At the heart of China is Beijing; capital, cultural centre and historical treasure trove are just a few of the guises of this magnificent mega city. A progressive and modern place that is growing at an explosive rate, you may have to peel back to the layers of history to find the three millennia of a tumultuous but glorious past beneath.
Beijing has been a political centre for 800 years, the last of the 4 Great Ancient Capitals of China. Huge sights such as the Forbidden City, Temples of Heaven and Summer Palace perfectly illustrated the great wealth of China’s imperial families, whilst the stark austerity of Tiananmen Square and the executive buildings surrounding it are a monument to more recent history. Whilst some traditions such as dawn tai chi and dancing in urban parks have never died, modernity rules here but the past is in the midst of a rival. Today, old culture and pop culture vie for their place on the streets. Beijing is the gateway to China and the perfect place to begin your explorations.
The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.
China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.
Spend more time hiking on the Great Wall and through the beautiful Rice Terraces of Longji on this active tour of China. Soak up the simple rural beauty of Yangshuo, the history of Xian, the majesty of Beijing and the fast pace of dazzling Shanghai.
The Great Wall
China’s most iconic sight is draped dramatic across the remote hilltops just north of the city, an easy and absolute must visit
The Forbidden City
A magnificent monument to China’s imperial past, the Forbidden City is the world’s largest and most opulent palace complex
the summer escape of the emperor and his concubines, the grounds of the Summer Palace offer the perfect reprise from the city
Temple of Heaven
a corner of ordered Confucian design in the very heart of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven strikes the perfect balance of peace and harmony
a huge open expanse, Tiananmen Square has had a long, fascinating role at the centre of Chinese history
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