China is a vast and varied country with innumerable rewarding sights to see. Mostly we think of the pulsing cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Beijing. Such cutting-edge places are undoubtedly fascinating to visit, but beneath all that glitz the old way of life still continues.
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Currency Chinese Yuan, Hong Kong dollar & Macanese pataca
Flying time from London 10 hours
Official language(s) Mandarin or Cantonese
Time difference +8 GMT
Visa requirements For UK passport holders a Visa is required before arrival in mainland China, but is not required for Hong Kong or Macau.
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Enjoy a Sichuan opera performance in one of Chengdu's traditional tea houses. Originating in about 1700AD, this form of opera has vivid and humorous narration, singing, stunts and colourful costumes and masks.
Walk the Great Wall at Jinshanling Pass
Built some 2,000 years ago to keep out pillaging nomads, the Great Wall stretches from the Gobi desert to the Yellow Sea – the largest man-made structure on Earth. Walk along the Great Wall and enjoy a picnic at Jinshanling Pass. This part of the wall provides unique photo opportunities away from the crowds.
Uncover the Terracotta Warriors
Visit the army of thousands of life-sized warriors and their horses in battle formation. Buried for 2,000 years, they stand guard over the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi-Huang.
Sail along the Yangtze
Take a leisurely cruise down a major part of the Yangtze's length, from Chongqing to Shanghai to visit the Three Gorges and Huang Shan's misty peaks.
Trek Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve
Located in the north-eastern reaches of the Min Shan mountain range, Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve in the Sichuan province is known for gorgeous alpine scenery of thick forests, glittering lakes, thundering waterfalls and snowy peaks. It’s well-known to Chinese tourists but something of a secret outside China.
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"Every moment was special, there were so many amazing events - walking along the Great Wall of China, looking down over the rice terraces in Longsheng, seeing the giant pandas in Chengdu, watching the shiplocks do their work on the Yangtze.
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