Top 5 Winter Travel Destinations in China

What to visit for winter vacations in China? With a vast territory, China actually can dish up a host of wonderful wintertime travel destinations, from fantastic ice and snow festival in Harbin, Beijing cultural experience, snow-capped Yellow Mountain, to sunbathing in Sanya…

Harbin for Ice and Snow Festival

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, Harbin Tours

Fantastic Harbin Ice and Snow World, China Winter Tours

Harbin, known as the “Icy City of China”,presents a wonder world of ice and snow in winter. Annually Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival features a range of ice-related activities – Ice Lantern Exhibition at the Zhaolin Park, Snow Sculpture Art Fair at Sun Island, Ice & Snow World and winter swimming on the Songhua River… Also, travelers can go high-mountain skiing in Yabuli for a great adventure tour.

Beijing for Cultural Experience

Forbidden City, China Winter Tours

Forbidden City in Snow, Beijing China

The best time to visit the Forbidden City? The locals would tell you – the winter. Covered in snow, the majesty of this grand palace is rather enhanced, and becomes more awe-inspiring. So is the Great Wall. Also, there are various cultural activities held in the temples and parks of Beijing during the Chinese New Year holiday usually from late January to early February.

Huangshan for Mountain Snowscape

Yellow Mountain, China Winter Tours

Snowscape of Yellow Mountain, Huangshan Anhui

Huangshan city gets its name for the sacred “Yellow Mountain“. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, it offers four wonders – spectacular rocky peaks, oddly shaped pines, crystal-clear hot springs and fantastic sea of clouds. When the snow settles on all these, the real charm of Yellow Mountain emerges.

Yunnan for Warm Winter Locations

Lijiang Old Town, China Winter Tours

Charming Lijiang Old Town, Lijiang Yunnan

For travelers, Yunnan is without doubt a most-cited “dream destination”. It shows varied landscape all the year, from topical rainforest to snow-capped peaks. For its mild weather in winter, it attracts people to visit Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Xishuangbanna in the province.

Sanya for Seaside Winter Escape

Sanya, China Winter Tours

Beautiful Seaside in Sanya, Hainan China

Sanya is the southernmost city in China. Blue sky, brilliant sunshine, white beach, clear seawater make Sanya into the best place for sunbath, sailing, and a winter escape etc. So, the city has earned the name of “Oriental Hawaii”. Also, Nantian Hot Spring offers many different options of pools to enjoy a relaxing spa.

China Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2012 Tours

Annually Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2012 officially begins on January 5, 2012, and lasts for over one month in Harbin, China. It features a range of ice-related activities including ice lantern, ice sculpture competitions, winter outdoor swimming, hot air ballooning, and various winter sports.

For a wonderful China Winter Tour in Harbin, please follow this link to know more

Tibet Receives Support to Become Major World Travel Destination

China’s top tourism authority will help the country’s Tibet Autonomous Region to become a major world travel destination.

Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet travel

Potala Palace Lhasa

According to a cooperative agreement signed Oct. 19 between the National Tourism Administration (NTA) and the government of Tibet, the NTA will expand assistance to Tibet and help the region further open up its tourism market.

The NTA will promote the opening of direct flights to Tibet’s capital city Lhasa from the other provincial capitals in the country and some overseas cities, according to the agreement.

Lhasa Tibet Flight, China Travel

Lhasa Gongga Airport, Tibet China

The NTA will also support brand-building in Tibet’s tourist industry and carry out promotional tourism campaigns.

Tibet is often referred to as the “Rooftop of the World”. It spans the world’s largest and, with average heights of over 4,000 m, also the world’s highest plateau.

For travelers, Tibet is without doubt one of the most fascinating destinations to visit in Asia. It offers fabulous monastery sights, breathtaking high-altitude treks, stunning views of the world’s highest mountains, and likeable locals you will ever meet.

(Source: Xinhuanet) Presents 8-day China Golden Triangle Tours

This China’s Golden Triangle tour comprises the three most visited cities in China: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit the landmarks, hitorical buildings and other natural sites. Tour China as a discerning traveler!

Beijing Attractions
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven; the  Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Road; Hutong, Peking Duck Banquet

Xi’an Attractions
Xian Ancient City Wall, Terra-cotta Worriors & Horses Museum, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda; Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Shanghai Attractions
the Bund, Nanjing Road; Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Xintiandi

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Tearful Closing for China Pavilion in Shanghai on Oct. 9, 2011

The China Pavilion, the top attraction of Expo 2010 Shanghai, closed on Oct. 9, leaving behind tearful staff who worked there for more than 18 months.

China Pavilion, shanghai world expo

China Pavilion with the inverted pyramid-like structure

Due to tremendous visitor interest, the inverted pyramid-like structure reopened twice after the 184-day fair officially ended on Oct 31, 2010.

Its main structure will continue to be used as a public culture venue.

As of Oct. 9, the 2-billion-yuan ($314 million) structure had received 17.5 million visitors since it opened along with the Expo on May 1, 2010. More than 50,000 tourists on average surged through it on a typical day of the Expo.

The pavilion’s highlights included an animated version of an ancient painting called Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival, excursion trains that gave a glimpse of China’s achievements in urban development, and the bronze chariot and horses sculpture unearthed in the 1980s along with the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors, which date back to the Qin Dynasty (BC 221-206).

ancient Chinese painting, Expo 2010 Shanghai

Painting – Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival

“The pavilion ran steadily on its last exhibition day, when about 30,000 people toured it,” said Pang Jie, speaking on behalf of the Expo Shanghai Group, which has been operating the Expo venues since the fair ended. “All workers are sticking to their positions, to ensure a successful end,” she said.

Hua Xuyin, a local visitor, drew a lot of attention on Oct. 9 by wearing a home-made hat in the shape of the pavilion. “The Shanghai people turned in a ‘successful answer sheet’ for the test on the Expo and its pavilions,” said the retired worker. “So I made the hat with a PhD cap to symbolize that we ‘graduated’ successfully from the Expo school.”

China Pavilion, Expo 2010 Shanghai

a home-made hat in the shape of China Pavilion

It was the pavilion staff members who had the hardest time saying good-bye. Qian Ting, a 20-year-old receptionist at the pavilion, was one of the staff members who greeted visitors in tears on the last exhibition day. “The days I worked for the pavilion meant a lot to me,” she said.

The exhibit will start to be torn down from Oct. 10, a process that will take several months.

The animated version of Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival will be shown in Taiwan again later this month and Singapore in December.

(Source: China Daily)