Imagine China

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo & Shanghai
11 nights private tour from $4,300 per person

Delve into the culture of one of Asia’s most fascinating countries. The Forbidden City in Beijing gives an enthralling insight into China’s history and is a huge contrast to Tiananmen Square, which is brimming with skyscrapers of modern Beijing. A visit to the Great Wall is a must as you walk up the steps to the highest watchtowers and glimpse the wall as far as you can see. Your journey continues to Xi’an to see the Terracotta Army, then on to see rural China before ending in Shanghai.

Imagine China
At a glance
  • You can immerse yourself in both modern China in cities like Beijing and Shanghai, whilst gazing in awe at the Terracotta Army and enjoying rural China in Guilan and Yangshuo

  • Try some of the amazing restaurants in each city but do not forget the regional street food in places like Xia’an, which is mouth-watering and unique to each area

  • Ending in Shanghai with its wonderful Art Deco buildings and the incredible Bund, where you can sample Hu cuisine from a garden rooftop restaurant or a noodle house in the old city

  • You can add a few days in Hong Kong at the end of your trip to extend your adventure through China

Journey highlights
  • You can immerse yourself in both modern China in cities like Beijing and Shanghai, whilst gazing in awe at the Terracotta Army and enjoying rural China in Guilan and Yangshuo

  • Try some of the amazing restaurants in each city but do not forget the regional street food in places like Xia’an, which is mouth-watering and unique to each area

  • Ending in Shanghai with its wonderful Art Deco buildings and the incredible Bund, where you can sample Hu cuisine from a garden rooftop restaurant or a noodle house in the old city

  • You can add a few days in Hong Kong at the end of your trip to extend your adventure through China

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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October $4,700 $1,200 plan your trip
November $4,500 $1,100 plan your trip
December $4,300 $1,100 plan your trip
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    $4,700
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    $4,700
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  • July
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    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,500
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  • August
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    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,500
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    $1,100
  • September
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,700
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    $1,200
  • October
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    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,700
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    $1,200
  • November
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,500
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    $1,100
  • December
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,300
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    $1,100
  • January
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,100
  • February
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,300
    Deposit from*
    $1,100
  • March
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,500
    Deposit from*
    $1,100
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $4,700
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    $1,200
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Itinerary

Fly to Beijing
Day 1-4

Beijing

Arriving at Beijing International Airport you will gasp at the size of not only the airport but Beijing itself. You will be whisked to the Novotel Peace Hotel in Beijing for 3 nights which is within walking distance of the Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square. 

On your first day you will have a private driver and guide to show you the highlights of this city, starting at The Temple of Heaven. From here you can glimpse people engaging in activities from Tai Chi and Tango dancing, to board games such as Wei Ki, Mahyong and Chinese Checkers. Walking through Tiananmen Square you will enter the Forbidden City, which was home to Ming and Qing emperors, and forbidden to civilians for hundreds of years. Make sure you get up early as the city can be very crowded and you need time to explore!  

The following day you will have an early morning start in order to drive up to the Great Wall of China for an early morning hike on the Mutianyu section, which is less crowded and has spectacular views over the hills, with the wall winding as far as the eye can see, dividing China from Mongolia.

After your hike and perhaps stopping at a local restaurant for lunch you will visit the Summer Palace.The gardens epitomize the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design.  As you wander around the lakes and gardens and view these Imperial gardens, you can imagine the Royal courts and Express Dowager Cixi walking through the gardens.

 

Accommodation: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel ( 3 nights )
Day 4-7

Xian

Leaving Beijing by high speed train you will have an opportunity to glimpse rural China, as you head to Xi’an and the Grand Mercure Xi’an where you will spend 2 nights. On the first evening, try a walk to the Muslim quarter and sample some of the best street food in the city. Xi’an is famous for noodles and dumplings and you will have the opportunity to learn to make these delicacies led by a local expert. Xi’an is a wonderful place to walk and relish on street food. You will find that it is very popular with young students, who love to chat and give you advice on where is the best place to eat. If time allows visit the Grand Mosque, an extraordinary mix of China and Islamic architecture . The following morning you will go to the Unesco World Heritage site and view the Terracotta Army, crafted in the 3rd century to protect the First Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. It is a truly astonishing experience to stand at the top of one of the pits looking at the hundreds of soldiers, each one unique with a different build and a different face. Returning back to your hotel, your guide will be sure to make suggestions for dinner and perhaps try one of the famous dumpling restaurants.  The next morning you can cycle on the ancient city wall in Xi’an before being taken to see the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, before being taken to the airport for your short flight to Guilin.

Accommodation: Grand Mercure Xian Renmin Square ( 3 nights )
Day 7-9

Shanghai

From Yangshou you will take a brief car journey to Guilin Airport, where you will catch a short flight to Shanghai to stay at the Sunrise on the Bund for two nights.  Ideally located on the Bund, it is an ideal place to walk in the evening and discover an array of bars and restaurants. The following morning you will enjoy a cycling tour of Old Shanghai on a restored 1940’s China Pigeon Bike. You can really immerse yourself in rural life, as you explore the former French Concession, Fuxing Park and Penglai Road. Your guide will then accompany you on a walk through the Old Town in the afternoon where you will visit the famous Yu Garden. Your final night in Shanghai will be spent enjoying delicious cuisine and you may want to top the night off with a trip to the Shanghai Circus!

The following day you will return to Pudong Airport for your flight home or perhaps extend your trip with a few days in Hong Kong.

Accommodation: Sunrise on the Bund ( 2 nights )
Fly home from Shanghai
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you.
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Imagine China
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your holiday.

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  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
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  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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