Top Places to Visit in July in China
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Most cities are open and can be visited by travelers. Some of these destinations include Yunnan, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Silk Road (except for Xinjiang), Guizhou, Inner Mongolia, Xiamen, Luoyang, and Guilin. For more information, please see China Travel Reopening: Live Updates on Restrictions.
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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.
Here we list the best 6 places to visit in July in China.
1. Chengdu — Meet Cute Pandas
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 explore the habitat of wild giant pandas in a nature reserve.
Visit Mount Emei, which is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China. Experience the congenial atmosphere, natural scenery, and Buddhist culture.
- See our recommended Chengdu tours for inspiration.
2. 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. 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.
- See our popular Zhangjiajie tours for inspiration.
3. 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.
Start from Kunming to see the spectacular Stone Forest, enjoy a relaxing tour along the lakeshore of Erhai in Dali, visit the Old Town of Lijiang, and take a cable car ride to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Finally, immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty and holy religious atmosphere of Shangri-La by visiting Songzanlin Lamasery and Pudacuo National Park.
4. The Silk Road — Discover Chinese History and Culture
Zhangye Danxia Landform on Silk Road
The Silk Road (except for Xinjiang) is open and can be visited.
The Silk Road was an important international trade route in ancient times, and stretches a long distance through some amazing scenic and cultural places.
Scenery along the Silk Road is intriguing, together with the historic sites and cultural places. The Terracotta Army and Ancient Walls in Xi’an and grand Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang where you can witness Buddhist history on the walls. Discover the history and culture of the Silk Road. It will be meaningful and interesting.
- See our recommended Yunnan tours for inspiration.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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