China budget travel holidays and tours, 2014 and 2015

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China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
A fantastic journey into the Middle Kingdom, from £0 (18 days) ex flights
Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours
Hong Kong Yangtze River Boat trip Shanghai & Beijing, from £1049 (18 days) ex flights
Budget holiday to China
Buddhist heritage & archaeological treasures of China, from £1499 (14 days) ex flights
China and Japan holiday, Beijing to Tokyo
Incredible journey showcasing the best of two ancient cultures, from £2699 - £2849 (18 days) ex flights
China holiday, Beijing to Hong Kong
China will astonish you with its diversity and uniqueness., from £1820 - £1985 (23 days) ex flights
Shanghai to Beijing tour in China
Discover the delights of China's north, from £805 - £1000 (12 days) ex flights
Discover Yunnan holiday, China
Be challenged by this active trip, from £735 - £755 (13 days) ex flights

11 reviews for China budget travel holidays4 star overall rating

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China tours, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? One evening after a show we needed to get a snack, our CEO was going to get noodles an she let us join her we sat in the street with local people and enjoyed a supper of noodles. The local children tried to speak English and the adults were very friendly it was a lovely atmosphere. Tips? If they are travelling in summer they need to understand how exceptionally hot it will be, thy will need enough thin clothing to have two outfits a day and they will need lots of... (more)Laura McKenna
From £0 excluding flights
Discover Yunnan holiday, China
Hmmm, hard to choose just one most memorable part since the whole trip was so great!...Overall my trip to China was one of the best vacations I've ever had. (more)Ethan Meyers
The highlight was hiring bikes in Dali and spending the day cycling through villages by the lake. It was great to get away from the touristy spots for a few hours and get a glimpse of the local lifestyle. (more)Juliet Hewish
From £735 - £755 excluding flights
Budget holiday to China
The Great Wall was the most memorable part. None of the pictures really do it justice, the views are amazing. We went about 60KM away from Beijing and set off early. It was really worth it as it was not crowded at all and we almost had the Wall to ourselves. (more)Darren Grubb
It was great! The tour was well organized and the guide was awesome. China is a huge country, but you get to see a nice bit of it in this tour. (more)Candy Owens
From £1499 excluding flights
Hong Kong to Beijing overland tours
The Great Wall and toboganning were the most memorable parts of the holiday (more)Lourdes Macias
The "Guilin/Yangshuo" segment was the most enjoyable, the place was scenic and relaxing, and we had lots of options for activities from kung fu to cooking class. (more)Christine Frank
From £1049 excluding flights
China holiday, Beijing to Hong Kong
Memorable parts? The terracotta warriors at Xi'an and the Great Wall. Cherry, our guide although very young, was dedicated and gave us great tips and help when choosing restaurants and outings. Our group integrated very well and everyone was on time for going places. Tips? Travel light, but do take toilet paper!! Local benefits? We certainly used local transport (busses, trains and only once taxis). Overall rating? Most enjoyable. The only thing that didn't work out... (more)Sheila Taylor
From £1820 - £1985 excluding flights
Shanghai to Beijing tour in China
The best part of my holiday came unexpectedly on the last day, when I found myself gazing at the roofs of the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Temple. (more)Jennifer Jenkins
I feel that every part of the journey is memorable - I enjoyed it throughout. It is very difficult to pick a few highlights, as I feel this trip includes most of China's highlights....It was a great holiday - a lot of interesting sights, fascinating history and great people (more)Pamela Krueger
I have been on quite a few trips around the world but this has certainly been the best, largely due to the unrelenting quality of the tour leader. (more)Thomas Webb
From £805 - £1000 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

China Holidays and China Tours

China is an ancient civilisation which extends over a large area in East Asia, on the western shore if the Pacific Ocean. It is the third largest country in the world. Many people go on holidays in China because it contains some of the world’s most revered treasures, such as The Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors and the Yantze River. You can also visit Shanghai and Beijing on a China holiday and admire the spectacular architecture and towering skylines. China holidays will give you the opportunity to sample some of the exquisite cuisine including Shanghai noodles, Guangdong dumplings, Sichuan soup and Beijing duck.

China is a country of such huge size and variety. When considering taking tours in China it’s a good idea not to try and see everything in one go. The climate will vary depending on where you are taking tours in china. The southern part is in the tropical zones and the northern part near the frigid zones. It is worth researching the seasons in each province carefully when planning your holidays in China.

China is constantly evolving and has a fantastic history and cultural past. One China holiday is not really enough – you will want to return and explore some more. Many China tours attempt to capture the highlights of China and there are many to choose from that will take you on a magical journey you’ll never forget.

Yunnan Holidays and Yunnan Tours

Yunnan is a province of China in the far southwest of the country and borders Burma, Laos and Vietnam. Visitors on a Yunnan tour should visit the cultural capital city, Kunming, which is popular for its mild climate, beautiful plateau landscape and ethnic folklore.

Yunnan holidays should also include a visit to the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge, with its towering walls and dramatic beauty, and the majestic Yangtze River.

There are many Yunnan Tours on offer – you may find yourself being introduced to a variety of ethnic groups, such as the Bai, Naxi, Mosuo, and Tibetans. It is a good idea to choose a Yunnan tour which contributes to the support of nature conservation, cultural heritage protection and community development.

Great Wall of China holidays

The Great Wall of China was originally built to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusion by various nomadic groups. You can take holidays that involve trekking the Great Wall of China, which will give you a sense of scale and appreciation of the majesty of this remarkable piece of engineering. It is worth trekking the Great Wall of China in a small group and getting a closer look at day-to-day rural life.

The Great Wall of China is approximately 5,500 miles from east to west of China and winds through deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus. Walking the Great Wall of China can be done in sections. The Mutianyu section is considered to be one of the best preserved parts of the wall and is renowned for its Ming Dynasty guard towers, walking the Great Wall of China here will give you a feel for its historical significance. You will soon realise why the Great Wall of China is one of the great wonders of the medieval world.

Terracotta Warriors Tours

The Terracotta Warriors are a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of the First Emperor of China. Take a Terracotta Warriors tour to see the figures which date from 210 BC and, although buried 22 centuries ago, they were discovered guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 1974 by some local farmers in the Shaanxi province. Terracotta Warriors tours can show you the three pits that originally contained over 8000 soldiers. Each statue was constructed by local craftsmen to be unique and they are life-sized. A Terracotta Warriors tour will reveal how much power the First Emperor possessed, enabling him to command such an impressive ensemble.

Giant Pandas in China and Panda Conservation

The Giant Panda is a bear native to China and is characterised by its large distinctive black patches around the eyes. Giant Pandas in China have a particularly fragile future as they face a number of threats – to their forest habitat and population. Many Panda tours concentrate on Panda conservation, the Chinese Government has created over 50 Panda reserves to help protect them from poachers. Yet there are still estimated to be less than 1,600 pandas left on earth. The money raised from Panda tours will often support long term conservation initiatives in the regions visited. There are several wild Panda tracking holidays and the aim is to encounter the wild Giant Panda, however sightings cannot be guaranteed. Panda tracking holidays will often include visits to traditional rural communities who still practice ancient agricultural methods.

Want to know more about China before going on holiday?

Find out more about China by reading these China articles.

With a wealth of practical and background information, this China travel guide is the essential companion for your holiday. Reading up on the places you visit will help you get a little more out of China holidays and help you understand local sensitivities better. With useful information to help you prepare for your China holiday take a look at this China travel information & map.
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