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China trip ideas

China trip ideas

All of the itinerary ideas below can be tailored just for you

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.

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 £3,520pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

16 Days from £3,755pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

14 Days from £4,330pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

15 Days from £4,335pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

19 Days from £4,665pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

18 Days from £4,765pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 seldom visited minority villages in Guangxi 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 £4,960pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

18 Days from £5,250pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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 the sunrise over Huangshan.

  • Journey through rice terraces and minority villages.

  • Hike through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge.

  • Visit the high Tibetan Plateau.

19 Days from £5,310pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK 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.

22 Days from £7,210pp

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

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Beach itineraries with a touch of exploration

These trip ideas, from our Hidden Beaches collection, are our answer if you’re looking to relax but still want to explore. Each itinerary combines time at one of our hand-picked beach properties with a few days spent either on safari, taking in a city, discovering the local culture or hopping to the next beach. These itineraries are just suggestions, and a specialist will plan your holiday individually.

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.

12 Days from £1,812pp

3 nights Hong Kong, including breakfast; 7 nights Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.

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Beach + City

Four Seasons Resort 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 Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, 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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