China Travel Tours & Trips

Terracotta Warriors of Xian
Kite flying in Tiananmen Square
Shanghai
The Forbidden City
Lijiang - former capital of the Naxi Kingdom
The Bai traditional minority tribe of Dali
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Giant Buddha at Leshan
Songzanlin Monastery - a place of homage for Tibetan Lamaism
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Buddhist murals of Mogao Caves
Chengdu's Giant Pandas and Sichuan cuisine
  • Over a billion surprises in China

    For all the talk of economic powerhouses and shimmering megacities, the one word that springs to the traveller’s mind in China is ‘tradition’. History and ritual run deep through this country, reaching back thousands of years in a way that those of us from younger cultures can only wonder. There are the obvious examples; the Great Wall rolling over endless hillsides; Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City; The Terracotta Army, 8000 strong.

    But there are other, more subtle reminders. Modern town squares filled with citizens performing ancient tai chi forms. A meal with Middle Eastern influences in the Muslim Quarter of Xian (the eastern terminal of the Silk Road). Winding cobbled lanes filled with tiny merchant shops that look to have been gathering dust and customers for centuries.

    In many ways, the China of today is still the China of Marco Polo and the imperial dynasties that were here before. Even the sight of the astoundingly huge Three Gorges Dam is implacably framed by the Three Gorges themselves, shrouded in mist, sheer cliffs plummeting into the water; directly lifted from some timeless Chinese watercolour.

     

    Trips & tours in China

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    Yangtze & Beyond - Independent Journey - 14 days

    The Yangtze River winds, ducks and climbs through the heart of China before coming to an end in the East China Sea near Shanghai. At around 6,380 kilometres...
    Countries visited: China
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    From US $2070

    Yunnan Explorer - 11 days

    Before coming to an end in the East China Sea, the mighty Yangtze River must first pass through the world’s steepest and narrowest canyon – Tiger...
    Countries visited: China
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    From US $6010

    China Panorama - 23 days

    At over 2200 years old, there is still much to learn about Xian’s Terracotta Army. To date, around 1800 statues have been uncovered, but most of the...
    Countries visited: China
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    From US $3795

    Icons of China - 14 days

    "Yangshuo is a beautiful town along the river with limestone karsts. But what makes it truly phenomenal is that the locals speak perfect English. Years...
    Countries visited: China, Hong Kong (China)
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    From US $3555

    Yangtze & Beyond - 14 days

    The Yangtze River winds, ducks and climbs through the heart of China before coming to an end in the East China Sea, near Shanghai. At around 6,380 kilometres...
    Countries visited: China
    Map
    From US $3110

    Panda-monium Family Adventure - 13 days

      The giant panda’s diet is 99% bamboo, and they can eat up to 20 kilograms of it every day. Despite having the digestive system of a carnivore,...
    Countries visited: China
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  • Why we love China

    • History and ritual run deep through this country, reaching back thousands of years in a way that those of us from younger cultures can only wonder
    • Stroll to just outside the city wall in Xian and enjoy an early Tai Chi lesson with the locals, who practice with the local master every morning. They are more than accepting of uncoordinated foreigners!
    • In Yangshuo there is a steep walk up a limestone karst known as the ‘TV Tower’. It is a good 45 minute walk but the views are brilliant and show the karsts stretching in all directions
    • The rooftop bar at Monkey Jane’s in Yangshuo also offers outstanding views… and well-priced beer.
    • China makes for some sensational eating experiences. Don’t miss the hotpot in the Muslim quarter in Xian, or the Peking Duck in any of the many duck restaurants in Beijing
    • The sight of the astoundingly huge Three Gorges Dam is implacably framed by the Three Gorges themselves, shrouded in mist, sheer cliffs plummeting into the water; directly lifted from some timeless Chinese watercolour

    Safety information

    China is a safe country to travel in and very few travellers will experience any safetly concerns. Serious crime against foreigners is relatively rare, but incidents do occur. Foreigners can be targeted for passports, laptops, mobile phones, purses and handbags. Major tourist sites and areas frequented by foreigners attract thieves and pickpockets. Take extra care at major tourist sites, street markets, Beijing International Airport, major international events and conferences and popular bar areas after dark.

     

    There are occasional incidents with taxi and pedicab drivers who insist the passenger misunderstood the fare. Avoid travelling in unmarked or unmetered ‘taxis’ and insist on paying only the meter fare. Ask the driver for a receipt (fapiao), on which the taxi number should be printed. You can take this to the police to lodge a complaint.

     

    Counterfeit bank notes (especially RMB100) are increasingly common. They are generally crumpled to avoid detection. Unscrupulous traders may try to switch your genuine bank notes for counterfeits. Check carefully before accepting notes. It is quite normal to do so.

     

    Beware of scams particularly in popular tourist areas. A regular example is the ‘tea tasting’ scam. Scams usually involve a foreign national being invited to visit a bar, shop or cafe – for example to practice English or meet a girl - but results in demands for an exorbitant fee, often payable by credit card. This can result in threats of violence or credit card fraud.

     

    Fire protection standards in Chinese accommodation are not always the same as at home. Check fire precautions including access to fire exits.

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