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Best Of China Overview
Uncover historical and contemporary delights during this Best of China tour
Visit China and discover a country of mesmerising contradictions, a place where antiquity meets ultra-modernity. Witness the bewildering speed at which change is ripping through the oldest continuous civilisation on Earth, and be impressed by the tenacity with which China’s ever-expanding populace holds on to its tradition and culture. Travel from Hong Kong to Beijing and meander through the vibrant emerald landscapes of rural Yangshuo, sizzle the tastebuds with traditional Sichuan dishes in Chengdu and glide between the soaring limestone cliffs of the Three Gorges. Return to the reality of modern China in colossal Shanghai before winding back time along the canals of a traditional water town, in the company of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and while walking along the most remarkable of ancient wonders – the Great Wall. See booming metropolises and historic villages, space-age skyscrapers and time-worn relics, fledgling settlements and millennia-old cities on this amazing Best of China adventure.
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A British colony until 1997, Hong Kong's cityscape is spectacular and its modern fast-paced life is only minutes from picturesque islands and beaches.
With karst peaks looming and the Li River gently running alongside, Yangshuo's scenery is glorious and its town is a great place to relax and explore China's countryside.
Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.
Named after the site of an ancient ferry crossing, the Yangzi River flows for 6,418 km and winds through a diverse range of China's landscapes. Located on the Yangzi River, Yichang is an important trading town and has been the site of many historic battles due to its strategic location.
Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of new China.
Tongli is one of the picturesque "Water Towns" built along ancient networks of canals and provides a stark contrast to the nearby big cities of Suzhou and Shanghai.
As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.
Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.
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