A Classic Journey Through China
A two week intro to China's celebrated cities, ancient sites, wild landscapes and pandas, too, with a fun mix of walking tours, river cruises and cycling.
Beijing Tiananmen Square Forbidden City cycle ride through hutongs cookery class Summer Palace Great Wall at Jinshanling Xian City Walls, Muslim Quarter and Grand Mosque Terracotta Warriors Chengdu Panda Research Centre Wenshu Monastery Guilin cruise to Yangshuo cycling day tour of Shanghai cruise on Huangpu River
US $4100 excluding flights
Description of A Classic Journey Through China
This trip can be tailor made at a time to suit you and can be adapted to suit your interests, budget and requirements as necessary
1 Reviews of A Classic Journey Through China
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 08 May 2017 by Linda Seaton
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Loads of highlights in our 6 week vacation: seeing pandas & the Terracotta Warriors, walking the Great Wall, sound and light show in Yangshuo, the Potala Palace in Tibet. We also found the building work around us fascinating- such a massive scale, 20 skyscrapers at a time going up plus huge road and rail building programmes. The sheer scale of everything was astounding.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Research where you want to go.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Certainly supported the local population.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Excellent, our tour operator and their local partner did a first class job.
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PlanetIn a country where environmental problems are well documented, the purpose of this itinerary is to provide a glimpse of China’s countryside and rural way of life, as well as taking in its unmissable cultural and historical highlights. The visit to the Great Wall at Jinshanling aims to avoid the large crowds at other sections closer to Beijing. Jinshanling is far more peaceful and less developed for tourists, which makes for a more rewarding experience. The views from here as well are outstanding.
PeopleIn Beijing, the Hutongs tour is a chance to put money back into the local community by visiting local families for lunch. They are paid to receive visitors in this way and genuinely enjoy the experience. You’ll also try cookery in a local home.
Taking the overnight train to Xian also is an excellent way to involve yourself with ordinary local Chinese, who you would otherwise miss by flying as air travel is too expensive for most people. In Yangshuo, the local economy is heavily dependent on tourism these days and visits into the countryside do support the local people who provide the produce for restaurants, and operate bamboo rafts and other tourism-related ventures. You can also try your hand at a local cookery course, which will include buying the ingredients from a local market.
Also in Yangshuo, you’ll be staying in a locally-run hotels which will provide a different experience to the larger ones you will have stayed at in the cities.