Tips for Your First Trip to China

learning Chinese

learning Chinese

Have you been to China before, or are you going to have a visit to China in the near future? China is catheterized by long history, profound culture and vast territory full of cultural and natural scenery. In China, you can not only experience the beautiful scenery full of challenge and mystery, but also the hospitality of Chinese people, and even the all kinds of delicious local food. Is it alluring? Yeah, just start to plane your trip to China from now. And here are some tips for your first trip to China to help you enjoy your China tour!

Shop in Yangshuo

Shop in Yangshuo

The first thing you should do and overcome for your trip to China is to break the language barrier. The language barrier should be the number one hurdle to overcome for a foreigner when traveling to China. Though you can seek for help from some Chinese by speaking English in urban areas of China, it does not work every time because you might not always count on finding someone speaking English. Therefore, learning some Chinese ( Pu Tong Hua) , even just something simple, is really a great help to make your China trip much more enjoyable and easier.

Beijing Roast Duck

Beijing Roast Duck

Next, you’d better know something about Bargaining in Chinese. During your tour, you will come across many sellers selling their souvenirs or food, and you will be likely to be defrauded if you know nothing about the Chinese bargaining. Remember, do not ask about price if you are not planning to buy any of these things. If you do ask, they may follow you for a long way. Generally, when you are bargaining, cut prices by 2/3. If they do not accept your price, just pretend to leave and refuse to buy their goods. Normally, they might call you back and sell to you at your price.

steamed pork buns Shanghai

steamed pork buns Shanghai

Besides, for your first time to China, tasting Chinese Food is a must-do thing as China has a profound food culture and every region in China has a distinct style of cooking. Beijing roast duck, Shanghai steamed pork buns, Xi’an dumplings and Chinese hamburgers, Guilin rice noodles are great food in China. Do not forget to taste the street snacks if time permitting as the street snacks are often the best features of a city’s culinary experience such as Beijing’s egg cakes in the morning for breakfast and Guilin’s barbecue stands in the evening.

Guilin rice noodles

Guilin rice noodles

Learn more about the China travel tips so as you can have enough time to do something what you like or experience Chinese people’s life such as tasting more Chinese food, experiencing traditional and local Chinese cuisines culture and even make some Chinese dishes personally. In this way, your first trip to China will be wonderful and unforgettable.

The Best Time to Have a Travel to China (Part Two)

autumn of Xinjing

autumn of Xinjing

Late March and Early April in Spring are No.5 time to visit China over than late autumn, especially visit the north China. This is because it is warmer at that time and this is the time for seeing spring flowers in North China; While flowers often come earlier in the warmer south. Besides, you can have your tour to Suzhou, Hangzhou or some other water towns to enjoy the beautiful flowers and green willows and even walking in the spring rains to experience to poetic phenomenon there. It is the low season so travel is cheaper.

Spring of Suzhou

Spring of Suzhou

November or late autumn ranks No.6. November is the best time to see fall colors across China. If you’d like to travel to south of China, late autumn is better than early spring as it is drier, and there are still some warm days. It is also the low season so you can travel cheaper, and you can have a visit to Xinjiang to view its particular Autumn scenery.

Winter of Harbin

Winter of Harbin

For most of the people, winter may not be a good choice to go out for a tour. However, December to early March of China is the No.7 time. Though it is cold, it is the best time for you to visit Harbin’s Ice and Snow Festival and China’s ski resorts. Besides,  Hainan Island and  Sanya, and other places that just fall within the tropics like Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, etc., which enjoy mild winters. Kunming, the Spring City, maintains mild weather all year round, so Yunnan’s capital and the tropical rainforest of southernmost Yunnan could be comfortably visited.

Inner Mongolia Grassland

Inner Mongolia Grassland

What you should pay attention to is that avoid the Labor Day holiday week (May 1 – 7) and first week of October (Chinese National Day Holiday) when attractions, transport, and hotels are packed with Chinese tourists and prices go up considerably.

Tibet

Tibet

The Best Time to Have a Travel to China (Part One)

Xiangshan

Xiangshan

Ranking No.3, China covers a area of more than 9, 600,000 square kilometers, which makes its wether varies from its west to east, north to south. However, when is the best time to travel in China, and where is the best place to have a visit to during the best travel time? Just keep reading, you’ll get to know about about the travel tips about the China travel!

According to China’s geography and weather, early autumn /October, Late April/ Early May, September, August, late March and Early April, late Autumn, December to early March are ideal time for you to start your tour to China,and during which you can experience the Chinese local conditions and customs, beautiful and unique scenery, and extensive and profound culture. Learn more about the best travel time and best travel place in details in the following so as to have wonderful, enjoyable and unforgettable trip to China!

huangshan

huangshan

October will be the No.1 time for the foreigners to travel to China as the weather then is optimal with warm/mild temperatures, not hot and not cold, as summer rains have stopped except Hong Kong and Sanya. Best places for that period include Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai,Guilin, Hong Kong, Chengdu etc., whose famous attractions including the Great Wall, Tian’an Men Square, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, the Bund, Li River, Pander Breeding and Research Center and so on.

Late Spring (Late April/ Early May) is the No.2 time as the flowers are in bloom and the temperature at that time is comfortably warm with all of China getting into the 20s centigrade (the 70s Fahrenheit). The North of China (Beijing, Xi’an) is still dry, but the summer rains have already began in the South, with dampness guaranteed and storms possible. This could actually enhance the view in the form of mountain mists in mountainous areas like Guilin and the Yellow Mountains.

jiuzhaigou

jiuzhaigou

September is probably the No. 3 time. Weather in September in most of China is a little hot with less rain, you can go to Inner Mongolia to experience the vast flavor from the Inner Mongolia Grassland, or you can go to GuiZhou province to experience the folk custom of national minority, or go to Jiuzhaigou Nature Park in Southwest China’s Sichuan Province as September is the best time to visit the park there.

Li River

Li River

Late May through August will rank No.4 for you to visit China. Sunshine and warmth certainly make for good holiday weather, though some might find it too hot. Most places experience temperatures over 30°C (86°F). Choice for your China tour this period including Tibet, , Qingdao, Yunnan Lijiang, and  some mountainous areas such as Zhangjiajie.