Where to Visit in China: Complete Guide
Considering a holiday to China but not sure where to start? We guide you through the most important choices to help you decid…
Two of Chinese Buddhism's most iconic and culturally significant sights can be combined on a short stay in Henan province.
A short Bullet Train ride from Xi'an are the UNESCO protected Longmen Caves, where over 100,000 Buddhist statues are carved into a limestone cliff along the Yi River. Add to these countless stupas, steles and inscriptions and you have one of the most impressive and well-preserved collections of ancient Buddhist art in all of China. Much of the art here dates back as far as the 5th century, when nearby Luoyang became the Chinese capital under the Wei dynasty and it continued to be added to during the course of the next 600 years and into the Tang dynasty. Throughout the complex you can see various artistic styles and understand their significant role in the development of Asian civilisation and what they tell us about ancient Buddhist culture and history.
Located near the base of the Songshan Mountain, the world famous Shaolin Temple is renowned for the eponymous martial arts form and Zen Buddhism which were practiced by the resident monks for centuries. Although the monks were eventually dispersed and the temple suffered greatly, having been rebuilt many times, visitors can today learn about life here through the Ming and Qing era architecture and the kung fu performances and training centre. One thing not to be missed at the Shaolin Temple is the startling view over the Pagoda Forest, the biggest of its kind in China. Around 240 large brick tomb pagodas stand as memorials to former monks, some dating back to the 8th century.
17 Nights from £3,982
Be inspired by stories of epic Imperial wonders and Shanghai's forest of towers on a tour full of cultural insights and magnificent landscapes
14 Nights from £3,784
Delve into China's Imperial past and hike the Great Wall away from the crowds. Discover Hong Kong beyond the skyscrapers and stand in awe at the iconic Terracotta Army
13 Nights from £3,991
Cruise through the Three Gorges landscape in 5* style, experience China's Imperial age wonders and go beyond the skyscrapers to uncover the real Shanghai
20 Nights from £5,271
Palaces of the Dalai Lama and Chinese emperors, baby pandas, the Terracotta Army and Hong Kong beyond the skyscrapers
15 Nights from £4,342
Buddhist monk debates, prayer flags fluttering below Himalayan peaks and the Dalai Lama's palaces on the Roof of the World
14 Nights from £4,668
Enjoy Yunnan's stunning landscapes and cultural experiences as you go behind the scenes on the old Tea Horse Road
14 Nights from £3,441
China by Bullet Train, with no internal flights. Enjoy Imperial wonders, classic gardens, ancient canals and spectacular mountains
7 Nights from £2,227
Explore Imperial palaces, hike the Great Wall of China and enjoy Hong Kong's exotic beaches and local markets
13 Nights from £3,166
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