Classic China & Yunnan Express

Classic, Beijing to Kunming

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If you’re looking for both the main highlights of China plus a little something out of the way, this is the trip for you. Take in all the classic landmarks of China – the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Warriors – before hopping a flight from Shanghai to Kunming so you can immerse yourself in the culture of Yunnan. (Spicy food lovers, take note – this place is heaven for cuisine.) Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge will remain a bragging right for years to come. Whether it’s your first time in China or one of many return trips, we’ll make sure you see something new.

What’s included

  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Terracotta Warriors tour (Xi'an)
  • Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou)
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • Chinese acrobat performance
  • Bird and Flower Market visit (Dali)
  • Old Town Lijiang visit
  • City walk (Shanxi)
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge hike
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Tiger Leaping Gorge hike
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Trek along the great wall
  • Visit the forbidden city in beijing and the canal town of suzhou
  • Experience a local meal and the terracotta warriors in xi'an
  • Marvel at the chinese acrobats in shanghai
  • Break a sweat at tiger leaping gorge
  • Indulge in the spicy cuisine of yunnan.


Day 1 Beijing Is Beijing top of your must-see list? Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Beijing Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Transport: Metro
Day 3 Beijing/Xi'an Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After time spent wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs, head to the airport for an evening flight to Xi'an. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle Plane (2.25 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
Day 4 Xi'an/Suzhou (1L) Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors—and enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou. Included Activities: Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-16.00 hours)
Day 5 Suzhou Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. Included Activities: Master of the Nets Garden Tour
Day 6 Suzhou/Shanghai Arrive in the afternoon to Shanghai. After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer. Included Activities: Orientation Walk of the Bund Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 7 Shanghai Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening. Included Activities: Shanghai Acrobatic Performance
Day 8 Shanghai/Kunming Fly from Shanghai to Kunming to start exploring Yunnan. Opt to visit Green Lake Park where you can see singing, dancing, and locals doing tai chi or going further afield to the Stone Forest. Transport: Plane (3.00 hour(s))
Day 9 Kunming/Dali (1B) Enjoy free time in Dali with optional activities like visiting the old town, taking a boat around Lake Erhai, and riding a bike to Xizhou. Choose to spend some time wandering the local markets. Included Activities: Bird and Flower Market Visit Transport: Local bus (4.50-5.00 hours, 344km)
Day 10 Dali (1B) Enjoy a free day to continuing exploring this scenic town.
Day 11 Dali/Shaxi (1B) Travel by local bus to Shaxi, a valley that whispers of times past, nestled away in the foothills of the Himalayas. If time allows, visit the Shibaoshan rock carvings, which are over 1300-years-old and evidence of the spread of Mahayana Buddhism into Yunnan from Tibet. Included Activities: Shaxi Walking Tour Transport: Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours, 148km)
Day 12 Shaxi (1B) Enjoy a free day in Shaxi to continue exploring.
Day 13 Shaxi/Lijiang (1B) Make the most of time in Lijiang before heading out for the famous hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge. Included Activities: Lijiang Old Town Visit Transport: Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours, 103km)
Day 14 Lijiang/Hetaoyuan (1B) Take a bus to Tiger Leaping Gorge and start on the famous hike. The route follows the stunning scenery of the Yangtze as it cuts through the gorge. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 1 Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 90km)
Day 15 Hetaoyuan/Lijiang (1B) The hike ends in the morning, followed by an express bus back to Lijiang. Relax and enjoy your accomplishment. Included Activities: Tiger Leaping Gorge Trek Day 2 Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 90km)
Day 16 Lijiang/Kunming (1B) Finish up any sightseeing still on your list and fly back to Kunming. Enjoy an optional final meal with the group. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Day 17 Kunming (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day