This tour will take you to explore the classic and diverse attractions of China, covering the classic and diverse attractions of Beijing, Xi’an, Mount Hua, Huangshan, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. From iconic landmarks like the Great Wall and Forbidden City to hidden treasures such as the Leshan Giant Buddha and West Lake, this tour seamlessly blends historical, natural, and modern wonders. Immerse yourself in local culture with experiences like panda breeding, savoring Hui cuisine, and navigating traditional Hutong neighborhoods via rickshaw. This adventure promises a comprehensive and indelible impression, ensuring your exploration of China is both enriching and unforgettable.
2. Visit the Terracotta Army Museum and marvel at the life-sized clay soldiers and horses that guard the tomb of China’s first emperor.
3. Experience the thrill and beauty of Mount Hua, one of the five sacred mountains of China, and explore its peaks and valleys by cable car and foot.
4. See the adorable giant pandas and learn about their conservation and breeding at the Panda Breeding and Research Center in Chengdu.
5. Witness the Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone-carved Buddha statue in the world, and take a cruise on the river to see it from a distance.
6. Enjoy the scenery and culture of West Lake, a classical garden and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit the nearby Lingyin Temple and Six Harmonies Pagoda in Hangzhou.
7. Explore the Yellow Mountains, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see its four wonders: the peculiar pines, the grotesque rocks, the sea of clouds, and the hot springs.
- Day 1: Welcome to Beijing
Welcome to Beijing, China's capital, brimming with rich history and culture. Upon arrival at the airport, your local guide and driver will whisk you away to your hotel for check-in.
The remainder of the day is yours to unwind or explore the city at your leisure. Take a leisurely stroll through nearby streets, savor local snacks, or bask in the mesmerizing night views of Beijing.
Accommodation: Downtown Beijing
- Day 2: Beijing Highlights (B)Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Hutongs
Embark on a day of exploration as you delve into some of Beijing's most iconic attractions.
Following breakfast, your guide will lead you to Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square and a symbol of China's national sovereignty. Marvel at the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.
Venture through the Gate of Heavenly Peace to enter the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, adorned with splendid architecture and exquisite artworks. Explore significant halls like the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony, and the Hall of Preserving Harmony.
After lunch, immerse yourself in traditional Beijing life with a visit to the Hutongs, the narrow alleys and courtyards that define the old city. Experience a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs, gaining insight into local life. Visit a local family to learn about their culture and customs.
Accommodation: Downtown Beijing
- Day 3: Continued Beijing Exploration (B)Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven
After breakfast, venture to Mutianyu Great Wall, one of the Great Wall's best-preserved and most scenic sections. Take a cable car to an excellent hiking spot and relish panoramic views of the wall and surrounding mountains. Gain insights into the wall's history, built over 2,000 years ago for national defense.
Following lunch, return to the city center to explore the Temple of Heaven, an ancient Chinese architectural masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the temple's elegant design, including the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
Take a moment to observe local life and the vibrant culture at the temple. Join in the bustling atmosphere as locals practice tai chi, engage in chess matches, sing, dance, or simply chat. Immerse yourself in the lively ambiance, gaining a deeper understanding of both the temple and the rich cultural tapestry of Beijing.
Accommodation: Downtown Beijing
- Day 4: Beijing - Xian, Terracotta Warriors (B)Terracotta Warriors Museum
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before being escorted to Beijing airport for your flight to Xi'an, the ancient capital of China. Upon arrival, your local guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel.
After lunch, visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum, a remarkable archaeological site housing life-sized clay soldiers, horses, and chariots buried with China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, for protection in the afterlife. Marvel at the terracotta army's number, variety, and realism, considered a world wonder.
- Day 5: Mount Hua (B)Mount Hua
Begin the day with breakfast, followed by a drive to Mount Hua, one of China's five sacred mountains and a favorite among hikers and adventurers. Ascend to the main peak via cable car and explore the North, East, and West Peak, reveling in the mountain's stunning scenery, known for steep cliffs and narrow paths. Visit temples, pavilions, and stone inscriptions scattered across the mountain.
After the hike, descend by cable car, and your driver will escort you back to your Xi'an hotel.
