China is an international star: the Middle Kingdom has never carried its name as well as in recent years, as it has become omnipresent.... Its economic rise, and the fantasy of a "Chinese peril" have a lot to do with it. However, China is not only limited to the ultramodern megacities of the coast (Beijing, Shanghai or the Canton), which are fuelling rapid growth and attracting more tourists every year; it is also, and above all, a developing country that harbours many historical and cultural treasures. So, yes, China is a world apart with its Great Wall, its army of terracotta soldiers from Emperor Qin to Xi'an, its sacred mountains with their temples cut in the mist at the top of sharp ridges, its villages nestled between terraced rice fields in the south of the country... These are all sites that seem to have come straight out of the old stories and plunge the visitor back several centuries, even several millennia. But China's face is changing in giant steps, shaped day by day by the country's openness, its breathtaking economic growth, its overwhelming desire to achieve a modernity often modelled on the Western model. So, to enjoy all the facets of the country, from the most modern to the most traditional, don't wait any longer and don't forget your guide on China!

What to visit China?

When to go to China?

The Chinese tourist high season covers the periods from March to October and the low season from November to February. Based on the lunar calendar, special events are held to celebrate Chinese New Year's Day (January to February), Lantern Festival (15 days after Chinese New Year) and October 1 (anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China). A word of advice, avoid travelling to China during these periods. Prices are multiplied by two or three and the means of transport are taken over.

Spring and autumn are generally the best seasons to travel to China. From north to south, the weather is open and warm, although rainfall risks are to be expected. Winter may not be advisable, except in the case of a trip that focuses mainly on the coastal provinces of southern China. Also, beware of the heat in summer, from north to south, which can make your travels difficult.

Despite its temperatures well below zero, winter can be a good time to discover Beijing under blue skies if you are not too afraid of the cold.

How to go to China? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

China is so large that there are many and varied offers of organized trips. The choice is yours. You can opt for a "classic" tour which, in a fortnight, will take you to the essential places: Beijing, Shanghai, the Great Wall, Xi'an. But you can also choose a tour centred on a region (Yunnan for example), a "family" stay, or for a cruise on the Yangtze River (the Blue River).

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To get to China, the plane is obviously THE means of transport. Many flights a week connect France to the main Chinese cities (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong). Visiting China on your own is quite possible, even for a single woman. It is necessary to be vigilant for pickpockets in tourist areas, but not more so than in Paris or Brussels! While Chinese people generally love children and babies, travelling with them is not necessarily very practical

With the exception of driving (unless you have a Chinese driving licence), all means of transport are possible in China. For long distances, you can opt for air travel (modern domestic airlines and airports), trains (classic trains and express trains), buses (surprisingly more expensive than trains), or boats. In town, the bus, metro (for the main cities) and taxi are at your disposal. Note: hitchhiking is not allowed in China

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Transportation
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

The Chinese tourist high season covers the periods from March to October and the low season from November to February...
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Weather forecast

China, due to its vastness, offers a wide variety of climates, which can be roughly classified into two categories: c...
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Budget

The currency is the yuan or renminbi (RMB). With the exception of the flight ticket (between €600 and €1,200 per...
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Formalities

To travel to China, you need a passport (valid for more than 6 months after the planned departure from the country) a...
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Health

No vaccination is currently required for departure from Europe, but vaccination against hepatitis B is recommended, a...
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How to travel by yourself?

To get to China, the plane is obviously THE means of transport. Many flights a week connect France to the main Chines...
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How to get organized?

China is so large that there are many and varied offers of organized trips. The choice is yours. You can opt for a "c...
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Getting around

With the exception of driving (unless you have a Chinese driving licence), all means of transport are possible in Chi...
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