Why Travel To China

China has become a major tourist destination following its reform and opening to the world in the late 1970s instigated by Deng Xiaoping, now it’s the destination of third most visited country in the world.
China boasts a large number and variety of world-class tourist attractions including antique sites and relics, imposing imperial palaces, delicate water towns, amazing natural wonders, splendid cultural heritage, and diversified folk customs. The most impressive site for Hollywood lover could be named such as, the Forbidden City and the Great Wall and Xi’an — the Terracotta Army, Chengdu — Center of Cute Giant Panda Breeding and many magnificent destinations for nature extraordinary; Zhangjiajie — Wonders of Nature, Yunnan — the Stone Forest
If you are looking for a trip that is exotic, packed full of new sights and experiences, stimulating and over all different, China is the place to go.

History of over 4,000 years

China has a history of over 4,000 years, and a culture that is as rich as the history is long.

Chinese cuisine 

Food has a special meaning to the Chinese people, and Chinese food has distinctive culinary styles all its own.

Spectacular Nature Wonders

As far as natural beauty goes, China goes bigger and more-varied and spectacular than any country in Asia

Inspiring Trip Ideas

Recommended Places & Senses


China Travel Guide

Capital: Beijing
Population: 1,375 million
Languages: Chinese
 Currency:  Yuan (CNY)
Time zone: GMT +8
Electricity: 220V
Dialing Code: +86
Splendidly diverse in its geographic, ethnic, culinary and social make-up, China is a nation on the march. Developing at a rate unmatched in human history, already huge cities are adding sprawling suburbs and cutting-edge architecture on a day-by-day basis, even as an ever-expanding web of high-speed rail ties the country together. Nevertheless, this apparent modernity is based on a civilization that has remained intact, continually recycling itself, for over four millennia. Chinese script reached perfection during the Han dynasty (220 BC–220 AD), and those stone lions standing sentinel outside sleek new skyscrapers first appeared as temple guardians over three thousand years ago. Indeed, it is the tension and contrasts between change and continuity that make modern China so fascinating.
  • January and February In the north and in the mountainous areas - for example, around Beijing and in the mountains of Yunnan - winter is cold but dry, with typically clear blue skies and possible smatterings of snow at night.
  • Temperatures in March are a little warmer than in the earlier winter and towards the end of the month the fruit trees start to blossom.
  • April can be rainy in central and southern areas, although temperatures are fairly warm.
  • May is one of our favourite months to visit China as temperatures are warm but not yet into the sticky heat of the summer.
  • June is the start of the summer, when temperatures start to get very hot and humid. June can also be quite rainy, which means that plant life is vibrant and river levels are high. Summer in China can be exceedingly hot and humid; particularly in the south. In western China, temperatures can reach 40°C but the climate here is dry.
  • September is still warm, but not as hot, humid or wet as the summer, making it a great month to visit anywhere in China.
  • The first week of October is a national holiday, so travelling during this time is extremely busy and best avoided. The rest of October, however, is a delightful month, with pleasantly mild temperatures, little rain and beautiful foliage.
  • November is the key month to see autumn foliage colors; particularly in the northern and central areas of the country. December is cold throughout China, with extremely low temperatures in places like Beijing and Xian. Here, days are typically cold but crisp and dry, and you may experience snow.
  • December is a great time to visit Beijing if you don't mind the cold, as you'll have many of the main sites to yourself.
China is one of the Four Ancient Civilizations (alongside Babylon, India and Egypt), according to Chinese scholar Liang Qichao (1900). It boasts a vast and varied geographic expanse, 3,600 years of written history, as well as a rich and profound culture. Chinese culture is diverse and unique, yet harmoniously blended — an invaluable asset to the world. Our China culture guide contains information divided into Traditions, Heritage, the arts, Festivals, Language, and Symbols. Topics include Chinese food, World Heritage sites, China's Spring Festival, Kungfu, and Beijing opera.
