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Top things to see and do in China

Visiting China is a must-do for any keen traveller.  With over 4000 years of history and a deep and enduring culture, the country offers an almost endless list of things to see and do.  From the famous Great Wall which threads its way across this vast country, to the Terracotta warriors and the start of the ancient Silk Road in Xian, or the ethnic minorities with their timeless traditions in Western China, to the sprawling megacities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong; you could spend weeks here and still not see everything.
 
That’s why you need the guidance of an expert tour operator to help you really make the most of a visit. Here are our top tips for the best things to see and do in China.

See the iconic sights 
 

Beijing

The capital has no fewer than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.  It also has the vibrant energy of a modern city charging headlong into the future, but a real sense of the traditions of the past.

Xian

The ancient Silk Road started here, and the descendants of the merchants that plied their trade along the route still live today in the city’s colourful Muslim Quarter.  Just outside Xian are the spectacular Terracotta Warriors – standing guard by the tomb of China’s first emperor as they have for over 2,000 years.

Hong Kong

A neon-lit hive of dynamic activity, scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find the island’s Chinese roots blended with years of colonial influences.  This makes Hong Kong a unique fusion of past and present, East and West.  

Li River

Perhaps some of the most incredible scenery on the planet, a cruise along this famous river is a wonderful way to see the magnificent limestone rock formations that the region is so famous for.

Chengdu

Gateway to Yunan and the ethnic minorities of the south-west, Chengdu is also the best place to see China’s most famous cuddly residents - the adorable Giant Pandas.

And go off the beaten path to meet and mingle with local people: 

The Zhuang

The capital has no fewer than 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.  It also has the vibrant energy of a modern city charging headlong into the future, but a real sense of the traditions of the past.

The Dong

The ancient Silk Road started here, and the descendants of the merchants that plied their trade along the route still live today in the city’s colourful Muslim Quarter.  Just outside Xian are the spectacular Terracotta Warriors – standing guard by the tomb of China’s first emperor as they have for over 2,000 years.

Tibetans

A neon-lit hive of dynamic activity, scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find the island’s Chinese roots blended with years of colonial influences.  This makes Hong Kong a unique fusion of past and present, East and West.  

The Miao

The Miao are found throughout much of south-western China, with Guizhou considered their homeland.  They are famed for their festivals, especially the Sisters Rice Festival, where the young meet to try to find a marriage partner, and the Lusheng festival, where they demonstrate their skill at dancing and playing traditional instruments
 

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