China

Wangjiang Pavilion Park in Chengdu
Wangjiang Pavilion Park in Chengdu
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China
Temple of Heaven in Beijing
Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Iconic monuments & cultural legacies

Overflowing with history that spans back over 10,000 years, and with rich culture, visual arts and crafts, diverse landscapes, and incredible cuisine, China should be a ‘must-visit’ on every discerning traveller’s list. On this immersive tour, you’ll experience both the ancient and the modern as they combine to offer up a truly authentic and memorable adventure. Gaze upon the amazing architecture found within the country’s temple sites, explore the bamboo forest in the Mukeng Village and see the locations immortalised on film in the Oscar-winning “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, and after ascending to the Great Wall by cable car there’s a toboggan ride waiting to take you back down. After all, there’s no one way to explore China!

  • An epic journey through China, which starts in Beijing then moves on to Chengdu, Xi’an, Huangshan, Shanghai, and finishes in Suzhou
  • View the underground army of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors – arguably one of the greatest archaeological discoveries in the world – and learn how they can be reproduced
  • Discover Huangshan, a remarkable scenic area famous for its “four wonders”: dramatic rocky peaks, wind-carved pines, seas of clouds, and crystal-clear hot springs
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, Mount Huangshan, Terracotta Warriors, the Suzhou section of the Grand Canal, and more
  • Explore markets and be introduced to the arts of tai chi, ink brush painting, calligraphy, and Sichuan and Kunqu opera
  • See Giant Pandas at the Chengdu research base, hike in the Behai scenic area and take an atmospheric walk through the bamboo forest at Mukeng Village
  • Travel by rickshaw in Beijing, take a cable car up to the Great Wall and travel by boat on the “Golden Waterway” of Suzhou

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

London – Beijing

Overnight Flight.

Day 2

London – Beijing

After an overnight flight, we are met by our Tour Host who will brief us on the adventure that lies ahead. Later, we head straight to the Forbidden City — or Palace Museum — China’s biggest and most beautifully preserved collection of imperial buildings. Afterwards, we visit Tiananmen Square and touch on the recent history of this location. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a traditional Beijing duck dinner.

Day 3

Beijing

A wonderful way to start our second day in China awaits as we take part in a tai chi lesson with a local master at the Temple of Heaven. Later, we’ll travel by rickshaw to visit the Hutong Museum and then we are dropped off at the house of a local family. Here, we have the opportunity to find out more about their way of life in contrast to our own. Before returning to our hotel, we’ll pop into the Sanyuanli Market. This evening includes a spectacular kung fu show.

Day 4

Beijing

We start our day at the iconic Great Wall, an unparalleled feat of Chinese engineering. We visit the Mutianyu section of the wall, one of the less crowded yet most beautiful and well-preserved. Taking a cable car up and then a toboggan slide down makes for a more interesting experience! Our discovery of Beijing continues as we wander the expansive lakes and gardens of the glorious Summer Palace.

Day 5

Beijing – Chengdu

Leaving Beijing behind we fly to Chengdu, the capital of south-western China’s Sichuan province. Later in the afternoon, we enjoy a cup of green tea in Wangjiang Pavilion Park, which allows us to experience the relaxing life of the locals at the end of the day.

Day 6

Chengdu

We visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this morning, which is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals, and then we head to Jinli Street. This is modelled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in the western Sichuan Province, Shu. Embroidery, handicrafts, souvenirs, and more can be seen on a stroll here, all accompanied by the delicious aroma of street food – a real feast for the eyes and nose! We meet up this evening to see a performance of Sichuan opera.

Day 7

Chengdu – Xi’an

Travelling by bullet train, we arrive in Xi’an for lunch. Home to the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China, we’ll learn about its history and functions as well as enjoy the views it affords over the city of Xi’an. An evening of Tang Dynasty music and performance makes for a colourful and entertaining event while we enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner.

Day 8

Xi’an

A unique experience awaits today as we have lined up a private visit to the Xi’an Antiques Research and Protection Institute, under the guidance of an expert. The jewel in Xi’an’s crown is next: the 2,200-year-old Terracotta Army. We view the assembled ranks and other elements of the monumental tomb complex here. Afterwards, we have an opportunity to learn how to reproduce terracotta warriors as pottery art.

