why travel solo to china?
One of the world’s oldest civilizations, yet also the fastest developing; China is a place of intense contrasts - making it an excellent choice for your next adventure.
Your trip to China will be a tale of two halves, thanks to the wildly different experiences you’ll have between city and countryside. Noisy, ultra-modern yet historic, and each with their own individual charms (and incredible cuisine); Shanghai and Beijing represent the China you’re probably expecting – and then some. In these cities, you’ll visit impressive temples, the iconic Tiananmen Square, vast shopping districts, picturesque gardens, and experience Shanghai’s traditional Hu cuisine.
Then there’s the countryside. A mystical, quieter world where Giant Buddhas, mountains, pandas, the Great Wall, charming markets and traditional architecture will keep you endlessly occupied.
If you’re looking for diversity and culture, travel in China is up there with the best.
What’s the weather like in China?
China has a range of climates, varying from tropical monsoon to alpine highland. Temperatures can reach as high as 40ºC (104ºF) in summer, and drop as low as -30ºC (-22ºF) in winter, depending on where you are in the country.
Average temp in high season
What’s the national language in China?
What is the currency in China?
Chinese Yuan Renminbi
Chinese Standard Time is GMT+8
Top three activities
1. Walk along the Great Wall of China
2. Learn Sichuan cuisine in Chengdu
3. Master the art of calligraphy in Xi’an
Top five dishes to try
1. Kung pao chicken
2. Ma po tofu
4. Wonton noodle soup
5. Yangzhou fried rice
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Top places to visit in China
China’s sprawling capital is where ancient history and industrious modernity collide, resulting in a city which is constantly redefining not only itself, but the nation and its place in the world. Travel to Beijing, and you’ll discover a multilayered city brimming with cultural richness.
One of China’s most storied cities, Xi’an was the endpoint of the Silk Road – a fact to which Xi’an owes its impressive heritage. It’s home to the Terracotta Army, as well as ancient mosques, a labyrinthine Muslim Quarter and Ming-era city walls.
While Chengdu has less to offer in terms of historical sites and heritage than other Chinese cities, it more than makes up for it in its famous regional cuisine – a fantastic place to master the basics of Sichuan cuisine.
Glamorous Shanghai is the beating heart of Chinese culture, from its Michelin-starred restaurant scene to its vibrant music and art venues. This is the sort of place to put the map down, and let the rhythm of the city carry you from one place to another.
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