1. Chengde Summer Resort
It is located in the northern part of Chengde City in Hebei province, the largest existing imperial garden in China, listed in the directory of the cultural heritages by the UNESCO.
It occupies an area of 5,640,000 square meters and is twice as large as the Summer Palace in Beijing. It becomes a model for China’s classical gardens not only for its largeness but also for its general layout and design.
The designer of the garden made full use of the natural scenery, the traditional park design methods of the Tang, Song and Ming Dynasties and those of southern China, thus improving the art and skill of garden designing. Within the summer resort, there are 72 scenic spots named by ancient Chinese Emperors Kangxi and Qianlong.
To the east and north, there are twelve temples and monasteries surrounding the resort, which have diversified architectural styles, reflecting the Han, Mongolian and Tibetan Cultures.
2. Qinghai Lake
From ancient times to the present, whenever people mention Qinghai Lake they think of “green lake”, “blue sea” or “fairyland”, because of the marvelous natural beauty reflected on it.
Qinghai Lake is China’s largest inland salt lake, with an area of 4,456 square km and a perimeter of 360 km. The east and west sides of the lake is long and the south and the north sides of the lake is narrow, looks like the oval shape of the maple leave. Since the average daily temperature in the hottest period of summer is only about 15 C, Qinghai Lake is a favorable summer resort.
In the northwest of Qinghai Lake, there is Bird Island, named after the tens of thousands of migration birds on the island. When the birds are flying, the sky is covered to darkness, which is the awesome picture on Qinghai Lake.
3. Guizhou Province
Guizhou province has been gradually thrust into tourist limelight as the best city in China to escape summer heat. In 2006, Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province, had the distinction of being chosen as the best summer destination in China. Its beckoning treasures include Asia’s biggest waterfall, China’s largest limestone cave, areas of primeval forest, rare plants and animal species.
The world-famous Hangguoshu Waterfall is 137 kilometers away from Guiyang, the largest waterfall in Asia with the altitude rising from 500 meters to 1,500 meters. The scenery of Hangguoshu Waterfall is pretty and the mountains rise one after another.
Guizhou is a multicultural province with the fifth largest ethnic population in China. Those ethnic people still live in their aged houses, practise their centuries-old customs and adhere to their simple life. Their pristine culture, tradition and lifestyle are well preserved and displayed.
Guihou’s landscape is that of traditional Chinese paintings; a delicate beauty of moss-greens and grey-blues. It has great potential for hikers, potholers and nature lovers.
4. Emei Mountain
Emei Mountain in Sichuan Province is one of the most well-known summer destinations in China thanks to its pleasant weather, congenial atmosphere, and the inspiring natural scenery.
The mountain is characterized by lofty ancient trees, impressive waterfalls, pristine brooks and numerous Buddhist temples. It is a natural “Oxygen Bar”, which can motivate the metabolization of the human body to repel exhaustion, improve sleep, and prolong life.
Emei Mountain not only provides physical space to travelers but also affords a personal exposure to the intimacy of nature and China’s Buddhism culture. With a large number of cultural and historic relics, it leaves rich historic and monumental legacy.
Guilin is regarded as the most picturesque city in China. Two crystal-clear rivers meander through the city, which are encircled by hills with unusual and bizarre rock formations and caves inside.
The Lijiang River is the highlight and climax of any journey to Guilin. Created by a stirring “Movement of Mother Nature”, the Lijiang River cruise will provide you a great enjoyment of its charming scenery.
Elephant Trunk Hill (Xiangshan) is the badge of Guilin City, and was given its name because the hill looks exactly like an elephant drinking from the river with its trunk. It is a masterpiece of karst landscape, composed of pure limestone deposited on the sea floor 360 million years ago.
The Silver Cave is a Karst cave, and a collection of various stalactites formed in different geologic times. At present, about 2km of cave is opened to tourists, including lower cave, grand hall and upper cave.