Honeymoon guide to China

Uncover an inexhaustible treasure trove of ancient and natural wonders – perfect for adventurous couples – and find the perfect location for your honeymoon in China, today!


From Beijing, take an endless adventure through 5000 years of ancient wonders and man-made marvels that dot the scenic landscape of eastern China.

With a history dating back 3000 years, Beijing offers a treasure trove of stunning monuments to ancient dynasties.

Be inspired by the magnificent Summer Palace, the exquisite Temple of Heaven and the splendours of the Forbidden City. Then explore the hutongs (back alleys) by cycle rickshaw to see Chinese life at its most traditional.

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From its humble origins as a seaside fishing village, Shanghai has emerged today as a vast, vibrant, sophisticated, ever-changing metropolis at the forefront of China’s rapid cultural change.

Shanghai buzzes with energy and is a showcase of both old and contemporary architecture that is best explored on foot. Experience the beauty of Chinese art history at the Shanghai Museum and see Art Deco at its finest in the French Concession.

Wander the bustling, winding lanes along The Bund and through Frenchtown to discover the remnants of Shanghai’s decadent colonial past.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s visually stunning landscape – anchored amid glass and steel skyscrapers, colonial buildings and traditional Chinese temples – offers a fascinating and eclectic mix of British colonial history and Chinese culture.

Watch life unfold from the century-old green-and-white Star Ferry as it glides across Victoria Harbour or from the top deck of an old tram car as it winds across Hong Kong Island – first settled by the British in 1842 and home to some of the world's best shopping experiences.

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Explore one of the oldest cities in China, with a history dating back more than 3100 years.

Famous as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Xi'an is home to the Terracotta Army and was once the beginning or end of the journey for the great trade caravans of the Silk Road.

Today you can explore a wealth of historical remnants here, from the Terracotta Warriors and the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the old City Walls.

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Explore one of the most picturesque of China's provinces on foot, by bicycle or on a river cruise. Be inspired by the fairytale scenery of rugged limestone formations and terraced rice fields and meet some of the province’s tribal population, including the Zhuang, Dong and Yao people.

Discover a captivating scenic paradise of green plains and forested mountain peaks on a river cruise along the Li River from Guilin to Yangshuo in north-eastern Guangxi.


Less crowded than neighbouring Guangxi or Yunnan, Guizhou offers an adventure off the beaten path across terraced fields, undulating mountains and through traditional villages that are home to different tribes including the Dong, Hui, Yao, Zhuang, and Hmong peoples.

Guizhou is home to the largest waterfall in China – Yellow Fruit Trees Falls – which is set amid pretty countryside and surrounded with traditional villages.


The ancient Chinese capital of Hangzhou, located 180km south-west of Shanghai, is famous for its natural beauty and historical heritage.

Cultural highlights include the legendary West Lake (Xi Hu). Its mist-shrouded shores are lined with peach and willow trees, crowded with ancient pagodas, teahouses, shaded walkways and landscaped gardens and offer a delightful interlude from bustling modern-day Hangzhou – famous for silk and tea.

Li River, Guilin

Discover South-west China – one of China's most picturesque regions – that is best explored on foot, by bicycle or on a river cruise.

See a land of rugged limestone mountains and ancient terraced rice fields, shrouded with mist and home to minority peoples.

Explore the riverbanks and inland rice terraces of the Li River by bicycle and wander the Old Town of Lijiang, crowded with authentic architecture from several cultures.

The Silk Road

Retrace the footsteps of ancient traders along the legendary Silk Road – a route that stretched from Xi'an in Shaanxi Province through the narrow Hexi Corridor to the Chinese frontier at Jade Gate Pass.

From here the Silk Road followed hundreds of desert and mountain trails across Central Asia to Europe.

While many of these once-prosperous Silk Road towns have now vanished – buried under the encroaching sands of the vast Lop Nor and Taklamakan deserts – there are still many impressive sights to see.

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Sichuan offers lots to see and do from scaling the scenic mountain of Emeishan to finding the world’s largest stone Buddha in nearby Leshan.

You can also hike through forests and alongside dramatic cascades in Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve and get warm and fuzzy at the sight of new-born panda cubs at the Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Centre.

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Yangtze River

Cruise the famous Yangtze River and the Three Gorges, whose soaring cliffs are lined with caves and tombs dating back to the Yellow Emperor (considered in Chinese mythology to be the ancestor of all Han Chinese).

Explore the ‘Ghost City’ of Fengdu, admire ancient Buddhist sculptures in the caves at Baoding Shan and discover the world’s largest stone Buddha at Emeishan.

Look out for black bear and deer in the Jiuzhaigou Reserve, watch giant pandas and cubs feeding at the panda breeding site in Chegdu or try to spot pandas in the wild at Wolong Nature Reserve.


Hike or bike through some of China’s most beautiful natural scenery, from forest-covered mountains to scenic highland pastures and hot tropical jungles.

Along the way, look out for some of the region’s 25 ethnic groups, which include the Bai, Dai, Hani and Yao people. Or try to identify the three main tribes found only in Yunan Province – the Aini, Mosuo and Shani people.


Experience an unforgettable adventure on the ‘roof of the world’. Explore engrossing monasteries, meet engaging people, watch chanting monks spin prayer wheels and hike stunning high-altitude mountains.

Watch chanting monks spin prayer wheels inside the Jokhang, Tibet’s most revered religious structure, explore the vast treasure-filled 13-storey Potala Palace in Lhasa and discover significant religious caves in the lush Chimpu Valley.

Latest update: Honeymoon guide to China: 8 December, 2023

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