China is a year-round travel destination. Regardless of when you go, there is always a place that is worth visiting.
We are pleased to inform you that China has officially announced the resumption of all kinds of visas, including tourist visas (L Visa), from March 15th, 2023. If you possess a 10-year China Visa obtained before COVID-19, and it remains valid, you can enter China without applying for a new one.
China Highlights takes pride in being the most highly-rated China travel agency on TA with over 10,000 reviews and winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence year-on-year. Despite the pandemic, we have maintained healthy business operations in China and served more than 4,000 China expats with customized travel services from 2020 to 2022.
We would be honored to tailor-make your flexible private China tour. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time to discuss your travel plans.
The Best Time to Visit China
Weather-wise,the best times to visit China are spring (April–May) and autumn (September–October), when most of the popular places have their most tourism-friendly weather.
The cultural and historical destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi'an are hardly affected by weather conditions. They are suitable to be visited all year round. (See Best Time to Visit Beijing)
Recommended private China tours:
- China Golden Triangle - 8-Day Beijing – Xi'an – Shanghai Tour
- China Classic Wonders - 11-Day Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shangha
- Land of Pandas - 13-Day Private Tour: Beijing – Xi'an – Chengdu –Yangtze Cruise – Shanghai
- Secrets of Beijing - 4-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Night Tour
The Worst Time to Visit China
Most of attractions are flooded with Chinese tourists during the festival and holidays as below:
- Labor Day Holiday (May 1-3)
- Chinese National Day Holiday (October 1-7)
- Chinese New Year Holiday (in late January or early to mid February).
If you are travelling during the above periods, book well in advance and get ready for crowds of Chinese tourists. You can send us an inquiry directly with your travel requirements. With China Highlights, you enjoy no-risk booking, 100% refund policy! (up to 24 hours before departure)
See How to Avoid Crowds at China's 10 Busiest Attractions.
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China Highlights for all your China trips
Since August 2022 Sharon Huang is my Travel Advisor at China Highlights #chinahighlights. I have booked several trips and was always extremely happy with our customized itinerary based on my interest. Sharon is always immediately responding and is happy to assist with creating an unforgettable trip. I can only highly recommend Sharon and China Highlights for your travel within China. You should not look further and trust their experience and expertise. For my part, I’m already looking forward to discover more of this amazing and diverse country.more
May 2023, Adriana
April 2023 Tours in China, Carol Wang Advisor, China Highlights
I highly recommend the Company #china highlights and their guides Ryan/Shanghai-Suzhou, Lulu/ Hangzhou, Li or Lee/Zhangjiajie, Jenny/ Guilin, Adam/ Quanzhou, Gerry/ Hengdian-Hangzhoumore
May 2023, JeanneC
Guilin Tour with China Highlights
We had a really nice tour with China Highlights and our Tourguide Chase in Guilin. The unique mountain landscape is a must-see when visiting China and a welcoming change to the big city life. We also went to Yuangshuo with the li river cruise and stayed at a cozy hotel. The tour was very well planned and they made sure that we had a great time.more
May 2023, Valentin B
Guilin area and rice terraces
We just returned from a trip to Guilin, the mountain rice terraces, the Li River, and a tour of local markets and farms. Roger Li was helpful setting up the trip, and Jenny Zheng was a fantastic tour guide. Very knowledgeable and fun to be with. Ms. Tao was a safe diver as well. Beautiful scenery and a worthwhile trip. Accommodations were good and we loved the food. Highly recommended!more
May 2023, Ken Smith
Guilin to Longsheng Rice Terraced Fields/ Minority Village at Guilin
My first tour was to drive to the rice terraced fields of Longsheng. I have only seen pictures before so it was truly amazing to see this in person. My guide Jenny #chinahighlights, did an excellent job of watching me as I walked and pointing out everything along the way. Insects, plants, explanations of what is going on with the plantings of rice, in particular. I had no idea at all about those details. We ended by climbing down and up into the village which you see down below at the beginning. Jenny brought me to a local house and our hostess had already prepared the sticky rice and smoked pork in bamboo, a fresh pickled cucumber salad, plus some home made sticky rice wine. All were very new and all very good! I recommend this trip as a learning experience! It is a lot of walking but it's worth it.more
May 2023, Jeanne Christine
Private Tour with China Highlights
This was a private tour with China Highlights for 8 of us (6 adults and 2 children aged 10 and 6) as part of a larger tour taking in Beijing and Wuhan. Our guide, Jenny, was fantastic and helped us to get the most out of the trip. She took us to some lovely, off the beaten track, restaurants and took care to plan the itinerary around our needs. We required a minibus for transport and the driver too was excelent. The weather wasn't kind to us as it was very humid and misty and there was some rain, but the trip to the rice fields and the boat trip through the Karst mountain scenery were both great. Some of us also went on the bamboo rafting trip which was well organised and very safe.more
Apr 2023, Alan H
Had een amazing six day trip in Guilin…
The guide, Chase, was very friendly, helpful and thoughtful. He showed up extra early or stayed later than planned just to help me order food in Chinese at a local restaurant or show me around an amazing park as a bonus to the activities of the day. He has a lot of knowledge of the area, speaks excellent English and is experienced enough to know what a western tourist needs to navigate such a unique area and culture. Guilin is amazing and I feel that China Highlights and my guide Chase helped me get the max out of a six day stay.more
Apr 2023, F. H.
