Couples going on a romantic trip to China are in for a treat. From stunning beach resorts and luxury city hotels to great cultural attractions and countless activities, the country is a unique vacation destination. Beijing is the capital city of China, a bustling hub of culture, business and politics. Famous tourist attractions include the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Great Wall. There is also the Lama Temple, Yashow Market, Ming Tomb and many other famous sites. Facing the East China Sea, Shanghai offers vibrant nightlife, shopping, scenic views and unique hotels. Yangtze River cruises are popular with romantic couples, letting you get a unique perspective of the country's landscape. Lhasa Tibet is home to historic Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang temple and Norbulingka palace.
Jiuzhaigou Valley in the north of Sichuan is a nature reserve and a national park filled with waterfalls, lakes and mountain peaks. The valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a World Biosphere Reserve. Jiuzhaigou Valley means the "Nine Village Valley" and is named after the nine Tibetan villages inside it. The Silk Road is 4,000 miles long and named after the Chinese silk trade which took place there. Zhangjiajie is a city in the northwestern part of Hunan province, home to the Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, featuring 3,000 quartzite sandstone pillars hundreds of feet high. Visitors can admire pools, scenic waterfalls and caves along the way.
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1.Banyan Tree Hangzhou
Located in the Xixi wetlands, China's first wetlands reserve, Banyan Tree Hangzhou is a Jiangnan-style "water village" resort with spacious accommodations and a unique setting that makes you feel like you've stepped back in time. The houses in the village have tiled roofs and ivory walls surrounded by the wetlands.
Surrounded by channels and lakes, the villas at the hotel remind you of a quaint Jiangnan-style Chinese town from a long time ago. The 72 suites and villas combine oriental and contemporary design and feature all of the best modern amenities.
Choose from decor that reflects the four seasons: autumn, winter, spring and summer. Water view villas and suites offer beautiful water views from the guest rooms and terraces. After a day of sightseeing in Hangzhou, enjoy the custom built indoor hot tub in your bedroom. The premier Water Terrace suites have a private spa treatment room, a separate living room, and an outdoor balcony. he Spa Jet Pool Villa is the most spacious and luxurious, offering an Outdoor Jet Pool and exquisite decor with hard wood textures and plush fabrics.
Take a tour of the magnificent Xixi Wetlands while staying at the hotel. The traditional hand-rowed boat will take you to the most scenic spots so that you can observe rare birds, historic sites and the island of Autumn Snow Temple.
If you prefer to explore the wetlands on foot, take a full day walking tour that will take you through hidden villas, ancient fish ponds and tall reed fields.
Enjoy local opera performances, dances under the bridge and other entertainment. Guest receive a special Chef selected Chines Menu, Chinese Tea and floral decoration in the garden.
Rates start at RMB 3,420 per night. Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province in Eastern China and the fourth largest city in China, offering many historic attractions, great restaurants and shopping.
Located on the Luosuo River in China's Yunnan Province, Anantara Xishuangbanna offers vacationers a great base for exploring Wild Elephant Valley and Manfeilong, a Buddhist temple also known as the White Pagoda. The hotel offers a five-star spa, swimming pool, poolside bar, Yoga and Tai Chi classes, cooking classes and a choice of restaurants.
Guests have a choice of 80 deluxe rooms and 23 pool villas. All of the rooms have private balconies from which you can enjoy views of the garden and the river. River Pool Villas were designed to offer the best views of the Luosuo River from their bedrooms and living rooms. A 24 hour butler makes sure that every one of your needs is attended to. Relax next to the beautiful outdoor pool that comes with each pool villa. Click here for 25 Most Amazing Private Pools.
Surrounded by spectacular forest and river views, Xishuangbanna Spa offers a Thai-inspired menu of indoor and open-air treatments. Couples should request one of the double treatment suites with space for unique outdoor bathing rituals. >Anantara Spa Facilities include a herbal bath, located outside so that you can enjoy the natural surroundings, a unique tropical steam cave and several indoor massage rooms.
