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Highlights of China

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Walk along the Great Wall
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Experience the towering achievements of China's rich history as you uncover its past along the Great Wall and reflect on its future among Shanghai’s gleaming towers.

Highlights

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Explore the Bund and the famous Shanghai Museum
  • Cycle Yangshuo's dramatic rice fields
  • Relax on a Yangzte cruise through the Three Gorges
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors
  • Walk along the Great Wall

Holiday Type

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What's included
  • International and internal flights
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation, 2 nights sleeper train, 3 nights Yangtze boat
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Train, plane, bullet train, local bus, air-conditioned bus, boat
  • Shanghai orientation walk and Shanghai Museum entrance
  • West Lake orientation walk (Hangzhou)
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Yangshuo countryside bike tour with local lunch
  • Yangtze River cruise through the Three Gorges
  • Terracotta Warriors tour
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Great Wall entrance
  • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout and local guides
Need to know
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Speak to your travel consultant about extending your trip pre or post tour
Your route
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Itinerary

Day 1
Shanghai

Shanghai

Arrive to Shanghai at any time. Feel free to explore the city before you meet your group and Chief Experience Office (CEO) in the evening.

Day 2
Shanghai - Hangzhou

Shanghai - Hangzhou

Start the day with an orientation walk of the city and finish with free time to explore a mix of the modern and the historic in Shanghai. The Shanghai Museum is one of the best in the country, housing excellent collections of bronzes and artwork. In the afternoon, take a bullet train to Hangzhou, one of China's most dynamic cities.

Day 3
Hangzhou - Yangshuo

Hangzhou - Yangshuo

Visit a tea plantation in Longjing village and the famous West Lake in Hangzhou. After, take an evening flight to Guilin and transfer to Yangshuo. Spend most of the day exploring Hangzhou. Visit West Lake and Longjing village, home of the famous Longjing tea. Enjoy plantation views while learning about ancient tea production. Take the opportunity to taste some fresh brewed tea. In the evening, fly to Guilin and travel south by private bus through stunning limestone karst scenery. Arrive at the town of Yangshuo on the world-famous Li River.

Day 4
Yangshuo

Yangshuo

Spend two days in Yangshuo enjoying the heaps of activities available in this scenic region. Some favourites include trying your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school, dabbling in Tai Chi or Chinese calligraphy, walking and cycling through the countryside, climbing atop a karst for panoramic views or relaxing at one of the town's many cafés.

Day 5
Yangshuo

Yangshuo

Enjoy a half-day cycling tour through the countryside. Take in a charming mix of vibrant rural life and unique stunning scenery. Pass rice paddies with local farmers and water buffalo, and wave to children swimming in the streams. Enjoy an otherwordly backdrop of surreal topography as you ride.

Day 6
Yangshuo - Yangtze River

Yangshuo - Yangtze River

Fly to Chongqing and prepare for a two-day boat journey along the Yangtze River, which cuts through the magnificent Three Gorges. Spend two days travelling through stunning scenery along one of China's most powerful rivers, which divides the country into north and south.

Days 7-8
Yangtze River

Yangtze River

Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.

Day 9
Yangtze River - Xi’an

Yangtze River - Xi’an

Opt to visit the largest dam in the world, the Three Gorges Dam. It's best viewed in passing, but there’s an option to tour the facility and see the engineering giant at work. Head to the train station and board an overnight train to Xi'an.

Day 10
Xi’an

Xi’an

Arrive early to Xi'an, the ancient capital of China and terminus of the fabled Silk Road. Xi'an boats a plethora of attractions, including the Great Mosque and a downtown core enclosed by an enormous city wall, which can be climbed for a small fee. Rent a bike and cycle around the walls for great city views. Head out to the Muslim Quarter for some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite.

Day 11
Xi’an - Beijing

Xi’an - Beijing

Enjoy a free day to explore the city before an overnight train to Beijing.

Days 12-13
Beijing

Beijing

Arrive in Beijing early today. Head off to explore the nearby iconic Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. With free time in the afternoon, opt to experience one of Beijing's many markets and world-class shopping malls. Visit some of the city’s many sights such as the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, Lama Temple or traditional alleys called hutongs. Your tour ends the following day and you can depart at any time.

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