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China Holidays

A land of captivating culture, historic landscapes and futuristic developments, your holiday in China will boast the perfect mix of tradition and innovation, making it a true country of contrast. One minute, you’ll find yourself exploring lush rice fields and traditional Chinese villages, and then the next you’ll be venturing to busy, cosmopolitan cities.

As one of the largest countries in the world, there’s no doubt every day on your China holiday will be different to the last. Travel around on the futuristic, high speed bullet trains, visit the thousands of Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and head to Beijing to challenge yourself to the Great Wall of China. What’s more, China is deemed one of the best culinary centres on earth, where you can try everything from fresh street food to Michelin-starred dishes for a feast you won’t forget in a hurry.

China Holidays: Land of the Red Dragon

Visit the world’s largest imperial palace, the Forbidden City, and cast your eyes upon a masterpiece of Chinese architecture that will leave you spellbound. For those who love a little retail therapy, the city of Shanghai is a shoppers paradise. With one of the most famous skylines in the world, make sure you check out the views from the top of the Oriental Pearl Tower, or cruise across Bund River for a magical way to see Shanghai at night.

If you love to be surrounded by nature, the verdant-green grasslands and arid deserts of Inner Mongolia will offer a special experience in the great outdoors. Head to Jiuzhaigou for the adventure of mountains, cascading waterfalls, colourful trees and crystal-clear lakes.

Whatever is on your China holiday wish list, we’ve been crafting tailor-made holidays for 65 years. Give our Destination Specialists a call today and we will help you to create an unforgettable tailor-made holiday in China.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit China's capital Beijing; explore ancient buildings, and walk the winding pathways of the Great Wall
  • Soak up breath-taking scenery and historical sights as you cruise along the mighty Yangtze River
  • Admire giant pandas in Chengdu and learn about Taoist mythology, where it first originated at Mount Qingcheng
  • Wander through the many bustling markets of this region and discover one of the world’s oldest cultures

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Direct flights are available with British Airways and Air China who offer a direct daily service from London Heathrow to Beijing.

Currency

CNY - Yuan Renminbi and HKD - Hong Kong Dollar

Visa Information

British Citizens are required to have a visa to enter China.

Language

The official language is Mandarin, however a number of other dialects including Cantonese are spoken

Health Information

Hepatitis A, B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Malaria immunisation are recommended.

Many people claim China is a country of contrasts, and they’re right. This vast land of more than 1.3 billion people will transport you to a different era at every corner, from futuristic cities to archaeological wonders. Its capital city, Beijing, defies belief with it soaring skyscrapers and Bullet Train, which reaches speeds of up to 217mph.

  • Great Wall of China

    The Great Wall of China

    When you lay eyes on this World Heritage Site, you’ll understand why it’s on our travel wish list. This 7th Century landmark stretches for 13,000 miles and offers breathtaking views across Manchurian remains and the Gobi desert.

  • Panda in Chengdu

    Chengdu Panda Centre

    Chengdu has been dubbed China’s happiest city but as you’ll know, it’s also famed for its giant pandas. They’re rarely seen in the wild but you’ll feel your heart melt as you watch some of these 50 lovable bears across the breeding centre’s four reserves.

  • Terracotta Warriors

    Terracotta Army

    Sculpted from clay in the second century BC, this army of 10,000 life-size warriors was created for the tomb of Emperor Shih Huang-Ti.

  • Forbidden City

    The Forbidden City

    Home to the emperors for over 500 years, this gargantuan UNESCO World Heritage site is a network of 980 buildings encircled by a moat over 50 metres wide.

  • Yangtze River Cruise

    Mighty Rivers

    Take it easy and experience China at a gentle pace, cruising past breathtaking natural surroundings.

