tailor-made travel to China - a natural spectacle paired with modernity
China, the Middle Kingdom, promises spectacular diversity, an intoxicating mixture of tradition and modernity:
Cultural highlights, gripping history, vibrant megacities, breathtaking nature. Visit Tiananmen Square, Mao's Tomb and the world famous Terracotta Warriors.
Enjoy the sunset over the Great Wall of China with an exclusive dinner. Get up close to pandas at Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve, hike through impressive tea plantations with a cup of delicious green tea at the end. Immerse yourself in ancient, magical China in the mystical atmosphere of Guilin's countryside.
Experience gigantic metropolises, the capital Beijing, Hong Kong, which is shaped by its colonial history, and the modern cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. You stay in selected insider tips: authentic Tibetan glamping camp, boutique hotel in the rice terraces or exclusive highlight luxury hotels.
Huge. Frenetic. Imperial. China is an irresistible feast for the senses.
Emerald rice terraces, fragrant street food, the pungent tones of mandarin on a crowded Shanghai subway.
Nothing can prepare you for the sensory excitement of China. Experience ancient culture, gastronomy, natural wonders and the world's fastest moving cities.
Travel along the Silk Road. Dress up in traditional costumes for dinner in a private Beijing garden. Enjoy a private introduction to traditional Beijing noodle-making and receive lessons from a master chef.
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The valley is part of a UNESCO protected area called Three Parallel Rivers, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is also part of the Three Parallel Rivers National Park in China.
This area is ecologically important for wildlife conservation and is the headwaters of three of Asia's major rivers.
Since several ecological zones meet in the region and there are different climate zones, this is called an ecological hotspot with an unusually large number of different types of plants and animal species living in the same region.
Some rare plants and animals live in the gorge. The Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic and natural highlight.
Named after the 798 Factory built in the 1950s, the 798 Art District is located in the northeast corner of Beijing.
Characterized by modern art, it has become the exhibition center for Chinese culture and art, as well as the world-famous cultural and creative industries. Attracted by the simple, varied and orderly design, as well as the unique architectural style, many art organizations and artists rented the vacant objects and transformed them.
Gradually, a creative district with galleries, art studios, cultural institutions and fashion shops formed.
End your trip to China with an unforgettable visit to the Mutianyu Great Wall.
The Great Wall of China is the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering and one of the most famous structures in the world. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China offers an alternative to the popular Badaling section.
This segment of China's ancient engineering marvel offers an optional cable car ride or a chance to climb more than 1,400 steps to the top.
Much steeper than the Badaling section, the Mutianyu Great Wall offers a more challenging climb. After this challenging climb, enjoy a delicious meal at the top of this unique structure.
China attracts far fewer visitors during the colder months of November to March. Many of China's highlights are more spectacular in the winter months.
Gaze at the majestic Great Wall of China as it weaves through distant, snow-capped peaks, silhouetted against a brilliant blue sky—with not a soul to be seen.
China includes the Empire of China, the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China. Due to China's large area, China is divided into 5 time zones.
However, since 1949 there has only been one official standard time, China Standard Time. It is at UTC+8, which puts China 8 hours ahead of world time.
It is 7 hours ahead of Central European Time.
The best time to visit China is generally in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to October), when the weather is pleasant in many parts of the country.
However, China is huge. It stretches over 3,000 miles (5,000 km) and includes the world's highest plateau as well as deserts, jungles, alpine rainforests and more than a thousand kilometers of coastline. So the best time to visit depends on where exactly you want to travel to.
Chinese is spoken by over 1 billion people. Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in China. In addition to standard Chinese, there are around 300 different languages and dialects. The 300 Chinese dialects can be divided into larger language groups.
Similar to Europe, people in China usually eat three meals a day. In contrast to Germany, warm meals are eaten in China in the morning, at noon and in the evening.
In the morning there is usually jiaozi (fried dumplings) or baozi (steamed and filled bread dough), boiled or fried spaghetti-like noodles, noodle soup or rice soup. The standard German food, bread, is not widespread in China.
In larger cities, however, you can find bread or pastries in every supermarket. However, the bread is often a sweet white bread. Therefore, other foods, which are usually eaten cold, are not very common in China.
In China, any type of salad is only known from western restaurants, be it noodle salad, potato salad or green salad.
To enter China you need a passport that is still valid for at least six months and has at least 2 free pages.
A visa must be applied for and issued before arrival. If this visa is not available upon arrival, entry will be refused. The visa for the People's Republic of China must be applied for in person (including biometric data) at the Visa Application Service Center.
In Germany in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Düsseldorf. Austrian citizens must apply for the visa in Wie and Swiss citizens in Bern or Zurich. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office, the Austrian Federal Ministry and Swiss EDA's.