China: Shanghai to Shangri-La

12 DaysStarting at $7,195


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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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  • Starting Point:

    Beijing – 9:00 am – Lobby of Regent Beijing Hotel
  • Ending Point:

    Shanghai – 10:00 am – Lobby of Fairmont Peace

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Family Departure

Select our “Family Departure” to travel with other families.

Internal Airfare

This trip includes internal flights, which are priced separately from the land tour at an approximate cost of $1495 per person.


Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai

A luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece, brilliantly reinvated for the 21st century where old fashioned glamor sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade, it's the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectaculary scenery and lifestyle.

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.

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.

Shangri-La Diqing

A hidden paradise in the city of Shangri-La, the hotel evokes a rich and graceful world, filled with alluring Tibetan artefacts and quiet elegance. From each room, spectacular scenery opens up with panoramic views of the stunning mountainous region.

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.

Sofitel Xian

A blend of Xian's heritage and classic French hospitality, this stunning 5-star hotel is within the Xian city walls near many historical sites. Contemporary style rooms have rainforest showers and complimentary WiFi.

What’s Included

  • Award-winning boutique hotels that provide you unlimited access to the people and places, culture and history you came to experience
  • All breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip, handle behind-the-scenes logistics 
  • Admissions to sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.

Extend Your Trip

Trip extension

China: Yangtze River

Extend your time in China with a cruise of the Three Gorges stretch of the Yangtze River. The world’s third- longest river, the Yangtze has carved an incredibly scenic path through the heart of China. The focal point of the unique Yangtze is the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower...

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