Ideally positioned near China's rich cultural sights, the hotel offers a choice of activities which include tea plantation tours with Anantara's Tea Guru, a visit to a wild elephant sanctuary and local traditional village tours. The resort's river view restaurant, Mekong, serves Chinese, Thai and Dai cuisines with subtle Western influences. Head to Manfeilong restaurant for a delicious breakfast buffet first thing in the morning.
Nightly rates start at CNY 1,440 per night.
3.Kempinski Haitang Bay Sanya
Kempinski Hotel Haitang Bay Sanya in China is a romantic resort featuring stunning architecture and design. Whether you want to celebrate a special occasion with a romantic dinner on the beach, eat gourmet food or practice golf, the hotel is a fun trip for couples looking for a five star experience. This stunning Chinese hideaway was designed with European and international influences. Canals and gondolas, inspired by Venice, connect guest accommodations with hotel restaurants. he museum is housed in a historic house which can be rented for private parties. If you are looking for a unique spot for a wedding reception, this is a good choice.
Take a romantic gondola ride along the hotel's river. You can arrive at any of the restaurants in the gondola, a great idea for a honeymoon or a proposal. Practice your short game on the 18-hole putting greens surrounded by lust tropical plants or play a game of tennis. Afterwards relax next to the outdoor swimming pool. In addition to the hotel's own beach, there are other sandy beaches around the property. Guests can take a boat trip to Wuzhizhou Island, go scuba diving and explore the surrounding villages.
Luxury guests rooms all have private whirlpools on the balconies, perfect for relaxing with scenic views of the ocean and gardens. All guest accommodations are connected to the resort restaurants with waterways, so you can take the gondola pretty much anywhere within the resort. Choose from a collection of suites and luxury villas. The villas feature Chinese-style furniture, entertaining facilities and a lavish tropical garden which surround the private villa pool.
The Spa by I SPA is situated in a luxuriously appointed villa and offers a range of lavish treatments. Ambiance and decor follow traditional Chinese principles of harmony and balance. Couples should try the Romantic red wine package which includes a rose and red wine bath, allowing guests to drink red wine during bath time. The treatment also includes a grapeseed body scrub and a full body massage.
Whether you want a private dinner on the beach or an elegant setting indoors in a restaurant, there are many choices. Yuen Court Chinese Restaurant serves fresh seafood, Cantonese cuisine and Hainan specialties. The Tea House offers a wide variety of Chinese teas, Chinese and international wines, noodles and traditional Cantonese Dim Sum. Rendezvous Lobby Lounge serves delicious drinks, homemade cakes, pastries and chocolates.
The hotel offers special services for families, including the Kids Club, complimentary for children ages 4 to 11 years. Daily activities focus on local culture, nature, sports, arts and crafts. Room rates start at CNY 1,699.
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4.Anantara Sanya Resort in the South China Sea
Located on a long stretch of a sandy beach, Anantara Sanya Resort and Spa offers travelers an elegant seaside sanctuary overlooking the South China Sea. Accommodation choices range from elegant guest rooms and suites to five star luxury villas with private pools facing the sandy beach. Each room has a private balcony, large bathtub and a separate rain shower. The rooms come fully equipped with a LED TV, DVD player with surround sound, high-speed internet, an iPod dock, digital safety box and mini-bar. The Beachfront Pool Villa is the most luxurious, offering two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and ocean views. The spacious outdoor deck next to the pool is perfect for relaxing in the sun and hanging out with the family.
Visit the resort's world-class spa and try one of the signature pearl and tea infused treatments used by Asian women for over 3,000 years for their rejuvenating effect.
Whether you are looking for a romantic dinner with a view of the ocean or lush garden views, the resort offers several unique dining settings and distinct dining flavors. For those who don't want to leave the main resort pool, Flow swim-up bar serves refreshing cocktails and quick snacks. Click here for great romantic proposal ideas.
5.Banyan Tree Sanya
Located on a sandy beach in Hainan, China, Banyan Tree Sanya is a luxury all-villa hideaway with 49 pool villas surrounded by a tropical lagoon. The resort has a five star spa, many recreational activities and gourmet restaurants.