- Day 6: Xi'an City Center Exploration - Chengdu (B)Xi'an City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum
Explore Xi'an's city center highlights after breakfast. Visit the Xi'an City Wall, China's largest and best-preserved ancient city wall. Enjoy a bicycle ride along the wall for views of the old and new city, delving into Xi'an's history as a former capital and a cultural and trade hub.
After lunch, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Tang dynasty Buddhist pagoda storing scriptures and relics from India. Climb the pagoda to view Buddha statues and murals, and explore the nearby Da Ci'en Temple, where scriptures were translated and preached by the famous monk Xuanzang.
Next, explore the Shaanxi History Museum, showcasing the rich history of Shaanxi province and China. Admire exhibits including bronze wares, pottery figures, gold and silver wares, paintings, and calligraphy.
Conclude your day with an airport transfer for your flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and home to giant pandas. Upon arrival, enjoy an airport pickup and check-in at your hotel.
- Day 7: Chengdu Exploration (B)Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wu Hou Temple, Jinli Old Street
Embark on a day of exploration in Chengdu's city center, visiting iconic sites that showcase the region's charm. Your itinerary includes a visit to the Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you can witness adorable giant pandas and gain insights into their conservation and breeding efforts.
Following lunch, explore the Wu Hou Temple, a memorial dedicated to the statesman and strategist Zhuge Liang, and the emperor Liu Bei from the Three Kingdoms period. Admire the ancient architecture and statues depicting historical figures, including a famous couplet by Zhuge Liang expressing loyalty and wisdom.
Continue your journey to Jinli Old Street, a vibrant thoroughfare showcasing Sichuan's traditional culture and folk customs. Stroll along the street, indulging in local snacks, handicrafts, performances, and teahouses. Experience the leisurely local lifestyle and immerse yourself in the charm of old Chengdu.
- Day 8: Chengdu - Leshan City, Witness the Leshan Giant Buddha (B)Leshan Giant Buddha
After breakfast, embark on a 2-hour drive to Leshan City from Chengdu. Following a brief break and lunch, visit the Leshan Giant Buddha, the world's largest stone-carved Buddha statue and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing at 71 meters high, the Buddha sits at the confluence of three rivers, constructed during the Tang dynasty to calm turbulent waters and protect the people.
Take a river cruise to view the massive statue from a distance, and climb stairs on the cliff for different angles of the Buddha. Marvel at the craftsmanship and scale of the project, which spanned 90 years for completion.
- Day 9: Mount Emei Sightseeing with Cable Car - Chengdu (B)Mount Emei
Dedicate a full day to exploring Mount Emei, one of China's four sacred Buddhist mountains and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Utilize a cable car for convenient access to the 3,099-meter-high mountain, showcasing four scenic regions with changing landscapes across seasons. Explore ancient temples, pagodas, and statues scattered on the mountain, including Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, and Qingyin Pavilion.
The highlight is the Golden Summit, featuring a golden statue of Samantabhadra, the patron bodhisattva of Mount Emei. Enjoy spectacular views of clouds, sunrise, and the Buddha's halo, weather permitting.
After the tour, return to Chengdu for a comfortable night's rest.
- Day 10: Chengdu - Hangzhou (B)Lingyin Temple, Feilai Feng, Six Harmonies Pagoda
Catch a morning flight to Hangzhou, Zhejiang province's capital, renowned for its beauty.
Your local guide and driver will meet you at the airport, taking you to Lingyin Temple and nearby Feilai Feng (Flying Peak) Buddhist grotto. Lingyin Temple, founded in the 4th century, is one of China's oldest and largest Buddhist temples. Explore magnificent halls, statues, and paintings, absorbing the serene atmosphere. Feilai Feng, a limestone hill with Buddhist carvings dating back to the 10th century, features exquisite sculptures of Buddha and other figures.
Visit the Six Harmonies Pagoda, a 60-meter-high octagonal pagoda overlooking the Qiantang River, built in the 10th century to suppress the river's tidal bore, a natural phenomenon drawing many visitors. Climb the pagoda for scenic views of the river and the city.
