This is a superb cultural journey through the cities and provinces of southern China, taking in several temples and other religious sites from China’s three dominant religions, Buddhism, Taoisim and Confucianism, as well as one of the world’s most impressive archaeological sites, the Terracotta Army near Xi’an.
The centrepiece of this trip is a fantastic 3-day cruise on the Yangtze River among Chinese families. We travel on the same ferry used by local people, rather than a tourist ship, through magnificent scenery near the Three Gorges, stopping off at various sites along the way. Farther south we have the opportunity to follow the upper trail along the imposing Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the great treks of this part of China.
We also explore the world-famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, the best place in the world to see China’s most treasured animal, as well as two of China’s sacred mountains, Wudang Shan and Emei Shan.
Accompanied by our local Chinese guide, we’ll visit tucked-away local restaurants and street food stalls, eating as the locals do. The food is a big part of any journey in China, and as we travel between provinces we’ll have the chance to sample the local specialities, such as Sichuan hotpot or biangbiang noodles.
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