Five top Chinese spring destinations

Let's follow the Chinese spring to experience the varied natural scenery

Finally, we’re in March now, it’s time to say hi to the spring, the season when everything comes back to life after the harsh winter. It's the right time for you to see the nature in its prime, and organize a spring trip. Perhaps the city where you live is still chilly, and you don’t want to quite leave the radiator's side yet! Don't know where to go? Today we’re gonna show you a wonderful destination for spring travel — China. As you know, China is a vast oriental country, and in some southern cities it is already spring. Follow our spring travel guide in China and find some inspiration for your next trip.

In Chinese there is a term to describe the start of spring, which is called Lichun - this is from traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars, which divide a year into 24 solar terms. Lichun is the 1st solar term. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around February 4 and ends around February 18. Try to stop just eating spring traditional food, such like spring roll. Following our travel guide then you will feel a wonderful spring vibe.

1. YUNNAN

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Yunnan is a province which is located in Southwest China, and it borders the Chinese provinces Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and the Tibet Autonomous Region, as well as the countries Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. Thank for its vast area spanning approximately 394,000 square kilometres, you always can find such various and amazing scenery in this province. The capital of Yunnan is Kunming, is also called “Spring city” due to its weather, but today we’re gonna show you the other beautiful cities: Dali and Lijiang

2. DALI

As you know in China has a quick pace of life - if you ask us which is one of the best ways to escape from this busy city we suggest you: “exile” yourself to Dali, rent a bicycle around the Erhai lake, explore this region; visit Dali Old Town to experience the historical and cultural heritage about the Bai kingdom Nanzhao (8th and 9th centuries) and the Kingdom of Dali (937-1253) ; taste a cup of tea with locals in Shuanglang Town and try to get to know the local life of Bai minorities; when night falls you can join in with the vibrant nightlife.

yunnan dali

3. LIJIANG

As a northwest city of Yunnan province, the Old Town of Lijiang which is UNESCO Heritage Site attracts countless tourists every year. This area also has lots of ethnic groups, but apart from the cultural and historical part,you can also visit the The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the mountain that is part of Yulong Snow Mountain National Scenic Area and National Geological Park, an AAAAA-classified scenic area. If you don’t have energy then you can also take a tourist cable car that elevates to 4,680 m for close views of the snow peak (but it has been criticized for accelerating the melting of the snow and reducing the water retention by the mountain). For the Naxi people here, the Yulong Snow Mountain is a sacred mountain, and their history starts from here, so don’t forget to follow their ritual rules besides enjoy this magnificent landscape.

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4. LUOPING COUNTY

If you ask us where you can find a unique springtime scenery in Yunnan, we’ll tell you perhaps is Luoping County, located in Qujing City. During springtime its fields of canola plants are in full bloom, surrounding the area’s mountains with a blanket of golden flowers. Every year this wonderful scenery attracts many photographers. Trust me, even if photography is not your hobby, these golden flowers fields will make you feel peace and happiness.

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5. YANGSHUO COUNTRY

Yangshuo, a county town 65km south of Guilin city, is noted by breathtaking landscape scenery and rustic culture. The people always saying that “the landscape of Guilin is the most beautiful in the world, but the landscape of Yangshuo is the most beautiful in Guilin”. This is because Yangshuo County has a good portion of the world's most impressive and unique karst landscapes combining hills, rivers, and caves. There are plenty of places to explore, you can going cycling in the countryside, and also take a boat to see this amazing karst landscape.

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6. NYINGCHI

Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi, located in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. From March, the peach blossom trees will full blossom like brocade, the river water’s colour will be green like jade, the distant snowy mountain will be free from blankets of fog, all these views give the place such an impressive and unique character.

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Anyway, these five spring destinations are just a little part of Chinese travel and there still have lots of things waiting for you to explore. If you want to see more wonderful scenery, we recommend booking your accommodation right now and hope that you will have a nice and memorable trip.