Located in Southeast Asia along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean, China is the world's third largest country, after Russia and Canada. With an area of 9.6 million square kilometers and a coastline of 18,000 kilometers, its shape on the map is like a rooster. It reaches Mohe in Heilongjiang Province as its northern end, Zengmu Ansha (or James Shoal) to the south, Pamirs to the west, and expands to the eastern border at the conjunction of the Heilongjiang (Amur) River and the Wusuli (Ussuri) River, spanning about 50 degrees of latitude and 62 degrees of longitude.
  1. By plane
China’s airlines link all major cities, and services are becoming more and more regular. The main operators are air china (www.airchina.com.cn), china southern (cs-air.com), china eastern (www.ce-air.com) and hainan airlines (global.hnair.com); along with smaller regional companies they are overseen by the civil aviation administration of china, or caac. Flying is a luxury worth considering for long distances, especially since prices can actually be lower than soft-sleeper train travel; planes are modern and well maintained and service is good.
  1. City transport
All chinese cities have some form of public transit system. An increasing number have (or are building) light-rail systems and underground metros; elsewhere, the city bus is the transport focus. These are cheap and run from 6am–10pm or later, but (hong kong’s apart) they’re usually slow and crowded. Pricier private minibuses often run the same routes in similar comfort but at greater speed; they’re either numbered or have their destination written up at the front. Taxis are always available in larger towns and cities; main roads, transit points and tourist hotels are good places to find them. They cost a fixed rate of ¥5–13 within certain limits, and then add from ¥1 per kilometre. You’ll also find (motorized or cycle-) rickshaws in touristy areas, whose highly erratic rates are set by bargaining beforehand.
  1. Upmarket: In the larger cities, you’ll find upmarket four- or five-star hotels. Conditions in such hotels are comparable to those anywhere in the world, with all the usual facilities on offer – such as swimming pools, gyms and business centres – though the finer nuances of service are sometimes lacking. Prices for standard doubles in these places are upwards of ¥1200, with a 15 percent service charge on top; the use of credit cards is routine. In hong kong and macau, the top end of the market is similar in character to the mainland, though prices are higher and service more efficient.
  2. Mid-range: Many chinese hotels built nowadays are mid-range, and every town in china has at least one hotel of this sort. The quality of mid-range places is the hardest to predict from the price: an old hotel with cigarette-burned carpets, leaking bathrooms and grey bedsheets might charge the same as a sparkling new establishment next door; newer places are generally better, as a rule. In remote places, you should get a twin in a mid-range place for ¥150, but expect to pay at least ¥300 in any sizeable city.
  3. Hostels and guesthouses: China has a rapidly expanding network of youth hostels , many affiliated with the international youth hostel association (iyha). Contact details for individual hostels are given through the guide, and booking ahead is always advisable – easiest on sites such as hostelworld.com and hostelbookers.com. At iyha hostels, members get a small discount, usually ¥10, and you can join at any mainland hostel for ¥60.
  1. Eggs – duck, chicken or quail – are a popular nationwide snack, often flavoured by hard-boiling in a mixture of tea, soy sauce and star anise. There’s also the so-called “thousand-year-old” variety, preserved for a few months in ash and straw – they look gruesome, with translucent brown albumen and green yolks, but actually have a delicate, brackish flavour.
  2. Vegetables accompany nearly every Chinese meal, used in most cases to balance tastes and textures of meat, but also appearing as dishes in their own right. Though the selection can be very thin in some parts of the country, there’s usually a wide range on offer, from leafy greens to water chestnuts, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, seaweed and radish.
  3. Soya beans are ubiquitous in Chinese cooking, being a good source of protein in a country where meat has often been a luxury. The small green beans are sometimes eaten straight in the south, but are more often salted and used to thicken sauces, fermented to produce soy sauce, or boiled and pressed to make white cakes of tofu (bean curd).
  4. Tea has been known in China since antiquity and was originally drunk for medicinal reasons. Over the centuries a wholesocial culture has sprung up around this beverage, spawning teahouses that once held the same place in Chinese society that the local pub or bar does in the West. Plantations of neat rows of low tea bushes adorn hillsides across southern China, while the brew is enthusiastically consumed from the highlands of Tibet – where it’s mixed with barley meal and butter – to every restaurant and household between Hong Kong and Beijing.
