Yuantong, Kunming Temple of Yunnan
Yuantong, Kunming Temple of Yunnan

Why visit China with Brightwater?

Brightwater Holiday’s exploration of Yunnan & Tibet is a celebration of the landscape these areas have to offer. Not only can you witness spectacular scenery but the climate of the remote south-west China lends itself to a never-ending search for flora and fauna to enchant its visitors. In the guidance of an expert horticulturalist, this tour offers a plant hunting experience unlike any other with the chance to enjoy the plants we see in our gardens today, growing in the wild in their original habitat.

Overall Trip Scores – 9.3

Best Guide: Duncan Coombs
A lecturer in horticulture at Pershore College, Duncan Coombs is also a passionate plantsman and a plant hunter in the grand tradition, having explored remote parts of the world in search of that elusive prize - a plant species new to science!

Best time to visit China

The weather in China can be particularly cold in the months of December – February and climate climbs very high in the Summer months, making these periods less busy with tourists. However, many enjoy travel in Spring, March – May, and Autumn, September – November. Chinese New Year in early February can be particularly busy.

Some experiences are seasonal, such as those to catch the rhododendron valleys of Shangri-La in bloom, birdwatching in Napahai Lake and, for example, the Harbin International Ice & Snow Sculpture Festival.

The typhoon season for China runs from May - November

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Country Information - China

  • Visa - British citizens require a visa to enter China. This must be done in person at a visa application office.
  • Currency - The currency of China is the Renminbi of the Yuan
  • How to Dress - China is a fairly conservative country when it comes to dress. Chinese are often tidy and clean. Trousers are required for men and women in many temples
  • Cultural Differences - Chinese people are very curious of foreigners and often congregate in large groups together. Chinese people will often go to great lengths in restaurants to pay an entire bill rather than split it
  • Language - There are several languages and dialects used in China but the most common language is Mandarin Chinese
  • Tipping - Tipping is not customary in China. Gifts are more widely offered instead of money as a sign of appreciation