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.
1 Day • CNY 380
Transiting Beijing? Don’t pass up the chance to experience the best that China’s bustling capital city has to offer with our Beijing Transit Tour. As your time is limited, we won’t waste it. No commissioned shopping trips and no tourist traps, just good food, great service and all the wonderful sites of Beijing. We can be flexible depending on your flight schedule (be it 12 hours,...
1 Day • CNY 440
If you have a limited amount of time in Beijing and want to see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven all in one day, then this itinerary will achieve that goal. However you might feel a bit "monument-ed out" by the end of it. We top it off with a trip to Beijing's most touristy market - Xiushui Silk Market. Its better if you can stretch this...
2 Days • CNY 1,000
Cuandixia is a preserved Ming style village about 2 1/2 hours outside of Beijing. Nestled in the hills you can feel how people lived in the past. Accommodation is in courtyard style houses, we choose a more modern one for your comfort. Its best to make an overnight trip of it, then you can linger in the village, stroll in the green hills and not rush back and forth between Beijing. On the...
1 Day • CNY 2,950
This tour takes you from Beijing to Xi'an and back to Beijing in one long day. If you are short on time then this tour is for you. If you have more time then we recommend at least one night in Xi'an. Let us know if you would like this itinerary customized.
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
3 Days • CNY 2,200
Harbin is a winter wonderland during the approximate 2 months of the annual ice festival. Ice carvers come from all over the world to compete in the ice carving competition. There is also a complete village of ice with colored lights to see at night. Truly a world class festival. This tour takes you to all the highlights of Harbin, plus a day for skiing.
Harbin (Ice Festival)
A great tour for its variety of activities, you start off by taking the bullet train from Beijing. Along the way you experience classes in kungfu, making noodles by hand, tai chi on the old Xi'an city wall and making pottery at a special museum. A variety of temples show the history of these rich destinations. This itinerary and accommodation can be adjusted according to your...
Beijing → Luoyang → Xi'an
1 Day • CNY 260
Beijing is one of the most exciting places in the world in terms of art. There are over 10 art districts (converted use space, many old factories or testing facilities) within the city that are brimming with some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of art produced in the contemporary world. While many of these districts beam with eclectic glamor lined with amazing galleries and...
Pamper yourself with this Great Wall and hot spring tour. Not far from the city, Mutianyu is one of the most easily accessible sections of the Wall that is not overrun with tourists. Spend a morning marveling at the vistas of the Wall followed by a delicious fresh trout lunch before heading to Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. This elegant resort offers an all-out luxury spa experience complete with...
3 Days • CNY 1,450
This tour allows visitors to experience the highlights of Hangzhou. Featuring prominently in this trip is Hangzhou's West Lake, which has inspired painters and poets from all over China for centuries. Boating and cycling around the lake, as well as witnessing the spectacular Impressions West Lake show, are some of China's most magical experiences. In addition, visitors will see some of...