China

A spine-tingling and glorious colossus of a country that charms all who travel there. We are constantly bowled over by China – its beauty, ancient history and powerful presence are all intoxicating, but what we feel is most fascinating is the unexpectedly fun and agile sense of humour of its people.

China is the most populous county in the world. It is also an essential stop for anyone hoping to learn more about the direction the world is taking this century. No first holiday to China is complete without visiting the truly unique city of Beijing, where you can’t help being impressed by the vastness of the Forbidden City, the scale of the Great Wall of China and the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai to learn of its colonial past and its lighting fast development into the future. Thereafter you are still spoilt for choice between travelling to Xian to explore the Terracotta Warriors, delving into Yunnan province for trekking and natural beauty in the mountains, following the majestic Yangtze or Huangpu River, eating your way through Sichuan province and Chengdu as well as visiting the popular Giant Panda Bear or going to Hangzhou, the fabled city on West Lake. There is something to interest anyone and plenty to learn from your holiday in China; from the way the country is shaped in the mega-cities to the way the country used to be through its beautiful calligraphy, tea making and classical music – much of which is still practiced today. The best piece of advice we can give is to avoid trying to do it all. This is a massive country and deserves to be visited more than once.

CapitalBeijing
Official LanguageMandarin
CurrencyRenminbi
TimeGMT +8
Population1.38 b
Power (Voltage)220
Area (km2) 9,326,410
A Day in Suzhou

A Day in Suzhou

Shanghai, China
Travel by car to the garden city of Suzhou. Begin with a visit to the large and stunning Master of the Nets Garden – recognised as a UNIESCO Wor ...
Acrobatic Show & Shanghai Lights

Acrobatic Show & Shanghai Lights

Shanghai, China
Enjoy an energetic Shanghai evening with an outstanding performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics School and Troupe. Get ready for a night of skilled, ja ...
Acrobatic Show & Shanghai Lights

Acrobatic Show & Shanghai Lights

Shanghai, China
Watch an outstanding performance by the Shanghai Acrobatic School and Troupe. Get ready for a night of skilled and jaw-dropping acrobatics. After the ...
Ancient Capitals

Ancient Capitals

China, Xian, Beijing
Experience the splendour of the ancient capitals, Beijing and Xian and gain an insight into their rich history and culture. On this tour you will visi ...
Ancient Houses & Cruising

Ancient Houses & Cruising

Guangzhou, China, Yangtze River
On this 13 day tour experience what life in ancient China was like by wandering through old villages where traditional Hakka buildings from times long ...
Beijing by Bike

Beijing by Bike

China, Beijing
Hop on a bike and explore Beijing’s colourful backstreets with this guided cycling tour. Discover the hutong laneways and landmarks of this fascinatin ...
Beijing Experience

Beijing Experience

China, Beijing
One of China’s most popular cities with many ancient wonders, this 5 day package introduces you to the sights, sounds and tastes of Beijing. Explore T ...
Beijing Foodie Tour

Beijing Foodie Tour

China, Beijing
There’s no better way to experience a city than through its cuisine. With your food-loving local guide, begin a Beijing food adventure to remember- w ...
Best of China

Best of China

Chengdu, Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
Spend a memorable 10 days touring ancient and modern China from Beijing to Xian and Chengdu, ending in Shanghai. Beijing sightseeing includes Tiananme ...
Best of Shanghai

Best of Shanghai

Shanghai, China
The best of Shanghai covers all the main highlights. Take in the highlights of Shanghai on this full day tour incorporating a visit to the Yuyuan Gard ...
Biking to Pandas & Buddhas

Biking to Pandas & Buddhas

Chengdu, China
Chinas Sichuan province is home to the iconic panda, revered cuisine and treasured regional culture. Take a closer look by bicycle. Destination Chi ...
Breakfast in the Hutongs

Breakfast in the Hutongs

China, Beijing
Offering a unique experience. Stroll through a traditional hutong neighbourhood, past temples and markets and see how the locals live while eating nex ...
Chengdu’s Giant Panda

Chengdu’s Giant Panda

Chengdu, China
Undoubtedly this is a highlight tour. Visit and learn about the panda at the Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. An iconic symbol of China and stri ...
China Discovery

China Discovery

Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
This classic China tour covers the must-see destinations and sights in China including the picturesque and charming water town of Suzhou. Destinati ...
China’s Golden Triangle

