China is one of the last great frontiers for many seasoned gay travelers. The world's most populace country has so much to offer that it is difficult to decide where to begin. China has something for every visitor, whether it be adventure, cuisine, shipping, history or culture.You will find some of the world's most spectacular scenery in Guilin and the colorful, historic towns that surround Shanghai. China also offers big city sophistication and all the pleasures that go with a modern metropolis. The business hubs of Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai have world class hotels, international cuisine, and plenty of nightlife.
China is both safe and friendly. There are virtually no restrictions on where visitors can go. Major credit cards are accepted practically everywhere. If you can not live without Starbuck's or MacDonald's, you will not go hungry.
Planning your holidayPurple Dragon offers all-inclusive travel programs and unique side trips designed to help first-time visitors get acquainted with incredible China. Creating the perfect adventure could not be easier! Our programs are all modular. Choose a destination and arrive any day. Add any extra sightseeing you like and your trip is tailor-made to suit your own schedule, tastes and budget. Your private tour includes personal guides, so you'll never be herded around on a bus with 40 strangers. Although we have already chosen the optimum amount of time to visit each place you can extend your stay in any of our destinations.
Gay Life in ChinaThe emergence of a highly visible gay community in China over the last decade has been nothing less than astonishing. Homosexuality is no longer considered a mental disorder as it once was. Unlike much of the rest of Asia, "gay" is quickly becoming a lifestyle in addition to a behavior in urban areas. There are bars for both gay men and lesbians in all of the places we work in China.
Weather in ChinaThere is no bad time to visit China. This vast country has practically every climate, from desert to tundra. There are distinct seasons in all of the cities we offer. Beijing, Xian and Shanghai have cold winters and hot summers. "Off season" can be a remarkably beautiful and crowd-free time to visit.
Passports & VisasA visa is required for citizens of most countries. Visas are not issued on arrival. We will give you plenty of help to prepare for your adventure, including detailed "Before You Go" information.
What We DoPurple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest and most respected tour operator specializing in programs for discerning gay and lesbian travelers. All of our tours are private and include private transportation and one of our legendary private guides. We do not offer group tours. The big advantage to a private tour is, of course, that you do not have to put up with other people or compromise your own schedule and activities to suit others in a group. You can spend a bit more time at places that really matter to you, and avoid places that do not, and go at your own pace. We use gay-owned or LGBT-friendly hotels wherever possible and show our guests the local gay nightlife where it exists. You do not have to be gay to enjoy one of our all-inclusive tour packages. A growing number of mainstream guests travel with Purple dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.