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Best Things To Do in China

China travel highlights for families, couples and other travelers.

Temple of Heaven
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Back in 1400 BC, Beijing was ruled by the mighty Ming Dynasty. However, the might of the Mings faltered when confronted with the fright of a bad harvest. In fact, one of the many religious buildings in the imperial complex is called the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, where the king and his subjects gathered to pray ardently for a good harvest. While most believe the Temple of Heaven is a Taoist Temple, there are records to confirm that worshipping heaven was a tradition pre-dating Taoism. Step into this ancient temple and unlock a treasure trove of Chinese culture: its religion, philosophy and history. Since 1988, the complex has been made accessible as a public park by the government. See More >
Sichuan Opera
A Night at the Opera
Most of the prevailing remnants of Chinese history is a reflection of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. However, these dynasties ruled over a diverse group of people. One such ethnic group are the Sichuanese, who used to paint their faces and don fearsome expressions to scare off animals that wandered into their villages. Soon, this skill was taken to opera halls, revered as an art form, bringing together its audience and giving the performers a taste of stardom. See More >
National Stadium, China
A Nest You Wouldn't Leave
In 2022, the Winter Olympic Games will be held in Beijing City, and the country’s sprawling National Stadium, named the Bird’s Nest, will be packed with sports enthusiasts and the best athletes from all over the world. But until then, this 258,000 square meter sporting facility remains a museum of world-class amenities and boasts of an architectural extravagance. By leaving the steel pillars exposed, architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Li Xinggang achieved a structure that resembles a gigantic bird’s nest. This national monument is where history was once made - and where it will be re-written in the years to come. See More >
xinping village
Time Travel
By practicing the 500-year-old tradition of Chinese fishing, the villagers of Xingping have become celebrated folk throughout the world for their ingenuity. Technically, they are not fishermen but bird-breeders who train cormorants to do the fishing for them. The architectural style of their settlements are also reminiscent of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. So travel back in time and celebrate their architecture and ancient method of fishing, an experience unlike any other. See More >
black buddha cave
Not Just a Hole in the Wall
One of Mother Nature’s stunning creations, the Black Buddha Cave is another natural marvel situated in Yangshuo. The cave is said to have a network of subterranean passageways that will have you wandering in utter amazement for at least 2 to 3 hours. The Black Buddha can accommodate up to 10,000 people, but you wouldn’t believe it until you journey through the cave, traversing through a path that stretches for 5 kilometers and passes 3 mountains. We recommend carrying a swimsuit if you plan on taking a relaxing mud bath - before dipping under the waterfall for a soothing shower. You could also opt for a tour of the cave, and admire its stalactites and stalagmites, often thought to resemble images of Buddha. See More >
Yulong River
Life Imitates Art
From the country that gave the English language the proverb ‘Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come,’ it should not be surprising why the Yulong River and its surrounding landscape are major attractions for tourists. There are no souvenir shops, no sporting activities or crowd-pulling entertainers; The Yulong River and its neighboring forest area bring to life the intricacies of Chinese fine art. An idyllic scene of village life, where the women can be seen washing clothes by the river as the buffaloes wander the fields that the farmers tend to, the River is art in motion. See More >
Moon Hill
Reach for the Moon
China’s history dates back to 1500 BC, and thus historians have been able to identify an abiding regard for nature’s ingenuity among the Chinese people. Moon Hill, situated a pleasant drive away from Yangshuo, is in many ways an ode to the nation’s time-honoured admiration for nature. Moon Hill is a naturally created limestone mountain, clearly distinguishable within the landscape because of its unique and distinct shape. For a trekker, this sight is gratifying after the steep vertical climb up the Hill. See More >

Best time to go to China

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Peak ( Apr - Jun , Sep - Oct )

The best times to visit are, hands down, April to June, and then September to October; there are few places in all of China that cannot be enjoyed during these months. You avoid the worst of both, summer (stiflingly hot and humid) and winter (biting cold). Popular opinion might suggest Chinese New Year as a great time to visit as well (February/March; the Spring Festival), but we recommend you check in advance, as most shops and local attractions will be shut, and hotels/transportation will be booked/sold out. Be sure to check the exact dates as the Festival follows the Lunar Calendar, and thus changes from year to year.

Shoulder ( Nov - Mar , Jul - Aug )

If you book in advance, then the Spring Festival (i.e. around the time of the Chinese New Year, February and March) is actually a great time to travel, weather-wise. But note that you are there only to celebrate the festival with a million other local Chinese; most shops and tourist attractions will either be shut or swarmed by holidaymakers. Summer months of July and August are also busy (as well as sticky hot and humid), so book in advance, and preferably stick to the northern regions for cooler temperatures. Head down to Hainan, aka the Hawaii of China to beat the heat on its beaches. Head south through the winter months of November to February; Hong Kong/Macau are gorgeous (and quite festive over Christmas), with just a light jacket and cardigan to see you through.

Low ( Jan )

If you plan well, there is no low season in China, as such. Southern China is gorgeous (and can get busy) in winter (Hong Kong, Macau). The reverse is true for summer i.e. avoid the south and head up north, although even Beijing and Shanghai can get hot and humid, so pack accordingly.

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