanya, Hong Kong, etc. Well, if you are fan of ice and snow, you can go to Harbin where has a carnival of snow and ice which lasts more than two months, during which you can enjoy fantastic ice and snow sculptures, lanterns, etc., and also take part in many exciting Winter sports. The costs for a winter tour will also be much cheaper then summer and autumn.

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    World of snow and ice, winter activities.
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    Known as Spring City, near to Stone Forests.
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    Picturesque lakes and mountains and ancient city.
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    Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terrace.
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    Xiling Snow Mountain
    Amazing mountain views & largest ski resort in China.
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    Soft beaches, warm sunshine, ronmantic islands.

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