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First Class High Speed Train, Beijing - Xian
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
per person based on a family of 4, sharing 2 rooms.
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.
An action packed itinerary for China with plenty of interesting and hands on activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Takes you to some of the livelier places rather than remote areas for more teenage fun
A chance to experience a fantastic and varied areas in China with beautiful scenery and buzzing city life
China has four distinct seasons - a pleasant warm spring, a hot rainy summer, a comfortable cool autumn and a cold winter. The hottest time comes in July and August and the coldest time is from the late January to early February.
This epic adventure takes you through the highlights of China but with lots of cool and quirky experiences that are bound to keep everyone entertained, even tricky-to-please teenagers. Leading you from Beijing, Xian, Yangshuo and Shanghai the itinerary has a brilliant pace and something new around each corner.
Your trip begins in Beijing which really is the cultural heart of the country and the best place to dive into your adventure. We have included three nights here to find your feet and enjoy as many activities as possible, with your private guide. Beijing is known for its fascinating historical quarters, palaces and of course the Great Wall of China, and with teenagers we can arrange for some fantastic and different ways to experience all of these areas. Starting off, we have included a quick introduction Chinese lesson to get everyone in the mood for the trip going forward and to kick start the competitive spirit on who has the best grasp of the language over the trip. Then over the next couple of nights, you'll have jam packed days full of interesting sites. On your visit to the Great Wall of China the kids can enjoy a toboggan ride down the wall itself and when exploring the traditional Hutongs, we have included a sidecar tour to get you around.
In the evenings enjoy the buzzing streets of Beijing and make sure that you visit the famous Beijing night market where the brave ones can try out some of the local delicacies including silk worms and tarantulas! For those interested in the new side of Beijing, definitely take a trip to the 798 District which is full of cool cafes and fantastic pop up art galleries.
After three nights in Beijing you’ll continue on to Xian by highspeed train. Xian is the home to the mighty Terracotta Army and we have included two nights for you here, plenty of time to take in all the sites. Each warrior in the Terracotta Army is completely unique with different facial features and slightly different poses and your guide will talk you through the incredible history of the site. Alongside the Terracotta Army we have also included a bicycle tour around the old city walls which is a great way to explore Xian. On one evening we would definitely suggest heading into the Islamic Quarter which has an interesting night food market and great place to wander around for a couple of hours.
From Xian, you’ll take an internal flight to Guilin and from here transfer just over an hour to Yangshuo where you will be spending your next three nights. Yangshuo is mesmerising with its dramatic landscapes and mountains towering above the meandering river and completely different to the other areas of China that you have already visited. In Yangshuo there is a huge amount to keep everyone busy including floating along the river on a Bamboo Raft, enjoying the spectacular Impression Show which is a beautiful evening experience played out over the water and of course walking and cycling in the surrounding countryside. For those that are interested we can also arrange rock climbing in the limestone karsts. Like in Beijing and Xian you will have a private guide and driver throughout your stay, showing you all the highlights.
The last stop on your trip will be Shanghai which you will reach by a short flight from Guilin. This city has such a fantastic cosmopolitan feel and really is where east meets west. We have included three nights for you here to take in all the buzz and hype that comes with this metropolis, exploring the French Colonial District, funky boutique and art scene, enjoying the view from the numerous sky towers and indulging in the incredible restaurants here.
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.
Cruise for 4 hours along the rippling Li River from Guilin and enjoy the most spectacular scenery from your boat.
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.
A great option for those who are more active, enjoy a cycling tour through Xinping Old Town that's home to beautiful bridges, ancient shop houses and intricate temples.
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 a taste for the flavours of Beijing as you spend an evening touring neighbourhood family-run restaurants in a tuktuk before ending the night at a local craft beer brewery. Feast on local delicacies as you mingle with the residents of the hutongs.
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.
Cruise for hours along the rippling Li River from Guilin and enjoy the most spectacular scenery from your boat. Afterwards, visit Yangshuo Town
Travel in style through the rural landscape of Yangshuo as you speed past limestone sugarloaf mountains and lush fields in a vintage sidecar. Enjoy Champagne in the scenic surrounds of some of China’s most idyllic countryside.
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.
Leave behind the towering skyscrapers of Shanghai as you cycle through its ancient lanes to discover daily life and local culture in tucked away neighbourhoods. Dive into a bustling market, sample the local street food and dine at a Buddhist canteen.
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.
Uncover the secrets of two of Xi’an’s most enigmatic sites as you explore the mysterious cave dwellings of the loess rock formations and the extraordinary Terracotta Warriors.
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