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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.
Centrally located near Beijing's attractions, the Peninsula is a contemporary luxury hotel with unparalleled service and facilities. A short walk from the Forbidden City, the Peninsula provides a supremely comfortable base for exploring China’s capital.
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.
An incredible adventure for all the family, experiencing China’s many delights. Visit the Great Wall of China, try your hand at Kung Fu, and pay a visit to a Panda Research Base where you can witness these amazing creatures in their natural habitat.
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.