Magical China
16 days: Cultural China - from £1750

  • Beijing: City tours & Great Wall (3 nights)
  • Xian: City tour & Terracotta Warriors (3n)
  • Shangdong: (2 nights)
  • Tai shan Mount
  • Qufu - Confucius Temple
  • Chengdu: (2 nights)
  • Giant Panda Research base
  • Leshan Giant Buddha Statue
  • Guilin: Li River Cruise & city tour (2 nights)
  • Yangshuo: (1 night)
  • Shanghai: city tour (2 nights)

*Exclusive Small Group tours *Deluxe 4 & 5 star Hotels *Well paced itinerary *Special banquets & shows *Long Established China Tour specialists*

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Day 1
Depart from Heathrow or your preferred airport for scheduled flight to Beijing. Meals on board.

Day 2 Beijing
Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted at the airport by our English speaking guide and transferred to your hotel by private transport. The rest of the day is at your leisure to recover from jet lag and get ready for the adventure to come! (China is 8 hours ahead of UK GMT)

Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
A full day city tour to soak up the atmosphere of Beijing. This includes visiting historical sites such as Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.

Our welcome dinner in the evening provides an opportunity to sample various type of Chinese cuisine.

Day 4 Beijing (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
The highlights of today's visit is to the Great Wall (Mutianyu Section), the quieter and less commercial section compare with some others. You will have plenty of time to walk along the wall and enjoy unforgettable views. For those who prefer an easier way up to the wall, a cable car is available (payment required locally approx £5).

Our memorable day continues with a trip to the Beijing Bird's Nest Olympics Stadia & the Water Cube swimming stadium (exteriors only). Have a stroll in the large Olympic square and enjoy great photo opportunities. Later we experience the famous Peking Roasted Duck dinner to conclude this unforgettable day.

Day 5 Beijing to Xian (Breakfast, Lunch)
Visit the 12th century Summer Palace, Kunming Lake and the Garden of Harmony before taking the ferry next to the famous Marble Boat. In the next part of the tour enjoy a fascinating Rickshaw ride through the 'Hutong' residential area of Beijing to see how local people live. Our guide will then escort you to Houhai, a popular relaxing eating out place for both Western and Chinese tourists. For travellers who would like to experience shopping in China, we can take you to the popular shopping street - Xiushui Silk Market.

In the evening, we take a flight to Xian, the former capital of China and starting point of the ancient Silk Road.

Day 6 Xian (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
An exciting day awaits you as we head to the Terra-cotta Warriors Museum. You will visit the luxury underground palace of Emperor Qinshihuang, The Archaeological Museum of 6,000 life-size Terracotta Warriors and their horses. The warriors were the after life protectors the first emperor who united China (221BC-206BC). Our lunch is arranged at the dining restaurant in the Museum, where you can enjoy a selection of cold and hot dishes (buffet style), and the Xian speciality noodles. Following this we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built as a Buddhist Monastery during the Tang Dynasty. We enjoy the jovial atmosphere around the beautiful Pagoda and picturesque boulevard where Xian residents come to meet & relax.

In the evening we go to enjoy a re-enactment of the royal arts performance of a 7th century Tang Dynasty Show, with a special Dinner of dumplings included.

Day 7 Xian ( Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast we explore Xian and visit the old Muslim Quarter of the City which is home to large Ethnic Muslim Chinese community, who have lived in the city since the silk road was established. Our tour including visiting Muslim square, the Wooden Mosque and later we will have great photos opportunities of the Bell and Drum Towers.

In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely walk & cycle ride on the ancient city walls. The smooth & well preserved walls make for an ideal and safe cycling route around the inner historic city centre and are a charming way to enjoy the local lifestyle of Xian. Overnght in Xian.

Day 8 Xian to Taian (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
We take a morning flight to Jinan city and transfer to Qufu, birthplace of Confucius. We will then take a tour to visit the cities historical sites such as the amazing Confucius Temple which is the largest ancestral temple in China. We also visit the Mansion and Forest of Confucius.

In the evening we transfer to Taian city, which is the gateway to Tai Shan Mountain. Overnight in Taian.

Day 9 Tai Shan Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today we visit Tai Shan, one of the five sacred Taoist peaks in China, and one of the most climbed mountains on earth. With the main peak towering 1,545 meters above sea level, it was the location where Emperors of various dynasties held grand sacrificial ceremonies. We drive midway up the mountain to the Gate to Heaven. We then have a
choice of either climbing up the mountain on foot, or taking a cable car to the summit (fee is not included). The main scenic spots on the mountain include Heavenly Street, Five Pine Pavillion, Qingdi Palace & Yuhuangding Peak etc. Upon return, you are met and transferred to Jinan city. Overnight in Jinan city.

Day 10 Jinan to Chengdu (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

After breakfast we fly to Chengdu, where you will be met by your guide upon arrival.We will then start our tour to Leshan mountain to visit the famous Giant Buddha Statue, Lingyun Temple and Haishi Cave. Todays evening meal is a delicious sellection of traditional Sichuan dishes. Overnight in Chengdu.

Day 11 Chengdu to Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today we will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Base. The research base is the best place to see Chengdu's most famous residents and is definately a tour highlight. After the tour we transfer to the airport for your flight to the beautiful city of Guilin.

Day 12 Guilin to Yangshuo (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we take an hour drive to Zhujiang Dock, where we embark on our boat for a cruise down the picturesque Li River. Enjoy the unique and beautiful mountain scenery often depicted in chinese paintings, including rural villages and tranquil rice paddies alongside the river banks.

