China in September

Autumn sees Northern China start to cool and lows are well below zero Celsius (32 °F) in November as the nation’s foliage bursts into color. The rain for the most part stops with precipitation in Beijing dropping to an average of just 12mm per month in October and November. The 'ice city’ of Harbin in the northeast sees a cold autumn, with highs around zero Celsius (32 °F) and lows of minus 10 °C (14 °F), many choosing this time to visit many of the ski resorts just outside the city.

This is a great time to explore Central China, the intensity of the summer heat wanes and most areas see average temperatures of around 25 °C (77 °F) and lows a balmy 15°C (59 °F). Unlike in the north, central China allows you to leave those warm winter jackets at home during the autumn.

It is cool and dry in Southern China, and for many October to December is the best time to visit. The gentle coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian Province has average highs of 23 °C in November and precipitation of 31 mm per day; Nanning in Guangxi Autonomous Region with highs around 24 °C and just 11 mm precipitation per month; Guangzhou (Canton) in Guangdong Province with highs around 25 °C (73 °F) and precipitation around 11 mm; or Kunming in Yunnan Province with highs of 18 °C (64 °F) and precipitation of 13 mm.

Northwest China’s autumns are cool and dry. In Kashgar, Xinjiang province, one of the westernmost city’s in China, October temperatures vary from 5 to 20 °C (41-68 °F) but by December that range falls rapidly to about minus 7 to 2 °C ( 19-35 °F) and winter clothing is needed once more.

Suggested Itineraries

Classic China

Get a real feel for China on this luxury 10-day tour that whisks you through Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, and Shanghai. Stay at some of the country’s most prestigious hotels while taking in key sights, from the Temple of Heaven, to the Great Wall of China, to the Terracotta Warriors, Yu Gardens, and more.

Interests Heritage, Unesco
Destination China
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $8,100

A Journey Across the Rooftop of the World: Beijing to Lhasa by Train

Stroll along one of the world’s wonders, the Great Wall of China, when you embark on this 8-day luxury train journey through Beijing and Lhasa. It’s a step back in time with ancient sites and breathtaking natural features, and a thrilling trip along the world’s highest train journey to the Tibetan Plateau.

Interest Luxury Trains
Destinations Tibet, Tibet, China
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $6,800

China's Natural Wonders: National Parks and Pandas

Journey through China’s most picturesque landscapes on this exciting 13-day luxury journey. You’ll hike through the stunning Yellow Mountain and Jiuzhaigou National Park, tour Tibetan villages of the Zharu Valley, and play with Pandas in Chengdu, while staying at luxury hotels like Amanfayun or Banyan Tree.

Interests Amazing Landscapes, Wildlife
Destination China
Duration
13 days / 12 nights
Price Per Person
From $18,800

China's Silk Road

Journey across China’s ancient trade route, meandering from Shanghai, to Xian, Dunhuang, Urumqi, and Kashgar. You’ll stay in hotels fit for aristocrats as you learn about what life was like for traders at sites like the Bund, the Terracotta Warriors, the City of Sands, White Horse Pagoda, the Grand Bazaar, and more. 

Interest Heritage
Destination China
Duration
10 days / 9 nights
Price Per Person
From $14,600

Cities, Slopes And Serenity: Skiing the Mountains and Seeing the Cities of China

Immerse yourself in the different faces of China in this exciting journey of cities and slopes. Split your time in this magnificent country between the bustling metropolis of downtown Beijing and the peaceful winter wonderlands offered by the area’s best ski resorts.

Interest Skiing
Destination China
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,000

Colors of Northwest China: Zhangye Danxia & Jiayuguan

Travel through the remote, stunning corners of Northwest China on this colorful journey that will take you from Beijing to undiscovered Zhangye Danxia and Jiayuguan. Your camera will be challenged to capture the real life epic beauty at sites like Jiayuguan Fortress, the Danxia landforms, Bingguo Rock area, and more.

Interest Amazing Landscapes
Destination China
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Price Per Person
Extension: Optional add-on to your itinerary.

Datong to Pingyao

Step back into China’s indelible past on this insightful 4-day journey through Datong and Pingyao. This luxury tour will take you to ancient monasteries and UNESCO-listed sites, including the Yungang grottoes, Shanhua Monastery, and the Nine Dragon Screen, while staying at the luxurious boutique Jing’s Residence.

Interest Unesco
Destination China
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Price Per Person
Extension: Optional add-on to your itinerary.

Exploring the Yangtze

Meander in luxury down Asia’s longest river, the Yangtze, on this phenomenal 4-day boat journey that passes by some of China’s most stunning landscapes and fascinating cities, moving from Chongqing, past the Three Gorges Dam Project, and on to Xiling Gorge, being rocked to sleep at night aboard your cruise ship.

Interest Luxury Cruises
Destination China
Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Price Per Person
Extension: Optional add-on to your itinerary.

Moscow to Beijing on the Trans-Siberian Railway

Embark on the world’s most famous overland journey from Moscow to Beijing, delving deep into the Siberian wilderness along the way. Cross three countries and two continents - accumulating almost 3,500 miles, all whilst bunking down for the night in the train, waking up to an ever-evolving landscape each morning.

Interests Luxury Trains, Amazing Landscapes
Destinations China, Siberia & Russian Far East, Mongolia
Duration
17 days / 16 nights
Price Per Person
From $16,700

Nomadic Travels through Qinghai Province: Xining to Guide

Experience a mesmerizing eight-day journey through China’s Qinghai Province. You’ll take in such epic sights as Qinhai Lake, the Yellow River and Dredzong Monastery, while interacting with local noamds and learning about their traditions.

Interests Off The Grid, Amazing Landscapes, Open Spaces
Destination China
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $5,800

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