Spend more time hiking on the Great Wall and through the beautiful Rice Terraces of Longji on this active tour of China. Soak up the simple rural beauty of Yangshuo, the history of Xian, the majesty of Beijing and the fast pace of dazzling Shanghai.
Our A China Adventure tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Hike for 6 hours on the Gubeikou to Junshanling section of the Great Wall
Come face to face with the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors of Xian
See these cuddly pandas located high in the Sichuan mountains
Cruise gently along this peaceful river on the way to Yangshuo
Our A China Adventure Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.
Hike amongst the unique beauty of the Longji rice terraces, where you’ll not only get to marvel at the intricately-carved landscapes but experience the rural life and meet some of China's minority hilltribe communities.
Hike between two of the Great Wall's most wild and spectacular sections, Gubeikou and Jinshanling. Taking approximately six hours at an easy pace, there is no better way to experience its majesty and the rugged landscapes that it crosses.
Soar up to the heights of sacred Mount Qingcheng by cable car to wander amongst the peaceful temples of this ancient Taoist sanctuary.
This tour is designed for those who wish to further immerse themselves in the authentic charm of China and take part in more cultural and active experiences. This tour is also suitable for those who wish to take a Yangtze River Cruise.
Fly overnight to Beijing, China’s historic capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Walking through this ornately-designed complex offers an unsurpassed insight into China’s colourful past. Continue to the Summer Palace and explore the magnificent grounds, before taking a short hike up Longevity Hill to enjoy panoramic views. Stop for a photo at the Olympic Stadium before dinner. (B,L,D)
Arrive early for a visit to the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with Tai Chi, dancing and card playing in a flurry of sociable activity you would never see in a park at home. Next, visit Yandaixiejie, where you will have some free time to wander around the hutongs. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of the old Beijing before the emergence of high-rise buildings and modern commerce. Enjoy lunch in the hutongs before driving to the Simatai section of the Great Wall, staying overnight in Gubei Watertown. Ride up to the apex of the wall by cable car to see the sunset. (B,L,D)
Take a short transfer to Gubeikou to begin your full day hike to Jinshanling. Lasting approximately six hours, this is one of the wildest and most scenic section-to-section hikes of the Great Wall. Your path will traverse ancient and rugged landscapes, going ‘off-wall’ for some time to navigate around a Chinese military base. Later, return to Beijing. (B,L)
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. Explore the narrow and winding streets of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls and gain an insight into the city’s fascinating culture and significance as the start of the Silk Road. (B,L)
Housed in three immense hangars, the ranks of the Terracotta Army stand sentinel in their subterranean necropolis, constructed to protect China’s first emperor in the afterlife. Visit a workshop where craftsmen recreate terracotta warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts before continuing to the ancient city wall for a cycle ride along the fortifications surrounding the heart of the city. Tonight, dine on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and take an optional tour of the city at night. (B,L,D)
Take the bullet train to Chengdu and then drive to Pingle Ancient Town. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, Pingle was a stopping point on the Tea Horse Road. (B,L)
Enjoy a morning at leisure - you may wish to take a walk through Pingle’s maze of teahouse-lined streets. Later, see Sichuan’s expansive bamboo forest from above on Jinji Rope Bridge. Drive back to Chengdu. (L,D)
Visit one of the world’s finest panda conservation centres where you will gain a real insight into the hard work that goes into caring for and boosting the population of this iconic species. The pandas here are kept in conditions very close to their natural habitat. Later, ascend Mount Qingcheng, the most sacred Taoist mountain in China, by cable car. It is a truly beautiful area with numerous lush, green peaks and secluded temples. Take a stroll among the mystic scenery of Yuecheng Lake. (B,L,D)
Fly to beautiful Guilin before transferring to Ping’An for an overnight stay. (B,L,D)
Wake up to stunning views of the misty, stepped hills of Longji. Today’s full day hike will take you past small hamlets and picture-postcard views of the rice terraces which cover the landscape in intricate patterns. Whether full of water or bursting with rice plants, a walk in Longji provides an unforgettable experience of rural China. Return to Guilin where the evening is at leisure. (B,L)
Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with the most dramatic and imposing limestone cliffs on the planet, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. This evening, there is an option to be wowed by the light spectacular ‘Liu Sanjie’, a dramatic water-based show set on the Li River. (B,L,D)
Start the day with a relaxing yet invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. This afternoon, there is the option of riding a bicycle through the countryside or joining an optional bamboo rafting trip along the Yulong River – another chance to really soak up the unspoiled surroundings and explore every corner of this exquisite location. (B,L)
Return by road to Guilin and spend some time exploring the colourful stalactites and stalagmites at Reed Flute Cave and visit the Pearl Factory before flying to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. This evening, cruise down the Huangpu River, serenaded by the neon lights of Pudong. (B,L)
Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai and take a breakfast walking tour between shimmering skyscrapers and traditional streets. Walk through the city’s most fascinating districts, marvelling at monuments and rickety buildings before enjoying breakfast as the locals do – sample pancakes, fried bread sticks and tofu. Visit Yu Garden, the old town and a silk factory before taking an evening stroll along the Bund. Enjoy a farewell dinner of authentic Shanghainese cuisine. (B,L,D)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
The 4 star Super House International Hotel combines traditional Chinese culture with contemporary comforts. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, satellite television, a minibar and a safety deposit box. Facilities include a restaurant serving authentic Chinese cuisine, a coffee shop, lobby bar and tea room. There is also a fitness centre with sauna and a small boutique.
The Xian Tourism Golden Flower Hotel is centrally located in Xian. Classically decorated, the hotel’s en-suite rooms include free Wifi, satellite television, air conditioning, tea making facilities and a safety deposit box. The hotel’s onsite restaurant serves both Chinese and Western cuisines, and the lobby bar serves hot and cold drinks. An indoor heated pool and fitness centre is also available.
Jin-Tone Hotel is a four-star hotel located in the core business area of Chengdu, close to CBD, Tianfu Square and Wide and Narrow Alleys.
The Ping An Hotel is nestled in the stunning Longji rice terraces. Offering a rural flavour with a high-quality service, the Ping An Hotel offers Wi-Fi in public areas, choice of Chinese and western restaurants and nice wooden furnishings.
Guilin Jin-Tone Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city and its local attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, Wifi and tea making facilities. There is an onsite spa that offers Chinese massage, and the hotel’s restaurant serves Chinese and Western dishes.
Yangshuo Jasper International Hotel is located a 5 minute complimentary shuttle ride to the centre of Yangshuo’s pedestrianised market streets. Each of its 400 air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, safety deposit boxes and tea making facilities. There are 2 onsite restaurants offering local southern Chinese cuisine as well as Western cuisine. The outdoor pool is a highlight.
Providing spacious, comfortable, air conditioned rooms the Crowne Plaza is in a great location for exploring the city. The hotel has a fitness centre, two swimming pools, a spa and a variety of dining options serving Chinese and international dishes.
Places Visited: UK - Beijing (2N) - Gubei Watertown (1N) - Beijing (1N) - Xian (2N) - Pingle (1N) - Chengdu (2N) - Ping An (1N) - Guilin (1N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Shanghai (2N) - UK
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