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Experience the sights in style on this reboot of a classic China circuit. You’ll picnic on the Great Wall, get up close with Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors, immerse in the ethnic traditions and customs of southwestern China, travel the ancient tea road in remote Yunnan, and explore Shanghai’s French Concession.
China is a treasure chest waiting to be delved into. Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai are the sparkling jewels that you see when you first open the box, but the traditional lifestyles of ethnic minorities in Yunnan province are equally impressive gems hidden underneath. This trip introduces you to both the classic and hidden images of China: weave your way through Beijing’s interwoven hutong alleys which are still lived in today, stand on top of Xi’an’s ancient city wall, immerse in ethnic traditions and customs of southwestern China, and explore old and new Shanghai. Discover China’s wealth of treasures.
Begin your Beijing adventure in style as WildChina arranges private access to the concept store and gallery of Ma Ke’s fashion house, Wuyong. • Explore the imposing Forbidden City, where emperors ruled for 500 years • Hike up jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City • Weave your way through Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys • Uncover a treasure trove of Qing Dynasty curios in the Temple Hotel • Savor a Peking duck dinner • Enjoy a champagne picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders.
Rise and shine Beijing style as you plunge into the timeless backstreets of this ancient city for breakfast alongside fellow early-rising locals • After a hearty breakfast, travel northeast to the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China • Let your guide lead the way along a restored section of the wall and enjoy the changing panorama created by the varying, steep gradients and the nearby lake • Enjoy a picnic lunch with 360-degree views of the Wall crowning neighboring mountains as far as the eye can see • Drive back into town and spend the evening at your leisure
Learn the calming art of taichi in a private lesson at the Temple of Heaven • Drive past the Olympic Park, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics • Explore the former imperial grounds of the Summer Palace, meandering through the regal pathways and pavilions and imagining life in royal splendor • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi’an • Upon arriving, spend the evening at your leisure
Gaze into the heart of Xi’an as you patrol the 12-meter-high Ancient City Wall enclosing the historical city center • View the proudly unflinching Terracotta Warriors • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300-year-old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque • Stroll through the bustling streets and stalls of the Muslim Quarter • Experience Xi’an with more than just your eyes by sampling some of Xi’an’s famous dumplings and getting a chance to learn how to make your own
Walk on a glass walkway above countless terracotta figurines and burial objects in the Hanyang Tombs • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dali • Check-in to your hotel and head into town for an evening at your leisure • Stroll through Dali’s picturesque old town, a mixture of pagodas, red lanterns and mountains
Immerse yourself in the traditional Bai architecture of Xizhou, characterized by ornate gateways and honeycomb patterns • Learn the secrets of making rushan, a local cheese • Discover the local tradition of tie-dyeing indigo textiles • Hike up Cangshan Mountain, for an epic view of 3,500m peaks which offer epic views of the town and lake sprawling through the valley below
Drive to Lijiang • Hike along 1,300-year-old Shibaoshan Grottoes and discover the history behind each of them • Follow the winding canals and alleys to the largest market in Lijiang, where locals gather to pick up fresh produce • Visit Shuhe Ancient Town, one of the oldest settlements in Lijiang, and get a glimpse of everyday life of the Naxi people • Dive into the history and traditions of the Naxi people at the Dongba Cultural Museum • Pass wooden carts on your way to the stone and wooden Biasha Village, a Naxi settlement at the foot of the Jade Snow Mountain
Meet a village shaman in Wenhai Valley • Admire the lush surroundings in the valley, known for its incredible biodiversity • Travel to Yuhu village, located in the Lijiang basin, and hike to the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain • Unwind with a pu’er tea workshop, as you learn the process of preparing this locally enjoyed tea
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai • Experience a snapshot of local life in Fuxing Park, a meeting spot for fitness dancers and tai chi enthusiasts • Travel back to Shanghai’s stylish 1930s as you stroll through the tree-lined avenues of the French Concession • Visit the chic area of Xintiandi • Either explore modern art studios in the trendy, bohemian area of Tianzifang or visit the Shanghai Museum, a veritable treasure trove of Chinese artifacts • Enjoy a death-defying ERA Acrobatics Show • Escape the urban sprawl to the idyllic canals of Tongli Water Town • Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure
Depart from modern Shanghai in style, as you take a ride to the airport on the fastest train in the world: the Maglev, journeying at one-third the speed of sound • Your WildChina guide will escort you to the airport and help you check in for your flight home.
An artsy, modern boutique hotel featuring minimalist designs, The Opposite House offers luxury amenities amid Beijing’s happening Sanlitun area.
The newest offering to Xi’an’s luxury hotel scene, The Ritz-Carlton is set in the heart of the city’s central business district.
Enjoy the best of traditional style and modern comforts in this beautifully refurbished courtyard home.
Blending traditional Naxi ethnic minority architecture with modern elegance and luxurious amenities, Banyan Tree Lijiang is a refuge of calm amidst the city’s hustle and bustle.
The Peninsula has a strong art deco influence reminiscent of 1930s Shanghai with luxurious rooms, restaurants and a rooftop bar overlooking the Bund.
We’re on the ground with you
Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.
Your trip, your way
Flexibility is our highest-ranking compliment. We pull off journeys for pioneers with a 6-hour layover to Hollywood’s elite, and everywhere in between. Our team regularly pulls off unprecedented logistical feats; nearly any time frame or budget is within our realm. No matter how you wish to experience China, we are here to bring that dream to life.
We embody passion
WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.
The little things, the big picture
Supporting inspired local economies allows you to experience the soul of the destination, while also protecting and cultivating China’s artisanal culture. From watching artisans hand make shoes in Yunnan, to picking organic vegetables for dinner on a local farm in Fujian, our tours are designed to showcase and protect China’s heritage, both natural and human.