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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore Beijing's highlights, including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.
Witness Mongolian nomadic life and enjoy a traditional Mongolian music performance.
Cross the vast expanses of Siberia.
Soak up the scenery of Lake Baikal.
Visit the Kremlin and learn about Moscow's history on a guided evening tour of the city.
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 Cambodian cuisine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See the beautiful and timeless limestone karst scenery of the Guilin area.
Spend time at the rice terraces of Longji.
Relax and watch the world go by on a Yangtze cruise.
Explore bustling Shanghai.
Visit the Terracotta Army in Xian.
Walking through the Mingsha Dunes in Dunhuang.
Look over the Flaming Mountains in Turpan.
Experience Kashgar's Sunday market.
Travel along the Karakoram Highway to Lake Karakul and Mount Muztagata.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 £1,892pp
3 nights Hong Kong, including breakfast; 7 nights Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort, including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.View this itinerary
Beach + City
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.View this itinerary
Some of our favourite travel guides
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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
China’s scale can feel overwhelming, but its high-speed rail network helps cut the country down to size. Our specialists explain how to use high-speed trains to explore China’s highlights and how to use your time wisely in each destination.View this travel guide
Make the most out of visiting China’s Terracotta Army: we explain what to look for when exploring this archaeological site that predates Christianity.View this travel guide
Unmistakeable in its appearance and scale, the Great Wall of China wends across the hills, mountains and valleys of northern China. For most visitors, blanking out time to visit this man-made wonder is a must — China specialist Susan outlines the best ways to do this.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
China can be overwhelming, so Audley specialist Heather suggests exploring it from a calmer perspective on a cruise of its greatest river, the Yangtze. She reveals the key sights, and what life’s like on board your Yangtze cruise ship.View this travel guide
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.View this travel 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.View this travel guide
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.View this travel guide
- The slow side of China: visiting the rural provinces
- Characterful stays in China
- China in my pocket: how high-speed trains make the Middle Kingdom more manageable
- Our guide to exploring the Terracotta Army of Xian
- The Great Wall of China: taking a quieter path
- Ancient civilisations: The Qin Dynasty
- Yangtze River cruises in China: a need-to-know guide
- Travel to China with your family
- What to do in China: our highlights guide
- China’s modern cities: Shanghai and Hong Kong