Travel to China is possible all year round but some months are better than others. In January, unless you are heading south to Hainan where the climate is tropical, chances are you will meet with cold weather in most parts of China.

Top China destinations in January are Beijing and Harbin. Harbin in the north-eastern China is known for its ski resorts and the Ice and Snow Festival held annually from January to February. An increasing number of ski resorts have popped up around Beijing in the past few years, making Beijing a great winter destination if you are looking for an active holiday.

Bring winter clothes and a good wind and waterproof coat if you are going to northern China, central China with its milder climates will have less freezing temperatures but winters are still cold so windproof jackets and warm clothes are still necessary. If you want to escape the cold entirely, head down south to tropical Hainan island where you will still be able to go for a dip in the sea and enjoy a barefoot run along the beach.

If you're travelling to China in January and February, chances are you will experience the biggest festival and holiday of the year, the Spring Festival also known as Chinese New Year. Houses will be decorated with beautiful lanterns, lucky charms and auspicious symbols. Parades of revellers and lion dances line the streets of towns and villages with scores of firecrackers piercing the air. Chinese New Year is a two-week period in which many shops and businesses are closed. Bear in mind that train and bus schedules are affected too. 

Tours & Holidays

Join us on this one-day tour of must-sees in the Chinese capital! Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Olympics Stadium - Bird's Nest - all in one day!
Tian'anmen Square -The Forbidden City -The Great Wall
After a triathlon, you need to put your feet up! Extend your China experience with a 5-star Yangtze River cruise tour that also takes you to Shanghai and the idyllic Suzhou.
Yangtze Cruise - Shanghai - Suzhou - Ghost Town Fengdu
Why not see some more of China now that you're here? Join us on this 5-day tour of all the prime sights in China!
Terracotta Army - Wild Goose Pagoda - Shanghai - Suzhou
Treat yourself to a 5-star break in cosmopolitan Shanghai! Feel the vibe of central Shanghai and stay at the legendary Peace Hotel on the central stretch of the historical the Bund.
The Bund - Jinmao Tower - Nanjing Road - Zhujiajiao Watertown
Live it up in Beijing! We've put together a luxury tour of Beijing where you will sleep in 5-star luxury and eat like a king or queen while we bring you all the best of the Chinese capital!
All the prime sights in Beijing - 1st class meals and hotel
Spend ten days seeing some of China's most incredible sights. Four of those days will be spent on a luxury cruise travelling down the mighty Yangtze River. Indulge in 5-star luxury on this journey.
The Great Wall - Yangtze River - Suzhou Garden - Shanghai
A great holiday in Beijing! This special six-day offer takes you on a breathtaking journey of exploration in one of the most fascinating capitals of the world. Book now!
Lama Temple - The Forbidden City - 798 Art District - Markets
This is a journey like no other. From the subway to the bullet train, we traverse this vast land by rail and discover the easy-going comforts of train travel. Join us for an unforgettable voyage!
Train Travel - Great Wall - Railway Museums - Terracotta Army
Take four days out of your calendar and discover the modern metropolis of Shanghai. We'll also have a one-day tour of the most well-preserved water town in the area. Experience Shanghai's magic!
Jade Buddha Temple - The Bund - Zhujiajiao Water Town
Discover the enchanting landscape of Guilin and Yangshuo on this 4-day visit to one of China's most stunning regions. Explore the magical karst scenery that has captivated visitors for centuries.
Guilin - Yangshuo - Li River
Indulge in a luxury cruise along the mighty Yangzte River, hop on a high-speed train to the picturesque canal town of Suzhou and enjoy two exciting days in the exhilarating metropolis of Shanghai!
Chongqing - Three Gorges Dam - Classical garden - Shanghai
Journey into China's imperial past on this unforgettable 12-day journey. We travel to four capitals of ancient China and explore resplendent Beijing and dazzling Shanghai.
Beijing - Great Wall - Luoyang - Shaolin - Suzhou - Shanghai
This 14-day voyage will take you on an unforgettable journey through China. From the urban sprawl of Beijing and Shanghai to the rural charm of Yangshuo and the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army. Join us!
Beijing - Terracotta Army - Yangshuo - West Lake - Shanghai
Enjoy a 7-day journey to China's imperial capitals. We start with Beijing classics, followed by unforgettable Xi'an and Terracotta Army. This remarkable voyage gives you the best of Beijing and Xi'an!
Tiananmen Sq. - Forbidden City - Terracotta Army - Great Wall
Explore Xi'an with this 3-day tour which introduces you to its glorious imperial past. Be mesmerised by the Terracotta Army, visit the enchanting Muslim Quarter and engross yourself in tai chi.
Xi'an - Grand Mosque - Muslim Quarter - Tai Chi - City Walls
Discover the fascinating Tibetan culture in this journey to an alluring land. Explore impressive palaces, age-old monasteries, incredible temples and stunning nature. A perfect exploration of Tibet!
Lhasa - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Norbulingka - Gyantse
This 6-day tour is the quintessential Beijing experience. We visit Beijing highlights, explore the hutongs and climb the Great Wall of China. The perfect tour for discovering the capital of China!
Beijing - Temple of Heaven - Tiananmen Square - Great Wall
Embark on the culinary journey of a lifetime! Explore the food markets of Beijing, learn how to make authentic Chinese meals, dine at delightful off-the-beaten track establishments. Eat, cook, travel!
Cooking Class - Great Wall - Excellent Food - The Forbidden City