Tours of China take you from ancient Beijing and the Great Wall of China to cosmopolitan Shanghai and the beautiful coast. Whether you want to see pandas, bamboo forests and one of the Wonders of the World or admire the cuisine, culture and cities, we’ll help you book your bespoke tour of China.
See the country’s top sights on our Discover China Tour. Over eight days we’ll give you an overview of the country, allowing you to come back and explore at your own pace, or stop for longer in your favourite destinations. Begin in Beijing where you can visit the Summer Palace, dine on exquisite local cuisine and see some incredible historical monuments. From here it’s a short journey to the Great Wall of China before exploring the history of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Xi’an. Finish your tour in lively Shanghai, which is home to luxury hotels, shops and restaurants, a beautiful Chinese garden and frenetic bazaar.
Extend your tour to 10 days and add in a tour of Guilin on our Wonders of China itinerary. In Guilin you can enjoy a history which dates back 1,400 years, a cruise on the Li River and an excellent spot for antique shopping. Alternatively, you can add Chengdu to the tour with our Discover China with Chengdu option. Chengdu is home to the Giant Panda Research Base, where experts will teach you about the conservation efforts for these unique animals and allow you to watch the pandas. Spend the afternoon in the Tea Houses, pretty gardens and pagoda style restaurants of the city.
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“Most visitors to the Great Wall will approach it from Badaling, as its close proximity to Beijing makes it the most accessible. As a result, Badaling draws large crowds daily, and visitors may want to consider travelling further out to Mutianyu. Around 80km from Beijing, the extra travel time is justified once you’re treated to panoramic views of beautiful 300 year old pines and sweeping forests – all without the hubbub and crowds of Badaling.”
“Be brave – follow your nose! A popular snack food in China and Hong Kong is stinky tofu. Don’t let the name put you off – a delicacy here, this fragrant street food can be served and seasoned with a number of different spices, stews and vegetables.”
“Be wary of the language barrier. While the locals here are generally friendly and willing to help foreigners, it pays to learn some basic phrases and words beforehand – fluent English-speakers are a rarity here, especially among older locals. Come prepared with a Mandarin Chinese dictionary or phrasebook, or install a voice translator on your smartphone. Google translate is not only accurate, but free.”
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Great Wall of China?
The sum of all of its walls and branches is approximately estimated to span an incredible 13,171 miles across China.
What is the currency in China?
The official currency of China is the Renminbi - often referred to locally and internationally as the yuan. ATMS are in abundance here, but it's worth noting some ATMs have limits on what you can draw out in a single usage.
What is authentic Chinese food like?
Authentic Chinese food differs greatly from the often greasy and unhealthy likes on offer in the UK and North America. As you would expect, it varies greatly depending on region, ranging from the savoury and often crispy cuisine of Shangdong and the spicy and bold flavours of Sichuan-style cooking, to the sweet and rich seasoning of Cantonese cooking. Westerners will find that most Chinese restaurants outside of China tend to specialise in Cantonese food, which is why many travellers mistakenly expect primarily Cantonese dishes on their visit to China.
China is an exuberant and fascinating country, brimming with timeless customs and traditions, while simultaneously being at the forefront of modern technology and invention – there is always something exciting to do or see in this expansive cultural gem of the Far East.
Why you’ll love China…
• Hiking up the winding Great Wall of China
• Witnessing a Giant Panda up close in Chengdu Panda Base
• Cruising down the might Yangtze River
• Admiring the architectural variety of Shanghai’s The Bund
• Marvelling at the Terracotta Army of Xi’an
• Discovering the historic Forbidden City
• Dine in style in the 468m high Oriental Pearl Tower
• Immerse yourself in the history of China’s people at Tiananmen Square
• Look out across the shimmering Victoria Harbour at Hong Kong
• Tucking in to authentic Chinese cuisine such as Beijing’s famed Peking Duck
• Delve deep into the vibrant multi-coloured lights Reed Flute Caves
Did you know?
• Legend has it that tea was first discovered in China 5000 years ago, by accident. By chance, a tea leaf blew into Emperor Shen Nung’s boiled water. Intrigued by the colour and aroma of the water, he enjoyed the pleasant taste, and so began the drinking of tea.
• The mortar used to bind the bricks that formed The Great Wall of China was made with sticky rice, and many of the 40,000 workers that died during the construction of it were actually buried inside it.
• Over 30 million people in China live in cave dwellings, known as yaodongs – more than the entire population of Australia combined.
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