Fascinating, vast and mysterious. The seemingly endless landscape of China’s territory covers an immense portion of the world which encompasses everything from the snow-capped peaks of the world’s highest mountains to some of the most futuristic and populated cities on earth. This land of possibilities is like nothing you’ve ever seen or experienced before with an incredible diversity evident in every aspect of its make-up.
No matter what plans you have for your luxury holiday in China, you’ll be spoilt for choice as it offers opportunities for urban travellers, nature explorers, fashionistas, foodies and culture vultures alike.
History buffs will get their glasses all fogged in the excitement of the country’s capital city, Beijing. There are iconic landmarks galore with structures like the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and The Forbidden City. Instagrammers and world-wonder hunters will definitely want to make a long stopover here too as The Great Wall of China is one of the city’s most revered hot spots. For a commercial tour of the wall, you should head to the Badaling, Simatai or Mutianyu sections where off-the-beaten-path explorers can check out Gubeikou or Jiankou.
If you’re more of a fashionista, then don your glad-rags for a stay in Shanghai, the glamour capital. Not called the little capitalists for nothing, the Shanghainese love to ramp up the luxury side of things when it comes to shopping and entertainment experiences. An enticing mix of recognised designer labels alongside boutique, market and vintage outlets, your wardrobe isn’t going to know what’s hit it.
Foodies can’t go wrong when they visit Hong Kong, China’s upmarket business centre that packs a secret punch of flavour. The region’s rich cultural heritage means that Pan-Asian and European influences make dining here nothing short of exceptional. The highest calibre of chefs from around the world flock to this locale to strut their stuff in the kitchens of its eateries and visitors can satiate any craving.
More than just its cities, China is also a land of extreme natural wealth, being home to fearsome mountain ranges, vast deserts and endless plains of unpopulated wilderness. Nature lovers should be right at home! Face your fears with a daring climb to the Base Camp of Everest or take a more relaxed hike to the glassy waters of the Tibetan lakes. Inner Mongolia, on the other hand, offers explorers the chance to grab something flat and race each other down the dunes of Xiang Sha Wan Desert.
WINGED BOOTS WISDOM
Language can be the biggest barrier so it’s always handy therefore to either carry a travel dictionary with you or download a translation app. It’s also a good shout to get Chinese-written business cards of any hotel or restaurant you want to go to so you can get directions easily.
Good to know
- Capital: Beijing
- Currency: CNY
- Time to destination: 10-hours and 15-minutes from London
- Instagram Opportunity: The Terracotta Warriors
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