8 Amazing Trips to Take Around China This Winter

By Sponsored, November 10, 2023

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6-Day Harbin Tour, Yabuli Ski Resort & China Snow Town

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Want to see Harbin as a winter wonderland? And enjoy an amazing ski holiday on the slopes? And visit a magical Snow Town? Well this holiday combines all three!

Start in Harbin, where you can take in one of the four largest ice festivals in the world, a must-see for the sheer spectacle of its giant lit-up ice and snow sculptures. This trip also takes in Russian-styled Volga Manor, the old Western-style buildings on Central Street and much more.

Then you're off to Yabuli Ski Resort for an exciting skiing experience, where you can also immerse yourself in the amazing snow scenery in the fairy-tale China Snow Town.

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2-Day Mystical Taoist Retreat & Hot Spring Resort

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Maoshan Hot Spring Holiday Hotel is nestled among the mountains and waters, with all guest rooms boasting private hot spring tubs designed to offer exquisite views from their balconies.

This trip also takes in Jurong Maoshan Scenic Area, a famous Taoist mountain. It is the place of origin of the Daoist Shangqing School and is known as the 'Shangqing Sect Altar.'

It is also one of China's six major mountainous Anti-Japanese War bases with numerous natural attractions, including nine peaks, 19 springs, 26 caves, and 28 pools.

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4-Day Chengdu Panda Volunteer Tour

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This unique four-day Chengdu tour offers the experience of being a panda care volunteer, as well as exploring the best of Chengdu. 

Appreciate the grandeur of the Leshan Giant Buddha, walking and boating. Then, head to Dujiangyan to learn how its famed Irrigation System works, enjoy panda volunteering activities and climb up to Qingcheng Mountain.

After that, drive back to Chengdu and immerse yourself in the relaxing and pleasurable city; with the lovely Giant Pandas, the slow pace of life on Jinli Street and the historical exploration of the Sanxingdui Museum, a lot of delightful surprises await you.

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2-Day Fairytale Valley Wooden Cabin Getaway

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Imagine idyllic wooden forest cabins in a picturesque misty valley, surrounded by flowers and leaves. Are you ready for a weekend out of a fairytale story in these beautiful woods, falling asleep under the stars to the fragrance of flowers?

This is what you will experience at Lin’an’s Sun Valley, which is surrounded by mountains and dense forests.

Here, you can relax while looking at the lush green mountains and listening to the chirping of insects and birds in the countryside.

You can choose to start your day meditating on the terrace or jogging along the path. You can also meet unexpected guests – such as peacocks leisurely strolling the valley!

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5-Day Avatar Mountain Zhangjiajie & Fenghuang Ancient Town

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Dating from the Ming Dynasty, the well-preserved Fenghuang Ancient Town in Hunan has a history stretching back more than 400 years. Its folk customs, incomparable beauty and fascinating night scenery make it the perfect place to explore.

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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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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9-Day Vietnam Classic Tour: From North to South

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This nine-day small group tour will take you from the delights of the capital city of Hanoi and the stunning islands of Halong Bay to the beaches of Hoi An and the remote Mekong Delta.

Start a beautiful tour of Vietnamese capital Hanoi with French avenues and tree-lined boulevards; then take a boat tour of the islands in Ha Long Bay and through one of the most beautiful offshore areas in the world.

Fly down to the ancient port city of Hoi An and discover ancient ruins and beautiful beaches, then head to Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, to visit one of the most amazing cities in the world.

End the trip with a unique tour of the Mekong Delta and visit the stunning Can Tho Floating Market.

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6-Day Semporna, Malaysia: Diving Paradise & Sea Gypsies 

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There is a beautiful place, quietly tucked away far from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. It has a perfect sky, clear blue waters, pristine beaches, and schools of fish darting around. It’s a place where the sky is as blue as the sea, with leisurely birds gliding by... this paradise on earth is Semporna.

Here live the last oceanic nomadic people on Earth – the Bajau tribe. 'Bajau' means 'people of the sea' in Indonesian, and this ancient seafaring tribe is often referred to as the 'Sea Gypsies.'

Semporna is a truly enchanting island, with breath-taking and awe-inspiring sea views from all sides and at all times of the day.

Globally renowned as a diving paradise, its crystalline waters with pristine coral reefs are full of colorful marine life, with sea turtles accompanying you on your swim or dive.

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