April 17-28, 2020
Travel through centuries and explore the Wonders of China. The sheer sweep of geography, history culture, and cuisine are remarkable. Throughout this private tour, you’ll be enjoying the finest luxury hotels and specially curated experiences that offer you a true insight into the culture of China – the world’s fastest changing nation.
View life as it once was as you explore the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the old alleys of Beijing.
Understand life today in the city and countryside by interacting with local people during your trip. Hike along a particularly picturesque section of China’s Great Wall. It took millennia to build, but today the Great Wall stands out as one of the world’s most famous landmarks. We’ll also tour impressive architectural masterpieces such as the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace.
Ride on a high-speed train to Xian, a major stop on the Silk Road. Go underground and see thousands of famed Terracotta Warriors standing guard. Explore a local night market and the lively street of the Muslim Quarter. Next, fly to Guilin and Yangshuo. Renowned as a paradise on Earth, this region is famous for its landscape of Karst mountains, green hills, and winding rivers, resembling a beautiful Chinese painting. Lose yourself in mystical, storybook landscapes while cruising the Li River.
Then experience the unbridled energy of Shanghai, a hypermodern, cutting-edge city of over 24 million that draws visitors who appreciate art, design, food, and style. Learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund, the French Concession, Pudong and other districts. Take a day trip to Suzhou, a nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.
Private transfer upon arrival at the Beijing International Airport, you will be met and transferred... view more
Private transfer upon arrival at the Beijing International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Get ready for Welcome Dinner.
In the morning, get a glimpse of local life at the Temple of Heaven having... view more
In the morning, get a glimpse of local life at the Temple of Heaven having a Tai Chi class and learn the health care of local people. This tranquil park is often a favorite stop for visitors to Beijing, as it provides them with an authentic look into local life in this city. On any given day, it is possible to see enthusiastic groups of Beijingers practicing Tai Chi, playing traditional instruments, or singing Peking Opera. The grounds consist of a sequence of buildings and altars set in beautiful groves of cypress trees. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes in this very special visit to the Temple of Heaven. Afternoon visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s largest public squares. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of one of the world’s largest public squares, measuring in at 440,000 square meters (over 109 acres). As you walk from the southernmost part of the square all the way down its length, you will pass several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao’s remains. The northern gate of the square features a portrait of the PRC’s founding father, and is also the gate through which you will enter the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was completed in 1420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines. Discover for yourself why the 170 acres were forbidden to common people as you stroll through what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture in the world.
In the morning, visit the longest structure ever made by human hands, the Great Wall... view more
In the morning, visit the longest structure ever made by human hands, the Great Wall (Mutianyu) with up and down cable car. The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. In fact, the length of all Chinese defense walls built over the last 2000 years is approximately 50,000 kilometres, while the Earth’s circumference is only 40,000 kilometres! Explore the much quieter Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which was first begun in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and finished in the 17th century. The 2.5-kilometer stretch of the Wall allows allows you to walk along its storied length for over an hour and visit twenty-two watchtowers, should you so choose. Not only will you walk along this wonder of the world yourself, but you will also see it from above during a breathtaking cable car ride to the top.
In the morning, relax lakeside aboard a boat at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World... view more
In the morning, relax lakeside aboard a boat at the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the boat is subject to change according to the weather). The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in the world. In the eighteenth century, Emperor Qianlong enlarged and embellished it, only to abandon it a few years later. The grounds today are stunning, as is the lovely Kunming Lake, which occupies more than three quarters of the total area. Enjoy a boat ride before walking the Long Corridor, a 728-metre (well over 2000-foot) hall featuring 8000 paintings collected by the Emperor during his travels around the country. In the afternoon, we’ll board our high speed train to travel to Xian.
In the morning, visit Terra Cotta Warriors, one of the most amazing sites in the... view more
In the morning, visit Terra Cotta Warriors, one of the most amazing sites in the world. One of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered quite by chance in 1974 by a group of peasants digging a well outside of Xi’an. These sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses were funerary statues made to accompany China’s first emperor to the afterlife over 2100 years ago. Legend has it that it took 100,000 men 38 years to create the soldiers, which all vary in rank, posture, height, uniform and facial features. In the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing walk on Xian City Wall. The city walls of Xi’an are some of the oldest and best preserved in all of China, and can be dated back to the 2nd century BC, when Xi’an was the capital of the country. The existing walls were completed in 1370 AD, and are about 14 kilometers in length and are still surrounded by a deep moat to this day. Since 1993, the Xi’an city walls have played host to a world famous marathon where participants run along the entire length of the wall several times; however, on this tour we’ll take a more leisurely pace to appreciate the spectacular views and rich history of this ancient structure. Followed by walk through the Muslim Quarter. For over 1300 years, Muslims have been an integral part of the community in Xian. The city’s Hui ethnic group traces their roots back to Persian and Arabic traders, who settled here at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Stroll through this unique and fascinating area of the city, and see the ways in which Central Asia has influenced the development of Mainland China.
