China Travel Destinations


China, the Middle Kingdom, is massive in every way. Home to more than one billion people, it contains 20 percent of the world’s population, which is comprised of hundreds of ethnic minorities, different languages, and fascinating cuisines, and is also one of the most vast countries in the world, ranging from the ultra modern and chic skyscraper studded skylines of Shanghai and Beijing to the empty high plateaus of remote Tibet. You can only scrape the surface here on a short trip, but Kept Secrets can tailor make the perfect itinerary for you to take in the best that the new and rapidly changing China has to offer.

Tour the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site Forbidden City, along with Tiananmen Square, feast on Peking duck, take in a traditional Chinese opera, visit the new fashionable art district of 798, and marvel at one of the world’s top wonders, the Great Wall. With some of the world’s best resorts like the Aman Summer Palace or Raffles Beijing to relax in, your stay in Beijing will be truly pampering.

From colonial Shanghai and the historic Bund waterfront and French Concession to the glitzy new architecturally magnificent skyline, Shanghai wows visitors with its blend of old and new. Famed for its knockout Cantonese cuisine, you can enjoy some of the finest dining in the world here, not to mention settling down in opulence at luxury properties like the Waldorf or Peninsula. In addition to all the fine food, architecture, and sightseeing, Shanghai has some of the planet’s best shopping, from the top brands to the latest chic indie designs.

A former way station on the famed Silk Road and capital of countless Chinese dynasties, Xian is most known for its legendary terracotta army, a collection of over 8000 terracotta ceramic warriors that depict the armies of the first emperor of China, and is one of China’s most fascinating and iconic sights.

The fabled Li River of Guilin has been written about in Chinese poetry and stories throughout the ages. Surrounded by hundreds of limestone karst peaks, this area of southern China is one of its most photogenic and scenic destinations. Take a traditional bamboo raft down the river or ride a bicycle with a private guide through traditional Chinese villages far removed from today’s rapid change, enjoying the magnificent landscape.

Known as “the rooftop of the world,” Tibet remains a mysterious and exotic place. High plateaus of 3-5,000 meters are surrounded by the Himalayas and home to surreal landscapes and vivid colors. Just as attractive as the scenery are the hearty Tibetans, whose unique Tibetan Buddhism and fascinating traditions will leave you as out of breath as the rarified air. In Tibet’s capital of Lhasa, you can visit the famous Potala Palace, former winter home of the Dalai Lama, and marvel at the Barkhor, a square full of devout pilgrims and awash with prayer flags, incense, and an aura of mystery. Further afield, take a private driver and have the adventure of a lifetime driving one of the world’s highest roads, the Friendship Highway, linking Tibet and Nepal, stopping in at the Base Camp of Mount Everest, which at over 5,000 meters, is guaranteed to leave you breathless!