China Cultural Relics and Natural Wonders Tour
24-Day Private China Tour: Beijing–Xi'an– Chengdu–Zhangjiajie–Changsha - Guilin - Hangzhou–Huangshan–Shanghai
Explore the ancient wonders of Beijing and Xian, encounter adorable pandas in Chengdu, and witness the breathtaking beauty of Zhangjiajie's Avatar Mountains. Discover the vibrant cityscape of Changsha, cruise the Li River in Guilin, and relax by the serene West Lake in Hangzhou. Hike the stunning Huangshan Mountains and conclude your journey in the cosmopolitan energy of Shanghai. This immersive adventure offers a perfect blend of history, nature, and modernity.
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 Longji Rice Terraces
Explore the Famous Yellow Mountain in Huangshan
Marvel at the Stunning Hallelujah Mountain in the Movie "Avatar"
Enjoy a Peaceful Boat Ride Through Zhujiajiao Water Town
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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.
Tiananmen Square: Start your journey at Tian'anmen Square, the heart of Beijing. It's the world's largest city square and a symbol of China's history, surrounded by significant landmarks.
Forbidden City Emperor's Tour: Explore the immense Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors over the centuries. Our in-depth tour covers 12 carefully selected locations, unveiling the secrets of Ming and Qing dynasties. It's a 2-hour easy walk through this historic masterpiece.
Gubei Water Town: Experience the charm of Gubei Water Town, nestled north of Beijing. This picturesque town surrounds a reservoir and rests against the stunning Simatai Great Wall, known for its breathtaking views. Consider an overnight stay for a glimpse of the illuminated Simatai Wall at night.
Simatai Great Wall Night Tour: Witness the magic of the Simatai Great Wall at night, the only illuminated section open to visitors after dark. Enjoy fantastic views over the lit-up Wall and the serene lake below from Towers 5 and 6. Cable cars are available for your convenience during the evening tours. Night tours are from 5:30 pm to 9 pm in winter and spring and from 6 pm to 10 pm in summer and autumn.
Temple of Heaven: Journey back to 1420 during the Ming dynasty as you step into the awe-inspiring Temple of Heaven. This Taoist complex served as a sacred place where Ming and Qing emperors performed annual ceremonies, offering prayers for bountiful harvests. The Temple's sprawling park teems with life, especially in the morning when local seniors gather for communal singing, exercise, and tai chi. Covering 273 hectares in the southern heart of Beijing, the park invites you to stroll leisurely for about 1-1½ hours (1½ kilometers), a pleasantly easy walk.
Local Hutong Experience: Immerse yourself in Chinese tradition with a captivating "One out of three" cultural experience in a Hutong. Select from three intriguing options: learn the intricate art of applying Facial Makeup for Peking Opera, discover the ancient craft of Chinese Calligraphy, or try your hand at the delicate art of Chinese Paper Cutting. Inform your tour guide in advance about your choice so that reservations can be made for you. This 40-minute cultural excursion is a delightful addition to your itinerary.
Summer Palace with Boat Ride and the Garden of Virtue and Harmony: Venture to the northwest of Beijing, where the magnificent Summer Palace awaits, a mere 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the city center. This expansive royal park, China's largest and best-preserved, has profoundly influenced Chinese horticulture and landscape design. Renowned for its natural beauty and cultural significance, it's often referred to as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens.' Wander through its enchanting grounds for approximately 2 hours (covering 2 kilometers), a splendid way to immerse yourself in history and nature.
Dongcheng District Hutong Tour: Embark on a captivating one-hour exploration of the historic Hutong alleys nestled in Dongcheng District. Traverse these winding lanes aboard a rickshaw, taking in the quaint single-story traditional courtyard houses. These architectural gems are a vanishing heritage, and your tour offers a glimpse into their unique thresholds. You'll also have the opportunity to visit a local family, gaining insights into the courtyards' diverse histories and significance.
Simatai Great Wall: Embark on an exciting day trip to the Simatai section of the Great Wall, located 120 km northeast of Beijing. A 2½-hour bus ride will transport you to this unique destination, celebrated for its steep terrain and historical charm. Adding to its allure, the newly constructed Gubei Water Town at the mountain's base provides an elegant contrast.
Original Ming Dynasty Features: Simatai is one of the few Great Wall sections that has retained its original Ming dynasty features. While safety concerns have limited access to ten watchtowers along the east section (Towers 1 to 10), these remaining towers offer a fascinating glimpse into the Wall's history.
