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With China’s fast pace of development and growing international and domestic tourism industry, it’s important to plan your trip well to experience an authentic view of the country. Our specialists have an in-depth knowledge of this diverse nation and their itinerary ideas include unusual destinations well off the beaten track as well as China’s incredible highlights. Each trip suggestion can be tailored to your interests and we can plan a route to help you avoid the busiest times and locations at China's main sights so that you can get the most out of your travels.

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Ideas for your trip to China

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in China, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Highlights of China: Beijing, Xian and Guilin


  • See the home of the emperors for centuries, The Forbidden City

  • Get away from the crowds and walk along The Great Wall

  • See the Terracotta Warriors at Xian

  • Take a relaxing cruise down the River Li, among beautiful limestone karst scenery

  • Get a taste of rural life in China in the village of Longji

Classic China


  • See the Great Wall away from the crowds at Jinshanling.

  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, each with a different face.

  • Experience the hustle and bustle of Shanghai, one of the world's most exciting cities.

  • Take a boat trip among beautiful limestone karst scenery in the southern city of Guilin.

  • Get a taste of village life in Longji, with its centuries-old rice terraces.

Southwest China: Yunnan's mountains & minorities


  • See the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, high on the Tibetan plateau.

  • Experience rural Chinese life in the village of Shaxi.

  • Visit the historic Naxi town of Lijiang.

  • See the Bai minority town of Dali with its Ming Dynasty-era Three Pagodas.

A tale of two cities: Hong Kong & the history of Angkor

  • Take in the views from Kowloon over to Hong Kong Island.

  • Enjoy some of the best dim sum in the world with the locals Hong Kong style.

  • Soak up the atmosphere of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's up and coming capital.

  • Visit the awe-inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat and bring out your adventurous side exploring Ta Prohm.

  • Relax in Kep and experience the flavours of Cambodia cuisine.

14 Days from £3,025pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A tale of two cities: Hong Kong & the history of Angkor


  • Take in the views from Kowloon over to Hong Kong Island.

  • Enjoy some of the best dim sum in the world with the locals Hong Kong style.

  • Soak up the atmosphere of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's up and coming capital.

  • Visit the awe-inspiring temple complex of Angkor Wat and bring out your adventurous side exploring Ta Prohm.

  • Relax in Kep and experience the flavours of Cambodia cuisine.

Yangtze River Classic

  • Spectacular scenery along the Yangtze.

  • Seeing the enormous Three Gorges Dam up close.

  • Xian's terracotta warriors.

  • The wonder of Beijing's Forbidden City.

  • The extraordinary Great Wall at Jinshanling.

12 Days from £3,395pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Yangtze River Classic


  • Spectacular scenery along the Yangtze.

  • Seeing the enormous Three Gorges Dam up close.

  • Xian's terracotta warriors.

  • The wonder of Beijing's Forbidden City.

  • The extraordinary Great Wall at Jinshanling.

Trans Siberian journey - Beijing to Moscow

  • Stand atop the magnificent Great Wall of China.

  • Spend the night in traditional nomadic accommodation in Mongolia.

  • Hunt for wild horses out on the Mongolian steppe.

  • Visit the world's deepest fresh water lake.

  • Visit the Kremlin in mighty Moscow.

16 Days from £3,660pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Trans Siberian journey - Beijing to Moscow


  • Stand atop the magnificent Great Wall of China.

  • Spend the night in traditional nomadic accommodation in Mongolia.

  • Hunt for wild horses out on the Mongolian steppe.

  • Visit the world's deepest fresh water lake.

  • Visit the Kremlin in mighty Moscow.

Classic China & Fujian tulou houses

  • Visit the Great Wall of China, at the lesser visited Jinshanling section

  • See the iconic Terracotta Warriors

  • Relax in the spectacular karst scenery of the south west

  • Discover Hakka minority culture in the earthen tulou houses of Fujian province

  • Spend time in the colonial city of Xiamen

14 Days from £4,210pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic China & Fujian tulou houses


  • Visit the Great Wall of China, at the lesser visited Jinshanling section

  • See the iconic Terracotta Warriors

  • Relax in the spectacular karst scenery of the south west

  • Discover Hakka minority culture in the earthen tulou houses of Fujian province

  • Spend time in the colonial city of Xiamen

Family China

  • See the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors.

  • Take in an awe inspiring Kung Fu show.

  • Have a cookery or Kung Fu lesson, or both!

  • Enjoy a gentle cycle tour around the Guilin countryside.

15 Days from £4,215pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Family China


  • See the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors.

  • Take in an awe inspiring Kung Fu show.

  • Have a cookery or Kung Fu lesson, or both!

  • Enjoy a gentle cycle tour around the Guilin countryside.

