Top 7 Places to Visit in December in China

Top 7 Places to Visit in December in China

Is China worth visiting in December?

December is the start of winter in China. With China’s vast landscape, the weather varies from north to south, east to west. From the sub-tropical to tropical regions in the south, to the snow-covered landscape to the north, each region offers travelers a unique experience. If you are wanting to escape from the cold winter chill, there are beaches down south, or you can venture north to enjoy the ice sculptures. Visiting China during winter is not as daunting as it may sound – there is so much to explore and do especially with the contrast across the country. We can help you make your journey an enjoyable and memorable one. Find out below where you can visit and what you can do.

Visiting China in December

Top 7 Places to Visit in December in China

Weather in December

  • What to Wear and Bring
  • Why Visit in December
  • 3) Huangshan
  • 5) Yunnan Province
  • 7) Hong Kong

Across China, the weather in December varies from freezing winter in the north to warm and sunny down south. There are snowfalls in North and Central China, while the West temperatures plummet to below freezing with heavy snow. To the East, the weather can be windy, humid, and cold. The South is often pleasant with cool mild weather.

December Temperatures in China

What to wear and bring

North, Northeast, Western, and Central China: A heavy down coat/jacket, winter sweater and pants, thermal wear, scarf, gloves, thick wool socks, and hat to stay warm. Wear water-resistant shoes with good traction. Sunglasses may be needed especially in the west.

East and Southeast China: Down coat/jacket, sweater, rainwear, and water-resistant shoes.

Southwest China: Dress in layers with a coat, scarf, gloves, woolen socks, and hat at night. A good down coat/jacket would be needed in the mountains.

South China: A light coat/jacket is needed.

Why Visit in December?

This is China’s low season. Therefore there are many benefits for traveling during this time. There are fewer crowds, hotels and flights are cheaper.

Where to go and What to do?

North China, is a snowy-white paradise with many activities from seeing ice sculptures in Harbin, walk along the snow-covered ancient Wall, to trekking the snow-capped mountains in Huangshan. We have selected for you, what we think is the best of the best to ignite your passion to come and explore.

  • Location: Heilongjiang Province in the Northeast China
  • Average Temperature: -20 to -9°C (-4 to 16°F)

Visit Harbin in December

Harbin also known as ‘Ice City’ is a winter wonderland with its famous ice sculptures. The city has a strong influence on Russian architecture due to its proximity to its border. Enjoy a walk around the city and admire the cultural relics and historical sites, like the Saint Sophia Cathedral, the Synagogue, and a visit to the Chinese/Russian Market. The popular Ice and Snow Festival is held in January, however, many activities begin in late December.

If you are a ski buff, then there are some popular ski resorts to enjoy – Jihua Ski Resort is about 40 km from Harbin, or Erlongshan Ski Resort, about 65 km east of Harbin. Yabuli Ski Resort is the largest in the area and approximately 250 km from the city. There you can try skiing, snow tubing, snowmobiling, and much more to sit back and relax.

When visiting any of China’s cities, one cannot leave without trying the local cuisine, which has an influence of Russian, Mongolian, and of course Northern Chinese. Some of the city’s signature dishes are the crispy Guo Bao Rou (Sweet and Sour Pork), Hong Chang (Smoked Sausages), Stewed Chicken and Mushroom, Di San Xian made with potatoes, green peppers, and fried eggplants, and their bread named Da Lie Ba.

  • Location: North China
  • Average Temperature: -5-4°C (23-39.2°F)

Travel to Beijing in December

A visit to the capital in winter brings a deep sense of tranquility when you take a stroll through the Forbidden City, located in the heart of Beijing, as well as a visit to the Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in China, which seems frozen in time. From the city, head out to the Great Wall to capture the charm and splendor of the majestic scenery that December brings as you walk along the Wall.

Wander through Hutong alleyways and enjoy a warm hearty breakfast like a true Beijinger. Try the ‘baozi’ – a steamed bun filled with meat or vegetable; ‘jianbing’ – pancake filled with chopped scallion, sweet soybean paste, and a crispy wonton wrapper; and one favorite is the ‘douzhi’ – soybean drink served with a deep-fried dough stick (youtiao).

  • Location: Anhui Province in the southeastern part of China
  • Average Temperature: 3-12°C (37.4-53.6°F)

Visit Huangshan in December

Huanghsan is also known as Yellow Mountains, brings a breath of freshness when you visit the snowy mountains and enjoy the ‘Four Wonders’. As you hike in the mountains, ‘Strange Pines’ are seen in every corner, ‘Absurd Stones’ of spectacular rocky peaks appear along the path, each with its legend. When you hike further up, you will find yourself immersed in a ‘Sea of Clouds’. Each step you take, each path you venture, each corner you turn and climb will give you breathtaking views that will make your winter trip a memorable one. After your long hike, refresh and revitalize yourself at the ‘Hot Spring’.

Come down from the mountain top, and not to be missed in the area, we also recommend a one-day visit to Xidi or Hongcun Ancient Village, where you can stroll through the well-preserved ancient Hui-style culture and architecture, and taste some of the local snacks, such as baked rolls with steam pork and preserved vegetables, roast chicken drumsticks and hairy tofu.

  • Location: Sichuan Province in Southwest China
  • Average Temperature: 4-12°C (39.2-53.6°F)

Visit Chengdu in December

Home to the pandas, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province has a lot to offer during December. First and foremost, is a trip to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to visit the cuddly pandas enjoying the snow in their realm or as a volunteer in Dujiangyan Panda Base to encounter these cute black and white creatures. There are also the red pandas, slightly bigger than a cat that may also capture your attention. Enjoy a December day with these adorable cuties.

Out of the city, are two popular destinations. First is the Leshan Giant Buddha, sitting at 71 meters in height, which is the largest sculptured stone Buddha in the world. Then next is Mount Emei, which makes a great day trip and provides a special allure as the peaks are typically covered in snow during this time. In the snow-capped Golden Summit, you can enjoy the panoramic views of firs, pines, cedars, among a sea of clouds.

Traveling further is a must to see Jiuzhai Valley, a national park located in the Min Shan mountain range, and best known for its emerald blue and green lakes, waterfalls, and narrow conic karst landforms. Not only is the scenery spectacular, but also home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as endangered plant and animal species, such as the Sichuan golden monkey.

To help with the cold winter days, Sichuan is known for its spicy ‘hotpot’. It is a broth cooked with many kinds of Chinese herbs and spices such as Sichuan peppers, chilies, and red oil. You can select a variety of vegetables, meat, tofu to cook in the hot broth. A hotpot experience is ultimately what you make of it.

Places to escape from the cold winter weather

In contrast with the north, some destinations in southern China experience more mild temperatures, pleasant sunshine, beaches, fragrant flowers, and the sound of chirping birds. Beat the winter blues and head south to explore more tropical and pleasantly warm days.

Yunnan Province

  • Location: Southwest of China
  • Average Temperature: 4-16°C (39.2-60.8°F)

Travel to Yunnan in December

Yunnan’s high mountains border Tibet in the north/west, a 1000 meter altitude plateau to the east, and a tropical zone in the south. Due to its elevation, the east of Yunnan enjoys a mild climate all year round. With such a varied landscape, Yunnan’s weather can differ dramatically across the province. With this in mind, embarking on a visit to Yunnan you will encounter their unique ethnic cultures, the magnificent landscape of alpine scenery, rice terraces, tea plantations, and ancient towns.

Kunming, the province’s capital is known as “Spring City”, due to its mild weather all year round. Head to Western Hills Park and enjoy the panoramic views of the city. Visitors can also enjoy seeing flocks of the black-headed gulls on Dianchi Lake that can only be seen during this time. The Stone Forest is known as the ‘Stone Forest Museum’, due to the numerous stone formations displayed like large-scale geological exhibits. It is also home to the Sani and Yi people.

Travel to central Yunnan, and enjoy the tranquility and peaceful life of the Bai people. They keep many of their traditions, and during this time, the families cure ham and pickled vegetables, processed the same way as their ancestors. A favorite destination is Lijiang Town, also known as Dayan Old Town, a famous ancient town belonging to the Naxi ethnic people. You will be captivated by the wooden buildings and blue tiles, the ancient streets and stone alleys, small bridges, and flowing water; standing on East Street you can look out at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, a sacred mountain to the Naxi people.

The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is popular for hikers, but you can also take a cable car up. The mountain during this time is covered with snow and fog, resembling a silver-white dragon from a distance.

  • Location: the southernmost city on Hainan Island, Southeast of China
  • Average Temperature: 22-27°C (71.6-80.6°F)

Sanya in December

Sanya reputed as “the Hawaii of China” is renowned for its golden shores, glorious sunshine, and glamorous long coastline. A great get-away from the wintery days and fun for families.

It is a pity to come to Sanya without enjoying some sea sports. Wuzhizhou Island and the pristine Jiajing Island offer diving, surfing, motorboat, sea fishing, and para-sailing.

Being by the sea, Sanya has a range of delicacies for any seafood lover, like the Hele Crab. You will find many eateries from cafes to high-end restaurants offering a variety of mouth-watering food for you to treat your taste buds.

  • Location: South coast of China
  • Average Temperature: 14-21°C (57.2-69.8°F)

Visit Hong Kong

With relatively low humidity and little rainfall, Hong Kong makes a great place to visit with its towering skyscraper and dramatic skyline. Hong Kong is a popular shopping paradise, and during December there are many winter sales, making it a great place to hunt and do your Christmas shopping. The city is lit with Christmas decorations and a parade to bring in the festive occasion. Disneyland and Ocean Park bring the city’s winter wonderland a magical sense of charm.

Take a ride on the Peak tram to Victoria Peak presenting you with a view over central Hong Kong, across Victoria Harbor, and the surrounding islands.

Hong Kong cuisine is known as a food paradise and the best destination in the world. A must-try while in the city is ‘Dim Sim’. Dim sums are to the locals what tapas are to the Spanish – small servings of a variety of dishes either steamed, fried, or baked. The steamed dishes are served in small bamboo baskets. Popular food to try is the pineapple bun, Hong Kong-style milk tea, char siu (barbecued pork), fish balls, egg tart, egg waffles, cheung fen (rice rolls), and sui mai (a type of dumpling). You can find these at any street vendors, local cafes, or any restaurants to try this affordable and delicious food. You won’t be disappointed.

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Winter all Over China

December in China: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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Weather-wise, winter is not the ideal time to travel in the People's Republic of China . But the month of December can have one perk: It's a low period of travel for domestic tourists so major tourist destinations won't be terribly crowded and rates for hotels and airfare can be much less expensive. You can also see some of the country's most famous attractions, like the Great Wall and the Yellow Mountains , covered in snow—a completely different perspective than the summer months.

