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Natural Wonders of China

Private Travel | General interest 16 Days & 14 Nights Lead-in price: £6395

The vast country of China encompasses breathtaking landscapes. This journey visits some of its finest scenery including the enchanting Huangshan mountain range, reminiscent of scenes from traditional Chinese paintings; Qing Cheng mountain near Chengdu, one of the birthplaces of Taoism; and the picturesque rural settings of Wuyuan county. Combine these natural wonders with cultural visits to cosmopolitan Shanghai, ancient Xian and Beijing, with its many fascinating sights.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stay in a variety of properties chosen for their character, luxury service and scenic locations
  • Discover rural China with a stay in a tiny village in Wuyuan
  • See the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, a less-visited section adjoining a scenic lake
  • Explore the celebrated archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors with an expert guide
  • Stay in 4- & 5-star accommodation
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Luxury Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Shanghai


Day 2: Shanghai

Arrive and transfer to The Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund for 2 nights, which has a prime location in the northern Bund area along the Huangpu river. (N)

Day 3: Shanghai

Morning visit to Jade Buddha temple and Yu garden. Afternoon at leisure to stroll along the Bund or shop on Nanjing Road. (B)

Day 4: Train to Huangshan

High-speed train to Huangshan, tour the ancient street of Tunxi, then drive into Yixian County and stay at the Banyan Tree Huangshan for 2 nights, located at the foot of Mount Huangshan. (B)

Day 5: Huangshan

Take the cable car up Mount Huangshan for some superb views of the surrounding countryside. Visit Lion Peak, Flower-Scattering Valley and the Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion. (B, L)

Days 6-7: Wuyuan

Leave The Banyan Tree Huangshan and visit the villages of Lucun and Hongcun, known for their beautiful wood carvings and well-preserved traditional buildings. Afterwards, drive south into Wuyuan county to the tiny village of Yan, a protected 900-year-old settlement. Stay here for 2 nights at the Skywells Wuyuan, a rare 300-year-old courtyard mansion that has been lovingly restored using traditional building techniques, retaining many original features. Explore the surrounding countryside via a number of walking trails. (B, D)

Day 8: Fly to Chengdu/Qing Cheng Mountain

Drive to Hangzhou airport and fly to Chengdu. (At Hangzhou you can extend your trip with a visit to the scenic West Lake and the Dragon Well Tea Estate – please enquire for details). On arrival in Chengdu, you will be met and driven south of the city to the Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain for a 3-night stay. (B)

Days 9-10: Qing Cheng Mountain

Spend two days exploring the countryside near Qing Cheng mountain. Take a hike on the mountain, visit the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, or see pandas at the Dujiangyan Research Center of Giant Panda Breeding. (B)

Days 11-12: Xian & the Terracotta Warriors

Travel by high-speed train from Chengdu 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 next morning discovering this stunning archaeological site with an expert guide, followed by an afternoon at the Huaqing hot springs in the foothills of the Qin mountains. (B)

Day 13: Beijing

Continue east via high-speed train to Beijing, then transfer to the Shangri-La China World Centre Hotel for a 3-night stay. (B)

Day 14: Beijing

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

Day 15: Great Wall of China

Leave Beijing for a journey to the Great Wall at Huanghuacheng, a quiet section adjoining the peaceful Haoming lake. Walking on the wall here is difficult, but a visit is rewarding as the scenery is particularly beautiful and the area little-visited. (B, L)

Day 16: 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 Accommodation

Featuring a range of accommodation, including both luxury and superior category accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room category, unless indicated otherwise.


Walking on the Great Wall of China at Huanghuacheng is very difficult: please ask for details. You may also need to carry your luggage at train stations.

Luxury tour

Featuring some of the most luxurious accommodation throughout the tour. Prices are based on the standard category, unless indicated otherwise.

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.

Luxury private tour accommodation

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu
    The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu

    Overlooking Tianfu Square in central Chengdu, the Ritz-Carlton offers a modern and luxurious experience at the heart of this iconic Chinese city. The 353 spacious guest rooms and suites, many with panoramic views of downtown Chengdu, are furnished in a contemporary style complemented by Ritz-Carlton Signature linens and feather bedding. Diners can choose from a vibrant selection of international dishes prepared at the Spices restaurant's live cooking stations. You can also enjoy sushi and Asian-themed tapas at the Flair lounge, built around a spacious outdoor patio, or classic Cantonese and Sichuanese dishes at Li Xuan. The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Fitness Centre occupies an entire floor of the hotel, with 10 private treatment rooms and unique Chengdu tea culture treatments.

  • Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain
    Six Senses Qing Cheng Mountain

    The Six Senses Qing Chen Mountain is located in the foothills of Qing Cheng Mountain, the home of Taoism, an hour's drive outside the city of Chengdu. The resort has been designed to incorporate regional architecture and landscaped gardens, encompassing a range of villas and suites. All suites feature a private balcony or courtyard veranda with comfortable daybeds and beautiful views, and a high-ceilinged living room that connects to a spacious bedroom. The Chinese inspired antique-style décor combines with modern features such as smartphone apps to control air conditioning, lighting and television. The luxury Six Senses spa hosts visiting practitioners that offer guests personal consultations and holistic therapies, or discover the purity of Taoism incorporated into many spa treatments together with a menu of Six Senses signature treatments drawn from around the world. A range of excursions are available locally including hiking on Qing Cheng Mountain, or a visit to the Dujiangyan ...

  • Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund
    Banyan Tree Shanghai on the Bund

    The Banyan Tree Shanghai On The Bund is situated in Shanghai's Northern Bund area, with a prime location along the Huangpu River. Rooms catergories range from the Riverside Retreat rooms, with stunning views of the river and Bund skyline, to the Banyan Suites on the 12th floor which feature a private pool, sundeck, dining arena and exclusive round-the-clock Banyan Tree Host service. Guests can indulge at four food and dining outlets, or relax at the award-winning luxury Banyan Tree Spa that spans three entire floors. Features; r130 ooms, Wi-Fi, Banyan Tree Spa, gym, indoor pool wit three relaxation pools, 5 restaurants, bar. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, hairdryer, Nespresso coffee machine, tea making facilities, safe.

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £6395 per person

High season from £6795 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

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