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From home cooking classes with a family in Yunnan, to table-tennis with primary school stars, to chopstick lessons with our brilliant guide, as he recounted an epic 5,500-mile walk along the Great Wall, the letters we receive tell us it's the small intimate experiences that help make an Abercrombie & Kent luxury holiday to China so memorable.
We're glad to hear it. We aim to make this vast dynamic country more manageable, helping you make sense of a destination where the ancient and traditional are juxtaposed with the startlingly modern. As one of the first international travel companies in China, A&K has a well-established offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and Hong Kong, co-ordinating a network of highly qualified, fluent English-speaking guides. Unsurprisingly letters from our clients praise our China tour director, Gerald Hatherly, consistently named as one of the world's top travel professionals.
As part of the team offering A&K tours to China in 2015, 2016, he will help introduce you to the rapidly expanding metropolises of Shanghai and Beijing, the country's cultural and political heart. You'll have opportunities off the normal tourist radar, including entry to usually closed sections of the Forbidden Palace and meeting artists from the country's burgeoning contemporary movement.
We'll show you Guangxi's mesmerising rice terraces, the Yangzi's River's dramatic gorges - from our luxury river cruiser, MS Yangzi Explorer - and Guilin's karsts and cormorant fishermen. We'll amaze you with contrasts, from the Taklamakan Desert's solitude, to Hong Kong's exuberant retail frenzy and Yunnan's serene hot springs, forests and mountain rivers.
It's vast, diverse and thrilling, but also challenging. Whether you're travelling with family or solo, with an A&K China tour you're in safe hands, not to mention the best vehicle fleet around. Just ask our clients. When one recently missed a domestic flight from Beijing to Datong, we instantly arranged a beautiful six-hour overland drive. And then there's the family whose daughter fell ill on the Yangzi Explorer. After sourcing the best medical care, our guide delivered a DVD and photo album of the family's first night to the Shanghai Peninsular - a parting gift to compensate for leaving the cruise early.
Suggested itineraries in China
Nights: 14 | from £3,916
A 14 night journey from Beijing to Shanghai; visit Xi'an and its Terracotta Warriors, get close to Giant Pandas in Chengdu and cruise the Yangtze.
Nights: 11 | from £4,287
A fantastic holiday to introduce you to China’s fascinating country and culture, you will visit bustling Beijing, legendary Xi’an, historic Chongqing, and glittering Shanghai.
A Taste of China
Nights: 7 | from £2,807
See Giant Pandas in Chengdu before boarding the Yangzi Explorer for a river cruise, stopping off at remote communities for a glimpse of rural China.
The Search for Shangri-La
Nights: 11 | from £5,255
An incomparable 11 night adventure through China's south-west, travelling through stone forests, local villages, nature reserves and sacred mountains.
Highlights of China
Nights: 11 | from £3,568
Compare old and new on this 11 night itinerary taking you from the Great Wall to historic Yangshuo and futuristic Shanghai – and everything in between.
Luxury Small Group Journey - China, Tibet & the Yangtze
Nights: 17 | from £8,690
Luxury Small Group Journey - China, Tibet & the Yangtze, visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing, The Yangtze River, Yichang and Shanghai
Nights: 12 | from £3,965
Sled down the Great Wall, visit pandas, sail down the Yangtze, learn to play folk drums and skywalk in Shanghai on our Chinese family adventure.
Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangzi
Nights: 14 | from £5,365
We’ll take you bustling Beijing, historic Xi’an and laid-back Chengdu as well as on a luxury cruise along the Yangtze to energetic Shanghai.
British Polo Day China
Nights: 3 | from £700
Beijing has been the political and cultural heart of China for centuries and has the monuments, parks and palaces to prove it. Amongst its most famous sights are Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) and Tiananmen Square, the imposing Great Wall of China, and the Forbidden City.
Christie’s Art Journeys: Ancient to Contemporary China
Nights: 9 | from £8,700
Family Luxury Small Group Journey - Family China & the Yangtze
Nights: 12 | from £4,965
Family Luxury Small Group Journey - Family China & the Yangtze, visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Chongqing, The Yangtze River (Three Night S), Yichang and Shanghai
Landscapes of Yunnan
Nights: 13 | from £5,177
An 11 night adventure covering the region’s major sights and exploring the stunning Tacheng where you might even see the endangered Yunnan golden monkey.
Suggested accommodation in China
Banyan Tree Lijiang
Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer
The Peninsula Hong Kong
WALDORF ASTORIA Shanghai on the Bund
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Prices from £2,807pp saving up to £300pp for 7 nights
Book our 7 night Taste of China trip, for travel on any departure in August and November 2015, and save up to £300pp. Prices from £2,807pp, including a 3 night Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer river cruise from Chongqing to Yichang. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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Prices from £3,995pp saving up to £390pp for 14 nights
Book onto our 14 night Classic China trip and save up to £390pp. Travel from Beijing to Shanghai; visit Xi'an and its Terracotta Warriors, get close to Giant Pandas in Chengdu and cruise the Yangtze. Prices from £3,995pp based on two people sharing, with flights from the UK. Valid on departures throughout August and November 2015. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
CONTACT US ON 01242 547 704 OR ENQUIRE ONLINE
Orient & Indian Subcontinent
Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.
Best time to be there
While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.
Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)
11 hours 20 minutes non-stop
GMT +7 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area