Combining the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian with the majestic sights of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and extraordinary landscapes of the Li River, this private tour showcases China’s most glorious highlights.
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This private tour 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'
This morning, wander around People’s Square and explore the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum before taking a stroll on the famous Bund. Later, visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Dine tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine (B,L,D).
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden, the atmospheric alleys of the old town, the Xintiandi area and the Silk Factory. View the city at night from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. (B,L)
Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin. On arrival, visit the Seven Star Park and the Seven Star Caves, as well as the South China Pearl Factory. (B,L)
Take a relaxed cruise on the stunning Li River to the charming town of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen. (B,L)
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Start the day with a relaxing and invigorating session of Tai Chi, then spend the rest of the morning exploring the countryside before having an afternoon at leisure. (B,L)
Return to Guilin. Enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake and visit the Sun & Moon Pagodas for spectacular views over downtown Guilin. (B,L)
Fly to the ancient city of Xian. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, and in the evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before enjoying 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 workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. (B,L)
Board the bullet train to Beijing. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs of Beijing and visit a local family to gain a deeper insight into Chinese culture and local customs. (B,L)
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 an outdoor dance class. Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square, and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. This evening, savour Beijing’s best known delicacy – Peking duck. (B,L,D)
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, where you can understand the delicate process of carving this stone. In the afternoon, enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. Round off the day with a Chinese acrobatic show. (B,L)
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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