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By turns ancient and ultra-modern, China is endlessly fascinating

In this land of immense natural beauty you'll discover a rich history of bygone dynasties and a tantalising culinary flair. As modern-day China rushes into the future, its past remains ever-present. In the metropolises of Beijing and Shanghai, skyscrapers spring up next to temples, while office workers in the latest designer gear take time out to unwind in traditional teahouses. This is a country home to one fifth of the world's population, and yet great swathes of its emerald forests and desert plains remain largely unpopulated.

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On our escorted tours to China you'll see all the highlights of this incredible country, from the grandeur of the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, to the tranquillity of the Summer Palace. You'l follow in the footsteps of the ancients on the Great Wall, and gaze out across the Terracotta Army in the plains of Xi'an. Join one of our tours for solo travellers or book your place on a great railway adventure leading to Lhasa in Tibet. Along the way you'll wander through lively city markets and immaculate gardens, take in exquisite art, stay in the best hotels and feast on Peking duck and dim sum. If you're looking for a real insight into this most amazing of countries then look no further.

North China

Broadly speaking, northern China encompasses the vast Yellow River Valley and borders with Mongolia. It is made up of several provinces, the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia and China’s capital city – Beijing. With so much history to discover, this vast city offers up sight after incredible sight. Delve into the secrets of the Forbidden City, walk the length of Tian'anmen Square and wander though the lakes and gardens of the Summer Palace.

Northeast China

Bordering Russia, Mongolia and North Korea, historically this region of China was known as Manchuria. The Great Wall of China begins here in the border city of Dandong and stretches over 2,000 miles west, roughly along the border with Inner Mongolia. However, there are many, many more miles of branches, spurs, twists and turns along the Great Wall's meandering route.

Eastern China

This coastal region on the South and East China Seas is home to China's largest city - Shanghai. With a population in excess of 14 million, this frenetic metropolis is endlessly fascinating. Stroll along the waterfront Bund, visit the Jade Buddha Temple and gaze at the monumental skyline of futuristic Pudong. This region also encompasses Shandong Province and, depending on who you're talking to, the disputed island of Taiwan.

South central China

Stretching from the east coast to the border with Vietnam and up to north China, this region is made up of several provinces, including Guangdong and Hainan. This is also where you'll find the autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau.

Southwest China

This vast swathe of land sweeps along the high Tibetan plateau to the Himalayas – home to nine out of 10 of the world's highest mountain peaks. The region includes Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces, as well as the disputed region of Tibet. Perched high on the very top of the world, magical Tibet and its capital city Lhasa (set at 3,650 metres) must be one of the most remote and mysterious travel destinations on the planet.

Northwest China

Bordering Kazakhstan and Mongolia, this area of China is home to the central Shaanxi Province. This is where you'll find the famed city of Xi'an (formerly Chang'an, the ancient capital of China for many dynasties) and also the starting point of the Silk Road. In the plains around the city you can also gaze upon one of China's most incredible man-made wonders - the Bingmayong, otherwise known as the warriors of the Terracotta Army.

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