Welcome to the world’s third largest and most populous country, a vast land of contrast, colour, culture and history. This guide includes posts from our experiences all over China.
China is so much more than the Great Wall, the bright lights of Shanghai and the wonders of the Terracotta Warriors (though you should definitely visit them while you’re in the country). The most rewarding way to experience China is to hire a private guide, explore the local markets and plan to see some of the things that package tours rarely offer.
“China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep. For when she wakes, she will move the world.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Things to Do
Toboggan Down from the Great Wall: After a truly awe-inspiring walk along the Great Wall, make the same travel choice as Michelle Obama and take the 20-minute toboggan ride back down.
Discover Enchanting Ancient Gardens: Wander the UNESCO World Heritage gardens in Suzhou , enjoying the detailed planning that went into very aspect of their construction. Even if you’re not a fan of gardens, Suzhou is an unforgettable experience.
Marvel at the Karst Hills in Guilin: Enjoy this region with a Li River cruise, but don’t forget to explore the rich local history and fascinating local ethnic culture too.
Enjoy Champagne Brunch in Beijing: For a luxury treat, blow the budget and book a leisurely Sunday Champagne brunch in Beijing. The contrast between the frenetic streets and the massed crowds is exquisite and both the service and the food are without fault.
Cycle the City Wall in Xi’an: Hop on a bicycle and take in the sights of Xi’an from a lofty position on the Old City wall. The flat 14 km circuit is easy to navigate, and a totally unmissable experience. We recommend starting your tour of Old Xi’an with the cycle ride, before moving on to explore more Xi’an landmarks.
Learn Chinese Painting in Yangshuo: Take your foot off the gas for a few hours and settle in with a local art teacher to learn the serenely beautiful art of Chinese painting. Even the most raw of beginners will come away with work to be proud of.