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Discover China's iconic sites in comfort on this premium tour


Duration: 11 Days
Starts in: China
Group Size: 5-16

Operated by:

Exodus Travels

The original adventure and activity holiday company specializing in cultural, walking, cycling, winter and wildlife adventures.


Arrive Beijing; welcome dinner in Michelin class restaurant

Sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and a walking tour of the hutongs including a traditional paper cutting class

Visit the Great Wall of China; return to Beijing 

Bullet train to Xi’an; walking tour of the Muslim Quarter with a shadow puppetry show at Gao’s family mansion

Excursion to the Terracotta Warriors

Free day in Xi’an; optional cycling along the old city walls or Mount Huashan day trip

Bullet train to Chengdu; afternoon walking tour around the People’s Park – try Chinese water calligraphy (weather permitting)

Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre

Fly to Shanghai; afternoon visit to the Shanghai Museum

Explore the Bund waterfront area and the French Concession; farewell Michelin class dinner

End Shanghai

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Visit China's iconic sites in style on this premium tour with upgraded accommodation, upgraded transport, and the chance to sample Michelin class culinary delights. Beijing's history stretches back three millennia and the scale of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City never fail to amaze. Leaving the grandeur behind, explore the old town's narrow 'hutongs', and enter a locals house for a more humbling experience and a class in the traditional Chinese craft of papercutting. Head out of the city and step foot on one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall; here you'll begin to comprehend the magnitude of this construction as it snakes across the mountains to the horizon and beyond. Juxtaposed to this is Xi'an's vibrant Muslim Quarter, where we catch a shadow puppetry show at Gao's Family Mansion. Xi'an is most famed for the nearby Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, where excavations have revealed thousands of hand-crafted life-size and lifelike army figures. A China holiday would not be complete without a trip to Chengdu to see the endangered Giant pandas - these black and white furry animals are a national emblem and a rare sight. End in cosmopolitan Shanghai, with its unmistakable skyline illuminated at night.


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