Shaanxi & Sichuan
Host to some of China's most iconic sights, these provinces combine the ancient terracotta warriors and city walls of Xi'an with the jaw dropping scenery around Juizhaigou National Park, while an encounter with a panda cub in Chengdu will lead to a redefinition of the word 'cute'.
Xi'an and Chengdu are both serviced by a variety of regional airlines, while the two cities themselves are linked by both plane and train.
Amenities and facilities in these two main centres are good but become more basic the further out into the provinces you go. Similarly, English is less likely to be spoken outside the cities, though we found the people to be friendly and helpful regardless of language.
Covering such a vast area and with varying topography, it is difficult to state exact climate tendencies for both Shaanxi & Sichuan provinces. However, in general, both regions have mild temperatures averaging between 6°C in winter and 25°C in summer. It is advisable to check regional climate trends before travelling to Shaanxi & Sichuan.
We visited Shaanxi and Sichuan in 2015 with our children aged 11 and 14, their Aunty and Uncle and their three cousins aged 12, 15 and 17. In a country that has only recently changed the 'one child' policy, we certainly made an impression travelling en masse!
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