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Visit the parks, gardens and majestic gallery at the Beijing Summer Palace on your APT tour of China.
Visit the The Forbidden City whilst on your APT tour of China.

We offer a great mix of touring experiences so you can discover China with APT firsthand. Cruise the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River in luxury, visit the Forbidden City in Beijing and see the Terracotta Warriors near Xi'an.

Tour China with APT for a new and exciting experience.

Explore ancient cities, admire spectacular scenery and absorb the rich culture on your tour of China. Traverse the epic landscapes by private rail, relax on a Yangtze River cruise or learn about the country on an escorted land journey. Couple your experience with a tour of Tibet to truly immerse yourself in a spiritual destination.

Flavours of Beijing

Beijing, with its opulent palaces, temples and huge stone walls, deserves its place among the world's truly great cities. Here, you'll sample the sumptuous flavours of the city with unique touring and a delicious Peking Duck feast - the perfect introduction to China.

The Global City of Shanghai

A former fishing and textiles town, the Shanghai of today exerts a strong influence over global finance, fashion, art and much more. The city blends ancient architecture and cutting edge design, incorporated into its historic landmarks as well as its contemporary attractions.

Xi'an, an Ancient Wonder

As one of the oldest cities in China's history, Xi'an has much to offer visitors. It is home to the world-famous Terracotta Army - one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time.

Experience China's Tranquil Garden Cities

Visit the ancient city of Suzhou which boasts incredible ornamental gardens and a thriving silk industry. Cruise through the ancient water village of Tongli then travel further south to Guilin and the Li River for an aesthetically incredible experience.

The Three Gorges

Best viewed from the Yangtze River, the mountains, forests, waterways and cliff faces of the Three Gorges region in rural China combine to create the country's most picturesque scenery. Relax and enjoy the sights as you cruise through this truly unique landscape.

The Tibetan City of Lhasa, at the Roof of the World

The capital of Tibet, Lhasa, is also the country's economic and cultural centre and home to a number of Tibet's most sacred temples. As the former home to the Dalai Lama, it's also a place of spiritual pilgrimage and one of the highest cities in the world.

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APT offers several ways for you to experience China:

  • Yangtze River Cruising - cruise the Yangtze River and be captivated by the natural spectacle that surrounds you, and be thrilled by the indulgent nature of the boutique river ship we've chosen for you. Find out more here.
  • Land Journeys - visit some of the best attractions throughout Shanghai and Xi'an on your land journey through China. Let our local tour directors guide you to gain a true insight into the country. Find out more here.


Preparing for Your Trip

To help you prepare for your journey we have put together some information that will assist you with your final arrangements. Whether you're wondering about your river ship's services and amenities, how to handle gratuities, contact details, and more - we hope the information on this page helps you along your way.

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We wish you an enjoyable experience and know you'll return home with wonderful memories of a unique and exciting holiday with APT.

Quick Facts

Geographic Facts
Location: Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam

Geographic Co-ordinates: 35 00 N, 105 00 E

Area: slightly smaller than the US.

World's fourth largest country (after Russia, Canada, and US); Mount Everest on the border with Nepal is the world's tallest peak

total: 9 596 960 sq km
land: 9 326 410 sq km
water: 270 550 sq km

lowest point: Turpan Pendi -154 m
highest point: Mount Everest 8850 m

Land boundaries: total: 22 117 km
border countries: Afghanistan 76 km, Bhutan 470 km, Burma 2185 km, India 3380 km, Kazakhstan 1533 km, North Korea 1416 km, Kyrgyzstan 858 km, Laos 423 km, Mongolia 4677 km, Nepal 1236 km, Pakistan 523 km, Russia (northeast) 3605 km, Russia (northwest) 40 km, Tajikistan 414 km, Vietnam 1281 km
regional borders: Hong Kong 30 km, Macau 0.34 km

Coastline: 14 500 km

Climate: extremely diverse - tropical in south to subarctic in north

Terrain: mostly mountains, high plateaus, deserts in west; plains, deltas, and hills in east

Natural Resources: coal, iron ore, petroleum, natural gas, mercury, tin, tungsten, antimony, manganese, molybdenum, vanadium, magnetite, aluminum, lead, zinc, uranium, hydropower potential (world's largest)

Facts About the Nation
Population: 1,306,313,812 (July 2005 est.)

Country Name: conventional long form: People's Republic of China
conventional short form: China
local long form: Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo
local short form: Zhongguo
abbreviation: PRC

Capital: Beijing

Government: Communist state

Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages (see Ethnic groups entry)

Religions: Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Muslim 1%-2%, Christian 3%-4%
note: officially atheist (2002 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%

Life Expectancy: 72.27 years

Independence: 221 BC (unification under the Qin or Ch'in Dynasty); 1 January 1912 (Manchu Dynasty replaced by a Republic); 1 October 1949 (People's Republic established)

National Holiday: Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China, 1 October (1949)

Flag: red with a large yellow five-pointed star and four smaller yellow five-pointed stars (arranged in a vertical arc toward the middle of the flag) in the upper hoist-side corner

Currency: yuan (CNY)
note:: also referred to as the Renminbi (RMB)

Currency Exchange: see the latest currency exchange rate on

Labour force by Occupation: agriculture 49%, industry 22%, services 29% (2003 est.)

Agriculture: rice, wheat, potatoes, corn, peanuts, tea, millet, barley, apples, cotton, oilseed, pork, fish

Industries: mining and ore processing, iron, steel, aluminum, and other metals; coal; machine building; armaments; textiles and apparel; petroleum; cement; chemicals; fertilizers; consumer products, including footwear, toys, and electronics; food processing; transportation equipment, including automobiles, rail cars and locomotives, ships, and aircraft; telecommunications equipment, commercial space launch vehicles and satellites

All information provided by The World Fact Book.

Travelling to China

Visa Requirements

All visitors to China must carry a valid passport with accompanying visa. Due to tightened visa policy, travellers may be required to undergo a personal interview. Tourist visas are issued only after receipt of a confirmation letter from your tour agency.

Entry Requirements:

> Passport must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay, and have one remaining blank page in it.

> Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel.

> One completed Visa Application Form with one passport photo (black and white or colour is acceptable).

> An applicant who was born in China is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa when he or she applies for a Chinese visa with a new foreign passport.

Be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation completed to enter China, and incorrect documents may cause you delays, that affect you starting your tour.

For more detailed information, read the Visa Section on the Chinese Embassy USA website.

Travellers from the United States can also consult the Travel.State.Gov website:


This information is correct at time of publishing. Travellers should always contact their nearest embassy or foreign office, and travel agent to confirm all their requirements for visas, vaccinations and passports.

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