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In recent years, China's summer has been getting much hotter, especially in the east and south of China. There are still some top places to go in July in China to appreciate natural landscapes and attend some great ethnic festivals, without it being too hot.
July and August are perfect times to have a holiday in Tibet. Many minority festivals fall in July, including the Horse Racing Festival, when you can get a closer look at and experience Chinese ethnic culture.
Apart from the festivals, you can relish the breathtaking natural scenery, including snow-capped mountains like Everest, and quiet lakes like Namtso. Trekking around the fabulous sights in Tibet is pleasant in warm July. Tibet is a holy place for Buddhist culture, and you can see many Buddhist heritage sites in Lhasa, such as the Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and Drepung Monastery.
Recommended Tours: 5-Day Lhasa Classics and Lake Yamdrok Tour
Beautiful natural landscapes in Inner Mongolia will exceed your expectations. Both the scenery and culture there are worth a trip.
Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of rural Inner Mongolia, you can enjoy a special way of living closer to nature. Staying in a yurt (Inner Mongolian style tent) and horse riding on the grassland are special experiences there. Nothing is more romantic than sitting on the grassland appreciating the sunset.
Tempting delicacies are a highlight of Inner Mongolia. Roast lamb is a very traditional, must-taste dish.
The Silk Road was an important international trade route in ancient times, and stretches a long distance through some amazing scenic and cultural places. The part in China starts from Chang’an (the old name of Xi’an) and ends in Kashgar, passing across Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Scenery along the Silk Road is intriguing, together with the historic sites and cultural places. The Terracotta Army and Ancient Walls in Xi’an, grand Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang where you can witness Buddhist history on the walls, and bustling bazaars in Kashgar. Discover the history and culture of the Silk Road. It will be meaningful and interesting.
4. Guizhou Province — Explore Chinese Minority Culture
Guizhou Province is an ideal summer destination, as it is temperate and not very hot.
You will discover places and diverse minority cultures that you've never heard of. Standing by the magnificent Huangguoshu Waterfall is best in summer when rainfall and sunshine are plentiful.
Guizhou has the second highest number of minority groups next to Yunnan Province. Tujia, Miao, and many others make Guizhou an important place for ethnic culture.
The Yangtze River is one of the best summer options in China, where you can enjoy a luxury cruise. Summer's Yangtze River is dense green, where the plants on the mountains and high cliffs are verdant.
Cruise ships stop at the many attractions around the Three Gorges, such as White Emperor City and Fengdu Ghost City. You can stretch your legs to appreciate the natural landscapes, and get an insight into the culture and history of the Yangtze.