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The capital city of China, Beijing, lies in the alluvial plain between the Bai He and the Yongding He rivers and is partly encircled by mountains which are crowned with the eastern section of the Great Wall of China. 

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 historical sights are Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) and Tiananmen Square, which in 1989 was the site of student protest violently suppressed by the army and not forgetting the Forbidden City (the Imperial Palace known as the Gu Gong) which was built between 1406 and 1420 by the Ming emperor Yong Le.

Explore the industrial factory complex, Beijing's most active art enclave - Factory 798, which over the decade has been transformed into a flourishing centre for contemporary art - painting, sculpture, installation, and performance art. Artists and galleries, established studios and exhibitions have been converted in these deserted factory spaces.

Abercrombie & Kent's Beijing holidays and tours are the perfect way to explore this vibrant city.


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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

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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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:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - The Ancient Silk Road with Sujata Raman

Nights: 9 | from £6,395pp

The ancient Silk Road was a network of overland trade routes that linked China with the Mediterranean. For a thousand years or so, merchants made the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Classic Tibet

Nights: 10 | from £4,286pp

Tibet feels like a real-life Shangri-La, a time-warp realm hid-den in the Himalaya and swirled by incense and an air of mystery. In ten days you can explore... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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A Taste of China

Nights: 7 | from £2,807pp

Panda bears, a picture-perfect river and the Paris of the Orient – this chock-full week in China com-bines the lot, mixing relaxing cruising with explo-rations... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Landscapes of Yunnan

Nights: 11 | from £4,880pp

Get under the skin of the beautiful mountainous province of Yunnan on this 11 night itinerary which uncovers the province’s key sights and cultural highlights. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys - China & The Yangzi 2017

Nights: 9 | from £4,800pp

Stay at two of the finest hotels in China — Four Seasons Hotel Beijing and the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

The Aman at Summer Palace

Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace. It is the ideal location from which to discover Beijing, providing... Find out more

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Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Enter the Four Season Hotel Beijing and be graced by modern elegance and unsurpassed sophistication all edged in a traditional Chinese style. The hotel... Find out more

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New World Beijing

New World Beijing Hotel is centrally located in one of Beijing's fastest growing commercial districts and situated close to the cultural attractions of... Find out more

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Red Wall Garden

Red Wall Garden is the epitome of tradition seamlessly blending with modern comforts. Authentically decorated rooms of varying sizes, have views over... Find out more

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The Opposite House

The Opposite House, designed by eminent Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, is a study in exceptional, slick modern design - all set behind a shimmering glass... Find out more

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Beijing to Bangkok

Nights: 18 | from £6,250pp

Uncover Asia’s rich tapestry of varying cultures and dynasties. From the ancient and modern wonders of China’s frenetic cities to the scenic beauty of... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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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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