Situated in eastern Asia on the western shore of the Pacific Ocean, China is the third largest country in the world and the biggest of all Asian countries. With an area of 9.6 million square kilometres, China is 1.25 times the size of Australia. Its continental coastline extends over 18,000 kilometres, and its vast sea surface is studded with more than 5,000 islands. A country of extremes, China is home to one of the oldest civilisations and is the birthplace of many of Asia’s religions. Mysterious and charming, China boasts an imperial history of dynasties and a legacy of architectural wonders which combined with its spectacular landscapes and enchanting customs offers tourists a holiday experience like no other. In the capital city of Beijing alone (the Forbidden City) the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs are awaiting your arrival. The sprawling metropolis of Shanghai is China’s second largest city and a paradise for bargain hunters. Nearby the West Lake of Hangzhou and Zhengzhou’s famous Shaolin Temple as well as Jinan (the hometown of Confucius and the ‘City of Springs’) are guaranteed to leave you in awe. A melting pot of old and new, China has many amazing worlds to explore and adore.