Additionally, if you're planning on visiting Tibet, December is the month to do so. While it is very cold in Tibet in the winter, this is the pilgrimage season so you'll be able to see many farmers, having left their farms for the season, making their way to holy sights for prayers and offerings. 

China Weather in December

In December, China can have nose-numbing, cheek-freezing cold in the north, whereas it's bone-chilling damp and chilly across the central part of the country. The southern part of China will be milder: You'll find cool to warm temperatures but it will still be damp, but not as damp as it could be later in the winter.

  • Beijing: 38 F (4 C)/21 F (-6 C)
  • Shanghai: 52 F (11 C)/38 F (3 C)
  • Hong Kong: 68 F (20 C)/59 F (15 C)
  • Taipei: 69 F (21 C)/59 F (15 C)
  • Guangzhou: 71 F (22 C)/54 F (12 C)
  • Nanjing: 51 F (10 C)/34 F (1 C)
  • Chongqing: 54 F (12 C)/46 F (8 C) 

If you'll be in Beijing or other parts of northern China , rainfall in December is at an annual minimum so you can probably count on a dry day at the Great Wall. There is little snowfall, but it's usually so cold that whatever accumulation does occur stays on the ground until temperatures increase. 

East China, including Shanghai and much of the Yellow Mountains, typically stay above freezing but can be windy and damp. Central China is cold and quite dry—many buildings in this region do not have indoor heating systems.

In contrast to much of the rest of the country, South China has pleasant wintry weather that is almost always above freezing. Hong Kong is usually warm and sunny with blue skies and light breezes—a large departure from summer's heat and humidity. 

What to Pack

Layers are essential for traveling in China, but especially so during  winter weather . Don't underestimate how cold it will be if you're planning to travel to Beijing. You might even consider a ski mask because it's just that cold—and if you're planning on a trip out to the Great Wall or a day walking through the Forbidden City, you'll be thankful for long underwear, good gloves, and a hat.

In the North, it will be cold during the day and below freezing at night. Pack a light pair of long underwear, a fleece, and a wind-proof or down jacket. In central China, it will be quite chilly during the day and cooler at night, but rarely freezing. A heavy base layer (jeans, boots, and sweaters) along with rain or wind-proof jacket will be enough. Meanwhile, southern China will still be relatively warm, and the farther south you go, the less harsh the weather in winter. By the time you get to  Guangzhou , you'll be stripping down to just a light jacket. Late fall dressing is fine but pack something lightweight for the occasional cool evening and rainy day.

Regardless of where you're visiting, weather-proof outerwear and plenty of layers that you can add or remove depending on the outdoor temperature.

December is a quieter month for events and festivals in China, but there are still a few things for adventurous travelers to do.

  • Hong Kong gets into the Christmas spirit with tons of decorations and lights up on Christmas Day . Christmas Day is also a huge shopping day in the city, with many stores holding large sales.
  • Winter Solstice:  Some Chinese celebrate the Winter Solstice, which is usually on December 21, 22, or 23. On this day, families will gather to eat dumplings or tangyuan , a Chinese dessert of rice flour balls in a sweet syrup.
  • Harbin Ice & Snow Festival : While it sometimes begins in early January (dates vary from year-to-year), this is one of China's most popular events. Thousands of visitors brave the freezing cold to see incredible ice sculptures that are lit from within. 
  • Chinese New Years : Celebrations don't usually kick off until February, but cities like Hong Kong will ring in the New Year with an incredible countdown and fireworks display on Victoria Harbour on December 31, New Year's Eve.

Travel Tips

  • December is one of the best months to visit the Great Wall, especially if you're hoping to have this incredible historic treasure all to yourself.
  • China is becoming a more popular ski destination. If you want to ski while you're in China, ski resorts in Northeast China and those near Beijing are good options. 
  • If you wish to visit Tibet, permits are obtained much easier during December and the surrounding low season than at other times of the year. Travelers can also stay for as long as they like at Potala Palace, whereas their time is limited during the high season.

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China In December Travel

China In December Travel

December travels to China are popular during the holiday season for many reasons. A final burst of the year in one of the world’s most mysterious and diverse countries! From the Great Wall to the terraced paddies and her megalopolises, if you are looking for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime, China is the perfect destination.

China is a country of immense physical beauty and a bright grand landscape that stretches as far as the human eye can see. Activities range from mountain trekking to river cruises, discovering ancient temples and cities and lots of shopping especially in the mainland’s big cities.

Immersing into the Chinese culture, the largest in the world, is as thrilling as it is formidable. A vast land, encompassing thousands of years of cultural exchange, mystical charms and sophisticated thought. It’s characterised by a kaleidoscope of minority cultures, multiple languages and different regional cuisines, creating a unique experience that cannot be found elsewhere in the world.

China In December Travel

The cold temperatures make December ideal for China visits. Apart from winter coat though, there’s not much needed for the trip other than some basic snacks. With precautions taken, there should be no issue as Beijing is considered safe in terms of security.

When the weather is chilly, travelers can take solace in hot pot dishes, the quintessential dining experience in northern China. It consists of sinking a range of raw ingredients into boiling broth with the signature spicy taste. Travelers should try regional variations such as flavour-packed Chongqing-style, or unsual strir-fries of Shandong cuisine.

China also celebrates one of the most important annual holidays, the two-week Spring Festival, mostly around the end of January. It’s when locals return back to their hometowns and flood onto the streets to celebrate parents, friends, and a fresh year of new beginnings.

If you want to experience all the charms of Beijing, a city break will be an excellent way of making the most of your trip. Recommended sites to visit include Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. At night, students and travelers should go to places like Houhai Bar Street, featuring live music performances and dance clubs.

Heritage Sites

China In December Travel

Trekking to heritage sites, such as the ancient city sections of Datong and Pingyao, is always an experience of a lifetime. For both sites, the entire city is in a well-preserved state, highlighting the architecture of ancient Chinese people.

Visitors will be greeted with an eyeful of exquisitely-crafted activities that have been kept and nourished for thousands of years, from street signs to villas, temples, shops and cottages. The Great Wall, despite its long and old age, still stands proud and stunning, reaching the clouds in an expression of true grandeur.

The Beijing Zoo is also a must-see attraction, as it’s the homeland of China’s national treasure, the giant panda. Lion and tiger grottoes expertly mimic the habitats of felines, and the reptile and amphibian pavilion amazes visitors with its luxuriantly, brightly-colored toads and snakes.

For a spiritual escape, tourists can head to the most famous mountain in Beijing, Wuling. It’s an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist monks, wishing to meditate during the winter season.

China In December Travel

Last but not least, shopping is a great way of finishing off an unforgettable experience. The Silk Market is a particularly beloved shopping area as it offers a combination of bargain shopping, a range of beautiful silk garments, and famous brand souvenirs.

In addition, there is an array of Chinese specialities to bring back home such as green tea, dumplings, and the freshest fruits. Chinese fans, Chinese knotting and cloisonne are suitably affordable, perfect little trinkets liked by the locals.

At the end of the day, one thing is certain – a trip to China in December is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse in an unforgettable experience. Despite the chill in the air, the hospitality of the locals, the delicious dishes, the vast wilderness and historical sites is sure to warm every soul of those who choose to visit.

It’s an exciting time of the year to visit China as many of the bustling megacities come alive at night. Shanghai especially has set itself apart as an extraordinary destination, with its lively bars and enormous night clubs.

China In December Travel

The Bund is a great place to begin the night, with traditional buildings from the 18th century on either side of the Huangpu River. It’s a highly popular spot and fills up swiftly in the evening. By the end of the night, you will surely gain a better understanding of the great Chinese culture.

It’s easy to meet other young people in the city due to their pressing need for social interaction, a unique experience for those who are quite adventurous. For a total cultural experience, travelers can take a tour of cafes, bars and pubs to learn the tastes of local beers and traditional drinks.

Spicing up the nightlife scene are amazing hot-pot bars, with local flavors of bullfrog hot-pot, kraut-hot-pot, and duck-flavored hot-pots. The variety of flavors ensures that everyone will find something to their own liking. It’s a tasty dining experience that’s sure to go on to become a beloved tradition.

Chinese cuisine has become popular around the world thanks to its incredible range of flavors. Come and explore the authentic culinary experience, learning about traditional food and modern-day delicacies.

China In December Travel

Dimsums are a staple in Chinese culture, with different types of steamed, boiled, fried, and baked dimsums. The beauty of dimsums is they can be stuffed with virtually anything, filling the hearts of all during mealtime. Carbs and proteins can be combined in an interesting fashion. Vegetarians will also be able to find plenty of snack.

For something sweet, try the ice cream dumplings – cold and refreshing. The skin is made of glutinous rice, soft and sweet, while the filling is made of ice cream. A great combination of traditional and modern, and the aroma of both glutinous rice and ice cream makes a perfect combination.

China is also known for its green teas, so don’t forget to try these for an amazing experience. Tourists can choose from any type of green tea such as Gunpowder tea, Longjing Tea, and Green Dragon tea.

Another traditional favorite is a Confucius’ favorite snack: red-bean cake. It’s an important dish for family get-togethers and is best served warm, with a drizzle of sugar syrup or sesame oil.

December also marks the beginning of winter sports season. People can take part in winter sports activities such as snow tubing, skiing, Tobogganing, Ice-skating, and etc. Ski resorts are dotted around China’s main cities, but the most popular are in the Yabuli Ski Resort, and Yuzhong Laoye Mountain.

In the northeast corner of China, the Yabuli Ski Resort is known for its modern ski and snowboard facilities, perfect for families and individuals alike. With a lot of restaurants, hot springs, and sightseeing spots nearby, one can find something of interest for the entire duration of the trip.

The Yuzhong Laoye Mountain has advanced ski and snowboarding equipment available to its guests and is even home to the first-ever CNTC Ski Resort in China, with several skiing venues to explore. Tourists get to experience the thrills of downhill racing, playing in the fluffy snow and a breathtaking view.

The possibilities for snow fun are endless and the best of Chinese winter awaits anyone who travels to China in December.

Bernice Sorrells

Bernice Sorrells

Bernice A. Sorrells is a freelance journalist and travel writer from the United States. She has written extensively about China, covering topics such as culture, history, politics, and economics. Bernice has traveled extensively throughout China, visiting many of its provinces and cities.

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Where to Travel in China: December 2020

Traveling in december can mean discounted prices and fewer crowds.

The last month of the year is just around the corner and in most other countries, traveling during December means hiked up pricing and limited availability. In China, December is the low season. If you’re hoping to get away after the school term finishes or are considering spending Christmas out of town, you’ll likely be treated to great hotel deals and far fewer crowds than normal.

