China at a Glance

China compels and confounds, the world's oldest continuous civilization a captivating journey through the past and the present. History provides the backdrop on luxury China tours, from armies of statuesque warriors to towns untouched since the Old Silk Road. Nature weaves its magic into every journey, from snowy Himalayan peaks to omnipresent rice paddies and limestone karsts. Culture is immersive, enveloping you at every turn. And the futuristic side to China is just as captivating in its own way. No country can offer such diversity, nor deliver such wide-reaching appeal.

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Beijing

Beijing is a mishmash of cultures and centuries, the modern with the ancient on streets that always inspire. Dotted around the center you'll find some of the world's most iconic sights, unmissable odes to civilization like the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Labyrinthine old lanes, known as hutongs, also transport you into a city from the past, as does meeting characterful locals. The Great Wall of China is within easy day-trip reach of the capital city and we know some excellent places where you can escape the crowds. There are also monuments from a more modern era, the city alive with innovative architecture and a fast-paced rhythm that's instantly inviting. For its famous sights and position as a transport hub, Beijing is rarely missed on a luxury China tour.

Xian

Xi'an and the surrounding area is a treasure trove of history, the place where the drama of past civilizations continues to dominate. From the Terracotta Warriors to the cute streets of Pingyao, this area of Central China covers some of the country's most sublime and surreal attractions. It's old-world China in its unadulterated glory: temples, ancient capitals, grottos, the remnants of forgotten dynasties, all made real by the expert knowledge of trusted guides. Xi'an was the Chinese capital through 13 dynasties and exemplars of medieval wealth are everywhere. A walk on the city walls are a great introduction to the city and we know some lovely historical

Shanghai

In many ways, Shanghai can feel like China in a nutshell, hurtling into the future yet continuing to honor its past. So many centuries come together in this huge coastal city; the shimmering skyscrapers of Pudong, the old-world colonial elegance of The Bund, wooden houses and Chinese history in the Old City. With its museums and markets, suburbs and surreal towers, Shanghai is always a colorful experience. We think it's a city that's best explored through its nooks and crannies, discovered in the places that connect past and present. There's also a lot to discover in the surroundings, on day trips to canal-dominated cities and overnight stays in delightful historic towns; we've always loved how these surroundings have stayed blissfully clear of the tourist trail.

Chengdu

Hong Kong's skyscrapers stand above narrow streets of tradition, the former British colony an alluring mix of the West and the East. Some parts are irrevocably Chinese, yet it's obvious that you've crossed a frontier when arriving from mainland China. Certain Hong Kong experiences are unmissable, like watching the skyline light up from the promenade, wandering through vibrant markets, or standing on the summit of Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is actually a series of islands and many of them offer a chance of pace from the colorful chaos, with village-cum- harbors and temples. It's an enclave that can be seen from so many angles; our private China tours connect you with the locals, helping to reveal the often unseen side of both the city and its surroundings, from delectable dim sum restaurants to locals' favorites hidden on the streets.

Lijiang

Evocative and enchanting, giant pandas are one of the great symbols of China. They're easiest to see at the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu, a lovable city in the southwest of the country. Close by you'll find a 100-meter Buddha carved into the mountain, dozens of temples and ornamental old towns, and some fiery Szechuan cuisine. This is also one gateway for a journey into the Himalayas and Tibet, where nature takes over and you're quickly engulfed by the beauty of an alternative culture. Good flight and rail connections mean you can see Chengdu and the pandas in just one or two days, but you might want a little more time given the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere in the city.

Guilin

The mighty Yangtze River, lifeblood of China, connection to the past and the future. Villages still cling to the banks, delightful in their evocations of a lost time. The Three Gorges Dam stands majestic, so impressive in its scope and scale. Cities and sights along the river showcase local culture in all its forms. And a Yangtze River cruise provides a window onto this heart of China, two to four days that's also a tranquil break from the rush of travel. A multi-day cruise is both a great way to experience China, and an easy way to escape the country. Just sit back and watch it all unfold along the riverbank.

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Colors swirl and nature thrives in Guilin, a remote landscape of limestone karsts meeting rice paddies and gentle rivers. There's always a new angle here, a new photograph of nature's inspiring spectacle. For an appreciation of China's nature, Guilin has long been the most iconic stop. Yet it's just one of China's dramatic natural landscapes, just one of the World Heritage Sites that bring astonishing landscapes to your private China tour. Our handcrafted China tours can also include dozens of other landscapes, from rugged alpine environments to coastal charms and gardens lost on a desert interior.

Tibet

Colors swirl and nature thrives in Guilin, a remote landscape of limestone karsts meeting rice paddies and gentle rivers. There's always a new angle here, a new photograph of nature's inspiring spectacle. For an appreciation of China's nature, Guilin has long been the most iconic stop. Yet it's just one of China's dramatic natural landscapes, just one of the World Heritage Sites that bring astonishing landscapes to your private China tour. Our handcrafted China tours can also include dozens of other landscapes, from rugged alpine environments to coastal charms and gardens lost on a desert interior.

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Travel gracefully, moving between the ancient and the present, the East and the West, capturing the soul of a country that is undergoing a momentous change before your eyes. Wander down lanes of cobblestone and intrigue. Then wander through the bamboo forests, past the terracotta warriors, or along Shanghai's extravagant waterfront. On private China tours you'll also journey into the future, on bullet trains or elevators to fine dining restaurants on the 132 nd floor. And you'll find something new at every corner.

Handcrafted China Travel

China offers a hundred different vacations and a wonderful sundry of destinations. In many ways the country symbolizes our bespoke approach to travel. No two visitors' itineraries should ever be the same here and we've spent 20 years seeking out the most unique and unusual of local experiences. Yet at the heart of every experience, despite the contrasts and juxtapositions, China is unforgettably China. Maybe best of all, China can be enjoyed nearly year round, with a different region to be enjoyed dependent on the season.

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