Discover North China

Introduction

Northern China spans thousands of miles over varied landscapes, bordering Russia and Mongolia in the north, and eventually hitting the spectacular Great Wall towards the south. It’s home to some of the country’s most famous landmarks, and a perfect starting point for your journey. The wonderful imperial cities of Beijing & Xi’an, the ancient walled city of Pingyao and Russian-influenced Harbin are just a few of the fantastic destinations in Northern China.

Beijing

The capital of China is incredibly dynamic, wonderfully vibrant and provides an insight into the country’s great empire. It’s 21st century architecture and imperial national treasures represents an enchanting medley of ancient and contemporary, which reflects its modern transformation. Beijing is famous for the impressive Forbidden City - the imperial palace during the Qing and Ming dynasty, the historic Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, and of course the unmissable Great Wall of China.

Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is an ancient world wonder stretching across an impressive 21196 km (in different dynasties) with its many sections winding through remote mountains, plains and deserts. The walls many relics including trenches and fortresses are spread across 15 provinces within Beijing. It was originally built as a fortification to protect the Chinese empire against invading nomadic groups as early as 7th century B.C, with the most well-known section built during the Ming dynasty. Discovering this powerful symbol of China is truly a one in a lifetime experience.

Inner Mongolia

In the north of China lies Inner Mongolia, an Autonomous Region and also the widest in the country, bordering the Republic of Mongolia and Russia. Known for it’s varied, peaceful and fascinating landscape, the region comprises of large deserts, lakes and grassland forming endless stunning scenery. As well as visiting the unique landscape and welcoming Mongols in the region, Inner Mongolia offers monasteries, museums, temples and horse-riding ventures. Visit Inner Mongolia for a breath of fresh air, peace and beautiful natural landscapes.