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

Beijing is the natural starting point for first-time visitors to the People's Republic. It is here that you can explore centuries of extraordinary history and observe modern life in a thriving 21st century China. In the sprawling 15th century Forbidden City, on the sacred steps of the Temple of Heaven and in the landscaped gardens of the Summer Palace, you can relive the might and power of the Dynastic years, when all-powerful emperors ruled over China.

In the vast Tiananmen Square, the uncompromising communism of the Chairman Mao era is embodied in the brutal Soviet style buildings which line this immense public space. Venture into the ancient hutong alleyways to find pockets of life largely untouched by the explosive capitalism of recent years. The younger generation might be moving to the outskirts, but these streets are still home to Mao-era Beijingers, who rise early to take communal exercises in the park, gather weekly to sing their red songs.

But Beijing is not all about the past; micro-breweries, contemporary hotels and the flourishing 798 Art District lend the city a young, creative and dynamic edge. Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism thrive and coexist harmoniously, celebrated and worshipped in magnificent temples.

Beijing is also a great place from which to access the mythical Great Wall of China, both reconstructed and easily-accessed areas around an hour from the city, to more wilder and atmospheric sections slightly further afield.

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The Emperor Tour - Holidays to China

China

Emperor Tour

17 Nights from £6,170 €6,504 $7,021

Contrast China's imperial and communist past in Beijing to its booming present in Shanghai, via the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, historic Xi'an, storyb…

The Emperor Tour
Tours in China

17 Nights from £6,170 €6,504 $7,021

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Fly to Xi'an

    Day 7 - See the 8,000 strong Terracotta Army

    Day 8 - Xi'an at leisure or optional tours

  4. Day 9 - Bullet Train to Chengdu & time at leisure

    Day 10 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close

  5. Day 11 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha

  6. Day 12 - Spectacular caves & drive to Rice Terraces

    Day 13 - Magnificent views of Longji Rice Terraces

  7. Day 14 - Cruise past the karst peaks along the Li River

    Day 15 - Hike or cycle through the wonderful landscapes

  8. Day 16 - Welcome to Shanghai

    Day 17 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 18 - Free time or optional tours

    Day 19 - Return flight to the UK

The Dynasty Tour - Holidays to China

China

Dynasty Tour

14 Nights from £5,026 €5,131 $5,533

Journey through China's past in Beijing, hike the Great Wall, see baby pandas and a giant buddha, marvel at storybook landscapes and discover Hong Kong and…

The Dynasty Tour
Tours in China

14 Nights from £5,026 €5,131 $5,533

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Fly to Xi'an

    Day 7 - See the 8,000 strong Terracotta Army

  4. Day 8 - Bullet Train to Chengdu

    Day 9 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close

  5. Day 10 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha

  6. Day 11 - Magnificent views of Longji Rice Terraces

  7. Day 12 - Cruise past the karst peaks along the Li River

  8. Day 13 - Welcome to Hong Kong

    Day 14 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour

    Day 15 - Tranquil islands or Portuguese heritage

    Day 16 - Time at leisure & return flight to UK

The Mandarin Tour - Holidays to China

China

Mandarin Tour

20 Nights from £7,071 €7,585 $8,192

Enjoy a grand cross-country tour of China, visiting its most iconic sights, seeing pandas up close, journeying through spellbinding scenery and exploring i…

The Mandarin Tour
Tours in China

20 Nights from £7,071 €7,585 $8,192

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Fly to Xi'an

    Day 7 - See the 8,000 strong Terracotta Army

    Day 8 - Xi'an at leisure

  4. Day 9 - Welcome to Tibet & Summer Palace

    Day 10 - Potala Palace, Pilgrims & Jokhang Temple

    Day 11 - Sacred Lake & Monks Debate

  5. Day 12 - Fly to Chengdu & time at leisure

    Day 13 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close

  6. Day 14 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha

  7. Day 15 - Spectacular caves & drive to Rice Terraces

    Day 16 - Magnificent views of Longji Rice Terraces

  8. Day 17 - Cruise past the karst peaks along the Li River

    Day 18 - Hike or cycle through the wonderful landscapes

  9. Day 19 - Ride the Bullet train to Hong Kong

    Day 20 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour

    Day 21 - Tranquil islands or Portuguese heritage

    Day 22 - Time at leisure & return flight to UK

The Yak Tour - Holidays to China

China

Yak Tour

15 Nights from £5,284 €5,440 $5,869

Venture into Tibet by train to admire historic monasteries and visit Mount Everest Base Camp. Along the way discover how this holy land is adapting to life…

The Yak Tour
Tours in China

15 Nights from £5,284 €5,440 $5,869

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Summer Palace, Art District & Fly to Xining

    Day 7 - Overnight scenic train to Lhasa

  4. Day 8 - Transfer to Tibet & Summer Palace tour

    Day 9 - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple & Sera Monastery

  5. Day 10 - Sacred lake & Gyantse's Dzong architecture

    Day 11 - Tashilhunpo Monastery & Everest Base Camp

  6. Day 12 - Everest Base Camp & Sakya Monastery

  7. Day 13 - Fly to Chengdu & time at leisure

    Day 14 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close

  8. Day 15 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha

    Day 16 - Return to Beijing

    Day 17 - Return flight to UK

The Naxi Tour - Holidays to China

China

Naxi Tour

14 Nights from £5,605 €5,826 $6,286

Journey through the Yunnan province, admire stunning landscapes and enjoy privileged cultural experiences as you go behind the scenes on the old Tea Horse …

The Naxi Tour
Tours in China

14 Nights from £5,605 €5,826 $6,286

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Transfer to Kunming

    Day 7 - Stone Forest & Kunming

  4. Day 8 - Napahai Wetlands & Benzilan arrival

    Day 9 - Dongzhulin Monastery & Shuibianhe Valley

    Day 10 - Balagezong Canyon & Nixi Pottery Masterclass

  5. Day 11 - Tea Horse Road to Lijiang ancient town

    Day 12 - Lijiang, Jade Dragon Mountain & Baisha

  6. Day 13 - Shaxi, Shibaoshan Grottoes & Dali

    Day 14 - Zizhou Village & Erhai Lake

    Day 15 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 16 - Return flight to UK

The Ming Tour - Holidays to China

China

Ming Tour

13 Nights from £4,013 €3,915 $4,216

Explore eastern China by Bullet Train, with no internal flights. Visit historic Beijing and modern Shanghai and enjoy classic gardens, ancient canals and s…

The Ming Tour
Tours in China

13 Nights from £4,013 €3,915 $4,216

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Shanghai

    Day 2 - Welcome to Shanghai

    Day 3 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 4 - At leisure in Shanghai

  2. Day 5 - Suzhou's Classical Gardens

  3. Day 6 - Bullet Train to Hangzhou

    Day 7-8 - Hangzhou & West Lake

  4. Day 9 - Transfer to Huangshan City

    Day 10 - Spectacular mountain landscapes

  5. Day 11 - Bullet Train to Beijing

    Day 12 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 13 - At leisure or optional tours

  6. Day 14 - Hike the Great Wall of China

    Day 15 - Return flight to the UK

The Yangtze Tour - Holidays to China

China

Yangtze Tour

12 Nights from £3,996 €3,895 $4,194

Cruise down the Yangtze River in style and see China's most iconic sights: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terracotta Army and Shanghai's skyline.…

The Yangtze Tour
Tours in China

12 Nights from £3,996 €3,895 $4,194

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Fly to Xi'an

    Day 7 - See the 8,000 strong Terracotta Army

  4. Day 8 - Fly to Chongqing & board cruise ship

    Day 9 - Shore Excursion to Shibao Pagoda

    Day 10 - Dramatic Three Gorges scenery

    Day 11 - Three Gorges Dam & fly to Shanghai

  5. Day 12 - Skyscrapers, local life & European heritage

    Day 13 - At leisure or optional tours

    Day 14 - Return flight to the UK

The Peking Tour - Holidays to China

China

Peking Tour

7 Nights from £2,047 €1,556 $1,661

Explore Imperial Palace, hike the Great Wall of China and enjoy Hong Kong's exotic beaches and local markets on this in-depth two city break.

The Peking Tour
Tours in China

7 Nights from £2,047 €1,556 $1,661

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & hutong tour

    Day 4 - Temple of Heaven

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Welcome to Hong Kong

    Day 7 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour

    Day 8 - Time at leisure or additional tour

    Day 9-10 - Time at leisure & return flight to UK

The China Family Tour - Holidays to China

China

China Family Tour

13 Nights from £3,870 €3,744 $4,031

Our specially designed family tour to China's most iconic sights. Visit Beijing's Forbidden City, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army, then get up close…

The China Family Tour
Tours in China

13 Nights from £3,870 €3,744 $4,031

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 2 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 3 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 4 - At leisure or optional tours

  2. Day 5 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 6 - Bullet Train to Xi'an

    Day 7 - See the 8,000 strong Terracotta Army

    Day 8 - Cycle the city walls & visit traditional home

  4. Day 9 - Bullet Train to Chengdu & time at leisure

    Day 10 - Baby & Giant Pandas up close

  5. Day 11 - Come face-to-face with the 71m Giant Buddha

  6. Day 12 - Welcome to Hong Kong

    Day 13 - Special 'local life' Hong Kong tour

    Day 14 - Tranquil islands or Portuguese heritage

    Day 15 - Time at leisure & return flight to UK

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