Guillin and Yangshuo - Beautiful and Serene Must-See Landscape
We went on a private two-day tour of Guillin and Yangshuo with China Highlights during the Qingming spring break holiday. Chase was our guide and we will definitely recommend him to others. He made the whole trip run smoothly so we could just enjoy and relax. He was very patient, kind, and helpful with us and our two small children. We enjoyed talking with him about Chinese culture and his own life experiences. We loved our stay at The Moondance Hotel. The home style tofu dish and waffles they made were delicious! The highlights for our family were the Reed Flute Cave, Li River cruise, and bike ride through the countryside of Yangshuo. We wish we had a few more days in Yangshuo to explore more of the breathtaking natural landscape. Thank you Chase and China Highlights for an unforgettable time in such a beautiful place!more
Apr 2023, Leah
An Awesome Trip to Yangshuo Guilin
And our luck doesn’t just end there, it continues with our guide, Jay. Jay was very caring and observant. He anticipated our needs and looked after us. He was also very knowledgeable about the history and the geography of Guilin and Yangshuo. However, he would never bore us with too much details; he knew when to stop, but if we showed interest, and wanted to hear more, Jay always had more to share. And knowing my kids didn’t speak good Chinese, he would repeat in English again, making sure my kids didn’t miss out the important stuffs. Another good thing about having private tour is the flexibility. The rainy season started already in April, and there was this one day we were supposed to go to the bamboo rafting, but Jay was quick to suggest about swapping our program, so that we went first to the fan workshop, then the bamboo rafting and dodged the rain. Jay was kind and pleasant to be with. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is planning a trip to the Guilin / Yangshuo area. I once had doubts about Yangshuo being a boring scenic place, but now I am mesmerized by its beauty and the exciting activities it offers.more
Apr 2023, dingsmama
Stunning landscape rich in history and culture
Very well organised and professional service from start to finish. We had an amazing tour guide (Gary) who taught us so much about the culture and history of the area. His local knowledge gave us a true insight into the history of the people as we walked through the ancient villages and stunning landscape. I thoroughly recommend visiting Guilin and Yangshuo - such a magical place! I would also recommend Gary as a tour guide as he took us to some amazing hidden gems that were a little off the beaten track :)more
Apr 2023, Will M
Beautiful trip to Stunning Yangshuo and Guilin!
I had the opportunity to be in the area and, even though I was traveling solo, couldn't miss seeing Guilin and Yangshuo. I'm sure glad I didn't. Gary Wei was an excellent guide who gave me personalized attention and made sure everything went smoothly. More than that, he has such a pleasant, positive personality, I never felt alone and always had fun. And, since I was traveling solo, he took lots and lots of pictures for me! Bamboo raft cruise down the Li River, a hike along the river bank, countryside biking in Yangshuo, exploring caves and hills around the area…everything was magically beautiful. I only wish I had a couple more days to spend because there is so much to do and see. Thanks, Gary, for a wonderful three days!!more
Mar 2023, christinajeanne
Gorgeous Guilin with Gary
What made it all the better of course was the sure and steady guidance of Gary whose knowledge and love for his home was as bountiful as the greenery all about! Upon arriving in Guilin, Gary and our wonderful driver, whose knowledge of the roads and navigating skill are a credit to her, escorted me to my first hotel in Guilin proper which was not only beautiful, with its spectacular waterfall feature, but also manned by friendly and experienced staffmore
Jan 2023, Apis N
An Exceptional Tour with China Highlights - Highly Recommended!
