Top 6 August Destinations in China
In the hottest days of a year in Chinese lunar calendar, coming to China to find out the best destinations that are enjoying agreeable temperatures and picturesque scenery. As a senior traveler, I highly recommend the following places. Don’t hesitate, just pack up and come here.
Top 1 Qinghai Lake, Qinghai
Covering an area of 4,583 square kilometers, Qinghai Lake is the largest inland lake and the largest salt-water lake in China. Lying in the northwest part of the imposing Qinghai-Tibet Altiplano,150km from Xining city, and 4,500 meters above the sea level, Qinghai Lake is the highest lake in the world.
As one of the top 5 most beautiful lakes in China, Qinghai Lake is known for its fascinating color changing depending on the angle, time of day, and season. The water colors change from light, green, blue, green, and gray, to orange and yellow. Each year, the lake attracts millions of ornithologists, botanists and tourists to come here for seeing migrating birds and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
1. Admission: 100 yuan from Apr.15 to Oct.15; 15 yuan from Oct.16 to Apr.14;
2. How to get there: take a mini-bus from Xining City.
Top 2 Emei Mountain, Sichuan
Emei Mountain is located at Emeishan city, 150km away from Chengdu. In 1996, it was designated as a World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders and historical Buddhist sites.
In addition, Emei Mountain is known as one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China, together with Wutai Moutain ( Shanxi Province ), Jiuhua Mountain ( Anhui Province ) and Putuo Mountain ( Zhejiang Province )..
Admission: 150yuan from December to January; 90 yuan from February to November;
Opening hour: 6:00 – 18:30 from May 1 to Oct.7; 7:00 – 17:50 from Oct.8 to Apr.30
How to get there: take a long-distance bus from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station ( about 3 hours )
Top 3 Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Gansu
Mogao Grottoes is known as one of the three notable grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist Art in the the world. It was carved out of the cliffs 25km southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu Province. So far, it has a history of more than 1,000 years. The preserved 492 caves contain about 2,100 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals. Travelers can enjoy the exquisite caves and experience the unique culture of the ancient Silk Road…
Admission: 160 yuan from May to October; 80 yuan from November to April;
Opening hour: 8:00 – 18:00 from May to October; 9:00 – 17:00 from November to April;
Best tour time: June to September;
How to get there: take travel bus from Dunhuang Bus Station, it will cost you 8 yuan and half an hour to get there.
Top 4 Shennongjia Nature Reserve, Hubei
Located in the geographical transitional region, between Daba and Wudan Mountains, Shennongjia Nature Reserve is famous for the well-preserved virgin forest, precious plants and rare animals. There are more than 3,000 species of plants, 300 kinds of animals, and hundreds of insects. Coming here, travelers can enjoy the amazing scenery, as well as explore the mystery of nature.
Admission: 100 yuan;
Opening hour: 8:00 – 17:00;
Best tour time: June to October;
How to get there: take coach bus from Xinhua Road Bus Station in Wuhan, or take travel bus from Xingshan Country or Songbai County, Yichang City.
Top 5 Qingdao, Shangdong
Located on the southern coastline of the Shandong Peninsula, facing the Yellow Sea, Qingdao is dubbed as “Eastern Switzerland” and is one of China’s most important port cities. With a beautiful coastline and a unique blend of sea and mountains, it’s also one of the most popular travel destinations in China.
Every August, the International Beer Festival is held in Qingdao, which attracts millions of travelers at home and abroad to enjoy the carnival.