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For centuries China was the world's richest and most advanced civilisation, cherishing an insolate existence build on ancient traditions, rural living and absolute devotion to its Emperor.

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  • The Silk Road

    The Silk Road has the main artery for business and trade between China and the West in ancient times when over 2000 years ago before sea travel began all goods travelled by road. It began in Chang'an (present day Xian) and stretched through central Asia to Persia an onward to Rome. In China, the route crosses Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai provinces, Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions and then 2500 miles to the Mediterranean Sea. 

    The Silk Road was key to the exchanges of cultural and trade-goods with China bringing silk, paper-making, printing, compass and gunpowder to the West. After the wonders of Xian, a journey on the Silk Rd will reveal countless other attractions such as Dunhuang's now famous Mogao Grottoes, sometimes called an "Oriental Art Treasure". Along the way, meet many ethnic minority peoples, including Uygur, Hazak and Tajik people with their unique traditional cultures, songs and dances.

  • Yangtze River Cruises

    China's longest river and the third longest waterway in the world, originates on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and empties into the East China Sea.

    There are many highlights on a cruise on the Yangtze, including:

    The Three Gorges -Qutang Gorge is renowned for its majestic appearance. The peaks tower above the river and the waters tumble down in torrents;  Wu Gorge is splendid, intertwined and secluded, housing the famous Twelve Peaks; and the largest Xiling Gorge, actually made up of four wonderfully named gorges: Precious Sword; Horse Lung & Ox Liver; Soundless Bell; and Shadow Play Gorges. It is in Xiling Gorge that the Three Gorges Dam was built.

    Most river cruise itineraries travelling the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River offer included or optional visits to other local attractions such as Shennong Stream in Badong, Qu Yuan Shrine in Zigui, the Tanzi Mountain Range, the Lesser Three Gorges in Wushan Mountain, Baidi City in Fengjie, Wanxian County, Shibaozhai in Zhongxian County, the Ghost City in Fengdu.

  • The Chinese Language

    Mandarin is the standard spoken language in China. In fact, given the population of China it is the most spoken language in the world. In China, the vast majority of people speak Mandarin. However, there are other popular languages, such as Cantonese in Hong Kong and southern China Provinces, Wu, Gan, Ming, Jin and Hakka.


    Most westerners find it extremely difficult to learn and speak mandarin. It akes much practise and confidence. Veloso Tours expert tour guides all speak excellent English and will be on hand to help you understand the basic words and phrases, such as thank you, my name is etc - in order to communicate with the local people.


    You will find English is widely spoken in all major cities and sights in China and one of the joys of travelling in the wonderful country is when a local Chinese tourist approaches you to practise their English with you, offering a delightful cultural exchange normally ending in a group photograph where you feel like the tourist attraction!


    Written Chinese is equally challenging as Chinese characters do not conform to an alphabet. Instead, in Chinese writing a character represents a syllable of spoken Chinese and may be a word or part of a word. When you travel with Veloso Tours, our guides will provide fun and informative information to help you understand some of the signs you will see as you travel.

  • Cuisine in China

    One of the highlights of a trip to China is the chance to enjoy the delicious range of cooking styles and dishes - many of which you will not find back home. 


    Veloso tours has produced a special Chinese menu guide helping you translate the menus when dining. Our guide isFREEwith every booking. And in Beijing and Chengdu Veloso Tours has arranged anEXCLUSIVEopportunity to learn more about Chinese cooking at private restaurants including a talk and demonstrations.


    Beijing - as one of the worlds major cities, you will find restaurants of all nationalities to choose from. A must is a traditional Peking Duck dinner. Veloso Tours clients get the chance to enjoy this authentically at a local restaurant away from the mass market Peking Duck restaurants set up for tourists. 


