A holiday to China offers a whole host of unique experiences. From the magnitude of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City to the hubbub of Beijing and the tranquillity of Tibet, holidays to China for solo travellers allow the time to fully absorb all the sights at your own pace. Savour stunning scenery, soak up the sights and sounds, and the best part is you don’t have to share the dim sum! In this blog post, we guide you through some of the reasons that make China such an exhilarating place for solo travellers over 50.
Explore China’s history and culture
China has one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Its history is rich and multifaceted, making it a truly fascinating place to visit as a solo traveller. China also offers a unique culture, from its cuisine to its art, that will leave you captivated and wanting more.
No holiday to China would be complete without sampling China’s many regional cuisines. From stir-fried noodles and steaming dim sum to glazed Peking duck and Sichuan-pepper spiked sauces, there’s plenty to sink your teeth into.
You might also want to learn more about tea; the national beverage of China. Take the Hangzhou tea tour where you can pick your own tea leaves, visit a tea farmer’s house and learn the noble art of tea-making. Or perhaps you’d like to get close to Chinese opera? Head to Shantang Kunqu Opera House in Suzhou, where you can fully immerse yourself in the drama of this ancient art form.
Activities for solo travellers in China
China offers a wide range of activities for solo travellers. Go hiking in Zhangjiajie, rafting on the Li River, or exploring the ancient water towns in Zhujiajiao. You could also treat yourself to Chinese performances including acrobatics, opera, or art shows, which will give you a glimpse into the rich culture of China. Whatever your interests, China has something to offer.
A warm welcome from the people of China
The locals in China are warm, friendly and hospitable people. If you ever find yourself lost or in need of directions, do not hesitate to ask.
While English might not be widely spoken, tourist destinations often have English signage and some English-speaking locals. Our best advice? Arm yourself with a few local language phrases before setting off on your solo trip to China as a way to enhance your travel experience.
Travelling alone also provides plenty of opportunities to meet other like-minded tourists. If you’re looking to make new friends and connections while on your solo trip, check out group tours where you’re more likely to meet fellow travellers.
Single holidays for over 50s in China
Going on a solo holiday may sound daunting, but with careful planning, you’ll soon embrace the opportunity to explore somewhere new by yourself.
There are plenty of package deals for single holidays to China for over 50s. This option is ideal if you’re looking for a stress-free holiday, where all your travel arrangements are taken care of.
Whether you’re looking for a two-week trip through China’s ‘Golden Triangle’ (Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai), or you want to spend a month learning all about Imperial China. Many tour companies offer packages that include an expert guide, comfortable accommodations, airport transfers and transport while you’re in China.
Silver Travel Advisor is hosting an exclusive small group tour to China, especially for solo travellers. The 11-day trip – in partnership with Wendy Wu Tours – takes solo travellers from Beijing to Xi’an, onto Chengdu and then to Shanghai. Click here for more information, or speak to our Silver Travel Advisors on 0800 412 5678.
China is a truly phenomenal country where you’ll find history, culture and captivating sights around every corner. Holidays to China for solo travellers is a fantastic opportunity to go out of your comfort zone where you can create unforgettable memories and maybe even meet lifelong friends.