16 Amazing Trips to Take Around China This Summer

By Sponsored, August 18, 2023

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3-Day Zhangjiajie Avatar Mountain Tour

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Located in the northern mountain ranges of the province, the remote Zhangjiajie National Forest was known only to the Tujia, Miao and Bai minority groups for centuries.

Today, with its towering karst spires and deep, forested canyons, Zhangjiajie has become one of China’s iconic landscapes; made a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1992, it was the inspiration for the film Avatar.

The area also boasts the world's longest and highest glass bridge – walk it if you dare!

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7-Day Xinjiang: Kashgar, Taxkorgan, Urumqi & Turpan

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If you're curious about Xinjiang, this seven day classic itinerary – starting from Kashgar, passing through Taxkorgan, and ending up with Turpan – is the perfect way for you to explore the wider area.

Take in numerous spectacular natural scenes and cultural heritages on the way. The cities selected all represent an aspect of Xinjiang; by visiting them and talking with locals you will discover what the real Xinjiang looks like.

Travel with local operator Xinjiang China International Travel Service and, one day, when you go back home, you can tell your friends: I’ve been to Xinjiang.

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3-Day Luxury Lakeside Resort with Kayaking & Pool Party

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Qiandaohu, or Thousand Island Lake, located west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province is a designated AAAAA scenic area, the highest level achievable in China.

With more than a thousand islets scattered among its 573-square-kilometer water area, Qiandaohu is blessed with a superb natural environment and ever-enchanting scenery.

There are also plenty of activities to do in the area, including hiking, cycling and kayaking, all while staying in a luxury hotel with delicious dinners and swimming pool.

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1-Day Dive In-Water Trekking & Natural Pool Swimming

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A day of rekking in Zhejiang with 90% of green cover, swimming in natural pools, cliff diving and breathing the freshest air.

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3-Days Xi'an Essence with Terracotta Warriors

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Boasting over 3,000 years of history, Xi’an always impresses visitors with a large amount of historical and cultural heritage sites.

During this three-day Xi’an getaway, you will be guided to all the highlights of this ancient capital city, including the City Wall, Muslim Quarter, Wild Goose Pagoda, Grand Tang Dynasty Everbright City and, of course, world-renowned Terracotta Warriors.

You'll also try Xi'an's most authentic snacks, including biangbiang noodles, ice peak (a kind of drink), soup dumplings, mirror cake, sour plum soup, dried persimmon, and lamb skewer

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7-Day Wild Silk Road Adventure: Mogao Grottoes, Rainbow Mountains, Chaka & Qinghai Lake

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If you want to know more about mysterious Western China, but have no idea where to start, then just follow the Silk Road.

Spend seven days traveling the ancient trade route with Gansu May International Travel Service, enjoying both breathtaking landscapes and mysterious religious art, from oases to deserts; this itinerary won’t let you down, no matter what you want to experience in a trip. 

Buddhist temples, Qinghai Lake, Yadan landscapes, Rainbow Mountain, the Great Wall, Mogao Grottoes... the list goes on!

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2-Day Perfect Weekend Getaway to Shengsi Island

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Take a boat to beautiful Shengsi Island, rent a scooter and explore, chillax on Jihu Beach or take a boat to Yellow Dragon Island, discover Liu Jing Tan scenic area and hike the cliffs enjoying a refreshing breeze. 

Round off each day feasting on local seafood and enjoy the island nightlife.

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2-Day Huihang Ancient Trail Hiking

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Take a break from busy city life and get close to nature for peace and tranquility, burn those extra calories by hiking, and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds.

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8-Day Silk Road Tour of Qinghai & Gansu

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Immerse yourself in legend and feel the pulse of civilization as you explore the treasures of the Silk Road, the bridge between history and today.

This eight-day classic Silk Road trip will bring you the perfect combination of culture, adventure, history and natural wonders.

Starting your journey from Xining, you will then have the chance to visit Qinghai Lake, Chaka Salt Lake, the sunset view of Zhangye Rainbow Mountain, the Jiayuguan Pass and more.

