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Guide to China
China is a country of huge contrast with big exciting cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, rural towns and villages where old China seems to have carried on regardless. From green paddy fields and bamboo forests to gorges and limestone peaks. China is a fascinating destination for all travellers.
How to get there
There are direct flights to Beijing and Shanghai from the UK. All of China’s main cities are served by Cathay Pacific Airways via Hong Kong with connecting flights on Dragonair. The flying time is 11 hours.

Guide to the country
Beijing is a great starting point for your China experience. A dynamic and growing city, it offers a wealth of historical attractions such as the impressive Great Wall of China, the labyrinthine Forbidden City and the magnificent Temple of Heaven. A stroll along Shanghai’s famous riverfront Bund shows the rapid pace at which this city is moving. Contrast the old-style Shanghai of Noel Coward with the architecture of modern China and pay a visit to the Water Village at Zhjiajiao near Shanghai. Away from the cities visit the Yangtze and Li Rivers for incredible gorge scenery and enjoy the views on a Three Gorges cruise, see the beautiful limestone peaks of Guilin and Yangshuo that seem to rise up out of the mist and take time to experience the Chinese countryside with a walk or cycle ride. See the famous Terracotta Warriors at Xian, one of the country’s great sights. It is possible to travel around China independently, however we would recommend that you consider pre-booking an escorted tour; the English - speaking guide will be able to give you so much more background to what you are seeing and will cover all the arrangements such as transport and accommodation.

When to go

China is a large country with a wide range of climatic conditions. Spring (April to May) or autumn (September to October) are good months for travelling in comfort. Summer is from June to August and is hot throughout the country and particularly humid in the south. This is also the period that experiences the most rain. Winter (November to March) sees very cold conditions (below freezing) in Beijing and the north, but comparatively mild in the south.

Important to note
British passport holders must have a passport valid for six months from the last date of the trip. A visa is required and must be obtained well in advance from the Chinese embassy. China is eight hours ahead of GMT. The currency is Renminbi. For vaccination requirements or recommendations please contact your local doctor.

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Guide to China

CHINA AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL (Temperatures in °Centigrade, Rainfall in millimetres)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R °C R
Beijing -5 3 -2 7 5 9 13 19 20 33 24 78 26 192 24 212 20 57 13 24 4 6 -3 3
Shanghai 4 44 5 62 8 78 14 106 19 123 23 159 28 134 28 126 24 150 18 50 12 49 6 41
Hong Kong 17 27 17 44 19 75 23 140 27 298 28 399 29 371 29 377 28 297 26 119 22 38 18 25
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