Luxury Private Culture Tour

15 Days, from AU $8,034

Chengdu 

Giant Panda

Shanghai 

Yangshuo

The Terra Cotta Warriors

Drenched in more than 5000 years of illustrious history and blessed by the spellbinding paintbrush of Mother Nature, China is one of the most surprising travel destinations you can ever hope to visit. Everything about China is authentic, unique, and enticing. Explore this fascinating country with our luxury 15-day itinerary.

Start your trip in the capital of China, Beijing, and discover the sprawling Forbidden City, the Tiananmen square, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. In Xian marvel at the fabulous Terracotta Warriors and visit the Provincial Museum. You will have the chance to take photo with the Giant Panda. You will also enjoy a Li river Cruise and a Chinese cooking class. Shanghai is the last city of your trip where you will visit the Shanghai Museum, Jade Buddha and Yu Garden.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Beijing

You will meet your guide on arrival, transfer and check-in to your hotel. During the drive your guide will provide an introduction to Beijing, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.

Beijing has served as the capital of China for over 800 years and is the second largest city by population. Home to the sprawling Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, as well as the most popular spot to visit the world famous Great Wall.

Day 2: Beijing

This morning after breakfast you will enjoy a guided city tour of Beijing. Your tour in the capital start with the Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Followed by a visit to the sprawling Forbidden City that dominates central Beijing, as it has done since it was it was completed in 1420 AD. This amazing complex is divided into political, living and entertainment areas, and is a highlight of any trip to China. Visit Chonghua Palace exclusively.

In the afternoon visit the Summer Palace, with its lush gardens and lakes it is easy to understand why it was a favoured place for emperors to relax.

Day 3: Beijing

Head out to visit the Ming Tombs built for thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644 AD) and its Sacred Way, also known as the Way of Spirit. From there travel northeast to the Great Wall built to protect China from invasions from the north, namely the Mongolians and Manchurians. Climb the wall at the Mutianyu section followed by a barbecue lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Beijing – Xian

This morning visit China’s largest temple and altar complex as well as the city’s symbol, the Temple of Heaven, built in the Ming Dynasty and surrounded by purpose designed parklands.

Afterwards explore Beijing's hutongs, or old residential laneways, that are slowly disappearing to redevelopment. Visit a family's hutong residence to see how Beijing locals have lived for centuries.

Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. Upon arrival you will meet your guide on arrival. Your guide will provide an introduction to Xian, answer any questions you have, and make arrangements for the following day. Enjoy free time for the remainder of the first day.

Well established two centuries before the founding of Rome, Xian was the capital of China throughout a number of important dynasties. When trade via the Silk Road began in the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) Xian was the capital and at the eastern junction of the route. The introduction of exotic Chinese goods to the rest of the world started at Xian.

Having grown progressively through several ruling dynasties, Xian, known as Chang'an in the mid seventh century, was the largest city in the world before it was devastated at the end of the Tang Dynasty. However, the city was rebuilt during the Ming Dynasty with the new city wall completed in 1370 based on the inner palace walls of the Tang Dynasty city. The Ming Dynasty walls are well preserved and can be circumnavigated on foot or bicycle.

Day 5: Xian

After breakfast you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors. Each warrior, horse and chariot of the famed Terracotta Warriors is unique, having been intricately created by hand in 209 BC, over two thousand years ago, and rediscovered by accident in 1974. We've all seen them on television, but nothing can prepare you for the awesome scale of over 8,000 life-sized models, complete with armour, weapons, and individual facial features. Truly something that has to be seen to be appreciated.

Afterwards explore Xian's ancient city walls. At 12 metres high and 12-18 metres thick they are the best preserved in China

To complete your introduction to Xian, enjoy the Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in the evening.

Day 6: Xian

Today you will visit the Original Tang Frescoes Storehouse at the Provincial Museum or touching exhibits at Xian Jingwen Cattle Culture Ceramics Museum.

Later visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was initially built in the seventh century to house Buddhist scriptures brought back from India by pilgrims.

Day 7: Xian – Chengdu

This morning after breakfast you will be transferred to the railway station for your bullet train to Chengdu.

Chengdu is located in the fertile plains of China’s Sichuan Province. This central city has a history exceeding two thousand years, including being the capital city of six separatist feudal reigns. In fact, the name Chengdu literally means "becoming capital". Chengdu is the only city in China to have kept the same name for over two thousand years.

Upon arrival, meet your guide and visit the Marquis Wu Shrine with relics that date back to the old kingdoms, followed by a walking tour of Jinli Street with its old residences, traditional shops and houses.

