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Discover China

Spectacular sights, sumptuous scenery and four very varied cities are the hallmarks of this splendid journey, visiting China’s highlights from Beijing to Shanghai, from the Great Wall to the Terracotta Warriors, and including a cruise through Yangtze River gorges

This awe-inspiring tour of discovery begins in Beijing. With the Forbidden City and futuristic Bird’s Nest stadium, the Great Wall and gleaming glass towers, and a feast of food from every region, the capital may seem to be China in microcosm, but actually, it is undilutedly just Beijing. We take the train south-west to Xian, renowned for its glory days as the root of Chinese culture, for strolls atop the city ramparts to see the scale of its Ming layout, and for the astonishing Terracotta Army, the thousands of statues about six feet tall, each with unique facial features. Guilin is a contemporary city, encompassing lakes at its centre, and encircled by ethereal scenery which makes the stuff of dreams; where we sail on the crystal-clear Li River, between its karst crags, bamboo groves, and misted mountains, and visit the small town of Yangshuo. Within the huge boundaries of busy Chengdu are Shu Kingdom relics, the fantastic Giant Panda project, and a timeless teahouse culture; and a cruise on Asia’s longest river, the dramatic Yangtze, is the perfect punctuation between here and Shanghai. China’s largest city is a startling East-meets-West amalgam, its unbounded energy tempered with pockets of calm in temples and gardens.

Overview - September 2024

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Beijing  - 3 nights
  • Xian  - 2 nights
  • Guilin  - 2 nights
  • Chengdu  - 2 nights
  • Yangtze Cruise  - 3 nights
  • Shanghai  - 3 nights
  • Flight  - 1 night

Overview - October 2024

  • Flight  - 1 night
  • Beijing  - 3 nights
  • Xian  - 2 nights
  • Guilin  - 2 nights
  • Chengdu  - 3 nights
  • Yangtze Cruise  - 3 nights
  • Shanghai  - 3 nights

Overview - 2025

  • Beijing  - 3 nights
  • Xian  - 2 nights
  • Chengdu  - 3 nights
  • Guilin  - 1 night
  • Yangshuo  - 1 night
  • Yangtze Cruise  - 3 nights
  • Shanghai  - 3 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Beijing, Forbidden City
  • Great Wall of China
  • Terracotta Warriors, Xian
  • Panda Breeding Research Centre
  • Yangtze River Cruise
  • Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai

Spectacular sights, sumptuous scenery and four very varied cities are the hallmarks of this splendid journey, visiting China’s highlights from Beijing to Shanghai, from the Great Wall to the Terracotta Warriors, and including a cruise through Yangtze River gorges

Notes:

Tour involves carrying luggage on and off trains and some uneven surfaces and inclines.
The programme may be altered due to navigational factors with locks, water levels or congestion at certain sites.

Travel in China

Hotel facilities include restaurant/s, English speaking reception, WiFi (free) and air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, complimentary mineral water, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. Included meals, often around large tables, are in the hotel or local restaurants, generally with a selection of Chinese dishes with a drink. Local expert guides accompany tours (except flights and rail journeys). Yangtze cruises may be altered due to navigational factors, water levels and congestion at sites.

Accommodation

Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel - Beijing

A modern 4-star hotel, close to Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Square. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 216 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Holiday Inn Big Wild Goose Pagoda Hotel – Xian

A modern 4-star hotel, close to Drum Tower and the Bell Tower. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 325 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Guilin Bravo Hotel - Guilin

This 4-star hotel is close to the centre of Guilin. Restaurants, bar, pool, spa, gym and WiFi (free). 481 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Tibet Hotel - Chengdu

This 5-star hotel features a Tibetan theme with modern art decor and it is a 15-minute walk from Chengdu train station. Restaurants, bar, gym, WiFi (free) and 275 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Henghan Garden Hotel – Shanghai

A stylish 4-star hotel, close to the former French concession. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 320 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Green Lotus Hotel - Yangshuo

A modern 4-star hotel at the foot of Green Lotus Peak on the banks of Li River. Close to historic West Street and close to ancient Fu’an Wharf. Restaurants, bar, gym, outdoor pool and WiFi (free). 333 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Vessels

MV Century Oasis

Built in 2023 and part of the Century Cruises fleet, this elegant ship boasts an atrium, restaurants, bars, lounge, fitness and beauty centre, library, cinema and sundeck with loungers. Lectures, entertainment and other activities are offered on board. 260 outside cabins, over five decks, with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar, safe, satellite TV and balcony.

Note
The cruise itinerary may vary according to local conditions, navigational factors and water levels.

Extra Nights

Stay in Beijing before you start your tour, or spend extra nights in Shanghai before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel
(per night) £85
Single supplement £85

Henghan Garden Hotel (formerly Regal International East Asia)
(per night) £62 (2025 £60)
Single supplement £62 (2025 £60)

Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel - Beijing

A modern 4-star hotel, close to Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Square. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 216 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Henghan Garden Hotel – Shanghai

A stylish 4-star hotel, close to the former French concession. Restaurant, bar, gym, pool, sauna and WiFi (free). 320 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Optional Excursions

Suzhou by train

Be transferred to the Shanghai Railway Station for a morning train to Suzhou. Visits in Suzhou include Garden of Master of Nets, Lingering Garden, a short cruise along the small canal followed by a pleasant walk along the ancient street of Pingjiang, then the silk reeling factory before returning to Shanghai by train in the late afternoon. Transfer to the hotel in Shanghai for overnight. Lunch in local Chinese restaurant in Suzhou.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin room/cabin
British Airways from Heathrow (September - Turkish Airlines from Heathrow)

September
September 4 (Wednesday)
Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, transfers, 3-night cruise, 13 nights hotel accommodation, breakfast daily, 11 lunches and 9 dinners (2025 - 10 lunches and 8 dinners), itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, visa procurement, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • Single Supplement
  • £1145
Flight Options
  • British Airways World Traveller Plus
  • On request, please call
  • British Airways Club World
  • On request, please call
Privately Guided
  • Privately guided options available, £1695 per person (based on 2 people)
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Suzhou by train (2024, 2025)
  • £115
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £400
  • 2024 Arrival transfer (Capital Airport)
  • £85
  • 2024 Arrival transfer (Daxing Airport)
  • £110
  • 2024 Departure transfer
  • £92
  • 2025 Arrival transfer (Beijing)
  • £60
  • 2025 Departure transfer (Shanghai)
  • £80

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