China’s Top Six Destinations for a Spring Outing
In March, everything wakes from its hibernation, flowers start to bloom and the weather becomes considerably milder. It is also probably one of the best times in which to enjoy a family trip or a spring outing; and home to an abundance of breathtaking scenery - China is the perfect place to kick start this very season.
As the saying goes, “Up above there is heaven, down below there is Suzhou and Hangzhou”, and Hangzhou in March is certainly beyond heavenly. On sunny days, you can tour around the West Lake which is like a glistening magnet – attracting everyone that passes it by; stroll along the archaic Hefang Street; or make a wish in the active Lingyin Temple. On rainy days, you can hold an oiled paper umbrella and walk along the Broken Bridge to reminisce the romantic, yet tragic, story of the White Snake and Xu Xian.
Yangzhou is a Jiangnan inspired ancient city with a history of over 2,500 years and has, since the olden times, been a favorite gathering place for scholars and poets. Yangzhou in March is a haven for flowers which adds further vibrancy to an already colorful city. In its Shou Xi Hu (Slim West Lake), one can sense the unique beauty of its Jiangnan-style gardens by walking along its zigzagging corridors and passing its weeping willows and colorful flowers of various types.
The saying “The mountains and waters of Guilin are the finest under heaven” didn’t come from just anywhere and heading to Guilin to enjoy the season of Spring you will easily see why. Here in Guilin, besides the picturesque Lijiang River and the spectacular Longji Rice Terrace, one can also enjoy a vista of blooming flowers all over the mountains, and with the remote mist and fog enveloping them, the scene is simply stunning. In fact, it is so enchanting that you could mistake it for fairyland.
Fenghuang Ancient Town
Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as Phoenix Ancient Town, is a national historic and cultural town in China and one of the ten cultural heritages of Hunan Province. It was highly acclaimed by the New Zealand writer, Rewi Alley, as the most beautiful town in China. In March, one can enjoy boating on the Tuojiang River; sitting quietly by the river whilst listening to the moving folk song of the Miao Minority; and stay a night or two in an antique inn to feel the artistic style of a stilted building …
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of everyday urban life and would like to experience the idyllic scenery of a Jiangnan water town, then go to Wuyuan. In March, it is simply fascinating to witness fields of golden yellow rape flowers swaying in between the dense water network, cows grazing leisurely on lush green grass and fishermen fishing on the river.
“The masterpiece of nature”, that is the word people use to describe Zhangjiajie which is a place that has marveled thousands of millions of people since ancient times. March is probably the best time to visit this fairyland like place for one can cross through the fog-shrouded Tianmen Cave, walk carefully against the cliff face along its narrow Guigu Plank path; and see the karst landscape in an underground karst cave …
Spring is here and so is the 2017 “Intoxicating Springtime” – Hangzhou Outdoor Leisure Season which, in the following three months, will provide the city with over 50 springtime outdoor experiences and tour itineraries. With six themes to choose from such as child-parent, flower viewing, games and sports, spring couldn’t be livelier.
The annual time for picking Longjing green tea leaves, one of the top ten renowned teas of China, has begun in Hangzhou and everywhere tea farmers are now busy picking and hand frying the famous leaves. If you wanted to take a sneak peek at how the farmers meticulously pick their verdant leaves from bushes nestled in undulating hills, or if you wanted to sample, at first hand, this year’s Longjing variety, then head to the following three tea villages which are known for their tea, tea culture and tea-related tourist attractions.