Here are some of our favorite destinations to visit in December:

Where to Travel in China: December 2020

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is eastern China’s most sublime mountain landscape. Its mist-swathed vistas are a recurring motif in Chinese art and literature, and, tamed by thousands of stone steps (and a few cable cars), they are accessible to anyone with a head for heights.  During this time of year, you might chance upon powdery, snowcapped peaks on your hike above the clouds. You’ll also see far fewer people than at other times of the year.

Don’t miss: 

  • Learning to weave bamboo with an artisan
  • Hiking Huangshan’s Xihai Grand Canyon with no one else around
  • Dining with a local family in a traditional Hui-style home

Where to Travel in China: December 2020

This southwestern province is home to several ethnic groups, including many types of Miao as well as the Yi and Buyi people, each with their own special clothing, customs, and language. Guizhou’s natural beauty ranges from jutting karst peaks and gushing waterfalls to river gorges and azalea gardens. Visit in December to join Miao villagers in song and dance as they celebrate the annual Jiyou Festival.

Don’t miss:

  • Meeting different ethnic minority communities and learning about their traditions and cultures
  • Joining a Miao community in their Jiyou Festival celebrations
  • Taking in the peaceful, snowcapped scenery on a hike up Mount Fanjing

Cizhong, Yunnan

Where to Travel in China: December 2020

Hidden away among the misty, terraced hills above the Mekong valley, the picturesque village of Cizhong was settled by French Catholic missionaries 150 years ago. Today, the town is home to Lisu, Yi, and Tibetan people, who still tend the vineyards the French grew and attend the church built in a captivating blend of Chinese and European architectural styles. Get ready for a Christmas like no other as you join the town in their annual festivities. 

  • Dining in the shadow of the Meili Snow Mountains
  • Celebrating Christmas Day with Tibetan Catholics in Cizhong 
  • Learning about snub-nosed monkey conservation at Tacheng National Park

Where to Travel in China: December 2020

Sun-seeking doesn’t have to mean heading to a resort in Sanya! In  Guangdong province , you’ve got beaches that stretch for miles along the coastline. Although the weather, admittedly, won’t be quite as warm as Hainan, it’s pretty nice at this time of year (average highs of 20 °C/68 °F). The food, culture, and traditions of Guangdong are diverse and unique, so you’ll never be wanting for things to do. From the bustling metropolis of Guangzhou to the charming villages of Chaoshan, there’s no shortage of things to see (and eat).

  • Dining at the Foodom Robot Restaurant in Guangzhou
  • Understanding Chaoshan history as you explore rural villages
  • Exploring Guangzhou’s trade history at Shamian Island, on the banks of the Pearl River Delta


Where to Travel in China: December 2020

If you are missing a slice of southeast Asia, Xishuangbanna may be calling your name. Bordering Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, Yunnan’s southernmost prefecture will lead you to the jungles south of the southern clouds that hug the Mekong as it makes its way out of the mountains. Banna remains, as it always has been, a hidden enclave, tucked away in the greenery of southern China. The perfect retreat from winter in the north.

  • Meeting the descendants of the first tea cultivators
  • Looking out for the 100 wild elephants that call Wild Elephant Valley home
  • Drinking Pu’er tea at its source

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    • China In December 2024: See The Best Places And Activities For Your Holiday

    27 Dec 2021

    Have you decided to end your year with a mindblowing vacation? Sorted among the best destinations to explore in December, China is home to a plethora of attractions that are exotic and fabulous at the same time. You might have just heard about the iconic wall and forbidden city, but China has amazing places to explore with diverse cultures and deep-rooted legacy. Christmas is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and zeal in China in December . You will find streets brimming with lights and decorations during this time. Adding to this, the weather of China is quite pleasant in December, making it all the more irresistible.

    Weather In China In December

    Visiting China in December will definitely fascinate you. During this month, you can see that the destinations are less crowded and also the hotel & airfare are affordable. Another important thing to be noted is that the Great Wall and the Yellow Mountains are covered with snow. China offers a completely amazing view in the month of December. Cold, balmy and windy weather drives people to this place during this month.

    Top 7 Places To Visit In China In December

    Listed below is a compilation of places that should be explored during your winter vacation in China. If you are looking at the finest places to visit in China in December, then do include these places in your bucket list.

    1. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

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    You will be amazed after seeing the peculiar pillar-shaped mountains in this park. Even the geologists don’t have enough evidence to prove this philosophy. Have you watched the movie Avatar? Then you have had a glimpse into the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. In fact, one of the mountains in the park is now called the Avatar Mountain, making it one of the most exciting places to visit in China in December.

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    2. Forbidden City

    Forbidden City

    Beijing, the capital of China, is home to the Forbidden City, which is one of the beautiful places to see in China. Sprawling over 180 acres, this complex features the finest artifacts and collections with respect to Chinese History. This museum was constructed during the 15th century and later renovated in the 18th century. It features 9000 rooms that are worth your attention.

    Many people visit this place to explore this museum. The applaudable architecture of this museum is elegant and is deemed to be the world’s largest complex. This museum is in a rectangular shape and is segregated into three sections i.e. defense, the inner court, and the outer court. Moreover, it showcases one million artworks that are unique and rare. If you want complete knowledge about the legacy and history of China, then visit this place.

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    3. Terracotta Army

    Terracotta Army

    Witness the 8000-strong frozen army that is stationed there for 2000 years. This army is full of generals, warriors, and horsemen that are crafted in the memory of the lost soldiers. All the sculptures depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang who was the first ever emperor of China. Converted into a museum complex is the mausoleum site that encompasses more than 8000 soldiers, 520 horses, 150 cavalry horses and 130 chariots. If you want to discover the historic side of China, then do visit this outstanding tourist destination.

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    4. Temple Of Heaven

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    Temple of Heaven is one of the sacred temples that was constructed 600 years ago in Beijing. This temple is a place where the emperors would plead for a good harvest and also it is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. Snap some insta worthy pictures at this temple of heaven that is a symbol of Taoism as well.

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    5. The Bund, Shanghai

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    Crowned as a symbol of Shanghai, The Bund is a very popular waterfront located on the west bank of River Huangpu. Enjoy the tranquil view of the river and the skyline of the city from this place. The charm and beauty will definitely fascinate you. The river faces the contemporary towers of Lujiazui. This place is renowned as the International Architecture Exhibition Group.

    You can find Huangpu Park placed at the northern end of Bund. It is similar to a small oasis that is located amidst the Bund and the bustling shopping areas. The well-maintained lawn and garden are the top attractions here.

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    6. Leshan Giant Buddha

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    A 230 feet tall Buddhist statue was erected more than 2000 years ago in Leshan. This is a breathtaking sight for all the tourists where the buddha is in a sitting posture. The elegance of Buddha can be seen in its artistry and not its size. The Buddhas’ coiled hair comprises 1,021 buns that are embedded in the head. Another important factor to be emphasized here is the drainage system. You can find gutters and channels hidden in the head, arms and behind the ears.

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    7. The Yellow Mountains

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    You can visit the yellow mountains all round the year. The snow-covered yellow mountains are brimming with verdant pine trees and peculiar rocks. The average temperature of the yellow mountains is -5 °C (23 °F). You can experience the sunrise and sunset of the mountains that are mind-blowing. Also, you can click some awesome pictures here.

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    Top 6 Things To Do In China In December

    Done with the list of places in China? Now have a look at all the awesome things you can do in China for an exhilarating travel experience in the month of December.

    1. River Li: Go Boating


    The River Li is 83 km long and is apt for boating or just swimming. Try out the cruise boat or choose a kayak to sail on the Li River. Also, one can enjoy bamboo rafting where you can have an excellent floating experience. Board a cruise and admire the lovely scenery of the karst landscape. This river boasts plenty of scenic natural beauty. This destination is so famous that it attracts people like Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, and George Bush. Experience the fantastic scenery and catch sight of village life. It doesn’t just lure in millions of wanderers but is also included under top things to do in China.

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    2. Enjoy A Hot Pot Of Sichuan

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    If you find yourself in the Province of Sichuan, don’t miss the local cuisine that is well known for its lip-smacking taste. This is definitely one of the best things to do in China. Tantalize your taste buds and treat your tummy to a steaming pot of Sichuan at any of the local as well as popular cafes and restaurants in China.

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    3. Kashgar’s Sunday Market: Buy Handmade Goods

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    Are you a shopaholic? Then visit the Kashgar’s Sunday Market that has fabulous street shopping areas. Among the coolest things to do in China is shopping around Kashgar’s Sunday Market. Yengi Bazaar and Ulak market are two different markets. Yengi Bazaar comprises hats and colorful fabrics. Ulak market is famous for wholesale livestock where you get to crack awesome deals. This is one of the most outstanding things to do in China in December.

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    4. Mogao Grottoes: See Ancient Art

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    The ancient art in Mogao Grottoes will fascinate all the history geeks and art buffs. Try being an explorer and archaeologist for a day. At the Mogao Caves or the Thousand Buddha Grottoes you can find 700 caves that are filled with ancient and unique Buddhist artwork you won’t find anywhere else. As you visit their art center, you can get inspiration to create your own masterpieces back home.

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    5. Panda Breeding Research Base: Meet Cute Pandas

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    Visit the Panda Breeding Research Base where you can find some super cute pandas. The pandas are fluffy and are found hanging, climbing and munching right on the grooves of Bamboo. This is an adorable creature that is lively all the time. Your visit to China is incomplete, without spending a day with these cute pandas. Want to try out some fun, then this is one of the amazing things to do in China in December.

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    6. Nanshan Ski Resort: Try Skiing

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    If you are bored of just exploring tourist attractions and museums, then it’s time for some adventure and thrill! You can try out skiing and skating, which are among the best seasonal activities in China and December is a great time to indulge in these. Nanshan Ski Resort, Shijinglong Ski Resort, and Huaibei Ski Resort are few of the best ski resorts in China where you can try these.

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    Have you gone through all the above mentioned places and activities? Now you’re all set to plan an awesome-sauce trip to China! Relish the sweet kiss of winter in China in December with your friends, family, or partner for a smashing holiday experience and unforgettable memories. And don’t forget to tell us all about your experience once you’re back!

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    Frequently Asked Questions About China In December

    How cold is China in December?

    Beijing experiences dry and chilly weather in December. Moreover, the average temperature is -2°C (28°F). The wind is so chilled that it almost freezes all the flowers and plants.

    Is December a good time to visit China?

    December is an ideal month to explore China as all the tourist places are less crowded and also the lodge fares are not so high.

    Where does it snow in China in December?

    Xiling Snow Mountain is a paradise for Skiing and it experiences snow showers in the middle of December. Moreover, the temperatures fall down to 0°C or below in the month of December.

    Can you visit the Great Wall of China in December?

