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15 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Beijing
Shanghai

Family travel in China has never been so fun! From treasure hunts in the Forbidden City to volunteering with giant pandas in the Sichuan basin, this classic family tour takes in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Guilin, before finishing in timeless Shanghai.

 
About this Journey

Enjoy some cherished family time as you embark on a classic journey through the elegant pagodas and undulating rice terraces of the Middle Kingdom. This fun 15-day trip will see you travel from Beijing to Shanghai, with imperial capital Xi’an, spicy Chengdu, and spectacular Guangxi in between. Learn to play a traditional Chinese instrument, stand atop a sacred Buddhist mountain, float down the remarkably picturesque Li River, and sample Shaanxi pork “hamburgers.”

What we love
  • Exploring Shanghai's historic French Concession
  • Standing in the presence of the world's largest stone Buddha at Leshan
  • Wandering through the calming feng shui layout of the Master of the Nets Garden
Where you're going
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 2Beijing

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.

Day 3 - 4 Beijing - Xian

Uncover a treasure trove of Qing Dynasty curios in the Temple Hotel • Peking duck dinner • Enjoy a champagne picnic on the majestic Great Wall, built to protect China’s heartland from invaders • Learn about Xi’an’s 1,300 year old Muslim community by visiting the Great Mosque, situated in Xi’an’s bustling Muslim Quarter.

Day 5Xi'an

Gaze across Xi’an as you cycle along its ancient city wall • View the proudly unflinching, life-sized Terracotta Warriors • Lunch on hand-pulled noodles and traditional Shaanxi pork “hamburgers”.

Day 6 - 7Chengdu

Observe China’s iconic, cuddly panda at Dujiangyan Panda Base • Ascend up sacred Mount Emei to the Golden Summit, where a majestic golden temple depicting Samantabhadra above four elephants towers over visitors • Stand in the presence of the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone Buddha on earth which at 71 meters tall dwarfs all in its presence • Time permitting, catch a face-changing Sichuan Opera performance.

Day 8Guilin - Longsheng

Arrive in Guilin and meet your private WildChina Guilin guide • Drive about 2 hours to the Longji Rice Terraces • Hike along the verdant, softly undulating Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terrace • Arrive at Li’an Lodge and watch the sunset over the terraces as you tuck in for the night.

 

Day 9Yangshuo

Spend the morning hiking at your own pace through minority villages near the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces • Stop by Daxu Old Town, one of the four most important trade towns in ancient times • Meet with a local family • Spend the evening relaxing and soaking in your first glimpse of Yangshuo’s stunning scenery.

 

Day 10Yangshuo

Embark on a bamboo raft ride down the Yulong River among Yangshuo’s stunning karst mountains • Cycle through Yangshuo’s countryside farming villages • Enjoy the spectacle of Impression Liusanjie, choreographed by the mastermind behind the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, in a natural amphitheater.

Day 11Yangshuo

Meet up with your rock climbing instructor and head out for a day of rock climbing in one of the most famous climbing destinations in the world • Head to a local wet market to buy ingredients for dinner • Private cooking lesson where you’ll learn to make Guilin cuisine with a local chef • Watch the locals fishing using cormorant birds.

Day 12Yangshuo - Shanghai

Visit Fuli Old Town, famed for its Chinese fans • Learn the art of fan making • Upon arriving in Shanghai, meet your WildChina guide • Take a stroll around the Bund area, admiring Shanghai’s signature contrast between old and new.

Day 13Shanghai

Enjoy the amazing spectacle of an ERA Acrobatics Performance, which fuses Chinese acrobatics with modern technology • Experience a snapshot of local life by walking around Fuxing Park, a meeting spot for fitness dancers and taichi enthusiasts • Wander down the tree-lined streets of the French Concession • Explore modern art studios in the trendy, bohemian area of Tianzifang • Visit the Shanghai Museum, a veritable treasure trove of Chinese artifacts.

Day 14 - 15Optional Extensions

Option 1: Explore the old watertown of Tongli, known as the ‘Venice of the East’ for the canals that wind their way between the town’s Ming and Qing era buildings • Option 2: visit the tea plantations, gardens, and temples of elegant Hangzhou • Option 3: spend the day in the verdant and calming classical gardens of Suzhou.

Recommended Hotels

The Opposite House Beijing

Luxury Boutique

An artsy, modern boutique hotel featuring minimalist designs, The Opposite House offers luxury amenities amid Beijing’s happening Sanlitun area.

Yangshuo Sugar House

5 star

Housed in a former sugar mill, Yangshuo Sugar House exudes luxury and has breathtaking views of karst mountains and winding rivers.

 

Li-an Lodge, Longsheng

Luxury Boutique

Perched on the Dragon Backbone’s Terraces, Li-an Lodge offers modern amenities, glimpses into traditional culture, and abundant natural beauty.

 

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.