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Beauty of China

Small Group Tour

Beauty of China

Scenic vistas and natural wonders await you as you explore this most remarkable country

Discover the charm and elegance of the country, from the scenic Yangtze River, to the spectacular Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Yunnan province. Time is spent with the country’s most famous and adorable animal, the Giant Panda. Also visit the illustrious capital, Beijing, the vibrant city of Shanghai and the historic city of Xian.

Lesser Three Gorges yangtze china
Lijiang Old Town yunnan china

Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Beijing is the capital city of China and is the nation’s political and cultural centre.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Xian, the eastern starting point of the Silk Road, capital of Shaanxi province and one of China’s ...

    2 Days

  • Li River guilin china

    Guilin & Yangshuo, China

    Home to the Li River, this area is spectacularly beautiful

    2 Days

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Chengdu, home to the Giant Panda, is the capital of Sichuan province

    2 Days

  • lijiang town view china 2

    Lijiang, China

    A city with a history dating back at least 800 years and possibly as far back as the Song Dynasty.

    3 Days

  • 3 Gorges yangtze china

    The Yangtze River, China

    Winding about 3,964 miles, the Yangtze River is the largest in China and the third largest in the wo...

    3 Days

  • pudong skyline shanghai china

    Shanghai, China

    A vibrant financial city where tradition meets innovation

    3 Days


Beauty of China

20 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Beijing

Take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing. We can also arrange departures from your local airport.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. In the afternoon you will have time to relax or take a walk in the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what you can do. In the early evening your guide will escort you for dinner where you will meet your fellow group members.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

Visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the god of heaven, and where you can observe the tradition of Tai Chi practised in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, and continues to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Great Wall

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and has a rich, well-preserved history. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, venues of the memorable 2008 Olympics and 2015 World Championships. In the evening, enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner, a local delicacy and a culinary must.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Bullet Train to Xian

In the morning visit the Summer Palace, home to a grand collection of lakes, gardens, palaces and scenic views. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake, before catching a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes) for a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Train
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors

Your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, an amazing collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese army made over 2,000 years ago. This will be followed, in the afternoon, by a visit to Xian’s ancient city wall, which is best explored on foot or a bike ride. It is the most complete city wall surviving in China, and is one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. This evening you will be treated to a delicious dumpling dinner and the Tang Dynasty Show.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Xian City Tour and to Guilin

Visit the Shaanxi Museum which has over 250,000 artefacts on display, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop is the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, to discover China’s unique architectural style, and a visit the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin for an overnight stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 8 Li River Cruise

Following breakfast, you will be transferred to Zhujiang Quay for a four hour boat cruise on the breathtaking Li River towards Yangshuo. On the Li River, there are opportunities to enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks. This evening there is an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Boat
DAY 9 Yangshuo, Guilin

This morning is free at leisure to explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class. Return to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. In the evening, you will see the fascinating Cormorant Fishing Show.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival, remainder of the day at leisure to discover Chengdu independently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 11 Giant Pandas, to Lijiang

After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here naturalistic habitats have been created for the best possible environments for rearing and breeding pandas. Afterwards transfer to the airport for a flight to Lijiang in Yunnan, and a three night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 12 Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan

Visit the picturesque Black Dragon Pool, a short walk from the Old Town of Lijiang, and drive to the dramatic scenery of the Tiger Leaping Gorge – one of the deepest gorges in the world.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 13 Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Today you will visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, taking a cable car half way up, followed by a visit to the Baisha Naxi minority village to learn about its ancient wall paintings. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore Lijiang Old Town.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 14 To Chongqing

Depart Lijiang this afternoon, catch your flight to Chongqing and on arrival, board your 5* ship to start your cruise along the majestic Yangtze River.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 15 Yangtze River Cruise

The first day of the cruise can be spent relaxing while the ship meanders along the Yangtze, as you enjoy the scenic vistas. There will be an excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 16 Yangtze River Cruise

Enjoy a journey on a small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream, marveling at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 17 To Shanghai

Before reaching your destination, you will visit The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power station. Disembark at Yichang at noon and our guide will escort you to the airport for a flight to Shanghai and a three night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 18 Shanghai City Tour

First stop is the centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens, home to beautiful pavilions, streams, courtyards and flowers, followed by the Jade Buddha Temple, where you will see intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, next up is the waterfront attraction of the Bund. Later, on top of the Shanghai world financial centre, you can enjoy a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the whole city.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 19 Zhujiajiao

Today will start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with a history of over 1,700 years, known as the Pearl Stream. After, you will see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings, and the Ma Family Garden before heading back to Shanghai for an afternoon at leisure.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 20 Shanghai to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Beijing Opera

    Delight at a performance of traditional Beijing Opera

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    China: Volunteering at the Dujiangyan Panda Base

    Enjoy a morning helping the staff with the pandas, at their base in Chengdu

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    China: Cycling in Yangshuo

    Explore the countryside, cycling in Yangshuo

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  • Shanghai Spring Flowers acrobatic show china

    China: Acrobatic Show in Shanghai

    Watch a magical acrobatic show in Shanghai

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Sample Accommodation

Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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Bravo Hotel, Guilin

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Green Lotus Hotel, Yangshuo

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Sichuan Hotel, Chengdu

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Wangfu Hotel, Lijiang

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Victoria Cruises, Yanngtze River

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Greenland Jiulong Hotel, Shanghai

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Your holiday details
Departures and Prices 2019/20
Depart Return Days Price from Availability Reservation
Depart04/04/2019 Return23/04/2019 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart11/04/2019 Return30/04/2019 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilityFully booked
Depart09/05/2019 Return28/05/2019 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart16/05/2019 Return04/06/2019 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart06/06/2019 Return25/06/2019 Day20 Depart£3,647 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart25/07/2019 Return13/08/2019 Day20 Depart£3,947 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart08/08/2019 Return27/08/2019 Day20 Depart£3,947 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart05/09/2019 Return24/09/2019 Day20 Depart£3,847 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart12/09/2019 Return01/10/2019 Day20 Depart£3,847 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart19/09/2019 Return08/10/2019 Day20 Depart£3,847 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart10/10/2019 Return29/10/2019 Day20 Depart£3,847 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart17/10/2019 Return05/11/2019 Day20 Depart£3,847 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart24/10/2019 Return12/11/2019 Day20 Depart£3,847 AvailabilityLimited spaces Reservation
Depart19/03/2020 Return07/04/2020 Day20 Depart£3,547 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart02/04/2020 Return21/04/2020 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart09/04/2020 Return28/04/2020 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart07/05/2020 Return26/05/2020 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart14/05/2020 Return02/06/2020 Day20 Depart£3,747 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation
Depart04/06/2020 Return23/06/2020 Day20 Depart£3,647 AvailabilitySpaces available Reservation

Single supplement from £698.

Land only from £2,848 (no international flights or visa fees)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class departing from London Heathrow with British Airways. Regional departures and flight upgrades available on request.
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train in first class
  • 4★accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips: RMB680 (approx £79) per person
  • RMB150 (approx £18) per person tips aboard the Yangtze Cruise
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.


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