Ive always wanted to visit china and since im planning rtw trip its a definite stop, i was intially planning to go there first (leaving jan 09) and stay for chinese new year then move on to oz/nz but ive been looking at climates and it looks freezing there in the earlier months, is it right? is it to cold to really enjoy it? any help would be appreciated.
Also im travelling from hongkong - guilin - xi'an -beijing, any ideas on the best way to make this route? thanks
In January it's going to be reeaally cold in the North (e.g. Beijing) or anywhere at altitude. Also, in January you risk colliding with Chinese New Year and finding everything full and/or expensive. I reckon June/July would be a more comfortable bet.
June/July will be extremely humid. I stayed a block or two away from the Forbidden City and I was soaking wet by the time I walked to the gates.
A few pictures from my trip for your perusal.
Have a good trip!
jun july and august is very hot !!!how can go there ?? com back sure black black d. wan travel to china the good time is sep oct nov !!!
It all depends what you want? Do you want to go to Beijing and see the sights or enjoy the spring festival in Beijing?
The downside to enjoying the spring festival is:
(1) It's a little cold (I would not go as far as saying freezing)
(2) Transport is a nightmere before, during and after spring festival
(3) You will spend more money
If it was me... (after enjoying two spring festivals here) I would opt for June/July. Spring Festival is a very 'family' orientated thing in China although the Chinese will welcome you to be apart of them you can sometimes feel a little left out.
Cause the weather is so cold on Jan in Beijing. But if you want to stay in China for Chinese New year, you can try, but please to book your hotel at least before one month you arrival China, that you could get more discount of money.
But I suggest not go to Guilin on Jan, too cold, too west, if you want to go to some warmming please, could go to Yunnan or Tibet.
Before you go to China, better to pay attention to the weather in China City.