Day 9

Xi’an – Huangshan

We fly to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) next, a range of more than 70 jagged peaks in eastern China’s Anhui province. After checking in to our hotel, we have the afternoon at leisure before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner this evening.

Day 10

Huangshan

After breakfast, we transfer to Mukeng village for a trek in the bamboo forest, which is well-known for being the location of scenes shot for the Oscar-winning movie, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. We visit Xidi, declared part of the “Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui” World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000, before heading to Tunxi. It’s time to get creative this afternoon with an ink brush workshop that includes tuition from a master, followed by a short calligraphy lesson. Our day comes to a close with a stroll along Tunxi Old Street, where we’ll find curious ornaments and other souvenirs.

Day 11

Huangshan

A full day of exploring around Mount Huangshan awaits. We take the Yungu cable car up to the mountain, visit the Begin-to-Believe Peak, hike in the Beihai scenic area, visit the Flower Grown out of a Writing Brush Rock, the Lion Peak, and then we take a further hike in the Xihai Scenic Area. The impressive landscapes are the star of the show, but we should keep our eyes peeled during the hike for endemic birds and possibly even the odd monkey. We return back down the mountain by cable car, an experience that brings this truly adventurous day to an end.

Day 12

Huangshan - Shanghai

Consumed in China for over 4,000 years, green tea reputedly has a number of health benefits. Today we visit a core production area of Chinese green tea. Joining the local tea farmers, we’ll spend time picking tea with them and then we can enjoy a tea ceremony itself. After lunch, we travel by high speed train to Shanghai.

Day 13

Shanghai

Our full day in Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a fine example of a classical Chinese garden, and then we head to the leafy boulevards of the French Concession. After time in the arts and crafts enclave at Tianzi Fang, we finish our exploration at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre – a thought-provoking insight into life under Chairman Mao. This evening, we’ll take a cruise on the Huangru River.

Day 14

Shanghai – Suzhou

A visit to Suzhou allows us the opportunity to learn about one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera, Kunqu. Next, we’ll enjoy a boat ride on the Grand Canal or “Golden Waterway”. Suzhou embroidery is a perfect combination of embroidery techniques and art. During our visit to the Embroidery Research Institute we’ll see some elaborate pieces made of silk thread. For our last evening, we visit the Garden of the Masters of Nets and here we will enjoy a Pingtan performance.

Day 15

Suzhou – Shanghai – London

This morning we say a fond farewell to the east and head back west to the UK.

Itinerary 2021

Day 1

London – Beijing

Overnight Flight.

Day 2

London – Beijing

After an overnight flight, we are met by our Tour Host who will brief us on the adventure that lies ahead. Later, we head straight to the Forbidden City — or Palace Museum — China’s biggest and most beautifully preserved collection of imperial buildings. Afterwards, we visit Tiananmen Square and touch on the recent history of this location. In the evening, we’ll enjoy a traditional Beijing duck dinner.

Day 3

Beijing

A wonderful way to start our second day in China awaits as we take part in a tai chi lesson with a local master at the Temple of Heaven. Later, we’ll travel by rickshaw to visit the Hutong Museum and then we are dropped off at the house of a local family. Here, we have the opportunity to find out more about their way of life in contrast to our own. Before returning to our hotel, we’ll pop into the Sanyuanli Market. This evening includes a spectacular kung fu show.

Day 4

Beijing

We start our day at the iconic Great Wall, an unparalleled feat of Chinese engineering. We visit the Mutianyu section of the wall, one of the less crowded yet most beautiful and well-preserved. Taking a cable car up and then a toboggan slide down makes for a more interesting experience! Our discovery of Beijing continues as we wander the expansive lakes and gardens of the glorious Summer Palace.

Day 5

Beijing – Chengdu

Leaving Beijing behind we fly to Chengdu, the capital of south-western China’s Sichuan province. Later in the afternoon, we enjoy a cup of green tea in Wangjiang Pavilion Park, which allows us to experience the relaxing life of the locals at the end of the day.

