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China is a country filled with unexpected surprises.
The warm welcome from the people, the beauty of the landscape and the sheer size and scope of the cities has made China one of the PlanetD''s favorite destinations.
This China travel guide will help you plan your next vacation.
Budget: You can get a hostel in China starting at $15 USD. This often includes a shared room, shared bathroom, and lounge area.
Mid Range: Mid-range hotels in China start at $75 USD. They may include free breakfast, a pool, and family suites.
High End: Luxury hotels in China start at $150 USD per night. They usually include a restaurant, bar, and airport transportation.
Dumplings – These are a popular food found on both the street and in restaurants filled with beef or chicken.
Chow mein – This is a stir-fry noodle dish mixed with sauce, onion, celery, and meat.
Peking duck – Peking duck is considered one of the national dishes in China and has thin and crispy skin.
Wontons – Wontons are another common food you''ll see people eating as a snack or etizers and are filled with shrimp or pork.
China is one of the largest countries in the world.
Given its size, the climate is extremely diverse ranging from tropical regions to a subarctic climate in the north.
The type of clothing you pack depends on the season and also the intended region of travel.
The Northern regions tend to have hot summers and chillingly cold winters while southern China tends to be wetter and milder
Layers – The general rule of thumb is to pack at least four layers: a base layer, long sleeve shirts, a fleece (mid-layer) and a top layer such as a windbreaker (waterproof!). Base layers should be made of wool or synthetic fabrics as they often offer superior moisture-wicking and temperature control protection than cotton.
Avoid White – smog is a big issue in many Chinese cities so this means that white clothes get dirty quicker than normal.
Avoid Jumpsuits (or tight pants)– squat toilets are quite common in particular Chinese areas. As a result, wearing any form of tight pants or jumpsuits will make a travelers trip to the bathroom infinitely more difficult.
Tampons – tampons aren''t easy to find in China and unless you are a fan of pads than makes sure to stock up before you go on your trip.
WHEN TO GO:
The best times to visit China are May through June and September through October. That''s when you''ll find the most pleasant weather, as parts of China can have blistering winters and sizzling summers.
THINGS TO DO
Make sure to start in Hong Kong, Asia''s World City. And don''t miss the Incredible Skyline of Shanghai
Hike the Great Wall of China – take a different tour and enjoy a hike along the Great Wall of China
Go Rock Climbing – When visiting the world''s greatest Karst formations in Yangzhou, why not try your hand at rock climbing? We promise you won''t regret it!
Bamboo Rafting Down the Li River – a visit to the Yangshuo would not be complete without a bamboo cruise on the Li River.
Fine Your Inner Chef at Yangshuo Cooking School – learn about Chinese cooking and gain a new reciation for their fine cuisine.
See the Ghost City of Fengdu – pass three tests in order to be deemed innocent and pure of heart and be allowed to enter the city''s 600-year-old temple.
Enjoy a Sizzling Night Out – the Sichuan Province is known as the province of flavor and is famous for its over the top spices.
Shanghai Acrobats – watch some of the finest acrobats in the world in one of China''s most vibrant cities.
Try Hot Cupping…. If you Dare – originating in China, hot cupping is meant to draw out toxins from the body and muscles.
Visit the Great Wall of China – visit the mother of all China''s tourist destinations.
A Good Day in Xi''an – there is much more to see in Xi''an than the Terracotta Warriors. This city is worth a visit in its own right.
PLACES TO STAY
Shangri-La Hotel – This Beijing hotel is a beautiful place to stay when you''re traveling. The hotel has a spacious pool, plush beds, and floor-to-wall windows so you''ll have a view of the city.
SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai – This hotel is conveniently located within a few minute''s walk to the nearest train station, so it''s a breeze getting around. They also have family suites, blackout curtains, a rooftop terrace, and even a nail salon.
Fraser Suites Shenzhen – This is a beautiful hotel to stay at when you''re in Shenzhen. They have a rooftop restaurant overlooking the city, a kitchenette in each room, free parking, and a business center.
THINGS TO DO IN CHINA – MUST SEE ATTRACTIONS AND PLACES TO VISIT
China is a country filled with unexpected surprises. To truly visit China you would need a lifetime, but here''s a list of what we loved and what we think were the best things to do in China.