She was knowledgeable and friendly and took care of every small detail to ensure we had a great time at every destination. She was also very considerate of our baby and made sure that we had everything we needed to make our vacation comfortable and enjoyable.more
Jan 2023, Imane
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
During Golden Week holidays we spent 7 wonderful days in Guilin, Longsheng and Yangshuo. Thanks to Carol for a well organized and stressless trip and also to our tour guide Henry who was always very knowledgeable and supportive. He did a great job making the trip comfortable and enjoyable for us.more
Oct 2022, Anja
Amazing trip to Guilin and Yangshuo
Thanks to Gary Wei and China heights for an amazing customised three day excursion in Guilin. Really enjoyed caving, the rock climbing and a relaxing afternoon with stand up paddle. Gary our tour guide was able to find paths off the beaten track and often time there were no other tourist to be seen. He also went out his way to make sure we’re well provisioned and took his own initiative to not only be our tour guide and our own photographer, providing us with many more and different memories of the trip. We would highly recommend both china highlight and especially Gary Wei as your local guide for a worry free, non stress trip.more
Oct 2022, Yujie Z
Guilin and Yangshuo
We had wonderful holidays in Guilin and Yangshuo during the golden week. Our guide Linda was able to plan the activities in a way that we manage to visit several places in short time. It was something very special to be the first person to go rafting and on the “wild” hiking to the top of the mountain to enjoy a beautiful view. Thanks to Linda we had an unforgettable holiday with many special moments.more
Oct 2022, Karla
Lovely getaway during National holidays to Yangshuo
Thanks to Sharon from China Highlights to organize such a great customized trip. A big shoutout to our amazing tour guide Gray. He made sure that traveling even during such a busy period of time was such a joy. Gary went out of his way caring for us. And his photography skills are spot on to have beautiful memories also captured in the digital way and not just in our hearts. We loved our time in beautiful Yangshuo and will be definitely back to Guilin anytime soon.more
Oct 2022, Adriana Peiris
Perfect holidays in Guanxi!
We had a wonderful experience in Guanxi. Our tour guide Henry was not only well informed about sights, history and local hotspots, he managed to make our trip to Guilin, Longcheng and Yangshuo interesting, funny and relaxing all in once. He really knows how to give interesting insights to parents and kids and took perfect care for both of our families. The tour organization was great !more
Oct 2022, Daniel
I travelled to Guilin with friends and was really amazing. China Highlights is a very professional agency that will take care of every detail. Our guide was Frank, very passionate and helpful all time. Great experiencemore
Oct 2022, Daniela G
Explore Guilin by Bike
We had 4 amazing days with China highlights in Guilin. Our Guide Steven made it a perfect experience! It was definitely one of our most memorable trips we ever had and thanks to China highlights and our guide Steven everything went so smooth that we didn’t have to worry about anything - perfect holiday!more
Sep 2022, Benedikt P
Visiting China in Spring (April to May)
Weather: It is warm and comfortable. Temperatures average 10–23°C (50–73°F), warming up, with fresh air. Though relatively dry in north China, rain intensifies toward summer in south China.
Spring is one of the best times to visit China, especially for nature lovers. Flowers bloom and temperatures are cool to warm.
Wet weather needn't dampen travelers' spirits in the south of China. The rains can actually enhance views, with mountain mists in areas like the Li River (Guilin) and the Yellow Mountains.
If you're bothered by rain showers, make your trip to drier Beijing and Xi'an. See more on Top Places You Should Visit in China's Warm Spring.
Recommended China tours for spring:
- 3-Day Ancient Villages and Yellow Mountain Tour
- 4-Day Western Sichuan Tibetan Spring Tour from Chengdu
- 5-Day Kunming, Luoping, and Wanfenglin Tour
- 8-Day Lhasa, Nyingchi, and Bome Spring Tour
Start planning your tailor-made tour now. Your 1:1 travel consultant will reply within 1 working day.
Visiting China in Summer (June to August)
Weather: Summer is hot. daily temperatures average 25–33°C (77–91°F); rainy season in most areas, especially south and east China
Summer is in fact the time with most things to do in China - from city sightseeing and sunny mountain hiking to minority festivals.
