Inspirational China

From $4,899
Duration 11 Days
Departures from Apr 2021 - Oct 2021
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From $4,899
Duration 11 Days
Departures from Apr 2021 - Oct 2021
Tour Overview

This exciting journey through China begins in Beijing, where you'll discover highlights including the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Take in spectacular views as you walk along a section of the iconic Great Wall, then board a high-speed train to Xian, where you'll view the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army. Immerse yourself in Chinese traditions and visit the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre before heading to the exciting city of Shanghai. Showcasing China's prosperity and development as well as its heritage and culture, you'll explore the main sights on a tour and take a cruise on the Huangpu River.

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Max Group Size 35

Your Holiday Includes

  • ​​Just You Tour Manager as your host & Specialist Local Guide
  • 10 nights in 4 & 5-star hotels
  • 24 included meals: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners​ including a welcome drink
  • Free scheduled group transfers are available on arrival & departure. Other transport & porterage included.​

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Summer Palace
  • Beijing sightseeing tour
  • Great Wall including a cable car ride
  • Journey on the High-speed China Railway (CRH)​
  • Yangling Mausoleum visit
  • Terracotta Army
  • Xian City Walls
  • Traditional Chinese dumpling-making experience
  • Chengdu tea ceremony with jasmine tea
  • Visit Chengdu's Jinli Street
  • Leshan Giant Buddha & Minjiang river cruise
  • Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre
  • Shanghai sightseeing tour
  • Cruise along the Huangpu River​


Days 1 & 2 Beijing

​We'll discover more of Beijing today on a full-day tour. At the heart of the city is Tiananmen Square, a site of huge cultural and political significance, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
We'll also visit the Forbidden City, where you can marvel at the Imperial Palace. Our visit concludes with a visit to the Temple of Heaven before we return to the hotel.
This evening you can get out and about and explore Beijing independently. Alternatively, we offer an optional walking tour along the city's narrow streets and alleys known as hutongs. In these traditional residential areas, we will visit local families and learn about their day-to-day lives. We'll then head to a restaurant for a ​dinner, included in the optional excursion.

Meals included: B,L

Day 3 Great Wall of China

​Today you'll visit one of the world's most iconic sites, the Great Wall of China. We'll head to a lesser-known section of the wall at Mutianyu, and one of the best ways to appreciate its magnificence is from above, so we'll take a cable car ride. From this vantage point the views of the wall and the surrounding countryside are spectacular. Up here, you can also take the opportunity to walk along part of the ramparts, or simply take it all in.
This afternoon, we'll return to Beijing for time at leisure. However, if you want to discover more, why not join an optional excursion to the ​Yonghe Lamasery. This renowned Lama temple houses a treasure trove of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddha, as well as Tibetan-style murals.
We'll round off the day with a special Peking duck dinner.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Beijing - Xian

An exciting experience awaits us today as we journey to Xian by a high-speed train.
On arrival, we'll visit the Tomb of Emperor Jingdi, also known as the Yangling Mausoleum. In this underground museum, which is also a working excavation site, we'll see hundreds of terracotta figures and clay animals that were buried with the fourth emperor of the Han Dynasty.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 5 Xian

Xian, often referred to as the 'city of eternal peace', was once the flourishing capital of China. It is here that the first Qin emperor was interred in 200 BC with at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures, and we will visit this impressive site today. The warriors, representing individuals of the Imperial Guard, are grouped in battle order, rank by rank. Some are mounted on horse-drawn chariots and others are armed with spears, swords and crossbows. This dazzling display of Chinese military power is quite simply breathtaking.
We'll also visit a remodelled green tea house, where there may be an opportunity to meet one of the farmers who discovered the warriors back in the 1970s when they were digging a well.
Next, we will head to Xian's beautifully preserved City Walls, where a buggy will take us from the south gate to the east gate. 
Dumplings are a staple food in Chinese cuisine and this afternoon you will have the chance to make some with the guidance of an expert. Keeping to the theme we will gather this evening for a traditional dumpling dinner. Later, you have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to watch the famous Tang Dynasty show. The show you will see is performed by the world-renowned Shaanxi Song and Dance Troupe, the largest performing group in Western China, and promises to be truly entertaining.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Xian - Chengdu

We'll travel by high-speed train again today as we journey to Chengdu. Our tour here starts with a visit to a traditional tea house where we'll sample some jasmine tea.
Our next stop is Jinli Street, one of the city's main streets. Here you can try local delicacies and visit tea houses and silk workshops.
Alternatively, if you want to soak up more of China's traditions, you've the option to attend a face-changing show tonight, with dinner included. This spectacle features performances ranging from opera to comedy and, of course, the famous face-changing act, which has to be seen to be believed.

