Guizhou Minority Culture and Zhangjiajie Nature Tour
17-Day Private China Tour: Beijing– Chengdu– Guiyang–Kaili–Fenghuang–Zhangjiajie–Shanghai
Explore Beijing's historic treasures, savor Chengdu's spicy delights, and immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Guizhou. Wander the ancient streets of Fenghuang, venture into the mystical world of Zhangjiajie's Avatar Mountains, and experience the modern marvels of Shanghai.
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Tour 'Wow' Points
Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City
Explore a Top-Ranked Section of the Great Wall
Step Into the Rich History of Fenghuang Ancient City
Visit the Ethnic Group Miao Village in Guizhou
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Olivia Tian, a sunshine tour guide!
In October, my friend Amy booked a tour with Chinahighlights, Olivia Tian was our guide in Beijing, she is such a sweet n happy person to be around, not only she gave us the best guide service, also very accommodating, alter the plan as per our interest, took us to very local shopping n food district. Above all, she takes awesome pics, very patient!! Thank you so much for such pleasant 5 days in BJ, look forward to see you when we are back in China, Olivia!!more
Dec 2023, Venture216019
One whole of a good experience !
Kevin was always making flexible arrangements for us making sure we meet our needs. Kevin also walked us to our desired restaurant daily making sure all are well before he left. Kudos to the whole team. Highly recommend ?more
Dec 2023, Cornelius C
China is Amazing Wonders that do not stop coming at you.Great country
Great job,Loved every minute of it,Ethan did an amazing job,True Ambassador of China,Just like the Chinese people,Friendly, dignified and hardworking,Very happy.China Highlights exceeded expectations and then some,I will never even think of travelling with another company.more
Dec 2023, Philip Sardar /Maps10321171537
Wonderful trip to Beijing and Xian
Had a great trip to bejing n xian. Our guide lily liu is so well versed in english and we have no worry here at all. We managed to dine in great halal restaurants though out our trip. Highly reccomended to all muslims travellers.more
Dec 2023, Efen Reyes
Great experience, highly recommended!
Additionally, she helped me with all my personal needs like getting a SIM card, finding an ATM, shopping, dining, checking in at the train station, hotel, suggested a couple additional very entertaining art events. Was also punctual and spoke good English.more
Nov 2023, Wayne S.
Excellent tour with Tom from China Highlights
We used China Highlights for the 3 days of our Beijing trip. Tom was a fantastic guide. Very knowledgable with excellent English. He was able to accommodate changes to our tour at short notice, allowing us to make the most of our limited time. Couldn’t recommend highly enoughmore
Nov 2023, Ross
Wow this tour was honestly the best tourI have ever taken! Our guide Simon Yao was simply superb! His English was excellent and he was very easy to talk to. He was personable and friendly but not overpowering or overbearing. Very knowledgeable about history. Thankfully the weather was good so we were not super hot !Finally at the wall we were amazed by it's beauty and grandeur. It really is something and pictures don't do it justice.more
Nov 2023, Annika M
Excellent two day visit to Great Wall
Our guide ‘Mark’ was incredible. So friendly, knowledgable and funny. The itinerary was perfect, we got to see two different parts of the Great Wall (one of which at night which was magical) and our hotel stay in Gubei was wonderful. Highly recommend to anybody visiting Beijingmore
Nov 2023, James_Wolstenholme
Great Experience from start to finish!
Jack was my guide and his local knowledge and English skills were fantastic. He was punctual, friendly and willing to flex as we went about our tour. Couldn’t recommend China Highlights more!more
Nov 2023, Scott Smith
Helen in Beijing - thanks for paying great attention to details, for your small surprises for the children every day, for selecting amazing restaurants, and leading wonderful walking tours. Your cheerfulness added to our enjoyment.more
Nov 2023, Kamila
Great day out with Mark, thanks China Highlights!
