A colossus of a country: as frustrating as it is fascinating; as confident as it is confusing. There’s so much to see, with dramatic landscapes, fascinating culture, endless diversity and iconic sights – one of the world’s truly great travel experiences.

"For all its majestic sights, it’s China’s people you’ll remember most – not just for their colourful chatter, constant drama and inherent entertainment; but also for their sheer, unstoppable energy."

It’s not just big – it’s immense. The sheer scale of the world’s fourth-largest nation, home to one-fifth of its people, can be overwhelming. Not only that: having been shrouded in the mysteries of communism for so long, for many in the West it’s a great unknown – indeed it’s hard to think of anywhere more ‘foreign’.

And yet so much of it seems familiar already. The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors... we can all readily bring images of these extraordinary sights to mind. The reality of China, though, is even more fascinating. It’s a country of incredible contrasts: gleaming modern cities with ancient mountain villages; impressive man-made wonders with astonishing natural beauty; and the spiritual simplicity of Tibet with the unbridled luxury of high-tech hotels.

The cities include three of the world’s greatest – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong – each a destination in its own right; and architectural playgrounds of fabulous hotels, fine restaurants and more. There are 5000 years of unbroken history here, shaped over the centuries by an endlessly diverse landscape as well as religion, trade, war and politics; but this country is no museum piece relying on its heritage to survive. It’s fast becoming the world’s powerhouse, driven on by incessant development and a population that embraces change.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Beijing

  • Time Difference

    GMT +8

  • Best Time to Visit

    April to May & September to October

  • Currency

    Chinese Yuan

China

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Choose from the cream of China's finest hotels.

  • Aman Summer Palace Beijing

    Mere footsteps from Beijing’s glorious Summer Palace, Aman occupies a series of traditional dwellings: each transformed into mini-palaces of elegance, none losing sight of their history, and all dripping with mod-cons.

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  • Rosewood Beijing Beijing

    Age-old traditions merge beautifully with modern pursuits at Rosewood Beijing. Contemporary rooms, suites and spa suites are among the city's largest and are more like lavish apartments; while six restaurants present authentic international and local cuisine.

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  • The Opposite House Beijing

    As the name suggests, things are done a little differently here: refreshingly relaxed service, a cutting-edge art gallery, striking emerald-green exterior... The whole place feels light and spacious, with so much glass it positively shimmers.

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  • W Beijing Chang'an Beijing

    Flirty, fun and fresh, set in the very best part of town (close to Tiananmen Square and the impressive grounds of the Forbidden City), W boasts rock star bedrooms, the uplifting AWAY® Spa, vibrant indoor pool, and amplified epicurean excellence.

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  • Shangri-La Hotel - Xi'an Xi'an

    With spectacular views of Xi’an from your room’s expansive floor-to-ceiling windows, rejuvenating traditional massages at the Chi Spa, and restaurants well worth staying in for, we wouldn’t blame you if you delayed visiting the famed sights of Xi’an.

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  • Sofitel Xi’an on Renmin Square Xi’an

    From its sophisticated floral flourishes to its pleasant perfumed aromas, Sofitel Xi’an brings more than a touch of French elegance to this ancient city. Centrally located within the city walls, it's near many historical sites, and 45 minutes to the Terracotta Warriors.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu Chengdu

    Towering above Tianfu Square, interiors are inspired by traditional Chinese courtyard homes; Club Level benefits include the city’s only dedicated private butler service; and there's a nod to Chengdu’s historic tea culture throughout.

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  • The Temple House Chengdu

    Nestled in the vibrant and bustling heart of Chengdu, The Temple House is a stunning hotel that beautifully evokes China’s rich heritage and fuses it with all the thoroughly modern amenities we love.​

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  • Amandayan Lijiang

    Overlooking the winding lanes of Lijiang and embracing style elements from traditional Nakhi architecture (the indigenous people responsible for Lijiang’s historic prominence), Amandayan is unmistakably Chinese, yet contemporary in style.

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  • Banyan Tree Lijiang Resort Lijiang

    Within spine-tingling distance of the mystic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Old Town of Lijiang, Banyan Tree’s Yunnan resort is romance dipped in luxury dipped in restful intimacy.

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  • Amanfayun Hangzhou

    By the serene West Lake, and just beyond the dreamy village of Tianzhu, Amanfayun whispers its gloriousness rather than shouting it from the rooftops: its stately courtyard, bathed in all sorts of green, the heart of a series of Tardis-like grand suites and villas.

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake Hangzhou

    On Hangzhou’s showpiece, West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site ringed in willows and dotted with artificial islands, temples and pagodas, this intimate lakeside village magically blends into the landscape.

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  • Amanyangyun Shanghai

    Just outside downtown Shanghai, an ancient camphor forest (rescued, then relocated 435 miles from Jiangxi to Shanghai) sets the scene for Aman’s fourth Chinese destination: all topped off with everyone’s favourite Aman accoutrements.

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  • Park Hyatt Shanghai Shanghai

    The height of luxury? In the world’s highest hotel (you actually look down on the Jinmao Tower), it certainly feels like it. Most impressive of all here are the views, but we also love the tranquillity, the spa, and the surprisingly intimate Living and Dining Rooms.​

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  • Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer Shanghai

    Carrying just 124 passengers, the Yangzi Explorer offers the finest and most personalised service of any ship sailing the river resulting in a more intimate cruising experience with the highest ratio of staff to guests.

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  • The Peninsula Shanghai Shanghai

    Located on the historical Bund, Shanghai’s most revered district, and with views over the Huangpu River towards Pudong, the former British Consulate has been spectacularly transformed into a temple of glamour infused with Art Deco influences.

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