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China holidays

China holidays

Discover the megacities of Beijing and Shanghai, walk the Great Wall and cruise the Yangtze on a tailor-made China tour

A holiday to China allows you to experience one of the oldest societies on the planet and one of the most forward-thinking nations of the modern world. This is a land where ancient sites built by powerful dynasties sit amid modern skyscrapers, soaring mountains shimmer against vast deserts, and rural villages lost in time contrast with fast-paced cities thirsting for global prestige. Among it all, well over a billion people converge with their numerous cultures, languages and cuisines.

Our specialists have explored all the country’s facets and can help tailor a trip to match your interests. You could walk along a lesser-known section of the fabled Great Wall of China, weave your way through frenetic city markets selling everything from jade trinkets to deep-fried locusts, learn about the lifestyles and traditions of some of China’s 56 minority cultures, or take in Shanghai’s cityscape from a swish rooftop bar.

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Suggested itineraries for China

These itineraries will give you a starting point for what your trip to China could entail. They cover routes that we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favourite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to travelling in China

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to China. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate China at its best.

Video: My travels in China, 2016

Giant Panda, Chengdu
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See pandas in China

Spend some time in the presence of the beautiful giant panda on your tailor-made holiday in China. With these magnificent animals still on the list of endangered species, visiting them is a memorable and enchanting experience.

The Great Wall at Jinshanling
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The Great Wall of China

One of the world's most spectacular sights, a walk on the Great Wall of China is a must for anyone visiting this enthralling country. We can recommend the best places to see the wall and the best times to visit on a tailor-made trip with Audley.

Yangshuo, China
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What to do in China: our highlights guide

Visit China's Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors, walk the Great Wall, hike along the Dragon’s Backbone, and meet the native minorities in the Yunnan and Guizhou provinces. China specialist, Alice picks her favourite things to see and do when visiting this vast country.

Terracotta Army
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Visit the Terracotta Warriors

If you're planning a tailor-made trip to China, we can highly recommend a visit to the 2,500 year-old Terracotta Army. Widely regarded as one of China's top three historical sites, they have been amazing visitors since they were accidentally unearthed in 1974.

Yao tribe girls in the rice fields, Longji
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Travel to China with your family

With its long established culture and history, we can highly recommend China for a family adventure holiday. From seeing giant pandas or taking cookery lessons, to watching a kung Fu demonstration, there's something for everyone.

Cormorant & Fisherman on Li River, Guilin, China
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Yangtze River cruises

The world's third longest river, a cruise along the Yangtze is 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.

Zhong woman, Longji
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Ancient civilisations: The Qin Dynasty

The Qin Dynasty was a short period in Chinese history but one of the most important. Our knowledgeable specialists can create a tailor-made trip that visits the very best historical sites to help you get the most out of your trip.

Songtsam Hotel, Zhongdian
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Characterful stays in China

Whether you’re staying in a converted farmhouse surrounded by countryside or a traditional Tibetan building overlooking a monastery, basing yourself in a boutique property during your holiday to China opens your eyes to new cultures and authentic local life. Country specialist Stephanie shares her recommendations.

Chris visiting the Kuche Subashi ruins, China

Start planning your trip

Provide us with a few starting details about your travel plans, and one of our China specialists will be in touch to give you suggestions and ideas.

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