Hôtels - Chine
China is the oldest continuous civilisation on earth, with a history dating back some 4,000 years. For centuries it led the world in the arts and science. Its opulent imperial culture began to decline in the 19th and 20th centuries, when China retreated from the world to look inwards.
Towards the end of the 20th century – and today – China is reaching out to the world once again and has taken a leading role in global politics and economics.
Ruled by a single party as a communist state, China has shown how a planned economy and capitalism can work together to create a truly astounding success story.
The re-introduction of private enterprise has seen a gradual opening up of society and greater press freedom, although the state retains strict control over dissent.
The large Chinese diaspora has spread Chinese culture globally, which can be seen most tellingly in hundreds’ of bustling China Towns located in cities around the world. Chinese cuisine is considered one of the world’s most complex and tasty. It is one of the world’s most eaten cuisines.
China is rich in natural and manmade wonders. For a glimpse of China’s astounding natural beauty trek in Tiger Leaping Gorge or cycle through Yangshou. For man-made spectacles, see the Forbidden City in Beijing and the Terracotta Army at Xian.
- See at least one section of the Great Wall of China; built over many centuries by various emperors and leaders to protect China from invasions from the north. A hike along the wall from Jinshanling to Simitai is a wonderful experience and can be organised from Beijing.
- A trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge will reward you with some of the best scenery in China. Terraced farmlands, sleepy villages and sharp precipices will greet you as you trek along the astounding gorge.
- See the Terracotta Army at Xian; a collection of many thousands of sculptures that were buried with Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China (209 BC). Its uncovering was one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century.
- Cycle through the rice fields and fairytale mountains near Yangshou. The limestone karsts create a beguiling backdrop to explore the Chinese countryside.
- Enjoy a Chinese banquet and don’t miss any opportunity to try a local snack. Don’t miss Peking Duck from Beijing or the spicy hotpots from Sichuan province.
- Observe the intersection where old meets new in the Chinese capital, Beijing. Here you can visit the splendid Forbidden City, residence of the imperial families of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and see how Beijing does it these days at the Olympic Park.
- Look into the future at Shanghai, the world’s most populous city. See where trends are set in China and admire the stunning skyline at sunset.