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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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