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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China, Russia & Central Asia
With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
The characterful and colonial Astor House has a fascinating history. Opposite the old Russian Consulate and situated just off Shanghai’s famous Bund, it is a fantastic base from which to explore the city.
The Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel is divided up into separate Inns of a traditional style and are all located in the heart of the Old Town of Lijiang.
The Cote Cour is a beautifully appointed traditional courtyard hotel set in the ancient hutong district of Beijing.
The Jing Guan Ming Lou Holiday Hotel makes for a good base whilst in Guilin, with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
The individually themed rooms at the Lian Lodge give this charming guesthouse a unique character. Views of the rice terraces are the best in the village.
Located in the centre of Shanghai, a short walk from the famous Bund and Nanjing Road, the Shanghai Yangtze Boutique Hotel has elegant 1920s décor and excellent facilities.
Songtsam Retreat is arguably Zhongdian’s best hotel choice, both for its tranquil location with great views, and for its beautiful décor in a Tibetan style.
The Starwish Guesthouse in Longji offers simple and charming accommodation in a beautiful setting. Staff are friendly and there are several good restaurants nearby.
The scenic location and opportunities for walking amongst the beautiful Karst scenery make the Yangshuo Mountain Retreat a good choice for those who really want to get away from it all.
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