How to Plan a China Trip

Are you confused by the hundreds of China tour options? Answering question like "Is this your first visit to China?", "What is the best entry city to start your tour?", "How much do you want to spend?", "What really interests you?", and "When do you wish to travel?" will make your decisions much clearer. We provide options for each and make suggestions about China holidays based on our years of experience.

Best of China

China Weather & Climate

Before you travel to China, it is recommended that you check the weather conditions. China is vast, and the climate and conditions vary widely from region to region, from season to season, and sometimes even from day to day.

We provide a live week-long weather forecast, and monthly climate and travel information, for most tourist destinations in China. Check out the weather now, and what it is usually like throughout the year.

Best Time to Go to China

The best time to go to China depends on where you would like to go and what you want to do. From your answers, we can give you some suggestions here.

If you want to see traditional Chinese festivals and celebrations, you'd better check out when they are.

Last but not least, you should know the dates to avoid when planning a China tour.

Golden Triangle Travel

Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai are the "golden triangle" of China tours, and 90% of customers choose them for their first China trip. So why not?

Recommended Travel Routes

1. A Rough Overview Of the Time Needed
Major Focus & Region Days
Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai 7–10
Golden Triangle + Yangtze Cruise 11–14
Golden Triangle + Guilin 10–13
Tibet & Gateway City 5–7
Yangtze Cruise + Pandas 7–8
Silk Road – Deserts & Minorities 8–10
South West Guilin, Shangri-La, Guizhou 10–12
South West + Tibet or Yangtze 14–16
South Region, Silk Road, Tibet 25–28
2. Silk Road Adventure
"It's a journey of contrasts: Han and Uyghur ethnicity, Buddhist and Muslim religion, desert and mountain scenery, East and West (Central Asian) culture."
3. Yangtze River Cruises
"Cruise on the most interesting river in the world, and appreciate the Three Gorges Dam."

More China Travel Ideas & Suggestions

Top China Tours 2014

The best 10 tours for China in 2014. Planning to visit China in 2014? Then have a look.

Tibet
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Yangtze Cruise
How to plan a Yangtze Cruise?

When to go, which ship to choose, how to select a cabin, and more...

Beijing tours
How to plan a Beijing Tip?

Top places to visit, where to stay, places to eat, how to arrange the tour, and more…

Plan a day in Shanghai
How to Plan a Day in Shanghai?

Have a day free in Shanghai? Read ideas on how to spend your time.

Plan a day trip of Guilin
How to Plan a Day in Guilin?

There are so many things to see and do in Guilin. Read about how to make the best use of your time.