We did a 1 day private tour with China Highlights to see Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Communication was great throughout - from trip planning/booking with Roger and from our guide Mark who contacted us the day before to confirm meet up time/location. Avoided a lot of the queues and definitely learned quite a bit of history from our guide Mark…thanks again! No language barriers/issues…highly recommended.more
Nov 2023, ykeezy
China Three (3) Cities Tours
To the tour guides, Ethan, Jason and Tony, you guys have made my visit an awesome and memorable experience. All the tour guides spoke english and communicated very effectively. They are knowledgeable about all the sites visited including, Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Leshan Giant Buddha, Hallelujah Mountains, Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon and Glass Bridge, and Tianmen Mountain. The tour guides ensured I got the most out of my time I stayed in the various cities Beijing, Chengdu and Zhangjiajie.more
Nov 2023, Kadar
13 days in China
We booked a 13 day’s tour of China with China Highlights. Our travel advisor, Ms Leah Zhou organised an itinerary that suited what we wanted. She was really helpful and patient will all our needs. Leah helped us organised our 30th Wedding Anniversary Dinner and my 60th Birthday celebration?? in Beijing. For this to be possible, she had to liaise with our guide in Beijing. The flowers and cake were a real surprise. My husband and I, were really touched at the good service provided by China Highlights and Ms Leah Zhou. Thank you China Highlights and Ms Leah Zhou for your constant care of your customers. I will certainly recommend China Highlights to my friends.more
Nov 2023, Eda Adams
Perfect Beijing experience
Covering all major sights our exploration of Beijing and surroundings was flawless guided by Lily, along with her knowledgeable and balanced information on Chinas culture and history. In particular, Lily was able to adjust the tour according to personal preferences, e.g. focus on photography, as well as suggesting additional activities like an impressive authentic artistic show. I highly recommend China Highlights as China tour operator and Lily Liu as excellent guide regarding the Beijing area.more
Nov 2023, Perfect Beijing experience
Our first trip to Beijing
Our tour guide was Lucy Yubo. She was awesome. Very friendly, informative and passionate about her job. We really enjoyed her company and guidance.more
Nov 2023, Sreelatha Reddy
Anne and Bob’s tour of Beijing
We did the China Highlights tour of Beijing with our excellent guide Mark and his driver. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the Beijing highlights including the Lama Temple, the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Lama Temple. The Summer Palace with the boat ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony were memorable also and the Mutianyu Great Wall was a highlight. We were impressed with Mark as a guide. He knew his history and he was kind and thoughtful. He took us to some excellent restaurants and we were introduced to some beautiful food. We enjoyed his company and will always remember him.more
Nov 2023, BendigoBob
Excellent end to end service
Helen is a positive, full of knowledge, experienced guide.She provided us an implacable service abd experience for 3 days .Highly recommendedmore
Nov 2023, Sariel Engel
Amazing Beijing Tour with Risa!
Risa gave us a wonderful tour of the city! She thoroughly explained the cultuaral importance of each exhibit while also educating us on the Chinese culture. Appreciated having this wonderful Beijing trip with Risa:)more
Nov 2023, Angelica M.
Amazing Beijing Tour With Risa!
We were very kindly received in Beijing by our tour guide Risa. She gave us a very thorough tour of the city and showed us wonderful places, while also explaining the important history/culture of China! Very beautiful city filled with many things to do and full of culture! This was very well planned and made it very easy for us to visit the city and foreigners:) Thank you Risa!more
Nov 2023, Angelica M
Do Beijing like a local
They organised my trip very quickly and efficiently. On the day, Anna was very friendly to me, my mum and my baby. Very accommodating to our needs. The car was immaculately clean and very comfortable. We visited everything we initially wanted and more. Also, Anna took us to the best meal we had in China. It makes a difference to have a local choosing the dishes!more
Nov 2023, Natali A
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Your private guide will be ready to meet and greet you at the arrival hall in Beijing. A comfortable private car with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. Your guide will help you to check-in.
Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall: Step into the heart of Beijing's history and future at the Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall. This captivating attraction is designed to immerse you in the city's extensive history, showcasing its remarkable journey through time. From the ancient roots of Beijing to the impressive achievements in modern urban planning and development, this exhibition hall offers a fascinating glimpse into the city's evolution. Prepare to be enchanted by the grand vision of Beijing's urban future on display here.
Beijing Capital Museum: Prepare to be awed at the Beijing Capital Museum, a beacon of modernity in the city. This comprehensive museum stands as an iconic symbol of Beijing's cultural richness. With countless exhibitions covering a diverse range of subjects, including history, cultural relics, revolutionary history, and local customs, there's something here to captivate every traveler. Delve into the depths of Beijing's past and present as you explore this museum's treasure trove of knowledge.
Nanluoguxiang (Southern Gong and Drum Lane): Experience the charm of Beijing's ancient hutongs at Nanluoguxiang, a picturesque neighborhood dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. This 800-meter-long alleyway, nestled east of Houhai, is a famous hub of traditional hutong architecture. Stroll through the narrow lanes lined with historic courtyard houses, and immerse yourself in the rich blend of history, fashion, and culture. You'll find a vibrant mix of bars, cafes, and chic shops, all designed in classical Chinese hutong style. Nanluoguxiang is particularly popular among the younger generation of travelers.
Beihai Park: Nestled behind the magnificent Forbidden City, Beihai Park is a hidden gem at the heart of Beijing. With a history spanning nearly a thousand years, it stands as one of the best-preserved royal gardens in the city. The highlight of the park is the White Pagoda (Baita), a lamaist pagoda that offers panoramic views of the entire Forbidden City. On clear days, the vista from the pagoda is simply breathtaking. Explore this serene oasis and discover the tranquility that lies within Beijing's bustling heart.
Temple of Heaven (1.5 hours walking): Step back in time as you explore the awe-inspiring Temple of Heaven, a complex of Taoist buildings dating back to 1420 during the Ming dynasty. This sacred site was where emperors from both the Ming and Qing dynasties held annual ceremonies to pray for bountiful harvests. As you stroll through the vast 273-hectare park, you'll witness local elderly residents engaging in morning rituals like singing, exercising, and practicing Tai Chi. The easy 1.5-kilometer walk through the park is not just a journey through history but also an immersion into local culture.
Emperor's Tour of the Forbidden City: Prepare to be enchanted by the Forbidden City, the world's largest imperial palace, which housed 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Built in 1420, it predates Columbus's discovery of America and Shakespeare's birth by several decades. Our exclusive Emperor's Tour goes beyond the surface, delving into the hidden secrets of this magnificent palace. Unlike standard group tours, we explore 12 carefully-selected sites within the Forbidden City, unveiling the mysteries of emperors and concubines. Enjoy a leisurely 2-kilometer walk as you uncover the rich history, art, and architecture of this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tiananmen Square and Surroundings: Begin your day at Tiananmen Square, the world's largest city square, named after the iconic Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. This historic square holds immense cultural significance, having witnessed pivotal moments in Chinese history. As you explore, you'll be surrounded by imposing structures such as the Heavenly Gate (entrance to the Forbidden City), museums, government buildings, and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.
Mutianyu Great Wall Adventure (with round-trip cable car): Embark on a remarkable journey to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, a TripAdvisor favorite known for its breathtaking scenery and meticulously restored architecture. Located just a 1.5-hour drive from downtown Beijing, Mutianyu is renowned for being the most family-friendly section, offering a variety of ways to explore.
To maximize your experience and save time, we've arranged a round-trip cable car ride to transport you up and down the Wall, sparing you the 40-minute climb. Once atop the Wall, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights into its history. You'll have ample free time to wander and absorb the awe-inspiring vistas. The cable car journey takes you to and from tower 14, allowing you to traverse the "golden route" between the 14th and 23rd watchtowers, considered by hikers as the most beautiful and captivating stretch of the Great Wall. Plan for approximately 2 hours to complete this scenic hike. Afterward, descend and take a convenient bus ride back to our awaiting vehicle.
