Asia is a stunning continent with huge areas of coastline, so there is no better way to explore Asia than by boat! Here are our top six cruises, personally selected by Asia specialist Nathan, to inspire your very own boat trip around some of Asia’s most iconic and beautiful sites.
Step away from the typical tourist trail to discover the hidden gems of Asia and India. Explore an enchanting world of stunning temples, remote villages and untouched paradises on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to Asia.
Few places can compete with China when it comes to its wealth of history and culture. Spend your China honeymoon walking along the impressive Great Wall, marvelling at the 8,000 strong Terracotta Warriors at Xi’an, or admiring the harmonious juxtaposition of old and new in Shanghai. Pairing China's incredible scenery and diverse culture with its most luxurious hotels and lodges will ensure you have a honeymoon to remember.
Steeped in history, and breathtaking scenery, China is certainly one of the world’s most interesting family holiday destinations. Aside from its fascinating culture, the history of this ancient country is represented in the architecture of its cities and villages, as well as in the country’s most famed attraction: the Great Wall of China. Children can enjoy seeing pandas up close in Chengdu, whilst parents can soak up the impressive cosmopolitanism of Beijing or Shanghai.
The perfect balance between the buzzing cities of Beijing and Shanghai, and the idyllic, rural regions of traditional China. Enjoy visiting some of China’s most famous sights, staying at carefully chosen hotels to make your journey that extra bit special.
A once in a lifetime journey involving pandas, ancient monasteries, towering mountains and some of China’s most breath-taking scenery, sandwiched between the two vibrant cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
From the Great Wall of China to the spectacular landscapes of the Li River and the impressive Terracotta Army, enjoy the finest elements of China, both past and present, on this classic journey through this wonderful country.
When to go to China
China’s climate is diverse and the best time to visit will depend on where you’re travelling to. The North enjoys four distinctive seasons, ranging from very warm during the summer, to chilly and dry during the winter. Southern China is subtropical, with wet and humid summers, when temperatures can approach 40°C. Typhoons hit the South-east coast between July and September.
Spring - April to May
Spring in the north is arid. Awesome sand clouds sweep in from Inner Mongolia and the static electricity discharges everywhere. Spring also sees the snow like liuxù(willow catkins) wafting through the air and collecting in drifts.
Spring weather in Hong Kong, can bring wonderfully warm days with clear blue skies, or it can bring heavy downpours.
Summer - June to August
From May onwards in Northern China the mercury can surge well over 30°C. Beijing simmers under a scorching sun in summer (reaching over 40°C), which also sees heavy rainstorms late in the season.
The south is subtropical, with wet, humid summers, temperatures can approach 40°C, and typhoons hit the southeast coast between July and September.
Autumn - September to November
Autumn (September to early November) is the optimal season to visit Northern China as the weather is gorgeous and fewer tourists are in town.
In the subtropical south, weather is still hot and humid and typhoons may still be present. In Hong Kong humidity is low, while temperatures are still high and skies are clear.
Winter - December to March
In winter, in North China it’s glacial outside (dipping as low as -20°C). Chengdu's weather in winter is foggy and humid and there are fewer hours of sunlight per day.
Guilin in winter is generally damp and drizzly. Hong Kong has a tropical climate and although it is often still hot enough to swim in the sea in December, winters can be surprisingly chilly.