The country that takes you from the modern and fast-developing east to remote western highlands. From the northern vast grasslands and Gobi desert to the colorful south and its tropical beaches. And from newly established modern cites to thousand-year-old ancient towns. China provides a rich diversity of nature and culture that few countries can surpass.
While you're in Beijing, come see us at our Beijing Travel Center, located inside the Beijing Jade International Youth Hostel. We're ready to empty our backpacks of insider knowledge into yours and help you get around and see the best of what China has to offer. We're experts on Beijing and have traveled extensively throughout China - we can't wait to help you along your way as you explore the Middle Kingdom.
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My most precious travel memory was my trip to Tibet overland and by car from distant Beijing. We spent one month making the journey, stopping in Xi'an, Chengdu, Lhasa, Shigatse, Dunhuang, and Xining. We spent the days enjoying the wild, open and majestic scenery of snowy mountains and blue lakes. And we spent lots of time hanging out with the friendly local people.
My first journey was to Inner Mongolia where I saw the vast grasslands for the first time. Standing on the grassy plains at the highest point for miles around, you get a sensational feeling not unlike being adrift in the ocean. And the local mutton is to die for.
Tibet is my favorite place to travel to in China: blue sky, snowy mountains, blue lakes, simple and friendly local people and their unique culture and temples.
My best insider tip is to avoid Beijing during the national holidays and the student holiday period (July & August). It's tougher to get around and hard to enjoy your time here as much compared to the rest of the year.