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When to Visit

China Tours Weather Considerations

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.

National Holidays

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.


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1 day CNY 470
If you want to visit all of capital’s must-see attractions but don’t know where to start, don’t worry - we have you covered. We will whisk you off to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. Not only will you have a private chauffeur, but you will also have your very own guide (fluent in English and an expert on local culture and history.) If...

China tours
4 days CNY 1,300
We pick you up at the Shanghai airport according to your flight arrival schedule and you are transferred to your hotel. We include a five star hotel located north of the Bund which we think is a good value for money. If you prefer to book your own hotel or select another, just let us know. You can take the tour without the hotel if you wish. Our two day tour covers the highlights of...

Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
China tours
1 day
This tour begins and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. Tongli is one of the most authentic and picturesque water towns outside Shanghai. It is a little over 1 hour to drive there. After walking through the narrow lanes and having a canal cruise you continue on to Suzhou. In Suzhou you will see the Humble Administrator's Garden, one of the most famous there. Suzhou is also famous for its...

Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
China tours
2 days CNY 1,320
This tour in our opinion is the best way to see Suzhou and Tongli, taking your time and spending a night in Suzhou. Your tour starts and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. On the first morning we drive to Tongli, stroll the canals and have a boat ride. After lunch on the canal we will drive to Suzhou where you will visit the Lingering Garden, one of Suzhou's most famous and popular...

Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
China tours
1 day
This private one day tour takes you from your hotel in Shanghai and shows you Hangzhou's major sights and then back to your Shanghai hotel all in one day. Famed for its natural scenery, Hangzhou and its West Lake have been subject matter for countless poets and artists. Hangzhou was the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty from 1127 until 1276 when the Mongol invasion occured. The...

Shanghai → Hangzhou → Shanghai
China tours
7 days
This is a ‘no-frills’ tour along the classic Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai route. You’ll start your first morning in the Chinese capital with a tai-chi class, followed by a trip to the gorgeous Temple of Heaven, and wrap up the day with visit to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square for a lesson or two in Chinese history. The Huanghua section of the Great Wall of China is...

Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
China tours
3 days
Jiuzhaigou is an area of superb natural beauty, featuring colorful lakes and multi-level waterfalls, is part of the Min Mountains and is on the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This tour takes you to the two major national parks in the area and accommodates you in a unique Tibetan village. The hotel is in an open valley where you can hike or go horseback riding. If you want horse riding added to...

China tours
10 days
On this epic journey you spend a night in a permanent tent at Mount Everest Base Camp. You’ll think of all the climbers who have slept there before, prior to staging their journey to the top of the world's highest peak, rising before dawn to begin their climb. Along the way you will have time on the road to see other sights outside the capital, Lhasa. Samye Monastery and Shigatse are...

Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Gyantse → Shigatse → Mount Everest Base Camp → Shigatse → Tibet / Lhasa
China tours
1 day
For a great little taste of Guizhou, the Sanjiang cluster of Dong villages is ideal for those looking for a taste of minority life in China. The incredible wooden bridges and drum towers of the villages set in the idyllic rolling hills of northern Guangxi makes for a wonderful day trip. Sanjiang can be accessed by 1.5 hour drive from Longsheng or 3.5 hour drive from Guilin. If traveling from...

China tours
1 day
This day trip is packed full of historical and religious significance. Your first stop, the Longmen Grottoes, are a sight to behold, both from the outside and within! Despite the ‘long men’ (huge statues of Buddha and his disciples) who welcome you on your arrival, ‘Long Men’ is actually Chinese, not English! The name translates as ‘Dragon’s Gate’. The White Horse Buddhist...

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