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China: The Big One

  • Duration

    28 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Go Beyond
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    $6,580pp
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This Flexible, slower-paced tour has time set aside for independent exploration. as well as vibrant cities, discover the charms of beautiful Yangshuo, delightful Dali and quaint Lijang. Please note - there is some altitude on this tour.

Tour Highlights

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

Authentic Experiences

Our China: The Big One 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 designed for those who wish to further immerse themselves in the authentic charm of China and take part in more cultural and active experiences. This tour is also suitable for those who wish to take a Yangtze River Cruise. This tour has many optional activities available, giving you the choice of free time or taking part in activities.

  • Day 1

    Fly To Beijing

    DAY 1: Fly To Beijing

    Fly to Beijing, China's historic capital. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is at leisure.

  • Day 2

    Forbidden City

    DAY 2: Forbidden City

    Stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Next, visit Yandaixiejie Street where there's time to wander the hutongs. These narrow alleys offer a glimpse of old Beijing.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 3

    Huanghuacheng Great Wall

    DAY 3: Huanghuacheng Great Wall

    Visit Huanghuacheng, a particularly scenic section of the Great Wall. Reached by boat it boasts particularly spectacular views from the top. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring colourful Wangfujing Street. In the evening, enjoy an optional Peking duck dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 4

    Imperial Summer Palace

    DAY 4: Imperial Summer Palace

    Explore the beautifully designed grounds of the Summer Palace, including the Long Corridor and the Marble Boat. Spend time strolling along pretty Kunming Lake and walk up wooded Longevity Hill. Make a photo stop at the Olympic Park.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 5

    Temple Of Heaven

    DAY 5: Temple Of Heaven

    Visit the Temple of Heaven and mingle with the locals as they start their day with tai chi, dancing and cards in a flurry of sociable activity. Take the overnight train to Xian.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 6

    Cycling In Xian

    DAY 6: Cycling In Xian

    Start your day with a gentle cycle ride that will take you nine miles around the city wall that enclose Xian’s old town. Also visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Museum.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 7

    Terracotta Warriors

    DAY 7: Terracotta Warriors

    Spend the morning gazing over the ranks of warriors and horses, while you are introduced to these life-like soldiers' fascinating story. Take a walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and enjoy the evening at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 8

    Beautiful Guilin

    DAY 8: Beautiful Guilin

    Fly to Guilin. This afternoon is at leisure – you may wish to stroll around Zhengyang Street.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Hiking In Longji (Optional)

    DAY 9: Hiking In Longji (Optional)

    Today, there is an option to take a four-hour hike in the stunning rice terraces of Longji. Otherwise, spend more time in Guilin.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Li River Cruise

    DAY 10: Li River Cruise

    Take a gentle cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo. Lined with dramatic limestone cliffs, the serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. Take a walk through this idyllic wonderland and get an insight into life here. There's an option to hike to the top of Moon Hill for epic views.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 11

    Yangshuo Tai Chi

    DAY 11: Yangshuo Tai Chi

    Start the day with an invigorating session of tai chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take part in an optional activity.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Kunming At Leisure

    DAY 12: Kunming At Leisure

    Transfer to Guilin and visit Reed Flute Cave before flying to Kunming.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Stone Forest

    DAY 13: Stone Forest

    Meander through the formations of the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest. Return to Kunming to visit Green Lake Park and have an evening at leisure, perhaps enjoying the vibrant Wenhua Alley district.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 14

    Dali's Ancient Town

    DAY 14: Dali's Ancient Town

    Drive to Dali and visit the Three Pagodas and the Old Town. Also stroll along Foreigner's Street and enjoy time at leisure.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 15

    Weibaoshan (Optional)

    DAY 15: Weibaoshan (Optional)

    Enjoy the day at leisure or take an optional visit to Weibaoshan, one of the fourteen sacred Taoist mountains. Steeped in legend, the mountain features 20 Taoist temples nestled on its forested slopes. Walk up the hillside to see a handful of intricately decorated temples and meet a Taoist priest for a meditation session.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Shaxi Ancient Town

