CULTURAL & SCENIC CHINA

SHANGHAI ● HUANGSHAN ● HANGZHOU ● XIAN ● PINGYAO ● BEIJING

TOUR OVERVIEW

DURATION, PRICE, TOUR TYPE & DEPARTURES

8 nights from UK £ 2,110 / US $ 2,960 per person*

*Price based on 2 people travelling. These prices are based on 2021 rates and are here to give guidance. Final quotes vary by date, exchange rates and are subject to availability.

PRIVATE TOUR - NOT A GROUP TOUR - CAN BE TAILORED 

SEASON - YEAR ROUND STARTING ANY DAY

TOUR CODE : TS-C-EW-06

MAP & DESTINATIONS

THE STOPS VISITED ON THIS TOUR

🇨🇳 SHANGHAI - 2 nights

China's bustling financial capital is full of energy and a glimpse into the future.

🇨🇳 HUANGSHAN - 2 nights

One of the most dramatic of China’s sacred mountains offering superb walks.

🇨🇳 HANGZHOU - 1 night

Chinese cultural centre set around the temples and gardens of West Lake.

🇨🇳 XIAN - 2 nights

China’s Tang Dynasty Capital & home to the extraordinary Terra Cotta Army.

🇨🇳 PINGYAO - 1 night

Wonderfully preserved Ming Dynasty walled city full of old world atmosphere.

🇨🇳 BEIJING

This trip finishes on arrival in China's stunning capital of Beijing.

Note: This tour is designed to be booked in conjunction with our Trans-Siberian tours which already include accommodation, tours and transfers in Beijing. If booking this tour on its own we can add in the full Beijing section to this trip.

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAILY DESCRIPTIONS OF ACTIVITIES, MEALS & OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION

DAY 1 - SHANGHAI

ARRIVAL IN SHANGHAI WITH TIME TO RELAX AT THE HOTEL AFTER YOUR FLIGHT

Welcome to Shanghai, China’s exciting and futuristic financial capital and living testament to China's phenomenal growth. Your guide will greet you at the airport with a transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax from the long flight or start to explore the city with the help of your personalised and exclusive Trip Guidebook we send you before the trip. The area around your centrally located hotel is perfect for an introductory walk.

MEALS: None Today.

OVERNIGHT: SSAW Boutique Bund  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 2 - SHANGHAI

YUYUAN GARDENS, OLD SHANGHAI, ANTIQUE MARKET, THE BUND & SKYSCRAPER VIEWPOINT & ACROBATS

Today you will have a full day private tour of some of Shanghai’s highlights starting with the classical Yuyuan Garden that dates back to 1577. Surrounding the garden is Old Shanghai, an area that has been a vibrant commercial centre for over a century. Here we visit Fuyou Road antique market, one of the best places for souvenir hunting and a fascinating experience even if not shopping. The tour continues with a walk down the Bund along which the Huangpu River runs and where some of Asia’s finest colonial architecture is located. From here we cross the River by ferry to Shanghai’s ultra modern Pudong Financial district for a bird’s eye view of the city from the top of one of the stunning skyscrapers.

There is no better way to round off this Shanghai experience than with a visit to the world famous Chinese Acrobats for a show filled with colour and excitement.

Return to your hotel or head out to sample Shanghai’s vibrant nightlife.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: SSAW Boutique Bund  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 3 - HUANGSHAN

BULLET TRAIN TO HUANGSHAN & YOUR SUMMIT AREA HOTEL

Transfer to the station for a bullet train to Huangshan arriving early afternoon. Transfer to Mount Huangshan’s cable car station that takes you to the Northern Summit area and your hotel. Note that there is about a 30 minute walk from the top of the cable car to the hotel. You will be able to leave unneeded luggage at a hotel before taking the cable car.

The guide will accompany you to the hotel. It will be late afternoon by the time you have checked-in to your hotel but this is an excellent time to take a short walk in the area around the hotel itself to get a feel for this mountain.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Beihai Hotel  ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 4 - HUANGSHAN

THE FAMOUS SUNRISE ON THE MOUNTAIN & A FREE DAY TO EXPLORE ITS MANY PATHS

Make sure you are up very early this morning to see the sunrise Huangshan is famous for. One of the best view points is only a few hundred meters away. Much of the year it can be very cold at dawn but you should find down jackets in your hotel room’s wardrobe. If the weather Gods’ are on your side the sunrise is spectacular and the “cloud sea” often plays a part in this with a layer of cloud well below your view point.

