Reasons to Visit
With some of the most recognisable buildings and monuments in the world, from the ancient Forbidden City to the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Shanghai and Pudong, a trip to China is must for anyone interested in city and rural architecture.
China is awash with enormous cities, arguably the three most famous being Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. All three cities are excellent places to watch the world bustle along around you, whilst of course being some of the top cities to shop and dine.
The portrait of Chairman Mao that stands proud on the front of the Forbidden City is just one of the countless examples of the influence that the Communists have had on this country.
Surely one of the top worldwide cuisines, each region of China is famous for different delicacies. Sichuan hot pot, Hong Kong dim sum, and of course Peking duck, all dishes to get the taste buds going.
In some of the more rural parts of the country ethnic minority groups can be found in large numbers. Many of the same tribes that are found in Laos, Cambodia and Thailand have also settled in Yunnan province and also in Guizhou and Guangxi. Many still wear there traditional dress and so a visit to these regions is often a colourful one!
The different regions of China boast a myriad of different fascinating and beautiful landscapes, the limestone karst mountains in the Guilin area and the high plains crossing over into Tibet to name a couple.
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Discover traditional life amongst the hustle and bustle of modern Beijing.
Widely regarded as one of China’s top three historical sites, the 2500 year old Terracotta Army has been amazing visitors since they were accidentally unearthed in 1974.
One of the world's most spectacular and inspiring sights, to walk the Great Wall of China is a must for anyone visiting this enthralling country.
The Yangtze River is the world’s third longest river. A cruise along the Yangtze is, therefore, the perfect way to explore China’s otherwise inaccessible heartland in comfort, and witness not only the legendary Wu, Qutang and Xiling Gorges, but also the equally impressive Lesser Three Gorges.
China, with its long established culture and history, is the ideal destination for a family adventure holiday. From seeing giant pandas or cookery lessons, to watching a kung Fu demonstration or time spent relaxing on a beach, this Far Eastern country provides the perfect backdrop for a holiday with the kids.
Yunnan province has very high levels of ethnic diversity - the highest number of ethnic groups among all provinces and regions in China in fact, making it an exciting and vibrant place to visit.
From pulsating modern cities thirsting for global prestige to remote rural areas where time slips gently by unnoticed, China is just as beguiling and diverse a land as it always has been.
14 Days from £2,385pp
See the main highlights of Yunnan province, including Dali, Lijiang, and the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, as well as some of the minority villages in the region.
11 Days from £2,705pp
Get a taste of the Middle Kingdom, with time in Beijing and Xian, finishing with time exploring the scenery of the Guilin area.
13 Days from £2,865pp
Experience classic China including Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, and the Guilin region.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-made holidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
9 3/4 hours (Beijing)
British Airways & Virgin Atlantic
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