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7 days

Historic north east

Wall and warriors
Beijing (2 days) Great Wall of China (1) Xi'an (2) Pingyao (1) Beijing (1)
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10 days

China’s Golden Triangle

The big three
Beijing (3 days) Xi'an (2) Shanghai (3) Hangzhou (2)
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14 days

China overland

Metropolises, teahouses and ancient history
Beijing (3 days) Great Wall of China (1) Xi'an (2) Shanghai (3) Chengdu (2) Yangshuo (3)
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15 days

Japan food and art trail

Japanese culture in depth
Tokyo (3 days) Matsumoto (1) Takayama (2) Kyoto (3) Takamatsu (2) Osaka (4)
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14 days

Japan’s cities and countryside

Temples, teahouses and Tokyo
Tokyo (3 days) Hakone (2) Kyoto (2) Himeji (1) Kanazawa (2) Takayama (2) Tokyo (2)
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14 days

Cities of Japan

Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and beyond
Tokyo (3 days) Hakone (2) Kyoto (3) Hiroshima (2) Kinosaki (1) Osaka (3)
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15 days

Rural Japan route

Go beyond the big cities into the heart of Japan
Kyoto (3 days) Hiroshima (2) Takamatsu (3) Iya Valley (2) Himeji (1) Osaka (4)
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    China

    Beautiful chaos and ancient history
    Vast, varied and constantly changing, China is a heaving mix of the past and future...
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    Japan

    Ancient culture and futuristic cities
    Think Japan is just futuristic cities and advanced technology? Think again...

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China

China

Vast, varied and constantly changing, China is a heaving mix of the past and future. Trying to describe China as one thing would be impossible; after all, for centuries it was ruled variously by the Mongols, the Manchus and the Han, and it is made of up a multitude of ethnic minority groups, languages, cuisines and landscapes — which all come together to create the China of today.

Most visit for the iconic experiences: walking on a world wonder, the Great Wall; strolling the glittery Shanghai Bund and seeing the Terracotta Warrior Army, a vast collection of lifesize clay warriors that China’s first emperor had made to accompany him safely into the afterlife.

But China really comes into its own once you arrive and begin to unpack its huge array of experiences. Sweat it out over a steaming cauldron of spicy hotpot, admire some of the world’s most celebrated contemporary architecture in hypermodern Shenzhen, hike a Himalayan valley or marvel at romantic Silk Road landscapes in the northwestern deserts, and zip between them all on China’s shiny, hypermodern high-speed rail system. You could visit a thousand times and never get bored.

Japan

Japan

Think Japan is just futuristic cities and advanced technology? Think again. Yes, Japan is home to Tokyo with all its gleaming lights, capsule hotels and robot restaurants, but there is also another side to this country, which teems with traditional culture. Travel around and you can stay in ancient ryokans (traditional inns), meditate with monks and explore beautiful countryside.

Japan’s varied geography means there is plenty to explore beyond its cities. More than two-thirds of the country is mountainous, with hiking and hot springs to soothe weary feet and plenty of snow for winter sports enthusiasts. Look out for wildflowers and cherry blossom in the warmer months and head to the southern islands for tropical beaches.

Wherever you travel in Japan, you’re assured of an excellent meal. One of the world’s great cuisines, Japanese food is seasonal, sourced from fresh, local ingredients and incredibly varied. Try ramen in Hokkaido, hotpot dishes in the north and sushi in coastal areas.

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