Itinerary of the tour

Day 1 Meet in Beijing

Meeting point: Beijing International Airport or you can come to the hotel directly by yourself.

Meeting time: 17:00

Dinner: Welcome dinner of traditional Beijing-style cuisine.

The Life in HutongDay 2 Delve into the History of Beijing

We will spend the morning exploring the colossal Forbidden City. Then we will scale the highest hill in Jingshan Park so that we can enjoy a panoramic view of the Forbidden City and Beijing City. In the afternoon, we will take you to the heart of Old Beijing, the Hutong district, where we can admire the old dwellings and imagine what life was like in ancient China.

Dinner: Not included. Throughout the tour, we will recommend several signature dishes and notable local restaurants, but you are free to choose where you would like to eat.

 

mutianyu great wall 02Day 3 Hike the Mutianyu Portion of the Great Wall

We will be taken to Mutianyu by private car. It is time to see whether you are up to the challenge! Are you strong enough to finish climbing this entire portion of the Great Wall? If you fancy a more leisurely ascent, you can always buy a ticket for the cable car. After all, you are on holiday!

Dinner: Not included. Guests are free to explore the area and sample the local food themselves. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

pingyao wall02Day 4 Welcome to Pingyao Old Town

We will take the high speed train to Taiyuan, the provincial capital of Shanxi Province, first thing in the morning, and then we will transfer trains to Pingyao after lunch. We should arrive in Pingyao at around about 1.30pm, which gives us the whole afternoon to explore this scenic ancient town.

Dinner: Shanxi-style cuisine

 

wang family compound01Day 5 The Wang Family Compound, Shuanglin Temple

We will be driven by private mini coach to visit these two amazing attractions. Once we have returned to Pingyao, you can climb a part of the City Wall and enjoy the panoramic view of the whole town and the alien landscape of the Loess Plateau. If there is not enough time to properly enjoy the view, we will move this activity to the next day.

Dinner: Not included. Guests are free to explore the area and sample the local food themselves. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

pingyaoDay 6 Pingyao Old Town

We’ve dedicated the whole day to exploring this old town and visiting all of the attractions it has to offer on a guided tour. Once the tour has ended, you’re free to wander around the town and discover parts of it yourself, or simply revisit the places you liked best!

Dinner: Not included. Guests are free to explore the area and sample the local food themselves. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

xi'an muslim quarterDay 7 The Ancient Capital of Xi’an

We will take the high-speed train to Taiyuan in the morning, and then board our flight to Xi’an. We should arrive in Xi’an sometime in the early afternoon.

After we’ve settled and checked in at our hotel, we will go to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and the Muslim district, which is also the centre of the old town.

Dinner: Not included. We recommend you try one of the many small restaurants along Muslim Street, where you can sample the cuisine of the Hui ethnic minority. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

The Terracotta Army02Day 8 The Terracotta Army

In the morning, we will take a bus to visit this world-renowned attraction and will spend most of the day there, leaving only in the late afternoon. Once we’ve returned to Xi’an, we’ll climb the ancient city walls and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Dinner: Shaanxi-style cuisine

 

mount huaDay 9 Scale the heights of Mount Hua

In the morning, we will travel to Mount Hua via train. Unfortunately you may not have enough time to explore the entirety of the mountain range, unless you have limitless energy that is! After all, it is one of the largest mountain ranges in China and some of the hiking paths that lead to the peaks are quite difficult. Alternatively you can choose to ride the cable car, which cuts out some of the fun of climbing but will save you a lot of time and energy.

Dinner: Not included. Guests are free to explore the area and sample the local food themselves. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

Tunxi old streetDay 10 Discover the History of Huizhou

We’ll spend the morning bidding farewell to the beautiful old town of Xi’an, and then board our flight to Huangshan just after lunch. We should arrive in Huangshan at around about 3.30pm. Then we will head to Tunxi Old Town, which boasts a multitude of ancient buildings that follow the Hui-style of architecture.

Dinner: Not included. The residents in Tunxi are incredibly friendly so searching for restaurants in the old town is a fun way to engage in local life. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

chengkan 01Day 11 The Bagua Village of Chengkan

We will spend the whole day learning about and enjoying traditional Huizhou culture in Chengkan, surrounded by fragrant tea fields and verdant mountains. After dinner, we will check in to a hotel at the base of Mount Huang in preparation for our hike up one of the most beautiful mountains in China.

Dinner: Anhui-style cuisine

 

Mt. Huangshan05Day 12 Mount Huang

After a leisurely day spent hiking up the magnificent Mount Huang, we’ll be rewarded with a stunning panoramic view from its peak.

Dinner: Not included. Guests are free to explore the area and sample the local food themselves. Please feel free to ask us for any help.

 

Qinhuai River DistrictDay 13 Uncover the Fascinating History of Nanjing

In the morning, we will take the train from Huangshan to Nanjing. In the afternoon, we will visit Fuzimiao District and Qinhuai River District, which is where we’ll find the centre of Nanjing and several historical remnants of the city’s prosperous past..

Dinner: Nanjing-style cuisine

 

shanghaiDay 14 The Presidential Palace in Nanjing

This palace serves as a powerful reminder that, had the Chinese Nationalist Party won the civil war, Nanjing would have surely become the modern-day capital of China. Since the CNP were deeply influenced by Western cultures, you’ll notice that the architecture of the palace has a certain Western flair.

In the afternoon, we will take the high-speed train to Shanghai. To follow the history of the city chronologically, we’ll visit the City God Temple area first, followed by the Bund. This forest of modern skyscrapers is a far-cry from the ancient buildings we’ve admired so far on our journey.

Dinner: Traditional Chinese cuisine

 

Day 15 Onward Journey

On your final day with us, you can either choose to embark on your return journey home or continue your travels. If you decide to continue traveling, we’ll be on hand to help you book any travel tickets or hotels should you need us to. If you need any recommendations on where to travel, please do not hesitate to ask us.

zhouzhuang 500Here are our top choices for travel destinations that are easy to reach from Shanghai:

  • Continue your exploration of Shanghai, a modern international city where you can easily get by without an English-speaking guide.
  • Travel to the beautiful city of Hangzhou, which is famous for the stunning scenery at West Lake.
  • There are numerous charming villages that are all within easy distance of Shanghai, so please feel free to ask us for more information.