Classic China Tour Blend of History, Nature, and Adventure
23-Day Private China Tour: Beijing–Xi'an– Chengdu–Shangrila–Guilin–Huangshan–Shanghai
Marvel at the iconic Great Wall of Beijing, discover the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and encounter adorable pandas in Chengdu. Immerse yourself in the mystical beauty of Shangri-La and the ancient charm of Lijiang. Cruise along the picturesque Li River in Guilin, hike the breathtaking Huangshan Mountains, and experience the vibrant energy of Shanghai. This immersive journey offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and adventure.
The itinerary below is only one possibility. Tips to tailor-make your trip are offered as inspiration. Send us details of your preferences and our travel experts will customize this trip to suit your interests, tastes, and budget.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Find the Hidden Halls in the Forbidden City
Explore a Top-Ranked Section of the Great Wall
Experience Taking Care of a Cute Panda
Explore the Awe-inspiring Li River in Guilin
Explore the Famous Yellow Mountain in Huangshan
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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.
Jinshan Park - A Royal Vista: Originally part of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park offers a unique glimpse into Beijing's history. This serene park, once linked to the palace, features a hill created from the earth excavated for the palace moat. Ascend it on a clear day for breathtaking views of the Forbidden City and Beijing.
Tiananmen Square - China's Iconic Heart: Tian'anmen Square, China's largest city square, holds immense cultural significance. Framed by landmarks like the Heavenly Gate and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, this historic site has witnessed pivotal moments in Chinese history. Explore its grandeur, bordered by the Forbidden City, museums, and government buildings.
Hutong Tour in Dongcheng District - Timeless Alleys: Delve into the charm of Beijing's disappearing Hutongs, historic alleyways lined with traditional courtyard houses. Enjoy an hour-long rickshaw ride through narrow alleys, visit a local family, and discover the unique courtyard thresholds on this immersive tour.
Emperor's Secrets at the Forbidden City: Step back in time at the Forbidden City, the world's largest imperial palace, housing 24 emperors across the Ming and Qing dynasties. Built in 1420, it predates Columbus's discovery of America. Join our Emperor's Tour for an in-depth exploration, covering 12 carefully selected sites, unveiling the hidden stories of Ming and Qing emperors and concubines. Unlike other tours, we take you to more places (2 kilometers, 2 hours), providing a richer experience of this historical treasure.
1-Day Great Wall Hiking: Jinshanling to Simatai West. Embark on a moderate Great Wall adventure, perfect for those with good fitness. Enjoy stunning views and photo opportunities as you hike from Jinshanling to Simatai West, about 3 hours away. Witness a mix of well-preserved and unrestored watchtowers.
Simatai Great Wall Night Tour: Experience the magic of the illuminated Simatai section, the only part open for nighttime exploration. Tower 5 and 6 offer fantastic night vistas. Cable cars are available. Summer and autumn tours run from 6 pm to 10 pm, and in winter and spring, it's 5:30 pm to 9 pm.
Gubei Water Town: Discover Gubei Water Town, nestled by a beautiful Lake Reservoir near the majestic Simatai Great Wall. This destination combines mountain scenery, water features, and ancient village charm. Enjoy a night stay for breathtaking views of the illuminated Simatai Great Wall.
Summer Palace: Just 9 miles from downtown Beijing lies the expansive Summer Palace, China's best-preserved royal park. It's a masterpiece of Chinese horticulture and landscape design, often called 'The Museum of Royal Gardens.' Spend 2 hours (covering 2 kilometers) exploring its natural beauty and rich history.
Simatai Great Wall Day Tour: Journey 120 kilometers northeast to Simatai, a 2½-hour bus ride from Beijing. Renowned for its rugged allure, Simatai retains original Ming dynasty architecture. The hike, graded moderate, covers 3 hours (5 kilometers) and includes steep sections. Alternatively, opt for a cable car to the highest point, followed by a scenic 1-hour downhill walk (about 2-3 kilometers) with breathtaking views, especially of the serene lake.
Simatai Great Wall Cable Car (One Way): For the best Simatai views, take the cable car up and enjoy a leisurely lakeside walk down. The climb is steeper than other Wall sections. Your guide joins you on the cable car, and after your Wall visit, savor the scenic descent, including a stunning lake view.
