China

China Travel Guide

There are few–if any–cultures with a history as long, complicated, and fascinating as China's. For many travelers there are countless reasons to visit China, but some include the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Great Wall, and the terracotta soldiers of Xi'an. But travel to China also allows an opportunity to see a thriving world power, whose might is reflected in the skyscrapers of Pudong and the explosive growth in other cities. Wherever you go, a China travel guide is essential as you navigate this huge nation.

Things Not to Miss in China

Slightly smaller than the United States in square miles and home to four times as many people, China is impossible to see in its entirety in one visit. A list of must-see sights, however, might start with these iconic monuments and natural wonders:

• The Great Wall of China
• The Forbidden City
• The Terracotta Soldiers in Xi'an
• Shanghai
• Chengdu's pandas

When to Go to China

In the northeast, summers can be hot and winters bitterly cold, while the southern half of the country has a more semi-tropical climate. In general the best times to travel in terms of weather are the spring and fall.

Articles about China

The people who brought you the famous dancing fountains at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas have launched an equally resplendent project in Shanghai—a series of ornate fountains that will blend water and fire features throughout Daning Li...
The people who brought you the famous dancing fountains at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas have launched an equally resplendent project in Shanghai—a series of ornate fountains that will blend water and fire features throughout Daning Li...
Virtual reality and augmented reality will one day change the very concept of a theme park and attractions, according to Tony Christopher, CEO and founder of Landmark Entertainment Group. Landmark, known for creating Universal Studios theme par...
In other themed restaurant news, there’s a Hello Kitty eatery coming to Hong Kong in June, aptly named Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine. From kitty-shaped dim sum and branded bubbly (pink, of course) to rice mounds perfectly formed into dainty, cat-lik...
Even if you’ve seen Shanghai first-hand, you’ve never seen it quite like this. JT Singh, a Shanghai-based media artist, takes viewers on a meander through the chaotic neighborhoods with his recent short, “Walk in Shanghai.” You’ll quickly realize ...
Tired of its reputation for producing disrespectful tourists, China is taking a stand against Chinese travelers behaving badly, instituting a rule that comes with serious (if vague) consequences. Though the rule has been around since 2013, it has ...
China’s booming capital will soon boast the world’s most expansive airport terminal, having recruited internationally celebrated architect Zaha Hadid to produce plans for a structure that (like many of her works) is huge, undulating, and seemingly...
Heyday: With its cushy banquettes, terrazzo floors, and waitresses in qipaos, this just-opened club is an homage to Shanghai’s 1930s jazz era, complete with vocalists crooning Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald songs. Bostonian Aaron Feder, whose ...
A five-star rating on Yelp is nice, but there's perhaps no better restaurant recommendation than one that comes from the mouth of a chef. Phaidon's new edition of Where Chefs Eat banks on that idea, curating a culinary expert-sourced guide to the ...
Let’s face it: hotels favor certain guests over others. Some will always be offered the biggest rooms with the best views, the extra attention, and all the perks (welcome gifts, on-site credit) that make staying at a hotel a little bit nicer. S...