Travel to China and Treat Yourself to the Journey of a Lifetime!
Vast and alive, China is a kaleidoscope of landscapes, people, religions and culture. An exhilarating blend of modern innovation and thousands of years of history and tradition, China is a place unlike any other you’ll visit. From the Great Wall to the Silk Road, from the Yangtze to Yunnan, China’s borders encompass soaring mountains, majestic rivers, lush forests and golden deserts.
Equally as impressive is China’s people – creative, accomplished and incredibly diverse, representing more than 50 different ethnic groups. Travel to China and you’ll see teeming global cities and tiny villages where time seems to stand still. In all places, you will be awed by China’s grandeur and touched by its intimacy and spirit.
Explore some of the major cities while you travel to China – meander through Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Pingyao and Beijing. Looking for a more cultured experience of local Chinese culture? Learn about the ethnic people of the border between China and Vietnam, or attend festivals in Guizhou and Guanxi.
With a China travel package, you will be a part of a cultural experience that can put global relationships in a new perspective. Myths and Mountains can craft custom travel adventures to China to help you make the most of your time there.
- Travel historic trade routes such as the Silk Road, or cross from China to Myanmar or Vietnam
- Experience traditional Chinese attractions like the Great Wall, but in unique ways
- Celebrate amongst the locals at festivals like the Sister’s Meal Festival in Guizhou
- Explore regional culture by engaging directly with China’s people
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China Travel Information
Food. Weather. Activities.
China is a huge country with many variations in weather and environment. Thus, the best time to visit China really depends on where you want to go. For example, Shanghai and areas south tend to get quite hot. Thus, the best times to go are very late fall, winter and early spring.
Many of the areas on the Silk Road are desert and quite cold in winter, early spring and late fall. On the other hand, summer in the desert is boiling hot. So good times to go are late spring (May and early June) and early fall (September and October).
The temperate areas of China are generally lovely during the spring and autumn seasons when the weather is most favorable for visiting popular tourist destinations, such as Beijing or Xian or western areas such as Yunnan or Guizhou. Both spring and autumn show off China’s blue skies and lush greenery. You can visit during the spring for early morning mountain mists or during the fall for drier weather and fresh fruit.
Remember that summer, in many parts of China, such as the south or many of the western provinces is the rainy season, so be prepared.
Then, of course, there is Tibet on the other side of the Himalayas. The best time for tourist to visit that spectacular area is from May through October.
Thus, there is no one “best” time to visit China. Once you know “where” you want to go, you can figure out “when” to go.
Chinese food is very common in America, but true Chinese food is quite different, and can drastically differ from region to region. Of China, 4 styles of Chinese cuisine stand out as being the most influential and widespread. These styles are Sichuan (commonly known as Szechuan), Cantonese, Shandong, and Jiangsu.
Cantonese: Lightly cooked vegetables and meats with sweet sauces
Sichuan: Strong use of chili peppers and garlic
Shandong: Braising and seafood, with a particular salty and crispiness
Jiangsu: Richly aromatic, seafood, light use of seasoning
Just as the “best time to visit China” depends on where you want to go, China’s expansive territory means weather and climate can vary dramatically from north to south, from east to west. Key is to figure out where you want to go and then see which seasons are best for those particular destinations.
China features a diverse and sophisticated range of telecommunication and internet options. As of 2012, over 1 billion Chinese residents are mobile phone subscribers. Both mobile phone and internet users drop off drastically in rural areas, therefore it’s advised to research the locations you’re visiting so you can be properly prepared.
- China has a population of over 1.37 billion according to a 2017 estimate
- The People’s Congress System is China’s basic political system and the government is divided into four distinct branches – executive, judicial, legislative and military.
- China has 34 provincial-level administrative units – 23 provinces, 4 municipalities, 5 autonomous regions and 2 special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau).
- 71% of the population lives in rural China
- China claims to have 56 different ethnic groups of which the Han Chinese make up 91.59% of the total population.
- Mandarin is the primary language spoken in China, however other languages include Cantonese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur, Wu, Yue, Hakka and others.
- The capital of China is Beijing
- Most popular destinations include Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, Chengdu, Shanghai, Tibet, Hong Kong
- As of 2018, 53 Chinese sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.