Moderate Hike with Cable Car Option: The hike along Simatai Great Wall is graded moderate and requires a good level of fitness due to some steep ascents and descents. You'll trek for about 3 hours (covering 5 kilometers) round-trip. For those who prefer a more leisurely experience, a cable car option is available, allowing you to savor stunning views while walking back down slowly along the lakeside. The descent takes about 1 hour (2-3 kilometers) and offers breathtaking lake vistas.
Discover the Terracotta Warriors and Horses: Unearth a fascinating piece of history at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. This remarkable discovery, accidentally found in 1974, boasts an army of over 7,000 soldiers, archers, horses, and chariots, all meticulously crafted for battle. These lifelike figures have been guarding Emperor Qin's tomb since 210 BC. You'll marvel at their uniqueness as you explore the three protected pits within massive hangars. Located just 1.5 hours from Xian, this site also features an exceptional museum and an informative film detailing the vaults' historical significance. Feel free to capture photos (without flash) and be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for your adventure.
Ancient City Wall Exploration: The ancient city wall, a testament to centuries gone by, offers a unique glimpse into the past. Constructed in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City that encircled the city center, it remains one of the oldest and most well-preserved city defenses worldwide. You have the option to walk the full 14km circuit or, for a small additional fee, rent a bike (CNY 40 per person) or an electric cart (CNY 80 per person). Whichever you choose, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the city on either side as you traverse this historic landmark.
Craft Your Own Terracotta Warrior in a Cave Dwelling: Step into the shoes of an artisan at a cave dwelling family workshop in the countryside. Here, you'll learn the intricate art of crafting Terracotta Warriors, just as they were made in ancient times. Discover the secrets behind their life-sized creation and unravel the most challenging steps in their production process. This interactive experience not only provides insight into the detailed procedure but also offers a chance to connect with the locals who continue this time-honored tradition.
Cooking Dumplings: Experience the art of making Chinese dumplings, known as Jiaozi, during this interactive cultural activity. You'll be warmly welcomed into a local family's home, where you'll have the opportunity to learn the secrets of crafting these delicious treats. This hands-on experience not only teaches you the basics of dumpling making but also immerses you in the local way of life. The entire process takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, giving you a taste of authentic Chinese cuisine and culture.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda: Explore the historical and spiritual significance of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a prominent Buddhist site located within the beautiful Da Ci'en Temple grounds. This simple yet elegant brick pagoda dates back to the 7th century and was constructed to house the precious Buddhist scriptures brought from India by Xuanzang, also known as Tripitaka. Wander through the temple complex, where you'll discover grand halls adorned with magnificent Buddhist statues and intricate murals.
Hanyang Tomb: Venture to the Han Yang Ling Museum, situated in the northern outskirts of Xi'an, near the Wei River, just about 20 km from the city center. This underground museum offers a captivating glimpse into the figurines from a Han Dynasty emperor's tomb, which existed a century after the famed Terra Cotta Warriors. While these clay figures are smaller than life-size and less detailed, the museum's presentation is both fascinating and uncrowded. You can observe the figurines from various angles through glass floors and enjoy a unique perspective on this historical treasure. Conveniently close to the airport, it's an excellent stop for those with limited time.
Muslim Quarter: Discover the vibrant culture and flavors of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, a bustling enclave located just 100 meters west of the Bell Tower in downtown Xi'an. This 500-meter-long avenue, paved with bluestones, is lined with a diverse array of stalls, souvenir shops, cafés, and bars, primarily run by the local Muslim community. It's a hotspot for tourists, especially those from overseas, looking to shop, dine, and experience the unique blend of Chinese and Islamic influences in this lively neighborhood.
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.
Wu Hou Temple: Step into history at Wu Hou Temple, a serene sanctuary dedicated to Zhuge Liang, the revered military strategist celebrated in "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms." Surrounded by peaceful gardens, this complex offers insights into Zhuge Liang's life and legacy. Explore halls honoring him and his emperor, Liu Bei, view impressive statues, and visit a small museum. The iconic red wall leading to Liu Bei's tomb adds to the charm.
Wenshu Monastery:Discover the tranquility of Wenshu Monastery, a vast Zen Buddhist temple with a lively atmosphere. Explore beautifully adorned halls showcasing artworks and statues. Don't miss the vegetarian restaurant and teahouses, where you can enjoy a meal or soak in the ambiance of devoted worshippers. Experience both serenity and vibrancy at this remarkable complex.
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park: Explore the captivating beauty of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hunan province. Marvel at the pillar-like rock formations, sculpted over years by nature's artistry. This lush park encompasses Yuanjiajie, Yangjiajie, Jinbian Stream, and Wulongzhai, providing a glimpse into the rich cultures and folklore of Tujia, Bai, Miao, and Hui ethnic groups in neighboring villages.
