China is a country on fast-forward. With its sprawling cities developing at an unmatchable speed, few places change faces as fast and as often as it does. Beijing is home to landmarks such as the Summer Palace, while those with an adventurous streak will have a blast tobogganing down the Great Wall - and you can’t leave without trying some scrumptious Peking duck. With a medley of Art Deco buildings and colossal towers, Shanghai is a thriving art scene that is famous for its acrobatics. From incredible architecture to natural gems, be transported to the classic Chinese landscapes of Guilin, with their karst mountains and winding rivers, immortalised by poets and writers over the centuries. Don't miss the chance to visit Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountains’, inspired by Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in the heart of China, or head to the roof of the world – the Tibetan plateau.
Meet China's iconic giant pandas in Chengdu, and make a stop in Yunnan to admire the endless ridges of rice paddies and immersive jungles. Go back in time as you head down the winding Silk Road routes to discover the history of trade, ending up in Xi’an, which is home to thousands of life-size terracotta soldiers. While the whole country seems to accelerate at an extraordinary pace, fragments of history untouched by time remain present, from the imperial Forbidden City in Beijing right down to the glutinous rice flour paste from the Qing dynasty which miraculously holds some of the bricks of the Great Wall of China together.
Highlights of China
Climbing the Great Wall of China – Scale the giant structure and have a whale of a time tobogganing your way down afterwards.The Forbidden City – Explore China’s largest collection of ancient structures, once home to 24 emperors across the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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