China Holidays

Look closely at China and you will find that innovation and antiquity exist side by side. While China has emerged as a global superpower, it still retains a rich history and distinctive culture. From the man-made wonder of the Great Wall to the natural beauty of Yunnan, China is a land of both rare beauty and stark contrasts.

What to expect on your china holiday

One of the big issues facing those travelling to China, which can also affect the price of a holiday, is the quality of the guides. Many are paid a minimal salary and make up the difference through commission from shops, resulting in unwanted shopping trips. Also, you may find that different companies offer you seemingly identical itineraries but for a lower price. Such differences in price are generally for a number of reasons such as a lower standard of guides, the transportation used (slower trains and internal airline) and whether the trip is a 'shopping' or 'non shopping' trip. Our China experts will navigate through these possible pitfalls and design outstanding itineraries for your holiday to China. 

ways we make it special

  • Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing through the VIP area of the Conghua Palace
  • Experience a tai chi class with a Tai chi Master at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing
  • Meet local monks in Wutaishan for a discussion about their lives and culture
  • Receive access to the VIP viewing platform at the Terracota Warriors
  • In Xi´an gain access to the restoration room where archaeologists demonstrate and explain the knowledge and skill of restoring the Emperor's relics 
  • Hire bicycles and take a tour through the hidden alleys in Shanghai
  • Travel to the Great Wall by campervan and trek across remote sections of this incredible site

 ways we make it even more special

  • Organise an art expert to visit the art district of Beijing with you
  • Arrange an Imperial lunch or dinner at a private pavillion of the Summer Palace, including local live music
  • Helicopter tour over the Great Wall
  • Helicopter tour in Hong Kong

Our Experts

We have been creating China holidays since 1994. Paul, our main China specialist, first travelled to China in 1983 and in the intervening years has made over 30 visits to every corner. Added to Paul’s knowledge and another Sinophile is Charlie, who has also made many visits to China. It is their wealth of in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience that enables them to tailor your holiday to meet your exact requirements and interests.

Call our travel experts on 01285 651 010 to start planning your China holiday.

China FAQs

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The language seems hard to grasp, is English spoken over there?
Mandarin is difficult to speak and understand and although English is becoming widely spoken throughout the country especially within the cities, never presume you will be understood. If spending a day at leisure in a city we would recommend writing down the name of your hotel and any sites you may wish to visit in Mandarin as a taxi driver or local won't necessarily understand English. In Hong Kong, Cantonese is the official language, with English closely followed. Embracing the local language is all part of the adventure and you will certainly raise a few smiles when you have a go!
What should I take that I may not be able to find over there?
Luckily nearly everything you will need is available in China. We do advise if you require any kind of medication to bring it with you as it can sometimes be hard to find the right one. Toiletries are also something we suggest, such as sun cream, insect repellents and preferred shampoos and moisturisers.
Is the street food safe to eat?
Like anywhere where street food is the norm, we always advise eating at places which appear busy with fresh produce. The food on offer in China is like nowhere else, so trying some of the delicacies on offer will be like nowhere else on the planet and provide new culinary experiences.
Will a guide travel with me on my train journey?
No, your guide would not travel with you for your train journey. Your local guide will leave you at the station with full instructions and directions for boarding the train and you will then be met from the train at your arrival destination. If travelling with a party of 10 or more it would be more normal for a national guide to accompany the group throughout, including train travel.

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Client Reviews

Guangdong, China
''Charles Knight was superb.
He gave us all the information we requested, was very patient with the number of queries we had running up to our trip and was extremely helpful throughout from the start thinking about our trip to taking off. Fantastic service.''
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Chittoor Rajaraman

China
Great Wall, China
'' You always surpass my expectations.
Your team know my own tastes better than I do.''
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Neil Taylor

China
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