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This tour is perfect for those looking to discover the main sites of China. Over this 14-day tour of both towns and cities, from the north down to Datong and Pingyao, you'll follow in the footsteps of ancient Shanxi Merchants! Kick start your journey by exploring Beijing's ancient side, including the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, before taking a stroll alon...

This tour is perfect for those looking to discover the main sites of China. Over this 14-day tour of both towns and cities, from the north down to Datong and Pingyao, you'll follow in the footsteps of ancient Shanxi Merchants! Kick start your journey by exploring Beijing's ancient side, including the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, before taking a stroll along the legendary Great Wall of China, to the spiritual Yungang Caves. You will then sail down Li River, and come face-to-face with China's Terracotta Army. Finally, you will discover the romantic 'Venice of the East,' then finish in the vibrant capital Shanghai! Undeniably jam-packed, unravel China's most cherished gems on this trip of a lifetime. 

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to China!

Arrive in Beijing, meet your local guide at the airport, and transfer to the city centre.
Visit Tiananmen Square, located at the centre of Beijing City, and is one of the largest city squares in the world.
Afterwards, you will enter the Forbidden city, called “Gogong” in Chinese. Then we will visit Lama Temple, built as a mansion for Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty.
In 1744, the temple was converted into a lamasery, and became the home of larger numbers of monks from Mongolia and Tibet.
On the way back we will visit the CCTV Building in Beijing CBD.

Night at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel 4* (Beijing)

Day 2: Beijing Olympic Park

Have breakfast at the hotel. Start the day with a visit to the Temple of Heaven.

It is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. 

Then visit Hutong by rickshaw, followed by a stroll along the promenade near Shichahai (also called Houhai.

Due to its narrow lanes, taxis cannot enter Hutong, so a rickshaw is one of the most welcomed modes of transportation that takes you all the way to old Beijing.

Nan Luo Gu Alley was built as  “residential blocks”–with a lane serving as the central line dividing 8 parallel hutongs on each side, hence forming what looks like a fish bone, or a centipede. 

There are many old small shops, and various types of food and snacks to try.

Finally we will drive to Beijing Olympic Park.

Night at Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel 4* (Beijing)

Day 3: The Legendary Great Wall of China

Have breakfast at the hotel. First visit the Mutianyu Great Wall.

One of the greatest wonders of the world, listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987.

We'll arrive at the hilltop by Telpher for the great view of the surrounding area.

Continue your tour to Ming Tomb-Zhaoling, then finish the day at Scared Road, a part of the Ming Tombs complex.

On both sides of the road there are wide stretches of land and lush trees - the perfect place for a calm stroll. 

Take your flight to Datong and spend the night at the hotel.

Night at Garden Hotel 5* (Datong)

Day 4: Datong's Surroundings

Start today with the Yungang Caves, one of China’s most famous Buddhist Art Treasure Houses, about 16km west of Datong.
It boasts 53 caves and 51,000 stone sculptures. Your next stop for today is the Hanging Monastery - a spectacular historical site where tourists flock.
Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is not only visited for its location, but also because it ties Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements into one. 

Night at Garden Hotel 5* (Datong)

Day 5: The Qu Family Compound

Have breakfast at the hotel then head to Taiyuan by public bus.

There, you'll meet with your guide and begin the day's excursions.

The Qu family compound: a 240-room compound covering an area of over 5300 square metres, yet it is only one-fifth of the Qu family estate.

This family was an outstanding representative of Shanxi Merchants, and their estate used to occupy almost the entire eastern half of Qi County.

Drive on to Pingyao.

Dejuyuan Guest House (Pingyao County)

Day 6: Discover Pingyao

Shuanglin Temple is famous for its ancient painted sculpture museum.

The temple consists of more than 2000 colourful sculptures reflecting the skills of the of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty artisans. 

The Temple was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO as an important cultural site of Ping Yao City in 1997.

Next stop: Rishengchang! The Exchange Shop here is considered the first draft bank in China.

Then, it's on to Pingyao County Government Office and Pingyao City Wall.

Pingyao Ancient City is thought of as the 'treasure house' of ancient Chinese architecture.

Dejuyuan Guest House (Pingyao County)

Day 7: Getting to Know Xi'An

Have breakfast in the hotel and take the morning express train from Pingyao to Xi’an.

Upon arrival, meet your guide at the airport. Start this discovery day at the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, created about 2200 years ago.