In the morning transfer to Guilin Airport and fly to Guilin. If you are interested... view more
In the morning transfer to Guilin Airport and fly to Guilin. If you are interested in the idyllic scenery, Guilin is your best choice. It is never far to the next colorfully named karst hills or charming vista. You will find a paradise to relax in and colorful minority culture to enjoy. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. After a rest, visit the Reed Flute. Reed Flute Cave is a fascinating gallery of natural sculptures (limestone cave formations), now enhanced by multicolored lighting, which has been one of Guilin’s many interesting attractions for over 1,200 years. It rates as one of the top four tourist sites in the city. The cave got its name from a type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Then take a boat on the Two-Rivers-Four-Lakes. View Guilin’s tranquil mountain and water scenery, along with traditional Chinese architecture, ancient inscriptions on the bridge arches and well-maintained park-style lake frontage, from the best vantage point: on the water itself. The cruises run during the daytime and in the evening, affording the opportunity to see the scenery or the fantasy nighttime illuminations
Experience the picturesque Li River Cruise. A day to enjoy an upstream cruise on the... view more
Experience the picturesque Li River Cruise. A day to enjoy an upstream cruise on the Lijiang River and be exposed to the indescribable beauty and scenery surrounding it Disembark at a small village, where you will have chance to visit a local family. Continue drive up to Yangshuo, a small town, which has become something of the tourists. The relaxing pace of life here, friendly people, good food, scenic beauty, rice fields and clear streams, country roads for cycling, all make it the paradise for those who wish to get a rest from the harsher aspects of life in the big cities. You’ll have some free time to shop at the “Biggest Market of the World”. And take a walk on West Street (Xi Jie) West Street (Xi Jie) is situated in Yangshuo, the most beautiful town along the Li River. Offering not only elegant scenery, but also superior dining and Chinese and western snacks, Xijie, has become a good place for those who have been wandering around China for a while to have a break from oily stir-fried vegetables and grab a cup of coffee.
Two activities in the morning: Biking at the countryside and bamboo rafting on Li... view more
Two activities in the morning: Biking at the countryside and bamboo rafting on Li River near the hotel, the bamboo raft and bike are offered by Banyan Tree Hotel. After lunch, having a relax walking “Fuli Ancient Town”, see local fan factory. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, Fuli is a lovely village with stone houses and cobbled lanes, and a history that dates back 1000 years. Renowned as the hometown of the hand-painted fan, nearly a quarter of Fuli’s residents earn their income from making traditional painted fans and umbrellas whose designs are inspired by the stunning scenery of Yangshuo County. We explore Fuli’s ancient narrow stone streets and visit the local market, rice wine factory and fan-craft workshops. After tour, transfer back to your hotel and evening free at leisure.
Morning transfer to Guilin Airport and fly to Shanghai Pudong. Shanghai, the largest industrial city... view more
Morning transfer to Guilin Airport and fly to Shanghai Pudong. Shanghai, the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers (2,239 square miles), Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million, including 2 million floating population. Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village and in time its gradual development led to it being granted County status on August 19th, 1291 during the time of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Hence this day became the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today’s Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour.
In the morning discover the Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China. This... view more
In the morning discover the Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China. This museum contains one of the finest collections of ancient Chinese art and antiques in the world. The distinctive building was designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel, and contains 11 permanent and 3 rotating galleries. The museum has over 120,000 priceless pieces in its collection, including bronze, jade, ceramics, calligraphy, sculptures, paintings, furniture, imperial seals, and ancient coins. And then visit Yuyuan Garden and the old Bazaar. Four hundred years ago, a merchant spent almost twenty years—and all his life savings—to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. “Yu” means peace and health in Chinese. Over the past several centuries, the Yu Garden has been restored and reopened several times, but has almost always been in disarray. In 1956, the Shanghai city government took over and restored it to its former splendour, making it a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Shanghai. Outside the garden gates, the Old Bazaar is the perfect place to strike a bargain or chat with locals selling a variety of wares and souvenirs.
