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Everything you need to know about a China vacation

March 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Discount Travel, Featured Articles

greatwall1China has only recently become a hot spot for tourists.  This ancient culture has many layers just waiting for the inquisitive tourist to arrive and delve in.  If adventure is what you are looking for in your next vacation than China is the place to go.

  • Best time of year to go-China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to tour and the kind of weather you enjoy. The most comfortable season of the year is early autumn (September to early October). During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China (about 50-72F) with a limited amount of rain. September for example is the only month in the year when the ancient and valuable paintings of the Beijing Palace Museum are displayed due to proper climate conditions (low humidity and proper temperature).Spring can also be lovely with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn (about 50-72F). The best way to deal with weather unpredictability is to wear layered clothing that will make you comfortable with both chilly and warmer weather. Summer is the rainy season in China and temperatures in winter can be incredibly cold, especially in the north. While the weather may not be as favorable in these two seasons off season travel can be had at a significant discount. Do your homework and decide what is more important on your travel priorities weather or budget.
  • What should you do in China-most travelers find that because of a serious language barrier that traveling in China is best done in tour groups. There are a multitude of tours that can be booked that address many different sides of China.  Tours can include specific cities/regions, sites or types of activities. The savvy traveler will work with an experienced travel agent to determine which one is right for their travel needs. For example a tour to Beijing may include the following attractions:
    • A visit to the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace): Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, this huge palace complex was built in the 15th century and later extensively renovated and restored during the Qing Dynasty in the 18th century.
    • Summer Palace (Yiheyuan): Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a retreat for the crowd-weary tourist, who can relax here or stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and huge lake, stopping occasionally at a shop or tea-house.
    • Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), Located in the heart of modern China and the site for massive parades and rallies, this was the site when in 1949, from a rostrum on the Gate of Heavenly Peace, Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. Later this was the historic site in the 80’s where Chinese students made history protesting for peace.
    • Great Wall (Badaling Chancheng), China’s most spectacular sight stretches over 3,700 miles across China and is most often visited at this Beijing location, where cable cars lift you to dizzying heights to then walk along the snakelike path through the mountains.
  • Where you should stay in China-Hotels in China boast all the modern accommodations that western travelers are used to.  There are many choices that will fit any traveling style or budget.  Here are a few examples of mid price hotels in central China-
    • The Peninsula Hotel: Approximately $296 dollars per night
    • Grand Hyatt: Approximately $302 dollars per night
    • Intercontinental Financial: Approximately $220 dollars per night

    Hotels may be less in more rural locations.  In addition there are a number of 5-star and luxury accommodation that can be chosen with rates running into the thousands of dollars per night.  The best deals can be had in package deals with tour groups.

  • What it will cost to visit China-China is not a cheap destination but there are package deals that can be found nearly year round.  Travelers from L.A. should expect to pay about $959 dollars for a flight to China with New York based travelers having to come up with $1200 dollars for their airfare.

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