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
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.