Select month

Average weather in January

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-4ºC
3mm
Guilin
8ºC
88mm
Hong Kong
16ºC
29mm
Shanghai
4ºC
39mm
Xian
1ºC
8mm

Average weather in February

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-1ºC
5mm
Guilin
10ºC
98mm
Hong Kong
18ºC
57mm
Shanghai
6ºC
59mm
Xian
3ºC
11mm

Average weather in March

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
7ºC
17mm
Guilin
14ºC
147mm
Hong Kong
20ºC
43mm
Shanghai
9ºC
81mm
Xian
8ºC
26mm

Average weather in April

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
14ºC
26mm
Guilin
20ºC
214mm
Hong Kong
24ºC
120mm
Shanghai
15ºC
102mm
Xian
15ºC
40mm

Average weather in May

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
20ºC
44mm
Guilin
24ºC
354mm
Hong Kong
26ºC
218mm
Shanghai
20ºC
115mm
Xian
20ºC
44mm

Average weather in June

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
25ºC
72mm
Guilin
27ºC
437mm
Hong Kong
28ºC
463mm
Shanghai
24ºC
152mm
Xian
25ºC
64mm

Average weather in July

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
27ºC
185mm
Guilin
29ºC
223mm
Hong Kong
29ºC
496mm
Shanghai
29ºC
128mm
Xian
26ºC
90mm

Average weather in August

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
26ºC
156mm
Guilin
29ºC
140mm
Hong Kong
29ºC
569mm
Shanghai
29ºC
133mm
Xian
25ºC
83mm

Average weather in September

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
21ºC
55mm
Guilin
27ºC
87mm
Hong Kong
27ºC
358mm
Shanghai
24ºC
156mm
Xian
21ºC
87mm

Average weather in October

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
14ºC
35mm
Guilin
22ºC
70mm
Hong Kong
26ºC
137mm
Shanghai
19ºC
61mm
Xian
15ºC
56mm

Average weather in November

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
5ºC
17mm
Guilin
17ºC
64mm
Hong Kong
22ºC
24mm
Shanghai
13ºC
51mm
Xian
8ºC
23mm

Average weather in December

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-1ºC
3mm
Guilin
11ºC
52mm
Hong Kong
17ºC
37mm
Shanghai
7ºC
35mm
Xian
2ºC
9mm
  • George, Destination Specialist

    George

    Destination Specialist

    “China is a huge destination to travel, so for a first time visit, start with what interests you most. It’s advisable to visit one region or one province and enjoy all there is to see and do in that one location.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “Use public transportation to get to know a city, such as taxi, subway, bikes and trains, and see the city as the locals see it.”

  • a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera

    Steph

    Destination Specialist

    “When you visit the Great Wall of China make sure to take the left entrance to the wall for a truly amazing view with less crowds – It’s almost like you have the wall to yourself!”

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your China holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

  • Chinese Spring Festival

    Chinese Spring Festival has been celebrated in China for over 4,000 years. The festival begins on the first day of the first month of the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with the Lantern Festival. During this period, China is dominated by glowing red lanterns, colourful fireworks, banquets and parades.

  • Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)

    The Duanwu Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Enjoy eating zongzi, a traditional Chinese rice-dumpling dish, as the locals race dragon boats.

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your China holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

  • Dumplings

    Dumplings are a famous Chinese dish. They are half-moon-shaped, soft, stuffed pasta, similar to ravioli. Chinese dumplings are named according to their various fillings and cooking methods (fried, heated in boiling water, or steamed).

  • Peking duck

    Peking duck hails from Beijing, characterized by its thin, crisp skin. Often sliced and served in front of diners by the chef, this delicious meat is paired well with pancakes and hoisin sauce.

  • Hot pot

    Hot pot is a Chinese cooking method, prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table, containing a variety of East Asian foodstuffs and ingredients.

  • Kung Pao chicken

    Kung Pao chicken, also transcribed as Gong Bao or Kung Po, is a spicy, stir-fried Chinese dish made with chicken, peanuts, vegetables, chili peppers, and includes Sichuan peppercorns.

Our China destinations

Great Wall of China

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Beijing

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Shanghai

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Xian

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Chengdu

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Macao

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Hong Kong

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Guilin

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