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China Tours

China is one of the most scenically and culturally diverse destinations in Asia, where the natural, modern and imperial worlds clash magnificently. From the grandeur of the Great Wall and the silent ranks of Xi'an's remarkable Terracotta Army, to the dramatic slopes of the Yellow Mountains and the dynamic streets of Shanghai, lies a world of quite exquisite superlatives.

Highlights of China

Things to See & Do

  • Great Wall

    Great Wall

    China's Great Wall stretches across the northern part of the country and was built as a barrier against the Mongol hordes. In places it runs through spectacular mountain scenery, and there are an increasing number of people who want to do a trek along a section of this man-made wonder. China’s iconic symbol and a testament to the power of the Ming Dynasty, the Great Wall stretches from the eastern seaboard to the Gobi Desert. Bales can take you to some of the less crowded sections of the wall at Mu Tian Yu or Jinshanling.

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  • Forbidden City

    Forbidden City

    The Forbidden city acquired its name from the fact that it was off limits for 500 years. It holds the title of China’s most preserved ancient monument and is an enchanting place to visit. Wandering around its buildings, it is easy to see why the Ming and Qing dynasties who resided here were reluctant to stray too far from its city walls. The highlight is the Hall of Supreme Harmony which sits on a marble terrace. Built in the 15th century it was home to ceremonial occasions such as the Emperor’s birthday and coronations. Be sure to look out for the ornate Dragon Throne.

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  • Terracotta warriors

    Terracotta warriors

    Be in awe of China’s army of 8,000 intricately detailed sentinels in Xi’an at the starting point of the Silk Road. China’s ancient capital and the starting point of the famous Silk Road, Xi’an’s imperial history spanned some 12 dynasties, covering a period of nearly 2,000 years. Today its worldwide renown is due mainly to the presence of the spectacular Army of Terracotta Warriors, but its city streets hide a wealth of other treasures that span the ages of Imperial rule. The more recently discovered Han Yang Ling Imperial Tombs are also a worthy inclusion.

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  • Tiannanmen Square

    Tiannanmen Square

    Tiannanmen Square holds the title of the world’s largest square and is the centrepiece of modern Beijing. It was originally conceived to symbolise the greatness of the Communist Party and during the Cultural Revolution, up to a million people would parade here. It holds the mausoleum of Chariman Mao and is dominated by the Forbidden City. It’s a pleasant spot to wander and to watch children enjoying the national pastime of kite-flying.

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  • Yangtze Cruise

    Yangtze Cruise

    Flowing from eastern Tibet to Shanghai, the Yangtze passes through some of China’s most expansive scenery. Cruise the mighty Yangtze, taking in the Three Gorges and the Three Gorges Dam Project – for many the most relaxing part of their visit to China.. The world’s largest hydroelectric project, the Three Gorges Dam is an engineering feat to rival the Great Wall itself. Five times larger than the Hoover Dam in the United States, this immense structure is nearly 1.5 miles long and towers almost 200 metres above the waters of the Yangtze River.

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  • Summer Palace

    Summer Palace

    Located on the outskirts of Beijing, the immense Summer Palace is a wonderful spot to wander for an afternoon. It is easy to see why royalty escaped to its cooler climes to avoid the intense heat of Beijing. It is dominated by Kunming Lake which can be crossed by ferry to the south lake island. A myriad of pavilions, palace temples and gardens which were once the playground for Royalty, enchant modern day visitors.

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  • Shanghai


    A bustling multi-cultural megalopolis at the mouth of the Yangtze, Shanghai is a fascinating mix of modern style and colonial heritage. A city of nearly 20 million, Shanghai has risen from post war austerity to become one of China’s most dynamic cities, with a style and vibrancy very much in keeping with its meteoric rise. A shoppers’ paradise and boasting some of the finest restaurants in China, Shanghai is fast asserting itself as the ‘Paris of the Orient’.

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  • Pandas


    China’s endangered Giant Pandas have long been the symbol of conservation worldwide with only 1,600 left in the wild. You can experience first hand pandas playing and feeding in the Chengdu Conservation Centre.

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  • Li River Cruise

    Li River Cruise

    A cruise between Guilin and Yangshuo provides a glimpse of rural life and some of China’s most beautiful scenery.The ancient and picturesque city of Guilin lies along the western banks of the Li River, nestling amongst the stunning limestone landscapes of China’s Guangxi Zhuang province, making it an ideal base from which to explore the timeless majesty of the region’s glorious canvas of verdant plains, lakes and rivers. With over two millennia of history and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, this is one of the most beautiful regions in China, its landscapes reputed to be the ’finest under heaven’ according to Chinese proverbs. Originally founded in 314 BC by the Qin Dynasty, the city’s fortunes grew with the construction of a canal that linked it with the Yangtze, its importance eventually seeing it become a provincial capital under the Ming.

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  • Pingyao


    The UNESCO World Heritage Site, old town of Pingyao contains the best preserved ancient walled city to be found in China. The centre of the city is closed to traffic and the best thing to do is to wander and observe traditional Chinese life.

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