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The world's oldest continuous civilisation: China. For centuries the most advanced empire –bequeathing to the world the dictionary, printing, gunpowder and the compass –China is one of the largest countries in the world and is home to one fifth of its population. China offers a lifetime of experiences, from ancient sites –including no less than 41 UNESCO World Heritage Sites –to buzzing cities and peaceful rural areas virtually unchanged for centuries;the difficult thing is choosing what to see. China has an incredible diversity of people, places, culture and food. We love the rich seam of history that runs through the country –sometimes literally, in the case of the Great Wall –seen in the temple-capped mountains, wreathed in mist and mystery. Modern China is epitomised in the glittering cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, offering their own blend of technicolour beauty in the many neon lights that adorn the high rises. China's great outdoors is in direct contrast to this: in Lijiang and Yangshuo, the light is pure, the skies unfettered by light pollution and the flora lush and green. Whether exploring the fascinating cities of the eastern seaboard, journeying along the historic Silk Road, enjoying peace and quiet amid the virginal landscape of Yunnan or experiencing the authentic way of life in Tibet, in China you can always be sure of an experience to remember.

China with A&K
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.

Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic China

Nights: 13 | from £3,881

China is so vast and varied it’ll blow you away. There’s no way to see it all in one trip. But in a well-paced fortnight you can hit its Big 5 – Beijing,... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made Private set departure

Adventure & Culture | Voyages & Cruising

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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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made


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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. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of China

Nights: 11 | from £3,568

From frenetic cities to romantic landscapes, this trip show-cases the best of China, old and new. Start in Beijing, finish in Shanghai and pack in archaeological... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Luxury Small Group Journey - China, Tibet & the Yangtze

Nights: 17 | from £9,035

Luxury Small Group Journey - China, Tibet & the Yangtze, visiting Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Chongqing, The Yangtze River, Yichang and Shanghai Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Banyan Tree Lijiang


Designed along Naxi architectural lines, the Banyan Tree's luxurious villas are built around courtyards and reflect the rich fabric of the area through...Find out more

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Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Yangtze River

Elegant and stylish, the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is perfect for relaxed cruising through spectacular and ever-changing landscapes. Carrying just...Find out more

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Voyages & Cruising

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Shangri-La Xian


The only deluxe hotel located in the Gaoxin hi-tech development zone, the Shangri-La Hotel brings modern luxury and legendary Shangri-La hospitality to...Find out more

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The Peninsula Hong Kong

Hong Kong  

Set in the heart of Kowloon, The Peninsula has long been recognised as one of the finest hotels in the world, offering a choice of the classic comforts...Find out more

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WALDORF ASTORIA Shanghai on the Bund


Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund offers a heritage ambiance, faultless service and those essential amenities to make your stay truly memorable and...Find out more

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View a selection of our top offers:

Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, China


Discounted rates
Book our 4 night Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer river cruise from Yichang to Chongqing before 28th February 2016 and receive 20% discount on rates plus complimentary cabin upgrade. Prices from £725pp based on two people sharing a Xiling Suite, excludes international flights. Valid for travel 1st March - 30th April 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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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. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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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.

Fly to

Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours


Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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