Hutong Exploration in Dongcheng District: Delve into the heart of Beijing's history with a captivating Hutong tour in the Dongcheng District. These historic alleyways are a maze of narrow lanes adorned with traditional single-story courtyard houses, a fading relic of the city's past. In this one-hour tour, you'll embark on a rickshaw ride through these charming alleys, gaining insight into the unique architecture and vibrant culture of the Hutongs.
As a special treat, you'll visit a local family, offering a glimpse into the varying courtyards' thresholds and the stories that lie within. This immersive experience will connect you with the authentic spirit of Beijing, allowing you to appreciate its rich heritage up close.
Summer Palace Exploration: Our journey begins at the enchanting Summer Palace, nestled in the northwest of Beijing, just 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the bustling downtown. This magnificent royal park, China's largest and best-preserved, boasts a storied history that has greatly shaped Chinese horticulture and landscape design.
As we enter the palace grounds, prepare to be transported to a world of natural beauty and cultural significance. Often referred to as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens,' the Summer Palace is a testament to the grandeur of ancient China. Over the course of approximately 2 hours and a leisurely 2-kilometer walk, you'll immerse yourself in the serene surroundings, appreciating the lush gardens, tranquil lakes, and iconic architecture that define this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Serene Boat Ride: After our exploration on foot, it's time to experience the Summer Palace from a different perspective. We invite you to embark on a tranquil boat ride across the palace's serene lake. This leisurely cruise offers a unique vantage point to soak in the stunning scenery, all while you relax and enjoy the gentle sway of the water. The boat ride lasts approximately 10 minutes, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the palace's lake without the need for a lengthy walk.
Embark on an unforgettable journey in Chengdu with our one-day tour. Start by visiting the Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you'll witness the highly successful breeding program amidst bamboo groves. Explore the panda museum to learn more about these fascinating animals. Afterwards, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Jinli Old Street, sampling local snacks and discovering traditional architecture.
Don't miss the chance to visit the iconic "I Am Here" Panda Sculpture, a massive art installation that has become a trendy landmark. Indulge in the unique experience of Panda Post, where you can purchase panda-themed items and even mail a postcard to your future self.
End your day with a sizzling culinary adventure by trying the famous Sichuan Hotpot. Let your taste buds be tantalized by the numbingly spicy flavors of this traditional Chengdu cuisine. Our knowledgeable guide will be there every step of the way, ensuring you make the most of your trip. Prepare for an enchanting journey filled with giant pandas, cultural delights, and unforgettable experiences.
Head to the New Century Global Center, Chengdu's extraordinary gift to the world. As the largest freestanding building globally, This architectural wonder houses a vibrant city within, featuring businesses, offices, shopping malls, theaters, and even two five-star hotels. Families will find the New Century Global Center particularly appealing, offering a plethora of entertainment options for children. They can enjoy a unique indoor beach experience at Paradise Island, complete with a wave pool.
Additionally, an indoor ice-skating rink, a bowling alley, and a children's play area are available, ensuring a fun-filled day for everyone. Don't forget to catch a kid-friendly movie at the large cinema, catering specifically to younger audiences. Located just 30 minutes away from Chengdu City Center, the New Century Global Center awaits, promising mesmerizing sights and exciting activities that will leave you with cherished memories of your time in Chengdu.
Shiqiao Paper-Making Experience: Explore the captivating Shiqiao Village, renowned as the 'Village of Ancient Papermaking.' Here, the villagers have preserved the age-old art of papermaking for over 1,500 years. Step back in time and discover the ingenious techniques our ancestors used to create paper from wood, all without the aid of modern machinery.
