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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step

- Lao Tzu

China

China conjures up images of the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, of glittering cities like Shanghai and Hong Kong, of the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Potala Palace in Lhasa, of forgotten oases of the Silk Road  and of a cruise down the gorges of the Yangtze.  China is so diverse it's like several different countries rolled into one and this is reflected in its many cultural minorities and its food.  Come and sample this marvellous country with us.

When to go

The best months to travel to China are March, April, September and October.  A journey along the Silk Road and Trans-Mongolian Railway or to Tibet is best done between April and October. 

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Beijing

Linked to its imperial past by the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Beijing is a city with a vision of the future.  Old hutongs and mega-malls, throngs of bicycles and traffic jams, serene temples and thriving markets - Beijing is a city not to be missed.

 

Great Wall

Built to keep foreigners out of the Celestial Kingdom, the Great Wall is now one of the major drawcards of China.  Walk its ramparts for a few hours or a few days, this monument to engineering will impress you.

 

Xi'an & Terracotta Warriors

Capital of ancient China, cultural melting pot and start of the Silk Road, Xi'an is famous for its Terracotta Warriors.  But stay for a while and discover its Muslim Quarter, its city walls and hidden temples and courtyards.

 

Chengdu & Pandas

Chengdu has a relaxed teahouse culture and laid-back people.  But it is the pandas in the nearby research center that draws travellers here.

 

Yangtze Cruise

One of the world's great rivers and lifeline of China, the cliffs, gorges, towns and villages along the Yangtze are best explored by boat.
 

Shanghai

Forever hurtling towards the future the city of Shanghai conjures up images of a mysterious, intriguing past of excess and glamour.  Discover its fascinating architecture, its galleries and shops and enjoy some spectacular food.

 

Suzhou & water towns

The water towns near Shanghai are famous for its tranquil canals and humpbacked bridges.  Nearby, the gardens of Suzhou are a harmonic combination of water, rocks, trees and pavilions.

 

Yangshuo

The towering limestone cliffs along the Li River near Yangshuo form a truly iconic Chinese landscape.  Explore the area by boat or bicycle and understand why so many poems were written here.

 

Hong Kong

Spectacularly located along its harbour, Hong Kong is a city of finance and commerce which also boasts a surprisingly vibrant cultural scene, plenty of markets and an excellent mixture of cuisines.  After you are done with your shopping, explore the tranquil outer islands by boat or on foot.

 

Lhasa

You will never forget your first view of the Potala Palace as it rises up above what once was the capital of an ancient empire.  From the boulevards of the modern Chinese city to the winding alleyways of the Tibetan quarter, this is one city you do not want to miss.

 

Lijiang

Locked in time, Lijiang's maze of cobbled streets lined by wooden houses and bisected by gushing canals, is worth a visit.

Explore a Forbidden City

Stay a while and explore beyond the central axis of the abode of the emperors of China and discover a maze of pavilions, gardens, courtyards and theaters.

 

Walk the Great Wall

Follow this ancient monument on foot across steep mountains and rugged farm fields, exploring ancient battlements and watchtowers.

 

Get lost in a hutong

Few of these ancient low-rise Beijing neighbourhoods still exist, but explore them on foot or by bicycle and you will get lost in their charm.

 

Be awed by Terracotta Warriors

Rows and rows of warriors, staring into the distance as if primed for battle, guard the tomb of a Chinese emperor of old.

 

Journey down the Silk Road

Discover hidden oases, forgotten trading posts and the market town of Kashgar along an ancient merchant's route that once connected Imperial China and the Roman Empire.

 

Walk the Bund & French concession

China's best-known street, Shanghai's Bund is lined with gorgeous colonial buildings, once the banks, hotels, trading firms, and private clubs of colonial powers.  The nearby French concession offers up gorgeous villas and Art Deco gems.

 

Glorious food

With so many different cultural groups, it is no wonder that China has such a varied cuisine.  Dumplings, Peking Duck, Sichuan and Mongolian hotpot or Xi'an kebabs - try them all.

 

Bike like a local

Saddle up and explore the hutongs of Beijing, the karst landscapes of Yangshuo or the old city walls of Xi'an.

 

Discover Hong Kong's harbour

Whether you see the harbour lit up at night from the top of Victoria Peak, or from the Star Ferry as you cross it during the day, Hong Kong's harbour is a sight to behold.

 

Tea for two

Enter a tea house, order a steaming pot of tea and relax.  Watch people play mahjong or listen to the songs of birds in their cages.

 

Cruise the rivers

From the commercial lifeline of the Yangtze and its tributary gorges with their splendid scenery and calming silence, to a boat ride along the captivating Li River with its landscape of serrated hills like dragon's scales, river cruises are a unique way of exploring China.

 

Travel the rails

Whether you whisk in under five hours by high-speed train from Shanghai to Beijing, or travel by overnight train from the capital to Xi'an, or along the Trans-Mongolian railroad, Chinese trains are a great way to see the countryside and meet the locals.

Suggested Tours

 

Highlights of China

 

Tour code: PCHI

 

Why we love this trip: Our best-selling overview of China's icons

 

Places visited: Hong Kong, Yangshuo, Xi'an & Terracotta Warriors, Beijing, Great Wall, Suzhou & Tongli water town, Shanghai

 

Signature Experiences: explore the Forbidden City, walk the Great Wall, get lost in a hutong, be awed by Terracotta Warriors, walk the Bund & French concession, glorious food, bike like a local, discover Hong Kong's harbour, tea for two, cruise the rivers, travel the rails

 

Length: 14 days

 

Accommodation: comfortable hotels

 

Included meals: 12 breakfasts, 3 dinners

 

Transport: Ferry, Minibus, Plane, Shuttle Bus, Sleeper train, Taxi, Train

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and regular private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3395

China in Depth

 

Tour code: GCID

 

Why we love this trip: the ultimate 3-week China journey of discovery

 

Places visited: Beijing, Great Wall, Shanghai, Xi'an & Terracotta Warriors, Chengdu & pandas, Emei Shan, Yangtze cruise, Yangshuo, Hong Kong

 

Signature Experiences: explore the Forbidden City, walk the Great Wall, get lost in a hutong, be awed by Terracotta Warriors, walk the Bund & French concession, glorious food, bike like a local, discover Hong Kong's harbour, tea for two, cruise the rivers, travel the rails

 

Length: 21 days

 

Accommodation: Hotels (12 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper trains (3 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts)

 

Included meals: 1 lunch, 1 dinner

 

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Transport: train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, walking, bicycle, plane, taxi

 

Departures: Set small-group dates and regular private departures

 

Customizable? Yes, price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $3399

Railroad to Lhasa

 

Tour code: GHRL

 

Why we love this trip: riding the rails from Beijing to Lhasa, then by road across the stunning Tibetan plateau to Kathmandu

 

Places visited: Beijing, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, Rongpu Si, Zham, Kathmandu

 

Signature Experiences: explore the Forbidden City, walk the Great Wall, travel the rails, Potala Palace, Tibetan mountains & monasteries

 

Length: 15 days

 

Accommodation: Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt, multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts).

 

Included meals: 4 breakfasts

 

Transport: train, private vehicle

 

Departures: set small-group dates, regular private departures

 

Customizable? Yes - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2999