    December is one of the ideal months to explore the Great Wall of China. All the history geeks and nature fanatics should definitely visit this scenic spot.

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    China Weather in December

    December is not ranked as an ideal month to visit China, due to the severe cold in most areas of China. In December, it’s freezing cold and very windy in North China, with a temperature of about -28°C in Northeast China.

    In Central China, the weather is even terrible due to its bone-chilling cold and damp weather condition.

    The temperature in South China is relatively ok, in contrast to that of North and Central China. but it’s still cold and very damp. For instance, the lowest temperature in Guilin of South China is about -1°C.

    While visiting China in December, according to different needs and interests of tourists, each South or North China is blessed with its advantages.

    For instance, tourists who are keen on skiing and not afraid of the cold can travel to North China. They could experience exciting snow activities in some famous ski resorts, such as Harbin and Jilin.

    On contrary, tourists who dislike the cold weather can travel to South China to enjoy the mild weather, such as Guangzhou , Hainan, and Yunnan Province.

    December Packing Suggestion

    North : Due to the severe cold weather, very warm and thick clothes should be worn. Such as down jackets, cotton-padded jackets, thermal underwear, cotton glove, scarf and warms shoes.

    Central : Due to the chilly and damp weather conditions, warm clothes such as down jackets are good.

    South : Though it’s not that cold in South China, warm clothes are still necessary.

    Why Visit China in December

    1. For most areas of China, December is not the peak tourist season. Thus, most of the scenic spots are not crowded and good discounts on hotels and flights can be got easily.

    2. In North China, especially in Northeast China, it starts to snow from December. It provides an ideal opportunity for tourists to experience skiing and snow activities.

    3. The weather is relatively mild in South China, suitable for traveling there.

    Tips : Beware of Some Conditions during a December Visit. The severe cold weather attacks most areas of China. Thus, it’s very chilly and windy in those areas.

    Top December Destinations

    Hainan island.

    Hainan island is recognized as the best tourist destination to spend the cold winter in China. Thanks to the favorable weather condition, such as beautiful beaches and warm sunshine.

    Every year, Chinese people living in North and Central China flock to Hainan Island to spend the cold winter. These years, an increasing number of tourists at home and abroad come to Hainan to spend their winter holiday.

    Harbin is deservedly ranked as the winter paradise for tourists, due to its snow and ice landscape. Tourists can appreciate the Ice Lantern Exhibition, admire Snow Sculpture on the Sun Island, Watch Winter Swimming Performance, and take part in Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival.

    There are also a number of snow resorts welcoming you in December. Such as Yabuli Ski Resort, Grand World of Ice and Snow, Sun Island Scenic Area, and Moon Bay Ski Resort. Thus, if you are not afraid of the cold and love the world of snow, Harbin is a good choice.

    In December, it is very chilly and it begins to snow in Beijing.

    Beijing is blessed with a number of various ski resorts. Such as Badaling Ski Resort, Huaibei Ski Resort, Jindinghu Ski Resort, Jundushan Ski Resort, Lingshan Ski Resort, Nanshan Ski Resort, Pinggu Ski Resort, Shijinglong Ski Resort, Yunju Ski Resort, and Xueshijie Ski Resort.

    It’s an ideal venue for tourists to enjoy snow activities in Beijing.

    Yunnan boasts pleasant weather and beautiful natural scenery all year round. It has a spring-like climate and many tourists will come to the scenic cities of Yunnan to spend their holidays. Such as Lijiang, Kunming, Dali, and Xishuangbanna.

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    December is a good time to visit Beijing . The weather is usually really cold with a gentle breeze, with temperatures ranging from 16—37°F (-9—3°C). There are plenty of events to check out and activities to try in Beijing during this time. Some of our top recommendations: attend the Beijing Christmas Market, visit the Beijing Botanical Garden for the Winter Flower Show, explore the Beijing Hutongs by night, and more!

    Beijing has plenty to offer for visitors of all ages and interests. In this article, we tell you the top things to see and do for your December trip to Beijing. Get inspired by the events, activities, attractions, and experiences unique to December. We’ll let you know where to explore events based on your interests, whether that’s food, culture, art, music, sport or others.

    We’ll let you know everything you need to prepare for the weather in Beijing in December. Learn about what to wear and pack for your trip, the average temperatures throughout December, temperature changes from morning to evening and much more.

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    Top experiences in december, attend the beijing christmas market, visit the beijing botanical garden for the winter flower show, explore the beijing hutongs by night, attend a traditional chinese winter solstice celebration, take a day trip to the great wall of china in the snow, visit the beijing zoo to see the winter animals, take a traditional chinese cooking class, holidays in beijing in december.

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    Temperatures on an average day in Beijing in December

    The average temperature in Beijing in December for a typical day ranges from a high of 37°F (3°C) to a low of 16°F (-9°C). Some would describe it as really cold with a gentle breeze.

    For comparison, the hottest month in Beijing , July, has days with highs of 92°F (33°C) and lows of 71°F (22°C). The coldest month, January has days with highs of 35°F (2°C) and lows of 13°F (-11°C). This graph shows how an average day looks like in Beijing in December based on historical data.

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    How to Plan a Winter Trip to China: Places to Go, Costs, Crowds

    Winter (December to February) is mostly a cost-effective and less-crowded time to explore China. China has multiple winter attractions/activities:

    • Fun and well-equipped ski resorts
    • Beautiful wintry scenic areas
    • Huge winter festivals such as Harbin Ice and Snow Festival and the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) , adding excitement to the cool-to-freezing winter.

    In this guide, we'll provide you with tips on how to plan the best winter trip to China for you.

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    Below is a list of China's prime winter destinations, from snow-covered landscapes to splendid winter festivals and activities.

    1. Beijing — the Great Wall, Skiing, Chinese New Year Celebrations

    In Beijing's winter, you can enjoy climbing the Great Wall and viewing its mountainous winter landscape in peace without the crowds .

    It is also a good time to see how Chinese people celebrate Chinese New Year . You can experience the festival atmosphere, enjoy interesting outdoor activities, and taste the best local food. See a 6-Day Beijing Chinese New Year Tour .

    If you want to ski , we can take you to an Olympic Winter Games venue to enjoy the fun and world-class facilities. Read more on 6-Day Beijing Winter Tour with Skiing in a Winter Olympics Venue .

    2. Harbin — Ice and Snow Festival, Skiing

    If you want to see stunning snow scenery and have a fun/romantic Christmas or New Year with your children or your significant other, then don't miss the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin.

    The Ice and Snow Festival is undoubtedly Harbin's most famous attraction in winter. The festival will last for around 2 months from late December to February. During the festival, Harbin is changed into a world of ice sculptures.

    Yabuli Ski Resort , not far from Harbin, is one of the best in China. If you especially like snow scenery, then you could go on an extended tour to Changbai Mountain , where you can see the beautiful rime and try rafting on a hot spring river.

    3. Huangshan — Snowy Mountains, Hot Spring

    The Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) is one of the most famous mountain areas in China. Its snow-capped mountains and rime-covered trees are the perfect winter scene. If you love nature and photography, then Huangshan is a great destination for a winter trip.

    A cozy hot spring experience could be a treat in winter, especially after climbing the mountain. There is a wonderful hot spring at the foot of the Yellow Mountains where you can get relaxed and refreshed.

    4. Chengdu — Pandas, Hot Pot, Skiing

    You shouldn't miss Chengdu if you love pandas. In winter, you can still see active pandas playing in their playground as they're not at all "afraid" of cold.

    If you want to get closer to them and their habitat, we recommend our one-day panda volunteer program where you can clean the glass of their enclosures, watch them being fed, and make their food.

    If you are a foodie, having a hot pot on a cold winter day is definitely a great experience.

    Bipenggou National Park , a hidden winter resort near Chengdu, is recommended if you want to see snowy scenery, enjoy skiing, and soak in hot springs.

    5. Xi'an — The Terracotta Warriors

    No matter what the season, Xi'an is a must for first-time visitors to China. It is the ancient capital of China, where the first emperor of China established his capital. The famous Terracotta Warriors are his mausoleum.

    You can also visit a cave-dwelling , a type of local residential house, to see how Xi'an cave-dwellers manage to stay warm in winter and cool in summer.

    If you are lucky enough to get a snowy day, you will see a stunning Xi'an in snow, especially from the Old City Wall, which will take you back a thousand years to medieval China.

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    China is a vast country. Besides the destinations listed above, there are still many places to go. If you like mild weather or want a beach holiday, Yunnan or Sanya could be your choice.

    If you want a more unique snow and festival experience, then you can visit northern Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia .

    Our service is personalized . You can tell us your interests and requirements and we will make a tour plan for you. You can also refer to our suggested itineraries below. All our tours can be adjusted based on your needs. Just contact us.

    December to February is winter in China. Generally, January is the coldest month . If you want to enjoy snow scenery and snow activities, traveling in January and February is usually best.

    If you want not-so-cold weather, then come in December. There are also fewer visitors in early December .

    Winter in most parts of China is cold, but mostly sunny and drier. There are some differences between the North and the South.

    North China is mostly close to 0°C (32°F) or below with snow. As a result, most of China's excellent natural ski resorts are in the north, like Beijing and Harbin.

    The temperature in most parts of southern China is around 5–10°C (41-50°F) with a much lower chance of snow. Further south, Guilin and Guangdong often see mild weather around 15°C (59°F).

    Southernmost Hainan Island is a good place to enjoy sunshine and beaches in winter. It is very warm and the temperature stays around 20°C (68°F) in winter. Yunnan, in southwest China, also has a warm winter climate in its tropical south, but it's mild to cold depending on the altitude further north.

    No matter what season you come to China, Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai are must-visit trios for first-timers. In addition to these cities, we also recommend some special winter cities for you in the itineraries below.

    1. The (Winter) Itinerary for First-Timers

    This is a classic China itinerary that you may want to refer to if it is your first time visiting China.

    This 10‒11-day itinerary visits Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, and Shanghai. You would not only see top China attractions like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, and the Bund but also visit Guilin, where you would see in southern China's relatively mild winter and could see and experience idyllic rural scenery and lifestyles.

    If you happen to be visiting during Chinese New Year , we could also arrange celebration experiences for you, like going to a New Year Fair and watching folk art performances.

    Here is the suggested itinerary:

    • Days 1‒3: Beijing (the Great Wall with a night tour, the Forbidden City…)
    • Days 4‒5: Xi'an (the Terracotta Warriors, a food tour…)
    • Days 6‒8: Guilin (a river cruise, countryside life experience, ethnic minority culture)
    • Days 9‒11: Shanghai (the Bund, free time to explore)

    If you want to ski, you could stay in Beijing for one or two more days, and we would arrange a great ski resort for you. Just contact us .

