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Boutique China

Private Travel | General interest 15 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £4355
This tour explores China’s fascinating architectural heritage with stays in heritage properties, combined with visits to some of the major cultural sites including the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors and the ancient city of Pingyao. Stay in sensitively restored traditional houses, rural villages and the older districts of major cities for a glimpse of ancient China.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in former merchant homes, courtyard mansions & shikumen buildings
  • Relax at the luxurious Angsana Lintong spa hotel near Xian
  • Discover rural China with a stay in a tiny village in Wuyuan County
  • Stay in 4- & 5- star accommodation
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Beijing


Day 2: Arrive in Beijing

Arrive and transfer to Hotel Cote Cour Beijing in Beijing for a 2-night stay. This traditional courtyard house is situated in an ancient hutong (an old district of narrow streets). (N)

Day 3: Beijing

Morning guided visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, followed by a stroll through the historic Liulichang district and the hutongs nearby. (B, L)

Day 4: Great Wall of China

Leave Beijing for a journey north to the Great Wall at Jinshanling, a quiet and dramatic section of the wall. After some time to explore and walk on the wall, continue to the small village of Mutianyu located near an accessible section of the wall. Here you will stay overnight at the Brickyard Eco Retreat, where hotel accommodation has been established in the grounds of a former traditional tile glazing factory, with rooms that provide views of the Great Wall. (B, L, D)

Days 5-6: Pingyao

Travel on China’s new high-speed rail network to the ancient city of Pingyao. Stay 2 nights at Jing’s Residence, a charming boutique hotel housed in the former home of a Qing dynasty-era silk merchant. The beautifully decorated rooms showcase both modern artworks and Chinese antiques. The following day you will be taken on a walking tour of Pingyao’s ancient town centre, strolling along streets lined with Qing architecture and past shops with hanging lanterns. (B)

Days 7-8: Xian & the Terracotta Warriors

Continue by high-speed train to Xian. This former Silk Road trading city retains some of its historic character, laid out in a grid pattern within huge perimeter walls. On arrival you will be met and transferred north of the city for a 2-night stay at the award-winning spa hotel Angsana Xian Lintong, which lies in the shadow of Lishan mountain, just 15 minutes from the legendary Terracotta Warriors. Spend the following day discovering this stunning archaeological site with an expert guide. (B)

Days 9-10: Fly to Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai, then transfer to the Langham Xintiandi hotel (upgrades available to the luxury Capella Shanghai), located at the gateway to the historic Xintiandi district in the heart of the former French Concession, an area notable for its 19th-century shikumen (‘stone gate’) buildings, many of which have been converted into galleries, cafes and restaurants. Your visit to Shanghai will include a guided tour of the Jade Buddha temple, the Yu garden and the historic Bund. (B)

Days 11-12: Wuyuan

Travel by high-speed train west into Wuyuan county, ending with a short journey by car to the tiny village of Yan, a protected 900-year-old settlement. Stay here for 2 nights at the Skywells Wuyuan, a boutique property that has been renovated from a rare 300-year-old courtyard mansion and lovingly restored using traditional building techniques and retaining many original features. Explore the surrounding countryside via a number of walking trails. (B, D)

Day 13: Shanghai

Take the train back to Shanghai for your final night in the city. Stay overnight at the Langham Xintiandi hotel. (B)

Day 14: Fly home

Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important Information Accessibility

This tour may involve climbing some steep steps on the Great Wall of China. A reasonable level of fitness is required. You may need to carry your luggage at train stations.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Single supplement

Available on request.

Tailor-made travel

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Jing's Residence
    Jing's Residence

  • Hotel Cote Cour Beijing
    Hotel Cote Cour Beijing

    Hotel Cote Cour Beijing is located in the hutong district of old Beijing, convenient for exploring the sites of the city. This traditional courtyard house traditionally served as the home for dancers and musicians of the imperial courts. It has since been lovingly restored to become a boutique hotel with 14 well-appointed rooms and combines traditional Chinese architecture and design with modern amenities and comfort.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £4355 per person

High season from £4655 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

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  • Shanghai

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