Looking to see the very best of China with an escorted holiday? Without question, China is an incredible country with a fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years. Not only is it a land of historic buildings and ancient traditions but it’s also home to big modern cities, which means there’s an endless array of captivating sights and tourist attractions to behold.
It may come as no surprise that many travellers head straight to the Great Wall to start their China holiday in style. As one of the world’s most iconic sites, the Great Wall of China is a triumph of engineering that offers breathtaking surrounding scenery and an insight into China’s rich culture and history. The must-see city of Xi’an is also a popular sightseeing area, which is located at the starting point for the old Silk Road and is home to the Great Mosque and Terracotta Warriors. If you want to visit the Great Wall and all of the famous attractions in Xi’an, we suggest you plan ahead and book an escorted tour.
You will, of course, want to travel to the Chinese capital of Beijing and the most developed city of Shanghai to experience both the old and new China. Beijing boasts countless monuments and attractions, such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Ming Dynasty Tombs. Since there is a lot to discover in the Forbidden City alone, it might be a good idea to tour the area with a reputable escorted tour company. Then you have Shanghai, a vibrant megacity where you’ll find huge towers, colonial-era buildings, contemporary art galleries, great museums and cute teahouses. Yes, Shanghai is a modern city but it has an ancient twist as well.
Hong Kong stands apart from the rest of the country and is blessed with many wonderful and unusual sightseeing opportunities, all of which help you to make your China holiday a truly memorable one. It’s a face-paced city of towering skyscrapers, stunning harbours, fabulous shopping and scrumptious cuisine, not forgetting its many museums, galleries and lively bars. Hong Kong is a place full of contrasts and offers a thrilling mix of culture, tradition and charm, so you’ll need to allow yourself plenty of time to take it all in.
Although a lesser-known city, Chengdu has risen in popularity in recent years as it has a rich teahouse and cuisine culture, along with a busy nightlife scene. Even though it’s a big city and the capital of China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu is more relaxed than Beijing and Shanghai, but it still offers plenty to do and see. One of the city’s biggest draws is the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, a non-profit facility that specialises in caring for pandas and enables you to interact with these loveable creatures.
In addition to including some or all of these world-famous attractions in your China holiday, you may want to visit the spiritual land of Tibet, well-known for its independent Buddhist culture and natural scenic landscapes. Often called the ‘Roof of the World,’ Tibet welcomes visitors but you’ll need a travel permit which you can only get from a registered escorted tour agency. Alternatively, travel southwest to China’s most ethnically diverse province of Yunnan to admire stunning temples and spectacular views, or venture northwest to the remote region of Xinjiang to visit the mosques, spice markets and flaming mountains.