China: Best of China

Chinese architectural garden
escorted journey

China: Best of China

14 Days from
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Far flung China is filled with ancient history, stunning scenery and cosmopolitan cities.

Your China Escorted Journey includes:

  • Small Group Journey with maximum group size 15
  • All authentic local experiences mentioned except where specified optional
  • All international & internal flights
  • 9 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked local gems
  • 1 night in a local guesthouse
  • 1 night aboard an overnight soft-sleeper train
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
  • Arrival transfers & all internal transport

Your China travel itinerary:

Day 1: Beijing

Fly from the UK to Beijing.

Days 2 - 4: Beijing

Meet your group over a delicious roast duck dinner then tour the sights of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, where you might spot the locals practising calligraphy or tai chi. Walk along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, taking in the spectacular views of the wall snaking into the distant mountains. At over 6000 kilometres long, the wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west and is deservedly a World Heritage Site. Back in town, take an informative stroll around Beijing’s hutong backstreets.

Days 5 - 7: Xi'an

Take the overnight train to Xi’an and cycle along the ancient city walls, 14 kilometres long and about 12 metres wide, a great way to get an overview of the area. It takes about two hours to do the full loop, assuming you’ll hop on and off to take pictures and soak up the sights. Explore the markets and food stalls of the Muslim Quarter, and try some of the delicious local foods (watch out – it can be spicy!). Learn about the famous terracotta warriors, an army of stern-faced stone soldiers protecting the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and built over 2000 years ago.

Day 8: Yue Luo Wan Village

Fly to Guilin and head on to the pretty village of Yue Luo Wan, a traditional village where chickens roam the streets, surrounded by rice paddies and towering karst mountains covered in thick forest. You’ll stay overnight in a simple, yet friendly guesthouse, which gives a fascinating insight into life in a rural Chinese community and where your hosts will welcome you with open arms and regale you with tales of their lives in China. Later on, join your guide for an orientation walk around the village.

Days 9 - 10: Yangshuo

Trek through the rice fields, villages and orchards to Yangshuo, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the tranquil Li River at sunset, surrounded by picturesque karst scenery. Along the way, keep an eye out for water buffalos and fishermen cruising aboard bamboo rafts. Take a cycling trip through the landscape and the spectacular Dragon River area, then grab your wok and head off to cookery school. Here, have a go at creating the tasty local cuisine yourself, then sit down and feast on the fruits of your efforts.

Days 11 - 12: Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai and take a stroll along the Bund, admiring the futuristic skyline and the Huangpu River stretching out before you. You’ll have free time to explore on your own – you could visit the peaceful Yuyan Gardens, 400 years old and filled with pavilions, ponds and flowers. If you’re lucky you might catch a tea ceremony here. Alternatively you could investigate the Shanghai Museum, filled with Chinese art and artefacts from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the evening, treat yourself to a Chinese acrobatic show, with impressive balancing, contorting, tight-rope walking and gymnastics on display (optional, extra cost).

Days 13 - 14:

Depart Shanghai and return to the UK.

Hotels on this China holiday:

  • Beijing - 4* Dong Fang Hotel or similar
  • Shanghai - hotel
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