Towards the end of January, a palpable excitement takes hold in places like China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations are a time of great joy and precipitate the world’s largest annual human migration. Hundreds of millions of Chinese people leave major cities to return home to smaller villages or provincial towns. The journey is joyous as people fill all manner of transport, eager to return home to see parents and children. Lunar New Year is central to Chinese cultural life, yet what are the holiday’s major characteristics? Where can you go to experience the festivities for yourself? This short primer will provide some answers to these questions and should, by the end, have you anxiously awaiting your own Red Packet!
This is one of the first things you see when you finally arrive in the Yading Scenic Area. The bus ride from the park gates to this point takes about an hour, but this is your reward. It’s absolutely stunning. Don’t spend too much time on the front end tho as you have a long way to hike to get to the Milk Lake!
Chengdu is the place to go for a weekend getaway! you will find a lot of hip places and a young crowd that loves to go out and enjoy food, streetfood, drinks and clubs. I stayed the Lanbgo, the Unbound collection which is part of the Hyatt group and is home in the same building to a popular club but also very centrally located next to Taikoo Li which is the most popular hangout for the cool kids. From here you can explore the city and convenient reach anywhere!
The hotel is very new and has contemporary, modern interior with high floor rooms and a great view over the city.
Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain is located right at the picturesque gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage & Natural Cultural site in nearby Dujiangyan. Its regional architecture and landscaping bring you an extraordinary cultural offering combined with a contemporary and eco-friendly twist. Its award-winning spa administers Taoism's healing powers while aligning your qi. The accommodations are Chinese-inspired courtyard villas and suites, some with private pools, draw on a village theme with a palette of natural tones to create a symphony of light and space. Bring a loved one, family or entire group: there's plenty of space for everyone.
Exploring the Taoist culture on Qingcheng Mountain is considered as the birthplace of Taoism and one of the most important Taoist centers in China. It can be a long hike up to the top but you pass by beautiful lakes, waterfalls and plenty of nature. For the physically less active there is also a chance to pay for a cable car ride but if you have the ability to walk, I highly recommend it. You can spend a full day here and just let all your thoughts fade, refresh and re energize yourself. There are food opportunities along the way and also refreshments stops. For sure you won't get bored!
Looking for a weekend escape in the nature? Qingcheng Mountain in Dujiangyan, Chengdu can be the prefect place to rest your mind, soul and body. Close to the Panda reserve and the old town you get plenty of opportunities to explore culture, food and religion. Weather is mild but warm and great for hiking 🚶♂️😀 it's just about 1hr away from Chengdu city or about 1.5hrs away from Chengdu International Airport which makes it easily accessible and perfect perfect a weekend trip.
Unbelievable natural wonders.
Jiuzhaigou is beautiful all-year round, but there’s definitely a certain charm to witnessing half frozen lakes while wandering through this immense national park in China. I couldn’t believe the vibrant colours of the water I was seeing - completely unfiltered - and was also amazed by how clear the waters were!
If you ever have the time or chance to spend a few days exploring this beautiful natural scenery - take it. You won’t regret it.
We went to Yading scenic area around end of Nov. It’s warmer than we expected and it’s the start of low season that entrance to the park was free. Less tourists, good weather and free entrance make such a great timing to visit the magnificent site. The park is home to three mountains considered holy by Tibetan. Tourists can hike up to over 4,000m to see the two high-altitude lakes. The trail itself is nicely paved but because of the high altitude, we have to walk very slow. But it’s rewarding to see the incredible color of the water and the peaks when we reached the goal.
Getting There - May 2021
Attractions - Phoenix Lake
Hotels - Phoenix Lake Hotel
Food & Restaurants - Excellent and delicious
Shopping - No