The capital of China is incredibly dynamic, wonderfully vibrant and provides an insight into the country’s great empire. It’s 21st century architecture and imperial national treasures represents an enchanting medley of ancient and contemporary, which reflects its modern transformation. Beijing is famous for the impressive Forbidden City - the imperial palace during the Qing and Ming dynasty, the historic Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and of course the unmissable Great Wall of China.
Shanghai is the financial hub of China, its largest, cosmopolitan city and unique blend of Western and Chinese culture. Visiting Shanghai takes you through a whirlwind of fine cuisine and trendy bars, the world’s tallest skyscrapers, luxury shopping and it’s famous waterfront promenade. Enjoy an unforgettable experience climbing to the top of the Pearl Tower, embarking on a Huangpu Cruise, or even taking a vintage sidecar journey exploring the cities peaceful side streets.
Fascinating limestone hills and towers lure tourists from China and around the world to this city of 630,000. Popular sights include 120-hectare Seven Star Park, Reed Flute Cave, 200-foot high Fubo Hill and the much-loved Elephant Trunk Hill. Guilin is very popular as a starting point for Li River cruises to Yangshuo and for visits to the nearby minority villages of Yao, Miao and Dong. April, May, September and October are the best months to visit, as they avoid the extremes of heat and rain.
Guangzhou is a sprawling port city northwest of Hong Kong on the Pearl River. The city features avant-garde architecture such as Zaha Hadid’s Guangzhou Opera House (known as the “double pebble”); the carved box-shaped Guangdong Museum; and the iconic Canton TV Tower skyscraper, resembling a thin hourglass. The Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, a temple complex from 1894, also houses the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum.
A true gem for any history buffs eager to unveil it’s incredible history. Unmissable places include the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors - the greatest archaeological find of the 20th century, Big Wild Goose Pagoda - an ancient holy Buddhist building, the Hui Grand Mosque - one of China’s oldest mosques and options to cycle around the spectacular City Wall - China’s most ancient city wall that symbolizes Xian.
Chengdu is the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province. Chengdu's history dates back to at least the 4th century B.C., when it served as capital for the Shu Kingdom. Artifacts from that dynasty are the focus of the Jinsha Site Museum. The city is also home to the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a conservation center where visitors can view endangered giant pandas in a natural habitat.