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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.
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Arrive and transfer to The Red Wall Garden Hotel in Beijing for a 2-night stay. This traditional courtyard house is situated in an ancient hutong (an old district of narrow streets). (N)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Take the train back to Shanghai for your final night in the city. Stay overnight at the Langham Xintiandi hotel. (B)
Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
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.
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