Day 8: Chengdu

This morning travel to China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda of Dujiangyan Base. Dujiangyan base is located at Qing Cheng town, Dujiangyan City, 18 kilometres away from the downtown, north is Taoist Holy Land Qing Cheng Mountain, Southwest is Jie Zi ancient town, highway 303 (Western Sichuan tourism circle) cross between. It is a professional panda rescue and disease prevention centre, which covers an area of 760 acres. Here you will have a chance to take a photo with panda (up to 4 years old).

After lunch take a visit to Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Enjoy the Bian Lian mask changing performance and famed Sichuan cuisine this evening.

Day 9: Chengdu – Guilin

Enjoy some free time before your transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin.

Guilin is one of the most picturesque areas in China, famous for majestic karts of limestone towering above the crystal clear waters of the Li River. With its inspirational natural beauty, this is a must-see region of China.

Day 10: Guilin

Head off early on your 83 kilometre Li River cruise, gliding majestically through the most picturesque section of river. As you wind through the rising and falling hills, an impossibly rich tapestry of natural beauty unfolds before your eyes. Terraced rice fields, green bamboo shoots, grazing water buffalo and cormorant fisherman working from bamboo rafts. Make sure your camera is fully charged!

At the end of the cruise you arrive at the ancient river town of Yangshuo.

Day 11: Yangshuo

This morning after breakfast you will enjoy a 3-hour cooking class in Yangshuo. You will learn to cook 3 local dishes with your English speaking local cooking teachers. If you have special interest for any food you want to learn, you can advise our tour guide in advance. Enjoy the food which made by yourself.

After lunch take a short cycle through Yangshuo’s laneways and into the lush countryside.

Later drive back to Guilin.

Day 12: Guilin – Shanghai

Today you will discover the lonely Fubo Hill and the vivid Elephant Trunk Hill.

Later you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Shanghai is China's largest and most prosperous city, consuming countryside and ancient villages in its relentless growth outwards and upwards. Coming to prosperity as a trading concession for European and North American merchants, today the city is one of the world's greatest trading hubs and financial centres. If Beijing and Xian are China's living museums, then Shanghai is an insight into the future of this amazing country.

Day 13: shanghai

Following breakfast, accompany your guide for a visit to China's premier museum, the Shanghai Museum, which covers the history of China from ancient times to the modern age. Afterwards visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, and the Yu Garden.

Walk the streets of the former British and French concessions established under the Treaty of Nanking, following the first opium war in 1842. The settlement was established north of the original Shanghai city walls and today makes up part of the riverfront referred to as the Shanghai Bund, or embankment, still home to many grand buildings from that period.

Directly across the river is Pudong, the contrasting new Shanghai which serves as the modern financial and commercial centre. The CBD in Pudong sprang up in the 1990s where agricultural villages once stood. Growing at a stagging pace, Shanghai is the largest city centre in the world and is still the fastest growing city in the world too.

Leaving the former British and French concessions, travel to Pudong and ascend China's tallest building, the Shanghai World Financial Centre. Enjoy the panoramic views of Shanghai and the Bund back across the river.

To complete your introduction to Shanghai, in the evening, enjoy the world famous Acrobatic Show at the Centre Theater.

Day 14 Shanghai

This morning drive 2 hours to explore one or two different areas of the city, may it be in one of the former concessions or the old town.

In the afternoon enjoy free time for the rest of day.

Day 15: Shanghai

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Travel Styles

All Get About Asia trips have been designed to make sure you have an unforgettable travel experience. We have developed several trip styles to cater for our diverse range of travellers. Read what your ideal Get About Asia experience might look like here.

Superior:from AU $8,034
Deluxe:from AU $9,074

All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!

Important Information

Accommodation:

Hotels each night of the itinerary (excluding your departure day). All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us.

Inclusions:

•    Return transfers in each city with private vehicle
•    Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary with main entrance fees (round trip cable cart for Mutianyu Great Wall)
•    English speaking local guide
•    Exclusively visit for Chonghua Palace at Forbidden City Beijing/Original Frescoes Storehouse or Jingwen Cattle Culture Ceramics Museum Xian/Take photo with Giant Panda in Chengdu/ Cooking Class in Yangshuo/Sidecar in Shanghai;
•    Hotel accommodation in half-twin
•    Daily breakfast at hotel, Chinese lunch/dinner en route at local restaurant 
•    Beijing Duck Dinner in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Dinner Show in Xian, Mask changing show in Chengdu & Acrobatic Show in Shanghai
•    Second class soft seat express train ticket for  Xian/Chengdu;
•    Economy class air tickets for Beijing/Xian, Chengdu/Guilin/Shanghai 

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