Guests are accommodated in luxurious pool villas in a tropical garden setting. The villas have spacious layouts and some have special features such as oceanside location and a dedicated spa treatment area.
The Spa Pool Villa has an outdoor massage area on the second floor, perfect for those who plan to get many spa treatments in the privacy of their own villa. For best views of the ocean, ask for the Ocean Front Pool Villa which overlooks the beach. This spectacular villa has private spa pavilions and a sprawling two-story layout.
Spend your day relaxing on the sandy resort beach from which you can enjoy colorful tropical sunsets. The resort fitness center has gym equipment and an aerobics room. Outdoor tennis courts are available for a game of tennis. Yoga instructors are available.
The resort is located on Hainan Island in the South China Sea. Take day-long excursions to the smaller nearby islands or explore the area around the resort by bike. Nightly villa rates start at RMB 3,220.
6.Kensington Tours: Cities of China in Style
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If you want to visit several Chinese cities on your honeymoon or romantic tip, take a look at the custom itineraries offered by Kensington Tours. Guests enjoy five star accommodations, gourmet dinners, a chauffeur, and expert private guides with exclusive access to temples, palaces and festivals. "Cities of China in Style" is a 10-day tour which includes stops at famous landmarks in Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong. In Beijing, you will get to explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven with a private English speaking guide. You will go on a guided tour of the Great Wall and visit the famous Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Spend a few days in Xi'an, one of the four ancient capitals of China, featuring amazing museums, art, pagodas and an impressive city wall. In Shanghai, you will get a private city tour and a cruise on the Huangpu river, perfect for enjoying the view of the city. Afterwards, head to Hong Kong where you will visit famous temples like Wong Tai Sin Temple, the Jade Market and other popular shopping spots. Rates for the 10-day tour start at $6,860 per person (888-903-2001).
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7.The Langham, Shenzhen
The Langham, Shenzhen is a landmark hotel centrally situated in the retail and commercial center of Shenzhen City. Guests enjoy grand decor and five star service at this elegant hotel on Shennan Boulevard in the prime Futian District.
The hotel's 352 stylish rooms and spacious suites define and embody the Langham heritage since 1865. Each room is decorated with Oriental artifacts reflecting classical Chinese themes.
Enjoy traditional authentic Cantonese and other Chinese cuisine at on of the eight private dining rooms of the T'ang Court. At the Silk, sample pan-Asian, Chinese and Western specialties in an open kitchen.
"Tiffin at the Langham" is the hotel's signature afternoon tea service with sandwiches, freshly-made jams and scones, served at the Palm Court Lounge. >Unwind at the poolside Gazebo Bar with refreshing cocktails and healthy light snacks. Duke's Continental Club serves tapas and grilled meats paired with premium wines and soothing jazz music. Treasures & Scent is Shenzhen's pioneer chocolate retail shop offering handcrafted chocolates.
Chuan Spa offers time-tested Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments and a selection of various body rituals. Perfect for those who like to stay in shape on the road, the hotel's fully-equipped gym and health club is open 24 hours a day. The hotel has both an indoor and an outdoor pool.
The eco-friendly Shenzhen Golf Club offers 27 holes with a par-108 international standard pitch that actually makes you play a round and a half of a standard golf game. The challenging course has Retrofit fairways and views of the beautiful Shenzhen Bay.
Enjoy shopping along the Dongmen Pedestrian Street, Renmin Nan, Nanshan and Shen Nan Zhong.
The Grand Ballroom on the third floor can accommodate from 20 to 300 guests. There are five other function and meeting rooms, as well as the famous Star Room at the 24th floor that offers views of Shenzhen's skyline. Room rates at the hotel start at CNY 1,300 per night (+86 755 8828 9888).
Conrad Beijing is situated in a modern building in Beijing, offering its guests luxury amenities, scenic city views and several dining options.
