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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The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Shanghai seems far removed from many of the country’s other cities. Contrasting images fuse to form the city, the showcase of a self-confident, 21st-century China.
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.
Le Sun Chine harks back to 1930s Shanghai with antique furniture, balconies with columns and high ceilings.
Les Suites Orient is an excellent boutique hotel located right on the Bund and is a fine choice for contemporary luxury.
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.
88 Xintiandi is a stylish hotel with excellent facilities located in the heart of Shanghai’s art, fashion and culinary district.
The Four Seasons Hotel is one of the best in Shanghai. Rooms are large and extremely well appointed, offering all the services you would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
Ideal for those looking for a retreat at the end of a hard-day's sightseeing the PuLi Hotel and Spa is an urban retreat of outstanding refinement and quality in a central location.
The Peninsula is arguably Shanghai’s most luxurious hotel. Rooms here are superb and some offer outstanding views of the Bund and Huangpu River, while the restaurants offer Michelin starred cuisine.
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