Essence of China
11 Days / 10 Nights
Beijing - Xian - Guilin - Shanghai
Visit some of the most important sights of China and take part in some authentic experiences such as a calligraphy lesson, bamboo rafting on the Yulong river, and a cooking class in a traditional farming village.
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, a city well-known for its rich culture and historical heritage. Your first stop is Tian’anmen Square. Visit today’s highlight: The Forbidden City, then in the afternoon, Hutong tour 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 Hiking (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 - Xian (B/L/D)
Take the bullet train to Xi’an via China’s world-class high speed train network. The four and a half hours spent in the second class speed train will allow you to see the landscape unfurl out your window. Our local guide will meet you in Xi’an to bring you downtown to the Xi’an hotel. The evening is yours to roam the surrounding area.
Day 5. 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.
Evening: Tang Dynasty Show with Dumpling Bouquet.
Day 6. Xian (B/L/D)
Xi’an features the best-preserved City Wall in China. Ride a bike along the top of the wall, then walk to the nearby Muslim Quarter, set up by Arabic traders who settled there in the Tang Dynasty. While they have kept their religious beliefs and practices intact, they speak the same dialect as the local Han Chinese, and the Great Mosque combines Arabic and Chinese architecture style. The Muslim Quarter will be a great place to hunt for souvenirs, and check out the local Muslim snacks and food.
Day 7. Xian - Guilin - Yangshuo (B/L/D)
In the morning, we will fly to Guilin, and then transfer to Yangshuo, a small town nestled among the imposing limestone karst formations that have inspired poets and painters for centuries. Yangshuo is a haven for travelers who desire an authentic and refreshing experience of rural China.
Day 8. 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 9. Yangshuo Cooking Class (B/L/D)
Relax for a late breakfast, as you surrender into the relaxing rhythms of small town life. We will take a cooking class in a traditional farming village. Your class starts by visiting a local market where you will learn about the ingredients used in the dishes. You will learn to make five dishes. The class will be a fun way to meet and interact with other travelers and swap China stories. You will have the afternoon free to continue to enjoy the countryside pace of life.
Day 10. 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 11. Shanghai - Departure (B/-/-)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport for your flight home.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
11 DAYS / 10 NIGHTS FROM £1,999 per person + international flights
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Meals daily as listed in the itinerary, picnic lunches in remote area if required
Hotel accommodation in standard boutique hotels on a twin-shared basis.
Local economy class flight from Xi’an/Guilin/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.
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
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
Photography charges at monasteries/palaces/sites.
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