It offers optimum conditions for mountain and highland destinations, such as Tibet, Yunnan, Guilin, and Zhangjiajie. .
Be prepared for heat and try to book in advance if you are visiting Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. If traveling to southeast China, e.g. Hong Kong, be flexible with your itinerary in case of flight delays or cancellations caused by typhoons.
Summer (June–August) is a good time to travel, except for the crowds and the heat. It is a peak travel time for Chinese families with school-age children, and students.
If the heat and crowds are challenges for you, a private tour will make your trip easier and more comfortable. Your guide can help you avoid the crowds and private air-conditioned transport will keep you cooler. See more on How to Plan a Summer Trip to China.
Recommended China tours for summer:
- 8-Day Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La Tour
- 5-Day Dynamic Guilin and Yangshuo Tour
- 2-Day Wolong Panda Keeper Program Tour
- 3-Day Zhongwei Desert Tour with Winery Experience
- 8-Day Qinghai Lake, Zhangye, and Dunhuang Tour
If you have other places you want to go, you can also contact us. We will create a trip according to your group size, time, budget, interests, and other requirements.
Visiting China in Fall (September to October)
Weather: Temperatures average 15–27°C (59–81°F), lower rainfall, more clear days
Overall, autumn in China has the best weather conditions with less rain than spring or summer, and more clear days. Most of China has warm to cool temperatures, and the summer rains have stopped (apart from around Hong Kong). So it's relatively dry.
Many travelers choose autumn to visit China, especially outdoor activity lovers. The fall hues and variety of fresh local fruits will enhance your trip.
Get inspiration from Top Places to Visit in Autumn in China.
Recommended China tours for autumn:
- 8-Day Lhasa to Everest Base Camp Tour
- 7-Day When Silk Road Culture Meets Fabulous Fall Colors
- 5-Day Chengdu, Daocheng, and Yading Tour
- 5-Day Zhangjiajie Hiking and Biking Tour for Any Level
- 2-Day Jiankou Wild Great Wall Camping Tour
Visiting China in Winter (November to March)
Weather: Average daily high temperatures of 8°C (46°F), in northern China it's usually below zero
China's winter low travel season is from November to (early) March. In the low season, although the weather is colder, you can save money on hotels, flights, and entry tickets, and you can avoid the tourist crowds.
Cities in China's north and northwest areas like Beijing, Xinjiang, and Harbin are gorgeous under a blanket of snow. The annual Harbin Ice and Snow Festival opens in late December and lasts for around 2 months.
If you can't handle the chilly weather, south China has warm places, such as Hong Kong, Macau, Sanya, and southern Yunnan.
See more on our China Winter Travel Guide - Places to Go, Activities, Suggestions.
Recommended China tours for winter:
- 6-Day Beijing Winter Tour with Skiing in a 2022 Olympic Winter Games Venue
- 7-Day Harbin, China Snow Town, and Changbai Mountain Tour
- 6-Day Harbin Ice Festival Experience and Yabuli Club Med Tour
- 6-Day Xishuangbanna and Pu'er Tour
- 6-Day Sanya and Wanning Tour
- 7-Day Kunming, Dali, and Lijiang Winter Tour
All our tours can be customized. The itinerary can be adjusted according to your group size, time, budget, interests, and other requirements. Just contact us.
Best Time to Experience China's Traditional Festivals
If you are after China's traditional and ethnic culture, and are fond of colorful local pageantry, travel to China during a traditional festival, such as:
- Chinese New Year: in late January or February
- Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival: in September or early October
- Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: in late December till late February of the next year
- See more on China's festivals.
Join in the festive celebrations and experience authentic Chinese culture with our China festival tours. You can find out how locals celebrate the most important days in their calendars.
Let Us Help You Plan Your China Trip
Our travel advisors are very glad to give you suggestions and guidance for your trip planning. They can tailor-make your trip according to your interests and requirements, and help to find the best time of year to go to China for you.
Let us help you design a trip now. Or you can have a look at our most popular customizable itineraries:
- The Golden Triangle: Beijing – Xi'an – Shanghai (8 days)
- Classic Wonders: Beijing – Xi'an – Guilin/Yangshuo – Shanghai (11 days)
- Find more ideas on our China tours.
Or you can read our suggestions on how to plan your trip to China this year.