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A China Experience Private Tour

  • Duration
    10 days
  • Tour Type
    Private Tour
  • Tour Style
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The quintessential experience, this introductory private tour offers a glimpse of China's glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.

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    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Itinerary

This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly to Shanghai

    Days 1-2 Fly to Shanghai

    Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.

  • Day 3

    Discover Shanghai

    Day 3 Discover Shanghai

    Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden, the atmospheric alleys of the old town and the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum. Wander across People’s Square before admiring the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Explore the Xintiandi area and later visit the Silk Factory. In the evening, cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas. (B,L)

  • Day 4

    Zhujiajiao day tour

    Day 4 Zhujiajiao day tour

    Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. (B,L)

  • Day 5

    Fly to Xian

    Day 5 Fly to Xian

    Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, enjoy a Shui Jiao dumpling meal and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L,D)

  • Day 6

    Terracotta Warriors

    Day 6 Terracotta Warriors

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Laquer Exhibition Workshop, and later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14thcentury city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. (B,L)

  • Day 7

    Visit Xian, fly to Beijing

    Day 7 Visit Xian, fly to Beijing

    Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum before strolling through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutongs. These narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of old Beijing before the emergence of high-rise building and modern commerce. Meet a local family and learn first-hand about living in the Hutongs. (B,L,D)

  • Day 8

    Explore Beijing

    Day 8 Explore Beijing

    Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart and stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Later soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. In the evening, watch a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show. (B,L)

  • Day 9

    Great Wall & Summer Palace

    Day 9 Great Wall & Summer Palace

    This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit the Jade Factory before spending the afternoon strolling through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Later, dine on Peking Duck, a favourite of the Emperors. (B,L,D)

  • Day 10

    Fly Beijing to UK

    Day 10 Fly Beijing to UK

    Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
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A China Experience Private Tour map

Places Visited: UK - Shanghai (3N) - Zhujiajiao - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - UK

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