Top Places to Visit in July in China

top places to visit in july in china

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.

1. Chengdu — Pay a Nighttime Visit to the Pandas

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Going to Chengdu to see the cute pandas is a good choice for both adults and children. A nighttime visit to see the pandas can help avoid the daytime heat and let you discover things about the pandas’ nightlife that many people don’t know. 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.

2. Zhangjiajie — Inspiration for Avatar Hallelujah Mountain

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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.

3. Yunnan Province — a Colorful Fairyland

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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. Tibet — Enjoy Tibetan Festival in July

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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.

5. Guizhou Province — Explore Chinese Minority Culture

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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. The Yangtze River — Luxury Cruise

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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.

Appreciate the marvelous gorge scenery from the deck while you’re bathed in the breeze and having a cup of coffee or glass of wine. Have a wonderful welcome banquet and talk with people from all over the world.

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.

Our Most Popular July Tours

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