In the morning visit the beautiful water town Zhujiajiao. The ancient town of Zhujiajiao is... view more
In the morning visit the beautiful water town Zhujiajiao. The ancient town of Zhujiajiao is built on top of the crisscrossing waterways that run from Dianshan Lake. The town is filled with every type of bridge imaginable, from wood to stone to marble, in differing sizes and unique styles. The town still has simple and elegant Ming and Qing dynasty (1368-1911) architecture that is quintessentially southern Chinese. Periodically, small wooden boats sail down the waterway, passing right under the eaves of the houses on its banks. After tour, transfer back to hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight we get ready for our farewell dinner.
Free at leisure before transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your departure flight
Free at leisure before transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your departure flight
Days 1, 2, 3
Standing as a dramatic bronze building, designed by architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill, the Waldorf Astoria Beijing is destined to become a landmark in the heart of the Wangfujing district. Fashionable and Trendy. The hotel is located just east of Wangfujing along Jinyu Hutong, now known as Jinbao Street. This street is the equivalent of Fifth Avenue in New York, where luxury brands from all the world are lined for shoppers to indulge in. Both Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Shijia Hutong are within walking distance of the Waldorf. Spacious and superbly appointed accommodations, plush pillow-top either King size bed, dressed with fine linens, expansive work area, LCD TV and lavish bath with twin vanity and exquisite Ferragamo amenities. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, Nespresso Coffee and tea facilities.
Days 4, 5
Originally opened in 1953, The People’s Grand Hotel Xian designed by Mr. Hong Qing, Chief architect of the Northwest Institute of Architectural Design. Hong Qing was commissioned due to his experience for studies in France and Belgium where he inspired by the “Fleur-de-lis” which you can see on the façade murals and internal ceilings with coverings and moldings. The Hotel was built to host the Soviet engineers who were building the city and the hotel soon become the first “State Guest House” initially built under Chairman Mao. It quickly became the place to stay for government officials and invited foreign dignitaries, the hotel was guarded by 12 military guards and was known as the most prestigious address in Xian.
Home to the city’s largest five-star conference and meeting space, Shangri-La Hotel Guilin, offers more than 4,300 square meters of elegant function rooms. This includes Guilin largest ballroom which can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. Celestial enchantment amidst mountain & river vistas the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin is located on the bank of sparkling Li River, with lush landscaped gardens and unique ‘Karst-Scenery’ surrounded by mountains. The hotel has 439 guest rooms with a variety of room types including the terrace mountain-view room and family room. The sparkling river and hotels lush landscaped gardens create unique natural scenery. Here is not only a hotel but also a mini amusement park, a mini zoo, and a mini botanical garden. There is a wide range of family recreational facilities and activities, including a kids’ club, mini zoo, mini royal train, bumper boat, an art and craft class, organic farm, rock climbing, folk show, and so on. It is the ideal choice for family tours, leisure travels, and business meetings.
Days 7, 8
The natural wonder of the limestone mountains in Yangshuo is a sight to behold. It is truly breath-taking and a memory for life. Yangshuo has so much more to offer, with the Li River, the caves, the rice fields, activities like rock climbing and much more. It truly is a natural feast of visual impressions. Against this landscape, Banyan Tree has built a mountain resort with picturesque sceneries and access to all the activities.
Days 9, 10, 11
Grandly situated along the iconic Huangpu River, Wanda Reign on the Bund enjoys magnificent views of The Bund, Huangpu River, and Pudong skyline. Guests can conveniently walk to the hotel’s historic neighbors, the ancient Yu Garden and City God Temple. The hotel is 42 kilometers from Shanghai Pudong International Airport, 16 kilometers from Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, and 6.4 kilometers from Shanghai Railway Station. The hotel features 190 luxurious guest rooms including 13 uniquely designed suites, ranging from 45 square meters to 288 square meters, with stunning views of The Bund, Huangpu River, Pudong skyline and the ancient Yu Garden. Guest rooms are designed in two distinctive styles – Trendy with high energy and Noble, Luxurious and Distinguished. Featuring beige tones, the Trendy concept blends Art Deco glamour with modernity, while the Noble style incorporates mahogany burl wood, magnolia embroideries, and Art Deco elements to create a distinct sense of place.