You'll also get to go camel trekking and sand sliding at Echoing-sand Mountain and visit the Dunhuang Mogao Caves.

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8-Day Tibet: Lhasa, Yamdrok tso-Shigatse & Everest Base Camp

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Start out in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, and the political, economic, cultural and religious center of Tibet, a city full of both human and natural landscapes. There visit Potala Palace, and explore its maze-like rooms and temples.

Head on to sacred Yamdrok Tso Lake, regarded as the "turquoise earrings scattered by a goddess." Pristine and free of pollution, its waters are as blue as a sapphire.

Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, that houses a giant statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the biggest gilded statue of Maitreya in the world, as well as a tomb of all the Panchen Lama, adorned with jewels and gold.

Finally, take in amazing views of Mount Everest, the highest in the world, located in the border between China and Nepal. 

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2-Day Zhangli Ancient Path Anji Weekend Retreat

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Hidden away in Anji is a little-known jewel, the Zhangli Ancient Path, where petals fall like rain, and lush grass abounds.

Located in Zhangli Village, Anji County, the scenery is picturesque, surrounded by mountains, with 95% being covered by the forest’s canopy.

Tourists from afar praise it as a natural oxygen bar. The ancient path, paved with black stones, exudes a rugged and unrestrained essence with a bold masculine air, weathered yet retaining a sense of gentleness.

It winds through a verdant and dense bamboo forest with birds that occasionally startle the serene valleys.

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1-Day Moganshan Mountain Wild Cycling

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Explore beautiful Yu village and enjoy lunch and coffee, before getting on your bike and setting off across tea fields, bamboo forests, ponds and visiting naked villa.

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7-Day Discover Colorful Yunnan: Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-La

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Step into a world of ethnic minorities with brilliant ancient culture and unique customs. This tour takes in Dali, Lijiang Old Town, trading posts on the ancient Tea Horse Road, snow-capped mountains, thrilling gorges and the holy land of Shangri-La.

Located in the mysterious Tibetan borderlands, Shangri-La is home to many grand monasteries, wetlands and meadows. Enjoy ethnic festivals, architecture, costumes, customs, etiquette, local delicacies, handicrafts, plus singing and dancing with the locals. And, of course, breathtaking natural scenery.

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11-Day North Xinjiang: Kashgar Old Town, Hemu Village & Kanas Lake

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Xinjiang, such a vast land! No matter what you want to experience from a trip, you can find something interesting there. But how to explore the beauty of the biggest province in China as traveler? 

This 11-day tour will provide you with the best answer! Kashgar Old Town, Hemu Village, Kanas Lake… both of the stunning scenes in northern Xinjiang and amazing cultural landscapes in southern Xinjiang have been included!

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3-Day Tonglu Mountain Paradise & Huxiao Gorge Rafting

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It is impossible to not be moved by the landscape of Tonglu, which offers a truly dreamlike landscape just a few hours away from the bustling city. The Baiyun Riverside Bed & Breakfast is a pure white building that forms a lovely contrast with the lush green natural scenery.

Each room has a balcony facing the mountains and the river, and the B&B also has a large and beautiful swimming pool. If you stay on the first floor, you can jump into the swimming pool directly from your balcony!

Huxiao Gorge Scenic spot is surrounded by mountains on all sides, with very dense forest coverage. The natural environment surrounding the gorge is very pleasant and full of oxygen, giving the area its 'Forest Oxygen Bar' nickname.

Tonglu Tiger Xiaoxia rafting is extremely popular, and has a reputation of being the one of the best rafting experiences in East China. With a large drop and a majestic quantity of water over 10 kilometers, Huxia will provide you with a top level rafting experience.

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1-Day Padel Mixer

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Originating in Spain, padel is a bit like tennis but with a smaller court with no doubles lanes and a lower net, solid paddle and depressurized ball. The result? A wildly popular fast and reaction-based game that is sweeping the globe.

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