By Amy Welfare, Head of Asia Pacific
According to a new story reported today on Wanderlust’s website, China is now the third most popular destination for travelers in the world, overtaking Spain.
And it’s easy to see why this immense country is suddenly coming into the travel spotlight – and top of travelers’ wish list. Over the last 18 months, at we’ve seen that China is increasingly becoming a popular choice for guests wanting a totally off the beaten track, cultural experience.
But although visiting these huge cities is a must for all the history, culture and amazing cuisine on offer, I love to get out to the countryside to see the ‘real’ China as it has been for centuries.
One of the best places to do this is to head to the far south west, to Yunnan province on the border with Tibet where you will find the romantically named Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, remote buddhist temples, welcoming villagers and beautiful ancient architecture.
Another option would be travel 3 hours by road south of Shanghai to Hangzhou, where you will beautiful West Lake and thousands of years of history. Stay at the secluded Amanfayun for a real slice of village life, all in superbly luxurious surroundings.
Combine this with the exclusive Aman at the Summer Palace in Beijing and the Banyan Tree properties in Yunnan for a truly unforgettable vacation. The addition of our excellent private guides really brings this amazing country to life with their extensive knowledge and access to otherwise restricted areas.
Visit the China pages of our website for more ideas and off the beaten track China itinerary suggestions.