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Ancient China

  • Duration

    18 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    $5,180pp
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With thousands of years of fascinating and diverse history, China is one of the world's oldest and most monumental civilisations. Encounter millennia-old culture and religion with visits to some of China's greatest and most intriguing ancient sights.

Tour Highlights

Our Ancient China tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Ancient China Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

This tour is ideal for those who are interested in gaining an understanding of China’s ancient and religious history and who have an interest in learning about a specific region of the country. We have designed this tour to take in key historical and religious areas of Shanxi Province, as well as visit the popular destinations of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

  • Day 1

    FLY TO BEIJING

    DAY 1: FLY TO BEIJING

    Arrive in Beijing, China’s fascinating capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.

  • Day 2

    IMPERIAL BEIJING

    DAY 2: IMPERIAL BEIJING

    This morning, head to Beijing’s symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City where you will find a complex full of imperial treasures. Take a leisurely stroll through the narrow alleys of the warren-like hutongs and learn more about living in this traditional area. In the evening, sit down to enjoy the local delicacy, Peking duck.

  • Day 3

    THE GREAT WALL

    DAY 3: THE GREAT WALL

    This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence o the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. Visit a jade factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China and is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Spend the afternoon at the idyllic Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture.

  • Day 4

    TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

    DAY 4: TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

    Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape and mingle with the locals as they practice tai chi, dance or play cards. Later, browse your way through Panjiayuan, Beijing’s most extensive arts, crafts and antiques market.

  • Day 5

    HISTORICAL DATONG

    DAY 5: HISTORICAL DATONG

    Travel by bullet train to Datong, watching the rural splendour of China pass by your window. Known for its abundant historical relics and natural beauty, upon arrival visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Yungang Caves where you will see the well-preserved rock carvings from the surrounding sandstone cliffs. Today, it is one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist cultural sites of China.

  • Day 6

    THE HANGING TEMPLE

    DAY 6: THE HANGING TEMPLE

    Visit the 1,400-year-old, gravity-defying Hanging Temple that seemingly floats 50 metres up the face of Jinxia Gorge before travelling on to Wutaishan.

  • Day 7

    WUTAISHAN

    DAY 7: WUTAISHAN

    The day starts with a visit to one of China’s four sacred Buddhist mountains, Wutaishan (Five Terraced Mountain) and a place of scenic magnificence. In Wutaishan's shadow, an alpine valley shelters many important monasteries, temples and sculptures, some dating back over 1,000 years. Here, visit the Bodhisattva Summit Temple and Xiantong Buddhist Temple. Continue to Taiyuan, the capital and largest city in Shanxi Province and visit the Twin Pagoda Temple, constructed during the Ming Dynasty.

  • Day 8

    TAIYUAN AND PINGYAO

    DAY 8: TAIYUAN AND PINGYAO

    Enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Jinci Temple before travelling to the old town of Pingyao. Pingyao is a living museum and home to China’s best preserved ancient city walls. Here, take part in a traditional Chinese paper cutting experience, an art dating back to the 6th-century.

  • Day 9

    EXPLORE PINGYAO

    DAY 9: EXPLORE PINGYAO

    Explore the characterful old town of Pingyao, strolling along the cobbled streets to view the old city walls and the Rishengchang Financial House Museum. There will also be time to see the Yamen, a government building during the Qing Dynasty, before taking the bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian.

  • Day 10

    TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

    DAY 10: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

    After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of these life-sized warriors and visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Workshop. Later, take a stroll on the beautifully preserved ancient city walls that enclose Xian's old town. This evening, enjoy a delicious feast of Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

  • Day 11

    DISCOVER XIAN

    DAY 11: DISCOVER XIAN

    Admire the relics at the Xian Museum before visiting the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and watching a calligraphy demonstration. There will also be time to explore the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter.

  • Day 12

    LUOYANG

    DAY 12: LUOYANG

    Board a bullet train from Xian to Luoyang, a city that was the capital for more than 13 dynasties. This afternoon, visit the Longmen Grottoes which houses tens of thousands of age-old statues and sculptures depicting Buddha and his disciples carved from the limestone cliffs of Xiangshan and Longmenshan.