1.VISIT THE GREAT WALL
It may seem the obvious choice, but there is a reason that everyone who visits China goes to see the Great Wall. It is the number choice for things to do in China!
However, not all parts of the Great Wall are equal. There are good walls to visit and not so good walls to visit.
We recommend going to the Mutianyu Great Wall section over the Badaling Section.
Badaling may be the more popular section as it is closer to Beijing, but the Mutianyu section is far less crowded.
As a matter a fact, when we were there we barely saw another tourist.
Tip: A great time to visit is in December, there aren''t many tourists and the sky is crisp and clear. You can get to the Great Wall via public transportation from Beijing.
It is a fascinating tour to walk through the Forbidden City in Beijing. It housed the Emperors and their families for 500 years before the fall of the Qing Dynasty.
In the past, no commoner was ever allowed to step foot in the Forbidden City, but today it welcomes millions of tourists each year.
Visiting the Forbidden City is one of the top things to do in China for everyone.
Just tell your guide to speed things along. They tend to keep you there for hours.
While in Beijing, a visit to the Forbidden City is a must. You can see Tiananman Square at the same time.
After the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors is the most famous attraction in China and you can''t leave the country without seeing it.
Once you are done your cycling, you can visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some delicious dumplings.
A lot of people don''t think of hanging around Xi''an but trust me, it will be one of your favourite things to do in China.
5.BAMBOO RAFT THE LI RIVER
There isn''t a more traditional Chinese moment than taking a bamboo raft down the Li River.
Surrounded by beautiful karst formations of Yangshuo, you drift through the mist and take in the scenery as fisherman fish as they have for thousands of years.
Get up early to avoid the crowds and capture photos in the best light.
6.CRUISE THE THREE GORGES – YANGTZE RIVER
The Three Gorges Dam was the largest hydro-electric project in the world and was meant to power 10% of China.
Since China is growing so rapidly the project only ended up powering 3% of the population, but it is an amazing site to see.
The cruise is relaxing and the scenery is gorgeous.
7.SHANGHAI SKYLINE FROM THE BUND
China is filled with Spectacular cities like Beijing and Hong Kong. But no skyline on earth is quite as spectacular as Shanghai.
Walking along the bund makes for a wonderful stroll and there is nothing like seeing the new city across the river.
Can you believe it only took them 20 Years to build that skyline?
Our guide told us that when she was growing up, all that was farmland .Look at it now! No farmers anymore methinks!.
8.HAVE A HOT POT IN SICHUAN PROVINCE
A Hot Pot in Sichuan Province is the most exciting meal you will ever have.
Huajiao peppers from the region are so hot they make your tongue go numb. It''s not a hot that burns as much as a hot that excites the senses.
when you are in China, make sure to eat a hot pot in Sichuan Province.
9.VISIT THE GIANT PANDAS OF CHENGDU
When you think of China, it''s nearly impossible not to picture the Giant Panda.
Sadly, the Panda is gravely endangered, but the Panda Research Base in Chengdu is doing it''s best to raise them in this breeding facility.
They are working hard to keep the official face of China alive and well for years to come.
10.SPEND TIME IN A LOCAL PARK
The best way to get to know the locals in China is to hang out at a local park.
The people of China know how to enjoy life and you will see that clearly when you visit a park on a Sunday.
People sing Karaoke, dance, practice tai chi, strutt the runway and so much more. Believe us, you won''t be disointed if you hang out at a local park.
11.STROLL THE ROMANTIC WEST LAKE, HANGZHOU
West Lake is the romance capital of China and most Chinese spend their honeymoons right here.
There is a beautiful legend about ill-fated love that takes place on the banks of West Lake. Read all about it at A Romantic Stroll on Hangzou West Lake
12.VISIT THE GARDENS OF SUZHOU
13.NANJING NIUSHOU MOUNTAIN
This new cultural park is an impressive place to visit.
This sacred site houses a Buddhist palace spanning six floors underground built inside a mountain.
14.TIGER LEAPING GORGE
Tiger Leaping Gorge is located in Yunnan Province and is one of the deepest gorges on earth.
The path takes you high above the Yangtze River along the Jinsha River (A tributary of the Yangtze) where you can trek anywhere from a couple of hours to several days.
Visitors can choose to hike the low trail or the high trail for spectacular views.
15.WALK ALONG THE LONGEST CITY WALL
We all know of the Great Wall of China and we now have heard of the oldest city wall, but China also has the longest city wall in the world.
