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.
This complete north China tour takes in some major historic areas. While the whole tour can be customized, we give you an outline of our recommended activities in Beijing, then the UNESCO World Heritage walled city of Pingyao, followed by the walled city of Xi'an and its Terracotta Warriors, and finally the Kungfu temple and huge rock carvings in Luoyang. We can adjust the hotels to your...
Luoyang → Beijing → Pingyao → Xi'an → Luoyang → Beijing
3 days • CNY 1,660
There is no better way to learn about the capital than by visiting its most significant sights. Every day of your tour will be an adventure, whether the main attraction is based in the city center or the outskirts of Beijing. This particular itinerary includes a trip to the stunning Jingshan Park, a rickshaw ride through the famous Beijing hutong alleyways, a tai-chi class, and tickets to The...
1 day • CNY 550
This itinerary is perfect for families with kids of any age. Who doesn’t love pandas? At the Beijing Zoo, you can get up close to everyone’s favorite animal, without having to travel all the way to Chengdu! There is also a spacious green park at the zoo, with fun exhibitions and a children's playground. The hutong (alleyway) tour includes a trip up the Drum Tower, where you...
1 day • CNY 810
Terracotta, clay and ceramics are incredibly important in Xi’an, and they have been for thousands of years. Nothing could make that clearer than a visit to the celebrated Terracotta Warriors and the Fuping Ceramic Village. What makes this tour special: In Fuping, you will be able to check out the works of local people, Chinese artists and international ceramists. Even better, you will...
This tour includes all of the major destinations along the Yangtze River Delta. Your trip will start and end at Shanghai's Pudong Airport and even includes a ride on the fastest train in the world, the Maglev, which connects the airport to the city. The river running through the center of Shanghai is more than just a pretty sight. The name ‘The Bund’ refers to the historic row of banks...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Hangzhou → Shanghai
Considered one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World,’ the Great Wall of China attracts over 10 million people every year. However, very few have the opportunity to stay there over night. You will have the chance to sleep outside under millions of stars, and cast your mind back a few hundred years, to Ming dynasty China. But there is much more to this tour than an outdoor slumber party!...
This tour takes you to one of the most magical parts of China, southern Anhui province. With the mystical Huangshan Mountain and numerous Huizhou villages dotted the surrounding hills, this is China at its most bucolic. What makes this tour special: You could spend days village-hopping or hiking around the Huangshan summit, but for this four-day tour, we have cherry-picked only the best of...
Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan
Visit China's four most iconic cities in one tour. This trip gives visitors a taste of Chinese history, business, cuisine, and culture. You will be introduced to the legacy of China's dynastic past and gain an understanding of the country's transformation into a modern economic and cultural powerhouse. This is the perfect tour for city lovers. You will start in the capital,...
Beijing → Shanghai → Guangzhou → Hong Kong
Get a taste of urban China by visiting two of its most important cities, Beijing and Shanghai. You will ride some of the world's most impressive trains, including the bullet train between Beijing and Shanghai and the ‘Maglev’, which is the fastest commercial train in the world. Highlights of the trip including hiking along the Great Wall, visiting the ancient Forbidden City and...
Beijing → Shanghai
For return visitors to Beijing who want something a little off the beaten path, this tour is the perfect combination of great less-visited sites and cultural experiences. Learn about Chinese tea culture, classical painting, tai chi, Peking opera, and traditional Chinese medicine in a series of classes spread through two days in the capital. This tour is also great for foodies as it includes both...