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One seeing is worth a thousand tellings

Ian Dickson Travel has been arranging both business and leisure travel to China for over 38 years for Trade Missions, Educational and Special Interest groups and Independent travellers.

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC) from the book The Way of Lao Tzu.

For Business 

We can offer competitive international fares in business or economy class from the UK and through our network of local partners throughout China we can book internal flights, arrange  transfers, train tickets and  hotel accommodation. We can also give you advice on local public holidays and arrange business visas to enable you to make the most of your time in China.

For Leisure

You do not have to take a package tour to enjoy China. It is easy to get a tourist visa (we will help you) and there are no obligatory jabs. From the UK with one change of aircraft – you can fly to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Chengdu and Hong Kong. We recommend you plan ahead to make the most out of your visit. For example, in Beijing visit the less frequented areas of Great Wall; take the new fast overnight train to Xian, Edinburgh’s twin city, and see the magnificent Terra-Cotta Warriors. Continue to Chengdu in Sichuan Province for the Giant Panda Breeding Base or take a Yangtze River Cruise to see the Three Gorges Dam and finish in Shanghai, China’s most exciting and vibrant city. If you have more time, take the 48-hour train journey across the roof of the world to Tibet – or travel to Yunnan, home of 26 different ethnic minorities, with diverse scenery from snow covered mountains to the lush tropical forests of Xishuangbanna. In Eastern China, visit the classical gardens of Suzhou, West Lake in Hangzhou and then go south to the Guilin and the Li River, where nature imitates art!

Retail therapy?

No problem! Besides an exciting array of attractive Chinese products, many of the clothes we buy are made in China, so you can stock up in the local markets. Just take an empty suitcase! Hotels are generally modern and of a high standard.

If you need a change from sampling the extensive range of traditional Chinese delicacies, there are restaurants offering all kinds of excellent International cuisine, as well as the familiar fast-food of Pizza Hut, Starbucks and McDonald’s.