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With its vast area, diverse cultures and endless list of historical and cultural sites to explore, planning a holiday to China can be a little overwhelming. Our travel guides can help first time visitors and seasoned travellers plan their ideal trip, whether wanting to visit to the Great Wall of China, get up close to pandas or marvel at the 2,500 year old Terracotta Army. With all this history, culture and wildlife, China makes an excellent destination for families, while a peaceful river cruise on the Yangtze provides relaxation away from the crowds.

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Ideas for how to explore China

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for China. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

Food vendor in Shanghai

A guide to Chinese food (and where to find it)

There’s more to Chinese food than Western takeaways let on. Each region of China has its own distinct cuisine, from the west’s hot and spicy delicacies to the hearty dishes of the north. China specialists Anthony and Duncan discuss the best ways to experience food in China.

Pudong, Shanghai

China’s modern cities: Shanghai and Hong Kong

Mixing Chinese and European cultures, Shanghai and Hong Kong bridge the gap between East and West and often mark the start or finale to a China holiday. Specialists Susan and Kara outline the best ways to take in their shimmering skylines and quieter corners.

Terracotta Army

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.

Giant Panda, Chengdu

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.

Zhong woman, Longji

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.

Sanctuary Cruise, Yangtze River

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.

The Great Wall at Jinshanling

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.

Yao tribe girls in the rice fields, Longji

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.

Tiger Leaping Gorge, China

The slow side of China: visiting the rural provinces

There are still places to visit in China that remain almost untouched by the modern world. Country specialist Cheryl shares her experiences of rural China, from meeting local people and learning about their minority cultures to hiking through mountains and rice terraces.

Songtsam Hotel, Zhongdian

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.

Yangshuo, China

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.

Standard Cabin - 2 Berths, Tsars Gold - Chinese Train, Ulaan Baatar

Planning your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway

Revered as one of the greatest journeys on the planet, the Trans-Siberian Railway (or, more specifically, the Trans-Mongolian Railway) links the churches and palaces of Russian cities with the vibrant cultures of Asia, passing through Siberia and the Mongolian steppe. Specialist Matt shares his advice for how to make the journey.

Camel Owner, Dunhuang

A journey along the Silk Route

The Silk Route helped to shape many countries into what they are today. You can travel part of the route to explore little-visited regions of China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Audley specialists Nick and Adam share the highlights of their trip.