China is a mesmerising blend of history and beauty, yet it is a country not widely explored by international visitors. Many travellers will visit the country’s two major cities, the bustling, traditional Beijing and its modern, cosmopolitan sister Shanghai, but miss out on the rest of what the nation has to offer.
For China has an incredible array of natural beauty and ancient treasures which can only truly be appreciated by leaving the main urban centres behind. To experience the real China, you need to take the time to explore beyond the popular tourist destinations. Here we detail our recommended route, taking in the many different sides of this fascinating Asian country.