    DAY 16: Shaxi Ancient Town

    Drive to the ancient town of Shaxi, nestled deep in the Himalayan foothills. Learn about the fascinating minority people that reside in the area and enjoy a local lunch. In the afternoon, continue to Lijiang and spend the evening in the historic old town.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 17

    Jade dragon Snow Mountain

    DAY 17: Jade dragon Snow Mountain

    Take a cable car to one of the high meadows and enjoy the vistas. Visit the minority Naxi village and admire the fascinating Baisha frescoes painted during the Ming Dynasty.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 18

    Tiger Leaping Gorge (Optional)

    DAY 18: Tiger Leaping Gorge (Optional)

    Enjoy the day at leisure or trek to Tiger Leaping Gorge, through dramatic cliffs and down into the gorge itself.

    • Breakfast
  • Day 19

    Chengdu Like A Local

    DAY 19: Chengdu Like A Local

    Fly to Chengdu and walk around People's Park. Visit a local tea-house and most interesting of all, Matchmaker's Corner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 20

    Giant Pandas

    DAY 20: Giant Pandas

    Visit the Chengdu Panda Conservation Centre and see these adorably charming bears up close. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy an optional hot pot dinner and a 'face-changing' show.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 21

    Ancient Ciqikou

    DAY 21: Ancient Ciqikou

    Take the bullet train to Chongqing. Enjoy free time in the charming old town of Ciqikou then board your Yangtze cruise vessel.

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Days 22-24

    Yangtze River

    DAYS 22-24: Yangtze River

    A cruise down the Yangtze reveals some of the world's most dramatic scenery. Over the next few days, visit the Three Gorges Dam and enjoy various side trips and shore excursions. Disembark your cruise vessel, travel to Yichang and then fly to Shanghai.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 25

    Shanghainese Shanghai

    DAY 25: Shanghainese Shanghai

    Wake up to the buzz of Shanghai and take a breakfast walking tour between shimmering skyscrapers and traditional streets. Visit Yu Garden, the old town, a silk factory, stroll along the Bund and cruise along Huangpu River.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
  • Day 26

    Zhujiajiao (Optional)

    DAY 26: Zhujiajiao (Optional)

    Join the optional day tour to delightful Zhujiajiao, or spend time at leisure in Shanghai. This evening, enjoy the ERA show and a delicious farewell dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Days 27-28

    Fly Shanghai To Australia

    DAYS 27-28: Fly Shanghai To Australia

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

    • Breakfast

We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.

  • Nights 4

    Mercure Beijing Downtown 4 Star Hotel

    Mercure Beijing Downtown

    The 4-star Mercure Beijing Downtown is very well connected across the city, with easy access to the city centre and multiple transport links. The elegant and spacious guests rooms offer free internet access and satelite TV.

  • Nights 2

    Lanxi International Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Lanxi International Hotel

    A short distance from Xian's historic old town, the 4-star Lanxi International hotel features a terrace for you to enjoy, as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. The modern guest rooms offer a private bathroom, desk and flat screen TV.

  • Nights 2

    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, Guangxi Province
    Lijiang Waterfall Hotel

    Located in Guilin’s city center and opposite the attractive Sun and Moon pagodas, the Lijiang Waterfall Hotel offers luxury rooms equipped with a flat screen satellite television, a minibar, a safety deposit box and a stunning en-suite bathroom with complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. Guests can enjoy Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Western cuisines in the onsite restaurant.

  • Nights 2

    Elite Garden Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Elite Garden Hotel

    In the centre of Yangshuo, the 4-star Elite Garden Hotel offers spacious guest rooms designed and decorated to make you feel at home, all equipped with free internet access, complimentary bottled water and a coffee machine. The private bathrooms include both bath and shower facilities.

  • Nights 2

    Jinjiang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Jinjiang Hotel

    JinJiang Hotel is located close to Kunming's main attractions. Each of its air conditioned, modern en-suite rooms include satellite television, a minibar, complimentary toiletries and tea making facilities. The hotel is home to one revolving restaurant as well as 6 dining options and a bar. The onsite fitness centre and spa is a highlight.

