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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 2014, 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.


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Useful info

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

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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Guest Testimonial

I understand Condé Nast named Gerald Hatherly one of the “Greatest Travel Pros on Earth,” and we can verify that. He is an extraordinary leader who attends to every detail and then gives credit to all his associates.

- CC


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