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China

China is a wild and chaotic explosion of cultural and geographical diversity; a frenzied concoction of the old and the new, the traditional and the innovative. This is a country shrouded in mystery but eager to be explored, offering visitors an epic adventure of discovery and surprise. With Revere Travel, enjoy a luxury holiday to China and discover its rich and detailed history, its fascinating traditions and extreme diversity. You'll experience flavours unknown to the western world, friendly Chinese hospitality and exotic eastern architecture all rolled into one unforgettable adventure.

China's cultural riches and 5000 years of tumultuous history place it, without doubt, among the world’s greatest travel destinations. The Great Wall, Xian's Terracotta Army, the Forbidden Palace and Tiananmen Square: the very names reverberate with history and legend. Beijing, China’s capital city, is modernising at a tremendous pace, but still retains a historic air, both in the Forbidden City and with its Hutong (narrow streets) offering a glimpse into a more traditional way of life. Shanghai is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, yet despite its awe-inspiring architecture and thirst for all things modern, it remains a city with a fascinating history that can still be seen in the gardens, monasteries and street markets. Hong Kong has something for everyone, from fantastic shopping to a romantic harbour and fascinating museums.

However, for a more traditional view of China, Xian, as well as being home to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors, has impressive city walls, a number of outstanding temples and a fascinating mix of Buddhist and Islamic influences. In Central China, Pingyao is surrounded by a completely intact Ming dynasty city wall, definitely worth a visit. The town of Lijiang, in Yunnan Province, has an old town of cobbled streets, wooden buildings, canals and lively markets, and gives an excellent insight into traditional Chinese life.

China has astonishingly varied scenery; within Yunnan Province this ranges from alpine mountains to tropical rainforests. This is considered by many to be the most beautiful part of China, the stone forest near Kunming is one of the natural wonders of the world, along with the dramatic cliffs and waterfalls of Tiger Leaping Gorge. A cruise along the Li River in Guilin offers a great chance to appreciate this region's spectacular scenery of thrusting limestone peaks. The rice terraces of Longji, a few hours from Guilin, also provide for a breathtaking excursion. In south eastern China, Huang Shan is one of the most beautiful areas, with its breathtaking mountain views and surrounding countryside of traditional villages and paddy fields. In Northern Sichuan Province, Jiuzhaigou National Park's gorgeous alpine scenery of thick forests, waterfalls and colourful lakes is well-known to Chinese tourists but something of a secret outside China. Within Sichuan Province, visit the world’s largest Buddha, the Giant Buddha of Leshan, that towers over the Dadu River, the 71-metre high statue having been carved into the side of a cliff, or visit Chengdu which is a laid-back city, famous for its Giant Panda Research Station, where you can observe these wonderful and elusive animals up close.

Key Information

Time difference: GMT +8 hours

Language: Mandarin

Capital: Beijing

Currency: Yuan

Flight time: Approx 10 hours (flying time) from London

Visa: (UK passport holders) – Check https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice (entry requirements)

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