Join Shoestring for one of our China group tours. China is a vast country, full of contrasts where you can spend a great deal of time exploring. During your trip you’ll see, taste, hear and sense the 4000 year old civilisation. When you experience the extreme bustle and watch the Chinese go about their business, you’ll understand why this fascinating country has emerged as the economic superpower. Reminders of the powerful old China are everywhere, the Great Wall of China being one of them. This defence wall was originally about 6000 kilometres long! You’ll discover even more on one of our group tours, such as the walled city Pingyao which has been declared a cultural world heritage site by UNESCO. Roam the little alleys of the traditional Han city, walk by the houses decorated with red lanterns or take a jingling rickshaw ride through the centre.
Visit the impressive terracotta army of Emperor Qin Shihuang in Xi’an. Here, as well as in Wuzhenand Hangzhou,you’ll be immersed in the old China. You’ll go back in time via the network of canals, narrow streets and houses with elaborate carvings.
In Beijing, where the China group tours start, you’ll find the Forbidden City, home to the former emperors. Standing in the middle of the splendid palaces and gardens you’ll feel imperial yourself. What do you think of Chinese cuisine? Try the delicious ‘Peking duck’ and other tasty food in the many local restaurants and at the street stalls in Beijing and throughout the country. A huge feast!
In stark contrast to the hectic pace of city life is the calm and tranquillity of the countryside which we show you on many of our group tours. Enjoy the beautiful and serene views while walking or cycling and discover how the farmers traditionally work their fields.
China is really worth a visit. Get to know the country of contrasts and join us for one of our China group tours.