Mt. Tianzishan: Mt. Tianzishan offers four breathtaking natural wonders: misty peaks, sunrise vistas, moonlit nights, and snow-covered winter landscapes. The mountain boasts over 80 natural viewing platforms to soak in the awe-inspiring scenery. Take a cable car ride to Tianzi Mountain, ensuring you avoid peak hours for a more relaxed experience.
Bailong Sightseeing Elevator: Embark on an exhilarating journey with the Bailong Sightseeing Elevator, the world's tallest and fastest of its kind. Soar 335 meters high in one of the four transparent elevators, providing unrivaled views of the Sandstone Peak Forest. Your ascent to the mountaintop takes a mere 2 minutes, but be sure to plan your visit to avoid lengthy queues during busy times.
Yuanjiajie (including the Hallelujah Mountains): Discover the wonders of Yuanjiajie, nestled in the northern corner of Zhangjiajie National Park. Explore attractions like Ecstasy Spot, Backyard, and First Bridge, with the iconic Hallelujah Mountain, reminiscent of the floating rocks in "Avatar." Capture stunning photos of the 'First Bridge in the World' from the 'Viewing Bridge Platform' (Wangqiaotai). For fewer crowds and optimal photography opportunities, visit in the late afternoon. From here, venture to Tianzi Mountain and Yangjia Valley, completing your adventure.
Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon with Glass Bridge: Explore the recently developed marvel of Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, a pristine natural paradise where mountains, streams, caves, cliffs, and lush forests converge. This scenic wonderland is also home to the world's longest and highest glass bridge. Experience the thrill of walking on this transparent marvel, suspended 300 meters above the ground—it's an adventure you won't forget! If you prefer not to venture onto the glass bridge, an alternative route is available to explore this incredible attraction.
Baofeng Lake: Nestled within a mountainous basin, Baofeng Lake offers a tranquil escape amidst breathtaking landscapes. A convenient shuttle bus transports you to the lake's pier, where you'll embark on a serene 30-minute wooden boat ride. Drift along the crystal-clear waters, surrounded by picturesque hills of various shapes. During your journey, savor traditional songs performed by local minority artists, adding a touch of cultural richness to your experience.
Tianmen Mountain (Tianmen Cave) with Glass Walkway and Cable Car: Discover the heart of Zhangjiajie at Tianmen Mountain, the region's highest peak. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes featuring ancient trees, karst formations, and winding roads etched into the cliffside. Ascend to the mountaintop aboard the world's longest cable car, a 30-minute journey from the city center. Brace yourself for an exhilarating experience on the Tianmen Mountain Glass Walkway, one of the world's highest observation platforms, extending boldly from a sheer 1,430-meter cliff. This 1.6-meter-wide, 60-meter-long glass pathway offers an adrenaline-pumping adventure with unobstructed views of the mountains below, drawing comparisons to the famous Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona, USA.
Yellow Dragon Cavern: Explore the fascinating depths of Yellow Dragon Cavern, an expansive underground wonder spanning 7.5 kilometers across four levels. This extraordinary cave system showcases a mesmerizing array of stalactites and stalagmites, dramatically illuminated by an array of colorful lights.
Mawangdui Han Tombs: Kickstart your day with a journey through time at the Mawangdui Han Tombs, an archaeological wonder that dates back more than 2,000 years. These remarkable burial sites provide a fascinating glimpse into the ancient Chinese burial customs. Explore the mysteries and marvels of this historical gem, gaining insights into the traditions of bygone eras.
Hunan Provincial Museum: Continue your exploration at the Hunan Provincial Museum, a treasure trove of artifacts that includes a stunning collection from the Mawangdui tombs. Immerse yourself in Hunan's captivating history and culture as you peruse the exhibits. This museum serves as an invaluable window into the region's past, allowing you to deepen your understanding of this remarkable province.
Aiwan Pavilion: In the late afternoon, venture to the enchanting Aiwan Pavilion, a site steeped in history and renowned for its association with celebrated Chinese poets. As you explore its serene surroundings, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the picturesque Xiang River, a perfect spot to unwind and reflect. Capture the essence of China's poetic heritage while savoring the tranquil ambiance of this iconic location.
Orange Island: Kick off your day with a visit to Orange Island, an enchanting oasis nestled in the middle of the Xiang River. Take a leisurely stroll along the scenic promenade, savoring the serenity and picturesque river views. Don't forget to marvel at the towering statue of Chairman Mao, a symbol of China's rich history.
Tianxin Pavilion: In the afternoon, delve into Changsha's past at the historic Tianxin Pavilion, located at the heart of the city. Gain insights into Changsha's rich history as you explore this architectural gem. Ascend to the top for sweeping views of the cityscape, providing a unique perspective on the area's evolution.
