If you’re looking for a holiday destination that offers a fascinating history, delicious food and a whole range of cultural delights – China is the place to go. Shanghai is the financial and business centre of the country, and fans of the bright lights of cosmopolitan city life will be in their element here. The Summer Palace in Beijing is just one of the many impressive sights that people from all over the world flock to every year. If you’ve always fancied learning about Buddhism, check out the ancient Buddhist caves at Dunhuang – a lesser known Chinese gem that will give you great insight into ancient culture and tradition. What else do you need to know about visiting China? Read on to find out…
Timing is everything
If you want to enjoy the best weather that China has to offer, plan your trip for the spring time – between March and May. Easter and autumn are not the best times for your Chinese adventure if you’re trying to stick to a budget, as hotel rates are highest during these periods. The major Chinese festivals are popular choices with tourists: Chinese New Year, May Holiday and National Day can offer a lively and eclectic range of cultural traditions. However, if you don’t like crowds, these festivals are best avoided as they get packed with travellers from all over the world.
Arriving in style
If you’ve decided to go for 2017 holidays to China, it’s a lot more straightforward to get there than you might think. You can fly from London and some other UK airports to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Chengdu. There are several direct flights available, so you can step into a whole other world in just twelve hours – not bad for a trip across the globe!
Explore with ease
It’s really easy to get around in China, thanks to the high speed trains that cross most of the country. Unlike what you might be used to at home – this is rail travel at its’ most convenient, comfortable and efficient. In Beijing and Shanghai, you can use the underground to move around quickly at reasonable cost. If you’re not a fan of public transport, it’s easy to find a taxi in the big cities – they’re not expensive and there are lots of them. Bear in mind though, that many taxi drivers cannot speak English – so find out in advance what you need to say, or ask for help in writing down your destination to show to the driver before you set off.
Thanks to advances in travel and technology, China is now a more accessible destination than ever before. Not only is it relatively easy to get to and to make your way around – there is so much to see and do that you could visit every year and still find new places, sites of interest and different ways to absorb the culture every single time. If visiting China makes you want to explore other places that can broaden your horizons, read this article on where to go next.