Temple of Heaven - A Ming Dynasty Gem: Immerse yourself in history at the Temple of Heaven, a magnificent complex constructed in 1420 during the Ming dynasty. Emperors of both the Ming and Qing dynasties annually graced this site with their presence, offering prayers for bountiful harvests. The temple's park pulses with vitality, attracting local elders who gather for morning rituals, including singing, exercise, and tai chi.
Terracotta Warriors and Horses - Timeless Guardians: Discovered by chance in 1974, this awe-inspiring army of over 7,000 soldiers, archers, horses, and chariots has silently watched over Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC. Each figure is a unique masterpiece, painstakingly repaired and excavated in three protected pits within vast hangars. Located 1.5 hours from Xian, this site also houses an excellent museum and an illuminating historical film. Remember comfortable walking shoes for your visit, and feel free to take photos without flash.
Muslim Quarter - Cultural Marketplace: Just west of the Bell Tower in downtown Xi'an lies the bustling Muslim Quarter. Spanning 500 meters, this vibrant avenue is paved with bluestones and adorned with stalls, souvenir shops, cafes, and bars, predominantly managed by the local Muslim community. It's a magnet for tourists, offering diverse shopping and culinary experiences.
Great Mosque - An Architectural Marvel: In Xian's Muslim quarter, you'll find one of China's largest Islamic mosques, the Great Mosque. Its unique blend of Chinese and Islamic architecture is a sight to behold. The courtyards face Mecca and feature beautifully adorned pavilions, halls, and gateways. Still in active use, it remains a place of worship for the Hui community, descendants of Silk Road travelers. Explore this cultural gem and witness the vibrant tapestry of Xian's history.
Shaanxi History Museum - China's Cultural Time Capsule: Delve into the rich history of Shaanxi, often considered a microcosm of China's history, at the Shaanxi History Museum. Housed in magnificent Tang-style buildings, this museum ranks among the nation's finest. Its vast and awe-inspiring collection, thoughtfully curated, unfolds the tapestry of China's past. While most item labels are in English, some exhibit details may not be, but your knowledgeable guide will bridge any language gaps. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for your exploration.
Xian City Wall with Bicycle - Cycling Through Time: Explore one of China's oldest and best-preserved city defenses, the Xian City Wall, dating back to the 13th century. Built on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City, it's a monumental landmark and the country's largest surviving city defense system. We offer a unique experience with bicycles, allowing you to traverse the 13.74-kilometer perimeter. While the black brick road may be a bit bumpy, you have the flexibility to choose a full circuit or a shorter route. In case of unfavorable weather for cycling, we'll substitute a visit to the Bell Tower, another iconic site.
Panda Breeding and Research Center - Panda Paradise: Located just 6 miles north of Chengdu City, the Panda Breeding and Research Center is a sanctuary for giant pandas, red pandas, and other endangered species. Explore the nursery, where a highly successful breeding program is underway, amidst the tranquil bamboo groves and shaded walkways. Witness these charismatic creatures at rest and play, and don't miss the informative Panda Museum. Note: To avoid the crowds during the peak months of July and August when domestic students are on summer break, consider an early start at 7:00 am.
Jinli Old Street - A Glimpse of Ancient Splendor: Step into history at Jinli Old Street, once the vibrant heart of ancient kingdoms. Lovingly restored in traditional Sichuan style, this picturesque street exudes charm and vitality. Stroll through its bustling lanes, where you can sample local arts and crafts, traditional Chinese goods, delectable food, and even enjoy a unique local-style Starbucks.
Local Tea House in People's Park - Savor Tranquility: Escape the city's hustle and bustle within the serene confines of People's Park. Here, amidst bonsai gardens, tranquil lakes, rockeries, and historical monuments, you'll discover the cherished tradition of Chengdu: the local tea house. Join the locals in sipping tea, a pastime that retirees often indulge in, spending hours chatting and enjoying each other's company for a nominal fee. You can also treat yourself to a local massage, rounding out your immersion in Chengdu's leisurely pace of life.
Cruise to Overlook the Leshan Giant Buddha - Majestic Riverside Views: Embark on a captivating cruise to witness the grandeur of the Leshan Giant Buddha. This monumental statue, perched on Lingyun Mountain where the Min River, Qingyi River, and Dadu River converge, is the largest stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue globally. From the comfort of your cruise, enjoy panoramic views of this awe-inspiring marvel.
