Introduction
Which China vacation is on your mind? A tour that includes the land of terra cotta soldiers and the Forbidden City? Or a wildflower meadow where yak herders wander under the gaze of the Himalayas? Is it a Yangtze riverside walk on Shanghai’s Bund? Or a morning on a bamboo raft floating on a rural river past dragon-teeth peaks? Is it an imperial-scale banquet? Or a dim sum lunch in a private home? Our China adventure tours are all those things and much more. In true Classic Journeys fashion, our China tours blend the essential sights with unexpected experiences—and take care of all the logistics for you. You hike (and picnic) on the best stretch of the Great Wall, wander country paths that farmers use to take their water buffalo to the rice paddies, and ascend to Shangri La: the gorgeous highlands of Yunnan on the Tibetan frontier. This China vacation has a fine sense of balance—the travel equivalent of feng shui—that will reveal China to you like no other trip.
Picture yourself...
  • Hiking the most scenic stretch of the Great Wall
  • Dancing with the locals in the town square of Yangshuo
  • Feeling the Himalayan breezes in a Tibetan wildflower meadow
Itinerary at a glance
DAYS 1-2 - BEIJING​
We meet in Beijing (2 nights). Our premier walk includes Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City…and a pedicab ride through ancient lanes (hutongs) to lunch in a family home. Dedicating a whole day to the Great Wall, we take a guided walk of its ramparts (and ruins) from Jinshanling to Simatai.

DAY 3 - XIAN​
We fly to Xian (1 night) for a close-up look at its army of terra cotta warriors. Through pomegranate and persimmon orchards, country paths lead us to Huajicun, a rural village renowned for its painters.

DAYS 4-6 - ZHONGDIAN
The tour’s literal highlight is Shangri La, the heavenly Tibetan plateau that inspired the James Hilton novel. From our spa resort in Zhongdian (3 nights), we’ll walk through meadows in breezes swept down from the Himalayas. We’ll meet the ethnic Tibetan and Naxi peoples…try a sip of yak butter tea…and make a pilgrimage to Songzanlin monastery.

DAYS 7-9 - GUILIN / YANGSHUO​
Another hop takes us to Guilin (1 night). On the Li River, we’ll cruise in an otherworldly landscape of “dragon’s teeth” mountains to quaint Yangshuo (2 nights). Along the way, we’ll have the chance to practice Tai Chi with a local master…lunch with a local family…and bike or walk into the lush, level farmlands.

DAYS 10-12 - SHANGHAI​
Finally, we fly to Shanghai (2 nights) where we’ll stroll the Bund, visit the quiet “water town” of Zhujiajiao, and go shopping on Nanjing Road before a farewell feast.
China
Cultural Walking Adventure
12 Days / 11 Nights
Starting Point: Beijing: 9:00 am Lobby of the Regent Beijing Hotel

Ending Point: Shanghai: 10:00 am Lobby of the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai - optional included transfer to the Shanghai Airport.

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Guest Reviews
“Lucia...a wonderful guide and perfect for us. Her knowledge of English, history, cuisine, shopping, environment, etc. was excellent. We were very comfortable relying on her for everything we could possibly need and she anticipated things before we needed them!”
Donald B., Jupiter, FL

“Kevin was an excellent guide in Beijing. He was full of cultural and historical facts and made the visit very interesting.”
Jennifer S., San Diego, CA

“Traveling with Classic Journeys is the ideal way to see and immerse oneself in the local atmosphere.”
Nancy R.

“It was very nice to have a guide, because language would have been an insurmountable obstacle without him.”
Jennifer S., San Diego, CA

“We loved the well-organized days, the wonderful hotels, and having a guide that cared about each one of us. On each Classic Journeys trip we have taken, we experienced what it is like to live in that country.”
Paul and Barbara S.

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Logistics made easy
In China, our escorted tours eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
Our small groups offer more options
Fewer guests give us more flexibility in China on our escorted walking tours. Here and everywhere we travel, we offer alternate walks, time off for relaxing, and other options at no extra cost.
Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
TOUR DATES
TOUR PRICES
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
September 11-22, 2016$6695.00$1995.00
October 9-20, 2016$6695.00$1995.00
May 28-Jun 8, 2017$6795.00$1995.00
Jun 25-Jul 6, 2017$6795.00$1995.00
September 10-21, 2017$6795.00$1995.00
October 8-19, 2017$6795.00$1995.00
  • Full time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics and are there to help with anything from haggling for a rug to buying a tube of toothpaste
  • Support vehicle(s)
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary.
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • Trip literature
  • All land transportation during the trip
• All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners
This trip includes internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour at an approximate cost of $1495 per person for 2015 tours.
China
Cultural Walking Adventure
12 Days / 11 Nights
Weather predictions are always difficult, especially in a country as large and diverse as China. We encourage you to pack a layered system of clothing that allows you to adjust to changing climates. * Shangri-La/ Zhongdian has cooler weather. Pack warm layering clothes.

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Arrange for 6-full paying friends to travel together and receive 25% off one trip.
 
 
Hotels
Regent Hotel Beijing

This 5-star sanctuary elegantly blends contemporary luxury with historic charm. All rooms offer views of the Forbidden City or the ancient hutong neighborhoods. The property offers five restaurants and lounges.

Hilton Xi'an

Combining modern design and Tang Dynasty artwork, this unique hotel is near Xi'an's major attractions. Spacious rooms at this Xi'an hotel have luxurious beds and wireless internet access. Amenities include a fitness center, pool, and a relaxing spa.

Banyan Tree Ringha

At 10,500 feet above sea level, this remarkable inn nestles amid snowcapped mountains. Created by relocating authentic Tibetan farmhouses, and each room features a fireplace, wooden balcony with valley or river views and a handcrafted wooden bathtub.

Shangri-la Guilin

This hotel sits on the banks of the picturesque Li River in Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful cities. The large, lavish rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city, the Li River, or the karst mountains.

Banyan Tree Yangshuo

Situated on the banks of the Li River, the gabled roofs of this world-class resort mimic the karst mountains that surround it. The modern suites feature classic Chinese furnishings, marble mosaics and ink-wash paintings and are wonderfully serene.

Le Royal Meridien Shanghai

Rising 66 stories above Shanghai, this hotel is one of the city’s most impressive contemporary landmarks. Ultra-modern rooms have striking views of the city, and guests have access to an array of amenities.

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Logistics made easy
In China, our escorted tours eliminate your logistical concerns. We take care of all the details so you can focus on the amazing scenery, culture and historic sites.
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