Formerly a tiny fishing village, Shanghai is one of China’s most well-known cities. One of Asia’s major financial centers it is also known as the world’s
busiest container port. Located on China’s eastern coast, summers are hot and humid while winters are chilly and damp. Some of the best times to visit
are in spring and fall.
Located in northern China, close to the Gobi desert, Beijing is both a political center and China’s cultural heart. Beijing has six Unesco World Heritage Sites and is home to some of the world’s most innovative modern buildings such as the Olympic Stadium. With many of China’s top artists, film makers, musicians and writers, the city has a vibrant and ever-evolving cultural scene and is also the center for the traditional Chinese performing arts such as dances and acrobatics. +