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Tailor made Holidays to China

Map of ChinaThe ancient Chinese believed that their ‘Middle Kingdom’ was the centre of the world. China is so vast it seems that the world rests within its borders, from the high frozen peaks of the Himalayas to the steamy jungles of the southwest and the remote spectacular deserts of the West.

China encompasses many peoples and cultures in one nation. Its richness of history, races and scenery provides a diversity rarely seen in other countries. 

Once closed to foreign visitors, many areas have now become accessible, thus providing an opportunity to see both the modern and ancient faces of this great country at a pivotal point in its long history. A visit to China is a compelling experience and one that draws people back again and again.


Trek the Great Wall of China - the parts rarely seen by visitors. Be an adventurer and avoid the over-visited sections of Badaling and Mutianyu and discover the Wild Wall. Put on those walking boots and spend a few days walking along sections of the Great Wall that haven’t been lavishly reconstructed - Huanghuachang, Huangyaguang, Simatai and Jinshanling. The experience and views are unforgettable.

Visit Xiahe, one of the largest Buddhist centres in China. Gansu Province, in remote north west China, is home to Xiahe, the site of the Labrang Monastery. This significant Tibetan Monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is a site of pilgrimage for many Tibetans. The monastery holds many Buddhist treasures including hundreds of statues of Buddha, many made from precious metals and adorned in gems.

Trek the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan. The roaring waters of the mighty Yangtze River tumble through the narrow chasm at the bottom of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the deepest in the world, in Yunnan Province. Trek along the path, which stretches the length of the gorge, and you are bound to come across the resident Naxi people going about their business.

Enjoy a gastronomic tour of China. Love your Saturday night Chinese takeaway? Why not indulge yourself and spend time trying the real thing. Tackle a Beijing Duck in the capital city, sample the freshest seafood at Qingdao on the Shandong Peninsula, experience some interesting Cantonese delicacies in Guangzhou, make your eyes water in Sichuan with the spicy food and bravely savour the chefs’ love affair with chillis in Hunan province.

Train with Shao Lin Monks at a Shao Lin Martial Arts School. Do you ever find yourself imitating the moves seen in the dramatic Chinese martial arts films. Now you can learn how it is done from the masters themselves - the protection monks at the Shao Lin Martial Arts School in northern China. Move over Jackie Chan!

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Traces of old Beijing have not vanished completely. Tucked away behind the high rise buildings are the 'Hutong' lanes, where tiled roofs over sagging doorways lead into a network of courtyards, which are a delight to discover.
The Yangtze River at 6,000 kilometres long is not only one of the world's longest rivers but also has an enormous significance for the Chinese nation. They refer to it simply as 'The Great River'.
The Great Wall of China is undoubtedly one of the most impressive achievements of mankind and remains one of the great wonders of the world. An engineering feat rarely matched in the 22 centuries since its construction began, it stretches 6,000 kilometres from the Yellow Sea to the distant Gobi Desert.

Guide to China, published by Fodors in 2002
China, published by Lonely Plant in 2007
The Rough Guide to China, published by Rough Guides in 2008
China, published by AA Essential Spiral Guides in 2008

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Spread over such a vast area the country has a great range of climates, but the following can be used as a guide.  In Beijing, from December to March the average temperature is minus 2°C and further north it is much colder. In July and August the tempera  

For up to date weather details try BBC weather

Aug-01 People's Liberation Day
Jan/Feb Harbin Ice Festival, North East China
Jan/Feb Chinese New Year
Jan-01 New Years Day
Jun-01 International Children's Day
Mar-08 Women's Day
May-01 International Labour Day
Oct-01 National Day
Sep-10 Teacher's Day

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