Ancient history and modern vibes

With 5,000 years of recorded history, this country of symbolism and iconic attractions will captivate you. Prepare to meander along the Great Wall, stand in awe over boundless rice terraces in the countryside, and feel energized amidst the lights of the Shanghai skyline. Gourmet delights, genuine local interactions and discovery of Chinese traditions combine for an adventure of awakening.

Highlights

  • Savor a traditional Peking duck dinner in Beijing

  • Explore the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

  • Come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors

  • Cycle along rice fields in Yangshuo

  • Enjoy a nighttime boat ride on The Bund, bringing the lights of Shanghai to life

Itinerary for China

Day 1: Beijing

Nimen Hao! Your included arrival transfer will bring you to our hotel. Tonight, we’ll gather with our Local Leader and fellow travelers for a welcome meeting.

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel

Day 2:  Beijing

Our Insider Expert leads us on a journey of discovery through the fascinating capital of Beijing. The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City are ours to explore. Abounding symbolism in the form of dragons and phoenixes represent emperors and empresses. Find architecture following the principles of yin and yang, balancing negative and positive forces. In Jingshan Park, once the private park of emperors, we climb to the Pavilion of Everlasting Spring for panoramic views of Beijing. Tonight, time-honored Peking duck is on the menu, but the overall dining experience is what makes it magical. (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel

Day 3: Beijing

Explore one of the best preserved sections of the Great Wall, Mutianyu. Wind through the Wall’s curved stone pathways, snaking through the hills that appear endless in the distance. This afternoon, explore the imperial gardens of the stunning Summer Palace. Go local tonight with a hot pot dinner on Wangfujing shopping street! (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Lunch will be at a local restaurant near the Great Wall
  • Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant where we can experience a hot pot meal
  • Our hotel in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel

DAY 4:  Xi’an

Ride the rails of the fast train to Xi’an — a walled city and the start of the ancient Silk Road. Meet local friends at Huiling: “Wise Spirit,” a local NGO, inspiring members of the community. Tonight, the famous Wild Goose Pagoda is the backdrop for a spectacular fountain and music show. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Xi’an: Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel

Day 5:  Xi’an

The Terracotta Warriors will simply astound you. Comprised of thousands of man-made wonders, this treasure was unearthed by farmers in 1976 after being buried for 2,000 years. One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, the Warriors were meant to stand guard at the tomb of China’s first emperor. Later, it’s your choice — walk through Xi’an with an Insider Expert, or journey along the ancient city walls by bike. With free time tonight, perhaps you will decide to visit the night markets to try the local specialties. (b, l)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Lunch will be at a local restaurant after visiting the Terracotta Warriors
  • Our hotel in Xi’an: Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel

Day 6:  Xi’an > Guilin > Longji Rice Terrace

A flight to Guilin transports us to Longji Rice Terrace. Called “the best under heaven,” Guilin’s inspiring landscape surrounds you with stunning mountains and extensive rice terraces. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Longji Rice Terrace: Longji Ping An Hotel

Day 7:  Longji Rice Terrace > Yangshuo

A scenic morning hike through the rice terraces of the Longji Valley is your stage today, set with waterfalls and colorful fields. In the village of Dazhai, we meet the Yao population who proudly preserve their traditional lifestyle. In Yangshuo, the charm of this little town on the Li River is immortalized in many traditional Chinese paintings. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Yangshuo: Snow Lion Riverside Resort

Day 8: Yangshuo

A leisurely bike ride through a dramatic limestone landscape brings us to the home of a local family.  Here, our new friends prepare a meal made from produce grown nearby. Our culinary adventure continues this afternoon with a cooking class at the Yangshuo Cooking School! (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Lunch will be at a local’s home today
  • Dinner will be the results of our cooking class
  • Our hotel in Yangshuo: Snow Lion Riverside Resort

Day 9: Shanghai

Today, we leave the calm countryside for electrifying Shanghai. Go into the heart of the city with our Insider Expert and see this vibrant city through a local lens, even taking public transportation. Tonight, a river cruise on The Bund stars the colorful Shanghai skyline. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Shanghai: Kingtown Riverside Hotel Plaza

Day 10: Shanghai

Venture out to Xitang and wander along the crisscrossing canals of this water town. Sip tea at a teahouse or visit one of the local history museums before our gondola ride. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Our hotel in Shanghai: Kingtown Riverside Hotel Plaza

Day 11: Shanghai

Learn about Old Shanghai while visiting the French Concession, Yuyuan Garden and Propaganda Museum. Tonight, we celebrate this adventure by dining on Shanghainese dishes at a local hot spot.    (b, d)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Dinner tonight will be at a local restaurant
  • Our hotel in Shanghai: Kingtown Riverside Hotel Plaza

Day 12: Shanghai

Our adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast is a full buffet
  • Departure transfers to the airport are included on a group basis. Your Local Leader will advise on departure times based on the groups flight schedules.

Things to know before traveling to China

The official currency in China is the Yuan or Renminbi (CNY).

ATMs are widespread, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Look for ATMs with your card logo.

Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash. Commission is sometimes charged for currency exchange. Check the rate before you exchange and carefully check the amount you are given and ask for a receipt.

Please note that due to restrictions on currency conversion for foreigners in China it may not be possible to change left over CNY back into foreign currency, so please plan your budget and spending money well by withdrawing/exchanging what you need as you go.

We strongly advise against bringing travelers checks as in China they can be extremely difficult or impossible to change

While travelling with us you’ll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your Local Leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company however you are also welcome to go and make your own food discoveries!

VEGETARIANS & VEGANS
Vegetarians in China certainly won’t go hungry as there are always plenty of meat free options on menus including vegetable, tofu and egg dishes. Your Local Leader can advise on some local favorites. Vegans should also have few problems finding tasty meals in most locations. Nearly all cities will have vegetarian restaurants, often near to temples or monasteries that specialize in Buddhist cuisine.

DIETARY NEEDS
Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may wish to supplement inclusions with their own supplies from markets or supermarkets.

For those suffering from particular food allergies, your Local Leader will endeavor to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.

Please note that China’s national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move – that’s over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware your group will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It’s common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at our preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organization is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.

Most nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be difficult to obtain outside your country of residence. You will need a Single Entry Tourist for your trip valid for 30 days.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of China

Pre-Night Add-ons

BEIJING - $150 USD per room, double occupancy or $150 single occupancy


Post-Night Add-ons

SHANGHAI - $120 USD per room, double occupancy or $120 single occupancy


Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

12 days, from $2,999 USD