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.
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.
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.
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
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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Plan an overnight train journey in your itinerary as they run on time and are comfortable.