China Highlights with Kung Fu Lesson and the Pandas

13 Days / 12 Nights

Beijing - Luoyang - Xian - Chengdu - Guilin - Yangshuo - Shanghai

Visit the most important sights of China flavoured with some exciting experiences such as trekking on the Great Wall,

a Kung Fu lesson in Luoyang, calligraphy lesson in Xian, the Panda Reserve in Chengdu,

and bamboo rafting on the Yulong river.


Our itineraries are suggestions and are fully customisable according to your needs, interests and budget.

Treat these itineraries as inspiration and one of our experts will create your uniquely tailored holiday with your requests in mind so that you can truly experience China with Seven Senses.


Day 1. Arrive Beijing (-/-/D)

Our guide will meet you at the airport, and escort you to your hotel. A Beijing duck welcome dinner awaits you at an upscale courtyard restaurant where you will savor your first taste of authentic Chinese food.

Day 2. Beijing (B/L/D)

Trace the theme of the Forbidden throughout Beijing. First stop is Tian’anmen Square, then visit today’s highlight: the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world.

In the afternoon explore the Beijing Hutongs (old lanes) by rickshaw. The alleys give a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture. Night show: Golden Mask.

Day 3. Great Wall Hike (B/L/D)

Explore a less-visited and more remote section of the Great Wall ranging from Simatai West to Jinshanling. For those of average or better fitness, your six-kilometer trek will start by a 40-minute ascent of modern concrete steps that lead up to the Wall, followed by two hours of walking on the Wall. Enjoy an authentic countryside lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant just 20 minutes off the Wall, then continue your Great Wall exploration. 

Day 4. Beijing - Luoyang (B/-/D)

In the morning you are free to explore the city then take the bullet train to Luoyang.

The four and a half hours spent on the train will also allow you to see the landscape through your window. Our local guide will meet you at the train in Luoyang and take you downtown to your hotel. The evening is yours to explore the surrounding area.

Day 5. Kung Fu Lesson (B/L/D)

The Shaolin Temple is the cradle of Chinese Kung fu, as well as the seat of Zen Buddhism. Visit the temple and take part in a 2-hour Kung fu lesson hosted by a monk from the temple. Learn meditation from them afterwards and try the vegetarian lunch in the temple. In the afternoon we will visit Pagoda Forest, the cemetery of monk masters since the temple’s establishment. Climb up the top of the mountain and see the actual cave where Damo meditated for 9 years before coming down the mountain and founding Zen Buddhism. 


Day 6. Luoyang - Xian (B/L/D)

Explore the Longmen Grottoes, one of the finest example of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, it is a wonderful religious and artistic creation. The caves are located on both sides of the Yi river though the West Hill is the most outstanding. Don’t miss crossing the bridge and you will be rewarded by a panoramic view of this cultural heritage. Later catch a speed train heading to Xian after lunch. 

Evening: Tang Dynasty Show with Dumpling Bouquet.

Day 7. Xian (B/L/D)

Xi’an is home to one of the most renowned 20th-century archaeological discoveries, the Terracotta Warriors. To avoid the crowds, we will leave early to take in the battalion of more than 6,000 pottery soldiers. 

In the afternoon, we are visiting Tang Bo Art Museum, which gives you a brief history and examples of Chinese art. A calligraphy lesson will be arranged and we will try our hand at Chinese calligraphy. Walk to the nearby Muslim Quarter, set up by Arabic traders who settled there in the Tang Dynasty. Check out the local Muslim snacks and food.

Day 8. Xian - Chengdu (B/L/D)

Xi’an features the best-preserved City Wall in China. Ride a bike along the top of the wall, then we will fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. In the evening dine at Haidilao, the most popular hotpot restaurant in China, a meal that you can customize to your liking by selecting from a smorgasbord of lamb, beef, fish, and vegetables for boiling in a broth of your choice (“plain” or spicy if you’re brave enough).

Day 9. Pandas in Chengdu - Guilin (B/L/D)

Visit the Panda Breeding and Research Base situated near the city, home to over 100 pandas. As one of the world’s endangered species, the giant panda has become an icon for conservation movements everywhere and a national treasure. After lunch you will fly to Guilin, a haven for travelers who desire an authentic

and refreshing experience of rural China.

Day 10. Li River Cruise (B/L/D)

Take a cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. Along the river you can see stunning karst hills, bamboo groves, and villages. Highlights along the way include Nine Horse Fresco Hill, Yellow Cloth Shoal, 20-Yuan Bill Hill, and Xingping Town. During the cruise there will be crowds on the deck, but your private guide will tell you when to go to the deck to see the best scenery. 

Day 11. Bamboo Rafting on the Yulong River (B/L/D)

Bike upstream along the Yulong River. Our scenic countryside trail will take us through picturesque villages, rice fields and orchards, all framed by the majestic karst mountains. We will then pair up to drift along the Yulong River on bamboo rafts, offering more scenic moments you will want to capture by camera. After that, visit Moon Hill. A 40-minute hike to the top will reward you with a splendid panoramic view of the surrounding area. 

Day 12. Yangshuo - Guilin - Shanghai (B/L/D)

Fly to Shanghai after breakfast, and start the day by rising above the city to the 100th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center, then we’re going to visit Yuyuan Garden, and the surrounding bazaar, a beehive of activity. Explore the surrounding Xintiandi, a typical Shikumen area with modern renovation, where the local residences are modeled in traditional Shanghainese architecture. Afternoon free. Evening: Shanghai Acrobatic Show.

Day 13. Departure (B/-/-)

Transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule for your flight back to the UK.

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The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.



13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS FROM £2,699 per person + international flights

based on 2 people travelling together

The price includes: 

Hotel accommodation in standard boutique hotels on a twin-shared basis.

Local economy class flight from Xi’an/Chengdu/Shanghai with tax.

High-speed train ticket form Beijing –Xi’an (2nd class seat)

Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.

Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.

Entrance fees for all listed attractions.

Meals as stated in the itinerary.

Welcome dinner in Beijing / Hotpot Dinner in Chengdu as mentioned in the itinerary.


The price does not include: 

Return flights from the UK to Beijing

Anything not specifically mentioned above

Visa fee for China

Tips to the guide and driver

Travel insurance

Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.

Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites.


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