China is an amazing country with an ancient history. If you are planning to holiday in China, then take a look at our recommendations, as we highlight the 5 most popular destinations in China from north to the south, including; Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Lijiang and Hong Kong. Read about the varied scenery and the change in culture with the shift in geography of the country.
Beijing is China’s capital. There are many royal buildings, such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, at which, you can enjoy a cultural tour with a private guide and driver. Climbing the Great Wall is a must as it has stunning mountain views. You could also take a rickshaw to visit the unique narrow “hutong” (lanes) and the traditional Pekingese residence “Siheyuan”. When in Beijing, it is necessary to have a taste of local food, especially the “Beijing roast duck” and “Lamb hot pot”.
In the evening, you can have a great night in Aman at the Summer Palace. This House is designed with an historic structure and blends modern comforts with classic fabrics. You will experience the romance of another era with the traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds.
Shanghai is the most stylish and modern city in China. You can visit the riverfront Bund, the chic French Concession, Pudong, the Shanghai Museum as well as other specialty museums. The historic Yu Yuan Garden is well worth a visit, as is the city’s oldest tea-house. Meanwhile, do not miss the chance to try the city’s leading restaurants—some of the best in China.
The Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort is a five-star luxury hotel which consists of three buildings. Two of which curve to form a 27-story torus that towers over Taihu Lake, west of Shanghai in the Pearl River Delta. In the hotel, you have everything you need to stay busy or relax.
Hangzhou is referred to as “Heaven in China”. Find out why, by listening to the Chinese ancient legend while taking a cruise on the beautiful West Lake. Have a delicious lunch in the famous restaurant “Lou Wai Lou” beside the West Lake. You can also visit local tea plantations, Buddhist temples and other cultural highlights of the region. A drive to Xitang, a picturesque water town of narrow canals and traditional architecture is not to be missed.
We recommend the Four Seasons Hotel in Hangzhou, which is surrounded by extensive traditional gardens and forest glades. You can overlook the West Lake at night and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet, followed by a helping of fantastic authentic Hangzhou cuisine served at the hotel restaurant.
Lijiang is one of the best-preserved traditional villages in China. You can take a private tour to visit hill-tribe villages, climb Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and see ancient Buddhist frescoes. Once you have done the climbing, a promenade on the village’s charming streets and a browse of its interesting shops is very worthwhile. Finally, a visit to the monasteries and beautiful parks at the base of the mountains is always popular.
Banyan Tree Lijiang is a luxury resort in Lijiang. The hotel was built to resemble a traditional Chinese village with beautiful gardens and pools. It is over two-thousand meters above sea level and you can enjoy breath-taking views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in each room.
Hong Kong is a dynamic city with numerous modern skyscrapers in the downtown. You can discover the historic sites and drive along the beautiful coastline, have an exciting yacht trip across Aberdeen harbor and watch a horse race at Happy Valley Racetrack. Hong Kong is also a mecca for shopping; you can browse the fashionable Soho district and its luxury designer boutiques.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel is located in Hong Kong’s business and entertainment district. It is well-known for its legendary service and offers some of the most spacious and luxurious accommodation in Asia. It also boasts spectacular views over Victoria Harbour and its futuristic neon-lit skyscrapers.