China, a communist nation in East Asia, is the world’s most populous country. Its vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and coastline. Beijing, the capital, mixes modern architecture with historic sites including sprawling Tiananmen Square. Its largest city, Shanghai, is a skyscraper-studded global financial centre. The iconic Great Wall of China fortification runs east-west across the country's north.
China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country's north.
Country code +86
Largest City Shanghai
Language Official: Standard Mandarin
Currency Renminbi (CNY)
Time Zones GMT+8
China is 2 hours and 30 minutes ahead of India
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Carriers flying from India to China directly are China Eastern, Air China, Shandong Airlines, China Southern, Air India. Other airlines flying to China are Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa, KLM, Emirates, Thai AirAsia, Malindo Air, Singapore Airlines, Tigerair, Mihin Lanka, Thai Airways, Aeroflot, Virgin Atlantic, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Thai Smile.
Domestic travel in China is convenient and cheap, with well-connected airline networks to all major cities of the country. With the comprehensive bus network that China has, you can reach even the remotest place in any city easily. The conditions of the roads are good, making your travel experience a comfortable one.
Bus: With extensive networks, buses are an excellent way to get around town, but foreign travellers rarely use them. Ascending a bus, point to your destination on a map and the conductor (seated near the door) will sell you the right ticket. The conductor will usually tell you where to disembark, provided they remember. In conductor-less buses, you put money for your fare into a slot near the driver as you embark.
Fares are very cheap, but buses may be packed.
Taxis: Taxis are cheap and easy to find. Taxi rates per kilometer are clearly marked on a sticker on the rear side window of the taxi; flag-fall varies from city to city and depends upon the size and quality of the vehicle. Most taxis have meters, but they may only be switched on in larger towns and cities. If the meter is not used (on an excursion out of town, for example, or when hiring a taxi for the day or half-day), negotiate a price before you set off.
Taxi drivers rarely speak any English – have your destination written down in characters.
Subway, Metro & Light Rail: Going underground or using light rail is fast, efficient and cheap; most networks are relatively recent and can be found in a rapidly growing number of cities, including B?ij?ng, Chéngd?, Chóngqìng, Dàlián, Gu?ngzh?u, Hángzh?u, Hong Kong, K?nmíng, Shàngh?i, Sh?nyáng, Shènzhèn, S?zh?u, Ti?nj?n, W?hàn and X?’?n.
Climate: The spring season, which lasts from March to May is the best time to visit China. The weather remains pleasant, unlike the hot summers in some areas of the country. Another good time to visit China is during the autumn which lasts throughout September and October.
Cuisine- Chinese cuisine is an important part of Chinese culture, which includes cuisine originating from the diverse regions of China, as well as from Chinese people in other parts of the world. Because of the Chinese diaspora and historical power of the country, Chinese cuisine has influenced many other cuisines in Asia, with modifications made to cater to local palates. Color, smell and taste are the three traditional aspects used to describe Chinese food, as well as the meaning, appearance and nutrition of the food. Cooking should be appraised from ingredients used, cuttings, cooking time and seasoning.
Accommodations– It has boutique hotels and luxury resorts. You can expect friendly service and the best standards in whichever budget range you choose.
The Great Wall of China
The magnificent Great Wall of China stretches more than 6,000 kilometers from the fortresses of Shanhaiguan in the east to Jiayuguan in the west, passing through Hebei, Tientsin, Beijing - where the best preserved section of the wall can be visited - Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, and Gansu along the way. The most visited section of the wall is near Badaling Pass northwest of Beijing, easily reached by public transport or organized tours. Other restored sections worth a visit include the section near Gubeikou, 130 kilometers from Beijing, and in Mutianyu, just 70 kilometers northeast of Beijing.
The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, Beijing
China's largest and most important building, the Forbidden City - also known as the Imperial Palace - is in the heart of Beijing and is a must-see when visiting the country. Covering some 720,000 square meters and protected by a 10-meter-high wall with watchtowers and a wide moat, this massive complex consists of areas set aside for ceremonial and administrative purposes, as well as a private residence used by the emperor. While it can take many hours to see everything, highlights include the five white marble Golden River Bridges; the Hall of Supreme Harmony, a 35-meter-tall building housing the imperial throne; and the exquisite emperor's banquet hall (the Hall of Preserving Harmony), to name but a few.
The Terracotta Army
It was while digging wells on the outskirts of Xi'an in the 1970s that farmers stumbled across what was undoubtedly China's most important archeological find: the Terracotta Army. Distributed over three large underground pits and built to guard the First Emperor's tomb were more than 8,000 life-size warriors, some 520 horses, and more than 100 chariots, along with numerous other non-military characters dating from around 280 BC. Although some were severely damaged due to the passing of time, many of the statues unearthed have been painstakingly re-assembled and stand as testament to the importance bestowed upon the emperor and the afterlife.
