Welcome to China
China is one of the four ancient civilizations and has a long history and culture.
The third largest country in the world by land area and the largest population in the world which has 1.4 billion residents.
The country has diverse travel resources from landscape, nature to ancient constructions and world heritage sites.
As the world's oldest civilization, China has rich history and culture performance. From the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City to terracotta army, from ancient silk road track to buddhist grottoes, from giant stone buddha to stone carvings and cave paintings.
You can experience the different history sites from north to south, from Beijing to Hong Kong.
Because of vast land and rich photography resources, which makes China as a photography paradise in China.
Guilin is the leading destination which is famous for it's unique karst landforms, followed by Zhangjiajie and Yellow Mountains. Snow mountains and peaks in Tibet combining with Tibetan monasteries make it a mysterious places for photographers and tourists. Spectacular roads along high mountains, beautiful grassland and farming scenes in charming villages in Xinjiang, splendid ancient architectures in Beijing and well-designed gardens in Suzhou are also favored by worldwide photography enthusiast.
Chinese like to eat, like to try kind of ingredients and creating new food.
From north to south, there are over than 10 cuisine styles. People live in north perfer noodles, dumplings and kinds of food made by wheet flour. There are nearly 100 nooddle styles in Shaanxi and Shanxi province.
However, people live in south focus on more nutrition and tastes. Hundreds of crockery soup and morning tea food which served with small plates are the must-eat in Guangzhou and around.
People live in hot and humid places are showing special perference to spicy food, hot pot in Sichuan province and spicy dishes in Hunan provinces are now getting more and more popular in the whole country.
- 6 Zhangjiajie The Avatar scenes in reality
- 7 Hangzhou The place to experience southern Chinese culture
- 8 Chengdu The home of Giant Pandas
- 9 Yunnan The most relaxing tour destination
- 10 Tibet Tibetan culture center and untouched landscapes
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Top things to do in China
- Visit the Great Wall The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese civilization and one of the architectural wonders of the world. It crisscrosses the vast land of China in the east, west, south and north. The distance between east and west is more than 5,000 kilometers, and it is the "only visible artificial project" on the moon. The most popular sections in Beijing are Mutianyu, Jinshanling, Badaling, and some wild sections of Jiankou and Simatai.
- Walking in the Forbidden City The Forbidden City is the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the largest and most complete ancient building complex in China. It covers an area of 720,000 square meters, with more than 8,700 buildings and a construction area of 155,000 square meters. The Palace Museum has a large collection of precious cultural relics. There are as many as 1,052,653 cultural relics in total. Different seasons have different scenes. If you are an architecture lover or photographer, great to spend a whole day here.
- Admire the Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army is located in 1.5 kilometers east of the Mausoleum of Qin Shihuang in Xi'an. In 1974, three large pits of terracotta warriors and horses were found. The No. 1 pit is the largest, with a depth of 5 meters and an area of 14,260 square meters. There are more than 6,000 pottery figures and horses in the pits, which are arranged in an orderly circle. The terracotta warriors and horses unearthed are divided into generals, warriors, charioteers and so on. The facial features of each figurine are different. Originally there were painted paintings, but most of them have faded and fallen off due to fire and soaking. The bronze chariots and horses displayed in the exhibition hall of bronze chariots and horses use a lot of gold and silver and are exquisitely made.
- Meet some adorable friends in Chengdu Chengdu is a busy but relaxing city, it attracts tens of thousands of foodies coming every year because of it's hot pot and kinds of local dishes. Besides, Chengdu is well-known for some adorable animals, Giant Pandas. The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, 10 kilometers from the city center, is the world's largest captive giant panda base, with 215 giant pandas by 2020. In addition to watching these cute animals up close, you can also apply to be a volunteer and experience taking care of giant pandas for a day.
- Experience the very modern life in Shanghai Shanghai is an international metropolis with a very modern yet traditional characteristics. It has been China's financial, trade and cultural center for more than 100 years. Shanghai not only retains the ancient Shikumen, the characteristic Shanghai-style culture, but also creates and leads the latest fashion trends. This metropolis where the old and the new blend together is a model of urban tourism. Shanghai's urban scenery, urban culture and urban commerce are attracting many tourists from all over the world. Shanghai's inclusiveness and the combination of Chinese and Western have created her unique urban temperament. The western architecture of the Bund and the skyscrapers of Pudong complement each other. Shanghai is known as the Paris of the East, and it is also a shopping paradise.
- Photograph the breathtaking landscape in Guilin Guilin has vast verdant virgin forests, majestic and steep peaks and valleys, rushing brooks and waterfalls, amazing mountain terraces, and more than ten ethnic minorities such as Zhuang, Yao, Miao and Dong. The typical karst landforms and Danxia landforms endow Guilin with a landscape of "green mountains, beautiful waters, strange caves, and beautiful stones", and it is known as "the best in the world". The Li River and thousands of mountains around are the paradise of photographers, sunrise and sunset over karst mountains, cormorant fishing with gaslamp at dawn and dusk, minority women walking in terraced fields are must-do for those photography enthusiasts.
