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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

Great sample itineraries


Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for China holidays. With so many options for your China holiday package, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.

Roof Far East

Discover The Beauty Of China Tour

  • 8 Days
  • Guide Price £2,099 PP
This tour is the perfect introduction to China, covering the must-see sights in China’s most interesting cities including the Great...
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City holidays
China

Wonders Of China Tour

  • 10 Days
Combine the historic sights of Beijing, and the former capital Xi’an, with the natural beauty of rural Guilin. Enjoy a cruise...
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Cultural holidays
a panda sitting on a branch

Escorted Tour China Beijing Xian Chengdu Shanghai

  • 10 Days
  • Guide Price £2,499 PP
This exciting tour combines the must-see sights in China’s most interesting cities with the adorable giant panda’s of Chendgu, at...
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Escorted tours holidays

Explore China

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 Info

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

Tongli Water Town

Tongli Water Village

Enjoy a full day private tour to Tongli Water village includes a boat ride to the village and lunch at...
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
Yu Garden

Shanghai Old Town Walking Tour

This half day tour takes in the iconic Jade Buddha Temple, the Old Town and Yu Garden. Start at the...
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Great Wall Of China Excursions

What a better way to enjoy the Great Wall, than with bubbles? After walking half way to the highest watching...
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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Champagne Forest Picnic on The Great Wall

With a personal guide, climb up through chestnut orchards into a pine forest. Arrive at the ridge top clearing where...
  • APPROX. 4 HRS
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Hutong Excursion Beijing

This half day private tour includes a guided Hutong tour and hosted home lunch. Beijing’s Hutongs are a type of...

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.

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-4° C
3 mm
Guilin
8° C
88 mm
Hong Kong
16° C
29 mm
Shanghai
4° C
39 mm
Xian
1° C
8 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-1° C
5 mm
Guilin
10° C
98 mm
Hong Kong
18° C
57 mm
Shanghai
6° C
59 mm
Xian
3° C
11 mm

Average Weather in March

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
7° C
17 mm
Guilin
14° C
147 mm
Hong Kong
20° C
43 mm
Shanghai
9° C
81 mm
Xian
8° C
26 mm

Average Weather in April

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
14° C
26 mm
Guilin
20° C
214 mm
Hong Kong
24° C
120 mm
Shanghai
15° C
102 mm
Xian
15° C
40 mm

Average Weather in May

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
20° C
44 mm
Guilin
24° C
354 mm
Hong Kong
26° C
218 mm
Shanghai
20° C
115 mm
Xian
20° C
44 mm

Average Weather in June

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
25° C
72 mm
Guilin
27° C
437 mm
Hong Kong
28° C
463 mm
Shanghai
24° C
152 mm
Xian
25° C
64 mm

Average Weather in July

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
27° C
185 mm
Guilin
29° C
223 mm
Hong Kong
29° C
496 mm
Shanghai
29° C
128 mm
Xian
26° C
90 mm

Average Weather in August

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
26° C
156 mm
Guilin
29° C
140 mm
Hong Kong
29° C
569 mm
Shanghai
29° C
133 mm
Xian
25° C
83 mm

Average Weather in September

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
21° C
55 mm
Guilin
27° C
87 mm
Hong Kong
27° C
358 mm
Shanghai
24° C
156 mm
Xian
21° C
87 mm

Average Weather in October

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
14° C
35 mm
Guilin
22° C
70 mm
Hong Kong
26° C
137 mm
Shanghai
19° C
61 mm
Xian
15° C
56 mm

Average Weather in November

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
5° C
17 mm
Guilin
17° C
64 mm
Hong Kong
22° C
24 mm
Shanghai
13° C
51 mm
Xian
8° C
23 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
Beijing
-1° C
3 mm
Guilin
11° C
52 mm
Hong Kong
17° C
37 mm
Shanghai
7° C
35 mm
Xian
2° C
9 mm
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.”

George
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.”

Barbara
Destination Specialist
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“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!”

Steph
Destination Specialist

Events & Festivals

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.

Local Cuisine

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.

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