China is a country rich in history and steeped in centuries of culture and learning. Beijing offers a brush with the past, whether it is the breathtaking Great Wall of China, the majestic Forbidden City, or the beautiful Imperial Summer Palace. At the same time you can feel the rush towards the future as the cities of Beijing and Shanghai embrace the 21st century. As one of the four ancient capitals and one of China’s oldest cities, Xi’an is renowned the world over for the splendid Terracotta Army discovered in 1974, and can make for a fascinating trip when visiting China. To the south-west of the country lies Yunnan province with its ancient towns such as Lijiang; one of China’s (if not Asia’s) most pristine and scenic areas.
One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, Dubai is a place of fascinating contrasts, a distinctive blend of modern city and timeless desert, of East and West, old and new. In a single day, you can experience everything from rugged mountains and inspiring desert dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks. Rustic villages and ancient houses with wind towers sit beside ultra-modern shopping malls.
Bali, “The Island of the Gods”, offers something for all holiday tastes; from beautiful pristine white sand beaches, to stunning mountain scenery, laced with layer upon layer of carefully crafted rice fields. Enjoy Bali whether you want to discover the busy villages with local ceremonies and shopping, relax on the palm-fringed beaches or experience the spectacular nature by bike, rafting or 4WD.
The ‘Land of the Morning Calm’ has a great variety of attractions that tourists will find interesting. Famous cuisine, cities that never sleep and historical attractions complemented by a superb public transport system make South Korea an ideal destination for a stopover or even several days.
Taiwan is often regarded as a ‘mini Japan’. Hot-springs, bullet trains, beautiful scenery with great beaches and national parks along with friendly locals, will make any holiday to Taiwan rewarding.
The unique fascination of Hong Kong for many visitors is its living fusion of East and West. With the influence of 150 years of British rule woven into 6,000 years of Chinese culture, Hong Kong is a city of contrast that continues to delight visitors. Hong Kong offers something for everyone, whether it is dining on mouth-watering dim sum, discovering bargains at the various markets or enjoying the spectacular cityscape and views from Victoria Peak.
Fascinating Malaysia is a vibrant cosmopolitan country of stunning architecture and colourful festivals alongside beautiful natural scenery. There is something to offer all visitors, whether it is the great value-for-money shopping, interesting galleries and museums, or heading to an island to relax or enjoy activities such as scuba diving or snorkelling.