The long-awaited Golden Week will be here very soon. Chinese tourist attractions will utterly swamp with people. Have you made any reservations in advance to escape the holiday crowd?
If not, consider traveling to these 6 off-the-beaten-track destinations where you can enjoy an Epic Golden Holiday without the National Day crowds.
Yangtze River Cruises
The crowds during China's golden week have little impact on the fixed-number-per-ship Yangtze River cruise. However, booking the cruise during the National Day holiday week is much harder than normal, and its advisable to book at least one month in advance.
The Yangtze River cruise is the most popular cruise in China, with beautiful natural landscapes and some places of cultural interest along the way. The ship frequently stops and you can stretch your legs to explore attractions on the river banks. October's Yangtze River is painted by fall colors. The weather in October is quite comfortable and cool, which makes it pleasant to stand on deck surveying the scenery.
Xinjiang Province for Tranquility and Tradition
Xinjiang Province in west China is an ideal place to avoid bustling cities and enjoy the tranquil and amazing natural scenery. It is one of the less-visited provinces in China, but the amazing nature in Xinjiang makes it a top destination for surviving and thriving away from the crowds.
Baihaba Village retains its rural beauty, and there you can feel very close to nature. Autumn is the most charming season in Baihaba. Seen from a distance, the neighboring mountains are blanketed with layer-upon-layer of different-colored verdant trees. Streams rush down impatiently from the mountains and between the trees. All these fabulous sceneries make you feel like you are standing in the middle of a large painting of nature, created by a phenomenal artist.
Qinghai Province for Quiet and Beautiful Expanses
If you have a craving for pure and fabulous natural scenery in China and don't want to be disturbed by crowds, Qinghai Province in the north-west may be just the place for you. The source of the Yangtze River is there and many ethnic groups live there, making it a good destination for discovering Chinese culture.
Qinghai Lake is a sparkling jewel in the north-west of China. Although autumn is not said to be the best time to visit the lake, the season offers a different kind of beauty well-worth seeing. The lake is quieter and more peaceful, decorated by the yellow grasslands and snow-capped mountains around. Standing on the bank you will have a wide sphere of vision. This huge lake and quiet environment can make you feel overwhelmed.
Western Sichuan Province for Alpine Scenery and Tibetan Culture
The Changbai Mountains are a scenic wonderland and one of the most beautiful areas in China. They are located in Jilin Province, northeast China, and can be reached conveniently by train from Changchun via Tonghua.
Hot springs, waterfalls, Heavenly Lake, and the nature-reserve area are the top attractions in the mountains. Among them, Heavenly Lake is the most gorgeous and a must-visit place. While trekking around Heavenly Lake, you may be surprised and overwhelmed by the scenery, which is different, but equally spectacular, under different weather conditions.
In autumn you can see flowers blossoming on the southern and western slopes. The mountains are a cool place for escaping the summer heat. It may even snow there from October onwards.
Xishuangbanna for the Scenery of the Tropics
Xishuangbanna is still off the beaten track for both Chinese and foreign tourists. But if you are looking for a great change from the rest of China and to escape the crowds, you can enjoy this tropical area and the culture like that of Thailand.
The Tropical Botanical Garden is among the attractions where you can see the huge variety of plant species they have growing there.
Why not plan a holiday to appreciate the fall colors in China? These off-the-beaten-track destinations are carefully handpicked by our team of experts to avoid the crowds! Just let us know your preference to get a complete tailor-made tour to suit your need.