Classic China & Yangtze cruise

  • See the Great Wall at its most scenic spot, away from the crowds

  • See the Terracotta Warriors at Xian

  • Get a taste of rural China by exploring some of the villages around Xian

  • Relax and watch the world go by on a Yangtze cruise

  • Explore bustling Shanghai

  • See the beautiful and timeless limestone karst scenery of the Guilin area

  • Spend time at the rice terraces of Longji

19 Days from £4,530pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic China & Yangtze cruise


  • See the Great Wall at its most scenic spot, away from the crowds

  • See the Terracotta Warriors at Xian

  • Get a taste of rural China by exploring some of the villages around Xian

  • Relax and watch the world go by on a Yangtze cruise

  • Explore bustling Shanghai

  • See the beautiful and timeless limestone karst scenery of the Guilin area

  • Spend time at the rice terraces of Longji

Yunnan Explorer

  • Visit the old town of Lijiang, home to the Naxi minority

  • Get a taste of rural life in the village of Shaxi

  • See pristine Lake Lugu, on the border between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces

  • Visit the Mosuo people, one of the world's last practising matriarchal societies

  • Trek along the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Experience a taste of Tibet in the Tibetan town of Zhongdian

18 Days from £4,645pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Yunnan Explorer


  • Visit the old town of Lijiang, home to the Naxi minority

  • Get a taste of rural life in the village of Shaxi

  • See pristine Lake Lugu, on the border between Sichuan and Yunnan provinces

  • Visit the Mosuo people, one of the world's last practising matriarchal societies

  • Trek along the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Experience a taste of Tibet in the Tibetan town of Zhongdian

Villages of Southwest China

  • See the pretty rice terraces of Longji

  • See little visited minority villages in Guanxi and Guizhou provinces

  • See the well preserved Naxi minority town of Lijiang

  • Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Experience a side of China that few other visitors experience

15 Days from £4,820pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Villages of Southwest China


  • See the pretty rice terraces of Longji

  • See little visited minority villages in Guanxi and Guizhou provinces

  • See the well preserved Naxi minority town of Lijiang

  • Visit Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Experience a side of China that few other visitors experience

Magnificent China

  • See the magnificent Great Wall.

  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Stay amongst pretty limestone scenery in the Guilin region.

  • Visit the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, which nestles at 3,200 metres on the Tibetan plateau.

18 Days from £5,100pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Magnificent China


  • See the magnificent Great Wall.

  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Stay amongst pretty limestone scenery in the Guilin region.

  • Visit the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, which nestles at 3,200 metres on the Tibetan plateau.

Hiking in China

  • Witness the sheer magnitude of the Great Wall

  • See tea plantations on misty Moganshan

  • Journey through rice terraces and minority villages

  • Hike through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Visit the high Tibetan Plateau

19 Days from £6,620pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hiking in China


  • Witness the sheer magnitude of the Great Wall

  • See tea plantations on misty Moganshan

  • Journey through rice terraces and minority villages

  • Hike through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge

  • Visit the high Tibetan Plateau

Silk Route journey: Western China, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan

  • Experience Kashgar's world-famous Sunday market.

  • Take in the stunning Karakoram mountains.

  • Sleep under starry skies in a traditional yurt.

  • Be humbled by the massive Registan in Samarkand.

22 Days from £6,945pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Silk Route journey: Western China, Kyrgyzstan & Uzbekistan


  • Experience Kashgar's world-famous Sunday market.

  • Take in the stunning Karakoram mountains.

  • Sleep under starry skies in a traditional yurt.

  • Be humbled by the massive Registan in Samarkand.

A private Trans-Siberian journey - Beijing to Moscow

  • See the highlights of Beijing

  • Cross the great Gobi desert

  • Witness Mongolian nomadic life

  • Cross the vast expanses of Siberia

  • See Lake Baikal

  • Explore Moscow's major sights

18 Days from £7,305pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A private Trans-Siberian journey - Beijing to Moscow


  • See the highlights of Beijing

  • Cross the great Gobi desert

  • Witness Mongolian nomadic life

  • Cross the vast expanses of Siberia

  • See Lake Baikal

  • Explore Moscow's major sights

Luxury tour of the Philippines

  • Explore Hong Kong's skysrapers

  • Take a guided tour of Intramuros - Manila's walled city crammed full of history.

  • Stay on Pamalican island. Seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef and stunning beaches at one of the Philippines best resorts.

  • Visit Lake Taal crossing the lake by boat and ride on horseback to the top of the volcano.

17 Days from £8,320pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury tour of the Philippines


  • Explore Hong Kong's skysrapers

  • Take a guided tour of Intramuros - Manila's walled city crammed full of history.

  • Stay on Pamalican island. Seven square kilometres of pristine coral reef and stunning beaches at one of the Philippines best resorts.

  • Visit Lake Taal crossing the lake by boat and ride on horseback to the top of the volcano.

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Our Hidden Beaches Itineraries

Part of our Hidden Beaches collection, these trip ideas are our answer if you’re looking for relaxation but still have the urge to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent exploring. That could be taking in a city, a safari, discovering the local culture or just hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a dedicated Hidden Beaches specialist would tailor-make your holiday.

Beach + City

Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Hong Kong

Explore the contrasts of east and west, modern and traditional in the fascinating city of Hong Kong before relaxing on the beautiful island of Borneo, discovering its endemic flora and fauna including orang-utans.

12 Days from £1,835pp

3 nights Hong Kong, including breakfast; 7 nights Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, including breakfast

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Beach + City

The Nam Hai and Hong Kong

Discover one of Asia's most thrilling, spectacular and cosmopolitan cities, Hong Kong before enjoying beach time near to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An.

13 Days from £2,794pp

3 nights Hong Kong, including breakfast; 7 nights The Nam Hai, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Matamanoa Island Resort and Hong Kong

Enjoy the fascinating city of Hong Kong, discovering ancient temples and traditional medicine amongst the gourmet restaurants and high-rises. Then get away from it all at a laid back Fiji island resort.

15 Days from £3,684pp

3 nights Hong Kong, room only; 7 nights Matamanoa Island Resort including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers

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Yangtze River cruises

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.

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