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China travel guides

With its vast area, diverse cultures and endless list of historical and cultural sites to explore, planning a vacation to China can be a little overwhelming.

Our travel guides can help first time visitors and seasoned travelers 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 vacation 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 favorite things to see and do when visiting this vast country.

  • 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.

  • Dumplings, China

    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.

  • Yangtze River, Yangtze River

    Yangtze River cruises in China: a need-to-know 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.

  • Great Wall, Beijing

    A luxury vacation in China: my perfect trip

    China specialist Cheryl has crafted her fantasy luxury trip to China. In her proposed itinerary, she explains how you can find luxury in China by choosing boutique properties, opting for privately guided ‘bespoke’ experiences, and getting away from the crowds.

  • The Great Wall, Beijing

    The Great Wall of China: taking a quieter path

    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.

  • Li river, Guilin

    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.

  • Three Pagodas , Dali

    Kung fu, cooking and pandas: family travel in China

    Think China won’t suit your family? Think again, says Audley China specialist Anthony. China is well set-up for family travel, but what really makes it as a family destination is the variety of child-friendly things to do.

  • 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 vacation. Specialists Susan and Kara outline the best ways to take in their shimmering skylines and quieter corners.