For the most countries, summer holiday for students is coming and kids and parents have different plans to spend this long and hot holiday. In my opinion, traveling to a place which you are interested in and is full of historical atmosphere is one of the best ideas. I always believe that to travel is to learn the world around you. That’s why I so love traveling to different places and advise students and parents to take a trip.
Of course, China is also a hot destination as one of choices. The following will introduce you five places which are not only cool but also help kids and parents learn something about China.
No. 1 Jiuzhaigou Valley
Jiuzhaigou takes on different views in four seasons. Its landscape consists of high-altitude karsts and is well-known for its dozens of blue, green and turquoise-colored lakes. With high concentration of calcium carbonate in water, the lakes in the valley are visible even at high depths and vary in color because of their depth, residues and surroundings. Besides its unbelievable natural view, visitors can also experience the Tibetan customs and culture here. Jiuzhaigou is derived from the nine Tibetan villages. According to legend, Jiuzhaigou was created when jealous devil made the goddess Wunosemo to drop her magic mirror on the area of Jiuzhaigou which shattered into 118 shimmering turquoise lakes. Most visitors choose to pay a visit Jiuzhaigou at the height of the summer to beat the heat.
No. 2 Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake is an off-the-beaten-path destination for most foreign tourists. As the largest inland salt lake, the Qinghai Lake is ranked as “One of Top Five Lake” in China. With vast grassland around, the lake is enclosed by the high mountains and look like a large jade plate among mountains and grassland. Summer is usually the best time to visit Qinghai Lake because the weather is pleasant. Most visitors choose to bicycle around the lake and sleep at the tent they rent or take along with them. Another highlight of the lake is Bird Island which is located on the western side of the lake. Here you can witness thousands of wild geese, gulls, cormorants, sandpipers, even rare black-necked cranes and other bird species. Children will be fond of this island.
No. 3 Chengde Imperial Summer Resort
Chengde Imperial Summer Resort, closed to Beijing, is a very famous imperial garden where emperors in Qing Dynasty escaped hot summer. Located in north Chengde City, Hebei Province, the resort began to build in 1703 and completed in 1790. The imperial garden is made up of over 100 constructions including halls, temples, pavilions and so on. It is characterized by garden in mountain. It is very worthy paying a visit. As a summer resort, temperature inside is about 3 to 5 degree centigrade lower than outside the resort.
No. 4 Changbaishan Mountain
As the largest China’s natural reserve, Changbaishan Mountain is situated at the southeast part of Jilin Province. It is a cool refuge in summer. In the mountain, you can witness such charming views as ancient forest, snow-covered peaks, waterfalls, volcanic lakes and rare wild animals. One of the famous attractions on the mountain is Heaven Lake with two million years old. This crater lake, 13 km in circumference, sits at an altitude of 2194 meter and is surrounded by rock outcrops and 16 peaks. You can not only hike around the lakeside area but also enjoy the panoramic views from the crater lips.
No. 5 Shangri-la
Shangri-la is located in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Region and about 200 kilometers away from Lijiang in Yunnan. It is regarded as the religious holy land and fairyland in the world. Snow-scaped mountains, deep valley, waterfalls, lakes surrounded by forest, flocks and herds running on the grassland and crystal sky make this place one of Yunnan’s most rewarding place for China travel. Zhongdian is a wonderful place for getting the off the beaten path track but it is siutable for big children if you contain this place in your itinerary.