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China Holidays

Where old and new, and history and innovation, live side by side. There are many ways to see sprawling China with us – whatever you choose, there will undoubtedly be colour, culture and cuisine to enchant you.

While China has emerged as a global superpower, it still retains a rich history and distinctive culture all of which you can experience on a tailor-made holiday. From the man-made wonder of the Great Wall to the natural beauty of Yunnan, China is a land of both rare beauty and stark contrasts.

Fisherman with Cormorant, Yangshuo, China
Fisherman with cormorant, Yangshuo

What to expect on your China holiday

China has over 5,000 years of enthralling history, 48 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cutting edge cities, a fascinating culture, magical landscapes, minority tribes and delicious cuisine. A world apart from our culture, an expert who knows and loves the country is invaluable when creating a tailor-made holiday to China.

The iconic sites of China are well visited for a reason so shouldn’t be missed on a first-time visit to the country. From the Terracotta Warriors in Xian to the magical karst limestone peaks of Yangshuo and the mighty Yangtze River. Our experts can combine these well-trodden routes with far less visited parts of the country.

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Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Local Market, Huang Pang Village, Guizhou, China
Local market in Guizhou
Longhorn Miao, Suoga Village, Guizhou, China
Miao longhorn tribe
Tibetan Monk walking in Songzanlin Monastery, Shangri La, Yunnan, China
Tibetan monk, Shangri-La, Yunnan

Beyond the classic sites

Take the time to travel a little further to places such as the Silk Road city of Kashgar, or the exceptionally preserved Ming dynasty walls of Pingyao city, and Datong, home to the Yungang Caves and their carved Buddha’s. China is home to many minority tribes many of which are found in the less visited regions on Guizhou, Qinghai and Yunnan – time spent with these people is a rare glimpse into a fast disappearing China.

Explore China

  • Chengdu
  • Xian
  • Beijing
  • Yunnan
  • Hong Kong
  • Guilin
  • Pingyao
  • Shanghai
  • Yangtze River
  • Tibet

Experiences

Here are a selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to China.

The Terracotta Warriors

See one of China’s most important sights, the Terracotta Warriors.

Harbin Ice Festival

Travel to this northern city in January to coincide with the Snow and Ice Festival during which some incredible ice sculptures are exhibited.

Visit a Tibetan Family

Take a traditional yak butter tea with a Tibetan family.

Kashgar Sunday Market

Absorb the sights, sounds and smells of the Sunday market at Kashgar.

See Giant Pandas

Observe Sìchuan’s famous residents at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base.

Peking Opera Experience

See a traditional Peking Opera followed by a traditional meal of Peking Duck.

Explore Beijing’s Hutongs

Spend a day exploring the hutongs or traditional courtyard residences.

Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha

Marvel at the 71 metre tall, 1,200 year old Grand Buddha, carved from a cliff face.

Longsheng Rice Terrraces

Visit the 800 year old Longsheng rice terraces and some of the minority tribes who inhabit the area.

Visit the Great Wall

Escape the crowds and trek across a remote section of the Great Wall.

Accommodation in China

A wide variety of accommodation enables visitors to stay in the ultimate comfort or opt for a more traditional experience, immersing oneself in the local culture. Ultra modern, historical or traditional – there are options to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Craven

Being from a family with Army connections I can from an early age remember travelling. From camping in Europe and then later being sent to boarding school when we lived in Germany at the age of eight, complete with shorts, long socks, a cap and my suitcase. In appearance not too dissimilar to the children evacuated to the countryside during the blitz. Later, my father’s postings took us to Nepal where we had to transit Delhi and Kathmandu where we were sometimes stranded for days and Hong Kong from where I travelled in 1983 through China for two months.
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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list. I also seek adventure; exploring the deep blue or hiking a peak often winning favour. Although it’s my time horse herding in Mongolia that I regularly want to relive.
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The design and operation of this holiday was excellent and took us to places that we had hardly heard of. A great experience and opportunity to sample " Old China" before it becomes overcrowded. We were very happy with the whole procedure.

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Paul put together our trip very quickly, within a month of leaving! He did a great job and we loved the little add ons such as a cookery class and fan making. All of the guides, drivers and vehicles were amazing.

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Frequently asked questions about China

Is the street food safe to eat?

Like anywhere where street food is the norm, we always advise eating at places which appear busy with fresh produce. The food on offer in China is like nowhere else, so trying some of the delicacies on offer will be like nowhere else on the planet and provide new culinary experiences.

The language seems hard to grasp, is English spoken over there?

Mandarin is difficult to speak and understand and although English is becoming widely spoken throughout the country especially within the cities, never presume you will be understood. If spending a day at leisure in a city we would recommend writing down the name of your hotel and any sites you may wish to visit in Mandarin as a taxi driver or local won’t necessarily understand English. In Hong Kong, Cantonese is the official language, with English closely followed. Embracing the local language is all part of the adventure and you will certainly raise a few smiles when you have a go!

What should I take that I may not be able to find over there?

Luckily nearly everything you will need is available in China. We do advise if you require any kind of medication to bring it with you as it can sometimes be hard to find the right one. Toiletries are also something we suggest, such as sun cream, insect repellents and preferred shampoos and moisturisers.

Will a guide travel with me on my train journey?

No, your guide would not travel with you for your train journey. Your local guide will leave you at the station with full instructions and directions for boarding the train and you will then be met from the train at your arrival destination. If travelling with a party of 10 or more it would be more normal for a national guide to accompany the group throughout, including train travel.

What is the time zone in China?

China is eight hours ahead of GMT.

What should I take that I may not be able to find over there?

Luckily nearly everything you will need is available in China. We do advise if you require any kind of medication to bring it with you as it can sometimes be hard to find the right one. Toiletries are also something we suggest, such as sun cream, insect repellents and preferred shampoos and moisturisers.

The language seems hard to grasp. Is English spoken over there?

Mandarin is difficult to speak and understand. English is increasingly spoken throughout the country especially within the cities. In Hong Kong, Cantonese is the official language, with English closely followed. However, it is all part of the adventure and you will certainly raise a few smiles when embracing the local language!

Can I use my mobile phone in China?

Using your mobile is possible if international roaming is provided, but this can be very expensive. If you are looking to use your phone frequently, it is possible to purchase a pre-paid sim card for an unlocked phone, which can be topped up as you go.
Phones are available at most hotels and restaurants. Phoning from any hotel room can be very expensive. Enquire at the reception.

What is the international dialling code for China?

86

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