China’s Golden Triangle

Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
Encompassing Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, this 8 day tour includes key sightseeing. Commencing in Beijing visit Tiananmen Square, appreciate the magnit ...
China’s Grand Tour

China’s Grand Tour

Guilin, Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
Commencing in Beijing and ending in Shanghai take in the principal sights on this 16 day private tour inclusive of a Yangtze cruise. In Beijing and Xi ...
China’s Present, Past & Future

China’s Present, Past & Future

Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
Be captivated by historical and present day China on this 9 day tour encompassing Beijing, Xian and Shanghai travelling by train. In Beijing discover ...
City Wall Biking, Art & Calligraphy

City Wall Biking, Art & Calligraphy

China, Xian
On this half day tour take a leisurely bicycle ride along the ancient city wall and enjoy amazing views of the city below. At Tangbo Art Museum, after ...
Culinary Pilgrimage of China

Culinary Pilgrimage of China

Chengdu, Shanghai, China, Beijing
On this tour, appreciate the true taste of Chinese cuisine that can only be found in the streets and alleyways of China’s most celebrated food cities. ...
Discover Huanglongxi Ancient Town

Discover Huanglongxi Ancient Town

China
Explore the ancient town of Huanglongxi With a history of more than 1,700 years, the town is greatly admired for its beautiful natural scenery, ancien ...
Discover Mt. Huashan

Discover Mt. Huashan

China, Xian
Mt. Huashan called the West Mountain in ancient times, is one of the noted five mountains in China. Rising 2155m above sea level and 120km from Xian, ...
Dujiangyan & Pandas

Dujiangyan & Pandas

China
Explore Dujiangyan. On this overnight tour head to Dujiangyan – explore Mount Qingcheng, visit the Nanqiao night market and participate in a pan ...
Emperors Tour

Emperors Tour

China, Beijing
Take a glimpse into the history of Beijing. Begin with a visiting key sights including Tiananmen Square, a world renowned public square; the Forbidden ...
Evening Huangpu River Cruise with Dinner

Evening Huangpu River Cruise with Dinner

Shanghai, China
Enjoy a traditional style dinner at a resraurant which reflects 1930’s Shanghai. Enjoy a traditional style dinner at a restaurant which reflects ...
Explore Dujiangyan

Explore Dujiangyan

China
Explore Dujiangyan. Escape Chengdu for the day and visit Dujiangyan, well known for its ancient irrigation system – with a history spanning more than ...
Explore Guilin

Explore Guilin

Guilin, China
Discover the main sights of Guilin. Discover the main sights of Guilin by visiting the Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cave with multi-coloured l ...
Explore Leshan & The Giant Buddha

Explore Leshan & The Giant Buddha

Chengdu, China
Escape the city and explore Leshan with its natural landscape and wealth of cultural relics. Home to the Leshan Giant Buddha, an enormous 70 metre hig ...
Explore Suzhou

Explore Suzhou

Shanghai, China
Take the fast train from Shanghai to Suzhou and discover the historic water town’s beautiful gardens and waterways. The full day tour includes t ...
Explore the Hutongs

Explore the Hutongs

China, Beijing
By local rickshaw, get up close and personal to Beijing’s hutongs with a tour of the myriad of narrow streets. Step back in time and see authent ...
Express Xian City

Express Xian City

China, Xian
This half day tour provides a great insight into Xian. Start with a visit to the Small Goose Pagoda, which reflects how the location of Xian at the ea ...
Food & Market Tour by Tuk Tuk

Food & Market Tour by Tuk Tuk

China, Xian
See how Xian wakes up by eating with locals and exploring one of China’s oldest and largest markets! Jump on a tuk tuk and wind through the narrow str ...
Forbidden City and The Great Wall

Forbidden City and The Great Wall

China, Beijing
Forbidden City and The Great Wall Incorporating two of the most famous icons in the Beijing area, visit both the Forbidden City and the Multianyu sect ...
Great Wall Trekking

Great Wall Trekking

China, Beijing
Enjoy hiking in spectacular scenery along diverse sections of the Great Wall, some restored and others in near original condition on this 4 day tour. ...
Guangzhou Experience

