In August, most places in China are suffering through the dog days. Want to escape the summer heat? Easy Tour China picks 5 best summer resorts around China for tourist to enjoy a cool travel.
Chengde Summer Resort, Hebei
Chengde Summer Resort is a large complex of imperial palaces and gardens situated in the city of Chengde in Hebei Province, China. Its name in Chinese literally means “mountain villa for fleeting the heat”. It is built between 1703 and 1792 during Qing Dynasty for emperors to escape the summer heat in Beijing. Occupying an area of 564,000 square meters, the summer resort is even bigger than the Beijing’s Summer Palace. It contains the residential buildings, royal gardens and some magnificent temples, where Qing emperors lived, worked and played. In late summer when the temperature of North China is climbing, Chengde is the most popular place near Beijing to escape the hot weather and have fun in summer. But, Today’s Chengde Summer Resort is not for emperor, but for tourists.
Qingdao is located on the south facing coast of the Shandong Peninsula. The city, known as a “pearl on the Yellow Sea”, is surrounded on three sides by water, with Laoshan Mountain as a backdrop. Its pleasant climate and beautiful seaside setting is a great draw to tourists. The famous scenic spots include Laoshan Mountain, Badaguan Scenic Area and Zhanqiao Pier. After July, the seawater warms, and the temperature stays between 20 and 28°C, it’s the best time to visit Qingdao and enjoy the beach. Every August, the International Beer Festival is held in Qingdao. So, When in Qingdao, travelers can enjoy the seaside fun and have a taste of Tsingtao beer.
Mount Emei, Sichuan
Mount Emei, 130 km southwest of Chengdu, is one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China (the others are Wutai Moutain, Jiuhua Mountain and Putuo Mountain). There are 76 Buddhist monasteries of Ming and Qing dynasties on it. In 1996, Mount Emei was designated as a World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders and historical Buddhist sites. Great spectacles of Mount Emei include the sunrise and Clouds Sea seen from the Golden Summit of the mountain. In August, Mount Emei is indeed a cool, misty retreat from the Sichuan basin’s sweltering heat.
Lijiang Ancient Town, Yunnan
Lijiang Ancient Town, situated in the north of Yunnan Province, is an exceptional peaceful town nestled at the foot of cloud-wrapped snowy mountain. It is crisscrossed by canals and a maze of narrow streets. Listed as UNESCO Heritage Site in 1997, the town features its unique architectural style blending different elements of several cultures. Stroll around the ancient town to get a fascinating glimpse into Naxi culture and history. In August, unlike the sweltering North China, Lijiang enters its rainy season. It’s a tremendous place to relax your mood and enjoy a cool escape.
Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Gansu
Mogao caves, 25 km southeast of the center of Dunhuang, is one of the greatest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. In 366 AD, the first caves were dug out as places of Buddhist meditation and worship. After more than 1,000 years, 492 caves remain today, containing about 2,100 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals. June to September is the best time to visit Dunhuang. Travelers can enjoy the exquisite caves and experience the unique culture of the ancient Silk Road.