Mix the bustle of China’s metropolises with the tranquility of rural life on a 12-day adventure. Explore hidden corners of Beijing’s Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi’an’s famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a paddle on the gorgeous Li River. Along the way, discover how China’s many contrasts make it one of the world’s most intriguing places.
Day 1 Beijing (1D)
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.
Day 2 Beijing (1B)
Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder.
Day 3 Beijing (1B)
Explore historic Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. After, take a walk through the hutongs — local backstreet neighbourhoods.
Day 4 Beijing/Xi’an (1B)
Continue to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi’an.
Day 5 Xi’an (1B)
Explore Xi’an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls. Later, visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets then enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at the historic Gao’s Grand Courtyard House. Visit backstage, interacting with the local artists, and enjoying a performance of shadow puppetry.
Day 6 Xi’an (1B, 1L)
Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors — the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, head to a local village and enjoy lunch. Opt for a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.
Day 7 Yangshuo Area (1B, 1D)
Fly to Guilin and continue on to China’s lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Li River.
Day 8 Yangshuo (1B, 1D)
Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.
Day 9 Yangshuo (1B)
Rise early for a private tai chi class with a local expert. Later, you’ll have the opportunity to wander the shop and cafÉ-lined streets or relax with a drink.
Day 10 Yangshuo/Shanghai (1B)
Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.
Day 11 Shanghai (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum, or catch the famed Shanghai€robats in performance this evening.
Day 12 Shanghai (1B)
Depart at any time.
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