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India, Far East & Australasia / China

Beyond its famed cuisine, China serves up a feast for the senses, rich in imperial history. Sometimes inscrutable, always incomparable, China provides an unexpected world for today’s traveller. The pleasure lies in experiencing its many contrasts – a fascinating blend of the ancient, imperial, rural and modern. Rent a rickshaw to discover the teeming hutongs of ancient Beijing, and enjoy special viewing access to the incredible Terracotta Warriors of Xian. A day of trekking along the Great Wall, especially its more remote stretches, will build up an appetite. Savour the endless streams of dim sum which will delight even the more adventurous palate. In Shanghai on the Yangtze estuary the Jade Buddha Temple and Yuyuan Garden reside in a city reaching skywards at an incredible pace. Amidst the foothills of the vast central Tibetan plateau is Shangri-La, an isolated mountain paradise of undiluted beauty where young monks sell religious charms outside Buddhist temples and the imposing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain dominates the horizon.

China Essentials

Approx. Flight Times London to; Beijing: 9 hours 50 minutes. Shanghai: 11 hours 10 minutes.
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China Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in China.

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Best experiences in China

  • Chendgu - enjoy the unique experience of being a 'panda keeper' at a sanctuary,assisting with the care and feeding of these delightful creatures.
  •  Beijing - The Great Wall. Truly the best way to experience The Great Wall, embark on a soft trek to the "Wild Wall" and enjoy a champagne picnic lunch on China's fascinating Great Wall.
  • Beijing - Join a cooking lesson with the Beijing housewives at a traditional home in the Hutongs, introducing daily life and local dishes that the housewives would make for their families. 
  • Shanghai - Engage with a local historian and writer on an introduction to this cosmopolitan city. 
  • Shanghai - Zoom around Shanghai on a motorcycle for a tour of historical Shanghai. 
  • Xian - Exclusive access to one of the restricted areas of the Terracotta Warriors can be arranged, to see restoration work in progress. 
  • Xian - A wonderful opportunity for all followers of Kung Fu or any martial art held at the city's Martial Arts University.

When is the best time to visit China?

China’s climate varies greatly but is characterised by hot summers and cold winters. The most popular months to visit are April, May, September and October when temperatures are at their most pleasant.

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