- Favorite restaurants in Beijing are Chuan Ban (excellent Sichuan food in the Sichuan Provincial Government Building) and Bao Yuan, down the street from the US Embassy. Both are full of locals, are inexpensive and offer amazing food.
- Whilst in Beijing, a favorite activity is walking around Nanluguxiang, a street in a hutong with great shopping and restaurants. Houhai is nearby and has good shopping and restaurants surrounding the lake (don’t miss the little lanes off the main path circling the lake).
- If you’re heading to Chengdu, be sure to visit the pandas at the Research Base, or even venture out to Ya’an to the Bifengxia Panda Reserve, which is located in the mountains and feels very natural.
- Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall to enjoy mountain paranomas, yet with less crowds and easier walking conditions.
An intoxicating and magnificent giant of a country that captivates all who travel there, China tops the list of our favourite destinations.
From the ancient history of the Great Wall to the modern buzz of Beijing and Shanghai, China is a land of staggering contrasts, with over 100 different ethnic groups.
Lightfoot Travel can arrange a variety of spectacular trips, from hot air ballooning over the limestone peaks of Yangshuo, panda safaris in their natural habitat, ice festivals in Harbin, to regional food tours in Sichuan.
As the capital city, Beijing has been the heart of the country’s politics and culture for much of the past 700 years. Amongst the opulent palaces, temples, gardens, tombs, and crumbling gates, there is a treasure trove of gems waiting to be discovered. We have worked our way around the touristy sections to find the tastiest restaurants hidden away down the quietest hutongs and the bars with the best views over the Forbidden City. One of our favourite spots in the city is on the Great Wall, which we’ll decline to publicly reveal, where we almost always come across only a handful of other people.
At the mouth of the mighty Yangtze River, Shanghai is China’s vibrant financial centre and synonymously home to amazing restaurants, trendy bars and boutique shops. Remnants of its colonial past are still evident throughout Shanghai today, giving it a very different feel to other Chinese cities. The Bund is of course its most photographed site, but other areas definitely worth a visit are the wonderful French Concession, and the beautiful Yuyuan Gardens.
Yunnan Province is located in China’s far southwest bordering Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. The province is full of charming little towns such as Dali, Lijiang and the magestic Shangri La. Outside these towns, breathtaking natural beauty awaits. Picture soaring mountains, the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, Tibetan prayer flags waving over stupas dotted around the plains.
Curious travellers should add Guilin & Yangshuo to their must-visit places: this region of China is becoming increasingly more high-profile as the rumors of beauty and tranquility circulate. It’s the perfect antidote to the frenetic big cities of China and a wonderful escape into the country’s great outdoors.
With an office in Hong Kong, we’ve got the inside scoop on our home turf and we can offer expert advice on the country as a whole. Our consultants can recommend the best crop of luxury hotels and traditional-style boutique retreats that have sprung up recently. Just drop us a line if you want an authentic, hassle-free taste of China. Our services include a tailor-made itinerary, with flights, transfers, accommodation and guides all pre-arranged.