The best luxury tours to China are the ones that deliver a personal connection to this fascinating part of the world. From walking along the Great Wall of China to embarking on a guided tour up the Yangtze River, the ability to spend plenty of time soaking up the culture, food and views is what makes a vacation to China the adventure of a lifetime. Delight in the exotic cuisine offered in cities like Beijing, Shanghai or Szechwan before exploring these iconic Oriental sights.
Great Wall of China
This massive fortification of brick, wood, stone and tamped earth has protected Chinese lands since the first emperor built them in 220 BC. Enhanced and extended over the centuries, this impressive edifice stretches from Shanhaiguan, the site of the only bridge across the wall, to the edge of Inner Mongolia. The most popular destinations for tourists are the passes where watch towers, guard houses and forts are mounted atop the massive structure. Though not actually visible with the naked eye from space as legends claim, the Great Wall of China is nonetheless one of the great marvels of human engineering.
Yangtze River Cruises
Wind through fascinating country and marvel at the diversity along this major waterway that passes through bustling cities, serene terraced farms with dazzling panoramic views of the landscape. The ideal months to embark on a Yangtze River cruise are April, May and September when the weather is not too hot or cold, and the downstream cruises cost a little more but allow passengers to pack more sightseeing into their days because they travel much faster. The Three Gorges legs of these tours provide stunning views of sheer mountains that dwarf the passing boats in their eternal splendour.
Considered one of the most significant excavations of modern times, the archaeologists are still uncovering treasures buried in 246 BC by the Emperor Qin Shi Huang to accompany him into the afterlife. Made available for public viewing in 1975, the impressive collection of life-sized terracotta figures includes not only individual soldiers but also their chariots and horses. Covering an area of 16,300 square meters, the museum is divided into three sections that houses over 7,000 soldiers and their equipment that have been restored to their original life-like grandeur.
The Giant Pandas
For an educational tour, visitors to the Giant Panda Research centre in Chengdu are shown on-going efforts to conserve these endangered animals who are threatened by human incursion. This wilderness preserve has maintained the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside while providing research facilities to monitor these magnificent, yet charming, creatures. Here, guests can get a glimpse of pandas in their natural habitat instead of a zoo.
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