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China vacation

Your China vacation

China is a massive, spell-binding country, from the deserts in the west to the ocean in the east. And its layers of mysterious mountains, picturesque rice terraces, Silk Roads and cutting-edge cities make for a thrilling travel experience.

 Whether you're a first-time visitor or a Mandarin expert, Orbitz will help you plan your China vacation. We'll guide you with top 10 attractions and offer inside tips on scaling that famous wall.

  • Given China's size, the climate and seasons vary country-wide. Overall, the weather is best from late April to June, and September to October. Beijing is ideal from April to October, but humidity spikes between June and September. Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Hainan are pleasant in November and December, Shanghai in October and May.

     If weather and large crowds aren't your concern, how about a Chinese New Year? Though the date changes every year, plan your trip around late January or early February. Tourist season peaks across China the first week in May and October for national holidays.

  • Hong Kong Tourism Board

    If you're going to Hong Kong, head to the Tourism Board to score discounts on unique tours. You can find anything from a free ride aboard the Duk Ling to a tea appreciation class.

  • For a taste of authentic rural China -- rice terraces, other-worldly karst peaks, jungle-like landscapes --  head to Guangxi, which is perfect for hiking, cycling and river trips.

  • Macau relics

    History buffs are drawn to more than a dozen churches here, including the Ruins of St. Paul, the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, and St. Joseph Seminary and Church atop Mato Mofino hill. Explore the scenery along Guia Hill, home to China's oldest lighthouse. A museum pays tribute to Japanese and Vietnamese Christian martyrs.

  • The Monkey Lounge (Shanghai)

    Drink with the posh crowd at this under-the-radar Shanghai hotspot, located down a Donghu Lu alley. Look for the anonymous black door with a tiny monkey print on it, and buzz to get in. Wet your whistle on swanky (read: pricey) libations such as prosecco mixed with lemon and lavender syrup.

  • Suchuan

    Comprising one province and three regions, stay in the center or the south to soak up steamy bamboo forests and Ming-Dynasty villages. Head north to see lakes and mountain scenery and west for remote Tibetan-plateau grasslands.

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1 Grand Park Xian

5 stars
4.4 / 5 9 reviews

No.12 Xiduan Huanchengnanlu Beilin District Map

Free Wifi

Located in the heart of the ancient capital city of Xian, Grand Park Xian faces the south gate of the ancient City Wall and is an ideal base for business, leisure and sightseeing. This five-star property evokes the grandeur of an ancient palace in harmony with the Wall.... More

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2 Rayfont Downtown Hotel Shanghai

4 stars
3.7 / 5 23 reviews

No.7 Zhao Jia Bang Road Map

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Budget hotel near Taicang Road arts district of Shanghai This 486-room budget hotel opened in September 2007. This 37-story property has a wide range of room options, from small twin rooms to family suites with two or three bedrooms. Some rooms have balconies with city... More

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3 BEST WESTERN Shenzhen Felicity Hotel

5 stars
4.2 / 5 30 reviews

1085 Heping Road Map

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Overlooking the border into Hong Kong, the Best Western Shenzhen Felicity Hotel offers a fantastic location, exceptional accommodation and convenient facilities for you to enjoy during your vacation. Located in the heart of Lo Wu District, the Best Western Shenzhen... More

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4 The Peninsula Beijing

5 stars
4.6 / 5 34 reviews

8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing Map

Free Wifi

Luxury landmark hotel near Beijing’s Forbidden City A four-year, $35-million renovation, finished in 2006, completed the transformation of the somber former Palace Hotel into one of Beijing's most refined hotels. The Peninsula's trademark fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms... More

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5 The Garden Hotel Guangzhou

5 stars
4.7 / 5 6 reviews

368 Huanshi Dong Lu Map

FREE WIFI and Internet

High-end, business-friendly Guangzhou hotel with pool and shuttleLocated on Huanshi East Road amid the Guangzhou financial and commercial districts, the Garden Hotel Guangzhou is decked in stately indigenous Asian decor. The property houses a 24-hour fitness center, salon... More

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6 Citadines Xingqing Palace Xian

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

No. 159 Xingqing Road, Beilin District Map

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Citadines Xingqing Palace Xi'an sits in the heart of Xi'an in the Beilin district near Xingqing Palace Park, a popular tourist attraction built on the ruins of the palace dating back to the Tang dynasty. Located just 100 metres away from renowned Xi'an Jiaotong... More

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7 Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai Yu Garden

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

No,839 Renmin Road, Shanghai,China Map

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SSAW Hotel Shanghai, located in Huangpu People Square and South Bund, Shanghai, is a popular choice for travelers. The hotel lies 0.1 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. For those of you who want to venture out, Peach Garden... More

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8 Metropark Hotel Shenzhen

4 stars
3.7 / 5 7 reviews

2088 Dongman Road Map

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A modern hotel specifically invested and organized by China Travel Service(Holding)HongKong Ltd. Catering for the needs of various travel market. With emphasis on high quality standards and excellent personalized service become the best "Metropark"of leading... More

