Top Places to Visit in June in China
In many parts of China, especially the southwest of China, large areas of flowers blossom in June. These places below are the best destinations to visit in June in China, where the natural scenery is stunning, making a trip especially worthwhile.
1. Hangzhou — See the Lotus Flowers on West Lake
Unlike in other seasons, West Lake in summer is covered with lovely water lilies, lotus flowers, and green lotus leaves. It is peaceful, sometimes with little waves ushered in by a soft wind. June isn’t the hottest month in Hangzhou, about 5 °C cooler than July and August due to the rain, so a cruise on West Lake is more comfortable. Sitting on the east bank of West Lake and appreciating the sunset is wonderful!
Other attractions in Hangzhou, such as Six Harmonies Pagoda and Lingyin Temple, also give you outstanding views of the natural scenery.
2. Yunnan Province — the Nearest Place to the Heaven
Yunnan Province, a large mountainous region in southwest China, is worth a trip all the year round. Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, and Xishuangbanna are the best destinations for a trip to Yunnan.
Shangri-la, which is painted with snow-capped mountains, transparent sky, dense forest, and extensive grasslands, is a holy grail for photographers. The scenery there is like a huge colorful painting, which you will never be tired of. Many ethnic groups live there, and you can experience their cultures by attending minority festivals.
3. Xinjiang — a Romantic Purple World
Yili, a fabulous prefecture in Xinjiang, turns into a romantic world blanketed by lavender and many other colorful flowers in summer. Relaxing in this pure world, without the noise of traffics and the bustle of large cities, will leave you calmed and charmed. The grasslands are spectacular, and can be enjoyed in traditional style with a horse ride.
Xinjiang is a gathering place for Muslim culture and snacks. Yili's summer has a cool, semi-arid and continental climate, which is suitable for outdoor activities.
4. Guilin — the Best Scenery under the Heaven
China’s summer is hot and sometimes even scorching. Why not plan a trip to a slightly cooler destination with great summer resorts and amazing natural scenery like Guilin?
A cruise on the Li River from Guilin city to Yangshuo is as popular as a cruise on the Yangtze River. The Li River looks like a green silk ribbon weaving between the mountains, ancient towns, and folk villages. After arriving in Yangshuo you can appreciate the countryside scenery by bicycle. If you want to get close to the water, bamboo rafting on the Yulong River is highly recommended.
A scenic tour of Guilin is not complete without a visit to Longji Terraced Fields. It is a large scenic area with amazing tiered fields stepping hundreds of meters up the mountainsides, and also colorful minority cultures. Both the sunrise and sunset there are stunning, when the fields are a twilight fairyland.
5. Chengdu — Enjoy a Feast of Sichuan Hotpot and Cuddle Giant Pandas
Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is the hometown of a famous spicy hotpot and giant pandas. Having a hotpot feast and other local snacks in Chengdu are must-do things. Seeing up close and cuddling giant pandas is a unique experience that is the highlight of many a China tour.
Chengdu is located in the southwest of China. The weather in June in Chengdu is relatively cool at an average 28 °C max., but sometimes hot. Other places in Sichuan Province, such as Leshan, Jiuzhaigou, and Huanglong are cooler still and top destinations to visit. Jiuzhaigou's towering mountains and colorful lakes leave a deep impression.
6. The Yellow Mountains — a Landmark of China
The Yellow Mountains, located in east China, near Hangzhou and Shanghai, feature magnificent peaks, oceans of clouds, various strangely-shaped pine trees, and fabulous sunrises. Cable cars from the foot of the mountain can save your energy as you appreciate the scenery.
June is the best time to climb the Yellow Mountains, when the plants are most verdant. The weather is relatively cool, so you shouldn't feel very tired during by your climb. But remember to bring a light coat if you plan to stay on the mountains (hotels are available), because it is cold at night. Camping in the "Back Mountains" is also great.
With a 2-day tour of the Yellow Mountains you can have a great opportunity to see one of the highlights: the beautiful sunrise. Remember to bring your camera to record this unforgettable moment!
I updated this article on October 10, 2013
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