What makes China attractive as a travel destination is its fascinating culture and valuable antiquities. Ruins and relics from Neolithic settlements and the dynastic reigns of the mighty emperors are there to behold. The Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, and Terracotta Warriors of X’ian are just some of the incredible attractions to be seen in this ancient Eastern empire.
One of the best ways to explore this amazing country is on an organised tour, but independent travel is becoming easier and more popular. Big Time can offer a wealth of personal knowledge to this fascinating and highly recommended destination, as we are well placed to offer the best independent advice.
Top Things to do in China
- Tiananmen Square. Don’t forget your ‘selfie’ in front of Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum.
- The Forbidden City. A huge collection of ancient, well preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties
- The Great Wall of China, stretches over 4000 miles, viewed best at Badalang, Mutianyu & Jinshanling
- Summer Palace. A stunning palace and gardens, built in 1750, and an Imperial Residence until 1908.
- The Bund. Shanghai’s famous promenade with a vibrant atmosphere. Cross the river for captivating city views.
- Terracotta Army. Discovered by accident in 1974, 6000 lifesize figures, built to guard the tomb of the First Emperor.
- Banpo Village. Dating back to 5000BC, it’s the world’s finest example of an agricultural Neolithic settlement.
- An ancient capital city, described by Marco Polo as “beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world”
- Described as China’s Venice, a visually stunning city of waterways, temples, architecture and gardens.
When to go?
Most of China has cold winters, when many tours do not operate. Summers are a great time to visit when the weather is hot across most of the country. The best time to visit however, is June, September and October, when temperatures are at their most comfortable for sightseeing. China has yet to develop many beach resorts, but Hainan Island in the far south is a good choice and is best visited in April & May, but the summer months are also hot and sunny with more rainfall.
Food & Drink
There are as many cuisines in China as there are regions, though there are 3 main styles. Sichuan is famous for its hot and spicy dishes. Northern-style dishes utilise steamed bread and pancakes instead of rice. Southern cooking involves classic, light stir-fry dishes made from a vast array of ingredients.
– Visit the Silk Road in Shanghai for bowls of noodles and the best Peking duck.
– Hop between coffee shops and restaurants in Tianzifang, an arty street in Shanghai.
– Enjoy Michelin-starred dining at the Kowloon Shangri-La or Intercontinental, Hong Kong.
Yes, Indian Citizen require a visa for travel to China.
: Cantonese & English
: Chinese Yuan
To discover all of China’s treasures for yourself, give us a call at Big Time Holiday for the best independent advice and great value for money.