Off-Beat Holiday Destinations in China for 2010 Summer

18/05/2010
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They say half the fun of a holiday is in the planning. It surely does! In case you are stuck for ideas and looking for your next grand adventure, consider these six destinations with an off-beat twist: Summer Palace and Great Wall Hiking in Beijing; Chengde Imperial Summer Resort, Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan, Beidaihe in Qinghuangdao, Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan.

Off-Beat Holiday # 1 – Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, Yihe yuan in Chinese, is the largest and best-preserved imperial garden in the world, a veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture. It was an exclusive place of summer houses for the imperial family.

The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artifucial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmoious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value. See more about the Summer Palace. Read more about Summer Palace.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Off-Beat Holiday # 2 – Mutianyu Great Wall

Located in the Beijing suburb, the area of Mutianyu Great Wall is cooler than Beijing center. Everywhere is abundantly verdant and attractive. You will appreciate the grandness of the Great Wall as well as to avoid the crowds and irritation at Badaling.

Mutianyu is the most beautiful section of the Great Wall of China, filled with fragrant flowers in spring, abundantly verdant in summer, charming with red-leafed maple trees in autumn and enchanting covered in pure white snow in winter. See more about Mutianyu Great Wall. Read much more about Mutianyu Great Wall.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

Off-Beat Holiday # 3 – Chengde Imperial Summer Resort

Chengde Summer Palace, located in the north of Chengde city, was a place where emperors from the Qing dynasty spent their summers to escape the heat in Beijing. Occupying an area of 564,000 square meters, it is the largest royal garden in China, even bigger than the Summer Palace in Beijing. The historically important Chengde Summer Palace is not only a tourist destination, but also a museum to explore the history and culture of the Qing Dynasty.

Chengde Summer Palace

Chengde Summer Palace

Off-Beat Holiday # 4 – Jiuzhaigou Valley in Sichuan

It is said that if there should be wonderlands on the earth, Jiuzhaigou Valley must be one of them. There is no equal elsewhere that has sceneries and fables of dreamlike eloquence, or natural purities like a fairyland as Jiuzhaigou Valley. It combines blue lakes, waterfalls, verdant forests, snow-covered mountains, and the folk customs of the Tibetan and Qiang People.

Jiuzhaigou Vallery

Jiuzhaigou Vallery

Off-Beat Holiday # 5 – Beidaihe Scenic Spot

Beidaihe Scenic Spot, located in Qinhuangdao City, is a famous summer resort. The long coastline to its south has soft sand and sea water of moderate salinity, making it an excellent place to sunbathe and swim. Many modern holiday villages and public bathing places have been established, where you can taste local snacks and delicious seafood, ride in a speedboat or relax in a ballroom dancing. If you want to get away from the masses, a stroll on the pebbled sand will bring you close to nature.

Beidaihe Summer Resort

Beidaihe Summer Resort

Off-Beat Holiday # 6 – Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan

Known for the grandest view in Yunnan Province, Meli Snow Mountain boasts numerous snow-clad ridges and peaks, thirteen of which exceed 6,000 meters above the sea level.

Visitors are treated to spectacular view from all vantage points. The continuous mountain ridges feature snowy peaks and the sun throws golden lights on the low-floating clouds which form various extraordinary shapes, affording yet another splendid view! But mostly, the mountain presents itself as mystery when dense fog and clouds made it a gleaming sight to see and you could hardly resist the temptation to unveil it. You can have a panoramical view of the thirteen towering peaks from the Feilai Temple which is in the west of Deqin County.

Meili Snow Mountain is one of the most sacred mountains of Tibetan Buddhism. ‘Kang Karpo Peak’ means the God of Snow Mountain in Tibetan, and is a holy land for worshiping. Pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai Province, Sichuan Province,and Gansu Province travel to the mountain at the beginning of each winter to worship. Thousands of devout pilgrims worship together and encircle the holy mountain, adding even more mystery and loftiness to the mountain.

Meili Snow Mountain

Meili Snow Mountain