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China Scenic

Small Group Tour

China Scenic

A memorable adventure through
picturesque China

Discover China’s contrasting, scenic areas of the north, south and west. This tour will take you on a memorable journey starting in the illustrious capital, Beijing, taking in all the must-do sights including the Great Wall. See the Terracotta Warriors in Xian then explore the magnificent landscape and natural beauty of the southern province of Guangxi, and in Chengdu enjoy spending time with China’s most adorable animal, the Giant Panda.

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Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Beijing with this handy destination guide.

    3 Days

  • Ancient City Wall xian china

    Xian, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Xian with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • Li River guilin china

    Guilin & Yangshuo, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Guilin & Yangshuo with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days

  • panda eating chengdu china

    Chengdu, China

    Discover the sights and traditions for Chengdu with this handy destination guide.

    2 Days


China Scenic

12 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 Fly to Beijing

Take your scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing. Regional departures are available on request.

  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. With the afternoon at leisure, you can relax at the hotel, or take a stroll around the surrounding area. Your guide will be pleased to advise you on what best to do. This evening is your opportunity to meet your fellow travellers over dinner.

  • Meals included: Dinner
DAY 3 Beijing City Tour

This morning you will visit the Temple of Heaven – this was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped, and where you can witness Tai Chi being practised in the courtyard. This will be followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world, and a trip to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries. Your final stop of the day will be at the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of Beijing’s traditional citizens.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 Great Wall

Today visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall, with accessible watchtowers, was built in the mid-6th century. This will be followed by an opportunity for photographs at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube, two of the venues for the memorable 2008 Olympics. In the evening, you will be treated to a sumptuous Peking Duck Dinner.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Beijing to Xian

Following breakfast in the hotel, visit the Summer Palace, a magnificent complex of lakes, gardens, palaces and wonderful vistas. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. You will then catch a bullet train to Xian (approx. 5 hours 30 minutes), where you will check into your hotel for a two night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Bullet train
DAY 6 Terracotta Warriors

Today your guide will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors, an enthralling collection of 10,000 life size statues of the Chinese military, dating back over 2,000 years. This will be followed by an afternoon visit to Xian’s ancient city wall. It is the most complete city wall in China, and is best explored on foot or by bike. This evening you will be entertained by a Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance, accompanied by a delicious selection of tasty dumplings

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7 Xian City Tour and to Guilin

Today, you will visit to the Shaanxi Museum which houses over a quarter of a million artefacts, including treasures from many periods of China’s history. The next stop, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you will discover China’s unique architecture style, is followed by a visit to the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. Finally, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin and a one night stay.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 8 Li River Cruise to Yangshuo

In the morning, following breakfast, your breathtaking cruise along the Li River begins. Enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming on the rice terraces and the towering karst mountain peaks as the vessel makes its way to Yangshuo. This evening there will be an optional spectacular ‘Impressions of Liu Sanjie’ show, staged on the river.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Cruise
DAY 9 Yangshuo to Guilin

This morning is free at leisure. Explore this beautiful area independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class or enjoy a leisurely stroll or cycle ride to explore the countryside. Return to Guilin, and visit the Reed Flute Caves, a collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. In the evening, why not treat yourself to a spell-binding cormorant fishing show, bookable locally and subject to availability.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 Guilin to Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival, remainder of the day at leisure to discover Chengdu independently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People’s Park watching the locals play Mahjong or practising Tai Chi.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
DAY 11 Giant Pandas and City Tour

After breakfast, the first stop will be at the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre. Here naturalistic habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding the lovable pandas. In the afternoon, your city tour will take you to Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Lane, uncovering the life of the local people.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 12 Fly to UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

Sample Accommodation

4★ Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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4★ Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xian

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4★ Bravo Hotel, Guilin

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5★ Green Lotus Hotel, Yangshuo

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4★ Yinhe Dynasty Hotel, Chengdu

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • Domestic flights in economy class
  • Bullet train in first class
  • 4★accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • English speaking guides
  • Meals as stated
  • Entrance fees to the sites listed
  • Airport taxes
  • Local tips
  • Personal spending
  • Travel insurance
  • China visa and fess

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