  • Nights 2

    Asia Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Tourist Zone, the Old Town of Dali, Yunnan Province, China
    Asia Hotel

    Backed by the snow-capped Cangshan Mountain range and facing Erhai Lake, the four-star Asian Star Hotel offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the natural scenery of this area. The hotel offers an onsite restaurant, fitness room and currency exchange facilities. All of the rooms feature air conditioning, a telephone and a view of the mountain or lake.

  • Nights 3

    Adange Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    No. 1317 Shangri-la Road, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
    Adange Hotel

    Located in the city centre of Lijiang, the Adange 4 star hotel offers 283 elegantly furnished en-suite rooms equipped with air conditioning, satellite television, safety deposit box and refrigerator. The onsite restaurant offers local Chinese and Western dishes. A swimming pool and gym are also available.

  • Nights 2

    Xinliang Hotel 4 Star Hotel

    Xinliang Hotel

    The 4-star Xinliang Hotel is located in the heart of Chengdu, just a short distance from some of the cities key attractions. The hotel's interior was inspired by Bashu culture and blended with a modern charm. Enjoy the recreational facilities available to you, including a sauna and steamroom designed for escapism and relaxation.

  • Nights 3

    Jinjiang Huating Hotel 5 Star Hotel

    Jinjiang Huating Hotel

    A short distance from Shanghai's major tourist attractions, the 5-star Jinjiang Huating hotel offers elegant guest rooms with large windows providing views of Shanghai. This beautiful hotel is home to the rooftop Moon View Restaurant, offering breathtaking city views and exquisite Chinese dishes.

City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Guilin
  • 8°c
  • 63mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 53mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 14mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 2mm
  • Chengdu
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Guilin
  • 10°c
  • 97mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
  • Kunming
  • 10°c
  • 16mm
  • Dali
  • 9°c
  • 23mm
  • Lijiang
  • 8°c
  • 6mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 12mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Guilin
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 14°c
  • 114mm
  • Kunming
  • 14°c
  • 20mm
  • Dali
  • 12°c
  • 28mm
  • Lijiang
  • 10°c
  • 17mm
  • Chengdu
  • 12°c
  • 20mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Guilin
  • 19°c
  • 247mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 20°c
  • 224mm
  • Kunming
  • 17°c
  • 24mm
  • Dali
  • 14°c
  • 24mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 21mm
  • Chengdu
  • 17°c
  • 44mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Guilin
  • 24°c
  • 352mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 24°c
  • 312mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 97mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 66mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 56mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 78mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Guilin
  • 27°c
  • 347mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 293mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 181mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 178mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 167mm
  • Chengdu
  • 24°c
  • 107mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 231mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 200mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 202mm
  • Dali
  • 20°c
  • 186mm
  • Lijiang
  • 18°c
  • 242mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 224mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
  • Kunming
  • 20°c
  • 204mm
  • Dali
  • 19°c
  • 219mm
  • Lijiang
  • 17°c
  • 207mm
  • Chengdu
  • 26°c
  • 201mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Guilin
  • 26°c
  • 82mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 83mm
  • Kunming
  • 19°c
  • 119mm
  • Dali
  • 18°c
  • 158mm
  • Lijiang
  • 16°c
  • 161mm
  • Chengdu
  • 22°c
  • 119mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Guilin
  • 21°c
  • 66mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 22°c
  • 85mm
  • Kunming
  • 16°c
  • 79mm
  • Dali
  • 15°c
  • 104mm
  • Lijiang
  • 13°c
  • 70mm
  • Chengdu
  • 18°c
  • 35mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Guilin
  • 16°c
  • 64mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 16°c
  • 69mm
  • Kunming
  • 12°c
  • 42mm
  • Dali
  • 11°c
  • 33mm
  • Lijiang
  • 9°c
  • 16mm
  • Chengdu
  • 13°c
  • 16mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Guilin
  • 11°c
  • 43mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 12°c
  • 44mm
  • Kunming
  • 9°c
  • 11mm
  • Dali
  • 8°c
  • 15mm
  • Lijiang
  • 6°c
  • 4mm
  • Chengdu
  • 8°c
  • 5mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
China: The Big One map

Places Visited: Australia - Beijing (4N) - Overnight Train (1N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Kunming (2N) - Dali (2N) - Lijiang (3N) - Chengdu (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - Australia

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