With its myriad of ancient sights, cultural delights and breathtaking scenery, China is a country that should be on every bucket list. Few places manage to fuse history and modernity as seamlessly as the Middle Kingdom. Its cities tell stories of opulence and splendour, while its culinary scene is second to none. Wander the streets of Beijing, the iconic capital, and observe the architectural shift from the ancient to the modern. Take a walk down the Bund in Shanghai for a glimpse of China’s colonial past, or journey to Chengdu to see the Giant Panda in its native home.
From the lush mountain ranges of central China, to the desert dunes of the north and the tropical beaches in the south, China truly does have it all. Click here to learn more about when is the best time to visit China.
From eating and transport to vaccinations and the internet, here’s what you need to know before your Middle Kingdom adventure A visit to China is unlike a visit to any other place on earth. As a nation overwhelmingly rich in culture, history, art and cuisine, it’s little wonder China is an increasingly popular destinat...Read more
The most commonly asked questions about visiting China are often the most embarrassing Will I have to use a squat toilet? Luckily the days of China’s terrible toilets are mostly behind us. Following high profile events such as the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Shanghai Expo 2012, city governments launched campaign...Read more
What to do and see on a one, two, three-day layover in The Pearl of the Orient One of the best airports in the world, the well-designed Hong Kong International Airport has great eats, excellent amenities and plenty of retail therapy to soothe the most beleaguered traveller. Stop by Sky Bridge at Terminal 1, which has a...Read more
It might seem odd to westerners but haggling is a positively enjoyable pastime for Chinese shoppers. Get the most out of your shopping experience without paying over the odds A strange language, a new culture, a different currency, arriving in a foreign country can be daunting. But finding unique gifts and engaging w...Read more
With eight regional cuisines and countless dishes, there’s something for every taste and palate in China Chi le ma? is the most common greeting in China, but it doesn’t mean hello. Rather, it means, “Have you eaten?” To say that food is an important part of Chinese culture is an understatement. Chinese food differs...Read more
The people who gave the world gunpowder have reinvented the bullet train and now boast the fastest things on two tracks With a quarter of the world’s population spread across an area one and a quarter the size of Australia, no one needs a fast and affordable long-distance transport system quite as much as China. Howeve...Read more
The Middle Kingdom—a land of extraordinary landscapes and ancient history. But, when is the best time to go? From sprawling landscapes to one of the world’s oldest continuous civilisations, the biggest population in the world*, and of course, mind-blowing development – China really does have it all. Thanks to its en...Read more
Asia’s longest river is the lifeblood of China The Yangtze River meanders through central China, sustaining life and giving way to rich biodiversity. It crosses diverse terrain, from valleys to mountains, limestone gorges and even wetlands, making it both an important water source and transportation route. But Asia’s l...Read more
Chinese New Year is serious business in its motherland, but it also offers a glimpse at the best and brightest of traditional Chinese culture Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or chunjie, is a 15-day festive period at the beginning of the year—usually late January or mid-to-late February (in 2024 it fal...Read more