A vast and ancient country, China is endlessly fascinating

China is vast, both in terms of its size and its offerings. Its history goes back thousands of years, yet it is one of the world’s most rapidly developing countries. This is a place where you’ll find ancient royal residences sat next to glitzy modern skyscrapers and where suited businessmen and women stride past stalls selling traditional steamed dumplings, the recipes for which have not changed in aeons. In some parts of the country, life goes on in much the same way it has for centuries, while others cities are being built from the ground up to accommodate the explosive population growth. It is this contrast that makes China such a wonderful place to explore.

  • Discover the capital, Beijing, an endlessly fascinating city with a wealth of historic sights.
  • Experience the thrill of Shanghai, with its bright lights and epic skyline.
  • Discover the smaller, but no less fascinating cities of Chengdu, where you can meet its resident pandas, and Xi’an, the home of the Terracotta Warriors.
  • Feel dwarfed by the towering karst peaks in Yangshuo.
  • Explore the Great Wall of China, stretching for more than 20,000km, it was once the world’s largest military structure.
  • Discover Tibet, affectionately known as ‘the roof of the world’, home to magnificent monasteries and surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks.

China has so much to offer and is the kind of place you can come back to time and time again and always discover something new. Yes, it can seem daunting at times, but with expert local guides and insider knowledge, it becomes entirely manageable and utterly magical.

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China is a totally unique destination, unlike anywhere else in Asia I have ever visited. It’s home to one of the world’s most ancient civilisations and is full of fascinating stories. You could return again and again and have an entirely different experience every time.

Rachel O'Leary
Travel Designer

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Where to go

Need to Know

  • is the local time
  • Yuan Renminbi is the local currency
  • Beijing is the capital city
  • Peking Duck is China's national dish
  • Shanghai is the country's largest city

When to go

Whilst the weather is a big deciding factor when it comes to travelling in China, it's also really important to pay attention to the dates of national holidays when visitor numbers swell. Weather wise, the best times to visit China are the shoulder seasons - February to April and then September to October. China has three Golden Week holidays: the May Day holiday, the National Day holiday, and the Spring Festival holiday and these are peak times for domestic tourism. The exact dates of these change every year, so it's worth checking with your travel designer.