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Jan - Jan

A comprehensive private journey around China including a great variety of experiences along with the iconic sights of the Middle Kingdom. One of the most beguiling countries in the world, where 21st century advances meet ancient traditions, your private guides will help you understand the special culture of China, as well as seeing unmissable iconic sights – The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Shanghai’s waterfront, The Terracotta Warriors, the peaks of Guilin and the pandas. And not just see a snapshot on a tour bus, but get under the skin with trusted locals. Head east and be enchanted/surprised.

At a Glance

  • Comprehensive journey around China
  • The Great Wall at spectacular and less frequented Jinshaling
  • The Terracotta Warriors and Imperial Xian
  • See pandas in Chengdu
  • Guilin and Yangshou and the rural south
  • Be thrilled by Shanghai and visit its hidden corners
  • See modern China and travel by high speed rail

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Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours

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Practical Info


  • Days 1 - 2
    To Beijing
    Overnight flight to Beijing. On arrival you will be met by your guide for your private transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. Passing the capital’s modern skyscrapers, you may see glimpses of ancient temples and parks. Settle in to your hotel in the heart of the city near Tiananmen Square, with the rest of the day free to relax and explore.
    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
  • Day 3
    Forbidden City & Beijing’s Hutongs Walking Tour

    Head with your guide this morning into the Forbidden City. Entering through the Meridien Gate, you’ll quickly get an impression of the grand scale of the palace which was for centuries in the times of the Emperors closed off to mere mortals. A full restoration process has been taking place in recent year, opening the previously closed halls and city wall walkways.
    Then walk the short distance to the Hutongs for a walking tour of this part of the city characterised by winding alleys and traditional houses, a way of life changing but with an essence dating back millennia. With an expert guide choose from a theme of Chinese folk tales, everyday culture and characters and the art and cultural movements which took place in the city. The rest of the day is free to explore Wanfujing and the Tiananmen Square area.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
  • Day 4
    The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

    Depart this morning with your private car and guide for a full day visit to the Jinshanling part of the Great Wall, a spectacular and less visited area. Here the wall snakes along mountain ridges into the far distance. There is the option of a 3 to 4 hour hike to get among the wild and more untouched areas. (link this to point of interest).  Your expert Great Wall guide will share the story of the wall and its place in Chinese history.

    Meals included: Breakfast & lunch

    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
  • Day 5
    Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

    Early morning visit to the Temple of Heaven, one of the most iconic of China’s ancient Buddhist temples. In the morning, the surrounding park is alive with the residents of Beijing practicing tai chi, martial arts, painting and Chinese calligraphy on the flagstones, ideal for a glimpse of these vibrant traditions.
    Then depart a little out of the city centre to the Summer Palace. The palaces, temples and pavilions and lakes were developed around the gardens in the 18th century by Emperor Qianlong.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
  • Day 6
    To Xian by train

    Morning private transfer to the train station and board the high speed train to Xian, a six hour journey. Relax on the train as you travel out of the metropolis, past villages and green fields and into the heart of ancient China, the terminus of the Silk Road and the imperial city of Xian. You will be met on arrival for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a bike tour around the Xian will reveal the impressive city wall and Ming dynasty temples as well as the modern city.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Grand Mercure on Renmin Square
  • Day 7
    Terracotta Warriors and rural Xian

    Travel out of the city by jeep into the rugged loess rock formations, where cave dwellings dating back centuries can be seen. Continue to the site of the army of the Terracotta Warriors, the awe-inspiring and uniquely detailed statues guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin.
    In the evening taste some of the flavours of Xian on a guided food tour by tuk tuk. Xian’s old silk route location has brought influences from across Asia. The tour finishes with a visit to a microbrewery, another ancient tradition.

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

  • Day 8
    To Chengdu by train

    This morning visit the recently opened Tomb of Emperor Jing, one of China’s most enlightened Emperors.
    Head to the train station and board the high speed train to Chengdu. Relax as you travel into Sichuan province with a 4 hour journey with the landscape becoming more mountainous as you head west.
    On arrival transfer to your centrally located hotel. You will be taken for dinner of Sichuan cuisine, known for its spices and aromas, in a recommended local restaurant.