Guangzhou Experience

Guangzhou, China
At the mouth of the Pearl River, Guangzhou, also known as Canton, invites you on this 4 day package to delve into its delights, old and new. On the ou ...
Guilin’s Gumdrop Mountains

Guilin’s Gumdrop Mountains

Guilin, China
The land of China’s legendary gumdrop mountains and terraced rice paddies has been captured in many a painting over the centuries. From Guilin take in ...
Hangzhou Day Excursion by Train

Hangzhou Day Excursion by Train

Shanghai, China
Spend the day exploring the renowned spots of this picturesque city. After arriving on the high-speed train from Shanghai, experience a cruise on the ...
Hangzhou Discovery

Hangzhou Discovery

Shanghai, China
Take time to appreciate magnificant Hangzhou and it’s surrondings on this 2 day excursion from Shanghai. On arrival an afternoon tour included t ...
Harbin Ice Festival

Harbin Ice Festival

China
Harbin’s winter wonderland offers a once in a lifetime experience on this 3 day tour. The overnight train from Beijing will transport you to Harbin. S ...
Highlights of China

Highlights of China

Guilin, Shanghai, China, Xian
This fascinating tour showcases the main highlights of China including a visit to Guilin. Visit renowned sights that will surely amaze. Destination ...
Historical Xian

Historical Xian

China, Xian
Delve into Xian’s past on this half day city tour. Start at Shannxi History Museum, rich in cultural relics unearthed in the Shaanxi province be ...
Huangpu River Cruise

Huangpu River Cruise

Shanghai, China
The Huangpu River is a symbol of Shanghai and one of the top attractions in the city. Both sides of the river have iconic landmarks, but with a very ...
Hutong Evening Food Tour

Hutong Evening Food Tour

China, Beijing
Find the best, hidden local food by winding your way through the hutong alleys of Beijing in a tuk tuk. Stop at local, family run shops that you would ...
Inner Mongolia Adventure

Inner Mongolia Adventure

China, Beijing
On this 3 day tour, take this unique opportunity to glimpse into the nomadic Mongolian lifestyle of China’s big sky country. Fly from Beijing to Hohot ...
Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking

Jinshanling Great Wall Hiking

China, Beijing
Rise early for an adventurous day out. Hike the east section of Jinshanling Great Wall, first constructed in the Ming Dynasty with each tower having i ...
Longji Terraces & Minority Villages

Longji Terraces & Minority Villages

Guilin, China
Longji Terraces & Minority Villages. Head to Longji or Dragon’s Backbone, located in Longsheng County, an area where the entire mountain range is ...
Mysterious Silk Road Journeys

Mysterious Silk Road Journeys

Shanghai, China, Beijing
Fly from either Beijing or Shanghai to Dunhuang on the edge of the desert to travel the ancient Silk Road in western China on this 8 day tour. Explore ...
One Night in Beijing

One Night in Beijing

China, Beijing
Experience a night out exploring the local drinking spots in the city’s hutong neighbourhood. In a hidden Beijin brewery, try a flight of expertly cra ...
Peking Duck Dinner

Peking Duck Dinner

China, Beijing
No visit to Beijing is complete without experiencing a Peking Duck dinner. Prepared since the imperial era, it is reowned dish of Beijing. With a sett ...
Shanghai Contrasts

Shanghai Contrasts

Shanghai, China
Delight in the contrasts of this bustling metropolis on this half day tour. Begin with a visit to the Yuyuan Gardens, a classic creation of the Ming D ...
Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai Disneyland

Shanghai, China
Escape the city for day as you head to Shanghai Disneyland, a fun filled experience for all ages. Discover six unique and unforgettable lands along wi ...
Shanghai Evening Food Tour

Shanghai Evening Food Tour

Shanghai, China
There’s no better way to experience the bustling streets of Shanghai than by foot, with a specially created authentic culinary experience! On this spe ...
Shanghai Experience

Shanghai Experience

Shanghai, China
Offering a great introduction to one of the world’s great modern cities and China’s economic powerhouse, this 4 day package outlines Shanghai. Discove ...
Shanghai Hop On Hop Off Bus

Shanghai Hop On Hop Off Bus

Shanghai, China
Shanghai is an interesting metropolis to visit with many attractions. For those who prefer to sightsee on their own, this hop on hop off ticket offers ...
Shanghai Morning Food & Walking Tour

