48 Hours

City Breaks: China

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Xi’an

    Xi’an Asia, China

    Travel Time

    15hrs 10mins

    A thriving arts scene, great dumplings, elegant pagodas, Terracotta Warriors and layers of history are wrapped up in the well-preserved city walls, says Alex Mead.
  • Guangzhou

    Guangzhou Asia, China

    Travel Time

    10hrs 30mins

    From the golden buddhas of its ancient temple to its sleek stadium and dim sum district, this Cantonese classic offers an authentic slice of China, says Alex Mead.
  • Shanghai

    Shanghai Asia, China

    Travel Time

    12hrs 10mins

    Judy Bastyra sinks her teeth into xiaolongbao in China’s second-largest city, and discovers the vibrant Pudong and charming old-world French Concession.

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