    Meals included: Breakfast & dinner

    Buddha Zen Hotel
  • Day 9
    Chengdu and Panda Research Centre

    This morning visit the Panda Breeding Centre, which has a pleasant environment in which to see the efforts going into panda conservation in China. There are around 100 pandas in residence and it is probably the best place to see China’s iconic bear, as they are particularly difficult to see in the wild.
    Continue to the archaeological site of Sangxindui, in the countryside outside Chengdu this important horde of artefacts including masks and bronzes dates back four thousand years revealing an advanced Eastern culture.
    This evening visit the Sichuan Opera for a performance of song, fire-eating and folklore based on local mythology, a very lively art form.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Buddha Zen Hotel
  • Day 10
    To Guilin & Yangshou

    This morning visit the Wenshu temple and take fresh Chinese tea in the House of Tea. Stroll through the People’s Park where you can see people practise tai chi, dance, meditation and other exercises.
    Transfer to the airport and fly to Guilin, where you will be met on arrival for the drive to Yangshou.
    Yangshou lies on the banks of the Li River, surrounded by verdant limestone karst peaks, rice fields and farmland which seem pulled straight from a traditional Chinese painting. It is classic picture-postcard Asia and attracts travellers from all over the world to unwind and explore in the natural beauty.
    Settle in to your hotel and explore the West Street area with its shops, cafes and bars with a lively atmosphere.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Amari Yangshuo
  • Day 11
    Yangshou and Longshen

    Depart this morning for a trip into rural China and walk in the Longjii , Dragon’s Backbone, of towering rice terraces first cultivated over 700 years ago. This is one of Asia’s most distinctive sights and from April to October different colours are reflected in the waters. A guided walk of up to four hours leads along the terraces through traditional villages. (link point of interest)
    Return to Yangshou for some time to relax by the river.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

    Amari Yangshuo
  • Day 12
    To Shanghai

    Transfer to Guilin airport for a flight to Shanghai. You will be met on arrival for your private transfer to the city centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Yangtze Boutique
  • Day 13

    Shanghai is a 21st century metropolis influenced by its historic position as China’s link to the outside world.  Explore the city in quirky style with a vintage sidecar tour from the French Concession district to the bund riverfront, passing the bustling neighbourhoods and backstreets of the metropolis.
    In the afternoon, a walking tour of the Bund with an expert guide will introduce the art deco buildings from when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East, with the trading houses including the original Hong Kong Shanghai Bank. Hear the tales of the exotic past and at the same time see the space aged city all around with its gleaming skyscrapers.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Yangtze Boutique
  • Day 14

    A half day guided tour of historic and cultural Shanghai. Visit the French Concession, a relic of the western enclaves now gentrified, and see Fuxing Park where the locals practise their early morning  rituals. Continue to lively Xintiandi and the alleyways of the old town, leading to the Yu Yuan gardens. These are a retreat from the city, featuring the traditional landscaping of Chinese gardens. Conclude with a visit to the renovated M50 industrial area, now a contemporary arts venue reflecting the ever-changing character of the city. The rest of the day is free for shopping or visiting other parts of this exciting city.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Yangtze Boutique
  • Day 15
    Take a private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing is situated in the bustling Wangfujing shopping area, close to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Facilities at the hotel include a gymnasium and massage centre, whilst dining ranges from the Asian cuisine at Oodle to the international fare at Bloo. All rooms feature complimentary internet access and park or city views.

Grand Mercure on Renmin Square


Buddha Zen Hotel

‘Well-Placed; Comfortable Hotel’

Buddha Zen Hotel sits in Qingyang District, near Wenshu Monastery, around a ten minute drive from Hongxing Road and the North Railway Station. Rooms are decorated in zen-style and come with private bathrooms, while the restaurant offers Chinese, local and Asian cuisine. Facilities include a spa and wellness area.


Amari Yangshuo

‘Surrounded by Beauty’

Amari Yangshuo lies in Yangshuo, known for its large karst peaks and green scenery. The hotel is only a short walk away from the shops at West Street. 73 rooms are featured and all include modern amities such as a bathroom. The restaurant offers live cooking stations all-day long, while the spa and fitness centre provide good leisure options.


Yangtze Boutique

‘Historic Hotel; Art-Deco Style’

Built in 1934, Yangtze Boutique was once touted as “the third largest hotel in the Far East”. Today, it provides a boutique retreat with comfortable guest rooms opening out to a balcony or terrace. Two restaurants range from local favourites to Italian delights, and are accompanied by two bars.

15 Days from £3,945 per person
Based on 2 adults sharing

This trip includes

Return flights on Air China (indirect return)

Domestic flight Chengdu to Guilin and Guilin to Shanghai

Beijing to Xian & Xian to Chengdu train ticket

Hotels as specified

All tours and transfers as specified including entrance fees

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

The services of local representatives

This trip excludes

China visa

Gratuities and any extras

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