China’s Golden Triangle
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Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou
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Culture & History, Family, Cities, Photography

If you visit only three cities in China, you should visit the three that make up China’s Golden Triangle – Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Get a taste of old and new in Beijing, from the ancient Forbidden City palace and traditional hutong alleyways to jaw-dropping modern structures such as the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium. From here, head south and sample some delicious snacks in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter. The third city in your Golden Triangle tour is China’s largest, Shanghai, symbolised by its famous promenade, the Bund. End your trip by checking out the gardens of Suzhou, close to Shanghai, and the beautiful city of Hangzhou, just south of Beijing.

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See old and new China in Shanghai’s Bund
Shanghai

See old and new China in Shanghai’s Bund

Shanghai is China’s biggest city and a rising financial powerhouse. In the heart of the city is the Bund. This famous promenade symbolises Shanghai and from here you can see its enigmatic mix of architecture, from grandiose colonial buildings to modern skyscrapers.

Visit the hutongs of Beijing
Beijing

Visit the hutongs of Beijing

Step into the hidden world of old Beijing and meander its maze of hutongs - hidden alleyways of ancient siheyuan courtyard houses. Go shopping, dining and experience an authentic Chinese way of life in these compact communities that pack in more than their fair share of culture and tradition.

Head to the unspoilt Great Wall at Mutianyu
Mutianyu, Great Wall of China

Head to the unspoilt Great Wall at Mutianyu

Mutianyu is easy to reach from downtown Beijing and home to one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, with densely distributed watchtowers and breathtaking woodland views. Go early to avoid the worst of the crowds, and choose from a cable car, chair lift or hike up, and a hike or toboggan back down.

Cycle the old city wall of Xi’an
Xi'an

Cycle the old city wall of Xi’an

Xi’an is China’s original capital and home to the oldest and best-preserved city wall in China — and a great way to see it is by bike. Give yourself a few hours for regular stops so you can take in the wall’s amazing engineering.

Sample the food in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter
Xi'an

Sample the food in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter

If you’re heading to Xi’an, you’ll no doubt want to see its famous Terracotta Army, but include some time to see the rest of the city too. The Muslim Quarter in the heart of the city is famous for its mosques and markets where you can sample delicious street food.

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