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China's attractions exceed other countries' in size, depth, and variety, and its tourism-friendly infrastructure is growing. In 2018, the time has come for even more creative and comfortable China tours.
We suggest these six places to visit in 2018 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 offers the best windows into today's China and its glorious past. Beijing is also one of China's top gateway cites with the biggest airport in the country.
Shanghai offers the best view of China's recent development. It is mainland China's most prosperous city. China's biggest city is far from the stereotypical China of history books. The impressive skylines and bustling economy show you the forefront of China's development. Like Beijing, Shanghai is another major gateway city.
Xi'an is to China as Rome is to Europe in ancient civilizations.
Guilin's karst landscapes are the Chinese conception of the most beautiful place on earth. The limestone hills are spectacular with lush vegetation and towering pointy peaks, in a setting of paddy fields and winding rivers. The rice terraces provide a breathtaking contrast.
Although you may see a giant panda in a zoo in the United States, the place to see more of them in their native habitat, and grow a deeper understanding of them, is Chengdu, China. See the Giant Buddha, ancient streets, and sample the spicy hotpot.
Zhangjiajie was thrust into foreign travelers' eyes through the alien planet movie Avatar.
Our pre-designed itineraries provide some ideas and samples of what we can do, to get you started. We specialize in authentic and tailor-made China experiences. Contact us to customize an itinerary.
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!
This is our most popular itinerary for a first China trip. Our time-smart schedule will allow you to discover the three major tourist cities of China at a relaxed pace.
Dujiangyan Panda Base is the most easily accessable base in China to join the Panda Keeper Program. Want to get close to a lovely panda and hold one in your arms? Come to join our one day tour.
Generally speaking, China's cultural and historical attractions are good for a visit all year around. Due to its huge size and geographic diversity, no matter what season of the year, there is always a place that is optimal for visiting.
This table paints the picture in China's tourist heartland of Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai, but is by no means true everywhere:
We understand huge crowds at attractions may affect your travel experience. Here we list vacations you may want to avoid when planning a China trip:
Our travel experts know how to minimize the effects of peak travel season by navigating around the crowds wherever possible. Whenever you travel with us, we will make your China trip is enjoyable and memorable for the right reasons, create your trip with China Highlights.
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.
To discover more of China, like its magical natural landscapes, you will need a few more days.
The most popular China gateway cities in order are (entry city + exit city):
Foreign citizens will normally need a visa to visit China. We recommend you apply for your China visa one or two months before your travel date. Applying for a visa with the help of an online visa center may save you a lot of hassle.
For travelers holding a U.S. passport, we recommend VisaHQ, who provides a fast, efficient service at a very competitive price. Visit their website at https://chinahighlights.visahq.net/.
Hate the idea of visiting the Great Wall in a group of 40 people, with only one hour to spare? A tailor-made private tour is a better choice:
Your own customized itinerary means you can ride aside car through the ancient alleys of Beijing, walk on the wilder and more remote Great Wall, and visit a local family. You can explore China your own way.
You will have your own dedicated travel experts, who will help you design your trip. The creation of your perfect itinerary is a combination of your ideas and needs, and your expert's suggestions. We live in China, and our experts know and understand China deeply.
Travel when you prefer or your schedule allows.“Your pace” means you can stay longer on the Great Wall, or end early in the afternoon for more free time. Enjoy great flexibility on your tour.