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Lead Price
From £8120pp
16 days & 14 nights
Itinerary Type
Tailor Made
Holiday Type
General Interest
Tour Highlights

Natural Wonders of China

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.


DAY 1: Fly to Shanghai
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Fly to Shanghai


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

DAY 2: Shanghai
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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
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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
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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
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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)

DAY 6: Wuyuan
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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.

DAY 7: Wuyuan
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Explore the surrounding countryside via a number of walking trails. (B, D)

DAY 8: Fly to Chengdu/Qing Cheng Mountain
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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)

DAY 9: Qing Cheng Mountain
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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)

DAY 10: Qing Cheng Mountain
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Qing Cheng Mountain

Continue exploring Qing Cheng Mountain (B)


DAY 11: Xian & the Terracotta Warriors
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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.

DAY 12: Xian & the Terracotta Warriors
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Xian & the Terracotta Warriors

Spend the 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
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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
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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
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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
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Fly home

Transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)

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

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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

What's included

  • 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

Important information

Luxury tour
These are our most comfortable tours and will usually feature 5-star deluxe accommodation throughout.
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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.
Guideline prices
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin/double-room. Single supplement available on request. Pricing is indicative and may be subject to change due to external factors such as variable flight prices.
Meal basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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