Best Places to Travel to in Asia in the Winter
As many of us live in the United Kingdom, we always complain about the weather. Cold winter, train delays and snow annoyed many. Why not go away on a trip to Asia as a treat as well as exploring winter in other countries?
Top Cold Destination To Visit In Winter
1. Harbin and its Ice and Snow Festival, China
The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival is the largest ice an snow festival in the world. It attracts more than 18 million visitors each year. The festival is a traditional ice lantern show, and garden party originated in winter in 1963.
2. Skiing in Japan
With champagne powder snow and frozen tree-lined skiing route, Japan attracts skiers and snowboarders from across the world. Hotspring and warm sake served in Japan are the best complements to a winter holiday. The most popular ski areas are Hakuba 4 hours from Tokyo and Niseko up north at the island of Hokkaido where it's famous for annual 15m or more snowfall each year. The ski season normally lasts from December to the end of March.
Top 5 Ski Resort in Japan
Shigakogen Mountain Resort (Honshu, Chubu, Nagano)
Happo-One-Hakuba (Honshu, Chubu, Nagano)
Niseko United (Hokkaido) Much quieter than other resorts
Zao Onsen (Honshu, Tohoku, Yamagata)
Iwatake (Honshu, Chubu, Nagano)
3. Sapporo Yuki Matsuri | Sapporo Snow Festival (February 4-11)
The Sapporo Snow Festival was first held in 1950 built by six high school students in Odori Park. The snow festival is usually staged on The Odori Site in the Odori Park, Sisikino Site and Tsu Dome Site where you can go on snow slides. Warm Sake is also a great thing to have for Winter in Japan.
4. Nagano (snow monkey onsen) Japan
The best time to see the snow monkeys is during the winter (December-March). This is when the park and the surrounding area is at its most picturesque, covered in snow, and when the snow monkeys come down from the mountains for food and to warm up in the hot springs.
5. Shirakawa-go (winter light-up village)
There are rustic thatched-roof farmhouses tucked in between the Japanese Alps and rice paddies.
Going to Shirakawago in winter provides spectacular views with snowy roods and houses light up at night. The best place to see the entire village is from the viewpoint on the top of a small hill.
6.Yunnan( Lijiang, Kunming - bird migration)
In winter, spectacular snowy scene, less other tourists, better guide, lower price for best quality accommodation.
Visit Yunnan in winter for a great view of snowcapped mountains with crisp air and fewer clouds, you will have a greater opportunity to see the peaks of the Meili Snow mountains and the glacier scenery around Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
The most beautiful view of Yuanyuang Rice Terraces appears in winter. During these times, the harvested terraces will be filled with water. Under the sunshine, the terraces look like shining sapphire gems.
Also, Birds migrates through Yunnan in Winter. Yunnan is the richest province for bird watching in China with over 770 species recorded. There are 2 bird migration routes, one is in the valley of the Jinsha River ( Upper reaches of the Yangtze River) to the south, one is down from the high plateau of Qinghai across the Hengduan Mountains and then the south of the Ailao Mountains and the Red River Valley. The birds fly northwards to breed in spring and then move to the warm north in autumn; some fly through Yunnan while others stay there for winter.
7. Yongpyong Ski Resort, South Korea (skiing)
This is where Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic was held in 2018. it is also one of the largest ski complexes in Asia. The ski resort is serviced by 15 cable lifts including an 8 person high-speed gondola, which lift skiers from base level to Dragon Peak (1,438m) at the resort's highest point. Beginners are well catered for as there are some slopes that are wide and comfortable for beginner skiers to try out skiing for the first time.
8. Tibet and Himalayas
Tibet is situated on the Qingzang mountain plateau. This is the highest plateau in the world with an average elevation of 4,875 m, and the Tibetan Plateau is also called the Roof of the World.
Tibet isn't that cold in winter. It is more favourable for photography as the sun is lower and the sky is clear. In winter, you got to appreciate breathtaking soundscape scenery.
