Best of China

Comfort, Beijing to Shanghai

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From cosmopolitan cities to ancient capitals and surreal rural scenery, China’s stunning diversity offers adventurous visitors to the Middle Kingdom a chance to explore both its modern allure and ancient past. A rapidly changing country, now is the time to discover its cultural and historical diversity—and do it with a bit of style! Our experienced CEO will lead the way and eliminate the hassle so you're free to explore China's urban and rural highlights.

What’s included

  • Hands-on: Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo, Yangshuo
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit Beijing's traditional hutongs
  • Excursion to the Great Wall
  • Xian Muslim quarter orientation walk
  • Cycle along the Xi'an city walls
  • Terracotta Warriors tour and a lunch at the local village where they were uncovered
  • Li River boat ride
  • Bicycle ride trough the countryside with village visits
  • Cooking class and dinner in Yangshuo
  • Explore Yue Luo Wan rural village
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Walk the great wall and cycle along the xi'an city walls
  • Explore the back-alley streets in beijing's traditional hutongs
  • Face the terracotta warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered
  • Cycle the countryside and visit quaint villages
  • Learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school

Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing (1D) Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Beijing duck welcome dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 2 Beijing (1B) One of the greatest structures ever built, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2,000 years. This massive structure stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the sea to western China. The section we visit is called Mutianyu and is one of the best preserved Ming Dynasty sections reachable from Beijing. Arriving at the wall, we'll be able to walk up and explore a stretch by foot while taking in the stunning views as it winds along the mountain ridges. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 3 Beijing (1B) Today we delve into the history of Beijing, visiting the dramatic Forbidden City and the immense Tiananmen Square. Hear the tales of the emperors and their concubines, a long crafted culture and rich tradition. Witness how ancient Chinese customs are still valued today, yet are blended with the modern technology and western influences. Visit the Temple of Heaven and its surrounding grounds, which offer a chance to see locals whiling the hours away, practicing water calligraphy and Tai Chi, playing cards, and walking pet crickets, with the colorful Temple of Heaven in the background. Also, take a walking tour featuring some of Beijing's traditional alleyways and backstreets known as hutongs. Additional Notes: Please note that the timing of included activities can change and will be spread out over the course of days 2-4. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Temple of Heaven Hutong Walk Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an (1B) Later, we travel by overnight train to Xi'an in soft sleeper compartments. Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (12.00-15.00 hours)
Day 5 Xi'an (1B) Arrive in the ancient Chinese capital and traditional silk road terminus, Xi'an, in the morning; we will be met and transferred to our hotel. After settling in, gather for an a bike ride along the ancient city walls (the inner city is surrounded by 14km (9 mi) of ancient city walls). In the evening, explore the Muslim Quarter, with its multicultural feel, shopping lanes, and street-side food stalls selling nan, kebabs, and a fine array of sweets. Opt to try some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favourite. Included Activities: Cycling Xi'an City Walls Muslim Quarter Orientation Walk
Day 6 Xi'an (1B, 1L) Visit the famous archaeological wonder of the Terracotta Warriors, built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Visit Village visit and lunch Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Xi'an/Yueluowan Village (1B, 1D) Fly to Guilin and continue on to a traditional Chinese village and immerse yourself in the local culture with an overnight stay in a small guesthouse. Additional Notes: Our accommodation tonight is simple but the hospitality, stunning setting and cultural immersion more than make up for a lack of amenities. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Plane (1.75-2.00 hours) Private Vehicle (1.75-2.00 hours, 75km)
Day 8 Yueluowan Village/Yangshuo (1B) Travel to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. Arriving into Yangshuo town, there will be opportunity to wander the shop and cafe lined streets or relax with a drink before enjoying an evening sunset cruise on the world famous Li River. Included Activities: Li River Cruise Transport: Walking (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 9 Yangshuo (1B, 1D) Embark on a day of easy cycling and rural discovery, venturing from Yangshuo out into the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner. Return to Yangshuo; with an evening free, you may choose to relax or experience some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife. Included Activities: Cycling Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 10 Yangshuo/Shanghai (1B) In a great day of contrasts, awake overlooking the rural countryside and finish the day in the heart of China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai. Cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mesmerizing array of old and new, from the 19th century Asian infused Victorian and early 20th century Art Deco architecture, to the bold 21st century futuristic skyline additions. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Private van transfer to airport and private bus from airport to hotel. Plane (2.00 hour(s))
Day 11 Shanghai (1B) Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum.
Day 12 Shanghai (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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