As China has opened up in recent years, so the emphasis on tourism has changed. Many well-known cities and sights have become so developed that their charm has vanished, while in remoter regions – particularly Tibet, Yunnan and the northwest – previously restricted or “undiscovered” places have become newly accessible. The following outline is a selection of both “classic” China sights and less-known attractions, which should come in handy when planning a schedule. Inevitably, Beijing is on everyone’s itinerary, and the Great Wall and the splendour of the Forbidden City are certainly not to be missed; the capital also offers some of the country’s best food and nightlife. Chengde, too, just north of Beijing, has some stunning imperial buildings, constructed by emperors when this was their favoured retreat for the summer. In the southwest of the country, Sichuan’s Chengdu and Yunnan’s Kunming remain two of China’s most easy-going provincial capitals, and the entire region is, by any standards, exceptionally diverse, with landscapes encompassing everything from snowbound summits and alpine lakes to steamy tropical jungles. The karst (limestone peak) scenery is particularly renowned, especially along the Li River between Yangshuo and Guilin in Guangxi. In Sichuan, pilgrims flock to see the colossal Great Buddha at Leshan, and to ascend the holy mountain of Emei Shan; to the east, the city of Chongqing marks the start of river trips down the Yangzi, Asia’s longest river, through the Three Gorges.
  1. Make sure that you protect your passport, tickets, visa documents, etc.by carrying them on your person, preferably underneath clothing in a pouch or money belt.
  2. Never leave valuables lying around your hotel room or in your car. Use a safe deposit at your hotel.
  3. Or if you are backpacking or staying in hostels, buy a padlock so that you can secure your possessions in lockers.
  4. Carry a photocopyof your passport and other vital documents separately.
  1. Chinese New Year (late January or early February): Celebrated across the country with fireworks, lanterns, decorative red scrolls, gifts and feasting with the family.
  2. Harbin Ice Festival (early January): This is held over a week or so and features a large, impressive display of intricate ice sculptures.
  3. Lusheng Festival (April): Celebrated by the Miao minority in mountainous areas of the southwest with dancing in traditional costumes, lusheng-playing and bull-fighting.
  4. Dragon Boat Festival (late May or early June): Exciting dragon boat races are held in many major cities and towns.
  5. Sister's Meal Festival (May): A Miao minority festival similar to the Western Valentine's Day, young women dress in colourful costumes and distribute rice wrapped in leaves to young men who show an interest in them.
  6. Mid-Autumn Festival (September or early October): During this festival, people eat a delicacy called moon cake, light paper lanterns and in some regions, have dragon boat races.
  7. Lusheng Festival, Guizhou (november): This is the same festival as in April but held in different regions of Guizhou Province.
  1. The order of Chinese names is family name first then given name.
  2. Always addressing people with their official title, refer them as Mr. Ms. plus their last name. Don’t call them by their first name unless invited to do so.
  3. Handshake is common form of greeting.
  4. Always show respect to the elders and acknowledge them in a group first
  5. Always present your gifts with both hands. And be aware of color when wrapping
  6. Do learn some Chinese which will help traveling around the country with much ease.
  1. Do not use a toothpick in public without covering your mouth with your hand.
  2. Do not use your own chopsticks or spoon to dish shared dishes (which are customary) when eating with a group, use the serving spoon to dish into your bowl or plate to eat instead.
  3. Do not open a present in front of the giver, which is not polite
  4. Do not leave your chopsticks sticking up in the left-over rice at the bottom of your bowl after eating a meal.
  5. Do not stick your chopsticks upright in the rice bowl before or after eating a meal. Instead, lay them on your dish.
  6. Do not tap on your bowl with chopsticks, as the beggars tap on their bowls, which is impolite and insulting.
  7. Do not lose your temper, as to lose one's temper is an absolute loss of face.
  8. Do not point the bottoms of your feet to any person when sitting. Try to sit cross-legged or tuck your legs underneath you.
  9. Do not touch someone unless you absolutely have to. Chinese people do not enjoy being touched by strangers, which is the direct opposite to Western society.
  10. Do not forget to take of your shoes when entering any home in China, unless is told not to.
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