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15 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Beijing
Shanghai

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.

About this Journey

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.

What we love
  • Enjoying a commanding view of the majestic Forbidden City from a formerly private imperial garden
  • Meandering through the small paths and winding canals that weave through Lijiang's Old Town
  • Experiencing Xi'an with more than just your eyes by enjoying a traditional dumpling feast
Where you're going
Chinese Treasures map
Itinerary

Days 1 - 2Beijing

• 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 • Savor a Peking duck dinner • Enjoy a champagne picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders

Day 3Beijing

• 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

Day 4Beijing - Xi'an

Learn the calming art of taichi in a private lesson at the Temple of Heaven • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xi’an • Upon arriving, spend the evening at your leisure 

Day 5 Xi'an

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

Day 6Xian - Chengdu

Walk on a glass walkway above countless terracotta figurines and burial objects in the Hanyang Tombs • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Chengdu • Check-in to your hotel and head out for a stroll through Chengdu at the lively Kuan Zhai Alleyways • In the evening, marvel at the rapid skill of a Sichuanese “Face-changing” opera show

Day 7Chengdu

Drive an hour and a half outside of Chengdu to Dujiangyan Panda Base  • Get up close with giant pandas •  Take a cable car ride up Qingcheng Mountain, known as “the most peaceful and secluded under heaven.” • Continue on foot and explore the temples along the trail • Enjoy the summit and its spectacular views of lush green hills rolling into the horizon.

Day 8Chengdu - Dali

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

Day 9Dali

Step back in time on Weibaoshan, a sacred mountain dotted with ancient Taoist temples • Enjoy a hike up the mountain for tea with a Taoist master • Balance your ying and yang with a round of Tai Chi • Hike back to your transport (Hiking enthusiasts can continue the full five-hour journey to the summit and back) • Stop by Donglianhua village for a glimpse into the lives of a Mulsim community in Yunnan

Day 10Dali

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

Day 11Dali - Lijiang

Drive to Lijiang • En route, hike along 1,300-year-old Shibaoshan Grottoes and discover the history behind each of them • End the hike with a visit to the Stone Bell Temple built on the mountainside • Check-in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at your leisure

Day 12Lijiang

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 • Enjoy the evening at your leisure browsing the wares of Lijiang’s many shops

Day 13Lijiang

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

Day 14Lijiang - Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai •  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 • Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure

Day 15Shanghai

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.

Recommended Hotels

The Peninsula Beijing

Luxury Boutique

The only all-suite hotel in the capital, The Peninsula Beijing sits a short stroll from Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the bustling Wangfujing shopping street.

Ritz Carlton, Xi'an

Ritz Carlton, Xi'an

5-Star

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. 

Sky Valley Heritage, Dali

Boutique

Enjoy the best of traditional style and modern comforts in this beautifully refurbished courtyard home.

Banyan Tree Lijiang

Luxury Boutique

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 Shanghai

5 star

The Peninsula has a strong art deco influence reminiscent of 1930s Shanghai with luxurious rooms, restaurants and a rooftop bar overlooking the Bund.

 
Details

Recommended seasons

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Why WildChina

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.