Your honeymoon trip is not just any holiday that you take with your partner, rather it is the most romantic start of your new lives. And so settling for anything shouldn’t be an option at all. With a glimpse of the majestic mountains, stunning beaches, a unique culture & more, a China honeymoon would let you experience all the wonders of the world at once. So, you know that you ought to pick this place for celebrating the new beginning!
And since China is such a huge country that it is difficult to find out what is more worth experiencing and what is not, we thought we would help you with this handy honeymoon guide. From the best places to see & the top things to do in China, it has got everything that will help in making your holiday extra special. So, scroll down and have a look!
Best Time To Visit China
While planning your honeymoon in the Chinese land, the utmost important thing to do is to know when and when not to travel there. Because in China, it is not only a pleasant season that would make your holiday enjoyable, but also the fact that there are no Chinese public holidays or festivals like the Chinese New Year.
Coming to the best time to visit China for a honeymoon, you can plan your trip anytime during the spring or the autumn. The months from March to May and September to November make for the best times to travel there as the weather is soothing, the views are prettier, and wandering around is easier!
Being a huge country with innumerable cities and regions, every place to visit in China is well connected by almost every conveyance possible. For commuting between cities and saving time, you can take the domestic flights. If you are exploring a city then opt for the country’s well spread out railways is the best choice to make. With faster bullet trains and a few slower trains, you both can get around easily.
However, if you’re on a budget honeymoon in China and at the same wish to witness the country like a local, you can opt for long distance buses. Another great and cheap way to get around in China is by taxi. You’ll find a lot of them on the way and all you need to have is your hotel card and the name of your destination written in Chinese so that you have a hassle-free journey.
Best Things To Do On A China Honeymoon
1. Visit the Great Wall of China
Of all the things to do in China, the most famous is to visit the Great Wall of China. While all of the parts or sections are difficult to explore, the MuTianYu Great Wall section is something you cannot afford to miss. Also, try visiting here in December as the crowd is less during this month.
Timings: Open on all the days from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fees: There are different sections at the site and each one of them have a separate admission fee, which roughly starts from ¥40
Location: Huairou, China
2. Enjoy a Bamboo Raft ride on Li River
The most surreal experience to have in the country for honeymooners is to enjoy a bamboo raft ride on the Li River. It would not only give you a glimpse of the traditional Chinese culture, but also let you bask in the bliss of serenity. Visit here early in the morning and enjoy utmost privacy amidst the nature’s bounty.
Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours
Entry Fees: The prices vary depending on the season
Location: Guangxi Zhuang, China
3. Take a romantic stroll along the West Lake
Renowned as the romance capital of China, West Lake is the most beautiful place to visit in the country on your honeymoon. You can take a stroll hand in hand along the banks of the lake or even sit down and have hearty conversations with each other. In any case, visiting here would be an absolute win-win!
Timings: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM during spring and summer, and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM during autumn and winter (for boating and sightseeing)
Entry Fees: ¥35 for a regular boat ticket and ¥45 for a luxury boat ticket (However, the entry to the lake is free.)
Location: Hangzhou, China
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4. Spot the Giant Panda in Chengdu
No honeymoon is fun without having a little adventure. So, the next best thing to do on your honeymoon in China is spotting the giant pandas in Chengdu. The cute chubby beings would add another sweet memory to your holiday and we vouch you won’t be able to resist yourself from capturing innumerable pictures.
Timings: Open on all the days from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Entry Fees: RMB 58 per person
Location: Chengdu Research Base, Jinniu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China
Best Places To Visit On A China Honeymoon
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Being amongst the most popular and biggest cities in China, Shanghai has a lot of breathtaking experiences in store for both of you. Be it witnessing the skyline from The Bund or taking a tour of the Shanghai Museum, this place ensures that a honeymoon becomes more enriching and intriguing.
Popular attractions in Shanghai: The Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Nanjing Road, Yu Garden, Shanghai Museum, and The Shanghai World Circus
Home to some of the country’s major attractions, this is certainly one of the best places to visit during your China holiday. With so much to see and do here that reflects on the city’s glorious past and highlights its beautiful present, you would surely have the best time of your lives!
