04 February 2019
Those who think they’ve seen it all have not been to China. More a continent than a country, China’s diversity not only in terms of geography but also culture is what defines this vast nation. From glacial mountains to tranquil water villages and a diverse culture in between, the scenery that the term ‘picture postcard’ does not even begin to do justice to China! Whether you come for a Great Wall trek through mountains or immersing yourself in traditional culture, for those looking for a destination that will quench their thirst for all thrills, China is the answer!
Best time to visit China
June and July are the hottest months in China. May, September and October are the peak tourist months as the weather is most comfortable. The shoulder season runs from late March through April and from June through August. The off-season arrives in late November, continuing through the winter to early March.
Recommended length of stay: Take 7 days to visit the most popular destinations in China - Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. If you are looking for a more in depth experience in China, allow 10 days to 2 weeks.
Local currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY)
Top three experiences
Great Wall Exploration
For most visitors to China, the Great Wall is the most iconic site. More than just a single structure, Great Wall has many separate sections that offer diverse breathtaking vistas. Taking your time to hike and live along its length, or simply book a cable car up, what better way to get to grips with this symbol of China?
Rickshaw ride in a Hutong of Beijing
In these old neighbourhoods, traditional courtyard houses connected by narrow stone-paved alleyways which are called Hutongs, have been transformed from residences to hubs of culture for visitors and locals alike. Clambering into your traditional mode of transport while observing locals going about daily life, you will be amazed to discover this alternative side of Beijing.
Dumpling Cooking Lesson
Chinese dumplings are a delicacy that is particularly famous in the Xi’an region of China. After mastering the skills required of dough making and rolling, filling preparation and then the assembly, you can enjoy the fruits of your labour with a traditional dumpling feast for dinner.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.