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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,  snow-capped Yellow Mountain, to sunbathing in Sanya…


Many foreign tourists have begun to discover what a multitude of Chinese tourists have long been aware of: that the vast continental expanse of China can dish up a host of interesting wintertime travel destinations, ranging from "haute culture" tours to ski holidays tours to ice-and-snow sculpted urban landscape tours to mystical mountain landscape tours (think: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) to leisurely hot springs tours to outright luxurious South Sea island getaways. In the following, we have highlighted a range of winter holiday destinations in China that we hope is broad enough to satisfy the desires of most wintertime tourists, whether you are thinking of a traditional wintertime destination or its opposite: a warm, subtropical, summertime destination.

 Mountain Snowscapes
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.  Mt. Emei, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Mount Tai. Yellow Mountain, which is famous from its tour supreme sights: strange pines, grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds and hot springs in the world, was added to he list of "Human Natural Heritage protected in the world" by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Natural sceneries are fantastic out there. E'mei Mountain is one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China and is situated in the Sichuan Province in Western China. It is known for sweeping cliffs, high reaching peaks, gushing waterfalls, gurgling springs, towering ancient trees and sweet scented flowers. Jiuzhaigou Valley has clear and bright lakes, curtain-like waterfalls, lush forest, primitive tibetan village. It is another heaven of natural scenery.


 Warm Winter Locations
Hainan Island, Macau, Guangzhou, Hongkong and Xishuangbanna are the best destinations of warm winter travel. There are two cities on Hainan Island worth visiting, Sanya and Haikou. Still can enjoy the beach in Sanya during winter, of course water will be a little cold. Seafood on Hainan Island is tasty.

Hainan Island has always been attractive for its sunshine, sea, sand and coconut trees. The warm climate in Hainan will bring you a warm winter. 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. Visitors will be excited to see the tropical rainforests along the riverbank and the amazing landscapes surrounding it. The water in Hainan Island will not give you a freezing feeling in winter; rather, it will turn out to be most tender and peaceful. You will surely like it.

If you like to spend a warm winter, you can also choose to go to Yunnan. It’s said that Yunnan has spring-like climate in all seasons. So you will never feel cold. Yunnan has three famous cities: Lijiang, Dali and Xishuangbanna.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.Lijiang boasts Jade Dragon Snow Mountain which turns on subtropical, temperate and frigid sceneries from the foot to the top of it. In Lijiang, you can also get a touch with minority cultures such as the Naxi classical music and Dongba characters which are the only living pictographs in the world. Dali used to be the political, economical and cultural center of Yunnan province. You can taste its long history and culture from the historical sites and cultural relics which have been reserved. And if you prefer natural sceneries, Xishuangbanna is a best recommendation. You will experience a totally natural and primitive living here.

 If you don’t afraid of coldness, you shall go to Harbin to experience a real winter with snows, a lot of snows. In fact, it won’t be so cold. Ice lantern and ice sculpture in Harbin are known worldwide. Faced with so many colorful lanterns of distinct shapes, you have no reason to feel cold any more. Skiing is the most exciting sports in winter. Harbin has the largest skiing center in the country, that is, Yabuli Skiing Center. It has thick snows and unique mountain range which ensures a comfortable but challenging experience of skiing.The 27th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will be held during the period from January 5, 2011 to February 17, 2011. The most attractive things in this festival are Ice and Snow sculptures, you can see lots of amazing works out here.

Another good place for playing with snow is Urumqi. There will be an ice and snow festival in Urumqi this winter. The whole name of the festival is “Silk Road, Ice and Snow Festival”. Compared to festivals in Harbin, this festival incorporates the history and culture of Silk Road into its activities, thus more enlightening. If you are also interested in Silk Road, you can go to Urumqi for such a festival.

China Ski Resorts
There are six ski resorts offered to meet the requirement of Ski lovers. They are Yabuli Ski Resort in Harbin, Nanshan ski resorts nearby Beijing, Wanglong ski resorts in Chongqing, Xiling ski resort in Sichuan province, Changbaishan ski resort in Jilin province, Alshan ski resort nearby Ulanhot. Xiling ski resort is the best alpine ski resort in China.

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So, you see, winter also has its beauty. If you don’t like the cold weather in winter, you can go to the southern cities of China such as Hainan Island and Yunnan to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful sceneries there. If you like snow, the symbol of winter, you can go to Harbin or Xinjiang where you can play with snow in whatever way you like. If this article pleases you, why not start to prepare your china travel now? You will spend a happy winter in China.

The cold winters often bring on the winter blues. However, the good news is that you can chase those nasty winter blues away by taking a vacation to a tourist hot spot. There is so much to see and do, and you will find some great travel discounts and specials, so you will not have to worry about breaking your vacation budget.