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China Honeymoon: 10 Best Destinations for Couples

Do you want some off-the-beaten-path honeymoon places? Get packing to the mysterious east land, China. The country’s vast land offers the diversity in stupendous sceneries and you will be spoilt for your China honeymoon choice from tropical cities, ancient towns, snow mountains, to picturesque islands, and holy Buddhist mountains. Here list the best honeymoon places in China to spend sweet time, and you can not only witness some highlights of China’s attractions but also find the most romantic Chinese love stories and experience the traditional Chinese culture with your beloved.


Sanya: Hawaii of China

Sanya: Hawaii of China
 Location: in the south of Hainan Province, 280 km (174 mi) from Haikou, Hainan’s capital
 Highlights: Tianya Haijiao, Sanya Bay, Yalong Bay, Wuzhizhou Island, Yanoda Rainforest
Best Time to Visit: October to April

The beautiful seaside scenery along hundreds of kilometers of coastline makes Sanya one of the most famous honeymoon destinations in China. Located near the sea, the whole city is famous for the clear and sandy beaches, affordable seafood and lush rainforests. Also, you cannot miss the Tianya Haijiao, the two large rocks literally means “the furthermost part of the sky and the sea”, which is the most romantic scenic spot in Sanya. According to legend, a couple of lovers from two families with deep hatred fled to Tianya Haijiao and finally committed suicide. Tianya Haijiao is a symbol of their undying love, so it must be the first choice for couples to spend their cherished China honeymoon holidays.

 Recommended Tour:   5 Days Haikou & Sanya Private Tours

Lijiang: Ancient Quaint Towns & Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Lijiang: Ancient Quaint Towns & Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
 Location: in the northwest of Yunnan Province, 527 km (327 mi) from Kunming, Yunnan’s capital
Highlights: Lijiang Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shuhe Ancient Town, Lugu Lake
Best Time to Visit: late March to May and mid-October to November

With more than 800 years of history, Lijiang has become one of the most popular China honeymoon destinations. As one of the few ancient cities of ethnic minorities in China, Lijiang Old Town has been rated as “World Cultural Heritage”, where couples can wander along the old and romantic cobbled streets to experience rich ethnic customs and appreciate the scattered wooden residential buildings and explore the colorful nightlife. Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sacred place of love that people yearn for. There, lovers can enjoy the white snow mountain, which symbolizes their holy love and learn about the myth and legend of pursuing true love.

 Recommended Tour:   3 Days Lijiang Private Tour from $349

Dali: Sandwiched between Mt. Cangshan & Erhai Lake

Dali, Yunnan
 Location: in the northwest of Yunnan Province, 300 km (186 mi) northwest of Kunming
 Highlights: Dali Ancient City, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain, Butterfly Spring, Three Pagodas, Shaxi Ancient Town
Best Time to Visit: March to June

The fantastic scenery of the snow on the Cangshan Mountain reflecting in the Erhai Lake attracts numerous tourists to Dali for a China honeymoon. Moreover, Dali’s original ecological life and simple folk customs make lovers linger. In the happy land of Dali Ancient City, couples could explore unique cultural heritages created by 25 ethnic minorities; witness traditional folk tie-dyeing skills and taste distinctive snacks. Butterfly Spring is a place where the true and everlasting love could be found. Couples can enjoy the romantic spectacle of the butterflies feeding in such abundance on April 15th every year.

 Recommended Tour:   3 Days Private Dali Tour

Hangzhou: Heaven on Earth

West Lake in Hangzhou
 Location: in the north part of Zhejiang Province; as the Zhejiang’s capital
 Highlights: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Xixi National Wetland Park, Wuzhen Water Town, Thousand Islets Lake
Best Time to Visit: March to October

With a history of over 2,000 years, Hangzhou is renowned for the West Lake and the White Snake Legend. The Legend of White Snake is one of the most popular love stories in China, and the West Lake is where the protagonists meet each other for the first time. Take a relaxing boat on the West Lake and learn about the romantic love story between a man and a white snake spirit is a highlight of your China honeymoon tours. Also, go to visit the Leifeng Pagoda that said to be the place where the white snake was once imprisoned and forced to separate from her lover.

Xiamen: A Garden on the Sea 

Xiamen: A Garden on the Sea
 Location: in the southwest of Fujian Province, 250 km (155mi) southwest of Fuzhou, Fujian’s capital
 Highlights: Gulangyu Island, Baicheng Beach, South Putuo Temple, Xiamen University, Xiamen Botanical Garden
Best Time to Visit: April to November

Being one of the best honeymoon places in China, Xiamen is comprised of islands, among which, the Gulangyu Island is the most popular destination where couples can admire the diverse architecture, ancient relics and delicate natural beauty like Shuzhuang Garden and Sunlight Rock. Apart from that, Xiamen beaches are must-see attractions for lovers, especially the Baicheng Beach that allows couples to stroll hand in hand on the soft sand and to experience exciting water sports. Due to the good ecological environment, Xiamen is inhabited by thousands of egrets, offering a unique natural landscape for couples.

