Our China tours have been carefully created to uncover the real China, combining sightseeing with activities and cultural experiences.
Enjoy the unique sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the vast and compelling country that is China. Whether you're a young adventurer, an energetic family or a laid-back traveller, our small group China tours and private, tailor-made China holidays will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
From the hustle and bustle of China's capital Beijing to the must-see sites like the Terracotta Army and Great Wall to the stunning landscapes and rich cultural history, this truly amazing country will captivate and enthral even the most seasoned traveller.
Our range of shoestring China tours offers the best value for money travel you can find and perfectly combine sightseeing with active adventure, tailored to the younger more adventurous and fun-loving traveller.
Our tailor-made China holidays allow you to set the pace, pick the route and choose the budget. We'll work with you to design the perfect China holiday and take away all the stress and pressure of booking your once in a lifetime adventure holiday to China.
Do you want to know more about China and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?
Contact the China tourism board for more information.
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Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
Trip booked through Groupon at a Great offer price - Encounters was nothing but professional from the start. I even purchased insurance - extra days and got the best flights from my local airport- Great experience
My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.
I was cautious about arriving in Egypt given the current circumstances about the country, but felt safer that I did living in London as soon as I arrived. All of the Encounters staff are very professional.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
Dial Code: +86
Area: 9,596,961 km2
Elevation: Highest point is Mount Everest, 8,848m (29,029 ft), lowest point is Turpan Pendi, ?154m (?505 ft)
Government: Socialist Consultative Democracy
Since China opened its arms to travellers from all over the globe in the 1970s, the country has experienced massive growth and change.
In fact, it is believed that in less than 10 years, the country will become the first tourist destination with the world's largest number of visitors.
Thousands of tourists visit China every year now, to learn more about its ancient history and the positive future which lies ahead.
There aren't many cultures with a history as long and fascinating as China's, which makes it a very attractive destination to many adventurers looking for an authentic travel experience.
Knowing when to go is very important. If you're planning on visiting China's north-east region, you can expect sweltering summers and icy cold winters. In the south, you'll find a semi-tropical climate.
The best time to go is generally during China's springtime and Autumn.
If you are planning a China tour, there are some things you just cannot miss. Travellers have to see the Great Wall of China - an architectural wonder, the Forbidden City in Beijing, Xi'an's Terracotta Soldier Museum and the Giant Panda's of Chengdu.
China has wide variations in culture, language, customs and economic levels. The economic landscape is particularly diverse. The major cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai are modern and comparatively wealthy. However, about 40% of Chinese people still live in rural areas as of 2018; despite the fact that only 10% of China's land is arable. (source - Wikitravel)
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