- Day 11: West Lake - Express Bus to Huangshan (B)West Lake
Explore the renowned beauty of West Lake after breakfast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hangzhou. Surrounding hills, gardens, bridges, islands, and pavilions create a picturesque landscape that has inspired poets and artists.
Enjoy a boat ride on the lake, visiting scenic spots like the Broken Bridge, Leifeng Pagoda, Su Causeway, and the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon. Immerse yourself in local culture, folklore, and the legend of the White Snake and the tea ceremony. Photography enthusiasts can receive recommendations for ideal photo spots from the guide.
After lunch, board an express bus to Huangshan, a city in Anhui province and the gateway to the renowned Yellow Mountain. The bus journey takes approximately 3 hours. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and relax.
- Day 12: Mt. Huangshan Hiking & Sightseeing (B)Yellow Mountains
Today, immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of Yellow Mountains, or Huangshan, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site in China. The mountains are celebrated for their four wonders: peculiar pines, grotesque rocks, a sea of clouds, and invigorating hot springs.
Begin your adventure at the foot of Yellow Mountains, where the Yungu cable car awaits to transport you to the summit. Your local professional guide, attuned to your energy and preferences, will tailor the hiking route accordingly.
For avid hikers: Descend the cable car, embarking on a 40-minute walk to the hotel for check-in and a buffet lunch. En route, encounter iconic pines like the Harp Pine, Beginning-to-Believe Peak Pine, and Black Tiger Pine, each with unique shapes and names. After lunch, explore the West Sea Grand Canyon, a deep and steep valley providing stunning views of mountains and clouds. If time allows, venture further to Flying-over Rock, a seemingly suspended colossal rock, and catch the sunset at Bright Top, the second highest peak of Huangshan.
For beginners and others: Alight from the cable car and enjoy a 30-minute walk to the hotel for check-in and a buffet lunch. On the way, encounter the Black Tiger Pine and Dream Flower Pine, two of Huangshan's most beautiful and famous pines. After lunch, stroll to the West Sea Grand Canyon, capturing the scenery and taking photos. Decide on the walking duration before returning to the hotel. Witness the sunset at Cloud-dispelling Pavilion, offering a panoramic view of mountains and clouds.
Accommodation: Mt. Huangshan
- Day 13: Mt. Huangshan - Shanghai (B)Refreshing Terrace, Lion Peak, Xihai Grand Canyon and Lotus Peak
Wake up early to capture the sunrise at Refreshing Terrace, a prime location for witnessing the sun rise above the sea of clouds.
After breakfast, hike to Lion Peak, one of Huangshan's main peaks, to view the Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, and various pine formations. Enjoy the vistas of Xihai Grand Canyon and Lotus Peak, Huangshan's highest peak.
Following a Hui-style lunch, savoring the local cuisine of Anhui province, retrieve your luggage at the mountain's base.
Your journey continues as you are escorted to the railway station for a high-speed train to Shanghai, China's largest and most modern city. The train ride spans approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Shanghai, check in to your hotel and enjoy free time to relax or explore the city.
- Day 14: Explore Iconic Sights of Shanghai (B)Shanghai Museum, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
Embark on a full-day exploration of Shanghai, a city seamlessly blending tradition with modernity, East with West. Visit iconic sights such as:
Shanghai Museum: Showcasing China's art and culture from ancient to modern times, featuring exquisite exhibits like bronze wares, pottery figures, jade wares, paintings, and calligraphy.
Yuyuan Garden: A classical garden from the Ming dynasty, adorned with pavilions, ponds, bridges, and rockeries. Marvel at the garden's elegant design and feel its tranquility.
Oriental Pearl TV Tower: A Shanghai landmark and one of China's tallest buildings. Take an elevator to the observation deck for panoramic views of the city and the Huangpu River. Explore the Shanghai History Museum at the tower's base, delving into the city's history and development.
The Bund: A waterfront promenade with historical buildings in various architectural styles. Witness the harmonious coexistence of old and new, East and West, and river and skyline.
- Day 15: Shanghai Departure (B)
Enjoy your free time until your designated pick-up time. Your driver will accompany you to the airport for departure, bidding farewell to China and carrying with you the wonderful memories of your 15-day classic China tour with Mt. Huangshan.