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    2. If You Prefer Snow Festivals and Activities

    This itinerary is very suitable for those who are fond of snow scenery and want to attend a splendid snow festival .

    Simply add Harbin into the itinerary with Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. Harbin's Ice and Snow Festival is definitely the grandest winter festival for travelers anywhere — a great place to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

    You could also have a close encounter with many endangered Siberian tigers and enjoy a fun skiing vacation .

    It would take about 13‒14 days. Here is the itinerary:

    • Days 4‒8: Harbin (Ice and Snow Festival, Siberian tigers, ski…)
    • Days 9‒11: Xi'an (the Terracotta Warrior, food tour…)
    • Days 12‒14: Shanghai (the Bund, free time for exploration)

    All our tours are customized. Our travel consultants would create your trip based on your needs, interests, group size, and travel time. Just contact us.

    3. A Winter China Tour with Pandas

    If you want to see pandas, then this itinerary is suitable for you.

    Besides Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an, Chengdu is added, the hometown of pandas. You can take part in a volunteer program to take care of pandas, clean their bedrooms, make their food, and watch them be fed.

    In Chengdu, you can also experience Chinese food culture in a group of people sitting around a hot pot — a lively and warm activity.

    If you want to ski or enjoy hot springs, Bipenggou , near Chengdu, is a great choice with natural ski resorts and spectacular snow scenes.

    • Days 1‒5: Beijing sightseeing with tai chi classes and a hutong family visit
    • Days 6‒7: Xi'an sightseeing with hands-on experiences like making clay warriors and making dumplings
    • Days 8‒10: Chengdu with a panda volunteer program and a food tour (if you want to ski at Bipenggou, you would need two more days. Just contact us .)
    • Days 11‒13: Shanghai sightseeing with a Disneyland day

    4. If You're Looking for a Unique Winter Experience

    Here are some itinerary ideas for if you're seeking off-the-beaten-path destinations , unique winter scenery, and experiences, or a warm winter holiday :

    • 6-Day Hulunbuir Winter Tour with Reindeer Experience
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    • 7-Day Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang Winter Tour
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    Winter is a relatively cost-effective time to travel, except for holiday times like around Christmas and New Year, and Chinese New Year. During these holidays, the prices of air tickets and hotels will increase greatly.

    For a private tour , the average cost per day is about US$220–350 per person, including flights/trains within China, 4- or 5-star hotels, lunches, attractions, guides, and private transport. Kids under 10 get 30 to 50 percent off.

    If you are planning a trip to China, please book it at least 3 to 6 months in advance. We offer a free cancellation policy : you'll receive a 100% refund of any payments made to China Highlights if you cancel up to three weeks before departure. (See more details .)

    Winter is the off-season for tourism when crowding is generally not an issue in China. However, there are a few holidays in winter in China, when there are crowds of Chinese tourists at attractions.

    Christmas is not an official holiday in China, so there are not many tourists in December. There will be crowds during the New Year's Day holiday on January 1–3.

    Chinese New Year falls in late January or early-to-mid-February. Train stations and airports see huge increases in traffic for weeks before and after. But there are usually not many tourists at scenic spots, because most Chinese people get together at home during this holiday.

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    Have Turkey, China hit reset button on Uyghurs as Fidan visits Xinjiang?

    Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan is on a visit to Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China Photo Credit: @HakanFidan on X

    ANKARA — Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan’s visit to  China marked an important turning point in Turkey-China ties amid a display of joint desire for closer relations —disagreements notwithstanding — but some of the rhetoric during the trip raised eyebrows in the West.

    Fidan ended his three-day official visit to China on Wednesday in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China after holding talks with Chinese officials in Beijing, including his counterpart, Wang Yi, as well as Vice President Han Zheng on Monday and Tuesday.

    Wearing a blue tie the same shade as the blue-white East Turkestan Uyghur flag, Fidan met with local officials and walked down the streets of the region's capital, Urumqi, and Kashgar.

    His outfit choice on Wednesday seemed like an effort on Fidan’s part to send a symbolic message to the Uyghur community in Turkey — one of the largest and most vocal Uyghur diasporas in the world — and to the broader international public that Ankara’s ties with Beijing wouldn’t come at the expense of China’s largest Muslim minority.

    Turkey is home to around 100,000 Uyghurs, a Muslim minority of Turkic origin who lives primarily in China’s Xinjiang region. Human rights organizations have repeatedly pointed to a campaign of repression by China against the Uyghur community. 

    The international community accuses Beijing of mass oppression of Uyghurs through incarcerating tens of thousands in a bid to strip them of their Muslim identity. The issue, which tops the list of bilateral differences between Ankara and Beijing, led to a major escalation between the two capitals in 2019, when Turkey brought the minority's plight up at the United Nations, condemning Beijing for “torturing” more than a million Uyghurs. 

    But all appeared reconcilable as Fidan met with his Chinese hosts. Still, the top Turkish diplomat stopped short of referring to the autonomous region by its Chinese name “Xinjiang,” instead describing the two cities as “historically Turkic Muslim” cities.

    Through these subtle messages, Fidan was also diplomatically calling on Beijing to revisit its Uyghur policies, according to Nurettin Akcay, a Turkish academic at Ankara’s Yildirim Beyazit University who received his PhD at Shanghai University in Turkey-China ties.

    “The message which is being signaled is that Turkey wants to improve its relations with Beijing. It also respects China's territorial integrity and sensitivities,” Akcay told Al-Monitor. “However, China also has to pay attention to Turkey's sensitivities. China should be more careful in its policies toward the Uyghurs.”

    Mutual maturity

    Fidan’s description of Urumqi and Kashgar as “historically Turkic Muslim" cities ruffled some feathers in China, according to Akcay, but “the Chinese side hasn't expressed their disgruntlement publicly because they do not want to escalate the issue to a level that could damage the ties.”

    Sibel Karabel, the head of the Southeast Asian Countries Strategic Studies and Research Center at Istanbul's Gedik University, concurred. “This issue was almost a taboo between the two sides,” she told Al-Monitor. “I believe that it was handled with great maturity from both sides.”

    The successful compartmentalization, in turn, could lay the foundation for closer Turkey-China ties. “I'm fascinated by the Urumqi Kashgar leg of the visit,” Soner Cagaptay, director of the Turkish research program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told Al-Monitor. “It didn't look like Fidan was able to address the persecution that the Uyghurs are facing. So perhaps that is big enough for now for the  Chinese to get from Turkey.”

    “Considering the difference between the two countries, it's a baby step toward Turkey and China ever establishing what I would call a great power, middle power kind of relationship.”

    China also has reasons to push for closer ties with Turkey. “It is a time when China also needs to diversify its investments,” Karabel said. 

    China’s investments in Europe have drastically decreased over the past years, largely due to increasing Western scrutiny and restrictions against Chinese companies.

    Turkey, located at a juncture between Europe and the Middle East, provides opportunities for China’s Belt and Road initiative, according to Karabel.

    Fidan’s visit to China marked the first of its kind since his predecessor, Mevlut Cavusoglu, visited the Asian powerhouse in 2022, and his trip to Xinjiang marked another first since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit there in 2012 as then prime minister.

    Cavusoglu blasted Beijing last year for dictating terms for the Turkish ambassador’s request to visit Xinjiang: “Why would we be a tool of Chinese propaganda?” the then top Turkish diplomat snapped. But after Erdogan’s victory in the May 2023 presidential and parliamentary elections, Ankara moved on to foreign policy restoration and shifted to more constructive diplomacy largely aimed at attracting investments to its ailing economy. The country’s annual inflation hit more than 75% last month.

    China is the third-largest trade partner of Turkey, with the two countries' trade volume exceeding $47 billion last year; Turkish exports to the Asian powerhouse stood at a meager $3 billion. The measures aimed at easing the imbalance were one of the top issues discussed in the Fidan-Wang meeting, the Turkish foreign minister said during the joint presser.

    Ankara seeks more direct Chinese investments in Turkey as well as the lifting of restrictions on Turkish agricultural exports to China. “We particularly would like to focus on cooperation in the energy field,” Fidan said.

    His visit comes a week after Turkish Energy Minister Alparslan Bayraktar's visit to the global power. Speaking after the visit, Bayraktar said the two countries were close to a deal on a new nuclear plant. In addition to the Russian-built Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant in Turkey’s southeast, Ankara is in talks with Russia and China for the country’s second and third nuclear power plants.

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    Fidan also lashed out at the West during the visit, using China's rhetoric of empowering the Global South. 

    In remarks echoing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s oft-repeated line of “common prosperity,” Fidan said, “There is enough prosperity for everyone in our world.”

    “The markets established by the dominant powers in the previous century are changing hands again under more fair and competitive market conditions; this is a result that must be acknowledged,” he went on.

    The remarks were in contrast with Ankara’s efforts to rebuild trust with Washington after turbulent years and a positive momentum in Turkey-US ties following the Turkish nod to Sweden’s NATO membership in January. 

    But according to Alper Coskun, a retired Turkish diplomat and current senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment, Fidan’s statement, which positions NATO-member Turkey “as a party” in the conflict between the United States and China, “comes at a cost.”

    “It can deepen the trust erosion between Ankara-Washington,” he told Al-Monitor. A potential  Chinese undertaking of the planned nuclear power plant in Turkey stands out as another issue that will fuel questions over Ankara’s commitment to the Western alliance.

    “Of course, global realities require Turkey to work with China and establish reasonable ties with Russia,” Coskun said. “But Turkey gives the impression of wobbling too much.”

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    China wants to recruit military pilots from the U.S. and its allies to strengthen Chinese air power, bulletin warns

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    The U.S. and its intelligence partners warned on Wednesday that  China is working to recruit current and former Western military pilots and other service members to help strengthen Chinese air power and gain insights into Western aviation tactics.

    Describing China’s efforts as a “persistent” threat, the warning came in a  joint bulletin  from the so-called Five Eyes intelligence partners, five nations that share sensitive intelligence: the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. 

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “is using private companies in South Africa and China to hire former fighter pilots from Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States, and other Western nations to train PLA Air Force and Navy aviators,” the bulletin said.

    “The PLA wants the skills and expertise of these individuals to make its own military air operations more capable while gaining insight into Western air tactics, techniques, and procedures. The insight the PLA gains from Western military talent threatens the safety of the targeted recruits, their fellow service members, and U.S. and allied security.

    “This threat continues to evolve in response to Western government warnings to their military personnel and public, so this notice seeks to continue highlighting this persistent, adaptive threat,” it said. 

    The bulletin said the U.S. and its Western partners have taken steps to try to counter the threat, including imposing commercial restrictions on a test flying academy in South Africa and Chinese organizations linked to the spying operations, and prohibiting former military members from working with China.

