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The world's most populous nation and an economic powerhouse of the modern age, China is now also an established tourist destination worthy of topping any list of mustsee destinations.
More like a continent in itself than a country, China"s borders stretch from the Himalayas in the south to the deserts of Mongolia in the north, and from the China Sea in the east to the Tibetan Plateau in the west. That"s a vast area totalling almost 10 million square kilometres, making it the third largest country in the world and home to many historical sites and modern attractions.
Fast-growing and dynamic, the capital Beijing is at the heart of this ancient nation"s rich cultural heritage and seat of the communist social order. A great place to start any visit to China, the sights and sounds of the city"s bustling streets will enthral you, while its many hidden gems will surprise and delight you. By contrast, Hong Kong offers a "shop till you drop' lifestyle combined with enclaves of fascinating Chinese tradition.
An Absolute Must: No trip to this fascinating country would be complete without visiting the Great Wall of China - your journey of discovery starts here.
See You In Shanghai: Modern, international, fashionable and sometimes called 'Paris of the Orient," this vibrant city is the beating commercial and financial heart of the Chinese economy, with a dazzling reputation that entices visitors from all over the world to experience this most cosmopolitan of Chinese cities.
How About Hong Kong: Visually stunning, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are an eclectic mix of modern skyscrapers, colonial buildings and traditional temples. For relaxation, Hong Kong's 260 outlying islands provide a tranquil alternative to the frenetic city life. Escape the city and explore the surrounding mountains, discover remote beaches or take in the fantastic cityscape from Victoria Peak.