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Although now opening up to the world, China remains a somewhat enigmatic and mysterious destination for many travellers. This huge country’s cultural and geographical diversity offers visitors an amazing opportunity to discover a destination that is still familiarising itself with international attention.
Luxury holidays promise to be ultra-indulgent and glamorous as more hotels welcome discerning guests offering the best in design, technology and friendly hospitality. China is a treasure trove of discoveries that even the most seasoned travellers adore with ancient temples, regional cuisine, tea gardens and magical landscapes.
Landmarks such as Beijing’s Tianenmen Square, the iridescent skyscrapers of Shangai, the Great Wall of China and Xi’an’s Terracotta Army are just a few of the outstanding sights to explore. The nature is as diverse as the country’s cultures with limestone peaks, bright green paddy fields, nature reserves and dramatic gorges such as Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Chinese cuisine varies widely depending on your location, so why not take your taste buds on a wonderful culinary journey? Choose from dishes such as succulent Peking duck, dim sum, spiced fish, chilli-pork, soups, noodle and many, many more. Or, in the spirit of luxury, there are also plenty of high-class restaurants available.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow to Shanghai and Hong Kong; British Airways from London Heathrow to Beijing with connecting flights to Sanya and Xi’an. Flights with Emirates (via Dubai) from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow are also available.
9 hours 45 mins From London Heathrow to Beijing
British Airways upgrades start from as little as £1,280 per person, each way.
Capital : Beijing
Population: 1.37 billion
Language : Chinese Mandarin
Time Difference : +8 hours
Currency : Renminbi Yuan (exchange rate approx RMB 10.00 = £1)
Voltage : 220 volts
Foreign and Commonwealth and Visa Info: For up-to-date country information visit www.fco.gov.uk
China Tourist Office: For resort information visit www.en.cnta.gov.cn