Popular attractions in Beijing: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China, and Temple of Heaven
Famous for its wooden houses, canals, and cobblestone streets, Lijiang is one of the best China honeymoon destinations. From taking a tour of the ancient town to hiking, there’s a lot of things to do here with your partner. One of such popular experiences is to let a candlelit float down the river.
Popular attractions in Lijiang: Lugu Lake, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Blue Moon Valley, Old Town, and Lijiang Lashihai Wetland Park
4. Hong Kong
In China, honeymoon places like Hong Kong are undoubtedly worth a visit for honeymooners. Its numerous attractions and top romantic places to stay make it a true paradise, though full of both bliss and fun. So, make sure you include Hong Kong in your China honeymoon itinerary.
Popular attractions in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, Tian Tan Buddha, Ngong Ping 360, and Victoria Peak
Best Hotels In China
1. Mandarin Oriental
Amongst all the 5 star hotels in China, this is the most romantic place to stay in Pudong, thanks to its exquisite locale. It is situated on the banks of the Huangpu River and offers a perfect amalgamation of luxury, comfort & world-class hospitality.
2. Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund
Located right in the heart of Shanghai on the bank of the Huangpu River, the Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund is the best place to stay in China with your partner. This urban retreat is surrounded by the city’s most scenic views and offers top-notch luxury & comfort. If you wish to experience how the Chinese live, this is where you need to be!
3. The Langham Haikou
This hotel is situated in a place that is known for its natural charm and beauty. It not only oozes elegance & luxury, but also makes sure that any couple who comes to stay here leaves with the most pampered experience. The service here is exceptional and the ocean view from the room is worth every dime.
Shopping In China
No honeymoon is ever complete without shopping for yourselves and taking home souvenirs for your loved ones. Some of the best things to buy in China are freshwater pearls, silk, clothes, glasses, Longjing tea, replicas of the Terracotta warriors, scroll paintings, Chinese toys, and more. For exquisite souvenirs, you can buy rice writing, painted snuff bottles, panda stuff toys, or leather bags.
For buying all of these or anything, a few of the best places to shop in China, which you both can visit are Wangfujing Street in Beijing, Chunxi Road in Chengdu, Barkhor Street in Tibet, Central Avenue in Harbor, Times Square in Hong Kong, and Huaihai Road in Shanghai.
How To Reach China
One of the biggest problems faced while planning a honeymoon in China is to decide how to reach there via a route that makes even the journey beautiful. And the most comfortable and convenient solution to this is traveling to the country by air, especially from India. There are direct flights from Delhi and Mumbai to China, and multiple flights from the other cities in India that are not too expensive and can help you make your way to the country comfortably.
While traveling via sea with your partner is the most romantic thing to do, it is not possible when going from India to China as the two countries are not linked by any water bodies. However, if you’re in Japan or Korea and are commuting from there, you can take a ferry and reach China by sea as well.
By Train or Road
There are no direct trains from India to China and non-allowance of traveling to the country by road due to permit & political issues. But if you’re a lover of long road trips, and have budget to take multiple trips or are from Pakistan & Myanmar, you can sketch out a road journey and have the most unique China honeymoon experience.
What To Pack For Your Honeymoon In China
- Sunglasses and a hat
- Earplugs and eye mask
- Essential toiletries
- A quick dry towel and a handy blanket/sheet
- Copies and original travel documents
- A sunscreen and sanitizer
- Extra pair of clothes (depending on the season)
- Essential medicines
- Munchies, especially if you’re a vegetarian
- A China map
- A handbag
- Extra cash with a Forex card
Tips For Visiting China
- Plan your honeymoon after checking the season and weather in China.
- Make sure you book everything in advance to avoid the last minute hassle.
- Carry a travel map with you at all the times.
- If possible, try and learn a few basic words in Mandarin so that communicating in the country becomes a bit easier. Else, download a language app.
- Keep cash handy, but make sure you also carry your cards at all the times.
- Keep the copies of all your travel documents in your bag at all the times.
- Don’t forget to include all the top experiences in your China honeymoon package.
- Do shop for souvenirs from the famous shopping places in China.
A honeymoon in China is all you both need to fall in love again. Still don’t believe us? Plan your trip and experience it yourselves. (We bet you would come back and thank us!)