Meals included: B,L

Day 7 Leshan

Leshan is a must-see location thanks to its wonderful lush scenery and the famous Leshan Giant Buddha that casts his gaze over the Minjiang and Qingjiang Rivers. It is the tallest Buddha in the world and was carved out of the cliff by a monk of the Tang Dynasty in around 713 AD. We'll see this today on a tour, which also includes a cruise on the Minjiang River offering an alternative view. If you wish, an easy climb will take you to the top of the mountain where you will find yourself parallel to this magnificent statue.
On our way back to our hotel we'll visit the nearby Lingyun temple, and this evening we'll enjoy a regional speciality –​ a Sichuan hotpot.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 8 Chengdu - Shanghai

A fantastic morning tour takes us to the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre to view these endangered creatures. We'll learn all about China's national treasure, and if we're really lucky we might get to see some baby pandas.
This evening, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Shanghai.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 9 Shanghai

Shanghai is the fastest-developing city in China, with a rich history embedded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and we'll discover its highlights on today's included tour.
The maze of streets in the Old Town form a stark contrast with modern Nanjing Road, and as we stroll we'll also see the ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse, the classic Yu Yuan Gardens and the beautiful Jade Buddha Temple.
At the city's heart is the Huangpu River, with its constant stream of water traffic. On a cruise we'll take in views of the architecture that lines its banks, including the Yangpu Bridge, Nanpu Bridge and famous sites such as the People's Hero Monument, the Bund and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Look out too for the dramatic skyline of the Pudong business district and the Wu Song ancient Gun Fort relics.
By night, Shanghai is a culinary delight, with all sorts of local and international food on offer and plenty of exciting entertainment which you can enjoy at your lesiure.
Alternatively, why not watch the famous Shanghai Acrobatics Show. The troupe was founded in 1951, and people from all over the world come here to witness the gravity defying stunts and amazing feats of balance and strength they perform. A night to remember is promised if you choose to join this optional excursion, which also includes dinner.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Shanghai - at Leisure

There is so much to see in Shanghai and you can spend today exploring independently or with your travelling companions. Nanjing Road is awash with sparkling shopping malls and boutiques selling all manner of goods and is a great place to visit and maybe pick up some souvenirs. The Bund is also a good place to head –​ this famous riverside boulevard is lined with colonial-style buildings.
If you'd rather join an organized trip, why not come on a visit to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao to see the 36 stone bridges which were built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.​ 
In the evening, we will gather as a group for a farewell dinner. Afterwards, why not join our optional excursion, which gives you the chance to appreciate Shanghai's stunning skyline beautifully illuminated. We'll head to the landmark Jin Mao Tower, which gives a birds eye view of Shanghai City.​​

Meals included: B,D

Day 11 Shanghai - Departure

Your tour comes to an end today. Scheduled group transfers are available to the airport, please see​

Meals included: B

Additional Information

​Please note: There are so many aspects of China to experience and to ensure you see the best of the country this tour will be very full with long, yet rewarding, days.


Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

The Crowne Plaza U-Town Beijing is situated directly next to Beijing U-Town, which is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, making it perfect for relaxing and entertainment. Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, bar and Hopfenstube German restaurant.

Rooms are furnished with private bathrooms, minibar, air-conditioning and flat-screen TV.

Grand Park Xian

The 5-star Grand Park Xian is a comfortable hotel in a convenient location. It's just a short walk away from the beautiful south gate of the city wall, and close to the bustling shops of the city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, cafe, fitness centre and a games room. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.

Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.

Shanghai New Jinjiang Tower

Jinjiang Tower Is located in the Huaihai Road Central Business District Shanghai Jin Jiang Toer close to Xin Tian Di and People's Square. The hotel features include an indoor swimming pool, health club, eight restaurants of which Semillon Café is a buffet restaurant which serves lunch and dinner and is open 24 hours, Semillon Lounge which is a pub that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Le Fun which serves lunch and dinner, J-Show which serves lunch and dinner, Exquisite bocuse which serves again lunch and dinner, meeting facilities, 24-hour front helpdesk and concierge services. Rooms are equipped with satellite televisions, minibar, in-room safe, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries.