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Top 8 Places to Visit in July in China 2024

Written by Chris QuanUpdated Oct. 30, 2023

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.

Here we list the best 8 places to visit in July in China. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. All our tours can be customized. We will create a trip for your summer vacation according to your group size, time, budget, interests, and other requirements.

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1. Chengdu — Meet Cute Pandas

Chengdu Panda

Chengdu is a city of pandas. The lovely giant pandas are the No. 1 reason that people visit Chengdu.

Going to Chengdu to see the cute pandas is a good choice for both adults and children. You can join in a panda volunteer program in Wolong Panda Baseexplore and explore habitat of wild giant pandas in a nature reserve. See our 2-Day Wolong Panda Keeper Program Tour.

Jiuzhaigou (Jiuzhai Valley) is open to visit. With cool weather, summer is the best time to see its waterfalls and green lakes.

Visit Mount Emei, which is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China. Experience the congenial atmosphere, natural scenery, and Buddhist culture.

2. Inner Mongolia — Vast Grasslands

Grassland, Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia has vast grasslands where you can enjoy horse riding and trekking when the weather is comfortable. During the short and hot summers, the grass is the tallest. Grasslands stretch as far as the eye can see. It has one of China's most beautiful and unusual natural areas. It was once the domain of the Mongol empires, and you can see Mongolian yurts in some places still.

July to September is the best time to travel to Inner Mongolia, when the temperature is quite comfortable and the grasslands are lush. The annual Naadam Grassland Festival is held during this period, during which you will have the chance to enjoy Mongol sporting competitions and traditional celebrations with Mongolian folk songs and dances.

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3. Zhangjiajie — Inspiration for Avatar Hallelujah Mountain

Zhangjiajie National Park

Zhangjiajie features fabulous mountainous scenery. It is a natural summer resort and has China's first national forest park — Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Towering mountains, clear streams, and fresh air make the park a natural air conditioner and a natural oxygen bar.

Take the world's longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain, which has the highest peak in Zhangjiajie. Bike around the beautiful and non-touristy side of Tianmen Mountain.

The heat dissipates when you take a cable car to reach the top of the mountain. The mountain peak vistas are charming, especially under the misty rain and fog. Walk on the cliff-hanging walkway and see the 99 Bends and the grand Tianmen Cave.

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4. Yunnan Province — a Colorful Fairyland

Lijiang Ancient Town

Due to its special geographic location with lush vegetation, the weather in Yunnan Province is not very hot. Therefore, it has gradually become one of the best choices for summer vacations. The best cities to visit in Yunnan are Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La.

Wander in leisurely ancient towns in Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La. Bike along charming Erhai Lake in Dali. Listen to the roaring of Tiger Leaping Gorge in between Lijiang and Shangri-La. Go to the Lugu Lake to escape the summer heat and soak in its incredible scenery.

5. The Silk Road — Discover Chinese History and Culture

Zhangye Danxia Landform on Silk Road

The Silk Road was an important international trade route in ancient times, and stretches a long distance through some amazing scenic and cultural places.

Gannan is scenic and cool with Tibetan culture, gorgeous mountains, valleys, gorges, wetlands, and meadows. Zhongwei provides wonderful and fun desert activities such as sledding, camel trekking, dune buggying and camping. Xi'an, Dunhuang, Zhangye, and Xinjiang are all charming for their unique Silk Road culture.

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6. 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. Visit Mount Fanjing, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2018. It isn't a trending place to visit now, so you can enjoy a quiet trip there. The cool weather and cloud-wrapped Mushroom Rock will not disappoint you.

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. You can learn disappearing traditional crafts, such as making paper by using vegetable fiber, batiking and silver-ornament-making.

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7. Tibet — Explore Pure Landscape and Tibetan Culture


The temperature in summer in Tibet is around 12-24°C (54-75°F). In summer, you may have lower risk of altitude sickness because the air has a higher oxygen content than in other seasons.

Summer is the time to travel to the various attractions in the remoter regions and enjoy the high-altitude sites when the mountain passes are snow free such as a Mount Kailash hiking.

July is one of the busiest travel months of the year in Tibet. A good idea is to book a tour with us at least 1 month before your journey and let us to confirm all bookings for you.

8. Qinghai Lake — Nature and Tibetan Culture

Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake is China's largest, and it is often deep blue, high in the old Tibetan homeland of Qinghai Province. You can appreciate Tibetan culture and food while you walk and bike in the towns in the area.

In July, the lake is decorated with golden clothing, as tens of thousands of hectares of rape flowers spread out from Qinghai Lake's shores.

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