China is a land of contrasts
which can be thought of not
as a single country but as a
whole continent. Each region
has a different history, culture
and landscape and there is a
wide variety of ethnic groups,
cuisines and even languages.
From the classic historical
sights to natural wonders and
hidden gems, this is a land
which will fascinate you.
When we ask our customers to define the
classic sights of China we are invariably
told that it is the Great Wall, the Terracotta
Warriors and the Giant Pandas.
See the Great Wall near Beijing and explore
other historical treasures such as the
Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the
Temple of Heaven; discover the Terracotta
Warriors in Xian where China united as one
country over two thousand years ago; and
visit Chengdu, home to the largest and most
successful panda reserve in the world.
Add to this list the modern and
cosmopolitan city of Shanghai and you
have captured the essential destinations
of this fascinating country.
The dramatic cliffs of the Three Gorges
leave a lasting impression with our travellers,
and to see them while relaxing on a luxury
cruise ship makes the Yangtze River a
For a landscape favoured by artists, head
south to Guilin and the Li River where
the rounded limestone hills form some
of China’s most beautiful scenery.
Yunnan Province in the south-west of the
country has diverse geography ranging
from the snow-capped mountains of the
Himalayan foothills to rolling hills etched
with rice terraces. Add a delightful mix of
ethnic minority groups and you have one
of the most interesting regions in China.
China has a host of natural wonders that will
amaze anyone looking to visit somewhere
Sichuan Province is a particular favourite
of ours with the mountains, lakes and
waterfalls of Nine Villages Valley and the
multi-coloured mineral pools of Huanglong.
Also visit Mt Emei, a holy mountain with
steep cliffs and lofty peaks.
Accessible from Shanghai, Mt Huang is
regularly featured in Chinese art and evokes
images of craggy cliffs and twisted pines.
And see our Undiscovered China section
to learn about Zhangjiajie with its forested
mountains and rocky pinnacles that
provided inspiration for the film Avatar.
Visit Tibet to learn about Buddhism and
maybe make the adventurous journey to
Mt Everest Base Camp; or journey along
the Silk Road in the footsteps of Marco
Polo to discover two
thousand years' of history.
Qufu and Mt Tai are where you can discover
the philosophy of Confucius; and Henan
Province, with the ancient capitals of
Luoyang and Kaifeng, is known as the cradle
of Chinese civilization.
For those looking to venture more deeply
into China there is a wide range of options. We have included some of our favourites on this website but there are many more that we know and love. Ask us about any specific destinations you
have in mind or if you are looking for some inspiring ideas.
China is a year-round destination with spring and autumn tending to be the most comfortable seasons. Summer is typically hot and may be wetter than other times of the year. Winter may be cold, but there are fewer travellers and often the best prices.