The history of China has been turbulent to say the least – unsurprisingly for such a large place and one of the world's oldest civilisations. Imperial dynasties ruled the country from 221 BC until the beginning of the 20th century. For hundreds of years, Chinese civilisation was among the most advanced cultures in the world. The Great Wall of China was built and the Terracotta Army sculpted during the Qin Dynasty. The compass was invented during the Tang Dynasty. And the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven were constructed during the Ming Dynasty. Many relics from Chinese history have been preserved and are well worth visiting. China is an ideal destination for an exceptional voyage of discovery. Experience it for yourself: book a flight to China now!
China is more than just its own history. There is a dynamic contemporary culture and you will find in the numerous metropolises a wealth of cultural entertainment, modern art, fine dining, nightlife and shopping. The list of top destinations is nearly endless ─ from the glittering entertainment mecca of Macau to the vibrant metropolis of Hong Kong, and from the multifaceted world city of Shanghai to beautiful Kunming, the City of Eternal Spring. Then there is the incomparable Chinese cuisine: enjoy noodles and Peking Duck in Beijing or taste the famous spicy Sichuan cuisine in and around Chengdu. Drink silky smooth milk tea in Hong Kong and sip the famous green Longjing tea in Hangzhou. Despite their somewhat busy nature, Chinese people are very good at relaxing. Tai Chi is practiced in parks in the early mornings and massages or group meditation are available everywhere. In short, there is a great deal to see, experience and learn in China. It doesn’t really matter where you start, as long as you do.
Flights to China for an exceptional holiday
Looking for a cheap flight to China? With KLM, your holiday begins the moment you step onboard. Your journey will fly by with your own entertainment set on intercontinental flights: free films, games and music. Enjoy our selection of snacks or a tasty dinner and drinks. Add in our many handy extra services (some available for a supplement) and you’ll be in China before you know it.
China may not be famous as a beach destination but the country has an extraordinary coastline, parts of which are quite dramatic. There are numerous beaches and several tropical snorkel paradises in the South China Sea. Don’t forget to pack your swimsuit!
China has an unrivalled degree of natural diversity. Deserts, where blistering heat alternates with freezing cold, majestic mountain ranges, forests inhabited by giant pandas and sharp karst peaks which compete for space with rushing water – China has it all.
Every Chinese village has at least one karaoke bar, every town has at least one nightclub and most big cities combine all facets of Chinese nightlife. Cocktail bars in Hong Kong, trendy nightclubs in Shanghai and operas in Beijing; you’ll always find something to suit your party palate.
There is a staggering amount of cultural heritage in China. Distributed across the country are some of the world’s greatest treasures such as the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Army and the Forbidden City. But there are many other places waiting to be discovered.