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Its modern face is dazzling, but China is no one-trick pony. The world's oldest continuous civilisation isn't all smoked glass and brushed aluminium, and while you won't be tripping over artefacts – three decades of round-the-clock development and rash town planning have taken their toll – rich seams of antiquity await. Serve it all up according to taste: collapsing sections of the Great Wall, temple-topped mountains, villages that time forgot, languorous water towns, sublime Buddhist grottoes and ancient desert forts.

Pack a well-made pair of travelling shoes and remember the words of Laotzu: 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. Few countries do the great outdoors like the Middle Kingdom. China's landscapes span the range from alpha to omega: take your pick from the sublime sapphire lakes of Tibet or the impassive deserts of Inner Mongolia, island-hop in Hong Kong or cycle between fairy-tale karst pinnacles around Yangshuo. Swoon before the rice terraces of the south, take a selfie among the gorgeous yellow rapeseed by Qinghai Lake, or hike the Great Wall as it meanders across mountain peaks.

Get lost in green forests of bamboo or, when your energy fails you, flake out on a distant Hainan beach and listen to the thud of falling coconuts.China is vast. Off-the-scale massive. A riveting jumble of wildly differing dialects and climatic and topographical extremes, it's like several different countries rolled into one. Take your pick from the tossed-salad ethnic mix of the southwest, the yak-butter-illuminated temple halls of Xiahe, a journey along the dusty Silk Road, spending the night at Everest Base Camp, or getting into your glad rags for a night on the Shanghai tiles. You're spoilt for choice: whether you’re an urban traveller, hiker, cyclist, explorer, backpacker, irrepressible museum-goer or faddish foodie, China’s diversity is second to none.

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Things to do
  • Discover History along the Silk Route in China
  • Soak in the Spirituality of Lhasa
  • Trek Mount Kailash
  • Admire Ice Sculptures at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival
  • Embark on a Yangtze River Cruise
  • Hike The Great Wall of China
  • Explore the Forbidden City
  • Cruise the Li River
  • Relish the Views ar Yellow Mountain
  • Stroll around the summer palace
  • Cycle or Boat at West lake, Hangzhou
  • DISCOVER BUDDHIST ART IN THE MOGAO CAVES IN GANSU
  • ADMIRE THE LIGHTS AND LIMESTONE AT THE REED FLUTE CAVE IN GUILIN, GUANGXI
  • WALK OR BIKE ATOP THE XIAN CITY WALL
  • FIND PEACE IN THE CLASSICAL GARDENS OF SUZHOU
  • EXPERIENCE THE ESSENCE OF SHANGHAI AT THE BUND
  • ADMIRE THE SCENERY AT ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL FOREST PARK
  • OBSERVE PANDAS AT THE CHENGDU RESEARCH BASE OF GIANT PANDA
  • LOOK UP AT THE LESHAN GIANT BUDDHA IN SICHUAN
Cuisine
  • You may not travel just for the sake of traveling. If you go to China, you will find that the abundant, delicious food gives an almost artistic impression and becomes an integral part of your travel experience. There is a great variety of food to cater to even the fussiest eater.
  • Chinese cuisine has a very high reputation worldwide and represents the magnificent culture of the nation's almost five-thousand-year old glorious history. The country's very varied cuisine is considered as one of the top three in the world.
  • The staple food in China is usually rice and wheat. Millet, corn, buckwheat, potato, sweet potato and many kinds of legumes are also common. Apart from rice, wheaten food like steamed bread, noodles, deep-fried twisted dough sticks, steamed stuffed buns, as well as various gruels, cakes and snacks with special local flavors always make the dining table rich and colorful to bring you extraordinary treats.
Costs
  • Meal prices in China can vary, the average cost of food in China is USD 20 - 22 per day
  • Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in China is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.
  • The cost of a taxi ride in China is significantly more than public transportation. On average, USD 15 - 25 per person, per day, on local transportation in China.
Visa
  • Most travelers to China are required to get a China tourist visa, L visa for short, which allows them to travel freely in most parts of China as tourists, assuming that they do not qualify under the visa-free policies of China. Passports, application form, and documents showing the itinerary or an invitation letter from China are the essential application documents.
Season to Visit
  • April
  • May
  • September
  • October

Typical Duration to Visit
  • 05 - 07 days

Known For
  • Imperial Architecture
  • The Great Wall
  • Extremes
  • Ancient Settlements
  • Urban Extravaganzas
  • Boat Trips
  • Fantastic Food
  • Museums
  • Sacred China
  • Hiking
  • Local Culture
  • Stunning Scenery
  • Modern Architecture
Areas to Visit
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Guangzhou

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