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China

Experience the best of China, where the diversity of ecosystems and Natural history, past and present local cultures, and the history are correctly balanced.

The cities of Hong Kong and Xi’an may be more up-to-date, but Beijing is a hybrid of the two. In its packed neighborhoods and streets, Beijing’s history, present, and future are all thrown together as it has been serving as China’s capital since the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368 AD). One thing about Beijing hasn’t changed for decades, despite the city’s new and ancient halves: the city’s hard-handed governmental authority and its vibrant cultural and intellectual life continue to influence China and the rest of the world.

Make your way inside the Forbidden City, a vast imperial palace that served as the former residence of the Emperor of China and serves as the geographic center of Beijing. For 600 years, only the royal family and their eunuchs and concubines were allowed inside until a warlord in 1924 gave the last emperor three hours to depart. Tiananmen Square, located south of the towering red walls, is the final resting place of China’s most powerful leader, Chairman Mao Zedong, who lays embalmed in a glass coffin within his tomb. Jingshan Park is a must-see while seeing the Forbidden City. Jingshan Hill, located just across the street, offers magnificent views of the ancient Imperial Palace and Beijing to those who take the short walk up the hill. The hills, constructed with dirt excavated from the Forbidden City’s moat, also serve as a feng shui protection against any evil spirits that may harm the palace.

In your voyage, you will experience two rides onboard Chinese fast trains, the first from Beijing to Xi’an, the old capital, and the traditional final stop of the Silk Road. There, you will be astonished by the Terracotta Warriors 8,000 soldiers belonging to China’s fearsome first emperor; an army buried beneath the earth to guard his tomb for eternity. Learn after all about the old and brutal Qin dynasty at the Shaanxi Museum and the peaceful Han emperors at the Hanyang Tombs.

Your second cross-country fast train will be from Xi’an to Chengdu, at the heart of remote eastern Sichuan province. The epicenter for preserving Giant Pandas, and source for some of Sichuan’s most delicious cuisine, makes it one of the most exciting cities to visit in China. A Sichuan Hotpot dinner and a masterclass at the Sichuan Culinary Museum are included! One of China’s most extraordinary destinations to delight your palate.

Discovering small idols to different Taoist deities hidden throughout the ground is learning both the Qingyang Temple and Taoist thought; the temple is the birthplace of Lao Zi, the founding father of Taoism, which promotes the principle of wuwei, «do nothing.»

Go up the mountains to culturally diverse Lijiang, the city of bridges, the center of gorgeous Yunnan province. Visit several ethnic minority villages for close interaction with locals with ancient traditions alive. At nearby Tacheng you will enjoy great natural history at the Tacheng National Park, including encounters with the rare Snub-nosed monkeys. Also, visit the temple built for Bodhidharma, who brought Chan Buddhism to China and started the tradition of Shaolin Kungfu. On your visit to this holy pilgrimage site, you’ll not only take in its history but its surroundings – a new, astounding view of the mountains and the Jinsha River in every direction.

Zhongdian city, officially rechristened as Shangri-La, after the mythical paradise described in James Hilton’s Lost Horizon. Located on a broad valley at the Tibetan Plateau and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, ancient forests, and lakes. It is home to some of the most beautiful Tibetan Buddhist monasteries; Songzanlin. The biggest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan is filled with chanting monks, yak herders, and vast horses. Break bread under the roof of a Tibetan family who will be more than happy to invite you in to share their traditional cuisine. This and more will be part of your experience in this unique land before trying to catch your breath despite the breathtaking views below.

Shanghai, the small fishing village, turned into a colonial power city under British rule, and later by the French and Japanese. Today, Shanghai retains those charms in the tree-lined streets of the former French Concession and iconic banking houses along the Bund; simultaneously, The urban bustle and plenty of skyscrapers testify to Shanghai’s ambitions to become a prominent worldwide city. Shanghai, China’s financial capital, is a wonderful location to see the old, new, and foreign in this global economic and cultural hub. Here you will take in the colonial era streets, the modern city, and the Ming dynasty’s relics, all blend. You will visit the People’s Square, the world-class Shanghai Museum, and the Ming Yu Garden before riding the fastest elevator in the world’s highest observation deck to be blown away by the largets’ skyline city that exists.

CHINA HIGHLIGHTS

  • Beijing – Tiananmen Square – Jingshan Park
  • The Great Wall – Mutianyu
  • Terracota Warriors – Shaanxi History Museum
  • Panda Bear Experience
  • Two High-Speed Train Rides – The Muslim Quarter.
  • Hanyang Tombs
  • Wangjianglou Park and Qingyang Temple
  • Lijiang’s Old Town – Black Dragon Pool Park.
  • Wenhai Valley
  • Shigu Old Town
  • Tacheng Snub-Nosed Monkey Sanctuary.
  • Dharme Cave
  • Shangri-La – Nixi Village – Napahai Lake
  • Songzanlin Monastery – Hike to the Ringha Monastery – Dinner with a Tibetan Family
  • Yunnan Province
  • Shanghai – Fuxing Park – The French Concession – Shanghai Museum.
  • Yuyuan Garden and Shanghai Tower
  • Kirindy Village

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Time and Weather

China’s climate varies dramatically due to its vast size, many degrees of latitude, and complicated terrain. There are several temperature and rainfall zones in China, including continental monsoon areas. Summers are hot and rainy, while winters are cold and dry. The north and south of the country have some minor differences in the beginning and end of the seasons.

