Majestic and ancient, China is one of the world’s most culturally and ecologically diverse countries. From the bright lights of futuristic cities linked by high speed trains to iconic landmarks, to the Great Wall and an army of Warriors, it’s a vast and exciting land awaiting discovery with a wealth of photo opportunities.
Just outside Beijing, the roads turn rural towards Mutianyu, an area that accesses the world’s most famous wall. Winding for 5500km from East to West, the iconic landmark is fortified with neat arrow slots, geometric towers and open walkways. Cable cars and gondolas wind from foothill villages up to the stone, brick and soil staircases that ensure a breathtaking vista over blossoming cherry trees and a vast, mountainous horizon that is only bettered by the addition of a sunset.
The Queen of the Orient, Shanghai, is the vibrant pulse of new China. A multi cultural metropolis, there’s a work-hard, play-hard atmosphere that still holds tradition and heritage in high regard. The skyscrapers that house global finance institutions tower above an architecturally colonial waterfront, the classical Yu Gardens with Ming Dynasty pavilions and ponds lay at the foot of the futuristic Oriental Pearl, and the Nanjing Road provides the opportunity to purchase luxury designer goods alongside smoked fish and traditional calligraphy pens – it’s clear to see that every street typifies a city that looks to the future whilst holding dear to the past.
Towards the East of the Silk Road lies the eternal city of Xi’an, food lover’s paradise and home to thousands of life sized figures that form the Terracotta Army, buried with China’s first Qin Emperor at one of the worlds greatest archeological sites. The towering ancient walls of this 3000 year old city were built during the Ming Dynasty, with notably beautiful gates that typify tilting rooves and historical silhouettes echoed by the Xi’an Bell Tower and leaning Wild Goose pagodas.
The opportunities to experience the true heart of China arise aplenty at every turn, by floating down the Yangtze River, practising early morning tai chi and delving into the local markets before learning how to create delicious authentic cuisine with your purchases. Soak up the atmosphere in a traditional teahouse complete with chess and pastries, master the ancient art of writing with brushstrokes and discover hidden villages nestled within rice terraces – the incredible memories and adventures within this amazing country will stay with you long after the paper lanterns are extinguished.
adventure, beach, cities, culture, honeymoon, wellness
When to go:
may to september
But don’t forget that this is the fourth largest country on earth by area, so its climate varies greatly. We can advise on the best times to visit specific locations
Flight duration from the UK:
11.2 hours (approximate)
Tailored Journeys is about helping you explore one of the most fascinating and beautiful regions on earth, in style. Even if – especially if – you don’t know where to start, call us now to talk about creating your own Tailored Journey – and let the dream begin.
Sample Itineraries - China