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The Highlights of an Adventure Holiday to China

The Highlights of an Adventure Holiday to China

Beautiful China is one of the most amazing countries in the world to head to on an adventure holiday. With a thrilling mix of some of the world’s most futuristic cities, stunning landscapes and huge areas of cultural significance, a trip to China promises a world wind of adventures just waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the most must see highlights you have to scope out if you’re planning on heading on an adventure holiday to China:

The Great Wall

Everyone heading to China has to make a visit to the Great Wall. Offering stunning views of the incredible Chinese landscape, it’s one of the main reasons so many visitors flock to China every year. It’s stretches across the stunning landscape for miles and miles and takes you to parts of rural China which give a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the crowded cities that we often associate with Chinese life.

Terracotta Warriors

Another reasons China is so popular with adventure seekers is because it’s home to the famous Terracotta Warrior structures. As one of the most visited landmarks in the world, they are one of the key reasons so many culture seekers head to China on holiday every year. are one of the main reasons so many people head to China every year. The fascinating statues were built to protect the tomb of China’s first ever emperor. They are intricately detailed, poised for battle, and you can visit them on a breath-taking tour when you head to China with Encounters Travel today.

Divine Cuisine

Chinese food is one of the most coveted in the world and one of main highlights of visiting the country is the amazing variety of different types of cuisine you’ll get to sample. Try out imperial cuisine in Beijing, Sichuan flavours in Chegdu and a variety of incredible international cuisines to try in Shanghai. With so many opportunities to sample new flavours and tastes plus traditional Chinese dishes, this is one adventure your taste buds will never forget.

With so many highlights to explore, choosing what to do first on your China adventure holiday is the hardest part. From amazing cultural sites to stunning rural towns and the fast-paced life in some of the world’s most famous cities, with so many highlights China needs to go straight to the top of your adventure holiday hitlist.

Everything you Should Know Before Leaving your Country for a China Tour

Everything you Should Know Before Leaving your Country for a China Tour

Travelling overseas can be a harrowing experience, full of unexpected bumps and challenges along the way. Take stress out of the equation by remembering to do these 10 things before you leave for China with a tour.

Over the last 4 years I have travelled to and through every single country in South East Asia. I’ve experienced much of what’s great about these countries, and I’ve suffered through the worst travel blunders in the history of human kind. And even an ounce of my own personal travel failure stories is worth something for the soon-to-be world traveller.

But how about I save you the stories for brevity and just deliver some cold hard facts you need to consider before any travel to South East Asia –namely China.

China has got it all and the world has noticed. Tourism numbers for China are falling off the charts, year after year, and with good reason. Its economy is booming, it has a rich, beautiful, authentic culture, and a lot of sights to see.

And without further adieu, here are my best China travel tips!

1. First Time? Travel with a China Tour

China is as complex as it is beautiful, and as with any tourism hotspot, it also comes with its own unique set of challenges. You do not know what you do not know, and a China tour is probably the best way to travel for first –or even second or third-timers.

By booking a China tour with companies that excel at ensuring comfortable, quality trips to China such as The China Travel Company, you are quite likely going to avoid things like;

  • Overpaying for hotels, attractions
  • Winding up in shady neighbourhoods
  • Missing out on key cultural sights and events
  • Being alone in a strange place

The China Travel Company can support your journey with either a group tour or self guided adventures in China. So if you’re looking to make new friends along the way and share your experience, take a group tour. If you’d rather be in control of your China trip, then go with the self guided option. There’s something for everyone.

2. Bring Financial Backup

Bank machine ATMs sometimes gets hungry, and on a bad day they might even gobble up your bank card. It’s happened to me and I didn’t have a backup that was easy to manoeuvre. To make matters worse, my bank wouldn’t send my card outside of my home country. So I had to get it mailed to a family member and then sent over to China where I was staying. It took 6 weeks to arrive!

Imagine that. While I relied on trusting strangers enough to send them money via PayPal to convert into the local currency, it isn’t something I’d suggest. Consider back up cards, packing more than one wallet with more than one bank card or credit card, and keep all of your bank’s contact numbers handy.

3. China Travel Immunizations

Travelling in China also means it’s possible you might catch some freaky viruses. It’s never happened to me, so I’m not sure whether it’s because I’ve got all my shots or not –but never take a risk on your health. Ever. Trust me. I’ve seen my fair share of completely avoidable illnesses. Thank goodness they weren’t mine.

4. Insurance

Personally, I’m a fan of World Nomads. They find the best travel insurance deals local to my home country and I can even file claims while still travelling. They also cover “adventure activities” most insurance companies won’t cover.

This is only the beginning, other tips that don’t need their own paragraphs include;

  • Never pack for eventualities, if you need it once your whole trip, pick it up along the way and avoid lugging things you don’t need all over China
  • Ensure that you have 6+ months left in your passport from the date your journey ends
  • Don’t forget important prescriptions but leave them in a clearly labelled container so crossing the border is a breeze
Tips for people planning an active adventure holiday

Tips for people planning an active adventure holiday

"coasteering"If you’re something of an adrenalin junkie, I’m fairly sure the thought of spending a holiday doing nothing more than lazing in the sun is probably enough to bore you to tears. Instead, you’re likely to find an active break is a much more productive way to spend your time off. Continue reading “Tips for people planning an active adventure holiday” »

Things to look for in the perfect accommodation for your family break

Things to look for in the perfect accommodation for your family break

"holiday-stress free"There are thousands of hotels spanning the length and breadth of the country all claiming to cater to your every desire if you book your family breaks with them. The sad fact is that this is often just something that they say to lure in the punters. Continue reading “Things to look for in the perfect accommodation for your family break” »

How to Protect Your Camera While Travelling

How to Protect Your Camera While Travelling

"taking photos in Miami"Most cameras you buy today come in colourful cardboard boxes. Once opened, the packaging is pretty impractical to use. That may not be a problem if you are planning to use your camera exclusively inside your home. But hey, who would only want to take pictures inside their home? Beyond the front door there’s a garden, or a park, or a landscape, or another country Continue reading “How to Protect Your Camera While Travelling” »

Simple tips for when travelling with Families

Simple tips for when travelling with Families

"family travel"We all know it can be problematic travelling long distances with young children, with the numerous temper tantrums, toilet stops and toddler troubles. However, fear not, this article outlines a few simple travel planning tips that you can prepare in advance to ensure your vacation goes smoothly. Ensuring you are fully prepared before embarking will mean getting the most out of your kids. Continue reading “Simple tips for when travelling with Families” »

Plan Ahead for a Stress Free Holiday

Plan Ahead for a Stress Free Holiday

"holiday-stress free"It can be a real chore sometimes booking a holiday and getting all of the finer details sorted can sometimes take all the joy out the anticipation of going away in the first place.

This is why it is crucial that you make sure that you approach your holiday booking in an organised manner. If you make sure that you cover every base in a methodical and logical way then you will soon be able to plough through the list of things that are needed to be done when you book your holiday abroad. Continue reading “Plan Ahead for a Stress Free Holiday” »

Three Must See Tombs from around the World

Three Must See Tombs from around the World

"Egypt tombs"Whilst many holidays consist of simple relaxation and lots and lots of food and drink, just as many tourists leave their shores in search of some of the most amazing and awe inspiring sights known to man. Often, the most inspirational, fascinating and curious man made historical sites are tombs – built by a variety of civilisations for important people, kings or even Gods. Just entering these tombs can be an experience never forgotten. But what are the best tombs to visit and why? Continue reading “Three Must See Tombs from around the World” »