China is a fascinating country for the whole family. The country oozes culture expressed in many different ways in different regions and peoples. Book a flight to China and get an experience of a lifetime!
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FLIGHTS TO CHINA WITH SAS
SAS has direct and daily departures from Copenhagen to Beijing. The flight takes 10-11 hours, but during the flight you have individual screens to enjoy the entertainment system on which you can watch movies, TV-shows, play games and listen to music. We try our best to seat families together, and you can choose your own seat if you check in online. Further, we try to let families with young children board the plane first so they can settle in in peace and quiet.
If you wish to visit the city Shanghai, you can also find direct flights from Copenhagen.
GET UP TO 90% CHILDREN'S DISCOUNT WITH SAS
Children under 2 years (without own seat) travel either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket, depending on the destination. Children at the age of 2-11 get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
CHINA – FROM MOUNT EVEREST TO BEIJING
An old Chinese saying goes: “It is easy to behold, but difficult to learn”, and that is actually quite applicable to China. The country covers a vast area spanning several time zones with significant geographical variations. From the world's tallest point of Mount Everest in the Himalayan mountain ranges to far stretching white beaches by Hainan in the south and dynamic cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Further, China holds enormous cultural diversities. With the world's largest population of approximately 1.3 billion people and hundreds of ethnic groups it is a given that the Chinese culture is expressed in many different ways in the different regions and peoples.
THE CHINESE CULTURE
The Chinese culture is unique. Despite the many regional and ethnical differences a mutual Chinese culture does exist, rooting deeply in classical Chinese philosophy and religion. The work ethics and politeness that characterises the Chinese people come from the old philosophies Confucianism and Taoism which, mixed with Buddhism, make up the largest creed in modern China. Further, elements from ancient Number Theories and folklore are still today of great importance to the Chinese culture. As an example, Feng Shui is based on these ancient Number Theories, and the Chinese Dragon, which was an important element in Chinese mythology, still symbolises happiness and is also still used in architecture and at the celebration of the New Year. The old martial arts techniques are also very much alive in modern China; in the big cities thousands of people gather in parks to practice Tai Chi before going to work.
EVERYTHING FROM VILLAGE FARMERS TO MODERN LIFE STYLE IN SHANGHAI
In spite of significant geographical and cultural variations the Chinese still share a mutual cultural heritage dating back more than 6000 years – making it one of the world's oldest. The history of the country spans across the days of dynasties and emperors, the communist Mao and to the modern China with its focus on technological advancements and economic progress. Today's China consists of both village farmers growing rice and wheat in the old-fashioned way on the countryside, and internationally oriented business men in Shanghai.
THE FORBIDDEN CITY
One of China's greatest and most interesting tourist attractions is The Forbidden City in Beijing. The Forbidden City is the collective term for more than 800 buildings with 9999 rooms which functioned as the imperial palace from 1422 to 1922, when China's last emperor Puyi formally abdicated. The Forbidden City was given its name because ordinary people were not allowed access to the area – only the imperial family and members of the court were allowed to access the area, and the penalty for trespassing was death. Today the area is one of China's most important attractions and included on UNESCO's world heritage list of protected areas.
VISIT THE VENICE OF THE EAST
Suzhou is a beautiful city in the Jiangsu Province. The city has a long history and is the cradle of the Wu Culture which influenced this part of the country in the 900s. Suzhou is one of the oldest cities located by the Yangtze River, China's largest river. The city is famous for its many canals and has been nicknamed “The Venice of the East”. The city offers many attractions, amongst other a number of beautiful gardens, temples and bridges. The city's nine gardens – the Classical Gardens in Suzhou – was in 1997 included on UNESCO's world heritage lists as examples of classic Chinese landscape design.
SKYSCRAPERS AND NEONLIGHTS IN SHANGHAI
Shanghai is China's largest city and is home to approximately 20 million people, including suburbs. Shanghai is a modern Chinese metropolis with everything that comes with being a metropolis; neon advertising, skyscrapers and crowds of people. It is, however, still possible to experience the old Shanghai in the area around The Bund. The Bund is a street that runs along one of the shores of The Yellow River cutting through Shanghai. On one side of the street are a number of important Western buildings from colonial times in the beginning of the 1900s, and on the other side is a lovely promenade with an excellent view of the new financial centre on the other side of the river.
THE CHINESE WALL
The incredible structure is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Over 6350 kilometres long, approximately 7 metres wide, and even if it is between six and ten metres tall in most places, it reaches a total of 16 metres in others! If you are considering a trip to China there is no way to escape a trip to the Chinese Wall, located close to Beijing. It is a good idea to go there early if you want to avoid going there at the same time as a lot of other tourists.
EXPERIENCE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR
The Chinese New Year – or the Spring Festival – is by far the most important Chinese celebration. The time of the celebration varies from year to year since the Chinese follow the Lunar Calendar. The celebration of the new year is the longest festival in China – it lasts for about two weeks depending on the area. The Chinese New Year is a celebration packed with traditions – the days leading up to it are spent cleaning and decorating the house with red paper cuttings wishing “happiness”, “long life” and “many children” written in beautiful calligraphy. The New Years Evening itself is a long party with a luxurious dinner and fireworks at midnight. The days after New Years Evening are spent visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts, and the end of the Chinese New Year is marked 15 days after at the Lantern Festival – a kind of Chinese Valentine's Day with plenty of music, dancing and lights from beautiful lanterns.