Leshan Giant Buddha - Icon of Serenity: Nestled to the east of Leshan City in Sichuan Province, the Leshan Giant Buddha reigns as the world's largest stone-carved sitting Buddhist statue. Located on Lingyun Mountain, where three rivers unite, it exudes an air of serenity and spiritual significance. Witness this unparalleled masterpiece up close and immerse yourself in its profound aura.
Songzanlin Lamasery - Tibetan Splendor in Yunnan: Explore the grandeur of Songzanlin Lamasery, Yunnan Province's largest Tibetan Buddhist lamasery. This sprawling 33.3-hectare complex, reminiscent of Lhasa's Potala Palace, is a testament to Tibetan culture. It houses an array of Buddhist statues and invaluable cultural treasures, offering a glimpse into the rich heritage of the region.
Visit a Tibetan Family - A Taste of Local Life: Embark on a unique cultural experience with a visit to a Tibetan family. Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the locals as you're welcomed with Tibetan tea and delectable snacks. It's a delightful opportunity to gain insight into the daily life of Tibetan people.
Pudacuo National Park - Nature's Oasis in Shangri-La: Nestled near Shangri-La in Yunnan Province, Pudacuo National Park sprawls across nearly 2,000 square kilometers. This pristine sanctuary boasts an average altitude of 3,500 meters and preserves a pristine ecosystem within ancient virgin forests. Must-visit highlights include Lake Bita and Lake Shudu. "Bita," meaning "a place with a dense oak forest" in Tibetan, perfectly describes Bitahai Lake, nestled among mountains adorned with ancient pines, oaks, and rhododendrons. It's a shimmering emerald gem in the heart of the mountains.
Tiger Leaping Gorge - Nature's Grand Canyon: Prepare to be awestruck by the majestic beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest and most breathtaking gorges. Situated in Hutiaoxia Town, just 105 kilometers from Zhongdian/Shangri-La County, this natural wonder is a must-visit on your journey. Spring is the optimal season to explore its wonders, as melting snow from the mountains transforms the river into a spectacular torrent of turbulence, creating an unforgettable experience.
Hike from Tina's Guest House - A Scenic Adventure: Embark on an exhilarating hiking adventure starting at Tina's Guest House, following the Teacher Zhang's hiking path through the heart of the Tiger Leaping Gorge. This captivating journey offers approximately 4 hours of hiking amidst awe-inspiring natural beauty. You'll be treated to breathtaking vistas that showcase the gorge's sheer grandeur.
Upon completing the hike, return to Tina's Guest House via the same path. From there, hop into a car for a comfortable ride back to the enchanting Lijiang ancient town. Along the way, you'll be treated to some of the most stunning views imaginable, making for an unforgettable experience.
Lijiang Ancient Town - A Timeless Treasure: Discover the enchanting Lijiang Ancient Town, nestled in the heart of Yunnan province at an elevation of over 2,400 meters above sea level. This remarkable town boasts breathtaking landscapes and a rich history, making it a true gem among China's ancient cities. Its unique feature lies in its extraordinary preservation, offering visitors a rare glimpse into the culture and heritage of China's ethnic minorities.
Baisha Murals at Baisha Village - A Journey Through Time: Step back in time as you explore the Baisha Murals, masterpieces created over a millennium ago. These murals offer a captivating blend of Han, Tibetan, and Naxi cultures, narrating the rich tapestry of Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. As you wander through Baisha Village, soak in the serene ambiance and immerse yourself in the local life and culture, gaining insights into the community's traditions and way of life.
The Jade Dragon Mountain (with Large Cable Car from Ganhaizi) - Soaring to New Heights: Embark on a breathtaking adventure with the Large Cable Car, renowned as China's highest tourist cableway. Ascend to Shanzidou (Shanzi Peak), the snow mountain's majestic zenith, on a cableway spanning 2,914 meters, reaching an astounding altitude of 4,506 meters, with a vertiginous ascent of 1,150 meters. As the cable car transports you into the ethereal realm above the clouds, leave the world's hustle and bustle far behind and enter a realm of pure paradise. Many visitors use this cableway as a gateway to explore Ganhanzi, Baishuihe (White Water River), and Glacier Park, promising unforgettable vistas and unforgettable memories.