The Nanjing city wall is a 35 kilometers (22miles) long wall that is the most well-preserved in all of China. Take a walk along it and while you are at it, learn calligraphy or take part in a tea ceremony.
16.EXPLORE HONG KONG
Hong Kong is China''s most exciting city and we love spending time there.
There are so many things to do in the city as well as the surrounding islands and parks. If you visit China, be sure to put a few days at the end of your trip to really explore it.
Tea is an important part of Chinese tradition and to learn how to drink tea properly is a must.
You can book a tea ceremony anywhere in China. Hotels and guest houses often offer them and many museums and cultural centres do too.
Haven''t you always wanted to feel the serenity of what it is like to sit and draw beautiful calligraphy symbols.
Take a class to get a real reciation of calligraphy. It is a lot harder than it looks and truly makes you reciate the art.
Great calligraphy in China can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
19.HOT CUPPING IN YANGSHOU
Sure, you''ve had hot cupping at your local spa, but you haven''t experienced it until you''ve been hot cupping in Yangshou.
20.EXPLORE THE CANALS OF TONG LI WATER CITY
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Very helpful information about Great wall tour. All travellers should read this carefully; it will help you to travel the Great Wall of China. Due to the popularity of the Great Wall of China, the place is worth paying for a trip. A trip with friends or cousins to the great wall hiking tour will become a memorable trip for you. I had gone to China with my friends last month. Due to the first time in China, we travelled there by the help of a travel company namely Greatwall Trekclub.
Check out Hainan Island and hike the wooden bridge and glass stairway through Yalong Bay Rainforest. Unforgettable views. Then go to the fishing village at Lingshui where the families live on boats and store the fish in netted plots. You can eat freshly caught fish on a boat restaurant.
WILL – MONKEYSTEALSPEACH
For me, the southwest of China is a must-do. Yunnan,Guangxi and Guizhou provinces are crammed with both larger tourist sites, and off the beaten track treks into the hills to remote villages. Most of China’s ethnic minorities are located in these provinces too.Also, the northwest of China, AKA the Silk Road is also not to be missed. The Islamic culture, desert-scapes and ancient ruins are just amazing.
China is such a beautiful country. After my journey to China I realized traveling is going to be a major part of my life. been in the Tiger Leaping Gorge and it was incredible. one of the best experiences I had in China is sleeping in a Kyrgyz Yurt in Karakul Lake (Xinjiang province).
And also how many days do u think one needs to do all the 10 things that u have listed comfortably?
We did ours in about 21 days. Using trains, buses and a couple of flights to get around. Definitely take your time to enjoy and if you have less time, do less. We’re all about taking in the experience rather than checking off the list.
Hi…I am from india ,visiting Hongkong in the month of October,planning to visit china then…u have given some lovely places to visit in china…how do u suggest one should do it….take a package from a travel company or is it possible to do it on your own…me and my husband would like to do it on our own
It’s definitely easier with a tour. We do a lot of travel on our own but this one to China was with Intrepid Travel and we loved having a guide to help with the language barrier and directions. But it’s definitely a personal choice, depending on what you can handle and how long you have. If we went back to China, we’d definitely go on our own now that we got our feet wet with the tour.
跟团旅游肯定更容易。我们自己旅行过很多次，但这次到中国旅行是跟 Intrepid Travel一起，我们喜欢有一个导游来帮助解决语言障碍和方向问题。这绝对是个人的选择，取决于你能承受的范围和你能坚持多久。如果我们回到中国，一定会自己去，因为我们已经开始了这次旅行。
We have been to Tiger Leaping Gorge and I do recommend it but we enjoyed even more hiking in the Meili Snow Mountain… a mountain range never climbed!
I’ve heard great things about Tiger Leaping Gorge
China is very different from the rest of the world. Thanks for the great tips. Will surely visit some places that you listed.
Thanks Johnny, we really loved China when we were there and you are so right, it is very different from the rest of the world.
Great post, you covered a lot of ground very informative – love the panda pic
Very Great itinerary of China.its gives so many important information about the china. I’d definitely visit to china in future.
Thank you! There is so much more to see, but this is a great start.
Lots of things to go see. Im sure it would be hard to get all that in, in just one visit. I would love to walk the Great Wall and see the panda’s though.