Wander in bustling modern cities or find the old China
Home to the world’s oldest living civilization, China is a country of extreme contrasts.
Wander in bustling modern cities or find the old China in ancient mountain top temples and small villages that seem to exist in long-ago times. Find peace in Buddhist caves and soak up the atmosphere of the Great Wall and ancient desert forts.
Chinese landscapes are diverse and stunning. Visit the calm lakes of Tibet, island hop in Hong Kong or take a bike ride in Yangzhou. There are rice fields and bamboo forests to explore, or you can hike along the Great Wall as it snakes across mountain peaks.
Ride boats along the Yangtze, the longest river in Asia, as it flows from Tibet to the East China Sea. You could also visit one of the country’s giant panda reserves to see these iconic creatures up close.
If you’re feeling adventurous, hire a bike or take a four-wheel drive trip in unspoiled scenery.
Most people are familiar with Chinese food, but many haven’t experienced the huge variety of dishes found in the many Chinese regions. With a population of approximately 1.4 billion spread across a vast landmass - China offers an eclectic selection of cuisines. Try everything from traditional Peking duck in Beijing, to the delicious Chongqing hotpot.
Street food is found all over China too. Eat Lanzhou noodles on the Silk Road, taste fiery Hunan dishes, or eat dim sum with wooden chopsticks in outside markets.
To find great food in China, just follow your nose.
China is a mix of various cultures that speak numerous dialects and have different customs. There’s a rich religious tradition reflected in the many ornate temples in this supersize nation, which can often seem like several countries rolled into one.
The Forbidden City in Beijing is the largest palace complex in the world, where two dynasties of rulers lived in isolation from the Chinese people.
Visit Xian, the home of the famous terracotta army with its 14th-century city walls. For a more modern taste of China, dive into the restaurants and bars of Shanghai or immerse yourself in a Hong Kong shopping trip. Why not also try your hand at the ancient martial art of Tai Chi?
Azure luxury holidays in China are based in top class hotels within this exhilarating nation. Stay in the modern cities of Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong. Alternatively, base your holiday in Guilin on the Li River, right next to rice terraces.
Azure’s mission is to find you the best luxury hotels in China, boasting top class food, service and accommodation. We want to make your holiday in China extra special.
Talk to Azure today to book a luxury holiday where you can see both equally awesome sides of China - the ancient and the modern.
Terracotta ArmyAnother powerful reminder of China’s great history is the Terracotta Army, a vast collection of statues depicting the armies of the first Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang. China’s national animal is the giant panda and there are breeding centres across the country where you can visit these beautiful endangered creatures. Get in touch
Being home to the vast terracotta warmy is reason enough to visit, add to that the 14th Century city walls, the Giant WIld Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower and the Muslim quarter and you have multiple reasons to linger and site see.
Base yourself here to explore dramatic karst scenery lining the Li River or the rice terraces of Longsheng. The city itself holds many treasures including a panoramic view atop Solitary Beauty Peak located with the JingJiang Princes' City - which is older than the Forbidden City.
The longest river in Asia flowing from it's origins in the Tibetan plateau and emptying in to the East China Sea at Shanghai. However, it is the dramatic and enthralling Three Gorges region where you can best enjoy a cruise on this majesty of waterway.
The capital is teeming with sites including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven plus an excursion to the Great Wall of China to name but a few. Just leave yourself enough time for it all.
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Find out the essentials before you go.
- Time Difference
GMT + 7
- Flight Duration
- Best Time To Travel
April - May/September-October
- Visa Needed
A visa is required
- Combines Well With
Private transfers are 60 minutes from Mauritius Airport / 162 Suites & The Villa / 3 Restaurants / 5 Bars / Fitness Centre / Spa / Golf Course / Aqua Gym / Water Sports / Tennis Academy / Kid’s “Only” Club for 3-11 years
Spring (March - mid May) and autumn (September - November) are the best weather wise. We would recommend trying to avoid China's three public holidays as attractions can be crowded. These are Chinese New Year, May Holiday and National Day in October - please ask as specific dates vary from year to year.
British Airways offer direct services from Heathrow to Beijing in approximately 10 hours, Shanghai is just over 11 hours and Chengdu is just over 10 hours. Virgin Atlantic also offer a direct service to Shanghai