The 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo Is Coming

China International Garden Expo is a biennial festival of China’s highest-level displaying gardens and flowers with a purpose to promote and develop China’s gardening arts and culture and environmental thoughts. The 9th China International Garden Expo will be held in Beijing, making it a more culture-enriched and environment-friendly city. It is a SHOULD-NOT-MISS gardening event this year! Join this celebration of gardening arts from May 18 to November 17 on the west of Yongding River in Fengtai District.

The 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo

The Main Exhibition Hall

This year the expo occupies 513 hectares, and features 5 main exhibition venues, which are Traditional Exhibition Park, Modern Exhibition Park, Innovation Exhibition Park, Ecological Exhibition Park and International Exhibition Park. And each of them show its own characteristic features. People fascinated by flora will surely find the expo a paradise on earth. From gardens of sakura, crape myrtle and lilac to seas of Chinese flowering crabapple, guava and peonies, to other 340 varieties of flowers, to 1200 kinds of trees and shrubs and so much more – the expo covers nearly every corner of gardening arts in China imaginable!

The 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo

The Beijing Park

Another highlight of the expo is the focus on low-carbon, green and ecological  ideas. It demonstrated to people the new unpolluted and energy-saved material, technology, techniques and the scientific and rational use of the recycling water, solar, wind and other low carbon technologies.

The 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo

The Ge Garden

Visitors may as well stroll to the China Garden Museum, Yongding Tower, Jinxiu Valle and Expo Lake and Wetland that are enchanting programs especially established for this expo.

Ticket price:

100 RMB for ordinary days
150 RMB for June 10 – 12, Sep 19 – 21, Oct 1 – 7, and Nov 15 – 17

The 9th China (Beijing) International Garden Expo

The Beautiful Flowers

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 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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China Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2012 Tours

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival which is annually launched on January 5, is one of the largest ice-carving festivals in the world, and features a range of ice-related activities including ice swimming, hot air ballooning, ice sculpture competitions, and various winter sports.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Winter outdoor swimming at Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival

Blocks of ice chainsawed from the Songhua River provide the material for the sculptures, and competitors use knives and saws to carve the large blocks into animals, mythical figures, buildings, or copies of artworks. Past sculptures have represented such things as castles, towers, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Wall of China, and an onion-domed Russian church. Teams of sculptors come from all over the world and their work – glowing from the neon tubes of purple, pink, blue and green that shine from inside – fills the city square.

Ice and Snow World, Harbin Tours

Large buildings and sculptures made of ice at Harbin Ice and Snow World

The festival includes ice lantern and sculpture exhibitions. Thousands of ice lanterns, ice carvings and snow sculptures turn the city into a dreamlike world of pure whiteness and gleaming crystal. A highlight of the festival is the “Ice and Snow World” – the world’s largest amusement park devoted to ice and snow.

Snow Sculpture at Harbin Sun Island, Harbin tours

Sun Island International Snow Sculpture Art Fair

Harbin is one of China’s coldest cities, located in the northeast province of Heilongjiang, where the mercury in January often drops to minus 20 degrees centigrade (-4F).

Best Time to Visit
Harbin Snow and Ice Sculpture festival begin officially on the second week of January annually till late February. But they are actually open to the visitors right after the Christmas, when ice lanterns are complete and 80% snow sculptures are done. By then, you can see sculptors working on them.

Ice Lantern Show at Zhaolin Park, Harbin Tours

Ice Lantern Show at Zhaolin Park

Getting there
Travelers can fly in to Harbin from over a dozen domestic airports or take trains from some main cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin etc.. There are also international flights to Harbin from Hong Kong, Russia, Niigata, Seoul,  Khabarovsk, Vladivostok and Los Angeles.

The Ice and Snow World opens from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and the Snow Sculpture Expo opens from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.