Travelling in China is a fun and rewarding experience if done like a seasoned traveller; here’s one nomad’s guide to China.
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China’s rich and vibrant culture is attracting more travellers every year, with an estimated 30 million international guests expected to visit the country in 2015.
With so much traffic due to the thrilling tourism industry China boasts, it is getting tougher to break through the immense amount of travel information available online to find the hidden gems and best China travel advice.
To make travelling in China easier, we’ve compiled some of our best tips into one short post to help you tailor your visit in advance.
While most people will pack according to their comfort level, here are a few suggested items to bring (or not bring) along that are often overlooked:
- Don’t pack for eventualities. You can pick up personal care items and basic medications along the way.
- Bring a USB batter backup. You never know when you’ll need to charge up a device and there’s no power, or power outlets.
- Tin cup for hot/cold beverages. If you’re taking the trans-Siberian railway, you’ll need a vessel to drink water out of (and it’s great for making soup or porridge on the road).
Escorted China Holidays 2016
If it’s your first time in China, we suggest hiring escorted China Holidays 2016. They’re a great way to see the country as you never have to get lost while going to your next destination. And should you have any questions about the sight you’re seeing, your tour guide will be more than happy to answer you and provide you with more details.
Booking an escorted tour also make choosing the right hotel in China easier –tour operators are local, prices are in bulk and they know where to find the best value hidden gems throughout the country.
You can opt for a private tour or a group tour –whichever you prefer
Festivals not to Miss
There are a number of festivals that take place in China every single year that are absolutely bucket-list worthy. To make the most out of your escorted China trip, there are a few of the very best Chinese Festivals you should be sure not to miss!
In January 2016, the first must-see Chinese festival you visit has got to be the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival. This one is a huge celebration of both light and sound, and it features ice castles, light shows, and a whole lot more. The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival takes place each year from around January 5 all the way through to mid February.
The Chinese New Year is likely the largest New Year’s celebration across the entirety of Asia. Chinese New Year is decked out with food, fireworks, family, and temple visits.
China marks the arrival of Spring with celebrations that highlight peach blossoms. In Chinese culture, peach blossoms represent life, growth, and prosperity.
The Dai New Year is celebrated around mid-April, the country’s wettest season. Fittingly enough, the festival surrounds the metaphor of splashing water, which is a symbol for good health and good fortune.
On the fourth day of May, the Chinese celebrate the Buddha Bathing Festival, which is to commemorate the birthday of the original, first Buddha.
June is the best month to witness the culturally unique dragon boats that line Chinese waterways.
As voted by Chinese locals, the Chinese Torch festival is the most popular of all festivals in China.
The Quingdao International Beer Festival runs for six days and marks the closing of summer (and tourist high season).
Although it isn’t the most ideal time to travel (unless you prefer to travel when things are less crowded), there are a number of noteworthy festivals to look into:
- Mid-Autumn Festivals
- Lantern festivals
- Shaoxing Rice Wine festivals