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China’s main draws exceed other countries in size, depth, and variety. It has the world’s richest breadth of culture, most varied and spectacular natural wonders, and most impressive architectural feats.
In 2017 it’s time for even more creative China tours. There are more attractions, more high-end hotel options, and more high-speed rail options than ever. Below our travel specialists provide some smart travelers' tips to help you plan your China trip in 2017…
We suggest these six places to visit in 2017 according to our travel experiences, and our customers’ choices and feedback.
Beijing, China's capital city for over 700 years, is a vibrant blend of historic grandeur and impressive modernity. It is home to some of the finest remnants of China’s imperial past, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City… Beijing is a must for a first trip to China.
Shanghai is China’s largest and richest city. It offers you a glimpse of the future of China. The impressive skylines and colonial architecture of the Bund display an atmosphere of vitality rivaling New York and London.
Xi’an is to China as Rome is to Europe in ancient civilizations. China’s ancient culture focused around Xi’an for a thousand years. As capital of nine ancient dynasties, Xi’an has many ancient attractions, from the Terracotta Army (206 BC) to medieval Tang Dynasty feasts and entertainment.
Guilin’s karst landscapes are the Chinese conception of the most beautiful place on earth. The ever-green limestone hills, sparkling rivers, and traditional villages are the inspiration of China’s landscape paintings. “I have found that no city can surpass the beauty of Guilin.” — Former US President Nixon
Although you may see a giant panda in your country, the place to see more of them and grow a deep understanding of them is Chengdu. Only in Chengdu can you hold a panda, or take care of pandas by joining a panda keeper program.
Zhangjiajie was thrust into foreign travelers' eyes through the alien planet movie Avatar. The Hallelujah Mountains were inspired by Heavenly Pillar in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Zhangjiajie is famous for its dense precarious peaks, deep gorges, limpid streams, and biodiversity.
China is multi-layered, and we understand you won’t want your China trip to only scratch the surface of China’s grand civilization. We suggest you take at least 8 days for your first China trip to see a spectrum of the highlights of the country: the majestic Imperial Palace, awesome Great Wall, spectacular Terracotta Warriors, and stunning Shanghai skyline.
To discover more of China, like its magical natural landscapes, you will need a few more days. Click here and contact China Highlights about creating your own itinerary.
We understand scenery and outdoor experiences particularly are affected by the seasons, and travel at a bad time may ruin your holiday. Our travel specialists advice is as follows:
China’s major holidays are definitely not a good time to visit (unless you want to take part in the celebrations) as your will see ‘people hills, people sea’ everywhere on attractions. And prices for hotels at least double.
You can travel alone (independently), in a tour group, or on a private tour in China.
Here are the most popular tour formats being booked for 2017. Remember, you can customize our tours to your destinations, schedule, and areas of interest. Our suggested itineraries are to help you to get your trip planning started.
This is a private tour that takes you through China’s ancient glory to its ambitious modernity, and through China’s spectacular landscapes. Get to know China in 11 days!
Explore China’s classic sights in exceptional ways, which many tourists fail to try: hiking on a wild Great Wall section, biking alongside Yangshuo’s idyllic paddy fields, exploring China’s culinary culture with a cooking class…
Explore the habitat of wild giant pandas and experience being a panda keeper for a day in Wolong Panda Center, China’s largest giant panda habitat reserve. The reserve was devastated by the 2008 earthquake, but has just reopened at the end of 2016. Be one of the first travelers to Wolong in 8 years.
China Highlights specialize in discovery: finding out new and exciting things about China…