The stylish King Executive Corner Room offers great views of Beijing's city skyline , 46-inch LED screen TV, a Nespresso coffee machine, a Chinese Tea Set and an iHome docking station. Guests staying in this room receive Executive floor benefits, including a a private check-in area and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on the 29th Floor, offering complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
The Spa at the Conrad Beijing offers 5 treatment rooms and a selection of signature massages and treatments available. Work out in the hotel fitness center and swim in the indoor swimming pool while traveling.
Chapter at Conrad Beijing offers a delicious Chocolate Boutique. 29 Grill offers a wide selection of grilled meats and seafood and an extensive wine collection. The Lobby Lounge is a great place for a business meetings. Lu Yu, named after China's Sage of Tea, is an elegant Chinese restaurant with a beautiful private dining room where you can watch hotel chefs prepare your meal in a personal show kitchen. Vivid is a rooftop lounge with an indoor sitting area, bar, alfresco garden and a dance floor.
Rooms start at 1,600 Yen.
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9.The Peninsula Hong Kong
Opened during the glamorous 1920s, the Peninsula Hong Kong is a Grande Dame of East Asia, featuring a luxurious spa, elegant restaurants and a fleet of Rolls-Royce limousines to take your around the city. If you are looking for unique romantic getaways, you can't go wrong with this hotel. The property is located on Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, overlooking Victoria Harbour. The Kowloon district is home to numerous shops, businesses and museums such as the Museum of Art, the Space Museum and the Cultural Center. The business district on Hong Kong Island can be reached via the subway system or by Star Ferry.
You will not have to look
far for great shops - the Peninsula Shopping Arcade features over 80 shops and boutiques, selling
jewelry, leather goods and custom-tailored clothing.
There are 300 rooms furnished in classic European style with Oriental influences and offer all the modern amenities both business and leisure travelers can use, including complimentary high speed Internet access, four phones and silent fax machines.
In addition to the shopping arcade, there is a swimming pool with a terrace terrace, a spa, business center, banquet and meeting rooms. A unique feature is the soundproofed Floor Music Room with a grand piano available to guests.
The hotel has a wide variety of dining and entertainment options. Restaurants serve cuisine ranging from French, Mediterranean and Swiss to authentic Cantonese and contemporary Japanese. The restaurant with the best views is Felix, which serves Pacific Rim cuisine. Designed by Philippe Starck, the restaurant is located on the 28th floor and offers spectacular views of the city, a great romantic idea. Chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce limousines are available for airport transfer and private hire. The hotel tower has twin helipads and helicopter flights can be arranged through the Concierge. Doubles start at US $310 (852-2920-2888).
10.Conrad Hotel Hong Kong
The Conrad Hong Kong offers some of the most spacious rooms in the city. Since the hotel is located on floors 40 through 61 of a modern retail and entertainment complex, all of the guest room feature incredible views of Victoria Peak and the city harbour. For additional privacy and service, the hotel offers Executive Floors, complete with butler service and free breakfast in the executive lounge. The heated outdoor swimming pool offers incredible views of the skyline. If you like to work out while traveling, the property has a health club with a high-tech gym. There is also a whirlpool, solarium, sauna and steam room. Guests can choose from quite quite a few dining options, ranging from Italian and French to Cantonese and Southeast Asian cuisine. Room rates start at 2,050 HKD (around $270 USD) per night (+852-2521-3838).
11.Gyalthang Dzong Hotel
Gyalthang Dzong Hotel in Yunnan Province, is a secluded romantic hideaway with a luxurious spa and beautiful surroundings. The hotel is housed in a Tibetan lamasery style building located on the south-eastern end of the Tibetan Plateau. Angsana Spa has four treatment rooms and offers a range of massages, body therapies and beauty treatments, a great way to relax on your romantic vacation.
Visit the nearby Sumtseling Monastery, White Water Limestone Terrace and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
The hotel has 47 rooms and suites decorated in indigenous style with vibrant Tibetan colors, rugs and drapes.
The hotel restaurant serves Tibetan cuisine, featuring wild mushrooms, aromatic herbs and fresh vegetables. A mix of Western, Chinese and Indian dishes is also offered.
