So you're heading to China and want to keep your trip classy? New York travel company AllTheRooms
has put together a guide for how to travel China and stay stylish: from fashion tips through to some of the country's top hotels and best modes of transport
FASHION & STYLE
Anti-Pollution Face Mask
Many cities in China are heavily polluted, and if you want to protect your lungs (and skin) from the damage caused by smog you'll need to wear a face mask. Thousands of people wear the item to cover their nose and mouth, with most of the masks being plain white or surgical. Think about buying a mask that's a bright color or that has a cool print, making your look less 'fresh-out-the-hospital' and more 'fresh-from-the-runway'. TheCambridge Mask
is a great example of the type of fun masks available, coming in several different colors and designs. The masks filter out almost 100 percent of pollution particles, germs and bacteria.
China can get really cold in the winter, and in the North of China, winter lasts from November through to March when you can expect sub-zero temperatures. When packing for your trip, think cozy earmuffs, an insulated jacket, and thick gloves to keep you warm.
In the summer, the country drastically heats up and main cities like Beijing and Shanghai can get swelteringly hot. Women tend to dress conservatively and can be seen wearing jeans, light pants or leggings, a lightweight t-shirt, or a knee-length dress. We recommend dressing modestly to help minimize stares from the locals—Chinese people are very curious by nature and love to stare at foreigners.
Where to Stay
Why not treat yourself during your China vacation and stay in one of the many stylish hotels popping up across the country. Demand for high-end hotels and luxurious vacation experiences has recently peaked and there are tons of options to choose from.
Some of our top picks include accommodation by spa resort groupBanyan Tree
, who offer three stunning rural retreats in the Yunnan Shangri-la valley, the Jinyun Mountain Reserve and in the Xixi wetlands. The series of incredibly luxurious hotels are based in tranquil settings where guests can fully unwind.
hotel group has opened a beautiful traditional Chinese village-style resort in a valley near in Hangzhou, which has proven to be a real hit with the elite.
If you want to explore from five-star hotels through to traditional houses or budget finds, browse all accommodation options inChina
Transport infrastructure has improved dramatically in China in the last decade, with the introduction of bullet trains between many cities in the central, eastern and northern parts of the country. If you're traveling between main cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, climb aboard the five-hour high-speed train. Be sure to buy a VIP ticket and ask to be seated in a compartment that gives you an amazing view of the Chinese countryside.
If you're looking to travel longer distances, such as between Beijing and Guangzhou or from Shanghai to Chongqing, it's better to take a plane. China Airlines has experienced a surge in popularity in recent years. The main airports to travel between are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, there's also daily flights between the main cities.