Our guide to
China

BEIJING

The Great Wall (Chang Cheng) - A symbol of Chinese Engineering genius; Extending across northern China, the wall is 6350km long and took 2000 years to complete.

Ming Tombs - The common name given to the mausoleums of 13 Emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The site has a high cultural and historic value because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture.

Tiananmen Square - At the very heart of Beijing, the square covers 40 hectares and can accommodate up to one million people. Not only the physical centre of China, but also the centre of power and politics. A must- see for all travellers to Beijing.

Forbidden City -  For over 500 years, 24 Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties lived within the Forbidden City. Although situated in the heart of Beijing city, prior to 1911 entry into the city was strictly forbidden, hence its name. The city covers 72,000sq km and is surrounded by a 10m high perimeter wall.  

The Temple of Heaven - Built in 1420, China's most famous temple was where Emperors would pray for a good harvest during the first lunar month of each year. It covers an area twice as big as that of the Forbidden City.

Birds Nest stadium and Water Cube - 2008 Olympic stadium and village. 

Summer Palace & Kunming Lake - The largest ancient preserved garden in China and a former summer retreat for Emperors. The site includes more than 100 ancient style pavilions and buildings includes an enormous clear water lake.  Occupying an area of 290 acres, the summer Palace is as vast as it is spectacular.

Hou Hai - The young generation of Beijing call Hou Hai 'Paradise of the city', for it's romantic atmosphere created by the lake and bars. A worthwhile place for a visit to see the Chinese cultural mix of East and west.

Wangfujing Street & Donghuamen - has a history of more than 100 years. The street is less than one kilometre long and lined with shops, including Beijing Department Store. The Oriental Plaza, considered a miracle in Chinese architecture stands just to the south entrance of Wangfujing.

XIAN

Army of Terracotta Warriors - The tomb of the first Emperor who unified China and his huge terracotta army which were buried underground for 22 centuries. containing Over 10,000 individual soldiers, archers and chariots stand in battle formation. The scale of the collection is vast and a must see experience. 

Bell Tower - situated in the heart of the city, the tower was traditionally used to tell the time.

Ancient City Walls are the most complete city walls surviving in China. Cycle hire is a great way to explore the wall.

Fang Gu Street - A pedestrian street close to the Xian Museum. Shops alongside are built in ancient style and fascinating to explore.

SICHUAN - CHENGDU

Yangtze River Cruise - One of China's highlights that provides an unforgettable experience for travelling accross China.

The Giant Panda Breeding Centre is best place to see Giant Panda's in Chengdu, if not the world. The centre is located on the mountain of Futoushan in the northern suburbs of the city.

Leshan Grand Buddha, the largest Buddha in China towering over 70m.

Jiu-zai-gou Village - set in a nature reserve and national park in the north of Sichuan province. Jiuzhaigou Valley is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and has breath-taking scenery.

GUILIN & YANG SHUO

Guilin - is Famous for its distinctly shaped mountain range and mild subtropical climate, The beauty of Guilin is why the landscape is often depicted in Chinese paintings and films.

Li River Cruise - the river passes an endless procession of peaks, water buffalo grazing and remote villages. The scenery is truly breath-taking.

Reed Flute Cave - thousands of years natural rocks form an extraordinary underground scenery.

Fubo Hill - a pleasant little park that worth visiting to wind.

Cormorants fishing - a tradition in the olden days and livelihood for Chinese fishermen in the area.

Shangri-La - Yunnan

Kunming - Pretty Spring city which enjoys mild weather all year around.

Shilin - a huge collection of limestone pillars.

Li Jiang old town - a beautiful shining jewel on the Northwest Yunnan Plateau neighbouring the Tibetan Plateau, and better known as "Shangri-La".. Lijiang is granted World Cultural Heritage status.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and Black Dragon Pool - breath-taking view.

SHANGHAI

Shanghai, 'the Pearl of the Orient' is a cosmopolitan city and the modern face of China.

The Bund - famous quay waterfront with ancient colonial buildings, modern towering skyscrapers over looking the mouth of the Yangtze.

Yu Garden - Situated not far from the Bund, with old streets and tourists style antiques.

Oriental TV Tower - On the banks of the Huangpu River, the tower was once the highest building in the city before Jinmao Building was completed.

Jinmao Building - the tallest building in China, it is worthwhile to take the ultra fast elevator to the top to enjoy a bird view of the city. Inside the building there are various restaurants and bars and the Grand Hyatt hotel.

Xin Tian Di & the French Quarter - a very charming and buzzing district. Visitors may feel that they are viewing the olden days of China but once stepped inside, the atmosphere reflects to a dynamic and characteristic new Shanghai. The south block of the Plaza represent modern architectures, where the north block preserves the old antique buildings with modern interior. Aside there are plenty restaurants provide international cousins, shops and pubs.

Shanghai's Maglev Railway -  Shanghai Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) train, is the world's fastest train operating at 268mph. Many of our clients take the train to Pudong airport on departure.

Zhujiajiao Village

About an hour drive from Shanghai, is 'Venice of the East'. The ancient water village has changed little for hundreds of years. Take a stroll through the village and have a serenaded boat ride along the canals.

SUZHOU GARDENS

Suzhou, is one of the oldest towns in the Yangtze basin. It is well known for its numerous gardens such as Garden of the Master of the Nets.  Located about 2 hours drive from Shanghai, Suzhou was once a prosperous trading area for China's silk industry.

TIBET

The Potala Palace was first built in the 7th century and was the home of successive Dalai Lamas.

Tibet is a mystical place of prayer flags & ancient Buddhist temples.

GUIZHOU

Huang Guo Shu Waterfall - the largest waterfall in China set in a tropical forest. Unspoiled in beauty, it is the famous home of 'monkey', the mystical Monkey God who helped bring Buddhism to China.

Ethnic minority villages & the Red Maple Lake - Guizhou is home to many minority tribes who's villages, dress and customs remain unchanged by China modernisation.

Dragon Palace Caves - the natural beauty of this cave network is awesome.

The Silk Road

The glorious ancient trade route from China into Central Asia.

Sanya

Ethnic minority tribes, beautiful unspoiled Beaches. Sanya is the perfect place to relax in the sun all year round. 

The annual average temperature is 25C and the average temperature in winter is 20C.