Experience The Great Wall of China
Tailor-made China holidays with Round the World Experts
By booking your China holiday with Round the World Experts, we will not only make arranging your trip easy, but we can also create a tailor-made travel itinerary just for you.
Many of our Experts have first-hand experience visiting China and can recommend travel options that will help ensure you get the most out of your visit. As one of the world's largest travel retailers, we also have access to an incredible array of airfare and accommodation deals, allowing us to create you the holiday to China you want, for fantastic value.
In addition to receiving a tailor-made itinerary, your Expert will also be available to help from the moment you book through to when you arrive home. So whether you need assistance in preparing for your trip or a last-minute change on your itinerary, we offer our service every step of the way.
Get in touch with Round the World Experts today to start designing your tailor-made China holiday itinerary.
Home to the world's largest population and one of its oldest civilisations, stretching back 4,000 years, China’s diverse mix of old and new is like nowhere else - from the stoic Great Wall to the buzzing streets of Shanghai. China’s rural scenery is equally as diverse, ranging from stepped rice paddies to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Its wilderness areas beckon with lofty mountains, vast river gorges and shimmering lakes, while its range of food – there are eight different types of cuisine in China – means your taste buds will never be left bored.
China is a huge country and if you want to see the well-known landmarks as well as discover hidden gems, our travel experts can help you narrow down the selection and design your ideal itinerary.
When to go
China's immense size means that any time of year will be high or low season somewhere. Generally though, the summer months of June to August are the busiest and most expensive time to visit. It can also be worth avoiding the major festivities such as Chinese New Year, May Day and National Day in October, when the mass migration of domestic travellers can make transport difficult and hotel prices soar. Visiting off-peak in spring and autumn usually means smaller crowds while still offering comfortable conditions and some scenic areas will be resplendent with colourful foliage. Winter (from November to March) should be avoided if you're travelling to Beijing and the northern regions, while the summer is best avoided in southern areas due to the often sweltering temperatures and seasonal typhoons that bring heavy rainfall.
Airlines that fly to China
- Air France
- Cathay Pacific
- Etihad Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Virgin Atlantic
Airports in China
The Beijing Capital International Airport, the main airport in the capital, is about 17 miles from the city centre. From the airport you can travel by light rail, bus or taxi into the city. Many top hotels also run shuttle buses as well. Most international flights into Shanghai land at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport, around 18 miles from the city centre. You can travel to the city centre on the Maglev Train, as well as by subway or taxi.
Best time to fly
Unless you're eager to see the Chinese New Year celebrations, major holidays should be avoided due to the crowds and inflated prices they bring with them. Consider how the season could affect your travel plans when flying in the busy summer or the cheaper winter months.
Average flight times from London to China airports are:
- 10 hours and 30 minutes to Beijing
- 12 hours to Shanghai
- 12 hours to Guangzhou
- 13 hours and 30 minutes to Chengdu
- 16 hours to Shenzhen
For first-time visitors:
- Hike along the Great Wall, one of the world's engineering marvels
- See the palaces and exquisite gardens of Beijing's Forbidden City
- Visit Xi'an to see the remarkably lifelike Army of Terracotta Warriors
- Enjoy a cruise down the Yangtze River, passing through ancient towns and the Three Gorges
For return visitors:
- Find serenity in the heart of the capital at Beijing's Summer Palace
- Head to the Bund for Shanghai’s most impressive architecture and riverside dining
- Swap the busy streets of Shanghai for the tranquil lakes and hilltop pagodas of Hangzhou
- Visit Leshan to see the ancient Grand Buddha, standing 71 metres tall
- Meet the pandas at Chengdu's Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
For natural beauty:
- See classic Chinese paintings come to life at the misty vistas of Huangshan
- Explore the glacial landscape of Jiuzhaigou, the 'Valley of the Nine Villages'
- Witness the 200-metre sandstone spires of Wulingyuan Scenic Area
- Hike in one of the world's deepest canyons at Tiger Leaping Gorge
- Visit the Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces in Guangxi, which combine natural beauty with human ingenuity
For cultural experiences:
- Watch the sky fill with colour during the Lantern Festival, the first big event of the Chinese year
- Enjoy boat races and sticky rice at the Dragon Boat Festival in May or June
- Learn to prepare authentic Chinese dishes at a professional cooking school
- Practise morning tai chi with locals
- Visit a Shaolin temple to learn martial arts from the masters
The ultimate itinerary:
Cross off that bucket list entry with the Walking the Great Wall tour with Exodus. Starting in Beijing, the nine day tour will see you trek along some of the Great Wall of China's most accessible sections, as well as past historic villages and to the East Qing Tombs.