Spring – March to May

The temperature is gradually rising, with a noticeable difference in temperature between day and night. The amount of rain falls, but due to the frequent windy days, the weather remains dry. Sandstorms do occur in Northern China on occasion.

Summer – June to August.

In summer, heavy rains, hot temperatures, sporadic typhoon days, and a slight temperature difference between day and night, ranging from 18 to 28°C / 65 to 82°F on average.

Autumn – September to November

The temperature drops in the fall season, and the weather is much cooler than in the summer but not as cold as in the winter, making it an ideal time to go sightseeing outside. However, the difference in temperature between day and night grows. People feel dry because the humidity is lower. 15 to 25°C / 59 to 77°F on average

Winter – December to February 

It’s the coldest day of the year. It can be chilly, dry, and windy in the north. Humidity and cold prevail in the south. -1 to 8°C / 30 to 46°F average temperature

 

There are five zones of temperature.

The weather is constantly changing. In the winter, an isotherm of zero degrees crosses the Huaihe River, Qinling Mountains, and southeast Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, influenced by latitude and monsoon activities. Temperatures are below zero in areas north of the isotherm and above zero in areas south of it. The temperature in Mohe, Heilongjiang, can drop to 30 degrees below zero, while Sanya, Hainan Province, can reach over 20 degrees. Despite the high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and other peaks such as Tianshan, the summer temperatures in most regions exceed 20°C. Turpan Basin in Xinjiang, for example, is the epicenter of extreme heat, with temperatures averaging 32 degrees Celsius.

1.- Cold-temperature zone: Inner Mongolia and the northwestern part of Heilongjiang Province (Representative city: Harbin)

2.- Mid-temperature zone: Jilin, northern Xinjiang and the majority of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia (Representative cities: Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Hohhot, Dunhuang, Lanzhou)

3.- Warm-Temperate Zone: Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Provinces (Representative cities: Xi’an, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Qingdao, and Zhengzhou).

4.- Subtropical Zone: east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, south of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River (Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Chengdu are representative cities.)

5.-Tropical zone: Hainan, southern Taiwan, Guangdong, and Yunnan provinces are all in (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya).

* Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Climate Zone (Representative city: Lhasa)

 

Precipitation

Each year, China’s precipitation is pretty consistent. Because the summer monsoon than inland areas more influences the eastern seashores, the rainfall distribution shows that rainfall increases from southeast to northwest. Huoshaoliao in Taipei, which receives the most rainfall, receives over 6,000mm on an annual basis. May to September is when it rains the most. Changes in precipitation are more significant in some areas, particularly in the dry northwest, than in coastal areas. The site is divided into four sections based on precipitation: wet, semi-wet, semi-dry, and dry.

 

Monsoon

Summer brings a southeast monsoon from the western Pacific Ocean and a southwest monsoon from the equatorial Indian Ocean to the Chinese mainland. These monsoons primarily cause rainfall. Summer rainy season monsoons arrive in Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan provinces in April and May. In the country’s north, the rainy season begins in July and August and ends in September, with the summer monsoons progressively receding from Chinese territory in October. The climate in eastern China frequently changes, whereas the northwest is a non-monsoon area.

The best time to visit

Spring and fall are the best time to visit China. During these times, the weather is often mild and dry, in contrast to the brutally cold winters and hot, humid summers seen in most of the country. However, due to China’s vast expanse, there are no real travel restrictions, and with one or two exceptions, it is feasible to visit all year round.

In general, the best months to visit western China are between April and October, when the flowers are in bloom, and the local bazaars are bustling with activity. From June to August, when alpine flowers cover the steppe and climbing, and trekking conditions are excellent, it is the best time to visit for those going over high passes or into the mountains.

Wildlife

This country has some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna variety anywhere in the globe. There are about 4,400 vertebrate species, accounting for more than 10% of the world’s total. There are approximately 500 mammal species, 1,189 bird species, 320 plus reptile species, and 210 amphibian species.

More than 100 species of wildlife are unique to China, including the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, South China tiger, Brown-eared pheasant, white-flag dolphin, Chinese alligator, and red-crowned crane.

China boasts some of the most diverse plant species on the planet. There are about 32,000 species of higher plants in China, and almost all of the primary plants found in the northern hemisphere’s cold, temperate, and tropical zones are represented. There are also about 7,000 kinds of woody plants, including 2,800 tree species. Only in China can you find metasequoia, Chinese cypress, Cathaya tree, China fir, golden larch, Taiwan fir, Fujian cypress, dove-tree, Eucommia, and Camplotheca Acuminata. The metasequoia, a tall arbor, is one of the world’s oldest and rarest plants.

79.71 million hectares of nature reserves have been set aside in China to preserve the country’s zoological and botanical riches and rescue species at risk of extinction. The 12 Chinese nature reserves have joined the «International People and Biosphere Protection Network,» including Sichuan’s Wolong, Jilin’s Changbai Mountains, Guangdong’s Dinghu Mountains, Guizhou’s Fanjing Mountains, Fujian’s Wuyi Mountains, Hubei’s Shennongjia, Inner Mongolia’s Xilingol, Xinjiang’s Mr. Bogda, Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna

Heilongjiang’s Zhalong, Jilin’s Xianghai, Hunan’s Dongting Lake, Jiangxi’s Poyang Lake, Qinghai’s Bird Island, and Hainan’s Dongzhai Harbor have all been added to the list of the world’s most significant waterfowl wetlands.

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