Huangxing Road Walking Street: Cap off your day with a delightful visit to the bustling Huangxing Road Walking Street. Spend your afternoon shopping for souvenirs, browsing boutiques, and savoring delectable street food from local vendors. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere as you soak up the vibrant energy of Changsha's bustling heart.
Yuelu Mountain: Next, venture to Yuelu Mountain, situated on the west bank of the Xiang River. You have the choice to embark on an invigorating hike up the mountain, taking in the lush greenery and panoramic vistas. Alternatively, hop on the cable car for a more relaxed ascent. Be sure not to miss Yuelu Academy, one of China's oldest and most esteemed educational institutions, where history comes alive.
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.
Lingyin Temple: Begin your day with a visit to Lingyin Temple, an ancient Buddhist sanctuary dating back 1,700 years. Founded in 328 AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty by Indian monk Hui Li, this temple complex features pagodas, grottoes, and a rich history. Explore Feilai Feng (Flying Peak), where numerous Buddha images are intricately engraved. Legends say the peak flew from India to Hangzhou overnight, showcasing the power of Buddhism. Other highlights include the Hall of the Heavenly Kings, Grand Hall of the Great Sage, Hall of the Medicine Buddha, Sutra Library, and Hall of the Five Hundred Arhats.
West Lake (including the Island on the Lake): Next, discover the serene beauty of West Lake, covering 5.6 square kilometers (2.2 square miles). Stroll tree-lined paths, admire verdant islands, and witness the enchanting "Three Pools Mirroring the Moon" on Fairy Island, one of the Ten Best Views of West Lake. This idyllic setting also features pagodas and traditional Chinese arched bridges.
Six Harmonies Pagoda: In the afternoon, visit the Liuhe Pagoda, an ancient gem on the north bank of the Qiantang River. Built in 970 AD during the Northern Song Dynasty, it symbolizes harmony in all directions. Marvel at its remarkable brick-and-wood architecture and absorb the rich history it represents.
Hongcun Village: Begin your day at Hongcun Village, a hidden gem located 10 kilometers northeast of Yixian County. With a history spanning over 800 years, this village nestled amidst the misty landscapes of the Yellow Mountains resembles a living masterpiece. Portions of the renowned film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" were filmed here. Surrounded by a serene moat, graced with picturesque bridges, and featuring a tranquil half-moon shaped pond, Hongcun Village is a magnet for artists and students who often reside with local families to draw inspiration from its scenic beauty. Designed in the shape of a buffalo, it's a visual delight and earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation for its untouched traditional streets and houses. Explore various halls, residences, and an old school, all open to visitors, to immerse yourself in the historical charm of this village.
Tunxi Ancient Street: In the afternoon, wander into the heart of Tunxi to explore Tunxi Ancient Street. This historic area, located in the center of old Tunxi city, boasts well-preserved rows of shops that transport you to a bygone era. The buildings, noted for their elegant simplicity, offer a glimpse into the past as you enjoy a leisurely stroll. You can browse for unique finds or simply soak in the ambiance of this time-honored street.
Yellow Mountains Scenic Area: Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in the Yellow Mountains, renowned as "the loveliest mountain in China." This pristine natural wonder, located in southern Anhui Province, offers stunning landscapes year-round, including towering granite peaks, unique rock formations, ancient trees, hot springs, and over 1,500 plant species. Your private tour begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel, railway station, or airport. Please note that some attractions may be closed due to snowy weather from December to March, but your guide will ensure you have a memorable visit.
Yungu Cable Car (up) and West Sea Grand Canyon: Arriving at the South Gate of the Yellow Mountains, you'll board a shuttle bus for a 20-minute ride to the Yungu Cable Car. A quick 10-minute ascent brings you to the mountain's summit. Your experienced guide, well-versed in the mountains, will tailor the route to suit your preferences and fitness level.
North Sea and Yungu Cable Car: Begin your day by capturing the mesmerizing sunrise at Refreshing Terrace, a spot highly recommended by our previous travelers. Here, you can witness the first rays of sunlight gracing the Yellow Mountains, creating a truly enchanting spectacle.
Exploration and Adventure: After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, set out on an exploration of Lion Peak. Along the way, you'll discover the Dawn Pavilion, observe the Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, and marvel at the unique pine formations in the North Sea area. If you're feeling adventurous, consider ascending to Beginning-to-Believe Peak for panoramic vistas, including the iconic Mushroom Pavilion. Finally, bid farewell to the Yellow Mountains with a picturesque Yungu Cable Car journey, leaving you with lasting memories of this breathtaking natural wonder.
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
Tour code: cht-cx-70