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China Encounters

  • Duration

    23 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
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Encounter all of the magnificent sights that make China a truly spectacular destination. Journey from the iconic Wall and enigmatic Warriors to the more off-the-beaten-track mountain vistas of Yunnan province on this epic cross-country adventure.

Tour Highlights

Our China Encounters tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Coronavirus Update for China

China currently has one of the lowest rates of new infections with 63 new daily infections reported yesterday* which makes us optimistic that we will return to life as normal and be able to enjoy our dream holidays soon. *Correct as of 8 January 2020.

Authentic Experiences

Our China Encounters 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.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is suited for those interested in gaining a further insight into some of China's lesser known destinations and at the same time visiting the country's most famous sights. This tour is also ideal for those who wish to take a Yangtze River Cruise and a bullet train journey in China.

  • Days 1-2

    Fly overnight to Beijing

    Days 1-2: Fly overnight to Beijing

    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.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    Imperial Beijing

    Day 3: Imperial Beijing

    This morning, head to Beijing's symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Here, mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they practice Tai Chi, dance or play cards. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck and enjoy an acrobatics show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    Summer Palace

    Day 4: Summer Palace

    In the morning, enjoy the idyllic gardens of the Summer Palace before visiting a jade factory, then travel to Chengde by road.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    Explore Chengde

    Day 5: Explore Chengde

    The summer retreat of Manchu emperors, Chengde is home to a wealth of imperial architecture. Visit the magnificent Mountain Resort and sacred temples, including Puning and Puyuo.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    The Great Wall

    Day 6: The Great Wall

    Make the return journey back to Beijing. This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall, namely the Jinshanling section. 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 surrounds it.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    Travel to Xi'an

    Day 7: Travel to Xi'an

    Take a bullet train to Xian and enjoy some time at leisure. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    Terracotta Warriors

    Day 8: 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 and horses. Also visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop to see where the warriors are intricately recreated. Later this afternoon, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian's old town. Also explore the narrow and winding streets of the atmospheric Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Here, you will gain an insight into the city's fascinating culture.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    Bullet train to Chengdu

    Day 9: Bullet train to Chengdu

    Board the bullet train to Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    Chengdu Giant Pandas

    Day 10: Chengdu Giant Pandas

    Begin the day with a visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre to see and learn about China's celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the information museum gives an overview of the reserve's breeding programme. Next, stroll through the bustling People's Park to Matchmaker's Corner, where parents search for worthy suitors for their children, and wander through the Wide and Narrow Alleys.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    Board your cruise

    Day 11: Board your cruise

    Take the bullet train to Yichang and board your Yangtze River cruise vessel, where you will stay for the next four nights.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 12-14

    Yangtze River Cruise

    Days 12-14: Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam, which showcases a massive feat of engineering. As you cruise upstream, nature takes over revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next few days prepare for one breathtaking panorama after another. Enjoy a side trip tothe attractive Shennong or Goddess Stream, as well as various shore excursions.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 15

    Fly to Zhongdian

    Day 15: Fly to Zhongdian

    Disembark in Chongqing and then fly to the monastery town of Zhongdian, also known as Shangri-La. This afternoon is at leisure to acclimatise to the altitude.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 16

    Songaznlin Monastery

    Day 16: Songaznlin Monastery

    Spend the morning exploring the spectacular Songzanlin Monastery. Afterwards, make your way to a rural Tibetan-style village where you will learn about the villagers' way of life and taste home-cooked dishes. End the day with a tour of the old town and Dafo Temple.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 17

    Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Day 17: Tiger Leaping Gorge

    Journey to the 3,000-metre-deep Tiger Leaping Gorge. With its stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains, it is one of China's most extraordinary sights. The whole area is spectacular, with breathtaking views. Travel to Lijiang and discover the old quarter; the quintessential Chinese 'old town' and wander the jumble of cobbled streets, traditional wooden buildings and rustic stone bridges.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 18

    Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    Day 18: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

    A magnificent mountain, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain comprises several peaks, the tallest of which soars 5,500 metres. Taking a cable car, explore one of the stunning high meadows and enjoy the amazing vistas. Visit Baisha Old Town to view the fascinating frescoes painted during the early Ming Dynasty and take a tour of the embroidery school.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 19

    Black Dragon Pool

    Day 19: Black Dragon Pool

    This morning, visit Black Dragon Pool Park where there are wonderful views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Later, travel to Dali and explore the lively Foreigners' Street.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 20-21

