The Middle Kingdom
Even if you just visit the major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an, you’ll come away with a new appreciation of what makes this country thrive. But if you have the time, travelling into the smaller cities and villages will increase your knowledge and understanding of the China that not everyone will see.
Plan for at least a week, and depending on how many locations you want to see, maybe as much as 2 or 3 weeks.
As always, the length of the journey is your call, since it’s your private tour.
• Water Villages of Zhejiang province
• “Avatar forest” in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province
• Rice fields of Yunnan province
• Tea fields of Suzhou province
• Li River valley with its karst mountains
• Great Wall across northern China
• City skylines of Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou
• Fujian Hakka Roundhouse buildings
• Ancient Guizhou wooden village
• Beijing’s Forbidden City
China’s Cultural Visuals
• Harbin Snow & Ice Festival
• Pandas of Chengdu
• Xi’an’s Terracotta warriors
UNESCO World Heritage sites
• 37 cultural sites
• 14 natural sites
• 4 mixed sites
When to Travel to China
• Spring is pretty good all over the country, though it may still be cool in the north, or in the evenings
• April through June are probably the best months nationally, with some notable exceptions
• Winter in Harbin is extremely cold, but ideal for the Ice & Snow festival
Avoid travel during:
• Spring Festival (mid-late Jan to early-mid Feb)
• Golden Week (Oct 1 – 7)
• Rainy season in the south is April – August
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