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China: Land of Dragons and Emperors


Liberally scattered with inspiring landscapes and iconic monuments, China’s rich cultural heritage provides a matchless backdrop to this classic journey. Taking in some of the most famous treasures of the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we’ll journey across a land steeped in over 2,500 years of history.

Beginning in Beijing, our adventure takes us from the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square to the crumbling ramparts of the Great Wall, as we enjoy the sights and sounds of China’s bustling capital. From here we head for Xi’an, to stand before the imposing majesty of the Terracotta Warriors, before moving on to rural Anhui province to hike in the spectacular Yellow Mountains (Huangshan) and explore the historic village of Hongcun.

After an introduction to Hangzhou’s tea culture, we’ll travel on to captivating Suzhou, famous for its classical gardens and silk weaving. Journey’s end then sees us in Shanghai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities anywhere in Asia, where we will have time to wander along its famous waterfront and enjoy the treasures of its exceptional museum before we head home.


  • Explore religious buildings and the Terracotta army from the ancient imperial capital of Xi’an
  • Hike through one of China’s stunning natural highlights, The Sea of Clouds, in Huangshan
  • Walk the well-preserved ramparts of the imposing Great Wall of China
  • Watch world-famous acrobatics and tour Shanghai’s bustling waterfront and Suzhou gardens
  • Admire China’s rich history and architecture at Lingyin Temple, one of the largest and wealthiest
  • Enjoy the UNESCO site of West Lake in one of China’s most scenic cities, Hangzhou

Tour Includes:

  • Full services of a Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • 15 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 7 dinners (typically in local restaurants where viable)
  • On this tour we will mostly use coaster buses, public trains and a domestic flight
  • 15 nights' accommodation in comfortable local 4* hotels
  • All entrance fees, sightseeing, excursions and activities as per the itinerary
  • A carbon-offsetting contribution to Carbon Clear (if booking international flights through our office)


Trip rating:

Adventure Rating
Adventure Rating - 6

Tours that fall into this category are likely to involve at least a few challenging days and are often in destinations where tourism is still in its infancy.

Comfort Rating
Comfort Rating - 8

You can typically expect most nights to be spent in comfortable and often characterful accommodation, making your overnight stays a real highlight of the trip.

Fitness Rating
Fitness Rating - 5

These tours will typically involve a couple of days of easy/moderate trekking (3-5 hrs/day) or perhaps a more active approach to a cultural itinerary. For riding trips see the Riding Information section

Culture Rating
Culture Rating - 10

With this rating, you can typically expect a tour with a strong focus on culture. Depending on the trip this could involve exploring ancient sites, medieval architecture, ethnographic museums and/or having tribal encounters.

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When visiting the Great Wall we recommend you visit the Mutianyu or Jinshanling section as they are much quieter than the Badaling section.

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