1,453,856,323 billion people
Chinese Yuan (CNY) and the people's renminbi (RMB)
Flight time
11 hours and 30 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT +8 hours
best time to go
Apr–May / Sep-Oct

Introducing China

Let China dazzle your senses. This dynamic country offers a wide variety of experiences that are unequalled, including world-class ancient monuments, bustling towns, and serene rural landscapes that have largely stayed unchanged for centuries.

No matter what kind of traveller you are, China has a lot to offer you. It has one of the most remarkable and influential civilizations in the entire globe, with a voluminous past and present. The nation has a stunning, mesmerising natural scenery that is adorned with astounding architecture, wonder-filled monuments, and priceless antiquities. In addition, depending on the locations you visit, it offers a wide variety of delicious cuisine, so foodies can look forward to devouring some amazing gastronomy.


China in situated in Southeast Asia alongside the Pacific Ocean. It is a big country with a diverse landscape that stretches 3,100 miles (5,000 kilometres) from east to west and 3,400 miles (5,500 kilometres) from north to south. China’s territory is composed of mountains, where Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, is located between China and Nepal. There are countless rivers in China. The Yangtze and Yellow Rivers hold the greatest significance. The Yangtze River is the third-longest river in the world with 3,915 miles (6,300 kilometres).


China has a diverse range of climate conditions, with each region experiencing a different season at a different time of year. China experiences four distinct seasons: summer, winter, autumn, and spring. With the arrival of winter and the end of summer, respectively, autumn and spring are without a doubt the greatest times to visit China due to the mild temperatures and pleasant weather. However, if you don’t mind the hot and cold climates, Summer and Winter are also not a bad option. The weather is extremely temperamental during these seasons.


One of the greatest and most varied cuisines in the world is Chinese. There are twenty-three provinces in total, and each one still has its own distinctive cooking method based on local products and tastes. These include the wild greens plucked from the mountains, the salty, fresh seafood from the northeast coast, and the delicate, sweet flavours of Cantonese cuisine. People prefer hot, spicy food in Central China, where chilli peppers are widely available, whereas lamb is popular in Beijing. A staple dish of Chinese cuisine is fried rice with a mixture of ingredients of both vegetables and proteins (chicken, pig, and shrimp) (carrots, mixed vegetables); peking duck which is seasoned, crispy oven roasted duck; chow mein, which are traditional egg noodles that can be created with vegetables and meats; as well as the Sichuan Kang Pao Chicken, a spicy stir fried chicken thanks to the Sichuan peppercorns it is made with.

History and Culture

China is considered one of the earliest cultures in the world, yet the country has only lately developed into a “modern” state.

Each dynasty in Chinese history denotes the time during which a certain line of emperors ruled. The Qin dynasty, which started in 221 B.C., was the first empire. China became a republic in 1912 after the last emperor was toppled. In 1949, the communist government took over after a civil war with the Chinese Nationalists.

Invention flourished in ancient China. For many years, China was leaps ahead of other nations in math, science, and technology. A few of the inventions made by the Chinese include paper, the magnetic compass, printing, porcelain, silk, and gunpowder.


China has many fun activities to enjoy with the family. You could sign up for a morning bike trip around Shanghai with a guide. The French Concession and the busy maze of the old town are two of the city’s quieter neighbourhoods that you will tour. The trip leads you through alleyways, past traditional shikumen (stone-gate) homes, and little street markets. Families who enjoy hiking can do so at Jinshanling along one of the Great Wall’s quieter stretches. Driving there from Beijing takes a few hours, but once you arrive, you’ll be treated with vistas of the wall spreading across the mountains. You will also be able to take a cable car back down the mountainside at Small Jinshan Tower, so it doesn’t have to be a difficult climb. For a fun experience seeing one of China’s most important animals, the panda, head to Chengdu’s Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Here you can experience seeing the panda up close and depending on the time of year you go; you can see the newborns.

Recommended Experiences in China

Discover the wonders of China, its bustling metropolises, the jaw dropping sights and temples and an ancient civilisation that has developed into a leading tech savvy nation.

Top Locations in China

Great Wall of China
From the fortresses of Shanhaiguan in the east to Jiayuguan in the west, the magnificent Great Wall of China, also known as "Changcheng" or the "Long Wall," spans more than 6,000 kilometres.
The Forbidden City & the Imperial Palace, Beijing
The Forbidden City (Zjnchéng), also known as the Imperial Palace, is the biggest and most significant structure in China. It is located in the centre of Beijing and is a top attraction when visiting. Highlights include the magnificent emperor's banquet hall (the Hall of Preserving Harmony), the five white marble Golden River Bridges, the 35-meter-tall Hall of Supreme Harmony, which houses the imperial throne, and the Palace Museum, which houses a sizable collection of artwork and artefacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Terracotta Army
Farmers in the outskirts of Xi'an discovered the Terracotta Army in the 1970s while digging wells there. This discovery would turn out to be China's most significant archaeological discoveries. The discovery featured more than 8,000 life-size warriors, 520 horses, and more than 100 chariots, as well as a vast number of other non-military characters, all of which were created to defend the tomb of the First Emperor.
The Summer Palace, Beijing
One of China's most popular tourist destinations, it is situated within more than 700 acres of picturesque parkland. The Imperial Gardens were improved with the addition of the palace's enormous lake in the 14th century, with the palace itself constructed in 1153.

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