Rise early to watch the sun rise over the amazing city panorama of Shanghai with its iconic skyscrappers set around the bending Huangpu River.
Here is a unique opportunity to stay in palace pavilions dating back over a century in the sensationally renovated Aman Summer Palace in Beijing.3/35
The silent and fearsome Terracota Army in Xi'An are a must on every itinerary to China.5/35
The meditative effects of the karst-lined scenery can be appreciated at any time of day but at dusk it is particularly mesmerising.6/35
A wonderfully serene scene in Hangzhou. You’ll often see monks walking around town on their way to temple or lining up to receive alms.7/35
China's Yunnan province is extremely culturally rich; here, you can admire the local customs such as these tribal women dressed in ethnic clothing.9/35
Explore the countryside of the Yunnan district, with its rewarding views of small minority villages.12/35
The Forbidden City in Beijing is a must-see on any itinerary to China. Be dazzled by how well preserved the ancient buildings are and the sheer scale of it all.13/35
Give your tastebuds a whirl in the Banyan Tree Ringha and enjoy a tea tasting ceremony as well as a spectacular feast including the Yannon specialties of hotpot.14/35
Explore the grounds of Amanfuyan, a luxurious Aman hotel found in a secluded valley in Hangzhou, hidden within a bamboo forest.16/35
Order a sophisticated cocktail and marvel at metropolitan Shanghai by night on the terrace of the Peninsula Hotel.17/35
The Peninsula is known as the Grand Dame of Hong Kong for its classical elegance and timeless interior.18/35
Stay in the Upper House for a room in the clouds of the Hong Kong skyline. You’ll be in style heaven at this Andre Fu designed hotel.19/35
Admire the preserved rooftops of the old town of Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.20/35
This spacious studio at The Opposite House in Beijing has everything you need and more for a relaxing, uber-chic home-from-home.21/35
A visit to China is not complete without tasting the famous Peking Duck and pancakes! We can highly recommend trying it at the Shangri-La, China World Summit Wing in Beijing.22/35
Meet with the extraordinary women of the Naxi tribe, Lijiang, who bear the brunt of the work in this matriarchal society inhabiting these beautiful foothills.23/35
The futuristic skyline of Shanghai is quite an architectural spectacle. Take a city tour to get a closer glimpse of some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.24/35
From the comfort of your sumptuous bed at the Peninsula, you can relish in the view of Shanghai’s skyscrapers and their reflection in the Huangpo River.25/35
Let the Banyan Tree Ringha arrange a signature destination dining experience for you and a loved one – on the banks of the Shudugong River. Quite the Highland romance!27/35
This deluxe villa at Banyan Tree Lijiang has a private pool and deck, perfect for a dip after a day's sightseeing in the preserved old town of Lijiang.28/35
Check into a Suite at the luxurious Amanfayun and enjoy an understated and authentic bedroom decorated with fine art calligraphy.29/35
Bathrooms at the Amanfayun are expansive and airy, just like the rest of your suite, which includes a spa treatment room.30/35
Take a caligraphy classe at the Aman Summer Palace, Beijing, in their dedicated 'Cultural Room'.
Visit the iconic Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China.33/35
Take a private boat to explore Hangzhou's picturesque West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site.34/35
Discover Luxury China Holidays
China’s colossal size, lightning-fast development and language hurdles means a holiday to China can be hard to tackle as an independent traveller. Travelling in China need not be daunting, and Ampersand’s tailor-made holidays to China provide just the right amount of self-exploration and hand-holding, combining ultra-luxury at the very best hotels with cultural adventures accompanied by truly incredible guides.
China is the third largest country in the world, and three times larger than India, so there is little doubt of the plethora of experiences on offer. The difficulty is knowing where to begin... It is also an essential stop for anyone hoping to learn more about the direction the world is taking this century. No first holiday to China is complete without visiting the truly unique city of Beijing, where you can't help but be impressed by the vastness of the Forbidden City and the scale of the Great Wall of China, and the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai to learn of its colonial past and its lightning fast development of the future. Thereafter you are still spoilt for choice between travelling to Xi'An to explore the first emperor's Terracotta Warriors, delving into Yunnan province for trekking and natural beauty in the mountains, following the majestic Yangtze River or Huangpu River, eating your way through Sichuan province and Chengdu as well as visiting the popular Giant Panda Bear or going to Hangzhou, the fabled city on West Lake. And then there’s the exhilarating city of Hong Kong, with infamous shopping, cuisine and a dazzling skyline. There is something to interest anyone and plenty to learn from your holiday in China; from the way the country is being shaped in the mega-cities to the way the country used to be through its beautiful calligraphy, tea making and classical music – much of which is still practised today, and we can organise for you to learn from the masters in their craft.
Our travel advice for anyone planning a first trip to China would be to incorporate a journey on a high-speed train, to spend an afternoon at a traditional teahouse, to learn calligraphy from a master and to visit a park in the early morning to watch locals practising tai chi and sing rousing Communist songs. We believe experiences like these will make you fall in love with the country just as much as the sights will. We are constantly bowled over by China – its beauty, ancient history and powerful present are all intoxicating, but what we feel is most fascinating is the unexpectedly fun and agile sense of humour of its people. The best piece of advice we can give is to avoid trying to do too much. This is a massive country and deserves to be visited more than once.
Our suggested tours in China
Some of our favourite hotels in China
The PuLi Hotel and Spa is an luxury urban resort, conveniently located in the heart of Shanghai, but which has...View here
Banyan Tree Ringha
Shangrila is a remote paradise hidden in a Tibetan valley. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, Banyan Tree Ringha is located...View here
Banyan Tree Yangshuo
One of Banyan Tree’s newest properties, the hotel opened in 2014 and has a fresh and modern feel – although...View here
Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xi’an
Opened in 1953 this iconic building is a harmonious blend of French flair and Chinese hospitality set on 40,000 square...View here
The Peninsula Shanghai
Located directly on the Bund, this five-star hotel is decorated in the 1930s old Shanghai style to honour it's past....View here
Aman Summer Palace
Aman Summer Palace is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia and our Top 10 Hotel Spas. China’s capital...View here
Some of our favourite places of interest in China
Before Shanghai became the buzzing metropolis it now is, it was a mere backwater fishing village. The destiny and fortunes...View here
Until the middle of last century, the village of Shaxi flourished thanks to its position on the Ancient Tea and...View here
The valley of Ringha is in south western China, sandwiched between Tibet, Myanmar and Sichuan Province. This part of Yunnan...View here
Located in Yunnan province, Lijiang is regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and...View here
Yangshuo is a small county in southern China that is full of everything you would like to experience within this...View here
Lhasa is the capital of Tibet and one of the highest cities in the world at 3,600 metres. For centuries...View here
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Ampersand's mini-guide to China
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