    Sichuan cuisine is known for bold flavours as a result of liberal use of garlic and chilli peppers, as well as the unique flavour of Sichuan pepper. UNESCO declared Chengdu to be a city of gastronomy in 2011 in order to recognise the sophistication of its cooking. When in Chengdu, Veloso Tours clients will enjoy an exclusive meal, talk and demonstration of Sichuan cooking in a local restaurant.


    Hong Kong cuisine is heavily influenced by cantonese cooking. Wife cake, roast duck, dim sum, herbal tea, shark's fin are all popular. Cantonese cuisine uses fresh ingredients and is lightly flavoured.


    Tibetan cuisine reflects the landscapes and mountains. Hence you will find delicious noodles, goat, yak, mutton, potatoes, dumplings, Tibetan cheeses and soups. The most important crop in Tibet is barley, which produces a flour called tsampa which you will find used in all the Tibetan breads.


    Yangtze River Cruises - the luxurious vessels used by Veloso Tours clients all offer a choice of Chinese and International dishes and all hotels used in the Veloso Tours programmes offer a choice of Chinese and international cuisine.

  • Climate and weather

    China has a continental climate. Therefore the best time to visit China for tours that include Beijing, the Yangtze River and perhaps Guilin in the South is April to June and September to October. This is also the best time for Yangtze river cruising. July and August are also good times to travel, but can get very hot for sightseeing.


    The winter is also a good time to travel as prices are significantly lower and there are fewer crowds of tourists at the major sights. Indeed, the Great Wall, for example, takes on a whole new feeling of remote magnificence in the crisp winter. Some events, such as the Harbin Ice Festival or Chinese New Year celebrations are only possible in the winter.


    Travel to the south of China and to Hong Kong can be taken any time of the year.



  • Discovering China

    Covering an area larger than Europe, you will journey through a land of sublime and refined elegance which has captivated travelers with its strong contradictions between ancient antiquities and the rapid expansion of urban environments.

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Tours of China

Find inspiration from these pre-fabricated itineraries, all of which are 100% tailorable to match your personal interests and travel preferences. Start planning your journey with our expert advisors, for first-hand advice and specialist inspiration.

Mandarin Tour

The Mandarin Tour

From the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace, experience both Old and New China with this Tour of Beijing.

Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Boat to Yangshou - Longsheng - Guilin - Shanghai

14 Nights
from £2642
with flights

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Beijing Tour

The Beijing Tour

From the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Terra-Cotta Warriors to traditional villages, food and vibrant spectacles, this tour explores the Highlights of China.


6 Nights
from £1888
with flights

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Dynasty Tour

The Dynasty Tour

From the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Terra-Cotta Warriors to traditional villages, food and vibrant spectacles, this tour explores the Highlights of China.

Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Suzhou

11 Nights
from £3268
with flights

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Emperor Tour

The Emperor Tour

Vibrant Cities, Giant Buddha, Wildlife and Spiritual People of Tibet Individual Tour.

Beijing -Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Shanghai

14 Nights
from £2234
with flights

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Ming Tour

The Ming Tour

From the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Terra-Cotta Warriors to traditional villages, food and vibrant spectacles, this tour explores the Highlights of China.

Beijing - Xian - Yunan Province (Minorities) Kumming connect to Dali- Lijiang  nights, Shangri-La (Zhongdian) 2 nights, (flight via Kumming), Shanghai 3 nights

15 Nights
from £2976
with flights

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Yeti Tour

The Yeti Tour

Combine busy city tours with the train trip to Tibet.

Beijing -Xi'an - Train to Tibet - Tibet - Beijing -

15 Nights
from £4374
with flights

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Where to Visit in China

Select a location to find out more about where to stay and what to do in each of these fascinating places. If where you are looking to visit is not mentioned please contact a specialist advisor as these are only some of the hand-picked places we have visitied.


Each itinerary can be tailor-made to your preference. Start planning your journey with our China experts for specialist knowledge, experienced advisors, expert guides and professional management.


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Our wealth of knowledge and experience in creating complex and simple itineraries enables us to enrich your journey so you can focus on enjoying your trip.