Move on to the Great Mosque, one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China.

Stroll down Muslim Street, where all the shops and restaurants are run by Muslims.

This colourful street is packed with shops selling a large variety of interesting local delicacies, snacks and souvenirs.

Sofitel Renmin Square (Xi'an)

Day 8: Xi’an and its Pagodas

Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, built in the year 707 A.D. during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

It is an important cultural relic and one of the only remaining symbols of ancient Chang'an (the name of Xian during the Tang Dynasty).

Take a well-earned break with Chinese calligraphy lessons before the Shaanxi History Museum.

Located to the northwest of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, it is one of the China's first state museums with modern facilities.

The museum houses over 370,000 items, including murals, paintings, pottery, coins and bronze, gold, and silver artifacts.

Sofitel Renmin Square (Xi'an)

Day 9: Driving to the Beautiful Longsheng

Have breakfast before your guide directs you to Xi’an Airport to catch your flight to Guilin.

Upon arrival, meet your guide who'll escort you to Longsheng. 

The Longji Rice Terraces are located in Longsheng County, about 100 km from Guilin.

The most popular are the Ping An Rice Terrace and the Jinkeng Rice Terrace.

Next, head to Ethnic Village and meet the friendly locals.

Stay in Longsheng.

Night at Longji Star-wish Resort Charm Hotel (Longsheng)

Day 10: Li River then Back to Guilin

This morning, drive back to Guilin. The scenery from Yangdi to Xingping is the centrepiece of any trip to the northeastern Guangxi Province.

We will take a bamboo raft to explore this natural gem up close.

Under the blue sky, enjoy the picturesque views. In the afternoon, visit a local market and cycle around the small town.

Stay in Yangshou.

Green Lotus (Yangshuo)

Day 11: The Magical Yuyuan Garden

Have breakfast at the hotel before a transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Upon arrival, you'll meet your local guide who'll accompany you to the city centre.

Stroll at the Bund. Located along the Huangpu River, the Bund shows off Shanghai’s outstanding foreign buildings, most of which are centuries old.

Hop aboard a ferry on Huangpu River to enjoy the beautiful views which surround it. 

Then, walk around Pudong, and visit the Yuyuan Garden - located in the centre of the Old City next to the Chenghuangmiao.

It is considered as one of the finest gardens in the region.

Enjoy an acrobatics performance in the evening.

Riverview (Shanghai)

Day 12: The "Venice Of The East"

After breakfast, you'll drive to Tongli, also known as the 'Venice of the East' due to its system of canals.

Take a boat along the canals to the old village. The Retreat and Reflection Garden, or "Tuisiyuan" in Chinese, is recognised, among others, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to the "Master of Nets Garden" the smallest of Suzhou's residential gardens, but by far the most impressive.

Finally, you'll head off to a local silk factory. Suzhou is particularly famous for its silk production.

Stay in Suzhou.

Garden Hotel (Suzhou)

Day 13: Shanghai, the Old and the New

It's back to Shanghai in the morning. We will visit the Shanghai Museum of ancient Chinese art, on the People's Square.

Then visit the Jade Buddha Temple, which is one of Shanghai's must-see attractions.

The most famous thing about Jade Buddha Temple is not the architecture, but the buddha figures.

​In the afternoon we will spend time on Nanjing Road, looking at China's ultimate shopping street, a  3.4-mile-long road.

Today over 600 brands and the latest fashion items and trends are seen on Nanjing Road. 

Riverview (Shanghai)

Day 14: Depart with Fond Memories

Transfer to the airport. Spend time exploring the city at your own pace before your plane home.

We'll transfer you to the airport according to your flight schedule.

We hope you've had a great time!


BeijingDatongTaiyuanPingyao CountyXi'anGuilinLongshengLi RiverShanghaiTongliSuzhou

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £1,830 / 14 days
Excluding international flights
2 Pax3 to 5 Pax
Price per person£2,050£1,830

Included in price:

  • Entrance Fees: To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary
  • Private Transfers: Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing during the trip by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Guide: As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver who will remain with you throughout your time in that city
  • Arrangements: The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All mentioned activities in the program
  • All mentioned meals in the program

Not included in price:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Other meals or beverage
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Excess Baggage Charges : Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carry-on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm
  • Personal Expenses: Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Please notice that the price will be much higher during the festival of Labors’ Day, National Day, Spring Festival
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