Discover inspiring China on a tailor-made China tour. For millennia China dominated the Eastern hemisphere, dynasties rising and falling, trade and innovation spreading throughout the known world. Paper, printing, porcelain, noodles, alcoholic beverages, gunpowder, the compass, tea production and even, some claim, the founding of America, were all Chinese accomplishments. But, in the early 20th century, the land of emperors was relegated to economy class, a downfall propagated by the emergence of the United States and Russia as world powers, and internal revolution. Until the ‘Opening Up’, when China rose from its strict communist ashes, adopting a hybrid form of communism and free market, emerging like a Phoenix to become, once again, an empire.
Experiencing China is to have one foot in the past and one in the future. It dares to defy the present, moving at break-neck speed while maintaining a strong bridge to the past. In hours one can wake in the mega-metropolis of Beijing, where futuristic buildings clash with centuries old hutongs. One can trek the 21,000 kilometre Great Wall or stare skywards at the 632 metre Shanghai Tower, engineering marvels separated by thousands of years of history. From the ‘Roof of the World’ in Tibet to the grassy plains of Inner Mongolia, China is a land of myth, magic and majesty, requiring a lifetime to truly discover.
Come for the Great Wall and stay for the dim sum. This is China, loud and proud. The Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City, the giant panda and the flowing Yangzi – China is home to some of the world’s most prized possessions. And as you venture deep into the cityscapes of Beijing and Shanghai, float past Yangshuo's limestone karsts and explore the tranquil monasteries in Emei Shan and Lhasa, you’ll be struck by how diverse this land can be. The rich tapestries of history, the charm of local villagers, the diversity of regional culinary traditions and the surprising natural beauty, all coming together to create an experience like nothing else. Welcome to China – one of the world’s oldest and most enduring cultures; all yours to explore.
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