Winter trips to China are my personal favorite! Yes, this surprises many people, because I travel there A LOT during the summertime. But there are so many advantages for a family travel during winter break, it's something I do like to to explain.
December is not yet holiday season in China for most people, since a Chinese New Year always comes later. Because schools in China take a break in January or February for Chinese New Year, it means very few Chinese travelerswill be at the sites we typically visit during December -- so nothing is crowded at all – which makes travel so much more pleasant. No jostling elbows or shoulders at key sites. Also, we can typically find families a much better deal on international airfare costs during winter break -- sometimes savings as much as 50% cost on the ticket price -- so that's hard to find any other time of year.
Some people are afraid that Beijing will be too cold -- "not usually" is my response. Of course, I suggest to dress in layers for winter break travel -- so bring a jacket, yes, absolutely. You can remove layers as you move south and when we're in Yangshou, we still experience a wonderful bamboo raft on the temperate climate in the picturesque Guilin/Yangshou area.
It's really so much nicer time to travel than the summer! It my favorite times to escort a group, because all the key sites, such as Forbidden City, are not at all crowded. The feature photo for this article I took on a recent winter break trip -- I could never have done that photo during a summer trip -- it is very packed in summertime, and we must stay close together.
If your child's schedule will allow it at all, I highly recommend wintertime as the best time, even if kids miss a couple of days of school; it can be worth it. . Bottom line is -- there are a lot of advantages to winter break travel to China:
- No crowds
- Pleasant weather in all cities
- International air has “low season” pricing
- Heritage Trips costs often less than summer costs
- More chance to see the wonderful features of key sites
There are more, but you get the idea ---- travel at non-peak times if you have that option. The difference on airfare alone can result in saving a lot – sometimes more than $1000 per ticket, depending on where one has the original destination. Something to think about!
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