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9 Beijing International Hotel

5 stars
4.1 / 5 38 reviews

9 Jiangguo Mennei Avenue Map

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Supersized convention hotel in central Beijing This 916-room hotel opened in 1987 and remains one of the largest convention hotels in Beijing. The amphitheater-like lobby previews the opulence of the vast formal halls and public spaces throughout the hotel and... More

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10 Guangzhou Baiyun Hotel

5 stars
4.1 / 5 20 reviews

367 Huanshi Dong Road Map

FREE Internet Access

Guangzhou hotel with central location and free Internet access in roomsAn appealing, central location benchmarks the elegant Guangzhou Baiyun Hotel, which is perched on Huanshi East Road next door to La Perle Plaza and World Trade Center. Situated in the city center, it... More

  • The Great Wall of China

    Plan ahead: walking shoes, bottled water, camera, foot massage. The Great Wall winds its way across China, spanning some 5,500 miles. The most popular section is Badaling (a few hours from Beijing) for its easier climbs and extensive modern renovations. Mutianya, a little further out, draws less of a tourist scene, but expect some steeper slopes -- and a cable car option. For a strenuous climb, head to Simatai, where the terrain is dramatic to boot. In a hurry? The Great Wall in Shixiaguan (near Beijing) is visible from the road.

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  • Forbidden City

    With its glorious interiors, lavish halls and imperial art collection -- not to mention name -- this Chinese masterpiece draws quite a crowd. Centuries ago, a visit would have cost you your life. Today, this icon, located in the heart of Beijing, is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. Forbidden City (called Gugong in Chinese) is directly north of Tiananmen Square, where the famous portrait of Mao Zedong hangs on the palace's crimson wall. Beware: On major holidays, only a limited number of visitors are allowed in.

  • The Bund

    If you're going to Shanghai, you're going to see The Bund. A showcase of Shanghai's corporate elite, this gorgeous cluster of buildings forms a crescent-shaped stretch where the Huangpu and Suzhou River meet. The Bund is a fabulous place to see Shanghai's exotic (and luxurious) architectural history, and nighttime brings electrifying scenes -- especially along the newly restored Waibaidu Bridge, which cycles through an array of colored lights.

  • The Silk Roads

    With a 2,000 year history in its wake, it's no wonder this ancient trail is a draw for visitors. Camels, desert caravans and seekers journeyed from Chang'an (now Xian) in the far east to Rome, Italy in the west, bearing spices, silks and more. Mysterious cities and remote Asian deserts dot the way -- and a bike trip down the ancient route is definitely worth it.

  • Terra Cotta Warriors

    According to legend, in the mid-1970s a group of peasants were digging a well -- only to find the terracotta army. Buried here 210 BC, near the burial site of the first Qin emperor, the thousands of life-size sculptures have unique faces and armor styles appropriate to their rank. The figures also include chariots, horses, acrobats, officials and more. This archaeologists' dreamland is a can't-miss in China, and it's just east of Emperior Qin Shi Huang's Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province.

  • Yellow Mountain

    Yellow Mountain, also known by its moniker Huangshan, is famous for its uniquely-shaped pines, fantastic rock peaks, clouds and hot springs. Located in Anhui Province (east China), the mercurial scenery is its most outstanding feature: Clouds drift in and out, changing the light from minute to minute, while dreamy mists swirl by.

  • Potala Palace in Lhasa

    Once the seat of the Dalai Lama, this spiritual landmark is a must for a day trip. Now a Chinese museum, the Potala Palace is also famous for its dramatic hilltop location (reaching over 12,000 feet at its peak), huge white wings and inner red palace. Legend has it that in the 7th century, a Tibetan King built the thousand-room palace to prove his love to his Chinese bride, Princess Wen Cheng of the Tang Dynasty. The Red Palace (Potrang Marpo) is the highest part in central Potala Palace, and it's devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer.

  • Gulangyu Island

    Hop aboard a steamship in Xiamen City to see to this Chinese beauty. Gulangyu Island, minutes from Xiamen City, is in China's southeast Fujian Province. Known for its ancient relics and architecture, the island ranks at the top of the list of China's most scenic spots. Sunlight Rock, Bright Moon Garden, Yu Park and Xiamen Museum are highlights.

  • Bifengxia Panda Base

    What's China without seeing a Giant Panda? Head to the Bifengxia Panda Base, a few hours outside Chengdu, to see these black-and-white national treasures. (Arrive in the morning -- you'll see the most pandas before 9:30, including the babies.) This popular stopover offers photo ops galore, and if you've got a real soft spot, visitors can name and adopt their own with a donation.

  • Hong Kong

    Also known as "Shoppers Paradise," this city draws visitors who want to see east meet west in cutting-edge China. Walk down the Kowloon side promenade to see arresting modern architecture, dominated by the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower. The scenery here is majestic, and if you're up for the hike, climb Victoria Peak for stunning views. For a bit of nightlife, there's a lively scene in Lan Kwai Fong. Families can take the little ones to Hong Kong Disneyland.

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