Where to go in China

A country this big needs a clearly plotted itinerary to make the most of the time available. There is one thing to remember, unless you are on a sabbatical there will almost inevitably be bits of China you will have to miss on, so be prepared to return for a second dose. The ultimately unmissable places are the venerable capital Beijing; Xian and its extraordinary Terracotta Army; and the vibrancy of Shanghai and/or Hong Kong, but anyone with more time on their hands should add Yunnan Province for its mystical cities and possibly the peaked limestone landscapes of Guilin and Yangshuo. And then there's Tibet:

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Chengdu

Far East > China

Welcome to the Sichuan capital, home to giant pandas, fiery cuisine and ancient tea house culture. Read more

Hong Kong

Far East > China

The city that could be the definition of 'work hard, play hard'. New restaurants, bars and buildings emerge at breakneck pace, soon to be eclipsed in the hip hangout stakes or demolished to make way for ever bigger, shinier skyscrapers. Read more

Shanghai & Hangzhou

Far East > China

Visitors to Shanghai might be forgiven for thinking they were in the cradle of capitalism rather than a communist country. The Bund, the iconic Huangpu riverfront street that was once home to big British businesses, has recently undergone a full makeover, while on the river's far bank the city's... Read more

Beijing & the Great Wall

Far East > China

A guide is essential to get the most from China's historic capital city, as well as all the nearby attractions. Read more

Xi'an & the Terracotta Army

Far East > China

The city of Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, was the eastern terminus of the Silk Road, along which cultural and economic exchanges flowed between east and west for centuries. It served as the imperial capital for over a millennium, and retains a number of important historical attractions,... Read more

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