Qingman Miao Village with a Warm Welcome: Experience the warmth of Qingman Miao Village with a traditional welcome ceremony. Local villagers don their splendid Miao attire and form a welcoming procession at the village entrance. A pivotal part of the ceremony is to partake in three cups of rice wine, offered by the ceremony's hostess. This time-honored custom symbolizes the village's open-hearted embrace of visitors from afar. Failure to finish the wine might result in exclusion from the village.
Exploration of Qingman Miao Village: Upon entering Qingman Miao Village, embrace their hospitality by sharing in a communal block-way wine ritual. Get an exclusive look at the village's unique wooden stilt houses during a family visit. You'll also have the opportunity to witness the age-old art of fabric dyeing, using traditional indigo techniques.
Matang Ge Ancestral Home: Discover the enchanting Matang Ge Stronghold, located just 21 kilometers north of Kaili in Longchang Town. What sets Matang apart is its vibrant wax printing, featuring vivid colors and intricate designs. Local women start learning the art of "dotting flower," a wax printing technique, as young as eight or nine years old. By the time they reach 15 or 16, they become skilled experts in this craft. Wax printing adorns a wide array of items, from women's coats and dresses to suspenders, girdles, curtains, quilt covers, and tablecloths. Matang has seen remarkable tourism development, offering unique wooden accommodations for visitors. The villagers are known for their adeptness in promoting wax printing, embroidery, and decorative arts.
Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Guizhou Province's southeastern regions at the Kaili Ethnic Minorities Museum. This museum provides an in-depth exploration of the region's human culture, geography, and the customs of its diverse ethnic minorities. Displays include writings, pictures, and tangible artifacts. The highlights here are the Minority Customs Hall and the Dragon Boat Hall, offering a comprehensive overview of Guizhou's unique minority groups.
Jidao Miao Village: Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of Guizhou, Jidao long-skirt Miao village offers a glimpse into the simple yet charming life of the ethnic Miao people. Surrounded by lush, organically cultivated vegetable fields and towering pine forests, the village exudes tranquility. You'll be warmly welcomed by the friendly villagers with a customary block-way wine before entering the village. Don't miss the chance to witness the traditional art of spinning and weaving, a heritage passed down through generations. Experience the authenticity of this community, where traditional wooden houses, some centuries-old, dot the landscape, and the heartwarming spirit of the Miao people leaves a lasting impression.
Green Dragon Cave: Transport yourself back in time to the Ming Dynasty with a visit to the Green Dragon Cave, a historical gem boasting 500 years of history. This ancient complex, spanning an impressive 21,000 square meters, is divided into six distinct sections, including the cave itself, Zichan Academy, and Longevity Palace. Black Dragon Cave seamlessly blends elements of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, making it a unique cultural experience.
Zhengyuan Ancient Town: Nestled along the tranquil banks of the Wuyang River, the hidden gem of Zhengyuan Ancient Town invites you to step into a bygone era. Wander through well-preserved old buildings, traditional folk houses, and age-old piers, all of which have stood the test of time for hundreds of years. This charming town offers a glimpse into China's rich heritage.
Wuyang River Boat Ride: Embark on a leisurely boat ride along the enchanting Wuyang River, where you'll be treated to breathtaking limestone mountain scenery. Let the stunning landscapes unfold before your eyes as you relax on the water, taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you.
Fenghuang Ancient City (Phoenix City): Nestled on the western edge of Hunan, overlooking the picturesque Tuo River, lies the enchanting Fenghuang Ancient City. Sharing its name with the mythical phoenix, this city boasts a rich history that transitions seamlessly from tranquil daytime serenity to vibrant nighttime enchantment. During your visit, you'll have the chance to explore nine renowned attractions within Fenghuang Ancient Cit
In Zhangjiajie, you will visit the National Forest Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the unique pillar-like formations shaped by erosion over time. Explore the park's vast forest-covered area, including Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai. Immerse yourself in the local culture by visiting nearby villages inhabited by Tujia, Bai, Miao, and Hui people.
