Reasons to Visit
With some of the most recognisable buildings and monuments in the world, from the ancient Forbidden City to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Shanghai and Pudong, a trip to China is must for anyone interested in city and rural architecture.
China is awash with enormous cities, arguably the three most famous being Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. All three cities are excellent places to watch the world bustle along around you, whilst of course being some of the top cities to shop and dine.
The portrait of Chairman Mao that stands proud on the front of the Forbidden City is just one of the countless examples of the influence that the Communists have had on this country.
Surely one of the top worldwide cuisines, each region of China is famous for different delicacies. Sichuan hot pot, Hong Kong dim sum, and of course Peking duck, all dishes to get the taste buds going.
In some of the more rural parts of the country ethnic minority groups can be found in large numbers. Many of the same tribes that are found in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand have also settled in Yunnan province and also in Guizhou and Guangxi. Many still wear there traditional dress and so a visit to these regions is often a colourful one!
The different regions of China boast a myriad of different fascinating and beautiful landscapes, the limestone karst mountains in the Guilin area and the high plains crossing over into Tibet to name a couple.
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China, Russia & Central Asia
This is a rough guide to when to travel to this region. Choose a month of travel to see typical temperature and rainfall around the country. The ticks indicate our recommended months to travel.
Spring and autumn are traditionally considered the ideal times to visit China, as the continental weather patterns make for bitterly cold winters and hot, humid summers in much of the country.
China’s sheer size, however, means there are no true limitations, and with one or two exceptions it is possible to travel all year round. In general, April to October is the ideal window to visit western China, with the flowers blossoming and local bazaars thronged with life.
For those heading across the high passes or into the mountains the best time is from June to August, when alpine flowers carpet the steppe and the conditions for hiking and trekking are at their best.
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