China Walking Tour
There is no better way to see a new destination than by walking. You absorb more, get time to talk to locals and take home great pictures and unforgettable memories. Trekking on the Great Wall, one of the greatest wonders of the world provides one such experience. But your greatest walk could be across the beautiful countryside of Zhongdian, thought to be the mythical Shangri La described in James Hilton's novel "The Lost Horizon".
UNLEASH YOUR MOJO: WALKING ACROSS THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA.
This tour is perfect for travellers who love nature and walking adventure but prefer to return to a luxurious comfort in the evening. With experienced guides and deluxe hotels this tour explores the beautiful destinations that are rarely visited by foreign tourists.
Begin with a comprehensive tour of Beijing, the ancient imperial capital of China. With your private guide and driver, tour imperial masterpieces such as the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and take a day’s excursion to the Great Wall of China. Dine on traditional specialties at favourite family-run restaurants, and enjoy dining in Beijing’s most acclaimed restaurants.
Next, we travel to Gubeikou, a strategic fort for our 2-day trek on the Great Wall. This section of the wall meanders through the countryside and mountains, and you will be rewarded by the scenery along both the Gubeikou and Jinshanling sections.
After an interesting trek, fly to Xian, once the hotspot of the ancient Silk Road, linking the East to the West. Today, it is one of the most important cradles of ancient Chinese civilization. Here we will see the widely acclaimed, the eighth wonder of the world, the Army of Terracotta Warriors.
Next, travel to Lijiang, known for its beautiful river scenery. The interesting countryside with Naxi and Yi minority villages forms and interesting countryside for walking or bike riding. Travelling north, we arrive at Zongdian – the Shangri-La country. The natural scenery of snowy mountains, grasslands, lakes and virgin forests makes it a perfect country; a trekker would hope it to see.
The tour ends in Shanghai, China’s most stylish and modern city. During private touring, learn about Shanghai’s history through the architecture of the Bund and its museums. Visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. But explore the old town to sample local specialities and take a walk down its narrow longtangs to experience its soul.
Max your Awim
Chinese people celebrate a lot of festivals each year. Most of these festivals take place on important dates in the Chinese lunar calendar. It is important to know which festivals to avoid, like the Chinese New Year when travel is difficult and which ones to attend, like the Dragon Boat and Shanghai Tea festivals held in May-June. Other festivals include the Shanghai Film festival in mid-Jun and the Shoton Festival, one of the most popular traditional festivals in Tibet held in the month of August.
One More Thing
We make no extra charge for festival add-ons or minor changes to hotels at the beginning or at the end of the existing itinerary. If you wish to customise this itinerary then please let us know your interests.
Beijing Capital International Airport, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) northeast of the city centre, is served by numerous international carriers from the UK. Taxis at the airport are plentiful; the ride into town costs about $20 and can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic. For the adventuresome there's also a train that whisks you in 23 minutes to a fairly central station in Beijing from which you can cab it to your hotel.