The Summer Palace
An easy 15-kilometer commute from Beijing, the sumptuous Imperial Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán) is set amid more than 700 acres of beautiful parkland and is one of China's most visited attractions. While the palace itself was built in 1153, its large lake was added in the 14th century to enhance the Imperial Gardens. Highlights include the magnificent Hall of Well-being and Longevity (Renshou Dian) with its throne, and the beautiful Great Theatre, a private three-story structure built in 1891 to satisfy the imperial family's love of opera.
The Classical Gardens of Suzhou
Considered one of the world's most important historic gardens - hence their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Classical Gardens of Suzhou should rank highly on your China itinerary. One of the most famous garden complexes in China, the garden boasts a pool, several attractive buildings, a man-made hill, a grove of peach trees, and a lovely covered pathway on the walls of which hang more than three hundred stone tablets engraved with old Chinese characters. Also, worth visiting is the Garden of the Cang Lang Ting Pavilion, a two-acre garden offering many unique features including a double arcade connecting the inner and outer sections.
Shanghai's Promenade: The Bund
Smart city planning and preservation can be seen in Shanghai's splendid riverside promenade, the Zhongshan Lu or, as it's perhaps better known, the Bund (Wàit?n). As you stroll this wide pedestrian zone along the Huangpu Jiang River, you'll almost forget you're bang-smack in the middle of China's largest city (Shanghai's population exceeds 25 million people). Famous for its European feel, a fact owed to the district's past as the location of the city's International Settlement, the Bund is popular for its 52 preserved English and French influenced buildings, many now restaurants, cafés, stores, and galleries. Representing a variety of influences from Gothic to Renaissance styles.
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda
No visit to China would be complete without at least one panda experience. Have the chance to watch as many as 80 pandas go about their daily routines, from foraging to playing in the facility's large park-like setting. In addition to viewing these splendid animals up close
Day 1. Beijing
Welcome to majestic Beijing!
Day 2. Beijing
Start your journey at the Temple of Heaven, a dignified complex of religious buildings, symbolizing the relationship between Earth and Heaven.
Walk through Tian'anmen Square to explore the mysterious Forbidden City, which has less visitors in the afternoon. Being the largest imperial palace in the world, it consists of 980 buildings. While most tour groups only visit the six halls on the central axis.
Day 3. Beijing
Explore the Summer Palace, a royal masterpiece of Chinese landscaped gardens. After lunch, travel to Gubei Water Town at the foot of the Great Wall. Spend the afternoon wandering around the town and enjoy a soak in a hot spring if you want to.
When it gets dark, take the cable car up to the Simatai section of the Great Wall to enjoy the stunning night views. It's the only section that's open and lit up at night.
Day 4. Beijing - Xi'an
The best way to avoid the crowds on your Great Wall tour is to take the cable car up in the morning before the crowds arrive.
You may choose to walk down slowly around the lakeside or take the cable car back down.
After your tour, go back to your hotel to freshen up.
Fly to Xi'an.
Day 5. Xi'an
In the morning, uncover the mystery of the underground army that dates back thousands of years at the Terracotta Army Museum. Then discover a local craftsman's cave dwelling and learn how to make a mini terracotta warrior.
After lunch, return to the city area and visit the ancient city wall that has been guarding the inner city for 600 years. Walking along the wall provides a good view of the city. You can also rent a bike to cycle around the wall.
Day 6. Xi'an- Guilin
Discover more of Xi'an and China's ancient history at Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
Afterwards fly to Guilin.
Day 7. Guilin
Wake up to the sound of the birds singing and begin your day by exploring the Longji Terraced Rice Fields.
Built into the hillsides, the terraces are beautiful when the sun reflects on the water of the paddy fields, and the fields glow when the harvest is ripe.
The Yao minority have lived there for generations in wooden houses, and the people eat their own unique food, such as bamboo rice and oil tea.Sit around a bonfire in a traditional kitchen, make bamboo rice and taste some oil tea with the host.
Day 8. Guilin
Karst hills, graceful bamboo groves, and cormorants — the stunning view of the Li River is the essence of Guilin.
The cruise arrives in Yangshuo at noon. After you've checked in, it's time to explore the most beautiful countryside. Choose whichever type of transport you prefer, whether it's a private car, bicycle, or moped. This is a good opportunity to meet the local people and interact with them.
Day 9. Guilin - Shanghai
Start your day with a bamboo rafting tour.
Sitting back on a non-motorized raft that's steered along the Yulong River by a gondolier is the best way to enjoy the rural view and the tranquility.
Afterwards fly to the modern city of Shanghai.
Day 10. Shanghai Highlights with Bund Discovery
To explore the traditional part, Yu Garden presents exquisite examples of gardening and Shanghai Old Street shows you the real lifestyle of the local people.
Enjoy lunch and ascend the highest building in China, Shanghai Tower, where you will not only enjoy a panoramic view of Shanghai but will also see the future of China.
Day 11Shanghai Departure
Proceed onwards to your next destination.
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