The sheer size of China makes itinerary planning a challenge. Even deciding when to travel can be hard choice to make. The seasons in northern China vary widely compared to the south. As a leading provider of Trans-Siberian experiences, we take our customers to all parts of China in pure comfort and luxury, whatever the season. For those looking to explore a little further however, knowing when to travel is important.
Here we provide a helpful breakdown of when to travel by destination, as well as details of the celebrations that just shouldn’t be missed along the way.
Spending winter in Beijing and other cities or towns in the north or northeast of China isn’t for the faint of heart. With temperatures plummeting to -40°C during their winter seasons, packing some thermals is vital. Winter in Beijing tends to fall in the months of November, December, March and April. The chilly climate may not be for everyone, but it does have its plus points. Skiing, for instance, is extremely popular in China. As a result, Beijing in particular has spawned some world class resorts. If you’re an avid skier, you may want to check out our latest blog post to discover the best resorts in Beijing.
In the east of China, you’ll find Hong Kong. A popular destination for first time travellers and repeat visitors, Hong Kong is perfect for those looking for a traditional insight into Chinese history and heritage, as well as the enjoyable hum of a cosmopolitan city.
Unlike Beijing and other northern destinations, Hong Kong is extremely hot and humid in April, and these conditions continue until September. During this summer season, temperatures can hit a stifling 38°C.
In Hong Kong and other eastern regions, these hot and humid conditions mean an increased rainfall from July to September, which may not be a fitting combination for some travellers.
Chinese New Year
What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than to travel to the country of its origin! Chinese New Year is celebrated across China in late January or early February. Many celebrations see a fiesta of fireworks, feasting, lantern décor and gifting during this time. If you’re travelling to the big city, it may not be the best place to celebrate Chinese New Year in all its glory, as Urban Adventures explains:
“One of the biggest things our local guys say about Chinese New Year is that travellers should remember that it is a very quiet time of year to be in the cities. As most people return home to villages, many shops, bars, and restaurants close down. While it might be quiet in the cities, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any festivities. It’s a time of year when many people will visit local temples and pray for good luck. It’s therefore a very good time to visit the Lama Temple of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, as you will see many locals lighting incense and making offerings.”
Also known as National Day Holiday, Golden Week is a time for relaxation for Chinese residents, who enjoy a week off from 29th September until 10th October. The same cannot be said for its tourists! Like the Labour Day Holiday in early May, Golden Week is a time of travel chaos for many residing in or visiting towns and cities across China.
Increased travel costs, big crowds, never-ending queues and overcrowded public transport are unfortunately commonplace during these times. Travelling to China in the month after Golden Week however is highly recommended.
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