Destination

China Holidays

Ancient kingdoms and rapid progress

From climbing the Great Wall to strolling along bustling Shanghai’s Bund River; China offers an experience like no other.

A land of captivating culture, historic landscapes and futuristic developments, China boasts the perfect mix of tradition and innovation; a true country of contrast. One minute, you’ll find yourself exploring the lush rice fields and traditional Chinese villages before venturing to the busy, cosmopolitan cities the next. Each day you spend in China will be different to the one before.

Travel around on the futuristic, high speed bullet trains; visit the thousands of Terracotta Warriors in Xian and challenge yourself to the Great Wall of China; just remember to wear comfy shoes. What’s more, China is deemed one of the best culinary centres on earth, where you’ll get to try everything from fresh street food to Michelin-starred dishes for a feast you won’t forget in a hurry.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit China's historical capital
  • Cruise the mighty Yangtze River
  • See the Giant Pandas in Chengdu
  • Bustling markets and culture.
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT+8
  • Currency CNY - Yuan Renminbi and HKD - Hong Kong Dollar
  • Visa Information British Citizens are required to have a visa to enter China.
  • Language The official language is Mandarin, however a number of other dialects including Cantonese are spoken
  • Flight Time Direct flights are available with British Airways and Air China who offer a direct daily service from London Heathrow to Beijing.
  • Health Information Hepatitis A, B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Malaria immunisation are recommended.

Top Tips from our Experts

Caroline

Destination Executive

“My favourite experience in China was when we embarked on a rickshaw ride around the Beijing hutongs and finished with an evening meal with a local family – it was a real eye opener into the Chinese way of life.”

Gina

Destination Specialist

“Shanghai by night truly is a spectacular sight, walking down the Bund with all the lights shining down the river was a sight I will never forget.”

Steph

Destination Specialist

“When you visit the Great Wall of China make sure to take the left entrance to the wall for a truly amazing view with less crowds – It’s almost like you have the wall to yourself!”

Our China destinations

Great Wall of China

China

Beijing

Beijing
Terracotta warriors

China

Xian

Xian
Panda in Chengdu

China

Chengdu

Chengdu

China

Macao

Macao
Dragon in street parade

China

Hong Kong

Hong Kong
Reed Flute Caves

China

Guilin

Guilin

Types of China holidays

Great Wall

Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to China take approximately 11 hours. Airlines including British Airways, Virgin, Air China, and China Eastern currently offer daily direct flights from London Heathrow to Beijing or Shanghai international airports. Alternatively, there are a range of indirect flights with Emirates, Qatar, KLM, and other international airlines.

China has one of the fastest rail networks in the world. Their high-speed trains are very comfortable and have a complex range of sleeper and seat options, ranging from 1st, 2nd and Business Class, to various Sightseeing, VIP and Superior Class carriages. 

China spans five geographical time zones; however, the whole country follows one single time zone, known as Beijing Time (GMT+8). 

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