Highlights of China
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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 Shanghais gleaming towers. Explore the countrys great cities, magnificent architecture, Buddhist heritage and archaeological treasures. Float down the Yangtze River and wander among iconic limestone karsts. Our expert CEOs will reveal the regions hidden gems, taking the hassle out of travel so you can focus on experiencing all that China has to offer.

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

Accommodation: This trip uses hand-picked accommodation. Please refer to the itinerary section of this trip for details about the individual accommodation selected for this trip.

Included activities: There are many wonderful activities included with this trip. Please refer to the 'Nuts & Bolts' and 'Itinerary' tabs to see what activities are included in this itinerary.

Optional Activities: There are several optional activities available with this trip. Please refer to the itinerary section for details about activities available in visited location.

Small Group Experience: Traveling is often even more exciting by sharing the experience with others. Small groups range from 6 to 16 people in size, making for a trip filled with camaraderie, adventure, and the personal attention of a trained guide.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 126879
  • Starts: Shanghai, China
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
You will Visit
  • Shanghai
  • Beijing



Day 1: Shanghai

After the group meeting, head out for an optional group dinner and go for a stroll along the Bund, taking in Shanghai's futuristic skyline.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you have pre-booked the China Cultural Bundle your CEO will inform you when you will see each show during your tour: Li River Light Show (Day 4 - Yangshuo) and Acrobat Performance (Day 12 - Beijing). For more information on the shows see the Optional Activities section.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: 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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Shanghai Museum

Bullet train (1.25 hour(s))


Day 3: Hangzhou/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.

Included Activities:
Longjing Tea Plantation Visit

Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))


Day 4: 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.

Additional Notes:
If you pre-booked the China Cultural Bundle you will be attending the Li River Light and Sound Show tonight.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk


Day 5: Yangshuo (1L)

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.

Included Activities:
Yangshuo Guided Cycle Tour


Day 6: Yangshuo/Yangtze River

Fly from Guilin to bustling Chongqing. Travel by private bus to board the Chinese-style boat taking us down the Yangtze River.

Spend two days travelling through stunning scenery along one of China's most powerful rivers, which divides the country into north and south.

Additional Notes:
Cabins are twin share, with en suite bathrooms. Comfortable, but not glamorous. There are Chinese meals available three times a day on the boat.

Included Activities:
Yangtze River Cruise

Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Upon arrival in Chongqing, travel 1 hr by private vehicle to the boat.
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Chinese-style boat


Day 7: Yangtze River

Opt to leave the boat and take small side trips on land to see villages and temples along the river. Or board smaller boats to visit tributaries along the way.

Included Activities:
Yangtze River Cruise

Chinese-style boat


Day 9: Yangtze River/Xi’an (1B)

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.

Chinese-style boat
Travel from Yichang by private vehicle, passing the Three Gorges dam along the way, to the train station.
Basic overnight train (beds) (13.00 hour(s))


Day 10: 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.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk
Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour


Day 11: Xi’an/Beijing

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

Basic overnight train (beds) (15.00 hour(s))


Day 12: 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.

Included Activities:
Tiananmen Square
Forbidden City Tour


Day 13: Beijing

The trip finishes with a day trip out to the Great Wall, an incredible feat of engineering stretching more than 6000km from the Yellow Sea to the desert fort of Jiayuguan. The wall was originally constructed to protect the Chinese empires from the Mongolian 'barbarians' of the north.

Return to to Beijing in the late afternoon for an opportunity to spend the final night with fellow travellers at one of the capital's many bars or restaurants.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

Drive through the city and countryside to reach the Great Wall's Mutianyu section. Take the same transportation back.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))


Day 14: Beijing

Depart at any time.

    • Shanghai orientation walk
    • 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 (2 days)
    • Terracotta Warriors tour
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    • Great Wall entrance
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (8 nts), sleeper train (2 nts), Yangtze boat (3 nts)
    • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
    • Train, plane, bullet train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, metro, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • 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