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China Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Tokyo in a way like no other. A hive of colour and energy, Tokyo’s blend of ancient culture and fast-moving futurism is absolutely captivating. When you travel Tokyo with Trafalgar, we’ll dive into this unique world where centuries-old temples, historic arts, tranquil parks and mom-and-pop noodle houses, sit right next to sleek skyscrapers, whizzing trains, robot restaurants and exquisite fine dining. We’ll show you all the very best things to do in Tokyo, from the famous shopping streets of Ameyoko and Nakamise and the world’s busiest street crossing at Shibuya, to the quieter cracks like the Buddhist shrines, Zen-style gardens and peaceful teahouses. Head to new heights at the Tokyo SkyTree for stunning city views, then feel the pounding rhythm of traditional Taiko drumming. Whether you’re drawn to the glowing lanterns of old, or the neon lights of the now, you’re sure to be dazzled by Tokyo.  Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.
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"With one of the world's oldest civilisations, China is unlike anywhere else in the world. I love introducing our guests to China's ancient traditions and a wonderfully unique culture."
Travel Director
China at a glance
Explore the Temple of Heaven, see the Great Mosque of Xi'an, relax with a session of foot reflexology, and savour tasty dumplings. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and discover the vast lands of China, from the Great Wall to the small villages.
Currency
Chinese yuan
Winter avg
-7°C
Summer avg
25°C
Time Zone
GMT+8
Capital City
Beijing
Language
Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese
Good morning
Zǎoshang hǎo
Good evening
Wǎnshàng hǎo
Chinese Cuisine

What to pack for China

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An open mind

Steeped in tradition and running on a clockwork of formal customs, China often commands patience and an open mind from its visitors. In no time at all, it will be these different systems that you love most about the country.

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Antibacterial wipes

Though China group tours with us will see you avoiding most messy situations, it's still handy to keep antibacterial wipes on standby for just in case. Nothing feels more hygienic than a quick freshen up before mealtime.

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A film camera

China is a photographer's dream. Capture these ancient lands with creative depth by taking along a film camera. There's something special about the Great Wall and ancient temples through a film style lens.

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A facemask

Though China is working hard to reduce its smog, some days often see the big cities enveloped in dense haze. Pack a mask, so it doesn't interfere with your plans to explore.

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Extra bag space

China offers one of the world's most celebrated shopping holidays. Here, a sea of clothes, gadgets and accessories are sold off for a fraction of their price in other parts of the world. Allow space for your many inevitable purchases.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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