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The Year of the Dragon has arrived! Want to start the Year of the Dragon by witnessing the amazing changing of the season with both winter sceneries and the coming of the spring? Just follow China.org.cn through the top 8 most suitable tourist destinations in February to enjoy snowscape, hot springs and the Valentine's Day!

Emei Mountain, Sichuan (峨眉山)

Emei Mountain, standing in Emeishan City in the southwest part of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, is renowned for its sacred Buddhist culture and amazing natural beauty. Different from other snowy mountains, Mount Emei has two distinct sceneries in the winter. Around foothills, flourishing leaves and gurgling creeks make it as green and beautiful as in the summer. While above the altitude of 2,000 meters, it is a world of snow and ice. The whole mountain is covered with white carpet, and the trees are decorated in rime. The area is in fine weather In February, making Mount Emei an ideal place to enjoy a quiet end of the winter.


Travel tips:

Admission: 90 yuan from February to November; 150 yuan from December to January.

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. in winter and spring (Oct. 8 to Apr. 30); 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in summer and autumn (May 1 to Oct. 7)

Directions: Take the tourist bus from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport (2 hours ride) or the long-distance bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station (about 3.5 hours ride) from downtown Chengdu.
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Hulunbuir Grassland, Inner Mongolia (呼伦贝尔草原)

Hulunbuir Grassland, located in the northeast of Inner Mongolia, is known as the "most unsullied grassland" in China. Named after the Hulun and Buir lakes, the grassland features the beautiful scenery of vast grassland, forests, rivers and lakes, as well as the unique custom of the Mongolian ethnic group. In the summer, the green grassland is dotted with colorful flowers, with cattle and sheep scattered among the fields. The winter provides a totally different view. White vast land, clean blue sky, breathtaking scenery and various interesting activities – all of these make the place a world of beauty and fun.


Travel tips:

Admission: free

Opening hours: all day

Directions: Take train to Hailar District of Hulun Buir City, and then transfer to travel bus to Hunlunbuir Grassland.
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Fenghuang Ancient Town, Hunan (凤凰古城)

Fenghuang Ancient Town, also known as "Phoenix Town," lies on the western edge of Hunan next to Guizhou. With its 1,300 years of recorded history, the town features distinct residential buildings, elegant bridges and mysterious towers and pagodas. After thousands years, the buildings and harmonious atmosphere in the town never changed. In the early morning or after rain, the bridges and unique houses built on stilts over the water are covered by mists that display a peaceful view that is often portrayed in traditional Chinese paintings. To stroll along or boat on Tuo River through this picturesque scenery may be the most romantic trip when you travel in Fenghuang.


Travel tips:

Admission: 186 yuan

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Directions: Take buses from Jishou Railway Station or Jishou South Bus Station to Fenghuang, the ticket price is 15 yuan per person.
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Changbai Mountain, Jilin (长白山)

Changbai Mountain, in the southeast part of Jilin Province, sits on the border between China and North Korea. Considered the most famous mountain in Northeast China, Mount Changbai is well known for its snowy scenery, cool summer and an abundance of mineral springs. Changbai Mountain International Natural Skiing Park is renowned as the largest ski resort in Asia with natural snow. Tourists can have fun skiing, make snow sculptures, and have snowball fights in the park. After a busy day trip, taking a bath in the hot spring around the foot of the mountain will relax your body and soul.


Travel tips:

Admission: 100 yuan for adults; 50 yuan for kids

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Directions: Fly to Changbai Mountain Airport from Beijing, Changchun or Yanji, or take train to Chaoyang County or Songjianghe stations. Then, transfer to travel bus to Changbai Mountain.
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Shika Snow Mountain, Yunnan (石卡雪山)

Shika Snow Mountain Scenic Area, southwest of Jiantang Town, locates about 7 kilometers from Shangri-La County in northern Yunnan Province. Covering about 65 square kilometers, the area connects Napa Lake Nature Reserve in the north, Qianhu Mountain Scenic Area in the south, Songzanlin Temple in the east, and Jinsha River in the west. Riding in the cable car toward the peak altitude of 4,449 meters, travelers can have a birds-eye view of the whole Shangri-La and look over the Yulong and Meili snow mountains when stand on the top of the mountain. After the climb, visitors could take a bath at Tianshang Bridge Hotspring, which will surely provide you with a wonderful and relaxing experience.


Travel tips:

Admission: 160 yuan for adults; 80 yuan for kids

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Directions: Take travel bus from Diqing or Shangri-La County.
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  Xitang Ancient Town, Zhejiang (西塘古镇)

Xitang Ancient Town, north of Zhejiang Province, is about 90 kilometers away from Shanghai and 110 kilometers from Hangzhou. Known as one of the six most popular ancient towns in Southeast China, the town features gentle weather, floating rills, ancient bridges and tranquil and slow-paced lifestyle. With a history of over 1,500 years, it currently has more than 10,000 local residents who go through their everyday routines just as their ancestors did thousands years ago. The town is at its best when nights fall and as mornings arrive. At those moments, strolling along the quiet ancient streets or rowing a boat down the waterway will make your heart calm down.


Travel tips:

Admission: 100 yuan

Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions: Take travel bus from Jiashan.
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Jiuzhai Valley, Sichuan (九寨沟)

Jiuzhai Valley, situated on the northwestern Sichuan Plateau, is in Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. Renowned as a nature's magical fairyland, the valley enchants tourists with mountains, forests, lakes, waterfalls and teeming wildlife. Lakes around the valley vary in color according to their depths and angles, striking a lively contrast with the blue sky and snow-wrapped peaks. When winter comes, the mountains and trees are covered with snow. The colorful water contrasts against snow-white surroundings, making the area looks even more amazing.


Travel tips:

Admission: 220 yuan (April 1 to Nov. 15); 80 yuan (Nov. 16 to March 30)

Directions: Take travel bus from Jiuzhaigou Huanglong Airport or from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station.
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