The mystical East is epitomised by China

There are few countries in the world that have the air of mystery that China does. Buried for years behind the invisible bamboo curtain of communism that made it virtually inaccessible to the western world, this sprawling country has now become one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and when you consider all that it has to offer this comes as no surprise.

Centuries of  history, culture and legends are in evidence everywhere you go in China, and the contrast between this and the modern, bustling city’s is a sight to behold. It is now a force to be reckoned with in the world of commerce, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and those who go here with an idea in their heads that China is all about good food, rice and tea are in for one real culture shock.

The sheer size of the country makes planning a trip here somewhat daunting, but luckily for us travel companies have bought into this predicament and China tours are by far the best way to make the most of your time here and see as much as possible of what this fascinating and diverse country really has to offer. There are many websites offering tours of China, and you will undoubtedly find an itinerary that suits your preferences.

Tours incorporate ‘must see’s’ such as the Great Wall, trips down the Yangtze River, the world famous Terracotta Army, the Silk Road and the legendary Great Buddha. These are all sights that should not be missed, but while the history and culture should be embraced by all who travel to China, try your best to include the modern too, as the likes of Shanghai and Beijing shouldn’t be overlooked.

For those wishing to spend a few days in the capital, there are specialised Beijing tours, and nowhere else will you see such an eclectic blend of the old and the new. Beijing is one of the cities that has survived from the period now called ancient China; you can stroll through the infamous Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, into the Forbidden City and onto the Great Wall, and be sure to have your camera.

The perfect way to take a few days break from hectic sightseeing and exploring is to fit in a cruise down the Yangtze River. The views that you are afforded from your boat cannot be described by mere words, and truly have to be seen to be believed.

The pagodas and temples that cannot be viewed by any other means offer great photographic opportunities, and a cruise is also a great way to either recharge your batteries for the next part of your tour or a fabulous way to end your trip to China.

Whatever tour you decide to take, you can guarantee that you are taking a real trip of a lifetime, and the memories of your Chinese holiday will last for decades. Have a look at the websites and see for yourself what great tours of China are on offer, and treat yourself to the experience of your life.