China may be modernizing at a head-spinning pace, but the slick skyscrapers, Lambor-ghini showrooms and Maglev trains are just eye-catching but wafer-thin gift-wrapping. Let’s face it: the world’s oldest continuous civilization is bound to pull an artifact or two out of its hat. Travel selectively around China and you can quickly tap into a rich seam of antiquity: ponder the legends and myths of the Forbidden City, rediscovery your sense of wonder on the Great Wall or attempt to fathom the timeless expressions of the silent Terracotta Army. Submit to the unique charms of Pingyao – China’s best-preserved walled town – or trace the history of Silk Road. Meander among the historical villages which are best-preserved in many places. As a first-timers, you should pay attention to the following.
Best Time to Visit China
As referring to the climate or weather, the best time to visit China generally falls in spring and autumn. They are high season for China tourism. The climate of China is extremely diverse. It changes from tropical in the south and subarctic in the north. In the north, it is hot and dry in summer and cold in winter while it is hot but humid in summer and mild in the south. But it is warm in spring and cool in autumn so these two seasons become the high season for China travel. You can also visit China in low season when it is not crowded and admission fee is lower than that of high season. You can save money!
Visit gold triangle cities – Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
These three cities are the most visited and must-see cities for tourists to visit China. Beijing, China’s capital, is one of true ancient citadels. It is also a confident and modern city that seems assured of its destiny to rule over Chian till the end of time. It is Beijing’s epic grandeur that is awe-inspiring and there is still much more substance here than in China’s other dynastic cities like Nanjing or Kaifeng. You only need a bit of patient exploration to tap into its historical narrative.
Xian is the capital of 13 dynasties in ancient China. Xian’s fabled past is a double-edged sword. As a starting point of Silk Road and melting pot of cultures and religions, as well as home to emperors, poet, monks, merchants and warriors, visitors can feel let down by roaring, modern-day version. But in some places like Muslim Quarter, you can get a glimpse of the city’s past. The city walls remain intact and vendors of all kinds still crowd he narrow lanes of warrenlike Muslim Quarter. Terracotta Army, of course, should not be missed for tourists.
Shanghai is the place to feel the modern China. As one of China’s most massive and vibrant cities, Shanghai is a heading places that the rest cities can only fantasize about. It is a city of action, not idea. You can stroll along the Bund to enjoy the style of ancient European building or have a rest in Xintiandi where you can not only taste of local Chinese food but also the tasteful western cuisines.
If you are interested in historical sites, you can choose some ancient towns like Pingyao, Hongcun and Xidi, Wuyuan, Huangyao, etc. If you are fond of natural beauty, Guilin and Shangri-la should be indispensable. Tibet is another recommended tourist destination.
Eat, eat and then eat some more
China has many wonderful features but arguably its excellent attraction is its food. As ancient country with long and rich culinary culture, cuisine varies tremendously from region to region – even breakfast time can be an assault on the sense – so try as much of it as you can. By the way, don’t listen to anyone who tell you to avoid to try the street food. Tasting the street food is often the best culinary experience.