Longsheng Rice Terraces & Cultural Delights: Embark on a captivating journey to the renowned Longji Rice Terraces, a stunning manmade wonder in Guilin. These terraces, stretching across 66 square kilometers, were ingeniously constructed 600 years ago by local minority communities. The view from the mountaintop resembles dragon's ribs, earning it the name 'Dragon's Backbone' (Longji).
Our destination is Ping'an Zhuang Village, home to over 50 families and situated at varying elevations between 300 and 1,100 meters above sea level. Expect moderate walking and stunning vistas. Visitors typically walk up numerous steps for about an hour to reach the summit, where you'll capture panoramic views of these magnificent terraces.
For a more leisurely experience, sedan chairs are available for an additional fee, or we can arrange a car to transport you directly to the summit (excluding Chinese national holidays).
Culinary Discovery: Bamboo Stuffed Rice: Delight in Longji's culinary traditions with a hands-on experience making Bamboo Stuffed Rice, a local delicacy infused with fresh bamboo flavors. Learn from a local family as they share their culinary expertise and offer a glimpse into their traditional wooden home and way of life.
Li River Cruise: Guilin to Yangshuo: Embark on an unforgettable Li River Cruise, a scenic four-hour voyage aboard a 4-star boat. Glide along the picturesque river, surrounded by breathtaking limestone peaks, lush bamboo groves, and idyllic rural scenes.
Marvel at farmers tending to rice paddies and water buffaloes cooling off in the river. Keep an eye out for fishermen on bamboo rafts and perhaps even the famous cormorant fishermen. Depart from various wharves, chosen based on seasonal river conditions.
Our selected 4-star boat offers the best experience, accommodating around 80 passengers and providing a delightful buffet or semi-buffet lunch. Enjoy the pinnacle of Li River cruising with us.
Yangshuo Countryside Exploration - Embrace Nature's Beauty: Immerse yourself in the serene charm of Yangshuo's countryside, celebrated for its picturesque landscapes, whimsical hills, and the unhurried pace of local farming life. Here, you'll encounter breathtaking vistas adorned with karst peaks, lush rice fields, crystal-clear waters, and swaying bamboo groves.
While communing with nature, delve into the local way of life by visiting a nearby village. Your knowledgeable guide will lead you through the village, offering insights into rural living. This 1.5-hour excursion spans a cycling journey of 10-12 kilometers. If biking isn't your preference, fear not; you can opt for an electromobile or private car at no additional cost to explore the area.
Xianggong Hill - Sunrise Splendor: Located just 28 kilometers north of Yangshuo near Putao Town, Xianggong Hill stands as one of the region's prime spots for capturing breathtaking photographs, especially during sunrise. A mere 20-minute ascent brings you to the summit, where you'll witness the Li River meandering around a sharp bend, amidst a backdrop of awe-inspiring karst formations. This vantage point promises a visual spectacle like no other.
Tunxi Ancient Street - A Stroll Through Time: Nestled in the heart of Tunxi's historic district lies Tunxi Ancient Street, a charming avenue that transports you back in time. Here, you'll encounter a treasure trove of meticulously preserved shops lining the streets, reminiscent of a bygone era. The architecture, both simple and elegant, exudes a sense of nostalgia that's sure to captivate.
Take a leisurely stroll through this time-honored thoroughfare, where ancient buildings tell tales of the past, and hidden treasures await discovery. Whether you're seeking unique finds or simply relishing the atmosphere, Tunxi Ancient Street promises an enchanting experience.
Yellow Mountains Adventure: Explore the magnificent Yellow Mountains in Anhui Province, often dubbed "China's loveliest." These 1,200-square-kilometer wonders offer year-round splendor, featuring towering granite peaks, unique rock formations, hot springs, waterfalls, and a rich tapestry of over 1,500 plant species.
Your private tour begins with pick-up at your location in Huangshan City. Note that some attractions may be closed from December to March due to snow. Your guide will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
Yungu Cable Car and West Sea Grand Canyon: After arriving at the South Gate, board a shuttle bus to the Yungu Cable Car, a quick 10-minute ascent.
Your experienced guide will customize the route based on your preferences and fitness level:
Energetic Hikers: Descend from the cable car, enjoy a 30-minute walk to your hotel via Umbrella Pine and Black Tiger Pine. Savor a buffet lunch before embarking on a three-hour West Sea Grand Canyon hike, covering the 1st and 2nd rings and the canyon's bottom. Explore Flying-over Rock and catch a stunning sunset at Bright Top (40-minute return).