Day 6

Chengdu

We visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding this morning, which is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals, and then we head to Jinli Street. This is modelled on the architectural style of a traditional old town in the western Sichuan Province, Shu. Embroidery, handicrafts, souvenirs, and more can be seen on a stroll here, all accompanied by the delicious aroma of street food – a real feast for the eyes and nose! We meet up this evening to see a performance of Sichuan opera.

Day 7

Chengdu – Xi’an

Travelling by bullet train, we arrive in Xi’an for lunch. Home to the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China, we’ll learn about its history and functions as well as enjoy the views it affords over the city of Xi’an. An evening of Tang Dynasty music and performance makes for a colourful and entertaining event while we enjoy a traditional dumpling dinner.

Day 8

Xi’an

A unique experience awaits today as we have lined up a private visit to the Xi’an Antiques Research and Protection Institute, under the guidance of an expert. The jewel in Xi’an’s crown is next: the 2,200-year-old Terracotta Army. We view the assembled ranks and other elements of the monumental tomb complex here. Afterwards, we have an opportunity to learn how to reproduce terracotta warriors as pottery art.

Day 9

Xi’an – Huangshan

We fly to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) next, a range of more than 70 jagged peaks in eastern China’s Anhui province. After checking in to our hotel, we have the afternoon at leisure before heading out to a local restaurant for dinner this evening.

Day 10

Huangshan

After breakfast, we transfer to Mukeng village for a trek in the bamboo forest, which is well-known for being the location of scenes shot for the Oscar-winning movie, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. We visit Xidi, declared part of the “Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui” World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000, before heading to Tunxi. It’s time to get creative this afternoon with an ink brush workshop that includes tuition from a master, followed by a short calligraphy lesson. Our day comes to a close with a stroll along Tunxi Old Street, where we’ll find curious ornaments and other souvenirs.

Day 11

Huangshan

A full day of exploring around Mount Huangshan awaits. We take the Yungu cable car up to the mountain, visit the Begin-to-Believe Peak, hike in the Beihai scenic area, visit the Flower Grown out of a Writing Brush Rock, the Lion Peak, and then we take a further hike in the Xihai Scenic Area. The impressive landscapes are the star of the show, but we should keep our eyes peeled during the hike for endemic birds and possibly even the odd monkey. We return back down the mountain by cable car, an experience that brings this truly adventurous day to an end.

Day 12

Huangshan - Shanghai

Consumed in China for over 4,000 years, green tea reputedly has a number of health benefits. Today we visit a core production area of Chinese green tea. Joining the local tea farmers, we’ll spend time picking tea with them and then we can enjoy a tea ceremony itself. After lunch, we travel by high speed train to Shanghai.

Day 13

Shanghai

Our full day in Shanghai includes a visit to Yuyuan Garden, a fine example of a classical Chinese garden, and then we head to the leafy boulevards of the French Concession. After time in the arts and crafts enclave at Tianzi Fang, we finish our exploration at the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre – a thought-provoking insight into life under Chairman Mao. This evening, we’ll take a cruise on the Huangru River.

Day 14

Shanghai – Suzhou

A visit to Suzhou allows us the opportunity to learn about one of the oldest extant forms of Chinese opera, Kunqu. Next, we’ll enjoy a boat ride on the Grand Canal or “Golden Waterway”. Suzhou embroidery is a perfect combination of embroidery techniques and art. During our visit to the Embroidery Research Institute we’ll see some elaborate pieces made of silk thread. For our last evening, we visit the Garden of the Masters of Nets and here we will enjoy a Pingtan performance.

Day 15

Suzhou – Shanghai – London

This morning we say a fond farewell to the east and head back west to the UK.

What's Included

  1. A Tour Host throughout
  2. All activities, and entries to all sites and museums
  3. Gratuities for all waiters for included dinners and hotel porters
  4. All accommodation and transport taxes
  5. Return flights from London, two internal flights and all other transport as detailed

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2020 Tour Details

Mon 12th Oct - Mon 26th Oct

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