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Best Places to Visit in May in China

May is the beginning of China's summer. China's summer is full of vitality, when you can see oceans of flowers in many natural scenic areas and the mountains are covered with exuberant trees and plants.

It is neither too hot nor too cold in May. The cool temperature makes May an ideal season to travel around China. 

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Avoid travelling China during International Labor Day, the first week of May, especially May 1st to May 3rd.

1. The Great Wall — One of China's Ancient Wonders

The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall should be in your destinations list when you travel around Beijing. It is like an ancient and huge Chinese dragon lying on the sinuous mountains. Taking a coach trip or a train ride from the city center to the foot of the Great Wall is available, which takes about 2 hours each way.

The Great Wall is the highlight of ancient Chinese workers' wisdom, and was built by thousands of laborers. Visiting the most popular parts of the Great Wall, including Badaling and Mutianyu, you can see countless city wall platforms and towers.

May is a good time to go to the Great Wall because the temperature is not too high.

Two specials ways to visit the Great Wall:

  • Have a bird's-eye view of the Great Wall by taking a helicopter (about 15 minutes)
  • Take a sidecar to the foot of the wild part of the Great Wall (such as Huanghuacheng) and have a glass of champagne and some French bread

Recommended tours: 3-Day Beijing Discovery Tour

2. Shangri-La — a Colorful Palette to Feast the Eyes

songzanlin lamaserySongzanlin Lamasery in Shangri-La

Located at the meeting point of Yunnan Province and Tibet, the fabulous natural scenery in Shangri-La can only be found in heaven. Shangri-La in spring is light green, and in summer it is colorful. Snowy mountains, dense forests, green grasslands and pastoral villages make Shangri-La a peaceful and tranquil place. May is the best time to appreciate flower blossoms in Shangri-La, especially at the end of the month.

Apart from the amazing natural scenery, the ethnic culture is a top reason to visit Shangri-La. The main ethnic group in Shangri-La is Tibetan (mainly in Zhongdian), who keep their traditional lifestyle and culture.

Recommended tour: 8-Day Shangri-La Exploration Tour

3. Guilin — a Magnificent Chinese Painting

Li River in GuilinThe Li River

The Li River is more charming under the warm sunshine in May. You can stand on the top of the cruise ship, appreciating the natural scenery along the river. May is the golden time for bamboo rafting on the Yulong River and cycling in the countryside in Yangshuo.

May is Guilin’s coolest season. At night, strolling around the Two Rivers and Four Lakes in the soft breeze is an excellent idea.

Unlike other seasons and months, May is the irrigation time of the Longji Terraced Fields. Seen from the tops of the mountains, the terraced fields look like layer upon layer of exquisite mirrors.

Recommended tours: 3-Day Essence of Guilin and Li River Tour

4. Zhangjiajie — the Typical Sandstone Landform

yuanjiajieZhangjiajie National Forest Park

Because Zhangjiajie is a mountainous area, the climate there is changeable. For its geological and tourism value, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The mountainous scenery in Zhangjiajie is unique and fabulous, and is even more charming and poetic under the misty rain and fog. Wuling Scenic Area, including Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxiyu Scenic Area, and Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, is a perfect summer resort to avoid the sunshine and enjoy the fresh air.

Recommended tours: 4-Day Essence of Zhangjiajie Tour

5. Luoyang — Attend the Grand Peony Fair

mudanPeony in Luoyang

Apart from the world-famous historical relics, Luoyang has a beautiful and elegant mask. The annual Peony Fair in Luoyang (mainly held in Luoyang Wangcheng Park and the National Peony Garden), falls in April and lasts for one month, attracting thousands of travelers and photographers every year.

Recommended tours: 4-Day Luoyang Essence Tour

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