Beginners and Relaxing Hikers: A 30-minute walk from the cable car takes you to the hotel, passing Black Tiger Pine and Dream Flower Pine. Delve into West Sea Grand Canyon, choosing your hike's duration, either 1st or 2nd ring. Stay overnight for a captivating sunset at Cloud-dispelling Pavilion (30-minute return).
Yellow Mountains Sunrise and Scenic Descent: Kickstart your day with a breathtaking sunrise experience at Refreshing Terrace, a cherished spot among our previous Yellow Mountains explorers. Rise early to capture the mesmerizing moment.
After savoring breakfast at your hotel, embark on a captivating walk to Lion Peak. Along the way in the North Sea area, encounter the Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, and an array of picturesque pine trees. Opt for an ascent to Beginning-to-Believe Peak for a panoramic view that includes the Mushroom Pavilion.
Yuyuan Garden: Step into the heart of old Shanghai as you visit Yuyuan Garden, a Ming Dynasty-era private garden built in 1559. Wander amidst its classic Chinese architecture, encompassing rockeries, pavilions, ponds, and meandering corridors. Surrounding the garden is a bustling marketplace offering local snacks, handicrafts, antiques, and souvenirs, along with renowned traditional eateries.
The Bund: Stroll along the iconic 1.5-kilometer-long promenade on the western bank of the Huangpu River. Admire the "architecture gallery" with 52 impeccably preserved European-style buildings. Once the epicenter of trade and commerce in old Shanghai, today the Bund is a dynamic hub featuring futuristic developments, stylish restaurants, upscale shops, and vibrant bars that offer a plethora of day and nighttime activities.
Shanghai Old Street: Immerse yourself in the nostalgia of old Shanghai by exploring its well-preserved historic residential homes and narrow alleyways. These lanes provide a glimpse into the daily lives of local residents, transporting you back to a bygone era. Additionally, numerous shops and stalls sell antiques, crafts, and souvenirs, making it an ideal spot for mementos.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Behold one of the world's tallest TV towers, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, known for its distinctive spherical design. Situated across the river from the Bund, this iconic structure graces the skyline of the east bank. On the tower's first floor, you'll find the Shanghai History Museum, featuring four major exhibition units that delve into the history of Shanghai, from its ancient past to modern times. Please note that during the tourist high season (July-September), long queues of up to an hour may be expected.
Zhujiajiao Water Town: Explore the enchanting Zhujiajiao Water Town, shaped like a delicate fan, steeped in centuries of history. Wander alongside serene lakes, where you'll encounter architectural marvels from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Admire the 36 ancient stone bridges that have retained their timeless charm. This tour encompasses eight captivating attractions, including the historical Post Office, Yanyitang Art Gallery, Chenghuang Temple, Shanghai Handicraft Exhibition Hall, and more.
Former French Concession Precinct: Embark on a captivating walking tour through the former French Concession, an area encompassing iconic streets like Huaihai Road, Fuxing Road, and Taikang Road. Here, you'll encounter historical landmarks such as Sun Yat-sen and Zhou Enlai's former residences, Fuxing Park, Moller Villa, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Delight in the timeless allure of over century-old French colonial-style buildings. On sunny days, the shadows of the Chenar trees create a romantic ambiance, while at night, cafes, bars, and restaurants beckon with the aroma of coffee.
Xintiandi: Nestled amid towering skyscrapers in the city center, Xintiandi is a bustling urban tourist hotspot infused with Shanghai's rich history and culture. The Shikumen buildings of Shanghai Xintiandi have been transformed into a dynamic hub, boasting world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment options. Immerse yourself in this lively district, teeming with international-standard restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and bars.
Zhujiajiao Boat Ride: Don't miss the chance to embark on a scenic river cruise through the heart of the ancient town. Glide along tranquil waters for a delightful 10-15 minute journey, allowing you to soak in the town's picturesque views from a unique perspective.
Tianzi Fang: Located on Taikang Road within the former French Concession, Tianzi Fang was once a labyrinthine residential area. Today, it has transformed into a trendy district, blending well-preserved Shikumen architecture with art galleries, bistros, coffee shops, craft stores, and creative art studios. Explore this vibrant enclave that marries tradition with contemporary artistic expression.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
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