Return to the hotel for breakfast before a free day exploring the multitude of well signed and maintained paths that stretch out across the mountains.There is no set itinerary to follow but the time you have is long enough to see the highlights.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Beihai Hotel  ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 5 - HANGZHOU

A SECOND CHANCE TO SEE THE SUNRISE ON HUANGSHAN BEFORE DESCENT & JOURNEY TO HANGZHOU

Another chance to see the sunrise (and these can be very different from day to day so resist the temptation to stay in bed!) before breakfast and some more time for further walks.

A transfer guide will meet you at the hotel to take you to the cable car station to descend and assist you in collecting any stored luggage. From here a private car or minibus will take you the three hour drive to Hangzhou. On the way stop at the architecturally stunning village of Hongcun. If Hongcun looks familiar to you it may be because scenes from the Chinese film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” were filmed here.

Afternoon arrival in Hangzhou, famed throughout China for its culture and the beauty of its West Lake, praised and written about for centuries. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of today is free to start exploring the West Lake area with the help of your Trip Guidebook. Alternatively, your hotel is an ideal place to relax.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: Jinxi Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

DAY 6 - XIAN

ENJOY A BOAT RIDE ON THE WEST LAKE & THE STUNNING RESIDENCE OF HU XUEYAN & FLIGHT TO XIAN

Hangzhou is famed throughout the country for its beautiful West Lake, one of China’s most important cultural centers for the last 1,000 years and represents the Chinese ideal of man in perfect harmony with nature. The many temples and gardens surrounding the West lake are designed to personify this relationship and this style has been exported to Japan and Korea. Today’s half day tour includes a boat ride on the lake itself as well as visiting the architecturally important residence of Hu Xueyan.

After the tour a transfer to the airport for a flight to Xian, the once golden city of Emperors, soldiers, arts, culture and the capital of the prosperous Tang Dynasty. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

The rest of today is free to start exploring this giant of Chinese history with the help of your trip Guidebook. Alternatively, this comfortable hotel is an ideal place to relax.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: Atour Nanmen Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 7 - XIAN

THE TERRA COTTA ARMY, BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA, CITY WALLS & MUSLIM QUARTER

Today visit one of China’s most extraordinary sights, the Terra Cotta Army built by China’s first Emperor Qin Shi Huang in 246 BC. Several thousand of the life-sized soldiers are on display and, with no two soldiers looking alike, make for a truly impressive spectacle.

We also visit a relic of the Tang Dynasty, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, home to some of the most famous Buddhist scriptures in China. It is possible to climb the pagoda - you will need to buy a ticket locally if you wish to do this - for views over Xian. Continue to the 14 km Ming Dynasty City Walls which are up to 18 meters thick at the base and 12 meters in height. It is possible to hire bicycles and ride some sections of the wall - local rental payment required.

Finish the day with a wander through Xian’s vibrant Muslim quarter, including a visit to the Great Mosque, unusually built entirely in the Chinese architectural style. This area is an excellent place to souvenir shop and eat - just ask your guide for recommendations.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free or just ask us for suggestions of cultural activities.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

OVERNIGHT: Atour Nanmen Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 8 - PINGYAO

BULLET TRAIN TO THE WALLED MING DYNASTY CITY OF PINGYAO

Transfer to the bullet train station for a train to Pingyao, an intact Ming Dynasty city and once a centre of banking in China with the only complete city wall of that era left in China.

Transfer to your hotel with the rest of the day free to start exploring this ancient and easily navigated city with the help of your trip Guidebook. If you wish to enter any of the old banking houses or temples you will need to buy a ticket which covers most of the sights within the city walls as well as the walls themselves. Your hotel will be able to assist with the purchase of this.

A free evening to continue to explore the city, the centre of which is beautifully lit by traditional Chinese lanterns.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

OVERNIGHT: Hongshanyi Hotel  ★ ★ ★ ★ click to view hotel.

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DAY 9 - PINGYAO TO BEIJING

FREE DAY TO EXPLORE PINGYAO BEFORE A BULLET TRAIN TO BEIJING TO START YOUR TRANS-SIBERIAN ITINERARY

Much of the day is free to continue to explore the ancient streets of the city. Mid-afternoon transfer to the station to catch a bullet train to Beijing. Evening arrival in China’s cultural and political capital with its extraordinary blend of ancient and modern sights.

Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel as per day one of your Trans-Siberian itinerary.

MEALS: Hotel Breakfast.

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