When people talk about Asia, some of the first things we think about are the spectacular islands, crystal clear waters, beach parties, or anything that you can incorporate into summer and tropical weather. While this is not surprising as this is what Asia – particularly southeast part – is mostly known, tourism wise, did you know that Asia can also be a great destination for a snowy getaway? While there are many Asian countries that are already known by many to experience snow, some of the countries we will mention below may surprise you. Here is a list of some of the best snowy destinations in Asia for those who love winter.
1. Sapporo, Japan
There are many places in the country to experience snow, but one of the most popular ski resorts in Japan is Sapporo. This city has a lot of ski lifts only 20 to 60 minutes ride away by car, so, adding that to your day trip itinerary would be bearable.
If you’re a beginner, you could try sledding or snow-tubing, on the other hand, if you’re not interested in snow games, you may want to time your visit during Snow Festival which usually takes place in February. Despite the freezing cold temperatures, more than 2 million people go to the Hokkaido capital to witness the snow come alive annually and Japan is well-known as one of the snow countries in Asia.
2. Yunnan Province, China
The second one in our list is Yunnan Province where the small mountain range of The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain – one of the most beautiful snow places in Asia – is located. Soaring throughout the headwaters of the Yangtze River, this mountain range is famous for their far-fetched views and is a portion of a high altitude nature reserve.
The most popular area in the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reserve is Glacier Park which has an altitude of 4,500 meters. However, when going to Glacier Park, note that you may experience altitude sickness.
3. Yongpyong, South Korea
Another place to go if you are looking for some ice adventure in Asia is Yongpyong, South Korea. This place has a lot to offer for those who are looking to go skiing or snowboarding. You will find a trendy ski resort on the slopes on Mount Balwang. Some other popular activities here include floodlit night skiing and a cross-country hiking. Just like in Sapporo, they also hold a snow festival every February.
4. Sapa, Vietnam
Being surrounded by many top summer destinations like Bali, Phuket, and Boracay, it may come as a surprise to you that Vietnam also experiences snow! Even though snowboards and toboggans aren’t commonplace to Vietnam, you will surely fall in love when what used to be green fields of rice in summer turn to white during the winter.
Sapa – aka. Sa Pa, located in northwestern part of Vietnam is now becoming more and more popular among visitors from all over the world. The natural beauty of rugged mountain ranges along with the interesting cultural diversity of the ethnic minorities living in the regions is what attracts many tourists here all year round. Who would have thought that this Southeast Asian country experiences all four season?.
5. Taichung, Taiwan
Another unpopular winter destination is Taiwan. Located in Heping District, Taichung, Xueshan, or Hsuehshan or all known as Snow Mountain is the second-highest peak in the country standing 3,886m. This mountain is often ignored by many tourists who opt for Mt. Jade hiking as it is the tallest one. However, Snow Mountain offers a more scenic and interesting hike.
Hiking here is pretty safe even during the winter and the scenery is spectacular. However, you have to make sure to sign up months prior if you are planning to hike as they limit the number of hikers during the snowy season.
6. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
A few hundred miles away from Beijing, Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar is another place ideal for all the winter lovers out there!
If you’re an adventurous soul who wants to try something exciting, you are able to enjoy snowboarding and skiing just outside the city at the mountain called Bogd Khan Mountain, which is a protected mountain range that lies in the southern part of Ulaanbaatar. Keep in mind, though that temperature here tends to be very low. During the months of November to March, the temperature can get as low as -35°C, positioning Mongolia as one of the coldest snowfall countries in Asia!.
7. Putao, Myanmar
Another country in Southeast Asia where you can experience snow is Myanmar. Famous for Bagan and Inle Lake – pictured above – what might not be so well-known are its snowcapped mountain ranges. Putao which is located in the northernmost town of Kachin State is a dream place for nature lovers. The region also has some of the tallest mountains in this part of Asia, one of which is Khaka Bo Razi, standing splendidly tall at 19,296 ft.
Aside from mountain climbing, you can also try river rafting at the famous Malikha River. On the other hand, if you are not very adventurous but in for some nature’s delight, you will be happy to know that the area is also famous for its range of endemic birds and naturally growing rare orchids.
8. The Himalayas Mountain Range
The Himalayas is a landmark of the earth. This mountain range is the most famous and also the most beautiful mountains in the world. Dates back to 80 million years ago when dinosaurs still exist, The Himalayas is the youngest and highest of its kind. It’s so big that the broad ranges mainly cover the lands of Pakistan, Indian, Nepal, China, Tibet, up to Bhutan. This means you can witness its beauty from these countries with snow all year round.
Every year, The Himalayas attract thousands of adventure seekers, nature lovers, and explorers who follow innumerable trails among wonderful forests and icy peaks searching for prehistoric monuments and spectacular panoramas. Himalayan mountains show an exhilarating range of mountain backdrop that will surely take your breath away. You will be stunned with various snowcapped mountain peaks, ever popular alpine grazing land, several stunning lakes, numerous high glaciers, and some of the gorgeous snow-fed rivers.
So, there you have it – Eight majestic places to go in Asia if you are looking for something more unique finds during your Asian adventure. This continent is not only about jungles, beaches, the latest and best spa in Bali, warm weather, and green rainforests. The impressive features of all the destinations mentioned above make it a smart decision to pack more layers and enjoy the cold and nature and take home some more unforgettable memories!
If you think there’s any other Asian country with snow that deserves a spot on this list, tell us in the comment! We constantly update our list of snowfall countries in Asia, so let us know!