Hopefully we will also see some native wildlife and water buffalo wallowing in the river. Lunch will be served on board and we disembark in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is an ancient town that is famous for its beautiful scenery and is a favourite destination for many of our travellers. Overnight in Yangshuo.

Day 13 Yangshuo to Guilin (Breakfast, Lunch)

Time to explore the quaint town of Yangshuo often regarded as having the best scenery in China. For those who wish to participate, today's optional activities include Tai Chi, and a wonderful bicycle ride into the countryside to view the rice paddies and limestone mountains.

Drive back to Guilin in the late afternoon and we take a tour to the delightful Fubo Hill or Elephant Trunk Hill (depends on local situation). Later we visit Reed Flute Cave, a vast underground cavern of exotic rock formations.

Day 14 Guilin to Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast we take a flight to Shanghai where our guide will meet you upon arrival and check into your hotel.

After having a rest, we start our city tour of Shanghai which will include visiting Yu Garden, famous for its rock gardens, pavilions, halls and ponds. We marvel at the futuristic landscape and magnificent towers on the famous promenade along the Huangpu River, the Bund and Nanjing Road. Finally our tour takes us to see the historic side of Shanghai. We visit the traditional low-rise homes, which was the former French quarter in colonial times and known locally as 'Heaven on Earth'.

Day 15 Shanghai (Breakfast)
We leave today free for you to explore this cosmopolitan city as your leisure.

Day 16 Shanghai to homeward ( Breakfast)
You will be met at your hotel and taken by private car to the Maglev train station in Shanghai for your transfer to the airport. With the assistance of the local guide, board the futuristic and super fast Maglev train with a top speed of 267mph. For travellers who booked Hong Kong extension, we leave Mainland China today.

Shanghai extensions can be arranged, either as a free day, or we can arrange a guided tour extension, see details below. Contact us for details at time of booking.

Optional tours & extension from Shanghai

Option 1. Zhujiajiao Water Village: 'the Venice of China', unspoiled for hundreds of years. Tour departs from Shanghai (overnight stay in Shanghai is required).

Option 2. Suzhou, Hangzhou or both: For travellers who are interested in seeing more famous Chinese gardens. Tour departs from Shanghai (overnight stay required).

Hong Kong extension (£399* per person inc flight)

Day 16 Shanghai to Hong Kong (Breakfast)
You are transferred to airport for flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival, transfer to moderate deluxe or deluxe hotel. The rest of day is free at leisure.

Day 17 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
Half day morning tour to the Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village. Rest of the day is free.

Day 18 Hong Kong (Breakfast)
You are transferred to airport for flight home.

OR, for the same price, we offer flight ticket from Kunming to Hong Kong and 3 nights in Hong Kong! (flight & accommodation only)

*supplement of £60pp apply for April & October.

Group Departure Dates & Price (£)

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Buy your flight tickets Now and save £££s on your holiday! (Flight Prices from £550pp incl TAX)

The price may be different around the bank holiday period in the UK, and the festival periods in China. Please contact us for confirmation. Single supplement is based on 3 people in 1 group.

We also arrange private tour or tailor made departure according to this itinerary, please contact us to discuss your requirement.

Price Includes (The prices shown above are 'per person' in Mainland China)

  • All flights including airport tax. We can also arrange your local airport departure and return from £60. Please enquire at the time of your booking.
  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Sightseeing tours (including entrance fee) by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Selections of good 4 star hotel and 5 star cruise accommodation in well furnished rooms with private facilities. In Hong Kong it is 3/4 star standard.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary.

Price Does Not Include

  • Visa fee (please go to Our Visa Service for details).
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Optional tours and extensions

Our Accommodation: We take a great deal of time and effort to source our hotel selection in each city for our travellers enjoyment and our hotels are good 4 star & 5 star rating. We also monitor our established hotel selection continually based upon each of our customers feedback received over the years. Please visit our Hotel page for full accommodation details.

Flights We can obtain international and domestic flights in various class seats with many reputable airlines. We can also provide flights from many UK regional airports and depends on availability we will try to arrange direct flight when possible, however allocation can be limited. If you wish to be booked on a particular airline, please specify at the time of booking (supplement may apply). Alternatively, for the cheapest deal we recommend you book your international flights at time of booking, as this can save you £££s off your final holiday price.

Tour Itinerary Facts: Our tour is arranged on a small group basis average 10 people per group, as we feel this gives our travellers more flexibility and enjoyment. By reducing the group size our experienced local guides are able to get to know you all individually and show you the true beauty of China.

Our itineraries are designed at a sensible pace with a combination of escorted sightseeing, special activities and some free time. We Believe this give you the best combination to experience the real China and meet local people.

This tour price is calculated based upon a minimum of 6 travellers in 1 group. In the unlikely situation where the number is less than 6, we will either offer an alternative date which is as close to the original departure date as possible, or travellers can pay for a private tour. Add on tours and city extension available, for details visit Optional tours page.

Your Meals We include all breakfasts (mixture of western & Chinese cuisine) at your hotel and most Chinese style lunches and dinners, which are all pre-booked as shown in your itinerary. Each lunch and dinner menu is selected to ensure you can try a wide variety of tasty traditional dishes whilst in China. We feel it is also an important part of your holiday experience to try buying a few meals by yourself whilst you're in China and for your convenience the hotels we select provide a good choices of Chinese cuisine with English menu. Alternatively there are plenty of restaurants to choose from around the main sightseeing area in most Chinese cities. A good meal (dinner) in a restaurant should cost about £8 per person.

The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of flights available, although on rare occasions the sequence in which cities are visited, duration of time spent can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.










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