Spectacular Xi’an is one of the oldest cities in China, with more than 3,000 years of recorded history. This vibrant metropolis lies in the heart of central China, at the meeting place of rivers and streams, and at the foot of the majestic Qinling Mountains. It was one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, and was once the end point of the famed Silk Road.
Nestled on the fertile Sichuan plain, near the foothills of the Tibetan Plateau in Western China, beautiful Chengdu is home to some of the world’s most famous animals. The Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Base is the biggest research facility of its kind in the world, dedicated to preserving this precious and endangered animal.
Datong is an impressive mountain landscape, unlike what you will see in the rest of the country. Visitors come here to see the Yungang Grottoes, a series of caves which are home to tens of thousands of carved statues of Buddha that date back more than a thousand years.
The sacred Wudang Mountains of central China are a beautiful place to visit, offering a visit to a misty landscape famous for its many stunning Taoist temples and its association with the ancient Chinese practices of martial arts, traditional medicine and meditation.
Deep in central China’s Hunan province, lush with ancient trees and unique sandstone peaks, the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is a magical landscape that evokes a sense of mystery and legend.
Founded in the 5th century, the pretty Shaolin Monastery is a stunning place to visit. Located in between Xi’an and Beijing, in central Henan Province; the main attractions in the area are the splendid monastery and temple, famous for their long association with the Chinese traditions of martial arts, as well as the area known as the Pagoda Forest.
In Southern China, Kunming is known as the City of Eternal Spring, and the nearby city of Lijiang is a UN World Heritage Site for its tidy system of waterways and bridges.
Nestled at the mouth of China’s mighty Yangtze River, the city of Shanghai has dominated global finance, fashion and culture for hundreds of years.
A tour to Beijing reveals some of China’s most treasured sites, both old and new; from the mystery of the Forbidden City and the wonder of the Great Wall of China, to the cutting edge design of today’s Beijing National Stadium and the National Centre of the Performing Arts.
Famous for its unique landscape and breath-taking scenery, Guilin sits on the banks of the Li River in north-eastern China. It is a popular tourist destination for its gorgeous vistas.