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There is definitely something about China's sultry summer (June to August) that adds romance to the days and nights.
All of China is accessible for travel, including the remotest regions of Tibet.
We have listed six Chinese destinations that are especially brought to life by summer: Yunnan, Tibet, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Guizhou, and Mount Emei.
Yunnan is an ideal destination for a summer trip in China. Owing to its 2,000-meter-altitude with abundant heat and light, Yunnan has a year-round spring-like climate. You will have a cool summer trip in Yunnan.
You can experience unique ethnic cultures, magnificent highland scenery, graceful natural landscapes, authentic ancient towns, and delicious food.
Tibet attracts many travelers with its mysterious culture and pure land. There are beautiful monasteries sitting on snowy mountains, blue skies, crystal clear lakes, and colorful prayer flags fluttering in the wind.
In summer, it’s the busiest time to visit Tibet with its moister climate, higher oxygen content, and more green trees. There might be showers in the afternoons but they often only last for one hour.
Zhangjiajie was thrust into foreigner travelers' lines of sight after the movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains in Avatar were inspired by the Heavenly Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
It is famous for its pristine national scenery, and the government's proactive policy on the construction of tourism infrastructure in recent years has boosted the region's tourist industry.
In summer, the mountains are full of green trees and are surrounded by mist on rainy days. When you walk between the mountains, the cool wind blows the summer heat away.
Guilin is famous for its marvelous limestone scenery. It’s a city sitting amid karst mountains. The picturesque Li River takes you into a misty Chinese brush painting.
In summer, the scenery along the Li River is clear and the river breeze is soft when you are on the cruise. However, on stormy days, the cruise will be suspended for safety.
In the terraced fields, you will see green terraces filled with seedlings, which is pleasant after hiking up the mountain.
Guizhou in Southwest China has been gradually thrust into the tourist limelight as the best city in China to escape from the summer heat.
In 2006, Guiyang – Guizhou’s provincial capital – had the distinction of being chosen as the best summer destination in China. >But the result does little justice to the city's pleasant summer weather and unique charm.
While the vast majority of China has very hot summers, Guiyang is an enclave of coolness where a thin quilt is even needed during the nights.
The city is situated on the Yunnan-Guizhou highland with a low latitude.
Mount Emei in Sichuan Province in Southwest China is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China thanks to its pleasant weather, congenial atmosphere, the inspiring natural scenery, and the influence of the Buddhist culture.
The mountain is characterized by lofty ancient trees, impressive waterfalls, pristine brooks, and numerous Buddhist temples.
Mount Emei is noted for the considerable weather differences between various areas on it. A 14 °C difference in temperature has been reported between the foot of the mountain and its peak.
The weather varies between each month and region, but most places reach above 30 °C daily. Mountainous areas can be significantly cooler.
A rainy season with typhoons and flooding occurs across Eastern and Southern China from May to August, though this seldom affects tours.
The further northwest you go, the drier it is. This makes Beijing, Xi'an, and the Silk Road a good, dry route in summer.
If you are planning a trip to China in summer, please see our suggested itineraries below for inspiration:
Or you can just tell us your interests and requirements, and we will help you create a China trip for you.