    The bulletin advised current and former Western military members to be on the alert for possible approaches, including job offers from privately owned companies that hide their links to China.

    NATO members in January held a conference of senior officers and officials to examine how to counter China’s spying efforts.

    The warning from the intelligence partners comes amid growing concern about China’s military buildup and recent drills around Taiwan, which Beijing described as “punishment” after the self-governing island held elections. China says Taiwan is part of its territory and has vowed to take control of the island, by force if necessary.

    Wednesday’s bulletin also follows a series of cases in which U.S. military service members have been charged with trying to sell sensitive information to China.

    In 2022, former Marine Corps fighter pilot Daniel Duggan was arrested in Australia for allegedly training PLA pilots how to land on aircraft carriers. Duggan, who denies the charges, is awaiting extradition to the U.S.

    In March,  U.S. Army intelligence analyst Korbein Schultz was arrested and charged with conspiring to sell sensitive defense information to China. He has pleaded not guilty. And in August last year, two Navy sailors were arrested for allegedly relaying sensitive military information to China. Wenheng Zhao pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 27 months. Jinchao Wei has pleaded not guilty.

    “These arrests are a reminder of the relentless, aggressive efforts of the People’s Republic of China to undermine our democracy and threaten those who defend it,” assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Suzanne Turner said at the time.

    A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington expressed unfamiliarity with the specific allegations and declined to comment, but said in a general statement, “In recent years, some U.S. officials have been quick to accuse China and smear the normal exchanges and cooperation between China and the U.S., which is not conducive to the healthy development of China-U.S. relations.”

    Dan De Luce is a reporter for the NBC News Investigative Unit. 

    New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says China Premier Li Qiang will visit this week

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    New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced that China's premier, Li Qiang, will visit the country this week. 

    It will be the first trip to the nation by a Chinese premier since Li Keqiang's visit in 2017.

    Mr Luxon, speaking at a post-cabinet press conference on Monday, local time, said the visit would be a valuable opportunity for exchanges on areas of cooperation between the two countries. 

    "New Zealand and China engage where we have shared interests, and we speak frankly and constructively with each other where we have differences," he said. 

    "Our relationship is significant, complex, and resilient. 

    "The challenging global outlook makes it vital that we are sharing perspectives and engaging China on key issues that matter to New Zealand," he added. 

    China is New Zealand's top trading partner, with two-way goods and services trade reaching nearly NZ$38 billion ($35 billion) in the year ending March 2024, according to Statistics New Zealand.

    Christopher Luxon in parliament, pointing and looking quite cross.

    Mr Li's visit will mark the second high-profile visit from a high-ranking Chinese official to the country this year, with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi visiting in late March.

    New Zealand has long been seen as a moderate or absent voice on China in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, but in recent years has spoken up about what it considers to be concerning actions by Beijing.

    During Mr Yi's March visit, ministers discussed trade, business and security in the Pacific, as well as "areas of difference" including human rights and the situation in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet, according to a statement after the visit.

    Mr Luxon said on Monday he was confident that trade with China would continue to grow, supporting the government's goal to double the value of exports in the next decade.

    The government has not yet released the dates for Mr Li's visit.


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    15 Best Things to Do in China in Winter 2024/2025

    China vast in territory with various climate zones from tropical to frigid is a top popular winter destination for international visitors with abundant wonderful places to go! So what to do in China in winter ? Apart from the exquisite and quaint historical architectures of that great ancient country, you will also easily find a lot of choices to access to the pure white ice and snow world with temperatures below zero, temperate sun beach with adventures on sea, fascinating resorts with unique winter landscapes and wonderful seasonal festivals and ethnic gatherings, etc. Of course, during the relatively shoulder season for majority of the country, lots of travel destinations also offer great discounts for your budget saving! No matter you are interested in a cold snow trip or a warm holiday, here you will find what you want. Check the top 15 things to do in China in winter at below to plan your unforgettable China winter tour 2024/2025 !

    Quick Jump to:

    • 1. Be Dazzled at Harbin Ice & Snow Festival (Harbin)
    • 2. Bathe in the Warm Sunshine in Lijiang & Kunming (Yunnan)
    • 3. Hike on Snow-capped Great Wall (Beijing)
    • 4. Marvel at Peaceful Buddhist Temples in Snow (Mount Emei)
    • 5. Visit International Architectures Gallery along The Bund (Shanghai)
    • 6. Catch Charming Yellow Mountain in Snow (Huangshan)
    • 7. Immerse into the Dreamland at China Snow Town (Harbin)
    • 8. Ski at Yabuli Ski Resort (Harbin)
    • 9. Warm up with a Hot Pot before a Yangtze River Cruise (Three Gorges)
    • 10. Admire the World Impressive Terracotta Warriors (Xian)
    • 11. Enjoy Translucent Rime at Wusong Island (Jilin)
    • 12. Walk at Tulou Cluster & Sunny Gulangyu Island (Xiamen)
    • 13. Take Fabulous Photos of Yuanyang Rice Terraces (Yunnan)
    • 14. Soak in Poetic West Lake (Hangzhou)
    • 15. Sprawl at Soft Beach in the Warm Sun (Sanya)

    Be Dazzled at Harbin Ice & Snow Festival in Harbin

    Harbin Ice & Snow World

    Harbin Ice & Snow World

    International Snow Sculpture Art Expo

    International Snow Sculpture Art Expo

    The world-class Harbin Ice and Snow Festival having been held for over 35 times is the highlight for traveling in China in wintertime and also the must-do for visitors planning to see the ice and snow in north China area. No matter where you come from, even from a country with snowy winter, totally enjoy your every minute in the dazzling world consisted in ice and snow! The iridescent wonderland of Ice and Snow World is you joyous paradise to appreciate thousands of ice sculptures of pagodas, castles, walls, landscapes, animals, and so forth are perfected ignited with fabulous LED lights, which is super dreamy for a memorable night walk!

    Besides, the International Snow Sculpture Art Expo held on Sun Island in Harbin is another not-missing spot to highlight your winter go! A wide spread of outstanding masterpieces of snow sculptures standing on the pure snow land with the clean backdrop of azure sky will be one of the most beautiful snow landscape in you life time. Figure out how many shapes the pure white snow can be with your closely admiration of the sculptures of figures, cartoons, buildings, landscapes, etc.

    During this grand international festival, Harbin Ice Lantern Art Fair held at Zhaolin Park shall be added to your winter trip to Harbin to soak in the romantic and festive atmosphere in the park decorated with countless lovely ice lanterns with colorful lights!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average -25℃ ~ -9℃

    Visiting Time: 1-1.5 day

    Best Time to Visit: Late December to the next February

    Recommended Tour:

    • 3 Days Classic Harbin Winter Tour
    • 3 Days Harbin Ice Festival Tour

    Bathe in the Warm Sunshine in Lijiang & Kunming

    Stone Forest

    Stone Forest in Kunming

    Lijiang Old Town

    • Lijiang Old Town

    Lijiang and Kunming in Yunnan in Southwest China ranks very top with the pleasant weather and fine sightseeing around the whole year! Boasting the comfortable temperature and nice sunshine, they are top ideal to spend a warm winter. Bathed in the warm sunshine on the plateau in relax to feel the leisure city life of Kunming with lovely birds flying over the peaceful lakes, wander among the large gray Karst Stone Forest maze with Yi ethnic minority dancing, etc. With a fast bullet train riding, you will start the more leisure holiday laid-back in Lijiang to explore alleys and houses at historical Lijiang Old Town , enjoy interesting song and dance of Naxi ethnic group, roam at the scenic park to overlook the magnificent Jade Dragon Snow Mountain , and so forth!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average 8℃ ~ 10℃ in Kunming; average 14℃ in Lijiang

    Visiting Time: 1-2 days in Kunming; 2-3 days in Lijiang

    Best Time to Visit: all around the year

    • 3 Days Kunming Spring City Tour
    • 3 Days Lijiang Cultural & Natural Tour with Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
    • 5 Days Kunming Lijiang High Speed Train Tour

    Hike on Snow-capped Great Wall in Beijing

    Mutianyu Great Wall

    • Mutianyu Great Wall

    Jinshanling Great Wall

    Jinshanling Great Wall

    The Great Wall of hundreds of years old in Beijing is one of the must-visit attractions in the China travel list of international visitors around the year. And hiking on the Great Wall also is one of the most favorite things to do in their winter choices. Quite different from that in spring, summer and autumn, Great Wall in winter looks more solemn and magnificent with the snow cover. Particularly when in the coldest winter month, you will see the Great Wall with brown brick walls winding like a giant dragon reaching far away on the white mountains with silver trees. Take a hike on Mutianyu Great Wall or Jinshanling Great Wall to pass the worn out steps and watchtowers for marveling at the grand winter sightseeing of surrounding creates a quite memorable winter trip memory!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average -5℃ ~ 5℃

    Visiting Time: half day

    • 3 Days Beijing Essential Short Stay Tour (Transit Visa Free)
    • 4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package

    Marvel at Peaceful Snow Sightseeing with Buddhist Temples at Mount Emei

    Mount Emei

    Mount Emei in Winter

    Mount Emei

    Mount Emei near Chengdu in Sichuan is a rare UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site where dot up to 28 holy Buddhist temples with rich cultural serenity to make it one of the four great Buddhist mountains in China. Moreover, with tranquil mountain in verdant forest coverage, lively monkeys, beautiful blossoms and more natural resources, Emeishan attracts countless groups of visitors home and abroad for its landscape and cultural treasures. While in winter, the famed Mount Emei is also quite popular to pay holy visits to those quieter and more peaceful temple clusters with chimes and soak in the zen cultured landscape of snow capped mountain, trees, trails, steps, etc. Hike up to the most famous Golden Summit of 3,079 meters above sea to be wowed by the resplendent Buddhist statues, mysterious sea of clouds, sunrise, etc.!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): -10℃ ~ 3℃ in December, -9℃ ~ 2℃ in January, -11℃ ~ 8℃ in February on Mount Emei; 14℃ at the foot of Mount Emei

    Visiting Time: 1-3 days

    • 3 Days Mount Emei Winter Tour with Skiing and Hot Spring Experience
    • 4 Days Classic Mount Emei & Leshan Giant Buddha Tour from Chengdu
    • 2 Days Mount Emei Leisure Hiking Tour from Chengdu