Shanghai Morning Food & Walking Tour

Shanghai, China
Sample delicious local breakfast dishes and stroll the streets in Shanghai’s oldest residential communities. Watch China’s most popular br ...
Shanghai Riverside Architecture

Shanghai Riverside Architecture

Shanghai, China
Commence this half day excursion with a walk along the famous Bund on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River lined with historical buildings. Cross to ...
Sichuan Exploration

Sichuan Exploration

Chengdu, China
Discover laidback Chengdu on this 4 day tour. On arrival in Chengdu observe typical activities in a city park, locals playing Chinese chess and Mahjon ...
Sichuan Hotpot, Tea & Market Experience

Sichuan Hotpot, Tea & Market Experience

Chengdu, China
Discover the true heart of Chengdu on this walking tour. Relax in a beautiful outdoor courtyard and sip tea with the locals; explore a hidden market t ...
Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Excursion

Suzhou & Zhouzhuang Excursion

Shanghai, China
Experience two picturesque towns, each unique. Suzhou, one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin known for its waterways and beautiful gardens is o ...
Tang Dynasty & Dumpling Dinner

Tang Dynasty & Dumpling Dinner

China, Xian
Enjoy an evening of culture with a Tang Dynasty and delicious dumpling banquet. The show takes you on a magical journey through the ancient and prospe ...
Terracotta Warriors Standing Proud

Terracotta Warriors Standing Proud

China, Xian
A must for any visitor to Xian, start the day with a visit to a terracotta figures factory, focussing on the reproduction of the terracotta soldiers. ...
Terracotta Warriors, Banpo Museum & Mausoleum

Terracotta Warriors, Banpo Museum & Mausoleum

China, Xian
A day discovering ancient history. Visit awe inpiring 2,000 year old UNIESCO site of the Terracotte Warriors followed by Banpo Museum, home to 6,000 y ...
The Cradles of China

The Cradles of China

Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
Be captivated by China on this 13 day tour, covering key cities plus the lesser visited areas of Luoyang and Zhengzhou. Departing from Beijing, spend ...
The Diverse Breadth of China

The Diverse Breadth of China

Shanghai, China, Xian, Beijing
Over 13 days encounter the best of Beijing, Xian, Lhasa and Shanghai. Commencing in Beijing appreciate Tiananmen Square, the ancient Forbidden City an ...
World Wonder Tour

World Wonder Tour

China, Beijing
Escape Beijing for the day and head to the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall of China, the very symbol of ancient Chinese imperial garden. The Basaling se ...
Xian Evening Food Tour

Xian Evening Food Tour

China, Xian
Experience at least 10 authentic local dishes which define why Xian’s food is idenifiably different from anything else you’ll enjoy in Chi ...
Xian Exploration

Xian Exploration

China, Xian
This full day discovery of Xian incorporates Xian Museum offering an informative experience on local history and culture. On this tour you will explor ...
Yangtze Experience

Yangtze Experience

Guilin, Shanghai, China, Yangtze River, Xian, Beijing
Experience the best of China as you travel from Beijing through to Shanghai and the mighty Yangtze River. Enjoy a cruise on the river and take in the ...
Yunnan Highlights

Yunnan Highlights

Kunming, China
Discover the beauty and history inherent in the mountainous province of Yunnan on this 7 day tour commencing in Lijiang and ending in Kunming. Explore ...
Zhujiajiao Water Village

Zhujiajiao Water Village

Shanghai, China
This charming 400 year old village is located 25km west of downtown Shanghai. Explore the small winding canals and rivers along with the tranquil Dian ...
Laos to China

Laos to China

Sail on the mighty upper Mekong River from Laos to China. This pioneering 14-night river expedition will allow you to discover charming villages, stun ...
Li River Cruise

Li River Cruise

Take in the magical scenery of the winding Li River with a leisurely cruise down to Yangshuo, deliberated as the most attractive stretch of water. Alo ...
Majestic Yangtze (Downstream)

Majestic Yangtze (Downstream)

This four day cruise is perfect for the cruise aficionados with less time on their hands. Departing from Chongqing, travel with Century Cruises, Pres ...
Majestic Yangtze (Upstream)

Majestic Yangtze (Upstream)

Take a journey along the mysterious waterway that is the heart of China, the mighty Yangtze River. Departing from Yichang, travel upstream with Centur ...