By Ben Groundwater
Published: Friday, November 16, 2018
Updated: December 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm
There’s something important to remember when planning a trip to China in the northern summer: it can get hot. Really hot. Fortunately, the world’s most populous country has more than enough spectacular places where you can unwind and cool off. This isn’t a game of Chinese whispers – you can take our word for it.
Sleepy Guilin is the China of your dreams, where limestone karsts rise above lonely rice paddies, and sampans float on the gorgeous Li River (pictured at top). This is a place to hit the water in summer, to swim or go boating, and venture inside caves in the karsts. Tropical storms usually hit in the evening – the perfect excuse to hunker down at a local restaurant. If it’s on the menu, try the beer fish to see how the Chinese bring new meaning to cracking a beer on a hot day.