Top Things to Do in China

China is a vast country with diverse landscapes and cultures. It might be confusing as to how to plan a China tour. China Highlights has categorized the following destinations, attractions and things to do according to month of visit, interests, whether it is your first or second trip etc. visit to China, duration and budget, view our top 10 China Tours now.

Places to Visit by Month

the snow sculpture in Harbin1. January and February

The freezing weather in North China gives rise to various winter activities, such as skiing and ice and snow festivals, while on the warm southernmost Hainan Island, people enjoy sunshine and beaches. Recommended Tour: Beijing Essence and Nanshan Ski Tour

Li River cruise2. March, April and May

It is one of the best times to visit China, when the weather gets warmer, flowers bloom, grass sprouts and rivers flow. In South China, the spring offers a great chance to see fields of cole flowers and rice terrace fields in the countryside. Recommended Tour: Amazing Southwest China Natural Scenery Tour

Yangtze River cruise3. June, July and August

It is summer time, the hottest and most humid months in China. There are places to escape or embrace the summer heat. It is also a good time for visiting Tibet, where there will be pleasant weather and grand festivals. Recommended Tour: All-Round Tour of Tibet

autumn colors in Beijing4. September and October

Autumn is one of the best seasons to visit China with pleasant weather. October 1-7 is China’s National Day Holiday, when tour prices rise and scenic spots are crowded; avoid visiting during this period. Recommended Tour: Fairy Land Tour to Jiuzhaigou and Mount E'mei

autumn colors in Jiuzhaigou5. November and December

It slowly turns into winter. With the holiday season coming, this period provides good opportunities for shopping.

Recommended Tour: Dali Classic Tour

Places to Visit by Theme/Interest

1. Festivals ExperienceChinese New Year decorations market

Various festivals, including Chinese traditional festivals and festivals of many ethnic minorities, fill the calendar throughout the year. The most important festival for the Chinese people is Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), and is also the best time of the year to see traditional performances such as lion dance, dragon dance and other activities. Recommended Tours: China Festival Tours

2. SportsJinshanling Great Wall Hiking

For active travelers, there are some grand events at international level held in China. Also, many scenic spots are suitable for sports activities like hiking, biking and skiing. There is something for every one with varying physique and adventure levels. Recommended Tours: China Hiking Tours

3. Historythe Great Wall

With over 4,000 years of history, China is one of four ancient civilizations in the world. The historical legacy serves as a valuable pool of material, spiritual and philosophical traditions. Historical sites and relics are many travelers' reasons to visit China. Recommended Tours: China Museums Tours

4. SceneryLongji Terraced Fields

With a vast expanse of territory, China boasts diverse and picturesque natural beauty. As of 2010, 40 sites had been inscribed as World Heritage Sites, including 29 cultural, 7 natural and 4 cultural and natural heritage sites. Recommended Tours: Natural Scenery Tours

5. Chinese CuisineBeijing roast duck

Food has a special meaning to Chinese people. China is considered a gourmet paradise because of its great variety of food and a surprising range of ingredients used. Chinese food is healthy, delicious, and above all, different. Recommended Tours: Chinese Food Tours

China Highlights' customers visiting Li River in Guilin 6. Honeymoon

Honeymoon couples can have a most romantic and unforgettable experience in China. There are many options for couples, and they can select the destinations and activities depending on their personal choice and preferences. Recommended Tours: China Honeymoon Tours. Read more on best places for a second trip to China

Places to Visit on Your ... Time to China

China Highlights' Customers at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing 1. First Time to China

For first-time visitors, the following destinations can help them a general impression of China: Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and Guilin. These four places are the most popular destinations for visitors both in China and from around the world. They represent China's past, present, scenery and development. Recommended Tour: 8-Day of Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai

2. Second Time to ChinaVictoria Peak Hong Kong

The following are also among the most famous and popular destinations in China. They are suitable for travelers who have already grasped a glimpse of China and want to explore more of it. Recommended Tour: 8-Day Explore Shangri-La Tour

Heavenly Lake in Xinjiang Province 3. Third Time to China

For travelers who have visited China for several times, it is suggested that they travel to relatively remote or less-travelled destinations, to see more of China's ethnic minorities, landscape and culture. Recommended Tour: 17-Day Tracks of Marco Polo Tour

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