Best time to visit China
For general traveling, the best time is April to October.
It gets cold after November in most parts of North China, and the rainy season starts in January and ends in April in most parts of South China.
However, the tourists are much less in low season from November to March in most famous spots like Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and national parks of Zhangjiajie and Yellow Mountains.
For photography, the best time is May to October, especially in Guilin and Zhangjiajie.
During some national holidays, will be super crowded accoss China.
Spring Festival (the end of January to the early February), May Holiday (May 1-5), National Day Holiday (October 1-7), and other unfixed dates festival holidays such as Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival.
- China is the most populated country in the world with over 1.4 billion people
- There are 56 ethnic groups living in China, there are over 80 languages and hundreds of accents. Villagers may not understand the accent of their neignbour villages in south of China.
- Some provinces like Xinjiang is large as 7 UK or 4 Japan.
- China has 5 time zones, but only one time zone is used in the whole country, it is Beijing time.
- Food culture and traditions are totally different from north to south. China enjoys great food diversity.
Sample Costs to Travel in China
- Second class seats for high speed train from Beijing to Xian is RMB 515 ($80), economy class flight from Shanghai to Guilin is about RMB 500-800 ($80-125).
- Taxi charges RMB 13 ($2) in Beijing for 3KM minimum, the public buses are 2 yuan in Guilin.
- A bowl of rice noodles in Guilin is RMB 6 ($1), one meal costs RMB 60 ($9) per person in an average restaurants in Shanghai, and 20 dumplings in Xi'an costs RMB 15 ($2.5).
- A bottle of water (500ml) is RMB 2, a can of local beer is about RMB 6-10 ($1-1.5)
- The entrace fee for the Forbidden City is RMB 60 ($9), RMB 180 for the Mutianyu Great Wall including the round-trip cable car, RMB 320 ($50) for the Yellow Mountains.
- 3 star hotel in Yangshuo is from RMB 150 ($25) per night, 4 star hotel in Beijing is from RMB 400 ($60).
- Generally, for a solo traveler, can travel one week in China with the low cost as $1000.
|Middle (Bangkok)||North (Chiang Mai)||South (Phuket)|
|Meals||5-10 USD per person||5-10 USD per person||10-20 USD per person|
|Tuk Tuk||1.5 USD per person||2 USD per person||5 USD per person|
(Budget - Luxury)
|30-100 USD||25-90 USD||40-200 USD|
|Tour Expense||Entrance fee of Bangkok Grand Palace: USD 16||Tour activties are from USD 50||A day tour is from USD 30|
Plan A First Trip to China
Knowing about where to go and what to do for the first trip to China.
Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, and Chengdu could be on your top list, these destinations cover historical sites, ancient architectures, cultural clips, diverse food, world famous landmarks, amazing landscape and many more.
To visit these places, you need at least 10 days. 3 days for Beijing, 2 days for Xi'an, 2 days for Shanghai, 3 days for Guilin and 1-2 days for Chengdu.
- Must sees in Beijing are Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Hutong by rickshaw.
- In Xian, the Terracotta Warriors, the Ancient City Wall (biking on it), Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum are must sees, besides, a food experience at the Muslim Quarter you shouldn't miss.
- The Bund, the world highest buildings, water towns are great places to visit in Shanghai.
- Do you love cute pandas? Do you like hot pot? Do you want to experience a slow pace life in a busy modern city? Chengdu has all.
- Last, what is special about Guilin?
Guilin has the most beautiful landscape in the world, hundreds of green and unique karst mountains along the Li River, idyllic countryside scenery, minority tribes with breathtaking terraced fields.
Hope you could make it happen soon.
Travel China by Your interests
China is 5200 km long from east to west, and 5500 km long from north to south, this means the scenery, culture, food and life could be very different. You could choose places to visit by your interests.
Guilin, Zhangjiajie and Huangshan are the most popular places in China for landscape lovers and photographers, good to visit all year around. Mercier Zeng is a professional photo guide who run private photo tours in these places.
West Sichuan province is a lesser-known area for sightseeing of snow mountains and lake scenery.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan province is a wonderful place for hiking, it usually takes 2-5 days. Hiking through beautiful valleys, steep rocky mountains, passing through authentic and peaceful villages, it is not an easy hike, but you will say 'all worth it' after then.
Sichuan hot pot is really an irresistible food even if you try for the first time.
The breakfast tea in Guangzhou is getting more and more popular in many places over south China, it is not only about tea, it serves with tens of well-cooked dishes including Siomai, Shrimp Dumplings, Char Siew Bao, Chicken feet with soy sauce, Steamed Vermicelli Roll, kinds of porridge, Durian Crisp...
For minority tribes and local culture experience, Guizhou could be the first destination for it. There are 17 minorities accoss Guizhou, the big tribes and villages are Xijiang Miao Village and Zhaoxing Dong Village.