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.
This itinerary brings you an insight into the rural way of life in southern China and a chance to marvel at the extraordinary landscapes of the Li river without forgetting the major sights of China’s bustling cities.
This itinerary takes you to the dramatic Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze river cruise, combined with getting up close to the Giant Pandas and all the wonders of bustling Beijing, ancient Xian and stylish Shanghai.
China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made.
This short adventure in China is designed for exploring imperial Beijing and experiencing ancient Xian, before being whisked off to Chengdu to get up close to the resident Giant Pandas.
Journey through the heart of Central Asia, crossing beautiful deserts and mountain landscapes. Discover ancient cities full of intricate Islamic architecture, thriving bazaars and mystical old-world atmosphere, all linked with the legends of the Silk Road.
China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. On this journey, you will encounter millennia-old culture and religion at some Chinas most intriguing sites.
With thousands of years of fascinatingly diverse history, China is one of the world’s oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China’s greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.
This scenic tour is ideal for those looking to explore lesser known parts of China and get closer to nature. Indulge your senses with China’s most spectacular, mysterious and dramatic natural highlights.
From the Great Wall to the Giant Pandas, China is home to a great number of magnificent and world renowned sights; this unmissable adventure incorporates them all.
The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.
Explore the cities of Taipei and Tainan, where ancient and modern sit side by side, and lose yourself in the natural beauty of Sun Moon Lake and Taroko National Park.
Embark on a 12-day Premium journey that weaves together China’s layered history, famous icons, cultural heritage and celebrated cuisine
Enjoy an action-packed introduction to China as we travel from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the imperial palaces of Beijing.
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Discover the breathtaking countryside and rich cultural history of China's north on this 12-day Lonely Planet Experience, bookended by the bright city lights of the country’s biggest hubs