Chinese New Year in China is a very important holiday time: family members travel home from far, get together and enjoy festivities. However, many Chinese people use this time to travel around China. In fact, last year Chinese people took 2.9 billion trips on these days. And if you plan to travel too, you really need to know where to go unless you want to find yourself like here:
Where NOT to go during the Chinese New year:
1. Yellow mountains, Anhui
Yellow mountains or Huangshan is the number 1 tourist destination in China. No wonder people from all the country as well as tourists coming from abroad want to see these gorgeous mountains. But during the National holiday (like on any other public holiday) all you are going to see is PEOPLE, millions of people around you (if you are lucky to get your entrance ticket). By the way, the expression “People mountain, people sea” comes from Huangshan!
2. Beijing and Great Wall
You got to see Beijing and Great Wall at least once while you in China! Some Chinese people have to travel from really far away and the Chinese New Year and the National holiday are the only long holiday time they have. The Forbidden city entrance tickets get sold out in the first hour when the cashier opens. You won’t get them unless you buy them online in advance. And on the Great Wall you’ll have to move together with crowd…
3. The Purple mountain, Nanjing
Chinese people love to tribute their ancestors in their hollidays as a trandition. Partents will take their children to pay respect to their first president Sun Yat-sen. This great man is not just a doctor but that was how Chinese people called him, he also saved Chinese souls after years of wars and proverty.
After going to Sun Yat-sen memorial hall people would like to go to Confucious temple, which already became a market for stinky tofu and gimmciks.
4. West lake, Hangzhou
Hangzhou is well known for its beauty and leasure. The most beautiful lake in East side of China attracts thousands of tourists every year. Take a nice walk on the bank of West lake during the Chinese new year and if you are lucky enough you may run into the president of Alibaba from thousands of people!
Thanks to the movie Avatar, Zhangjiajie has become one of the most famous destination for the Chinese and foreigners. The chance to see the blue people is 0 when millions of tourists swarm to the mountain top.
6. Chengdu – Leshan buddha and Mt. Emei
Chengdu is supposed to be one of the most relaxing cities in China, but can you feel it when you visit Leshan buddha? Waiting for 2 hours to get close to the buddha is common during the spring fesvtival and then you will spend another hour to move from budda’s left shoulder to the right one.
After Leshan buddha you will have to visit Emei mountain and play with monkies or be played!
7. Jiu zhai gou in Sichuan
Sichuan has always been the most popular attraction among the tourists. Don’t get anxiety attack when you hear the hundreds of speakers of tour guides are working at the same time.
8. The Bund of Shanghai
9. Hainan beach
The only place you can go swimming in the spring festival in China. You will be amazed by the density of swimmers in the shallow shore while they are in the swimming rings.
10. Xi’an terracota warriors
If you want to see terracota warriors in Xi’an during the spring festival, you’ll have to become a warrior yourself to be able to push yourself amoung thousands of tourists!
And here is where you should travel:
Tibet and Everest base camp!
option 1: January 26th-February 2nd (8 days)
option 2: January 27 – February 2nd (7 days)
Lhasa – Gyantse –Shigatse – Everest Base
7/8 days tour in Tibet including visiting of Lhasa, the highest city in the world, the highest monastery in the world as well as overnight at Everest Base Camp! Make your dream come true!
TRIP TO WILD CHINA! Shangri-la of the East!
Date: Jan 28-30th It is time to turn off your cell phone, pack everything you need to survive in a isolated but beautiful part of east zhejiang province!
Forget about wifi, your comfy bed and A/C! You will hike in the middle of nowhere, you will live in an isolated Chinese village at the the height of 600 meters above the sea level and enjoy simple life! A unique chance to learn about local culture and get out of your comfort zone! Bonfire, music, stars…
Lin’an adventure: hiking and skiing at Daming mt!
Lin’an Secret Bay: a gorgeous hidden spot with countless waterfalls and diverse nature! Hike through bamboo forest, rice terraces, waterfalls, green blue river! Hike to Daming mountain (“little brother of Yellow mountain) and enjoy playing in the snow and skiing! Live for 3 days surrounded by mountains, far away from city noise, meet new friends and stay healthy, hiking is the best exercise!
Hike in “China’s best oxygen bar”!
Destination: Pan’an county, Zhejiang
Have you ever heard about Pan’an county? It’s an amazing hidden from majority of tourists place with incredible mountains scenery, green blue river, green valleys, stunning waterfalls, ancient towns and clean air! The air quality and 99% of the water quality of this place is up to the national standards of class A, that is why it is called “China’s forest oxygen bar!”
Traveling alone? It is more than a trip: It is an ideal chance to make friends, share this amazing experience and cheers at bonfire party!
1 day relax in Natural Hot Springs!
Dates: January 28th
It’s time to treat your body and soul relaxing natural hot springs…
Treat yourself a day of relax and enjoyment in NATURAL hot springs resort!
There are 33 indoor and outdoor hot springs baths, baths with milk, lavender, rose, red wine, ginseng, coffee, sauna, gym and unlimited water and herbal tea, sand therapy, hot stones, ping pong, resting hall, sleeping hall, playroom for children and much more for a day of relax! The temperature in the baths are 38-44 degrees.
Stone village and Ninghai hot spings!
11.5 KM mountain hiking will give your an idea of Jiangsu and Zhejiang mountains, rows, ancient villages, abandoned stone houses, forests and tea plantations.
The five hour of hike will have your body and mind completely in the hands of the trail! When you get to the top, you will be amazed by a full view of the Zhejiang Grand Canyon!
Yoga and Meditation retreat in a temple
Date: January 31 – February 2nd
If you are looking for a getaway where you can really get away from it all, treat yourself a weekend of detox, relax, purification and inner peace and balance!
No matter your preferred style of yoga, whether you are beginner or expert, this retreat will offer you soothing escapes and life-changing experiences.
Switch off your phone, forget your problems and step into the world of simplicity and self-revitalization!
Kongfu legend: visit Shaolin temple during the Spring festival!
Dates: January 28th – February 1st
Shaolin Temple is reputed to be ‘the Number One Temple under Heaven’. It is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts, and a must-see while in China.
In our trip you will have a unique chance to learn kongfu from Shaolin temple master, watch the kongfu perfomance, visit one of the biggest pagoda forests in China, explore the cave where the first patriarch meditated for 9 years and still preserves his shadow, hike Songshan mt – the birthplace of China Zen Buddhism, explore huge buddha carvings in Longmen grottos and Luyang old town and chill in the hot springs at the the end of the trip!
5 day Harbin Ice festival and ski tour!
January 28-February 1st (Chinese New Year)
Visit the first Snow Country in China: the famous Harbin Ice Festival Wonderland, the biggest Siberean Tiger park in the world, ski at Yabuli International resort, wander around Russian street and visit the biggest Orthodox church in the Far East! Our comprehensive 5 days tour will take you to the most important scenic spots in Harbin!
See all trip details: www.wannatravelshanghai.com/trips/
Phone number: 13764884661