Food & Drink
Make sure to leave plenty of time to try all of the delicious food that is on offer in China. Must-try traditional dishes include the Gong Bao Chicken dish, where the meat is cooked in a delicious blend of spices and grilled to perfection. Try wontons and dumplings the way they have been prepared for centuries and be sure to add some Peking Duck in Shanghai, the city it was invented in.
The climate largely depends on what time of year you visit and what part of the country you visit. In the northeast of the country, summers are hot and dry and the winters are particularly cold. Central regions are often rainy in shoulder season, while hot in summer and mild in winter. In southeast China, there is a lot of rainfall year-round, summers are semi-tropical, and winters are relatively temperate.
History & Culture
China is a country seeped in history and visiting the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an is a great way to learn more about how this country developed into such a cultural powerhouse. Begin with a trip to Tiananmen Square, one of the largest squares in the world. The nearby Tiananmen Gate leads to The Forbidden City, which was the Royal Palace during the Ming Dynasty and has served as the home of emperors for 500 years. There is an attached palace museum where you can learn about the many Emperors of China through a large collection of art, precious metals and sculptures. From here travel a little further afield to explore several sections of the Great wall and learn about its history. The 7th century BC fortification was built to protect the newly-unified China, a history lesson your guide will make informative and interesting.