China

CAPITAL CITY

Beijing

BEST TIME TO GO

All year round

TIME ZONE

GMT +8hrs

GETTING THERE

Direct flights from London Heathrow to Beijing, 10hrs 5mins

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China’s vast land juxtaposes ancient cultures with modern living.  To get round it all, you would need a lot of time, but there are wonderful itineraries where you can combine bustling cities and simple living in the countryside.

Beijing:  There are some iconic sights to see, such as The Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, The Great Wall of China, Summer Palace, the narrow alleys of Hutong, with their specially designed carts, the Temple of Heaven, traditional operas and and bustling markets selling all sorts from silk to Buddhas.  For something more modern, there’s are several new buildings of note, including the Olympic Bird’s Nest (The National Stadium) and the beautiful National Centre for Performing Arts.

Also in the north of the country are the Mogao Caves, also known as the “Thousand Buddha Grottoes”.  A system of 492 temples, dating back to the 4th century, that form an oasis which is strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province.  Jiayuguan Fort – the old military fort is well worth a visit.READ MORE

Top Reasons To Visit China

Forbidden City

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Great Wall of China

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