Mount Emei: Love Locks & Four Natural Spectacles

Mount Emei: Love Locks
 Location: in Leshan City, Sichuan Province, 185 km (115mi) from Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital
Highlights: Clouds Sea, Golden Summit, Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion
Best Time to Visit: March to May, September to November

Being one of the most romantic places in China, Emei Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its magnificence, beauty, uniqueness and profound Buddhist culture. Love Locks Plank Road is the most popular attraction in Emei Mountain, where couples can hang your “Love Lock” and then throw the key to the abyss, which means “Inseparable Eternal Love”. Mount Emei is a wondrous world, where couples can appreciate verdant trees, snowy mountains, and encounter hundreds of species of rare animals. Clouds Sea, sunrise, Buddha rays and saint lamps are the four spectacles at the Golden Summit, which would surprise your China honeymoon trip to Mount Emei.

 Recommended Tour:  5 Days Private Tour of Chengdu - Leshan Buddha - Mt. Emei from $759

Xitang Water Town: Venice of China with Best Night Views

Xitang Water Town
 Location: in Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, 110 km (68mi) from Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s capital
 Highlights: Misty Rain Long Corridor, Shipi Lane, Songzi Laifeng Bridge, Drunk Garden, Button Museum
Best Time to Visit: April to May, September to November

Famous for numerous ancient bridges, intricate lanes and corridors, Xitang Water Town is naturally a romantic China honeymoon destination. The Misty Rain Long Corridor of over 2,000 meters (6,562 feet) is the most unique scene of Xitang Water Town. It’s built along the riverside, providing shelter for tourists. Strolling along the water town, couples could immerse themselves in a poetic picture of sunset glow, fishing boats and evening lights. When the day bleeds into nightfall and the red lantern lights up, the whole town is shrouded in the charming night, like a romantic wonderland.

 Recommended Tour:  1 Day Trip to Xitang Ancient Town from $130

Zhuhai Chimelong Ocean Resort: Top Place to Explore the Sea World

 Location: in Zhuhai City, Guangdong Province, 145 km (90mi) from Guangzhou, Guangdong’s capital
 Highlights: Ocean Kingdom, Underwater Restaurants, Polar Exploration, Circus Show
Best Time to Visit: March, April, November and December

Zhuhai Chimelong International Ocean Resort is a large-scale marine theme tourist resort where there are three major entertainment areas: Ocean Kingdom, Chimelong Theatre and Circus City. Couples can see over 15,000 fish and many kinds of other rare marine animals including whale sharks and Adélie penguins; enjoy romantic meals in the underwater restaurant while viewing marine animals through the glass screen; and challenge some adventurous activities in the Ocean Kingdom. And the International Circus City offers wonderful circus shows performed by artists from 20 countries around the world.

Qingdao: Switzerland of the Orient 

Qingdao: Switzerland of the Orient
 Location: in the southeast of Shandong Province, 350 km (217mi) from Jinan, Shandong’s capital
 Highlights: Mt. Laoshan, Badaguan Scenic Area, Zhan Bridge & May 4th Square, Golden Sand Beach
Best Time to Visit: April to August

As one of the most beautiful coastal honeymoon places in China, Qingdao has everything about seaside activities. Couples can go to the No.1 Beach in Asia, Golden Sand Beach to experience beach volleyball, speedboat riding, water bike, sand sculpture, concert, etc. Moreover, you can explore some historical sites like churches, German architecture and former residences of celebrities. Parks like Signal Hill Park are also popular among couples to have a panoramic view of Qingdao. The Beer Street is an unmissable place to taste local Tsingtao beer that is usually served with barbecue. If planning a Qingdao travel in Mid-August, you can join the Qingdao International Beer Festival, which is the largest beer festival in Asia.

 Recommended Tour:  3 Days Private Qingdao & Mt. Laoshan Tour from $499

Lhasa: Sunshine City

Lhasa: Sunshine City
 Location: in the south-central part of Tibet Autonomous Region; as the Tibet’s capital
 Highlights: Potala Palace, Namtso Lake, Sera Monastery, Ganden Monastery, Jokhang Temple
Best Time to Visit: April to October

Lhasa is one of the best China honeymoon places with a unique culture and religious belief. It’s a land of purity and holiness, where devout believers are gathered. Couples can admire Tibetan architecture while visiting Potala Palace, the most beautiful and sacred building in Lhasa. Besides, you can spend a romantic time enjoying the spectacular scenery of Namtso Lake. Couples who like adventure can also go trekking or ride bikes to feel the fresh air and see the breathtaking snow mountains. Lhasa is a relaxing place to experience slow-pace life and make some good wishes for love in local pious temples.

- Last updated on Jul. 20, 2023 by Catherine He -
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