When most Chinese cities begin to suffer through the dog days (the hottest days of the year in Chinese lunar calendar), the following places are enjoying agreeable temperatures and picturesque scenery. Don’t hesitate, just pack up and enjoy a cool getaway. 
NO.8 Qinghai Lake, Qinghai 

Qinghai Lake
Covering an area of 4,583 sq km, Qinghai Lake is the largest inland lake and the largest salt-water lake in China. It lies 4,500 meters above the sea level on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, surrounded by four mountain ranges. Qinghai Lake is known for its fascinating color changes, depending on the angle, time of day, and season it is viewed from. The colors range from light green, blue, green, and grey, to orange and yellow. As one of the top five most beautiful lakes in China, this lake attracts millions of ornithologists, botanists and travelers to see migrating birds and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Travel Tips

Admission: 100 yuan in season (Apr.15-Oct.15); 50 yuan out of season (Oct.16- Apr.14)

Getting there: You can take a mini-bus from the long-distance coach station south of Xining Railway Station. The ticket price is 35 yuan per person. 

NO.7 Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Gansu  

Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
Carved out of the cliffs 25 km southeast of Dunhuang, Gansu Province, Mogao Grottoes is one of the three notable grottoes in China and also the largest, best preserved and richest treasure house of Buddhist art in the world. In 366 AD, during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317—420), a monk began to chisel the first cave. The work continued from Northern Wei Dynasty (386—534) to the Yuan Dynasty (1206—1368). After more than 1,000 years, 492 caves remain today, containing about 2,100 colored statues and 45,000 square meters of murals. June to September is the best time to visit Dunhuang. Travelers can enjoy the exquisite caves and experience the unique culture of the ancient Silk Road.

Travel tips

Admission: 160 yuan in season (May- Oct.); 80 yuan out of season (Nov.-Apr.)

Opening hour: 8:00-18:00 in season (May- Oct.); 9:00-17:00 out of season (Nov.-Apr.)

Getting there: You can take travel bus from Dunhuang Bus Station, it will cost you 8 yuan and half an hour to get to Mogao Grottoes. 

NO.6 Shennongjia Nature Reserve, Hubei 

Shennongjia Nature Reserve
Lying between Daba and Wudang Mountains, Shennongjia Nature Reserve is located in the northwestern part of Hubei Province. Sitting in the geographical transitional region, the reserve is famous for the well-preserved virgin forest, precious plants and rare animals. There are more than 3,000 species of plants, 300 kinds of animals, and hundreds of insects. June to September is the best time to visit. Travelers can enjoy the amazing scenery, as well as explore the mystery of nature. 

Travel tips

Admission: 100 yuan

Opening hour: 8:00-17:00

Getting there: You can take coach bus from Xinhua Road Bus Station in Wuhan, or take travel buses from Yichang City, Xingshan Country or Songbai County. 

NO.5 Hulunbuir Grassland, Inner Mongolia 

Hulunbuir Grassland
Hunlunbuir Grassland, located in northeastern Inner Mongolia, is considered to be the "most unsullied grassland" in China. Named after the Hulun and Buir lakes, the grassland features the beautiful scenery of vast grassland, forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the unique custom of the Mongolian ethnic group. In summer, the green grassland is dotted with colorful flowers, with birds soaring up in the blue sky, and cattle and sheep scattering among the grasses. Besides enjoying the beautiful scenery, visitors can also participate in various local activities, including horseback and camelback riding, horse racing and wrestling.

Travel tips

Admission: free

Opening hour: all day

Getting there: You can take train to Hailar District of Hulun Buir City, and then transfer travel bus to Hunlunbuir Grassland.

NO.4 Emei Mountain, Sichuan   

Emei Mountain
Located 150 km away from Chengdu, Emei Mountain rises in the southwest part of Chengdu Plain, in Emeishan City. It is one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China, together with Wutai Moutain (Shanxi Province), Jiuhua Mountain (Anhui Province) and Putuo Mountain (Zhejiang Province). In 1996, Emei Mountain was designated as a World Heritage Site because of its breathtaking scenery, mysterious natural wonders and historical Buddhist sites. There are more than 3,000 kinds of plants and over 2,000 species of animals, making the mountain a huge natural arboretum and a kingdom for wild animals.

Travel tips

Admission: 150 yuan in season (Dec.-Jan.); 90 yuan out of season (Feb.-Nov.)

Opening hour: 6:00-18:30 in summer and autumn (May 1- Oct. 7); 7:00-17:50 in winter and spring (Oct. 8- Apr. 30)

Getting there: You can take tourist bus from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (2 hours ride) or long-distance bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station (about 3.5 hours ride) in downtown Chengdu.

NO.3 Dalian, Liaoning  

Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
Dalian, southernmost point of Liaoning Province, is famous for its agreeable climate, clean air, beautiful beaches, sea breezes and fresh seafood. A coastline stretching 1,906 kilometers offers a huge choice of beaches and scenic spots. It’s neither too cold in winter nor too hot in summer, making it an ideal destination to travel. The most famous scenic spots include Tiger Beach Ocean Park, Shengya Ocean World, Bingyu Valley, Bangchui Island and Jinshitan Scenic Area.

Travel tips


Bingyu Valley: 120 yuan

Tiger Beach Ocean Park: 190 yuan

Shengya Ocean World: 190 yuan

Bangchui Island: 20 yuan

Jinshitan Scenic Area: 90 yuan 

NO.2 Changbai Mountain, Jilin 

Changbai Mountain
Rising in southeast part of Jilin Province, Changbai Mountain is located on the border between China and North Korea. Considered as the most famous mountain in northeast China, Changbai Mountain has rich biodiversity, vertical zonal distribution of plants, and a great variety of wild animals due to the varied topography, soil, weather and other natural conditions. With an average altitude of 2,000 meters, the mountain is well-known for its snowy scenery, cool summers and an abundance of mineral springs. After June, when other places become sweltering, Changbai Mountain is an ideal place to get a refreshing escape.

Travel tips

Admission: 100 yuan for adults; 50 yuan for kids

Opening hour: 8:00-16:00

Getting there: You can fly to Changbai Mountain Airport from Beijing, Changchun or Yanji; or take train to Chaoyang County or Songjianghe stations, and then transfer travel bus to Changbai Mountain.

NO.1 Qingdao, Shandong 

Qingdao, Shandong Province, China
Qingdao is located on the southern coastline of the Shandong Peninsula, facing the Yellow Sea. Dubbed as "Eastern Switzerland," Qingdao is one of China’s most important port cities. With a beautiful coastline and a unique blend of sea and mountains, it’s also one of the most popular travel destinations around the country. After July, the seawater warms, and the temperature stays between 20 and 28°C, it’s the best time to visit Qingdao and enjoy the beach.

Every August, the International Beer Festival is held in Qingdao, which attracts millions of travelers at home and abroad to enjoy the carnival. During that time, travelers can visit various scenic spots, such as Laoshan Mountain, Badaguan Scenic Area and Zhanqiao Pier, and have fun on the beaches, and also have a taste of Tsingtao beer, and take part in various interesting activities.

Travel Tips


Laoshan Mountain: 150 yuan

Badaguan Scenic Area: free

Zhanqiao Pier: free

Qingdao International Beer Festival: 10 yuan in day; 20 yuan in night (15:00-24:00)

SOURCE: english.cntv.cn

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