A Taste of China
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In addition to its popular routes to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, BA now flies directly to Chengdu, making exploration of the beautiful Sichuan province easier than ever before.
The Place to be
From trekking the most southerly glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere to becoming entranced alongside a Naxi shaman and communing with a troop of snub-nosed monkeys, Yunnan Province in the southwest corner of China offers adventure by the bucket load. We say head there before its increasing popularity changes it for good.
Laid-back with an abundance of green space, the city of Chengdu is a joy to explore. Savour flavoursome Sìchuān specialties at one of the countless tiny restaurants, hunt for a bargain in the vibrant markets, or get up, close and personal with the Giant Pandas and their young at the Panda Breeding Research Centre.
Behind Beijing's Forbidden City lies Jingshan Park, which comes alive in the morning with groups of people practising Tai Chi, singing revolutionary songs and playing Mahjong. It's a window into authentic Beijing, literally behind the tourist sights.
Wedged between Yulong and Haba Snow Mountains looking down to the Yangzi River, the magnificent Tiger Leaping Gorge is believed to be the deepest in the world. A trek along its high trail takes you through remote, rural villages and rewards you with unforgettable views.
The months between November and March have traditionally been accepted as the 'no go' period for China. Nothing could be further from the truth - it can be cold, but it's generally clear and dry and there are far fewer visitors. What could be better than having the Great Wall all to yourself?
The food is one of China's biggest draws. Don't miss a street food tour, a cookery class, or a session with a master chef to learn the secrets of the Chinese kitchen. The best places are Shanghai and Chengdu - home of the piquantly zesty flavours of Sichuan cooking.
If art and architecture are of interest, Shanghai and Beijing are two of the most rewarding cities in Asia, if not the world. Beijing's Mia Yu gives wonderfully insightful tours revealing how the aesthetic of the city has evolved, with feng shui as the guiding precept, and opening doors usually closed to visitors. In Shanghai, the city's 'best living historian', Patrick Cranley, brings the 'Shanghai story' vividly to life.
We would like to express our particular thanks to Miguel A. Alvan Flores who made the first part of our holiday so very special by his kindness, enthusiasm and good company. He brought the rich pre Inca history and heritage of his country to life for us
- VB & PB, Lincolnshire
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