Best of China
This trip blends the perfect mix of China's major metropolises with priceless time experiencing traditional rural life. Explore hidden corners of Beijing's Forbidden City. Cycle through remote villages and learn about Xi'an's famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the gorgeous Li River. Meet and interact with Shanghai's celebrated acrobats and watch them train. Our local CEO knows just where to take you for the best highlights of this incredible country.
Private bus, plane, boat, train, bicycle, walking.
Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper train (1 nt).
Walk the Great Wall and cycle along the Xi'an city walls, explore Beijing's traditional alleys and backstreets known as hutongs, enjoy a performance of shadow puppetry, face the Terracotta Warriors and visit the farming community where they were discovered, learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school
National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Chinese Shadow Puppetry, Xi'an National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Tai Chi Class, Yangshuo Hands-On: Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo, Yangshuo. Arrival transfer. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Visit Beijing's traditional hutongs. Excursion to the Great Wall. Xi'an Muslim quarter orientation walk. Cycle along the Xi'an city walls. Terracotta warriors tour. Lunch in a local village. Li River boat ride. Walk through the countryside with village visits. Shanghai orientation walk. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 1 Beijing (1D)
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included. Enjoy a first taste of Chinese cuisine with a Peking Duck welcome dinner.
Day 2 Beijing (1B)
Take a walk along the 500-year-old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Spend time exploring the towers, views, and the magnificent structure of this unique wonder.
Day 3 Beijing (1B)
Explore historic Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. After, take a walk through the hutongs, local backstreet neighbourhoods.
Day 4 Beijing/Xi'an (1B)
Continue to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 5 Xi'an (1B)
Explore Xi'an like the locals with a bike ride along the ancient city walls. Later, visit the Muslim Quarter and local markets and enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at the historic Gao's Grand Courtyard House. Visit backstage, interacting with the local artists, and enjoying a performance of shadow puppetry.
Day 6 Xi'an (1B, 1L)
Visit the famed Terracotta Warriors the archaeological wonder built over 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Afterwards, visit a Village and enjoy lunch. Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.
Day 7 Xi'an/Yangshuo (1B, 1D)
Fly to Guilin and continue on to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Li River.
Day 8 Yangshuo (1B, 1D)
Trek through the beautiful countryside, passing through villages and rice and fruit fields. Later, try preparing local cuisine at a cooking school and enjoy the results for dinner.
Day 9 Yangshuo (1B)
Rise early for a private Tai Chi class with a local expert. Later, you'll have an opportunity to wander the shop and cafe-lined streets or relax with a drink.
Day 10 Yangshuo/Shanghai (1B)
Fly to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund area.
Day 11 Shanghai (1B)
Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant city on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum or this evening catch the famed Shanghai acrobats performance.
Day 12 Shanghai (1B)
Depart at any time.