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

The country's capital offers visitors the chance to journey through 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. At one end a large portrait of the infamous dictators stands watch across to his huge mausoleum at the other.

Venture into the city's ancient hutong alleyways and you'll find pockets of life largely untouched by the explosive capitalism of recent years. The younger generation might be moving to the apartment blocks of the outskirts, but these streets are still home to Mao-era Beijingers, who rise early to take their communal exercises in the park, gather weekly to sing their red songs and take their caged birds for walks. 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 co-exist harmoniously, celebrated and worshipped in their magnificent temples and adding another layer of complexity to this fascinating city.

Beijing is also a great place from which to access the mythical Great Wall of China. These range from 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 Dynasty Tour - Holidays to China

China

Dynasty Tour

13 Nights from £3,777 €3,632 $3,910

Travel back in time from the futuristic skyscrapers of Shanghai, through rural life in the country's most beguiling landscapes to tales of China's dynastic…

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  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Shanghai

    Day 2 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 3 - Shanghai at leisure

    Day 4 - Shanghai at leisure

  2. Day 5 - Reed Flute Caves & transfer to Longsheng

    Day 6 - Longji Rice Terraces

  3. Day 7 - Li River Cruise

    Day 8 - Hiking or cycling in Yangshuo

  4. Day 9 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 10 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

  5. Day 11 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs

  6. Day 12 - Day at Leisure in Beijing

The Emperor Tour - Holidays to China

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Emperor Tour

13 Nights from £3,822 €3,686 $3,968

Our classic tour through China's essential highlights. Visit the Great Wall near Beijing, see pandas and the Terracotta Army up close and cruise through su…

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13 Nights from £3,822 €3,686 $3,968

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  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

  2. Day 3 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs

  3. Day 4 - Beijing Summer Palace

  4. Day 5 - Xi'an city tour

    Day 6 - Terracotta Army & Big Goose Pagoda 

  5. Day 7 - Transfer to Chengdu & visit Jinli Street

    Day 8 - Panda Research Center & Sanxingdui

  6. Day 9 - Transfer to Guilin & visit the Reed Flute Caves

    Day 10 - Li River Cruise

  7. Day 11 - Transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai 

    Day 12 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 13 - Maglev Train to airport

The Yangtze Tour - Holidays to China

China

Yangtze Tour

16 Nights from £4,244 €4,192 $4,517

Cruise down the Yangtze River and see China's most iconic sights; adorable pandas, the Forbidden City and Great Wall, the Terracotta Army, futuristic Shang…

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16 Nights from £4,244 €4,192 $4,517

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  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

  2. Day 3 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs

  3. Day 4 - Beijing Summer Palace

  4. Day 5 - Xi'an city tour

    Day 6 - Terracotta Army & Big Goose Pagoda 

  5. Day 7 - Transfer to Guilin & visit the Reed Flute Caves

    Day 8 - Li River Cruise

  6. Day 9 - Transfer to Chengdu

    Day 10 - Panda Research Center & Sanxingdui

    Day 11 -  Jinli Street & transfer to Chongqing

  7. Day 12 - Ghost City & Shibao Zhai Temple

    Day 13 - Qutang & Wu Gorges

    Day 14 - Three Gorges Dam

  8. Day 15 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 16 - Maglev Train to Airport

The Tibetan Discovery Tour - Holidays to China

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Tibetan Discovery Tour

16 Nights from £5,191 €5,329 $5,748

Venture into Tibet to admire historic monasteries, lavish palaces and breathtaking landscapes and discover how this mysterious and holy land is adapting to…

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  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

  2. Day 3 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs

  3. Day 4 - Beijing Summer Palace

  4. Day 5 - Bullet Train to Xi'an

    Day 6 - Xi'an City Tour

    Day 7 - Terracotta Army

  5. Day 8 - Transfer to Tibet

    Day 9 - Jokhang Temple & Drepung Monastery

    Day 10 - Potala Palace, Norbulingka & Sera Monastery

  6. Day 11 - Yamdrock Lake & Gyantse

    Day 12 - Tour of Shigatse Monastery & Palace

    Day 13 - Return to Lhasa by road

  7. Day 14 - Overnight scenic train to Xining

    Day 15 - Xining & Qinghai Lake

    Day 16 - Transfer to Beijing

    Day 17 - Return flight to UK

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The Naxi Tour - Holidays to China

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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 …

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  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Special tour - Beijing's past & present

    Day 3 - Personalised Beijing guided tour

  2. Day 4 - Hike the Great Wall of China

  3. Day 5 - Transfer to Kunming

    Day 6 - Stone Forest & Kunming

  4. Day 7 - Napahai Wetlands & Benzilan arrival

    Day 8 - Dongzhulin Monastery & Shuibianhe Valley

    Day 9 - Balagezong Canyon & Nixi Pottery Masterclass

  5. Day 10 - Tea Horse Road to Lijiang ancient town

    Day 11 - Lijiang, Jade Dragon Mountain & Baisha

  6. Day 12 - Shaxi, Shibaoshan Grottoes & Dali

    Day 13 - Zizhou Village & Erhai Lake

    Day 14 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 15 - Return flight to UK

The Mandarin Tour - Holidays to China

China

Mandarin Tour

22 Nights from £6,939 €7,426 $8,020

Journey across China and back to culturally-rich cities and storybook landscapes. Marvel at the Terracotta Army and Great Wall and see a giant Buddha and a…

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22 Nights from £6,939 €7,426 $8,020

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

  2. Day 3 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs

  3. Day 4 - Beijing Summer Palace

  4. Day 5 - Bullet Train to Xi'an

    Day 6 - Xi'an City Tour

    Day 7 - Terracotta Army

  5. Day 8 - Transfer to Tibet

    Day 9 - Jokhang Temple & Drepung Monastery

    Day 10 - Potala Palace, Norbulingka & Sera Monastery

  6. Day 11 - Transfer to Mount Emei

    Day 12 - Mount Emei tour

    Day 13 - Leshan Giant Buddha

  7. Day 14 - Panda Research Center

  8. Day 15 - Transfer to Longsheng

    Day 16 - Longji Rice Terraces

  9. Day 17 - Li River Cruise

    Day 18 - Hiking or cycling in Yangshuo

  10. Day 19 - Transfer to Shanghai

    Day 20 - Highlights of Shanghai

    Day 21 - Shanghai at leisure

  11. Day 22 - Suzhou's Classical Gardens

    Day 23 - Return flight to UK

The China Family Tour - Holidays to China

China

China Family Tour

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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…

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14 Nights from £3,992 €3,890 $4,189

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Itinerary Summary

  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

  2. Day 3 - Great Wall of China

  3. Day 4 - Day at Leisure in Beijing

  4. Day 5 - Bullet Train to Xi'an

    Day 6 - Xi'an City Tour

    Day 7 - Terracotta Army

  5. Day 8 - Transfer to Mount Emei

    Day 9 - Mount Emei tour

    Day 10 - Leshan Giant Buddha

  6. Day 11 - Chengdu at leisure

    Day 12 - Panda Research Center

    Day 13 - Fly to Beijing

    Day 14 - Return flight to UK

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Discover Beijing on our in-depth city break. Explore the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace and visit the Great Wall of China.

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8 Nights from £1,812 €1,274 $1,355

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  1. Day 1 - Welcome to Beijing

    Day 2 - Forbidden City, hutong tour & Lama Palace

  2. Day 3 - Great Wall & Ming Tombs

  3. Day 4 - Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace

  4. Day 5-7 - Beijing at leisure

    Day 8 - Departure & return flight

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