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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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.
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day. (B)
The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.
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There are no dedicated Solo departures for this year. You can enjoy any of our tours with no Single Supplement on our Happy to Share option or explore the solo departures in other years.