China Travel Guide

Plan ahead for your holiday to China. Our comprehensive travel guide is full of useful travel tips from local customs, advice for single travellers, the best time to visit, our picks for the best places to visit, tourist visa information and lots more. Read our special section on the different parts of the Great Wall to visit as well as insider tips on seeing China's national emblem, the Panda bear. And for a bit of inspiration, drop in at our video lounge where you'll find lots to get your travel bug biting again.

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Best Places to Visit

Think China and think great walls, vast terracotta armies and buzzing modern metropolises, coupled with fabulous food and intoxicating culture. Here's our top picks for a truly memorable holiday.

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Best Time to Visit

Information on the best months to visit China, temperature charts, tourist site closures, interesting festivals and events, as well as our travel calendar for 2017.

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Top Travel Tips

Planning a trip to China and want to cover all bases before you go? Look no further - here you'll find lots of handy information to help make sure your visit runs as smoothly as possible.

Visas

Tourist Visas

All foreign nationals must obtain a visa for a visit to China. It is essential that the China visa is obtained prior to travel and here's information on how to get one.

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China Video Lounge

Whether you are an amateur photographer or professional film maker, there's just something about China that makes it easy to capture on camera.

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Traveller Reviews

Don't just take our word for it. Have a read through reviews of our tours and tailor-made holiday to China from recent travellers who recently visited with us.

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Visiting the Great Wall

To help you plan your visit to the Great Wall of China we've put together this handy guide with information on the different sections, how to get there, where to stay, when to go and much more.

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Seeing Pandas in China

As the country's national emblem, pandas feature highly on the wishlist when visiting China though with so few of them left, seeing them requires some insider knowledge and a bit of planning.

Get to know China

Recommended Reading

  • Wild Swans
    by Jung Chang
  • Country Driving
    by Peter Hessler
  • Mao: A Biography
    by Ross Terrill
Did you know...?

Facts about China

  • Fortune cookies are not a traditional Chinese custom - they were invented in San Francisco in the early 1900s.
  • The Chinese military are training 10,000 pigeons as part of a 'reserve pigeon army' in case communications ever fail.
  • The first live crab vending machine was introduced in China with the promise that all crabs will come out alive!

China Travel Advice

We keep abreast of the latest travel guidance to China and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for China:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official China Tourist Organisation site and the latest China Weather Updates from the BBC.

CHINA TRAVEL BLOGS: Get to grips with China and its idiosyncrasies with our selection of blogs - Hao Hao Report, China Smack and Red Cook.

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