Bonuses don't necessarily come in the form of money. Why not reward yourself with a trip after a year of hard work? If you’re wondering where to go for the coming Spring Festival break, we’ve put together a list of recommended destinations for you. From icy Harbin to palm-covered Sanya, from the French charm of Quebec to the diverse wilderness of Madagascar, we bet you’ll find somewhere you want to go, no matter how savvy you are.
1 Heilongjiang province
A total of 2,018 cute snowman sculptures are on display at an ice and snow park in Harbin city, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, to greet the year 2018, attracting many visitors from around the nation to take a look. Harbin has gained international attention for its increasingly popular winter extravaganza, the International Ice and Snow Festival, which features massive, elaborate ice sculptures as well as competitions and winter sports. [Photo/IC]
Though spring is nearly upon us, winter continues to linger with its chilly weather. Instead of escaping to somewhere warm, a considerable number of tourists choose to experience winter the way it's meant to be enjoyed.
Ice skating, skiing, having snowball fights -- a wide array of winter sports and activities are available in China's northernmost province of Heilongjiang.
The province continues upgrading its winter tourism packages with a host of new travel routes, cultural festivals and hundreds of events to ensure winter fun for visitors.
And, in addition to improvements in ski and hot spring facilities, Heilongjiang will stage nearly 4,000 performances involving classical music, folk songs, opera and acrobatics in its major scenic spots.
A warm climate, sunshine and beaches await visitors on the tropical island of Hainan, which has always been an idyllic destination to escape the winter chill. Get tanned in Sanya and sip the fresh coconut juice -- this is what a holiday should be.
It’s worth noting that Hainan has made great strides toward the goal of becoming a world-class tourist destination. The lure of Hainan’s natural landscape and well-developed tourist facilities has also attracted numerous foreign visitors.
Lake in Tibet is surrounded by snowcapped mountains.[Photo provided to China Daily]
Southwestern China's Tibet autonomous region offers a unique tourist experience with its ethnic culture, snowcapped mountains and hot springs.
Tibet has sunny winter days and starry nights, and many visitors to Lhasa have seen more than 130 types of birds in the season. Plus, winter is the best time to catch folk events and Buddhist celebrations.
Madagascar is the world's fourth-largest island, endowed with some of the greatest biodiversity on the planet.
Visiting the country can serve as an educational opportunity for travelers who want to understand the devastating effects of global warming and irresponsible human actions.
Many tour providers already add eco-conscious elements to their itineraries, which focus on education, preservation and giving back to local communities.
Some experiences not to miss in Madagascar include swimming and snorkeling around Nosy Be, spotting lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, admiring the rocky landscapes of Isalo National Park and taking a sunset stroll along the Avenue of the Baobabs.
Known for its stunning landscapes and ancient Buddhist monasteries, Bhutan is an emerging destination for many savvy travelers. It's no easy feat getting to the country, but dedicated travelers will be rewarded with incomparable Himalayan scenery and a spiritually rich culture that is both enigmatic and endearing.