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Jiuzhai Valley National Park

More than just spectacular scenery, Jiuzhai Valley National Park is home to nine Tibetan villages, over 220 bird species as well as a number of endangered plant and animal species, including the giant panda, Sichuan golden monkey, the Sichuan takin and numerous orchids and rhododendrons.

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Lijiang

Nestled in a stunning valley below the snow capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the wildly picturesque UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Lijiang. It is the stronghold to a ethnic minority called the Naxi, originally migrants from eastern Tibet, they are matriarchal and speak a Tibeto-Burman language. The Naxi use a unique picture-script and have a strong musical tradition.

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Shangri-La (Zhongdian)

Zhongdian, which in the Naxi language means Yak Plateau, is nowadays usually referred to by its Tibetan name - Shangri-La. It is located at a lofty altitude of 10,500 feet (3,200 metres) on very edge of the Tibetan plateau. Tibetans make up around a third of the population with another 12 minorities constituting the balance.

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Xishuagbanna

Jinghong translates as “City of Dawn”, is the capital of Xishuagbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and located in the centre of Xishuagbanna region. There are 13 towns and 86 villages in Jinghong with a population of around 440,000. It is for the most part an unchallenging place to spend a couple of days investigating Dai culture.

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Cultural, Historic or World Heritage Site

Beijing

China's capital city is a dynamic and fast-growing metropolis that keeps a tight grip on its rich cultural heritage as well as embracing rapid modernisation and still adhering to a strict Communist social order. The city is of colossal proportions and can often give a distorted view of China to foreign visitors.

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Chengdu

Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan Province in western China, and is known for being the best place to see the giant panda. The Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, just a short drive from the city, is where you will be able to see and to get close to both giant panda and the equally cute and rare red panda.

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Dali

Dali was once an important trading centre located on the meeting point of the Southern Silk Road, Tibetan Highway and the infamous Burma Road. The backdrop of Erhai Lake and jade Green Mountains coupled with the fact that it is inhabited by the colourful Bai and Yi minority groups make Dali one of our favourite towns in China. 

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Datong

Datong is situated between Beijing and Xian and is bordered by Inner Mongolia to the north. By far the greatest attraction of the area is the 1,500-year-old UNESCO World Heritage listed Yungang Grottoes.

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Lijiang

Nestled in a stunning valley below the snow capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the wildly picturesque UNESCO World Heritage listed town of Lijiang. It is the stronghold to a ethnic minority called the Naxi, originally migrants from eastern Tibet, they are matriarchal and speak a Tibeto-Burman language. The Naxi use a unique picture-script and have a strong musical tradition.

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Pingyao

The ancient walled city of Pingyao has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997(one of only two cities in China) and is one of the best preserved walled cities, most of which were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Located in Shanxi Province, it was originally was established some 2,700 years ago.

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Shanghai

Put simply - Shanghai will take your breath away! Nowhere else in Asia will you find a city of greater contradictions, where old meets new and east meets west, where the remarkable 1930’s Art Deco colonial style architecture of The Bund - East Asia’s pre war “Pearl of the Orient” – faces off against the space age vista of modern, gleaming Pudong across the Huangpu River! 

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Xian

The city of Xian, famous predominantly for being the home of the “Terracotta Warriors’,  was the first Chinese city to open up its doors to the old world, not in 1980 under the "Open Door" policy but during the Tang dynasty when Xi'an blossomed as the first stop on the Silk Road.

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Directors Choice Destinations

Chengdu

Chengdu is the provincial capital of Sichuan Province in western China, and is known for being the best place to see the giant panda. The Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base, just a short drive from the city, is where you will be able to see and to get close to both giant panda and the equally cute and rare red panda.

Learn More »

Dali

Dali was once an important trading centre located on the meeting point of the Southern Silk Road, Tibetan Highway and the infamous Burma Road. The backdrop of Erhai Lake and jade Green Mountains coupled with the fact that it is inhabited by the colourful Bai and Yi minority groups make Dali one of our favourite towns in China. 

