7 Things To Know Before Booking Your Holiday to China
China can feel like a hundred different lands meshed together. With a history of over 3000 years, China should be on everyone’s travel list. From ancient heritage, to natural wonders and cuisine, China has evolved tremendously, and tourists should expect nothing but welcoming hospitality from the Chinese people.
Here are Intlang’s top 7 things you need to know before you book your holiday to China:
1: China has only one time zone from West to East. This time zone is the same as here in Perth, Hong Kong and Singapore, making China a very convenient destination for holidays makers and those who travel for work.
2: China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. The Six Temperature Zones are: Cold-Temperature, Mid-Temperature, Warm-Temperature, Subtropical, Tropical and Plateau Climate Zones. It is imperative you know what the temperature will be like during your time of travel.
3: The coldest area of China is in the Northern border, adjacent to Russia and Mongolia. During winter months, -40 degrees can be reached! One of the most famous winter events for travellers is The Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, (it is also worth a visit in the warmer months).
4: The warmest tropical destination is the Hainan Province. Sanya, a city within Hainan has also been given the name of ‘Little Hawaii’ due to its scenery and climate.
5: The most popular time to travel to China is during the spring season (April and May), as well as in Autumn (September and October). The rule of thumb is to remember that China’s seasons are opposite to Australia.
6: China has 7 public holidays each year. The most popular celebration by far is the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) and the National Day Holiday. Chinese people are entitled to a minimum seven-day holiday which allows for overseas trips. Keep in mind that because of this, many stores and centres will be temporarily closed much like during our Christmas holidays.
7: This last point has the potential to turn your holiday from one that may be slightly stressful and overwhelming, into a much easier, calm and eye-opening experience. Intlang highly suggests that you take the time before your trip to learn Chinese. Learning Mandarin, (especially the basics of what you need to know for your holiday), is easier than you think, and will make your Chinese holiday easier in every single way. Chinese are friendly and receptive people and upon acknowledging your effort to speak in their native tongue, will likely go above and beyond to meet your requests.