Nanning’s Pagoda Mountain
When traveling in China during the winter season, Nanning in Guangxi is a good choice. With a subtropical monsoon climate, the city gets plenty of sunshine year-round. Even in January, the coldest month in a year, the average temperature sits at about 13 degrees Celsius. About 10 kilometers southeast of Nanning, the evergreen Qingxiu Mountain scenic zone is comprised of 18 hills, covering a total area of 4.07 square kilometers sated with rolling mountains and lush trees. The symbol of the scenic zone, nine-story Qingshan Pagoda was first constructed next to the river during the reign of Emperor Wanli (1573 — 1620) of the Ming Dynasty.
Harbin Ice Festival
The 29th Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival kicked off on January 5, 2013. By far the largest such exhibition in the world, the event attracts tourists from all over the world to experience a blend of stunning nature and amazing artwork.
The International Ice Sculpture Competition is one of the earliest and major events of the Ice and Snow Festival. This year’s event has attracted competitors from dozens of countries and from all walks of life, including painters and decorators. Along with the competition, visitors enjoy massive ice sculptures in the Ice and Snow World theme park.
Avian Winter Home
Caohai Lake, a state-level natural reserve located in the western suburbs of Weining County, is the largest highland wetland in Guizhou Province. Covering an aquatic area of more than 30 square kilometers, the lake is the largest winter destination for migratory birds in southwestern China.
A paradise for bird watchers, the lake serves as winter home to more than 180 species, including 70 rare breeds, such as the black-necked crane, black stork, and hooded crane. The lake offers particularly wonderful views between December and late March, when over 100,000 birds fly from around the world to spend their winter there.