    Enchanting Dali

    Days 20-21: Enchanting Dali

    The area surrounding Dali is extremely scenic. Explore the village of Xizhou to browse its local market. See the Yan family home and watch a tie-dying demonstration. Wander through Dali's ancient quarter and relax with a cruise on Erhai Lake. The next day, visit the Three Pagodas and take the bullet train to Kunming. This evening, dine on local dish Across the Bridge Noodles.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 22

    Stone Forest

    Day 22: Stone Forest

    Explore the magnificent formations of the picturesque Stone Forest, where towering limestone pillars stand treelike in a fascinating illusion of woodland, before taking your seats to see the impressive 'Dynamic Yunnan' show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 23

    Fly Kunming to UK

    Day 23: Fly Kunming to UK

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

    • Breakfast

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.

  • Nights 3

    Mercure Beijing Downtown 4 Star Hotel

    The 4-star Mercure Beijing Downtown is very well connected across the city, with easy access to the city centre and multiple transport links. The elegant and spacious guests rooms offer free internet access and satelite TV.

  • Night 1

    Mountain Villa Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No.11 Lizhengmen Avenue, Chengde, Hebei, China

    The Chengde Mountain Villa Hotel is located directly opposite the entrance to the Mountain Resort and the Imperial Palace Garden. Built around a verdant courtyard, this hotel offers large rooms with modern facilities including satellite television and en-suite bathrooms. The six onsite restaurants serve excellent Chinese and Western cuisine, and the hotel also offers a gym.

  • Nights 2

    Lanxi International Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    A short distance from Xian's historic old town, the 4-star Lanxi International hotel features a terrace for you to enjoy, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The modern guest rooms offer a private bathroom, desk and flat screen TV.

  • Nights 2

    Xinliang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    The 4-star Xinliang Hotel is located in the heart of Chengdu, just a short distance from some of the cities key attractions. The hotel's interior was inspired by Bashu culture and blended with a modern charm. Enjoy the recreational facilities available to you, including a sauna and steamroom designed for escapism and relaxation.

  • Nights 3

    Zhaxidele Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No. 65 Kangzhu Avenue, Shangri-la County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Region, China

    Situated 1.0 Km away from the city centre, The Shangri-la Zhaxidele Hotel offers comfortable en-suite rooms with modern amenities, including air conditioning and satellite television. Other amenities include a salon, shops and Wi-Fi in public areas. The hotel also features a superb restaurant and bar.

  • Nights 2

    Adange Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No. 1317 Shangri-la Road, Lijiang, Yunnan, China

    Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.

  • Nights 2

    Asia Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Tourist Zone, the Old Town of Dali, Yunnan Province, China

    Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.

  • Nights 2

    Jinjiang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.

The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Chengde
  • -8°c
  • 2mm
  • Xi'an
  • 0°c
  • 7mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 2mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 14mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Chengde
  • -4°c
  • 4mm
  • Xi'an
  • 4°c
  • 10mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Lijiang
  • 8°c
  • 6mm
  • Dali
  • 9°c
  • 23mm
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Chengde
  • 3°c
  • 8mm
  • Xi'an
  • 9°c
  • 29mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Lijiang
  • 10°c
  • 17mm
  • Dali
  • 12°c
  • 28mm
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengde
  • 12°c
  • 19mm
  • Xi'an
  • 15°c
  • 43mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 21mm
  • Dali
  • 14°c
  • 24mm
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Chengde
  • 18°c
  • 50mm
  • Xi'an
  • 20°c
  • 60mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 56mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 66mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Chengde
  • 23°c
  • 87mm
  • Xi'an
  • 25°c
  • 54mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 167mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 178mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Chengde
  • 25°c
  • 145mm
  • Xi'an
  • 27°c
  • 99mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 242mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 186mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Chengde
  • 23°c
  • 118mm
  • Xi'an
  • 26°c
  • 71mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 207mm
  • Dali
  • 19°c
  • 219mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Chengde
  • 18°c
  • 48mm
  • Xi'an
  • 21°c
  • 92mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Lijiang
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 158mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Chengde
  • 11°c
  • 21mm
  • Xi'an
  • 15°c
  • 60mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 70mm
  • Dali
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Chengde
  • 1°c
  • 8mm
  • Xi'an
  • 8°c
  • 24mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Lijiang
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 11°c
  • 33mm
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Chengde
  • -6°c
  • 2mm
  • Xi'an
  • 2°c
  • 6mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 4mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 15mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
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