When to Visit
As China is a big country, the best time to visit varies. Beijing is pleasant in the spring and fall, while a bit warm in the summer and cold in the winter. Thus April, May, June, September and October are peak travel months.
The south, such as Guilin, the Yangtze River and Hong Kong are more of a tropical climate with a rainy season, cool season and hot season. Between April and October it is most green.
Tibet is best in the summer (June, July August) when its warm but are also cool and crisp in the spring and fall with clear blue skies.
You need to be aware of national holidays and avoid traveling at these times if possible. The main holidays are Chinese New Year (Jan/Feb), May Day (week around May 1) and National Day (week around October 1). There are other one day holidays to be aware of but are not as much of an impact.
If you are in China over a holiday then taking a plane or train is similar to traveling around Christmas time in the west. It will be crowded and expensive, if you can even get a ticket. If you are traveling over national holidays then work with your travel agent to plan your itinerary to avoid peak travel days. Advance booking is essential and plane travel will be necessary as train tickets will be nearly impossible to get.
Major tourist sights are not closed over national holidays. Tour guides still work too. Some services may have a holiday surcharge as many workers receive triple wages as per Chinese labor law.
We still run normal tours through the holidays and don't charge extra. If you take a tour over a national holiday you should consider tipping a bit extra since your guide and driver have given up time with their families to serve you.
So you are planning to hike the Great Wall, but you don’t want hundreds of tourists in your way, slowing you down. The Gubeikou Wild Great Wall Day Hike could be the one for you. Our guides will accompany you along the unrestored Gubeikou section, towards Jinshanling, an area favored for its breathtaking views. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the wall, as well as...
1 day • CNY 810
A visit to the Terracotta Warriors combined with a trip to the Fuping Ceramic Village give a complete picture of how important pottery is to the history of this region of China. In Fuping village you will have the chance to view the works of visiting international artists and to sink your hands into some clay in the experimental lab. Fuping's museums started by inviting ceramic...
2 days • CNY 790
Shanghai is a city of variety, and this two-day tour was made to prove it! In just 48 hours, we will take you to traditional gardens, museums, shopping streets, waterfronts, temples, old alleys, and even to the top of a skyscraper! The river running through the center of town is more than just a pretty sight. The name ‘The Bund’ refers to the historic row of banks built before World War...
1 day • CNY 480
Zhujiajiao is the closest and most touristed water town near Shanghai. A good choice if you don't have a lot of time. It includes a canal boat ride and you get a chance to stroll the streets of the village. But if you do want to make a longer day of it we would recommend our Tongli Water Town / Suzhou one day tour from Shanghai, or our Two Water Towns in one day tour.
Shanghai → Zhujiajiao → Shanghai
If you want to see a more remote and authentic part of the Longsheng Rice Terraces, then a visit to Tiantouzhai village is a good choice. The walk is 45 minutes to an hour and slightly uphill through beautiful rice terrace scenery. The fact that you must walk this far keeps out most tourists and keeps the area more pristine. The hike is relatively easy and great for photography. You stay...
Guilin → Longsheng Rice Terraces → Guilin
This tour will take you to Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, otherwise known as China’s Golden Triangle! And of course, you will also board a cruise ship that will take you all the way along the Yangtze River. Your Beijing adventure will feature must-see sights like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well as excursions around the city streets to see what day-to-day life is like for...
Beijing → Xi'an → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai
History buffs will love this tour. On this truly eye-opening journey, we will take you from Beijing, which has held the title of capital on-and-off since the 11th century BC, to Xi’an, which held the title for an impressive 13 dynasties. Your Beijing adventure includes a jaunt around the city’s hutong alleyways on the back of a cycle rickshaw. Any trip to Beijing is incomplete...
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
This 2-day tour of Zhangjiajie takes in all the highlights, including the Ten Mile Gallery, Tianzi Mountain, and Golden Whip Stream. The route is relatively easy since the uphill routes are replaced with the Bailong Elevator and epic Tianzi Mountain Cable Car. The walking paths of Yuanjiajie and Golden Whip Stream are wide and flat. For more serious hikers, we suggest staying an extra day to...
A trip to China would be incomplete without a tour of the capital and a chance to taste authentic Beijing duck. A toboggan ride down the side of the Great Wall is sure to be the cherry on the cake. Next up is Xi’an and the greatest archaeological find of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors. Xi’an is also where the northern route of the Silk Road started, in the 1st century...
Beijing → Xi'an → Jiayuguan → Dunhuang → Beijing
There is more to visiting the Great Wall of China than simply ticking something off a bucket list, so why not do it in style? Pamper yourself with this fantastic overnight escape. Walk at your own pace along the Great Wall and around the Ming Tombs, as our guides share their expert knowledge on China’s rich history. You will stay overnight at the tranquil ‘Brickyard at Mutianyu.’ The...