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TS-C-WE-06 Cultural & Scenic China


9 nights from UK £ 2,510 per person

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

Starting from BEIJING continue by bullet train to the fantastically preserved Ming Dynasty city of PINGYAO before another train to XIAN and the Terra Cotta Warriors.

HANGZHOU is regarded as a centre of Chinese culture with the beautiful West Lake’s temples, tea houses and gardens. Next stop is stunning Mount HUANGSHAN and it’s magnificent vistas. In comparison the last stop of SHANGHAI offers up modern Chinese culture at its most vibrant.

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Day 1 - Beijing to Pingyao

Bullet Train on to the Ming Dynasty Walled City of Pingyao

NOTE: This trip is designed to follow on from our Trans-Siberian tours which already include time in Beijing.

After breakfast a transfer on to the station to catch a bullet train. Reaching speeds of over 300 km/hour the overall trip is on a par with flying with the added bonuses of views from the window and being able to stretch your legs. Arrival in 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 today is free to start exploring this ancient and easily navigated city with the help of your trip Guidebook. Alternatively, this characterful traditional style courtyard hotel is an ideal place to relax.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 2 - Pingyao to Xian

Walking Tour of the Old City Including Merchants Houses & the City Walls & Train to Xian

Today you have a private walking tour of Pingyao’s old city within the walls. Visit a selection of the merchant and banking houses which have been converted into museums. You also have the opportunity to see the Confucius Temple and spend time walking up on the city’s most impressive structure, the Ming Dynasty Walls which completely enclose the old city.

After the the tour a transfer to the station to catch a bullet train on to your next destination. Arrival in 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.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 3 - Xian

Short 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.

After the tour a transfer to the airport for a flight on to Chengdu, capital of mountainous and spicy Sichuan province and the place to come and see Giant Pandas. Your guide and driver will meet and transfer you to your hotel.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 4 - Xian to Hangzhou

The Superb Underground Hanyangling Mausoleum & Flight to Hangzhou

On the way to the airport this morning we visit the unique Hanyangling Mausoleum, the burial place of the Emperor Jing of Han who ruled from 188 BC to 141 BC. The Mausoleum is China’s first underground museum where you can actually walk over the burial pits along glass paths. Less crowded and more intimate than the Terra Cotta Army, the experience allows you to get up closer to the ancient artifacts which are well presented.

Continue onto the airport for your flight to Hangzhou, a city 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 with free time for the rest of the day.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 5 - Hangzhou

Boat Ride on the West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda & a Tea Plantation

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 tour includes a boat ride on the lake itself as well as visit the Lingyin Temple, Six Harmonies Pagoda and a visit to a nearby tea plantation.

Return to your hotel with the rest of the evening free.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 6 - Hangzhou to Huangshan

Private Car to Mount Huangshan With an Exhilarating Cable Car Ride to Your Hotel

Transfer by private car the approximately 3 hour journey to Mount Huangshan’s cable car station that takes you to the Northern Summit area and your hotel. The cable car fee and Huangshan entrance fee is included and a guide will meet you on arrival at the cable car station to accompany you to your hotel.

Please note that there is about a 30 minute walk from the top of the cable car to the hotel along good paths. You will be able to leave any unneeded luggage at a hotel before taking the cable car.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 7 - 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 Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 8 - Huangshan to Shanghai

A Second Chance to See the Sunrise on Huangshan Before Descent & a Bullet Train to Shanghai

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.

A transfer guide will meet you at the hotel from where you take the cable car down the mountain and collect any stored luggage. Continue on to the bullet train station for the afternoon service to Shanghai, China’s exciting and futuristic financial capital and living testament to China’s phenomenal growth.

Evening arrival in Shanghai with a transfer to your hotel to overnight or perhaps head out to sample Shanghai’s vibrant nightlife.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Day 9 - Shanghai

Yuyuan Gardens, Old Shanghai, Antique Market, the Bund, Skyscraper & 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.

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast & Restaurant Lunch.

Day 10 - Depart Shanghai

Take the Ultra Fast Maglev to the Airport for Your Flight Out of China

Free time until a transfer to the Maglev station for the world’s fastest train to Pudong Airport to catch your flight out of China. Your transfer guide will buy a standard class Maglev ticket for you and make sure you get on the train which takes just 8 minutes to cover the 30km to the airport reaching a top speed of 430 km / hour (300 km / hour before 9am).

We sincerely hope that you have had a fantastic China experience with us full of all the memories which make this country such a fascinating destination that continues to inspire us!

Meals Included: Hotel Breakfast.

Hand-picked Accommodation for this Trip

The hotels & accommodation used for this trip are from our hand picked selection and all are excellent for their class. We also offer upgraded hotels in most locations. If you would like to explore additional hotel options please the button below and let us know of any changes you wish to make.

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What is included?

Air and / or train transport as described.

All accommodation as specified under the accommodation tab

All private transfers and any other transportation as described

All meals as specified in the itinerary

All tours as specified in the itinerary

All entrance fees to sights toured in the itinerary

24 hour emergency assistance

Visa Paperwork you need in order to obtain the visas

Financial Peace of Mind as your trip is protected

Our exclusive 200+ page trip guidebook, personalised to your trip

What is not included?

International Airfare to / from the start / finish of your trip – we can book these flights on request

The Chinese visa – we can advise and partner with VisaCentral

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment – we recommend ABTASure (UK residents only)

Discretionary gratuities to drivers and guides

Travel insurance to cover any medical treatment


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