  • Day 13

    SHAOLIN TEMPLE

    DAY 13: SHAOLIN TEMPLE

    Travel to the famous Shaolin Temple, best known for its association with martial arts, and walk through the Pagoda Forest, a collection of 228 pagodas of various styles built from the Tang through to Qing dynasties. Later, witness a kung fu demonstration by the famous Shaolin Monks. Continue to Zhengzhou.

  • Day 14

    HUANGPU RIVER CRUISE

    DAY 14: HUANGPU RIVER CRUISE

    Fly to the exuberant and cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also know as the 'Paris of the East'. In the evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a scenic cruise.

  • Day 15

    COSMOPOLITAN SHANGHAI

    DAY 15: COSMOPOLITAN SHANGHAI

    Shanghai is China's great metropolis, east and west colliding on streets lined with skyscrapers and old temples. Visit the classical Yu Garden and stop in the old town before admiring the colonial architecture on the Bund. This evening, take your seats to see the fascinating ERA acrobatic show.

  • Day 16

    EXPLORE SHANGHAI

    DAY 16: EXPLORE SHANGHAI

    Wander through the Xintiandi area to admire the 1920s architectural styling, view the artefacts at the Shanghai Museum and explore the Silk Museum. This evening, enjoy delicious, traditional Shanghai cuisine for dinner.

  • Days 17-18

    FLY SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA

    DAYS 17-18: FLY SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA

    Fly to Australia, arriving home the same or following day.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Datong
  • -10°c
  • 2mm
  • Taiyuan
  • -5°c
  • 3mm
  • Pingyao
  • -4°c
  • 3mm
  • Luoyang
  • 1°c
  • 8mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 1°c
  • 9mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
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  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Datong
  • -6°c
  • 3mm
  • Taiyuan
  • -1°c
  • 5mm
  • Pingyao
  • -2°c
  • 6mm
  • Luoyang
  • 3°c
  • 13mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 3°c
  • 12mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
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  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Datong
  • 1°c
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  • Taiyuan
  • 5°c
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  • Pingyao
  • 4°c
  • 14mm
  • Luoyang
  • 9°c
  • 27mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 8°c
  • 28mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
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  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Datong
  • 9°c
  • 18mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Pingyao
  • 12°c
  • 25mm
  • Luoyang
  • 16°c
  • 38mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 16°c
  • 40mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Datong
  • 16°c
  • 30mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 18°c
  • 33mm
  • Pingyao
  • 18°c
  • 34mm
  • Luoyang
  • 21°c
  • 52mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 21°c
  • 58mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
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  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Datong
  • 20°c
  • 49mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 22°c
  • 56mm
  • Pingyao
  • 22°c
  • 58mm
  • Luoyang
  • 26°c
  • 66mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 26°c
  • 63mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
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  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Datong
  • 22°c
  • 101mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 24°c
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  • Pingyao
  • 24°c
  • 129mm
  • Luoyang
  • 28°c
  • 137mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 27°c
  • 156mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
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  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Datong
  • 21°c
  • 83mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 22°c
  • 107mm
  • Pingyao
  • 22°c
  • 108mm
  • Luoyang
  • 26°c
  • 101mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 26°c
  • 112mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Datong
  • 15°c
  • 51mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 17°c
  • 52mm
  • Pingyao
  • 17°c
  • 72mm
  • Luoyang
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 21°c
  • 77mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Datong
  • 8°c
  • 18mm
  • Taiyuan
  • 11°c
  • 26mm
  • Pingyao
  • 12°c
  • 34mm
  • Luoyang
  • 16°c
  • 45mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 16°c
  • 45mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
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  • Beijing
  • 5°c
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  • Datong
  • 0°c
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  • Taiyuan
  • 3°c
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  • Pingyao
  • 4°c
  • 14mm
  • Luoyang
  • 9°c
  • 27mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 9°c
  • 22mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Datong
  • -8°c
  • 2mm
  • Taiyuan
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Pingyao
  • -3°c
  • 4mm
  • Luoyang
  • 3°c
  • 10mm
  • Zhengzhou
  • 3°c
  • 10mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
Ancient China map

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