The hotel is a 50-minute flight from Kunming International Airport and a four-hour drive from Lijiang. Room rates start at $120 per night; suites from $200 per night.
12.The Langham, Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong is a European-style getaway in the Tsimshatsui shopping and tourism district of Hong Kong, China. The hotel offers a selection of luxury rooms and suites with views of the garden or the city skyline. The Langham Club has recently been renovated to offer travelers even more luxury. Designed in European style, the club is located on the 11th floor of the hotel. Open from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm daily, the club offers breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapes. The Club guests also receive personalized check-in and check-out on the 11th floor, all day coffee, tea and light snacks, complimentary pressing of 3 garment pieces per person, and 2 hours' use of The Library per room, per stay.
The hotel offers a well-equipped fitness center and a swimming pool. After a workout, relax with a massage. L'Eclipse restaurant features open kitchens where you can observe your meal being prepared in front of you. Rooms start at 2,050 HKD per night (hongkong.langhamhotels.com).
13.Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou
Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou is the luxury hotel group's first city hotel in China.
The hotel is located above TaiKoo Hui, a prestigious development comprised of luxury shopping, office space and a cultural center.
The hotel's guest rooms are the largest in the city. There are 233 guest rooms, 30 luxury suites and 24 serviced apartments to choose from when booking your stay. Interiors were designed by renowned interior designer, Tony Chi. The luxurious hotel spa has nine private treatment rooms, including two couple's suites and a VIP spa suite, as well as extensive heat and water facilities.
Several dining options are offered, combining traditional Chinese cuisine, Western classics and modern touches.
Room rates start at CNY 1,800 per night (mandarinoriental.com/guangzhou).
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14.Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing
There are few hotels in the world that let you combine tradition with modern amenities in such a harmonious way as Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing. Check into this stunning property and we think that you will agree that this unique getaway is worthy of an emperor. The hotel is adjacent to the East Gate of the famous Summer Palace, removed from the hustle and bustle of Beijing and feels like a private retreat. The Imperial Suite consists of three spacious pavilions, giving you plenty of space for a party or business meeting. The buildings of the hotel have a long history. The original complex was used by guests of the Summer Palace. Courtyard-style layout and traditional Chinese architecture are reflected throughout the hotel.
Luxurious spa has a menu of treatments fit for an empress. Each Spa Suite has a private steam room and massage room where you can request facials and body treatments in the privacy of your suite. The indoor pool is incredible. Several five star dining options as well as on-demand room service. 17 Deluxe Suites showcase furniture inspired by the Ming Dynasty. The beautifully performed Chinese tea ceremony is a must while staying at this five star hotel. Rooms start from $750 per night (amanresorts.com).
15.The Peninsula Beijing
The Peninsula Beijing blends modern and traditional influences to create a calm, luxury oasis in the heart of Beijing, China.
The Peninsula Spa by ESPA incorporates holistic philosophies of the East to offer a number of relaxing treatments. Guests can swim in the heated indoor pool, visit the sauna and steam rooms on their city spa vacation.
Dining choices at the hotel include Huang Tang which has a feel of an authentic Chinese home, and Jing which serves East-meets-west cuisine.
Lovers of Chinese culture should sign up for the spring Hutong Heritage Package at The Peninsula Beijing. Explore the city's historic 'hutong' district, including courtyard homes and walled gardens, on a rickshaw ride. A professor of Chinese architectural history accompanies the tour which includes a visit to a private museum featuring rare Chinese antiques.
16.The Royal Begonia
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Situated on the Haitang Bay beachfront, The Royal Begonia resort is set amidst the South China Sea and lush green hills. Having opened in 2012, it has since become an unrivaled island escape that blends nature with modern facilities.
Guests get a true cultural experience in luxurious style, and potential experiences include touring a gallery of modern Chinese art, visiting the surrounding villages and getting to know the locals, or trying their luck at a cooking class for indigenous cuisine. There are a number of indoor, outdoor, and beachside activities offered to hotel guests; numerous pools, two tennis courts, a fitness center, spa, and business center are available.
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