China is an immense country with a perfect combination of many cultural, historical, and natural wonders and numerous progressive and prosperous cities. From the high-octane energy of Shanghai and Beijing, with their sky-scrapers and electric vibe, to the tranquility and staggering beauty of the Li River, a place best experienced with a day floating on a traditional bamboo raft.
Beijing’s Imperial Summer Palace or The Forbidden City are merely examples of the many ancient delights. Food styles vary hugely by region, with heartier food in the north, and deliciously tasty seafood in Shanghai, to an altogether spicier experience in the west, with the key ingredient, Sichuan chilies, used in abundance.
On Creed Solutions holidays to China, you can experience the stunning diversity of China or have a magical family adventure holiday exploring the cultural and natural highlights of this immense country.
The view of Hong Kong Island’s cloud-baiting skyscrapers from the waters of Victoria Harbour is the archetypal image of the enclave. A harbour view room is great for spying its space-age splendour but for a trip back in time, jump onboard a Chinese junk boat, its burnt orange sails a symbol of the traditional values that can still be found here. An evening cruise with a sundowner is the ideal way to soak up the neon-lit scene. It’s timed so you can witness the Symphony of Lights, a nightly light show where a kaleidoscopic array of lights and lasers project off many of the buildings for a mesmerising performance.
Hong Kong Island is so frenetic it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. But a local guide can help you get under the skin of this modern metropolis, taking you around its must-see sights and adding colour through their stories. Take the tram up Victoria Peak for panoramic views of the city and harbour, stroll past temples, pick up traditional Chinese trinkets at Stanley Market and head to Aberdeen Fishing Village to witness an ancient way of life that stands tall next to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s heart.
While Hong Kong is the king of Cantonese cuisine and you’d be missing a trick if you didn’t sample a selection of its fine foods while on holiday there. Taste your way through districts like the business hub of Central or the more traditional Sheung Wan neighbourhood, where you can pick up dishes like wonton noodles from tiny family-run joints or barbecued pork rice from streetside stalls. Locals will tell you their version of dim sum (steamed dumplings usually accompanied by tea) is the best in the world. There’s only one way to find out…Tanzania’s northern safari circuit attracts the lion’s share of wildlife spotters, the southern end of the country arguably matches it. At just over 21,000 square miles, Selous Game Reserve is Africa’s largest and its size means a rich diversity of ecosystems, a place where hippos and crocodiles bathe in riverine marshland and wildebeests, impalas and wild dogs prowl the woodlands. Twin it with Ruaha National Park, a classic African vista where undulating plateaus are studded with baobab thickets and rock outcrops. Its striking scenes are filled with Tanzania’s biggest elephant population, along with ostriches, cheetahs and gazelles.
Rising out of the lush jungle on Lantau Island, the giant bronze Tian Tan Buddha looks an otherworldly sight. Standing over 100ft tall, it’s no wonder it’s more commonly known as ‘Big Buddha’. Climbing the 268 steps to stand right beneath it is well worth it just to appreciate its size, while the Po Lin Monastery opposite is one of Hong Kong’s most sacred Buddhist sites. And getting to the Buddha is a thrill in itself, with a ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car the perfect birds-eye view of Lantau’s wild landscape.
It goes without saying – for a city that’s awake every minute of the day, its nightlife certainly doesn’t disappoint. Aqua restaurant in Kowloon is dinner with a view exemplified, serving up excellent Italian and Japanese food over the glittering harbour, while Hutong gives a more authentic Chinese dining experience. For an after-dinner cocktail, we’d recommend the sophisticated Duddell’s for a quiet drink or Dragon-I for those who fancy partying until the early hours. Make sure you have time for a trip up one of the city’s many rooftop bars, so you can toast the epic views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended. For any current travel health advice, please consult your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel. You would also need a Covid-19 vaccination card and a negative Covid-19 PCR test result not less than 72hours old.
The official currency of the country is Renminbi.
Tourist planning to visit China requires a visa which is typically a single entry visa with a stay duration of 30 days. US citizens may be eligible for a 10-year multiple entry visa. Speak with your agent to find out how to get a visa.
The official languages spoken in China is Mandarin,
China's dry season traditionally runs from October to January, with the wet season from June to August. The dry season is the best time to visit, as temperatures are often below 20 °C and there’s little rain, so exploring the city will be comfortable. It can drop below 10°C in the evenings, however, so it’s worth packing a jacket or coat in preparation.
China’s springtime (March to May) brings rising temperatures, although they stay below 30 °C, so it’s never too hot. It can sometimes get very cloudy, so those citywide photos you’d love to capture from Victoria Peak or an evening junk boat cruise can occasionally be tricky.
In the summer (June to August), Hong Kong becomes subtropical, with the weather very hot, wet, and humid and temperatures consistently just above 30 °C. But if there’s not a storm on the horizon, clear days are frequent, making for prime photo opportunities. Hong Kong is prone to typhoons in September, but they’re not that common.
Keep an eye out for China’s celebratory "Golden Weeks"—Chinese New Year in January or February, and the National Day in October. While the atmosphere will be buzzing, it’s good to be aware that it’ll be much busier and more expensive than normal.
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