Winter is also a festive season in Tibet. Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar is one the most important festival, other festivals like Tsongkhapa Butter Lamp Festival in Oct is also a very unique festival where Tibetan monks would light up numerous butter lamps on the altars in and out of temples, it is a religious festival to memorialise Tsongkhapa, a respectable teacher and founder of Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Top Hot Destination To Visit In The Winter
Sanya has some of the best golf course in China and there is the least rainfall in a year in winter. It is perfect for spending time fine-tuning your golf skills on the beautiful golf courses by the South China Sea. Relaxing on white sandy beaches are also nice under the warm weather. There are plenty of water sports and yacht activities available on the clear water and its rich marine biodiversity.
2. Hong Kong
Submerge in Chinese culture at spiritual temples and, sipping cocktails at sophisticated bars with the famous city view, haggling at a bustling market, trekking your way to the hidden beaches. Visiting Hong Kong in winter with crisp, clear days instead of hot and humid weather in the summer.
Basking in autumn colours at Qingjing Farm, see the queen rock formation in the Yehliu Geopark, Learn the tradition Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, have a quiet moment by the sun moon lake, falling in love with the unique charms and food of Jiufen, sending you wish with paper lantern at Shifen, visiting the bustling night markets, drink all the bubble tea you want.
Hiking in Yushan (3,952m) or see Taroko Gorge National Park on the east part of island
It is a bonus to find a hotel with a beautiful view of Sun Moon Lake and enjoy the peace in mind.
4. Vietnam, Sapa
Sapa in Vietnam is located in Northern Vietnam, home to many ethnic tribal groups, the main five ethnic groups is the Hmong, Dao, Tay, Giay and Xa Pho. Strolling through the rice terrace, rambling in swathes of wilderness with the Hmong hill tribes and visiting tribal villages in Vietnam. Join a group sailing trip to Halong Bay, stay overnight to kayak among striking limestone karsts at first light before the day-trippers arrive. Stop at Hanoi to take a cooking class to make new friends and learn how to cook signature Vietnamese dishes such as pho, wander south to the historic city of Hue that set on the Perfume River and take time to explore its incense-scented temples, historic palaces, and tombs. Get adventurous by the coast in Mui Ne where you can quad bike across the epic sand dunes or Design your own clothes in the charming tailoring hub of Hoi An. Get down to Ho Chi Minh City to explore the sizzling street food scene and explore the water market on a sampan in the Mekong Delta.
Journey into ancient civilisation the UNESCO Temples of Angkor, the national museum, the royal palace, Crab Market in Kep, Bamboo Train in Battambang, get a glimpse of the Kratie Dolphins in Mekong River, Take a beach excursion to Sihanoukville or Koh Rong for pearly white sand.
Winter months in Laos from December to February the perfect dry and cool season with a warm temperature range between 22 to 25-degree celsius. It is very comfortable weather for an active holiday. Visit the Royal Palace and the Wat Xieng Thong in the ancient town of Luang Prabang where it used to be the country's capital. Traverse to the stunning Khuang Si Waterfalls, the Pak Ou Caves and overlooking the city from the viewpoint of Mount Phousi. Discover the mysterious Plain of Jars; Pha That Luang and Patuxay Buddha Park in Vientiane; Blue Lagoon, Phu Kham Cave and Tham Chang Cave in Vang Vieng. The sunset is magical with a clear sky.
7. Sri Lanka
December, January and February is an excellent time of year to visit Sri Lanka as the rainy monsoon season is gone and replaced by blues skies and sunshine (average temperature about 27 to 30-degree celsius). Sri Lanka produces some of the world's best tea like Ceylon Red Tea, export more than 90% of the world's cinnamon, have one of the world's best surfing beach in Arugam Bay, it's the land of some of the best quality Blue Sapphires & Rubies, and fiery Sri Lankan curries.
8. Langkawi -Malaysia
Langkawi sky cab, street food at night market taste local Malaysia delicacies, jetski and island hopping, kilim karst forest park, Langkawi seafood, parasailing. Forested hills, romantic white sandy beaches.
Temperature stay at around 30-35 in Thailand through winter, it's the dry season in the country, and the most pleasant season for sightseeing and visiting
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