CHINA should be a destination on every traveler’s must-see list.
The breath-taking landscapes are varied in every province of China, from the stunning snow topped escarpments of the Changbai Mountains to the lush warm tropics of Xishuangbanna and the fertile emerald plains of Xueling to the vast stretches of coastline in the east, China is an intriguing landscape.
The vibrancy and uniqueness of China can be admired through the nation’s rich history seen in stunning buildings and monuments across the country.
Yet, this ancient culture built from centuries of everchanging emperors meets dazzling modernity with seamlessness.
Sampling the diverse cuisines on offer around China is an exceptional experience also.
From sizzling noodles in the north to fluffy rice in the south and all the sticky hotpots, Peking duck, fiery kung pao chicken, and spongy steamed buns in between, China has a tasty bite for all.
Its natural beauty and abundance of vibrant culture have inspired one of the world’s most luxurious hotel groups, aptly named after a mythical hidden gem of China – Shangri-La, meaning heaven on Earth.
The story of the Shangri-La Group concept was inspired by the James Hilton’s 1933 novel, Lost Horizon, set in the mythical valleys of Shangri-La.
The hotel group encapsulates the serenity and tranquillity found in the mystical lands of Shangri-La.
Here are our top picks
Discover the “Lost Horizon” at Shangri-La Resort Shangri-La .
Shangri-La Resort Shangri-La offers a journey through the rich history and spectacular natural attractions of the region, including the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge, the Meili Snow Mountains, Napahai Lake.
Take part in local cooking masterclasses and learn to make Tibetan snacks – the best kind of souvenir.
Just north of Shangri-La in the ancient city of Chengdu, a modern sanctuary awaits.
Surrounded by beautiful rivers, bridges, trees, and flowers, Shangri-La hotel Chengdu provides ultimate comfort across its 593 spacious rooms and 26 serviced apartments.
The Exploration Journey package is perfect for guests who don’t want to think about planning their trip.
Learn to prepare panda meals and engage with them in feeding sessions, then visit the panda rescue sanctuary.
Enjoy an afternoon at the Sichuan Cuisine Museum and learn to cook sichuan dishes like a professional.
For those looking to indulge in luxury, head across to Xiamen on the coast and immersive yourself in utter tranquillity.
Set just back from the unspoiled coast is the conveniently located Shangri-La Hotel Xiamen.
The 325-room property is perfect for business, leisure and group travelers.
Garden by the Sea gives guests full access to the Horizon Club, a car tour of Island Ring Boulevard, airport transits, an exquisite buffet supper and unlimited use of the kids’ club.
Choose the Amoy Indulgence package for added indulgences of a one-hour yacht trip, inclusive of a bottle of house wine.
Up the coast from Xiamen is the stunning city of Hangzhou, celebrated by poets for its incredible waterways, lush islands, temples and pavilions.
Midtown Shangri-La Hangzhou is a place offering guests timeless luxury and sublime tranquillity.
The Stay Delicacy package indulges guests with a passion for agriculture and history. Day one will caress your culinary senses at the Kerry Centre with a delightful taste of traditional Hangzhou food.
On the second day, get to understand China’s ancient tea culture at the China National Tea Museum and head out to the fields to pick your very own tea leaves.
Alternatively, if lounging on golden beaches and exploring lush coral reefs is your thing, head to the city of Sanya on the southern end of Hainan Island.
Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort and Spa Hainan are the perfect seaside retreat romantic getaways.
Enjoy the luxuriously Island Getaway Package including limousine airport transfers, a bottle of champagne, spa treatments, private sunset cruise and a bespoke dinner for two.
Each of Shangri-La’s hotels is set in stunning locations, immersed in rich cultural heritage and guarantee an unforgettable stay.
Explore all the fantastic packages here and create your own Shangri-La story.
Undoubtedly the best way to reach these destinations is via China Airlines, renowned for the impeccable level of professional service with a warm welcoming feel and super comfortable seats no matter which cabin you fly in.
A delicious selection of Western and Eastern dishes are served on nearly all routes depending on the duration of your flight.
Enjoy complimentary WiFi to access news articles and find out about the weather in your destination. There is a small fee incurred for passengers wishing to browse the internet outside of these categories.
But with the Fantasy Sky in-flight entertainment systems, we imagine you’ll be glued to one of over 100 movies on offer in addition to TV shows, songs, and video games.
Through Fantasy Sky, you can also join in-flight chatrooms, read e-books and browse Duty Free catalogs.
China Airlines is also known for its super low airfares meaning you can travel to the other side of the world comfortably, safely, cheaply and while saving money to splash out on superb hotels and experiences.
China Airlines has an expansive flight route network. Within China itself there are over 20 flight routes which means travelers can see all the culturally rich nation has to offer without having to plan tricky itineraries.
With China Airlines, it’s also super easy to hop across to over 10 Japanese destinations. Take full advantage of the low fares and discover the cities that never sleep and the cherry blossom-covered islands that make up the Japanese archipelago.
But it’s not just Asian destinations China Airlines want you to see. From Taipei, travelers can visit the Hawaiian Island, explore the US and deliver passengers straight into the heart of some of Europe’s most intriguing cities.
Chose to fly in Premium Business Class, China Airlines newest cabins, making your flight more elegant and enjoyable.
For those traveling with young children, take advantage of the Family Couch. A row of three seats can be converted into a lay-flat bed perfect for parents and babies.
Equally, if you’re traveling Economy Class, China Airlines maintain the same standard of comfort.
Slimmer chairs make for more legroom and the fresh cabin environment makes you forget you’re 30,000 feet in the air.
Once you’ve flown with China Airlines, you won’t look back.
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