Holidays to China

With the world’s oldest civilisation becoming the fastest growing economy, China is a land of stunning contrasts. Nowhere in the world has such diversity; futuristic Shanghai skylines mix with ancient Qing dynasty palaces; forgotten minority villagers live beside modern entrepreneurs; and enormous limestone pillars tower from sweeping rivers, while vast mountains and deserts dominate China’s western landscapes. There's certainly something for everyone in the Middle Kingdom.

The historical sites of China are often a huge draw. Beijing, the capital, alone boasts the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and even the Great Wall of China, and this is all within a high-speed bullet train journey from Xi’an’s infamous Terracotta Army. 

However, it’s often China’s majestic landscapes that give visitors the greatest surprise. The beautiful Dragon’s Backbone rice terraces of Longji, enormous mountain ranges of northern Yunnan and Huangshan, as well as the deserts of Gansu province, can all be included in any trip to China.

The sheer size of China and the diversity on offer make it one of the most rewarding countries in the world to visit. In the words of an ancient Chinese proverb, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step".

Highlights

  • Walk along a remote section of the Great Wall of China

  • Discover the limestone peaks and rice terraces of Guangxi province

  • Don't miss the mountains and villages of Yunnan province

Key info

  • Capital City: Beijing

  • Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min, Xiang, and Gan

  • Currency: Renminbi

  • Time difference: GMT + 8 hours

  • Flight time: about 10 hours to Beijing

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China trip ideas

Here are some trip ideas to China. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 01483 319 333

Places to go in China

Map of China

When to go to China

China is a vast country and the weather and travel conditions vary hugely from place to place. In general, mid-March through to the end of May, and September through to early November tend to be the most pleasant months to visit across most places. Typhoons, especially in the far south-east of China and Hong Kong, occur across the summer months. The first week of October gets very busy as locals celebrate Golden Week, so transport and accommodation will be very busy.

January

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Very chilly across most regions. However, the southern regions will be bright and pleasant though you might need a jumper.  

February

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Winter is still in force across the country so expect chilly temperatures, particularly in the north.  

March

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March marks the beginning of Spring, although northeast China will still experience lower temperatures.  

April

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Spring blossoms in most of China. Expect rain in some places and the northern regions will remain cooler. The east and south regions will be getting into monsoon season.  

May

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May is a great time to visit with a pleasant climate across most areas. It's a good time to see the Great Wall and the flowers in bloom in the Yunnan province. Southern China will see heavy rainfall.  

June

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Things start to heat up in most regions as warmer temperatures and sunny skies kick in, although some regions will still experience some rain.  

July

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July is the hottest month, and also the rainiest. Good time to head to the cooler regions like Yunnan province. Check for typhoons in coastal areas.  

August

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Popular time to visit, so expect crowds. Weather wise, it'll be hot, humid and wet across different regions.  

September

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The heat begins to wane a little and conditions become more pleasant. This is a busy time for tourism so expect more crowds.  

October

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One of the best months to visit China with pleasant conditions across most areas, and lots of autumn colours. Avoid the first week when it will be busy because of the Golden Week national holiday.  

November

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Good time to visit with lots of autumn foliage, bright crisp days and less crowds. North China will see its first snowfall of the winter season.  

December

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Freezing cold winter descends across most of China except the south, which sees some warmer days.