China: When to go
China can be visited at any time of year as there is always something on offer. The winter is actually a very beautiful time to visit Beijing and its world famous sights dusted with snow. The best weather is during spring (March until May, but avoid Easter) and autumn (late September to early November), but hotel rates are higher at those times. Prices are lower in the shoulder seasons: February/early June and September/late November/December. Three main Chinese public holidays to avoid: Chinese New Year (also called Spring Festival, usually falling in late January or early February), the first week of April and National Day (the first week of October). Tourist attractions become very crowded at this time.
There are direct flights from Britain to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Hong Kong. Direct flight times are between 10 - 11 hours. China has an excellent network of domestic flights and connecting between all major cities is simple.
All visitors to China must obtain a visa prior to departure. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your return from China and have at least 2 blank pages. We can arrange this on your behalf at a cost of £110.00 per passport using Royal Mail Special Delivery. For any other information, please contact your Ampersand Travel consultant. If you are arranging your own visa, the Chinese consulate is in South Kensington and you can find all the information on their website.
For information on vaccinations and health requirements, we suggest you contact your GP or a travel clinic such as Fit For Travel at least 2 months prior to departure for advice and to arrange immunisations. Recommended vaccinations for travel to China are polio, tetanus, typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis A. For certain areas anti-malarial tablets should be taken, but please consult your doctor for his/her advice.
Flying times from UK
Beijing: approx. 10 hours direct; Shanghai: approx. 11 hours direct