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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.

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Contact the China tourism board for more information.

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Sprawling Beijing, sunrise on the Great Wall of China, swimming in crystal clear lagoons, beautiful rural landscapes of Hangzhou, bamboo ...


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Bright lights of Hong Kong, active adventure in Yangshuo, cute Pandas, the Terracotta Warriors, Kung Fu monks of Shaolin, bustling Beijin...


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Bright lights of Hong Kong, active adventure in Yangshuo, rural landscapes of Fujian, cute Pandas, the Terracotta Warriors, Kung Fu monks...


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TOUR REVIEWS

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

Anthony has been a pleasure to work with and when he is not available, other members of the team respond in a timely manner. I have booked a total of 6 trips since December 2013 and plan to book more to fill my bucket list.

Encounters Travel did an excellent job in all aspects of our trip! Egypt was amazing and the trip was made especially enjoyable as a result of the quality of the guides. I highly recommend Encounters Travel!
Worth every penny! Go to Egypt with Encounters Travel!

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

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Time: UTC+8
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)
Population: 1,438,282,986
Capital: Beijing
Government: Socialist Consultative Democracy
Language: Mandarin

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)

Highlights

  • See the longest wall in the world - the Great Wall of China.
  • Visit the largest ancient palatial structure in the world - the Forbidden City in Beijing.
  • Visit the Terracotta Army Museum in Xi'an - one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world.
  • Explore the Li River - which offers one of the worlds most scenic boat cruises.
  • Marvel at the natural scenery of the Yellow Mountains - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tips

  • Try to learn basic Mandarin, it will help you quite a bit during your time in China.
  • Carry toilet paper with you - its rarely found in rest rooms.
  • If you need help, try to find a younger local as students have studied English for years.
  • Don't tip in China. The Chinese do not tip and you won't be expected to either.
  • Try to avoid drinking tap water. Bottled water is sold cheaply.

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