Please note that accommodations and meals in mountain areas like Zhangjiajie and Huangshan are simple. Adjust your expectations accordingly for the best experience. Get ready to be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.
Today, our guide will lead you to visit Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, which is a stunning natural attraction that has recently been developed into a wonderland for visitors. It offers a combination of majestic mountains, flowing streams, intriguing caves, towering cliffs, and lush forests. One of the highlights of this scenic area is the world's longest and highest glass bridge. Imagine the thrill of walking on this bridge, suspended 300 meters above the ground! It's definitely an experience you wouldn't want to miss during your tour.
If walking on the glass bridge isn't your cup of tea, don't worry. We have an alternative route that allows you to still enjoy the attraction without stepping on the glass bridge. However, if you decide to take on the adventure, please note that for safety reasons, carrying a camera on the bridge is not allowed. You can, however, bring your cellphone or GoPro to capture those unforgettable moments.
Visit the Tianmen Mountain, the awe-inspiring heart of Zhangjiajie! As the highest peak in the area, this majestic mountain offers unrivaled views of ancient trees, stunning karst formations, and scenic roads carved into cliff sides. Hop on the world's longest cable car ride, a thrilling 30-minute journey from the city center, and ascend to the mountain's summit.
At 1430 meters above ground, you'll find the renowned Tianmen Mountain Glass Walkway, a remarkable observation platform that extends from a sheer cliff. This narrow 1.6-meter-wide, 60-meter-long glass walkway offers brave souls not only breathtaking views of the mountains below but also the exhilaration of treading nervously above such heights. Some have even likened this experience to the famous 'skywalk' at the Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA.
Don't miss the chance to explore this remarkable natural wonder in China. Savor the beauty and thrill of Tianmen Mountain, an experience that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Experience the allure of The Bund, a historic embankment along the Huangpu River. Marvel at the well-preserved European-style buildings that line its promenade, offering a glimpse into Shanghai's trading past. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that now defines The Bund, with its modern developments, chic restaurants, upscale shops, and lively bars. Be sure to visit in the afternoon or evening to witness the enchanting lights that illuminate the area.
Visit the impressive Shanghai World Financial Center, a soaring skyscraper that serves as a symbol of Shanghai's prosperity. Take in awe-inspiring views from its observation deck, the highest in the world, and explore the diverse offerings within the building, including hotels, apartments, restaurants, shopping malls, and offices.
Indulge in a Zhujiajiao Boat Ride, where you can peacefully glide along the water and admire the town's scenic highlights. Discover historical attractions such as the ancient pharmacy, Post Office, art galleries, temples, museums, and gardens during the 20-minute ride. Allow the intimate setting of the boat to provide a personal experience of this charming water town.
Explore the enchanting Yuyuan Garden, a meticulously designed private garden showcasing classic Chinese architecture. Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance as you admire the rockeries, pavilions, ponds, and corridors. Don't miss the bustling marketplace surrounding the garden, offering a blend of culinary delights, handicrafts, and souvenirs.
Visit the revered Jade Buddha Temple, home to invaluable Buddha statues carved from precious white jade. Experience the vibrant atmosphere as worshippers and visitors gather, immersing yourself in the spiritual energy the temple offers.
Take a leisurely stroll through Shanghai's Old Street, where well-preserved traditional houses and narrow lanes transport you to the bygone era of the city. Engage with local life and explore the various shops and stalls, filled with antiques, crafts, and souvenirs, allowing you to discover unique treasures.
Experience the distinctive Shikumen style of housing and witness its evolution from residential neighborhoods to modern gathering places filled with bars, tea houses, and entertainment centers. Don't miss the opportunity to glimpse into the past at Wu Li Xiang, an exhibition that showcases the furnishings and essence of traditional Shanghainese homes.
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- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
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Tour code: cht-cx-56