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From the legendary Great Wall to rural Guilin and cosmopolitan Shanghai, experience the diverse treasures of China. Explore the hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle to remote villages, encounter Xi’an’s famed terra-cotta warriors, and cruise the Li River at sunset. Learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine at a cooking school and meet with Shanghai’s celebrated acrobats.
Bicycle atop the city walls of Xi’an
before facing its ancient army of
Walk along the Great Wall, taking
in magnificent views, and hike
through the Guilin countryside.
Go behind the scenes and meet
the performers of a renowned
acrobatic show in Shanghai.
Wake early for a private Tai Chi class led by a local expert. Learn the basic principles of this ancient practice and discover firsthand why it’s revered for such health benefits as stress relief, improved balance, and overall well–being.
Itinerary - 12 Days
Day 1 — Beijing
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer
is included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese
cuisine with a welcome dinner of Peking duck.
Days 2, 3, & 4 — Beijing
Explore the highlights of
Beijing, including Tiananmen Square and the lavish
Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage
site spanning more than 800 palaces, temples,
government buildings, and homes. Visit the
stunning Temple of Heaven and its surrounding
grounds, which offer a chance to watch locals
practicing tai chi, water calligraphy, and other
activities. Then set off on an excursion to the
Great Wall, one of the greatest structures
ever built. Take a walk along the 500-year-old
Mutianyu section, and spend time exploring
the towers and taking in magnificent views.
Later, enjoy a walking tour of some of the city’s
traditional hutong neighborhoods. Then catch
an overnight train to Xi’an. (3B)
Days 5 & 6 — Xi'an
Arrive in the ancient Chinese
capital of Xi’an, once the eastern terminus of the
Silk Road. Set out to experience the city like the
locals do with a bike ride atop the ancient walls.
In the evening, delve into the bustling alleyways
of the Muslim Quarter, perusing colorful shops
and food stalls selling naan, kebabs, and an array
of sweets. The next day, encounter Xi’an’s famed
terra-cotta warriors, an army
of life-size soldiers that stand guard outside the
tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang.
Learn about the discovery and excavation of
these archaeological treasures. Then have lunch
in the farming village where the artifacts were
found. (2B, 1L)
Days 7 & 8 — Guilin/Yangshuo
Fly to Guilin and immerse yourself in the local culture. Trek through the countryside, passing through
villages and rice fields, and enjoy a relaxing
cruise on the Li River. (2B, 1D)
Day 9 — Yangshuo
Rise early for a private Tai Chi class with a local expert. Then take an easy cycling trip through the countryside, passing rice paddy fields and striking karst mountains. Later, learn how to prepare local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner. (1B, 1D)
Days 10 & 11 — Shanghai
Fly to the vibrant metropolis
of Shanghai and take an orientation walk
through the historic Bund area. Go behind the
scenes at the world-class Shanghai Acrobatic
Show, where we will have an opportunity to visit
the acrobats’ training room and learn firsthand
about this ancient tradition. Later, enjoy an
awe-inspiring performance. (2B)
Our newest line of trips, offered in partnership with G Adventures, blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.
During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.
My Own Room Option: From $979
Arrival transfer, internal
flights, transport between destinations and to/
from included activities, and activities as listed in
the itinerary. The optional Beijing kung fu show
and Li River light show are at an additional cost.
Meals Included 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch,
3 dinners. Allow an additional $325–425 for
meals not included.
Transportation Private bus, plane, boat, train
You can do whatever you wish during your free time on tour, but if you're in need of suggestions, we've got them. Details about any optional experiences for this trip will be available during the booking process. Please note, these are at an additional cost.