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CHINA HOLIDAYS AND TOURS

 

 

 

For thousands of years China has kept to itself, steeped in 5,000 years of hidden history. What makes China attractive as a travel destination is its fascinating culture and valuable antiquities. Ruins and relics from Neolithic settlements and the dynastic reigns of the mighty emperors are there to behold. The Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, and Terracotta Warriors of X'ian are just some of the incredible attractions to be seen in this ancient Eastern empire. The major cities, like Beijing and Shanghai, are modern metropolises offering fast food and glitzy stores alongside centuries-old historical buildings and traditional eating houses. Archaeological wonders vie with amazing architecture in the interior, while majestic mountains and remote monasteries crown the northern areas.

 

One of the best ways to explore this amazing country is on an organised tour, but independent travel is becoming easier and more popular. Millington Travel have staff who can offer a wealth of personal knowledge from their own visits to this fascinating and highly recommended destination, so we are well placed to offer the best independent advice.

 

 

 

Millington Travel's Top Ten Things to do in China

 

  1. Tiananmen Square. Don't forget your 'selfie' in front of Chairman Mao's Mausoleum.

  2. The Forbidden City. A huge collection of ancient, well preserved buildings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties

  3. Chengdu Giant Pandas. See these lovable animals up close. 

  4. The Great Wall of China, stretches over 4000 miles, viewed best at Badalang, Mutianyu & Jinshanling

  5. Summer Palace. A stunning palace and gardens, built in 1750, and an Imperial Residence until 1908.

  6. The Bund. Shanghai's famous promenade with a vibrant atmosphere. Cross the river for captivating city views.

  7. Terracotta Army. Discovered by accident in 1974, 6000 lifesize figures, built to guard the tomb of the First Emperor.

  8. Banpo Village. Dating back to 5000BC, it's the world's finest example of an agricultural Neolithic settlement.

  9. Hangzhou. An ancient capital city, described by Marco Polo as "beyond dispute the finest and the noblest in the world"

  10. Suzhou. Described as China's Venice, a visually stunning city of waterways, temples, architecture and gardens.

 

 

When to go?

 

Most of China has cold winters, when many tours do not operate. Summers are a great time to visit when the weather is hot across most of the country. The best time to visit however, is June, September and October, when temperatures are at their most comfortable for sightseeing. China has yet to develop many beach resorts, but Hainan Island in the far south is a good choice and is best visited in April & May, but the summer months are also hot and sunny with more rainfall.

 

 

 

Beijing, China

Light rain early. Morning clouds. Cool.

Light rain early. Morning clouds. Cool.

14 °C

57 °F

Humidity 54%
Wind 8Kph

Sun

Mostly sunny. Cool.

16 °C

61 °F

Mon

Mostly sunny. Mild.

17 °C

63 °F

Tue

Afternoon clouds. Cool.

16 °C

61 °F

Wed

Morning clouds. Mild.

18 °C

64 °F

Thu

Mostly sunny. Mild.

20 °C

68 °F

Fri

More sun than clouds. Mild.

22 °C

72 °F

Xi'An, China

High level clouds. Mild.

High level clouds. Mild.

20 °C

68 °F

Humidity 67%
Wind 7Kph

Sun

More clouds than sun. Mild.

21 °C

70 °F

Mon

More sun than clouds. Mild.

20 °C

68 °F

Tue

Broken clouds. Mild.

17 °C

63 °F

Wed

Morning clouds. Mild.

21 °C

70 °F

Thu

Mostly sunny. Mild.

22 °C

72 °F

Fri

Afternoon clouds. Mild.

21 °C

70 °F

Shanghai, China

Morning clouds. Cool.

Morning clouds. Cool.

22 °C

72 °F

Humidity 60%
Wind 27Kph

Sun

Morning clouds. Cool.

20 °C

68 °F

Mon

Morning clouds. Cool.

20 °C

68 °F

Tue

Sunny. Cool.

22 °C

72 °F

Wed

More sun than clouds. Mild.

22 °C

72 °F

Thu

Mostly cloudy. Cool.

22 °C

72 °F

Fri

Sunny. Mild.

22 °C

72 °F

 

 

Food & Drink

 

Chinese food in Beijing differs dramatically from the fare in Chinese restaurants worldwide. Beijing's famous Peking roast duck is the star attraction with several restaurants devoted entirely to it. Traditional Shanghai cuisine is known 

as benbang cai, and tends to be sweeter than food from other Chinese regions. Southern Cantonese cuisine is famous worldwide. The staples of Cantonese food are barbecue and dim sum, and you'll find adventurous fare involving reptiles, amphibians and even insects, or more palatable fare like seafood and pork. Cantonese food is known for its good vegetarian variety as well. Sezhuan food is found in the Southwest and blasts the tastebuds with pungency and spiciness of garlic and chilli peppers.

 

 

 

To discover all of China's treasures for yourself, give us a call at Millington Travel for the best independent advice and great value for money.

 

 

 

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