China Cultural Highlights
Chinese culture has developed over 5,000 years under various kingdoms and dynasties with often diverse ethnic make-ups. Like any culture, China’s is deep, ever-changing, and multifaceted. However, the Chinese culture is based on certain attributes: Confucianism and its general urgings towards stability, obedience, and societal hierarchies and a Taoist understanding of the world as interconnected and seeking equilibrium. To understand its culture, we travel across China, and meet its varied societies.
Bicycle down Beijing’s narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighbourhood. Meet locals in tea houses and visit its 798 Art Zone that houses a thriving artistic community. In Xi’an’s Muslim quarter, can provide a different perspective. The beautiful Guilin’s karst mountain landscape show why it influenced poets and artists for thousands of years. So did the water towns and gardens around Shanghai and the beautiful Yunnan where minority tribes reflect a different Naxi culture.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 19-DAY CHINA CULTURAL TOUR…
And, visit China’s popular destinations and cultural highlights.
China Cultural Highlights This ultimate luxury tour of China includes the most popular locations and cultural highlights.
(19 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Beijing & Great Wall, Xian, Guilin, Hangzhou, Shanghai & Suzhou, Lijiang, Hong Kong.
Begin in Beijing, world-renowned for historical and cultural magnificence. With your private guide, visit the fabulous ancient buildings, religious temples and imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and lesser-known temples.
Next, fly to the ancient capital of Xian, once a hotspot on the Grand Silk Road. Visit the Army of Terracotta Warriors and the city highlights – Big and Small Goose Pagodas. Transfer to Guilin , China's most picturesque region. Famed for Karst formations, cruise the Li River to Yangshuo, China’s most beautiful river journey, called the “hundred mile art gallery”.
Next, fly to Shanghai. During private touring see the highlights of the city including the Three Temples, the Bund and cruise on the Huangpu River. Visit Shanghai’s old town and stop for tea and dumplings at the city’s oldest teahouse. Also visit up-and-coming neighbourhoods filled with art galleries, design shops and stylish new restaurants. One day, visit the classic Ming Dynasty gardens, our favourite or take an excursion to a nearby water town to cruise canals lined with Ming Dynasty homes.
Continue to Hangzhou, one of the top tourist cities and a famous ancient cultural city with beautiful natural landscape and many places of cultural interest. Since ancient times, it has been known as a “Heaven on Earth” and thus become a final destination for holiday makers. Enjoy private touring around beautiful West Lake, local tea plantations, Buddhist caves and other cultural highlights.
Continue to China’s rural, southwestern Yunnan Province. Spend several nights at Banyan Tree Lijiang, a luxury resort in Lijiang, one of China’s best-preserved traditional villages, located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Explore Lijiang's charming old town, a centre of Naxi culture. Of course, the tourism boom has changed the city but it’s still common to find traditional wooden Naxi houses some of which now converted into shops.
The tour concludes in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most attractive and exciting cities. During private touring, ride the Peak Tram to the top of Hong Kong Island, dine on dim sum at teahouses, explore local markets to learn about traditional Chinese medicine and ride in a traditional sampan boat across Aberdeen Harbour. Perhaps watch a horse race at Happy Valley Racetrack, enjoy private appointments at leading antique shops or with noted designers, or get fitted for custom clothing at our favourite tailors.
Day 1 – Arrive
Beijing Private arrival transfer to hotel for 4 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city touring.
Day 3 – Tour
Beijing Private excursion to original section of the Great Wall.
Evening Peking Opera performance.
Day 4 – Tour
Beijing Full-day private city touring.
Day 5 – Transfer & Tour
Xian Morning transfer and flight to Xian.
Private tour of Xian including Terracotta Warriors and other attractions.
Day 6 – Tour & Transfer
Guilin Morning private touring in Xian. Mid-day transfer and flight to Guilin.
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 7 – Cruise
Guilin & Yangshuo Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Afternoon private tour of villages in Yangshuo.
Day 8 – Transfer
Hangzhou Private transfer to flight to Hangzhou for 2 nights.
Private boat ride on West Lake.
Day 9 – Explore
Hangzhou Private touring of tea plantations, gardens, and Hangzhou.
Evening Impression West Lake performance.
Day 10 – Transfer
Shanghai Private transfer to Shanghai with tour of Xitang en route.
Accommodation in Shanghai for 3 nights.
Day 11 – Tour
Shanghai Full-day private city tour.
Day 12 – Tour
Shanghai & Suzhou Continue Shanghai touring or private excursion to Suzhou to tour gardens, canals, and museums.
Day 13 – Transfer
Lijiang Private transfer to flight to Lijiang for 3 nights.
Afternoon private tour of Lijiang and surrounding villages and monastery.
Day 14 – Explore
Lijiang Morning touring to villages and attractions around Lijiang.
Afternoon at leisure. Evening Naxi music performance.
Day 15 – Explore
Lijiang Private touring in Lijiang and nearby villages.
Day 16 – Transfer
Hong Kong Private transfer to flight to Hong Kong for 3 nights.
Private transfer to hotel.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 17 – Tour
Hong Kong Full-day private city touring.
Day 18 – Tour
Hong Kong Half-day private city touring, with option to visit outer islands.
Day 19 – Depart
Hong Kong Private airport transfer.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There 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.
When to go The best time to visit China is during autumn (September to early November) when the skies are clear and the weather is at its comfortable best. The days are warm, sunny and dry with clear skies and pleasantly cool evenings. Local Beijingers describe this short season as tiāngāo qìshuǎng (literally ‘the sky is high and the air is fresh’).
The second-best time is spring, late March to mid-May, when winds blow away the pollution but also sometimes bring clouds of scouring sand for a day or two, turning the sky a livid yellow (great for pictures). From May onwards the mercury begins to surge well over 30°C until the rains arrive. The months of July and August are sultry and humid.