Classic China & Yunnan Express

Classic, Beijing to Kunming
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Tour description

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

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • 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 Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Beijing Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Day 3: Beijing/Xi'an Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall. Take an evening flight to Xi'an.

Day 4: Xi'an/Suzhou 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.

Day 5: Suzhou Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens.

Day 6: Suzhou/Shanghai Travel to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund.

Day 7: Shanghai Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening.

Day 8: Shanghai/Kunming Fly to Kunming and start exploring beautiful Yunnan.

Day 9: Kunming/Dali Enjoy a walk around the Bird and Flower Market in Kunming before boarding an express bus to Dali. With free time, opt to visit the old town, take a boat around Lake Erhai, or ride a bike to Xizhou.

Day 10: Dali Enjoy a free day to continuing exploring this scenic town.

Day 11: Dali/Shaxi Travel by bus to Shaxi with free time to explore. Enjoy an included walk around the quiet cobblestoned streets, viewing the fabulous ancient architecture of this hidden traditional village.

Day 12: Shaxi Enjoy a free day in Shaxi to continue exploring.

Day 13: Shaxi/Lijiang Travel to Lijiang and explore the UNESCO Heritage-listed Old Town. Opt to visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.

Day 14: Lijiang/Hetaoyuan 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.

Day 15: Hetaoyuan/Lijiang Hike in the morning before taking a bus back to Lijiang.

Day 16: Lijiang/Kunming Enjoy a free day in Lijiang before flying back to Kunming.

Day 17: Kunming Depart at any time.