CGTN Travel: China's best destinations in March
Updated 17:30, 01-Mar-2019
Cui Xingyu

March is here, and soon spring will be as well. It's time to start thinking about a getaway. If you have no clue where to go, CGTN recommends four destinations to consider this month.

Natural landscapes dotted with spring flowers and a healthy dose of ancient Chinese architecture are all on order.

Nyingchi, Tibet Autonomous Region, SW China

Some say the spring of Tibet is Nyingchi, a prefecture-level city in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region situated at the lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo River, with mountains and valleys aplenty. Its unique geographical features have attracted many tourists.

Yarlung Zangbo River and Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. /VCG Photo

Yarlung Zangbo River and Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. /VCG Photo

Yarlung Zangbo River is the top attraction here. It's the longest river of the autonomous region and locals often call it the "River from Heaven." They consider it their mother river that has cultivated the Tibetan culture.

Don't miss the annual Nyingchi Peach Blossom Festival when you come in March. Peach blossoms mark the beginning of spring in Nyingchi, and the festival takes place in late March, lasting for about a month. 

Peach blossoms during spring time in Nyingchi, Tibet Autonomous Region, southwest China. /VCG Photo

Peach blossoms during spring time in Nyingchi, Tibet Autonomous Region, southwest China. /VCG Photo

Bomi, a small county in Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is also a good place to see the peach blossoms. /VCG Photo

Bomi, a small county in Nyingchi, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, is also a good place to see the peach blossoms. /VCG Photo

There are several places to appreciate blooming flowers during the festival: Gala Village, Bomi, Suosong Village and Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. Gala Village, for instance, is a typical peach-growing village where several ceremonies of the flower festival take place.

You can book a sightseeing tour or enjoy a self-guided road trip. Either way, come and immerse yourself in the fragrance and festivities together with friendly local Tibetans.  

Hongcun, Anhui Province, east China

Next, head to Hongcun Ancient Village, located at Yixian County, Huangshan City in east China's Anhui Province. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it boasts well-preserved original Anhui architecture and is often called an "old village in a painting" for its excessively traditional look.

Hongcun, located in Yixian County, Huangshan City, east China's Anhui Province. /VCG Photo

Hongcun, located in Yixian County, Huangshan City, east China's Anhui Province. /VCG Photo

Several scenes of the classic Chinese movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed here in Hongcun. 

The unique Anhui architecture often leaves a lasting impression on visitors. The buildings are decorated in simple colors, yet they are furnished with delicate carvings. 

Hongcun Ancient Village is often dubbed an "old village in a painting". /VCG Photo

Hongcun Ancient Village is often dubbed an "old village in a painting". /VCG Photo

Hongcun was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. /VCG Photo

Hongcun was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. /VCG Photo

It has preserved abundant tangible and intangible cultural heritage. /VCG Photo

It has preserved abundant tangible and intangible cultural heritage. /VCG Photo

It normally takes a day or two to wander around the village, admire the landscape and try local delicacies. In March, visitors will find blooming rapeseed flowers bringing a pop of yellow to the already beautiful village. 

Zhangping, Fujian Province, SE China

Japan may seem like the only place to admire cherry blossoms in spring, but it's not. China has it's own destination. Consider visiting Yongfu Town in Zhangping, southeast China's Fujian Province. 

Hailed as the "town of flowers", Yongfu is home to cherry trees that are in full bloom during springtime.

Cherry blossoms in Yongfu Town, Zhangping, Fujian Province, southeast China. /VCG Photo

Cherry blossoms in Yongfu Town, Zhangping, Fujian Province, southeast China. /VCG Photo

Tongfu Town in Zhangping is reputed as the "town of flowers". /VCG Photo

Tongfu Town in Zhangping is reputed as the "town of flowers". /VCG Photo

There are a total of 42 types of cherry blossoms in Yongfu Town. /VCG Photo

There are a total of 42 types of cherry blossoms in Yongfu Town. /VCG Photo

Just like Nyingchi, Yongfu Town holds an annual flower festival as well, except it features multi-color cherry blossoms. Each year, large crowds of visitors from all over China swarm to the small town where blooming cherry blossoms and fresh tea leaves make a perfect spring outing. 

Wuyuan, Jiangxi Province, SE China

Wuyuan in east China's Jiangxi Province boasts one of the most beautiful countrysides in China, featuring natural scenery and ancient Huizhou architecture.

Wuyuan County, located in southeast China's Jiangxi Province. /VCG Photo

Wuyuan County, located in southeast China's Jiangxi Province. /VCG Photo

Wuyuan is famous for its natural landscape, ancient architecture and cultural heritage. /VCG Photo

Wuyuan is famous for its natural landscape, ancient architecture and cultural heritage. /VCG Photo

The ancient Rainbow Bridge at Wuyuan County. /VCG Photo

The ancient Rainbow Bridge at Wuyuan County. /VCG Photo

In March, it turns into a paradise of rapeseed flowers, attracting thousands who visit the yellow fields.

There are three major tour routes, the East Line, North Line and West Line. The East Line features beautiful ancient villages, including Jiangling Village and Huangling Village that offer picturesque views of rapeseed flowers. 

Rapeseed flowers in full bloom at Wuyuan County, southeast China's Jiangxi Province. /VCG Photo

Rapeseed flowers in full bloom at Wuyuan County, southeast China's Jiangxi Province. /VCG Photo

The rapeseed flowers make the county even more popular with tourists. /VCG Photo 

The rapeseed flowers make the county even more popular with tourists. /VCG Photo 

Rapeseed flowers at Likeng Village, Wuyuan County, southeast China's Jiangxi Province. /VCG Photo

Rapeseed flowers at Likeng Village, Wuyuan County, southeast China's Jiangxi Province. /VCG Photo

The North Line leads you to Qinghua Town where you can see the Rainbow Bridge and Wolong Valley. Along the West Line, you'll enjoy more secluded scenery as well as the Jinshan Ecological Tea Garden where you can enjoy a pot of local tea.

Now all that's left is to decide which destination you'll visit before the month ends.