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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

More sun than clouds. Hot.

More sun than clouds. Hot.

36 °C

97 °F

Humidity 42%
Wind 15Kph

Fri

Sunny. Hot.

36 °C

97 °F

Sat

More sun than clouds. Hot.

34 °C

93 °F

Sun

More sun than clouds. Hot.

35 °C

95 °F

Mon

Morning clouds. Hot.

34 °C

93 °F

Tue

Strong thunderstorms. More clouds than sun. Extremely hot.

37 °C

99 °F

Wed

Tstorms early. Afternoon clouds. Hot.

33 °C

91 °F

Xi'An, China

Morning clouds. Hot.

Morning clouds. Hot.

35 °C

95 °F

Humidity 40%
Wind 12Kph

Fri

Afternoon clouds. Extremely hot.

36 °C

97 °F

Sat

Mostly sunny. Extremely hot.

38 °C

100 °F

Sun

Sunny. Extremely hot.

39 °C

102 °F

Mon

Mostly sunny. Extremely hot.

39 °C

102 °F

Tue

More sun than clouds. Extremely hot.

39 °C

102 °F

Wed

Numerous showers. Mostly cloudy. Warm.

29 °C

84 °F

Shanghai, China

Thunderstorms. More clouds than sun. Warm.

Thunderstorms. More clouds than sun. Warm.

32 °C

90 °F

Humidity 69%
Wind 11Kph

Fri

Isolated tstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.

31 °C

88 °F

Sat

a few tstorms. Breaks of sun late. Warm.

31 °C

88 °F

Sun

Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Warm.

32 °C

90 °F

Mon

Thunderstorms. Partly sunny. Hot.

33 °C

91 °F

Tue

Thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.

27 °C

81 °F

Wed

More clouds than sun. Warm.

30 °C

86 °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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