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Pingyao

The ancient walled city of Pingyao has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997(one of only two cities in China) and is one of the best preserved walled cities, most of which were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Located in Shanxi Province, it was originally was established some 2,700 years ago.

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Yangshuo & Li River

After you’ve had your fill of Guilin’s honking cars, it’s time to escape 20km south to the backpacker focused town of Yangshuo. The town has been carefully preserved by the government to retain its high tourist appeal. For example buildings cannot be higher than six stories for fear that they block the karst landscape and, best of all, no taxis are allowed in to the centre.
 

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River Journey

Guilin

Guilin, located in the north-eastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is one of the most-visited Chinese cities and has long been renowned for its limestone karst hills.

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Sancturary Yangzi Explorer

The Sanctuary M.S. Yangzi Explorer has introduced a new and improved standard of river cruising in China and is the definitely the most intimate and luxurious ship on the Yangtze River.

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Victoria Cruises - Yangtze River

There are a host of different companies running cruises along the Yangtze River but in our opinion the Victoria Group operates the best quality and value cruises. The American owned company runs a number of different cruise ships along the Yangtze. All are excellently furnished and since 2002 undergone annual renovation and restoration.

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Yangshuo & Li River

After you’ve had your fill of Guilin’s honking cars, it’s time to escape 20km south to the backpacker focused town of Yangshuo. The town has been carefully preserved by the government to retain its high tourist appeal. For example buildings cannot be higher than six stories for fear that they block the karst landscape and, best of all, no taxis are allowed in to the centre.
 

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Somewhere completely different

Guilin

Guilin, located in the north-eastern part of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is one of the most-visited Chinese cities and has long been renowned for its limestone karst hills.

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Longsheng (Longji rice terraces)

Located a scenic 2 hour leisurely drive from Guilin, Longsheng County is home to a number of Guangxi Province's minority people and home to the magnificent Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces – the most picturesque and popular  being Ping An and Jinkeng Terraces (approximately 90 mins from Guilin en route to Longsheng).

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Moganshan

In the early part of the nineteenth century, Moganshan became a popular and exclusive retreat for the Shanghai elite. Today the bamboo clad slopes rising from Zhejiang plain are regaining their reputation as an escape from the noise of traffic and constant building works and arduous pace of life in Shanghai. 

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Pingyao

The ancient walled city of Pingyao has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997(one of only two cities in China) and is one of the best preserved walled cities, most of which were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. Located in Shanxi Province, it was originally was established some 2,700 years ago.

Learn More »

Shangri-La (Zhongdian)

Zhongdian, which in the Naxi language means Yak Plateau, is nowadays usually referred to by its Tibetan name - Shangri-La. It is located at a lofty altitude of 10,500 feet (3,200 metres) on very edge of the Tibetan plateau. Tibetans make up around a third of the population with another 12 minorities constituting the balance.

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Shaxi

The small village of Shaxi was once well known as one of the key stopping points on the so called 'tea-horse' route – an ancient trade route that shipped tea, cloth, salt and daily necessities, from southern Yunnan to Tibet, Nepal, Burma as well as other parts of China while Tibetans would bring yak furs and traditional medicines in the other direction.

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Xiamen

Full of colonial charm and coastal appeal, the city of Xiamen is one of the most alluring off beat tourist destinations in the Fujian province on the east coast of China. Visitors have been coming to Xiamen for literally hundreds of years and the city still contains much of its captivating character from years gone by, particularly around the scenic waterfront area.

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Xishuagbanna

Jinghong translates as “City of Dawn”, is the capital of Xishuagbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and located in the centre of Xishuagbanna region. There are 13 towns and 86 villages in Jinghong with a population of around 440,000. It is for the most part an unchallenging place to spend a couple of days investigating Dai culture.

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Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park was established in 1982 and was the first authorized National Forest Park in China. The area covers 185 square miles and is without doubt home to some of the most impressive scenery.

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