    Visit along the International Architectures Gallery at the Bund in Shanghai


    The Bund in Shanghai


    Lujiazui Skyscrapers View from The Bund

    Shanghai being the top 3 best metropolitan cities in China is super popular for visitors visiting this vast country at any time of of a year. While The Bund as the iconic landmark of Shanghai is absolutely the must-see for anyone visiting Shanghai City! This historical gallery of architectures is praised as “An Exhibition of International Buildings” since 52 buildings of various international architectural styles stand along the west bank of Huangpu River, including the buildings constructed by foreign countries after the First Opium War in 1842, including United Kingdom, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, etc. Take a walk along the gallery street to savor those historical buildings, it is easy to travel to the old days there. While, with the opposite modern skyscrapers towering on Lijiazui Area on the east bank, no matter you just walk along or take a cruise, it is the best way to feel the strong contrast of the present and past of prosperous Shanghai ! Moreover, night lights and neon dress those buildings more beautiful for more pleasant memories!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average 4℃ ~ 12℃

    Visiting Time: 1-2 hours

    Best Time to Visit: all year around

    • 3 Days Shanghai Past and Present Contrast Tour
    • 3 Days Shanghai Highlights & Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour

    Catch Charming Yellow Mountain in Snow in Huangshan

    Yellow Mountain

    Yellow Mountain in Winter

    Yellow Mountain

    Yellow Mountain (Huangshan) located in Huangshan City , Anhui Province in East China is a well-known UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. With the breathtaking magical wonders of “Odd-shaped Pines, Spectacular Rocky Peaks, Sea of Clouds, Hot Spring and Winter Snow”, it also gains the compliment as “No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Huangshan Mountain”. As a splendid mountain resort with different beauty in four distinct seasons, Yellow Mountain is one of the hottest place to admire mountain covered by thick snow and beautiful rimes hanging on the leaves. And with the more chances to see the mysterious and charming sea of clouds, Huangshan is quite fabulous for sightseeing catching and photo shooting. Moreover, enjoying a hot spring after getting down gives a superb nice relaxing after your scenic adventure on the mountain. Enjoy your more serener time on Yellow Mountain since there are much fewer visitors during that relative off season!

    Visiting Time: 2 days

    Best Time to Visit: all around the year; December to the next March for snowy Yellow Mountain

    • 4 Days Huangshan Hongcun Winter Vacation with Hot Spring
    • 3 Days Huangshan Highlights Leisure Tour (Back Mountain + West Sea Grand Canyon)

    Immerse into the Dreamland at China Snow Town

    China Snow Town

    China Snow Town

    China Snow Town

    This No.1 Snow Town in China 280 kilometers southeast from Harbin City matches your imagination of the fairyland town covered by pure white snow, however with more jubilant Chinese characteristics. Also called Shuangfeng Forest Farm, China Snow Town of 17,916 hectares wide is capped by snow uy to to 2 meters, where you can see the dreamy scene of pieces and layers of pure white snow like soft milk cream cover the roofs, stumps, bars, etc., with conspicuous fiery red Chinese lanterns and chilli peppers, golden corns hanging on the eaves and gates. Furthermore, when night comes, lanterns and lights are all on in rose, orange and red, this snow town is so peaceful to make you feel time has been ceased! Apart from admire the lovely sightseeing of the sunrise and sunset with chimney smoke, take you time to play to the most with snowmobiling, sledging, snow playing, hot water pouring into ice, etc.

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): 35℃ ~ -20℃ from December to January; -20℃ ~ -15℃ from Februry to middle March

    Visiting Time: 1-2 days

    Best Time to Visit: November to early March

    • 5 Days Charming Harbin & China Snow Town Winter Tour
    • 6 Days In-depth Harbin Tour with China Snow Town & Yabuli Skiing

    Ski at Yabuli Ski Resort

    Yabuli Ski Resort

    • Yabuli Ski Resort

    Yabuli Ski Resort

    Why not skiing in winter? Yabuli Ski Resort boasts the largest ski trail in whole Asia and is the largest ski resort in China. Thus, do not hesitate to Yabuli if you are planning to ski this winter! You can easily get to this fun skiing paradise 220 kilometers southeast from Harbin and begin your happy hours and even days closely with snow. Hole your ski poles and ski down on the national longest, exciting and steepest ski trail to dash forward in real freedom on the white snow with flourish snow capped forests. Moreover, this professional large ski resort offers advanced equipment and facilities for you to enjoy sliding on the 2868.68 meters long alpine slope, snow tubing from the peak with excitement, snowmobiling to show your power, and challenge more activities on snow with utmost joy and laughter during this winter vacation!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average -10℃

    Visiting Time: 2-3 days

    Best Time to Visit: November to the next March

    • 5 Days Harbin Winter Tour with Yabuli Ski Resort

    Warm up with a Hot Pot before a Leisure Yangtze River Cruise

    Three Gorges

    Three Gorges in Winter

    Chongqing Hot Pot

    Chongqing Hot Pot

    The Three Gorges on the golden section of Yangtze River is one of the top 5 most popular destinations on the list of a China travel. And winter is the extremely beautiful season for traveling to the Three Gorges to admire the gorgeous fiery red leaves covering full rolling gorge mountains, particularly at Wu Gorge! Leisurely sit on the deck chair and travel together with the luxury Yangtze River cruise with advanced central air-conditioner along the picturesque gallery of verdant gorges, red leaves, blue sky, jade and peaceful water, etc. Isn’t it the correct way to open your relaxing winter trip? What’s more, before your embarkation in Chongqing , have a taste of the famous mouth-watering hot pot in any one of local hot pot restaurants to try the spicy flavor and warm your body up in such a special way of your lifetime!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): around 4℃ in Chongqing

    Visiting Time: 4-5 days

    Best Time to Visit: December to the next February for the best discount

    • 4 Days Chongqing Essence Tour with Yangtze River Cruise
    • 7 Days Nature Tour to Yangtze River & Zhangjiajie
    • 11 Days China Golden Triangle Tour with Yangtze River Cruise

    Admire the World Impressive Terracotta Warriors in Xian

    Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Warriors in Xian with the history of over 2,200 years, is the symbol of this capital of 13 ancient China dynasties. Reputed as one of the greatest archaeological finds in the twentieth century and the eighth wonder of the world, it is not to be missed in Xian just as Forbidden City or Great Wall in Beijing. Thus, numerous domestic and international travelers make their visit to this miracle of the world every year to have a close look at the thousands of terracotta army and horses in vivid but different looks and buries over 22 centuries ago and the impressive scale of the mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuang (First Qin Emperor). Also, listed into the World Cultural Heritage Site record by UNESCO and the top 25 museum in the world by Trip Advisor, the Terracotta Warriors , is really worth your personal discovery!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average 0℃ ~ 3℃

    Visiting Time: 3-5 hours

    • 3 Days Classic Xian Tour (Best Highlights Plus Enjoyable Pace)
    • 2 Days Xian City Break (Pick Up from Hotel, Train Station or Airport)

    Enjoy Translucent Rime at Wusong Island in Jilin City

    Wusong Island

    Wusong Island in Jilin City

    Wusong Island

    Jilin rime is praised as one of the four natural wonders in China, together with Guilin landscape, Yunnan Stone Forest and Three Gorges on Yangtze River. During late December to the end of next February, white rimes hanging on the branches dress those trees seems to be made from jade and silver on the famous Wusong Island in Jilin City in Jilin Province. The whole land in northeast China looks particularly like a dreamy fairyland. Every time when the sun rises up or is about to falling, the sunglow ignites the white and silver trees into light orange and pink, and with the blue sky as clean backdrop, the scene is quite amazing for marveling at and creating outstanding photos.

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): -13℃ ~ -17℃

    Visiting Time: 2-4 hours

    Best Time to Visit: late December to the end of next February; around 7:00-11:30 in a day

    • 7 Days Amazing Northeast China Winter Tour with Changbai Mountain & Wusong Island
    • 4 Days Harbin Ice & Snow Festival with Jilin Wusong Island Tour

    Walk at Tulou Cluster & Sunny Gulangyu Island in Xiamen

    Fujian Tulou

    Tulou Cluster

    Gulangyu Island

    • Gulangyu Island

    Xiamen is one of the most popular winter destinations in China for its romantic leisure charm with sea landscape. Boasting two UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, this coastal city is quiet ideal to create some memorable wonderful winter trip memories! You must pay a visit to see Fujian Tulou buildings in round, semi round, rectangle and other shapes sitting among emerald mountains in Yongding or Nanjing. Step into the large gathering for tens and even hundreds of households to have a glimpse at the harmonious gregarious life of local Hakka people. In winter time, there snows sometimes around Tulou clusters in Fujian, so why not plan a visit to see the more peaceful countryside view with red Chinese lanterns.

    While back to Xiamen, warm and comfortable sunshine makes a leisure stroll on Gulangyu Island the best way for a nice winter with sun. This island with thousands of well-preserved architectures of various Chinese and Western styles has been listed as the World Heritage Site and reputed as World Architecture Expo. Walk along the crossing roads and lanes to meet those literal and romantic shops, stores, museums, gardens, etc. Here you will also catch the fantastic location to look at Xiamen City !

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average 13℃ ~ 20℃

    Best Time to Visit: January to March and September to December, especially March to May and September to October

    • 2 Days Xiamen City Tour with Gulangyu Island
    • 3 Days Xiamen City Leisure Tour

    Take Fabulous Photos of Yuanyang Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County

    Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    • Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    Yuanyang Rice Terraces

    Yuanyang in Yunnan is one of the most beautiful nature destinations in the entire globe. As the core area of the Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces listed as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Yuanyang Rice Terraces is really the darling for tremendous photographers and shutterbugs to create their top excellent photos of the incredible rice terraced field since 1,300 years ago! In fact, winter is the best time to catch the best beauty of the entire 17,000 hectares of paddy fields, when every piece of field is filled with water and changes the colors in golden, orange, pink, rose, red, purple, blue, etc. with the reflection of the clouds, glory and sky, just like the rose window! Having a pleasant trekking among the layers of rice terraces is particular favored by visitors to Yuanyang !

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): average 1.6℃

    Best Time to Visit: November to the next April, especially December to February

    • 3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces & Hani Culture Discovery Tour
    • 4 Days Yuanyang Rice Terrace Awesome Photography Tour

    Soak in Poetic West Lake in Hangzhou

    West Lake

    West Lake in Winter

    West Lake

    West Lake listed into UNESCO World Heritage Site is the most shining card of the heavenly Hangzhou is East China. While in winter, this famous sightseeing resort changes more poetic with the pure white snow cover on the lake, bridges, corridors, pavilions, branches, etc. and on the farther mountain backdrop. Take a special and relaxing walk around the lake to feel the strong literal charm of every corner. With the chirping of birds, everything around sounds like so quiet like the unique melody of winter. While, every step moved from the Su causeway, Bai Causeway, Broken, Bridge, makes every sight a different classic Chinese ink landscape painting in black and white. Do not miss the famous Lingering Snow over the Broken Bridge in Winter, one of the best ten scenes of West Lake during your stroll!

