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.
China Vacation Packages
Five-star Shanghai hotel convenient to Nanjing Road and the Bund This 31-story hotel in a bustling part of Shanghai offers luxury in a formal atmosphere. The lobby gleams with white marble floors, flowering crystal lamps, and golden ceiling panels. Lobby bar and private... More
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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
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
The East Hotel-- An elegant hermit beside the bustling Westlake. Intelligent Select Luxury .Hotel located in the middle of Hangzhou shopping center, next to the Wulin square. Just around 10 minutes to the West Lake by drive. Hotel offer SMART cars available for... More
With its central location, Jovenstars Hotel is within easy reach of most tourist attractions and business addresses in Guangzhou. The Jovenstars Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. More
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Historical hotel in Shanghai’s downtownBuilt in 1934 by the British iconic architect Bright Fraser, the Broadway Mansions Hotel Shanghai is a well-known landmark in the Bund region of Shanghai. Its unique position offers views of both sides of the Huangpu River and... More
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
Full-service convention hotel near Tiananmen Square The Capital Hotel Beijing opened in 1989 and is one of the city's older deluxe hotels. Renovation in 2006 and construction in 2007 freshened up the hotel's 592 rooms. This is a popular convention spot, attracting... More
This is a business class hotel, situated on Ping Hai Road, is located in the business district. The main building of the hotel has 20 floors with about 230 rooms/set in which you can enjoy the panoramic view of west lake.Guests will enjoy easy access to the majestic... More
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
|Seoul||Beijing||Wed, Dec 11 - Sat, Dec 14||$270|
|Hong Kong||Shanghai||Tue, Dec 24 - Sat, Jan 4||$266|
|Shanghai||Guangzhou||Wed, Apr 30 - Tue, May 6||$255|
|Shanghai||Qingdao||Wed, Dec 11 - Thu, Dec 12||$283|
|Beijing||Shenyang||Tue, Jan 14 - Wed, Jan 15||$281|
|Beijing||Dalian||Mon, Dec 23 - Sun, Dec 29||$273|
|Hong Kong||Chengdu||Sun, Dec 29 - Tue, Dec 31||$292|
|Hong Kong||Xi An||Thu, Jan 30 - Wed, Feb 5||$267|
|Hong Kong||Nanjing||Wed, Jan 29 - Mon, Feb 3||$267|
|Seoul||Shenzhen||Wed, Dec 18 - Sun, Dec 22||$516|
|Hong Kong||Hangzhou||Tue, Dec 24 - Sun, Dec 29||$287|
|Hong Kong||Kunming||Mon, Feb 17 - Fri, Feb 28||$267|
Best time to take a vacation to China
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.
Insider tips for China travel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.