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Reasons to Visit

One of the oldest civilisations in the world where you witness China's cultural evolution through the centuries, with magnificent landscape and modern facilities.

For many years we have explored an exotic land, based on ancient Confucian values and ruled over for centuries by powerful imperial Dynasties. We have found a country enriched by remote Buddhist monasteries and gleaming temples, and where the evocative names of its most iconic places stir the wanderlust and tell epic stories. In the fertile rice terraces, Himalayan peaks and dramatic river gorges we went further, exploring the communities which have made their homes here for centuries.

Our ethos is to tell the stories about China's Imperial wonders, exotic cities and stunning landscapes, with intimate cultural encounters that have enriched our own travels. We take you away from the crowds on the Great Wall, introduce you to Hong Kong and Shanghai beyond the postcard views and delve into Chengdu's local life.

If you have an inquisitive nature and a lust for not just seeing, but better understanding this complex country, then our tours and our local guides will probably be for you. Our Escorted China holidays are based on our first-hand experiences and can be tweaked to suit your personal interests and aims, or we can start with a blank piece of paper.

Specialist Knowledge

Need some help with your trip? Paulo Veloso has travelled extensively across China and can help with his knowledge and expertise of the attractions and services available.

Tailor Made Tours & Holidays

Our tailor made China holidays combine our in-depth ethos and the expertise of our guides with your personal interests and preferences.

Temples & Monasteries

There is no better way to understand China's varied religious beliefs and its complex and tumultuous dynastic past, than by visiting its glorious temples, palaces and monasteries.

Spectacular Scenery

China's landscapes range from fertile hills and rice terraces, to sweeping desert and snow-covered mountain ranges - iconic scenes that have inspired artists and poets for centuries.

Where to Visit in China
Popular locations and hidden gems

Beijing & Great Wall

Beijing is the cultural and historic heart of China, a mix of Imperial, Communist and modern day influences.

Xian & Terracotta Army

The former Silk Road city of Xi'an is close to the Terracotta Army and home to a vibrant Muslim Quarter.

Dunhuang & Mogao Caves

Discover the singing sand dunes and ancient Buddhist art in this historic Silk Road and pilgrimage destination.

Longmen Caves & Shaolin

Two of Chinese Buddhism's most iconic and culturally significant sights can be combined on a short stay in Henan province.

Pingyao

A quintessential Chinese walled city, whose streets are lined with authentic Qing and Ming era architecure.

Xining to Lhasa Train

Journey past spectacular Tibetan scenery on the 22 hour train ride onto the high plateau.

Lhasa

Lhasa is the cultural, religious and historical centre of Tibet, one of the world's most fascinating regions.

Shigatse & Tibet

Tibet's mountain landscape is dotted with turquoise lakes, remote communities and magnificent monasteries.

Everest Base Camp

In the magnificent Himalaya mountain range of the border with Nepal, Mount Everest stands tallest in a land of giants.

Shanghai

Shanghai is China's economic powerhouse, but there are also historic districts and traces of European grandeur.

Suzhou

Historic Suzhou is a picturesque city of beautiful gardens, traditional Chinese pagodas and narrow canals spanned by stone br…

Hangzhou & West Lake

One of China's most beautiful cities enjoys an enviable location on West Lake and at the end of the famous Grand Canal.

Huangshan

Hike between panoramic viewpoints of some of China's most spectacular mountain scenery on the Yellow Mountain.

Hong Kong & Macau

Hong Kong's views are legendary, but you'll find traditional life, tranquil islands and beautiful temples.

Guilin & Yangshuo

The magnificent karst scenery around Guilin can be explored on the river, on foot or on bikes.

Longji Rice Terraces

A short drive from Guilin are some of the country's most beautiful landscapes and small minority villages.

Yangtze River Cruises

Pass through the jaw-dropping scenery on a luxury Three Gorges cruise, gaining insights into history and life along the river…

Chengdu & Pandas

Chengdu is famed for its spicy cuisine, bustling teahouses, atmospheric temples and adorable pandas.

Leshan & Mount Emei

The 71m Leshan Giant Buddha sits at the confluence of three major rivers, looking out towards sacred Mount Emei.

Jiuzhai & Huanglong

Combine the turquoise ponds of Huanglong with the picture-postcard views of Jiuzhai National Park.

Lijiang

Lijang is spectacularly located close to the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which combines with the Black Dragon Pool Park and so…

Shangri-la

Shangri-La exhibits all the traits of Tibetan culture - barley cultivation, yaks, lamas, monasteries, butter tea and prayer f…

Dali & Erhai Lake

An ancient city with beautiful temples and traditional pagodas on the shores of the majestic Erhai Lake.

Kunming & Stone Forest

A sea of towering powerful limestone pillars rise side-by-side amid lakes, ponds, forests, caves, underground rivers and wate…

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The Great Wall: 7 key questions

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