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China Destination guide

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real China in a way like no other. With 14 countries and the ocean touching its borders, the vast lands of China hold many opportunities for influence. Yet the country remains unique and complex, rotating to the hum of age-old customs and long-held beliefs. The most populous country in the world, we'll wander the streets of China with wide eyes and admiration, encountering people that have overcome political and social complexities that continue despite the country's remarkable economic power. We'll move from the Temple of Heaven to the Great Mosque of Xi'an to understand China's religious roots, before unwinding with a session of foot reflexology under the guise of participating in the local culture. From the Great Wall to the small villages, this country will delight with pinch-me moments and encounters that will reshape the way you think about life on Earth. City after city, dumpling after dumpling, China will stir the senses. 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.
Chinese yuan
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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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