Like the wise Lao Tzu said, the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. China can seem like an overwhelming travel destination, but with proper planning, you can quickly find yourself discovering places you’ve only seen in photos. Check out these 3 steps to planning your China adventure the right way!
1. When? Research, Research, Research
It sounds tedious at first, but we promise its more interesting than it sounds.
High season in China begins in April and lasts until Mid-October, save the summer months of July and August. These are mostly considered the best months to travel, except for slightly higher prices and crowds.
The best of China can be found in that time frame, but if you’re looking for a quieter experience with fewer tourists, you can try just before or after this season. Don’t be afraid to visit in the winter months either, China offers some incredible winter experiences including ski resorts in Heilongjiang and the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin.
Most importantly, don’t forget to check the holiday calendar. It’s fun to be around for holidays like Chinese New Year, but traveling during this time or the National Holiday in October can be overwhelming– these are both known as the largest annual human migrations, as most Chinese people are traveling to their home provinces to visit family.
2. Where? Choose the Absolute Essential Locations
China is huge and dense. If your travel time is limited, make sure you plan your trip in advance. Look for travel ideas by category: historic sites, dramatic city skylines, natural landscapes, ethnic minority cutlures. What are your priorities in visiting, and what kind of connections are you looking to make? China has all of these and more.
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3. What? Create an Itinerary Structure
Once you have a basic outline of when and where exactly in China you’d like to visit, start planning as much as you can. Due to high demand, flights and train tickets are usually fully booked well in advance.
Pro-tip: It’s always better to book your domestic flights from a local agent, as they tend to have better deals with local airline companies. Train tickets can also be purchased up to three hours before departure and are easily exchanged if you miss it or decide to change your itinerary..
Next, try and lay out a day-to-day plan. Check out our list of available tours and see if anything strikes your fancy. Cooking class? Bike tour? Hiking? To make the best of China you want to make sure you’re aware of all your options and claim your spot for available activities you’re interested in.
You might not get to check off all the boxes on your list, but having a basic structure leaves room for moving things around.
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