China's Silk Road
1st February 2022
In the UK, the approach of winter is greeted with a groan. The problem with British winters though is that they tend to be not cold enough - just grey, drizzly and windy. Given that we have to face winter, TravelLocal thinks that it makes sense to embrace it and aspire to a proper winter with beautiful snowy landscapes and crisp winter days. Here we present some places where you can do just that.
The Harbin Ice Festival, China. With temperatures down to -30 degrees, winter in Harbin is harsh. Lucky then that they have one of the world's most renowned ice sculpture festivals to buoy them through the winter - and what a festival. Featuring hundreds of huge, complex, colourfully lit sculptures, the festival lasts over a month.
The Great Wall, Beijing. Up on the wall can be icy cold in winter - but the wall snaking across a snowbound landscape is a view you will remember for ever - and one you'll likely have to yourself too.
The Kumaon Himalayas, India. If you're going to visit the mountains, then winter can be a great time. Crisp winter days mean the views are superb, while the lower temperatures make for more comfortable walking.
Mongolia. You need to be hardy to stand a visit to Mongolia in winter. Temperatures are consistently down to -20 degrees. If you do you'll be rewarded with beautiful snowy landscapes, ice, eagle and camel festivals, and a warm welcome from the locals - who see hardly any visitors at this time of year.
Almaty, Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan's main city can seem a little drab and 'Soviet', but really comes alive in winter. The nearby ski resort of Shymbulak has great views and is certainly somewhere a little different to indulge in a spot of skiing.
Make it happen
Check out our China and India pages for some wonderful wintry ideas. All our trips are private and can be tailor-made to your requirements and dates. To talk to someone in the TravelLocal office, call 0117 342 7898.