    Visiting Time: 3-6 hours

    • 2 Days Essence of Hangzhou Tour
    • 3 Days Classic Hangzhou Tour Plus Tea Plantation Exploration

    Sprawl at Soft Beach in Warm Sun in Sanya


    Sanya, Idyllic Warm Resort in Winter


    Escape from the cold? Fly to Sanya at the southernmost of Hainan Province in South China to feel the strong summer style of this “Hawaii in the Orient”. Warm sunshine, azure sky, pleasant wind, white and soft beach, verdant coconut palms, etc. are no doubt the standard symbols of a warm beach tour. Just get sprawled on the sand beach to bathe in the sun for a natural SPA. After your full relaxation, take on the diving suits to explore the colorful tropical fishes and corals under the clean and blue sea. Breathe the fresh air, enjoy various fresh seafood, walk in the tropical rain forest, hear local stories of ethnic minorities, etc. That is truly a laid-back winter trip for solo and families!

    Temperature in Winter (December, January & February): annual average 25.4℃

    Visiting Time: 2-5 days based on your interests

    Best Time to Visit: all around the year, especially December to the next March

    • 4 Days Sanya Beach Resort Tour
    • 6 Days In-depth Luxury Sanya Tour with Two Free Days

    How to Plan a China Winter Tour

    To plan a China winter tour is based on what kind of weather, scenery, types of destinations, etc. you like!

    For more people first been to China in winter, they prefer to travel to the top classic and popular winter destinations to save more in one go during the relatively low season, such as Beijing (2-4 days), Shanghai (2-4 days), Xian (2-3 days), Guilin (3-5 days), Chengdu , (1-3 days), Yangtze River Cruise (4-5 days), Hangzhou (2-4 days), Suzhou (2-3 days), etc.

    ▶ 10 Days Classic China Tour from Beijing

    ▶ 13 Days Classic China Tour with Yangtze Cruise

    ▶ 9 Days East China & Mt. Huang Tour by High Speed Train

    For visitors want to enjoy a snow winter tour , you can plan to visit Harbin to see the Ice and Snow Festival in 2-3 days. 2-4 more days to the nearby Yabuli Ski Resorts, China Snow Town and Wusong Island in Jilin are also popular to see snow scenery and play with snow! And a lot of visitors prefer travel from Beijing after the discovery of winter snowy Great Wall. Moreover, you can also spend 3-4 days to Huangshan for snowy Yellow Mountain, 1-2 days to snowy Mount Emei , 1-2 days to Xiling Snow Mountain for skiing fun, etc.

    ▶ 6 Days Beijing & Harbin Stunning Winter Tour

    ▶ 4 Days Classic Leshan Giant Buddha & Mount Emei Tour from Chengdu

    ▶ 2 Days Xiling Snow Mountain Ski Tour from Chengdu

    For visitors prefer a warm winter vacation , you are recommended to enjoy 5-7 days in Yunnan to discover Kunming , Dali and Lijiang for pleasant sunny days with ethnic minority culture, or 2-4 days in Xiamen to wander around Gulangyu Island with a side trip to Tulou Cluster, or enjoy the 4-7 days enjoying the Cantonese food and theme parks fun in Guangzhou , Shenzhen and Hong Kong , or at least 3 days in Sanya to fully relax your arms and legs, etc. Travel with us to start your coming China winter vacation!

    ▶ 6 Days Yunnan Essence Tour (Kunming, Dali & Lijiang)

    ▶ 3 Days Xiamen City Leisure Tour

    ▶ 6 Days Hong Kong Guangzhou Macau Cultural Highlights Tour


    Travel China in Winter with China Discovery

    To help you enjoy a worry-free winter trip to China, we highly recommend you travel with us China Discovery. Our local experienced drivers will escort you to the attractions with comfortable car directly with speed and safety. And our English-speaking tour guide will accompany you all the way, show you the best travelling route, and share interesting stories, introduce all highlights, so you can focus all your attention on the highlights. Our experienced travel expert will help arrange your accommodation and plan your trip sincerely.  The tour can be tailor-made according to your group size, time, physical condition, plan, interest, budget and every special need.  Please feel free to  contact us  if you need any help!

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    With the Golden Triangle plus the fabulous Karst and countryside scenery of Guilin, this tour leads you to top 4 destinations anyone cannot miss out in China especially for the first-timers.

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    Both two places offer you some great opportunities to admire the beauty of our Mother Nature and experience local authentic culture. Extend your Guilin trip to Guizhou to visit the beautiful villages as well as the NEW Star - Fanjingshan.

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    It is a good idea to spend 8 days having in-depth exploration in both Sichuan and Guilin for Giant Pandas, amazing cultural experience and picturesque Karst & rice terraces landscape.

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    Enjoy beautiful snowscapes of Huangshan Mountain as well as the wonderful Hot Spring! The Hot Springs of Huangshan with nationwide fame has been in use as a resort and health spa for over a thousand years.

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    During this low season with fewer crowds and lower prices, you can still visit the classic, most popular destinations in China, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Hong Kong, Zhangjiajie…. Just check the 10 Best Places to Visit in Winter which are also the best winter destinations selected by our delighted customers that you can ...

  6. Best (& Worst) Times to Visit China, Travel Tips (2024/2025)

    North China (Beijing): cool, 8-19°C (46-66°F) South China (Shanghai): warm, 16-22°C (61-72°F) October is also one of the best times to visit China. In October, China enjoys cool and comfortable weather. The cool weather is perfect for outdoor sports and for visiting large outdoor structures, such as the Great Wall.

  7. Things to do in China in December

    December is a good time to visit China. China has plenty to offer for visitors of all ages and interests. In this article, we tell you the top things to see and do for your December trip to China. Get inspired by the events, activities, attractions, and experiences unique to December.

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    Hong Kong gets into the Christmas spirit with tons of decorations and lights up on Christmas Day.Christmas Day is also a huge shopping day in the city, with many stores holding large sales. Winter Solstice: Some Chinese celebrate the Winter Solstice, which is usually on December 21, 22, or 23.On this day, families will gather to eat dumplings or tangyuan, a Chinese dessert of rice flour balls ...

  9. Top 6 Places to Visit in December in China

    Sanya: A Warm Coastal Resort. Location: South point of Hainan Province, South China. Sanya Temperature in December: about 19°C ~ 27°C (66°F - 81°F) Weather: Warm and humid, cool in the morning and evening. Must-visit Places: Wuzhizhou Island, Tianya Haijiao, Yalong Bay, Dadonghai, Sanya Bay, Nanshan Temple, the First Market.

  10. China In December Travel

    December travels to China are popular during the holiday season for many reasons. A final burst of the year in one of the world's most mysterious and diverse countries! From the Great Wall to the terraced paddies and her megalopolises, if you are looking for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime, China is the perfect destination.

  11. Top 5 Warm Places to Visit in China

    Top 5 warm destinations and places to visit in winter in China, including Yuanyang and Xishuangbanna, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Sanya , etc. to plan a warm China winter tour 2024/2025! ... During December there are pleasant breezes, plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Many people regard winter as the best month of the year.

  12. 10 Guidelines for Travel to Great Wall of China in Winter

    Great Wall of China in December: -12 - -1℃ (10 - 30℉), sunny and dry. Great Wall of China in January: -12 - 1℃ (10 - 34℉), windy and occasional snowy. 2. Wear Wind Resist Clothing and Outdoor Jacket. Besides preparing a water-resistant outer layer clothing to prevent rain and snow, wearing wind resist outdoor jacket is very ...

  13. Winter in China

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  14. Where to Travel in China: December 2020

    Guizhou. Where to Travel in China: December 2020. This southwestern province is home to several ethnic groups, including many types of Miao as well as the Yi and Buyi people, each with their own special clothing, customs, and language. Guizhou's natural beauty ranges from jutting karst peaks and gushing waterfalls to river gorges and azalea ...

  15. Best Places to Visit in China in December

    Harbin will be the best place to visit in China in December. Recommended Harbin Tour: 5 Days Harbin & China Snow Town Tour. Weather turns to be cold in December in China. So, good places to go in this month would be Yunan, Hongkong, Beijing and Harbin.

  16. China In December 2022: Know What To See And Do For A Fun Holiday

    Now have a look at all the awesome things you can do in China for an exhilarating travel experience in the month of December. 1. River Li: Go Boating. Image Source. The River Li is 83 km long and is apt for boating or just swimming. Try out the cruise boat or choose a kayak to sail on the Li River.

  17. China Weather in December, Where to Visit in December

    China Weather in December. December is not ranked as an ideal month to visit China, due to the severe cold in most areas of China. In December, it's freezing cold and very windy in North China, with a temperature of about -28°C in Northeast China. In Central China, the weather is even terrible due to its bone-chilling cold and damp weather ...

  18. Things to do in Beijing in December

    December is a good time to visit Beijing. The weather is usually really cold with a gentle breeze, with temperatures ranging from 16—37°F (-9—3°C). There are plenty of events to check out and activities to try in Beijing during this time. Some of our top recommendations: attend the Beijing Christmas Market, visit the Beijing Botanical ...

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    In December, China docked two warships at the base, which is in a highly strategic position close to the South China Sea. ... Austin's visit to Phnom Penh capped a five-day trip to Asia, where ...

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    For a private tour, the average cost per day is about US$220-350 per person, including flights/trains within China, 4- or 5-star hotels, lunches, attractions, guides, and private transport. Kids under 10 get 30 to 50 percent off. If you are planning a trip to China, please book it at least 3 to 6 months in advance.

  21. New Zealand PM says China Premier Li Qiang to visit this week

    New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said on Monday that China's Premier Li Qiang would visit the country this week, in the first trip to the nation in seven years by a Chinese premier.

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  23. Have Turkey, China hit reset button on Uyghurs as Fidan visits Xinjiang

    ANKARA — Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan's visit to China marked an important turning point in Turkey-China ties amid a display of joint desire for closer relations —disagreements notwithstanding — but some of the rhetoric during the trip raised eyebrows in the West.. Fidan ended his three-day official visit to China on Wednesday in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in ...

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  26. 6 Places to Visit in Beijing in December

    Ice Climbing in Beijing Taoyuan Fairy Valley. Taoyuan Fairy Valley is a great place to visit in Beijing in December for outdoor sports enthusiasts. 90 km (56 mi) from the Beijing city, it has a number of natural ice waterfalls, which are one of the best ice-climbing resorts around Beijing.

  27. President Biden Announces Key Nominees

    Overseas, Moy served in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China; the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and the U.S. Consulate in Busan, Republic of Korea. ... From December 2022 to December ...

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    The average cost per person for traveling within mainland China is less than 1,000 yuan, versus several thousand yuan for a trip to Hong Kong or Japan, Oliver Wyman said. Local tourism has been a ...

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