China

​With 5,000 years of history, China has an abundance of iconic attractions to prove it.

In Beijing, there’s the vast Forbidden City where A&K travellers enjoy it away from the crowds and where old-time neighbourhood hutongs are best seen from a pedicab. The Great Wall has few rivals and the formidable army of Terracotta Warriors should be seen up close. Further afield are the natural wonders of Yunnan province and glittering Shanghai. Learn the meditative art of Tai Chi and let our guides help you shop at the pearl market and experience quintessential China behind the scenes. A&K has over 25 years’ experience throughout Asia, with offices in Beijing and Shanghai and the expertise of individuals like Gerald Hatherly, honoured as one of the World’s Top 50 Tour Guides by Conde Nast Traveller magazine. Itineraries are tailor-made – and the only limitations are for those cruising the Yangzi River where there are specific cruise departures and designated river guides who share their expertise with all onboard. Otherwise, guests travel at their own pace with their chosen companion and their own guide and driver. A&K guests travelling on the Yangzi visit an AKP supported school which is a unique chance to experience life in a rural village outside Fengdu. AKP also supports the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan Province.

Stroll around Tiananmen Square and discover the Forbidden City. Ride a pedicab through the maze of neighborhood hutongs. Climb the Great Wall of China. Be dazzled by the army of Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Cruise the breathtaking Three Gorges on Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Learn the meditative art of Tai Chi with a master in the tranquil surrounds of the Ming Temple of Heaven. Converse with a local family in Beijing and learn the secret to perfect dumpling making. In Xian there’s special access to the little known Yangling Museum, a treasure trove of funerary objects excavated at the burial place of the Emperor Liu Qi.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

Weatherwise: China has enormous variations in climate, but in general, spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October) are the best times to visit. Try to avoid national day holidays on May 1 and October 1 when the Chinese travel over the week long period.

Featured China Journeys

Group of 19916 days, from US$19,995
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Japan, Hong Kong and the Ryukyu Islands Cruise 2017

Come aboard exclusively chartered 'L'Austral' for an extraordinary voyage that reveals Japan and its neighbours as you never imagined them.

Group16 days, from US$19,995
Group of 1810 days, from AU$10,995
The Ancient Silk Road - An A&K Hosted Journey (2017)

3 - 12 Sep 2017

Group10 days, from AU$10,995
Group of 1812 days, from US$5,995
Luxury Small Group Journey - Family China & the Yangtze (2017)

Walk on the Great Wall and ride back down on a toboggan; visit pandas up close in their natural environment; Ride Like a Local in a pedicab in Beijing; and enjoy a lesson in Mandarin during your Yangtze River cruise.

Group12 days, from US$5,995
Private9 days, from AU$7,195
Along the Silk Road

​For 2,000 years the ancient Silk Road connected China with the Mediterranean via a network of overland trade routes

Private9 days, from AU$7,195

Accommodation

Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Heritage ambiance, legendary service and timeless amenities

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

​Located in the heart of Beijing's Wangfujing district within walking distance of The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Amandayan

Located in the fabled city of Lijiang in China’s Yunnan Province

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