Best of China
Mix the bustle of China's metropolises with the tranquility of rural life on a 12-day adventure. Explore hidden corners of Beijing's Forbidden City. Cycle along ancient city walls and learn about Xi'an's famed terracotta soldiers. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the gorgeous Li River. Along the way, discover how China's many contrasts make it one of the world's most intriguing places.
Private bus, plane, boat, train, bicycle, walking.
Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper train (1 nt).
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 Carte Blanche: Shanghai. 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.
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
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 7 Yangshuo Area (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 the 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 catch the famed Shanghai acrobats in performance this evening.
Day 12 Shanghai (1B)
Depart at any time.