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.