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based on 11 nights inc. flights & daily experiences
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per person including based on a family of four and two rooms.
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.
An exciting and educational adventure through China
Incredible mix of culture, culinary highlights, hands on activities and stunning scenery
Something for the whole family to enjoy with lots of variation
A truly unique trip through the history of china from ancient to modern day
China weather is generally warm and humid, with four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and a cold winter. The hottest time in China comes in July and August, with more than 10 days at temperatures above 35 C. The coldest time is from the late January to early February. The spring from March to May is recommended as the best time to travel to China
From ancient culture to buzzing cityscapes; dramatic scenery to intimate local villages China is the perfect destination for families. With plenty of adventure, mystery and culture this itinerary provides an educational adventure of a lifetime. With stops in Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai and plenty of unique and interesting activities thrown it, it promises something for everyone.
On arrival in China you will have three nights in Beijing, where you will have a fantastic introduction to the city. With so much to do and see here, Beijing is brilliant for those that really want to delve into the history and culture of China. Starting off with your private guide who will be with you for the next couple of days, we have included a visit to Jingshan Park where you can all take part in a beginners Chinese Course to get some basics down and to start off the competition of who can speak the best Chinese over the coming trip! For the rest of your time in Beijing we have included visits to the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Both are architectural gems and fantastic for people watching, especially in the morning, when locals come to practice exercise including Kung Fu and Tai Chi. Of course, no trip to Beijing would be complete without a trip out to The Great Wall of China which we have included on your second day in the city. This site is simply amazing and after exploring and on the way down instead of walking you can take a toboggan ride which we are sure the kids will love! In the evenings, we can make lots of recommendations for dinner and do suggest that you include a Kung Fu show one night in the traditional Red Theatre and try out the Night Food Market where anything and everything can be tasted!
From Beijing you’ll take the fast train to Xian, much easier than flying, and we can of course arrange porters to assist with luggage making the whole process super easy. On arrival in Xian you will be met by your private guide who will be with you for the next couple of days. Here we have included a quick tour of the Terracotta Army, which is a must on any trip to China, but do understand that museums are not for everyone in the family. Also in Xian we suggest a trip to the vibrant neighbourhood in the Islamic quarter, full of colour and interesting shops to explore. Xian is the start of the original Silk Road from China and the multicultural influences can still be felt in the city today.
After two nights in Xian it is then on to Guilin which you will reach after a direct flight of just over two hours. Full of tropical landscapes and low rise buildings it will feel completely different to Beijing and Xian. Also as Beijing and Xian were quite culturally heavy, Guilin allows some time to enjoy the surrounding countryside with rafting trips along the Li River and venturing out into the Longsheng and the Guilin Mountains. From here you can do some great walks and hikes through the rice terraces and small local villages, where you feel like you have stepped back in time. With your private guide over the three nights that you have here, you'll have plenty of chance to explore this beautiful landscape.
For your last stop in China you’ll take a direct flight from Guilin to Shanghai where you will spend your final three nights. Shanghai is such a fantastic, cosmopolitan city with plenty going on. With your private guide you’ll be able to explore the old and new sides of the city from the beautiful French Concession to the M50 which is full of cool, contemporary art. As your guiding will be completely private, you can of course tailor your experiences depending on how everyone is feeling. After a jampacked schedule, once in the city you may decide to take it a little slower, which of course is totally possible, just let us know! However, we would recommend that you include the fantastic Shanghai Acrobatics in your trip though, will be a brilliant finale!
Drift leisurely down the Li River on a bamboo raft as you pass a picturesque landscape of lush fields framed by limestone karsts. Step ashore to visit villages complete with Ming and Qing era architecture and discover a world away from the bustling city.
Uncover China’s beautiful rural countryside and explore local villages as you spend a day cycling from Yangshuo to Xingping, through a landscape of rice paddies, tea fields and the serene Li River.
Uncover the secrets of Beijing’s Forbidden City as you take a treasure hunt through its palaces, gardens and imperial buildings in this family-friendly experience. Listen out for clues from your guide and search for special symbols in the 9,999 buildings.
Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.
Explore the cultural riches of Shanghai, both ancient and modern, as you travel through the city, from the artefacts of the Shanghai Museum to the religious heritage of the Jade Buddha Temple and on to the contemporary art scene of M50.
Walking the streets of the old city, you’ll discover a culinary hotspot as a wealth of morning delicacies are crafted in front of you, from dumplings to noodles, potstickers to pancakes. Taste ten local dishes as you get a flavour for the neighbourhood.
Discover the countryside and culture around Yangshuo as you delve into its markets and discover the cooking techniques and traditional recipes of the region. After cooking up a storm you’ll sit down to enjoy the meal you’ve helped prepare.
The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty was a hugely significant discovery in the 1970s. The warriors are fascinating and well worth exploring with a private guide.
Boasting some of China’s most spectacular landscapes, the Yangshuo countryside offers exceptional trekking opportunities amongst ‘sugarloaf’ mountains and fertile fields. Explore historic villages to discover local life in this rural region.
Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.
Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
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