Wildly modern yet wonderfully traditional, the vast expanse of China is home to a rich tapestry of landscapes and experiences.
The world’s oldest civilisation is a treasure trove of ancient artefacts – from the impossible grandeur of the Great Wall to the haunting Terracotta Warriors, China is a history textbook come to life.
No matter where you travel in China, you’ll see the reminders of ancient dynasties – oriental pagodas sitting pretty within temples and parks, and sentinel stone lions guarding their late leaders. The only problem is where to start. Do you find your feet in slick Shanghai or bustling Beijing, savouring the sights and sounds of city life? Or do you work from the outside in, exploring the offshore islands before heading inland to the wonders of the gargantuan deserts and imposing Himalayas.
Unsurprisingly, this incredible country is home to a wealth of natural beauty. Take a cruise along the majestic Yangtze River, visit giant pandas in Sichuan, and trek amongst tea plantations in Yunnan. The list of things to do is endless. Cycle around the ancient capital of Xi’an one day and wander around Tibetan monasteries the next; as long as you’re not afraid to travel, you can discover a new side of China everywhere you turn.
It can be overwhelming though – its non-stop energy, immense population and challenging language barrier can make China a difficult destination for the first-time visitor, but if you are nervous then you can enlist the help of a friendly guide. To make your trip more manageable, focus on one region rather than spreading yourself too thinly. Planning is the key word – map out your trip, leaving no stone unturned, before you embark on your oriental adventure.
China is incredibly rewarding for the intrepid explorer; this ever-evolving country is an incredible assault on the senses, and can provide a once in a lifetime trip for you and your family.
9 hours 45 minutes
Best Time To Go
September to October