Amazing China

26 Days
Beijing to Shanghai
From (USD)
$ 13,295
Dates & Pricing

2020/2021 Beijing > Shanghai

The natural choice

While many flock to see China’s famous man-made wonders, many of its most guarded treasures have been provided by Mother Nature.
This energetic itinerary celebrates natural China, sometimes overlooked in explorations of this vital and fascinating region. Discover the wondrous landscapes of Sichuan, Guangxi and Hunan provinces, from glorious waterfalls and mystic lakes to soaring peaks and dense woodlands. Marvel at vast areas of natural beauty and discover unique spots you won’t encounter elsewhere, such as the towering quartzite sandstone features near Zhangjiajie, or the lakes of Jiuzhaigou, with their startling shades and hues. This journey is perfect for guests looking for a little more adventure, with plenty of opportunities to get out and actively explore these natural gems on foot. Whether you’re looking to capture all this beauty on camera, or simply in your memories, you can look forward to spectacular images and impressions with a magic only nature can conjure.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
CHEW
Duration:
26 days
Departure City:
Beijing
Return City:
Shanghai

26 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Beijing

    Begin your discovery of China with a Peking duck welcome dinner. Your home for the next four nights is Beijing.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the Forbidden City.

    Enrich

    Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. It was once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, and this section is not usually open to the general public.

    Enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways.

    Freechoice Dining

    Try Asian at Lost Heaven, or Western dishes at The Exchange.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Freechoice

    Take an interactive cooking class or visit the 15th century Temple of Heaven. Alternatively, learn the ancient art of writing Chinese calligraphy. 

    The afternoon is at leisure.

    Freechoice

    Experience an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Beijing

    Visit China’s Great Wall at Mutianyu. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  5. Day 5 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the Summer Palace and enjoy a cruise on Kunming Lake. Fly to Yichang to join your boutique cruise ship, Yangzi Explorer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge whilst sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream. Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the gorges.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling to see the 816 Underground Project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise > Chongqing > Chengdu

    Disembark and explore the ancient town of Ciqikou. Travel by high speed train to Chengdu, before settling in for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Chengdu

    Discover the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine followed by an interactive cooking class to learn all about the secrets of this style of Chinese cooking.  

    Freechoice Dining

    Dinner is a choice of Sichuan cuisine, Western ribs and burgers at Mooney’s Irish Bar, or an international buffet dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Chengdu

    Enrich

    Enjoy a special day as a member of the panda volunteer training program. Enjoy an enchanting encounter with rare Giant panda cubs as you help staff at the Dujiangyan Panda Base prepare food to feed and care for them.

    Later, wander along Jinli Street to the 2nd-century Wuhou Temple. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - Chengdu > Jiuzhaigou

    Fly to the World Heritage-listed Jiuzhaigou Valley, known as Nine Villages Valley. En route, explore Muni Valley before relaxing at your resort for two nights.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose to dine at Simmer Chinese restaurant or an international buffet at Open.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Jiuzhaigou

    At 2,800 metres explore this remarkable World Biosphere Reserve by private bus.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  14. Day 14 - Jiuzhaigou > Xi’an

    Discover Songpan Ancient Town then fly to Xi’an for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Xi’an

    Enrich

    Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator.

    Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.

    Enrich

    Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator. 

    Sundowners

    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  16. Day 16 - Xi’an > Guilin

    Explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall and the Muslim Quarter’s alleyways before flying to Guilin for an overnight stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Guilin > Yangshuo

    Enjoy picturesque vistas as you sail down the idyllic Li River to Yangshuo. Later stroll around the Old Town before settling back at your luxurious hotel for a two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  18. Day 18 - Yangshuo

    Venture into the countryside to discover a rural way of life rarely encountered by tourists. Visit Fuli, the hometown of China’s iconic painted paper fans. In the evening, witness the amazing Impression Liu Sanjie Show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Yangshuo > Guilin > Guangzhou

    After exploring around Guilin, take the high-speed train to Guangzhou for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Guangzhou

    Freechoice

    Visit the historical Yuexiu Park and Shamian Island or visit Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. Alternatively, ride the Bubble Tram on top of Canton Tower.

    Your afternoon is at leisure for shopping. This evening admire the city’s futuristic skyline on your cruise along the Pearl River.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Guangzhou > Zhangjiajie

    Fly to the World Heritage-listed Wulingyuan Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie. Tonight, experience a cultural performance at the Zhangjiajie Theatre. You’ll spend the next two nights in Zhangjiajie.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Zhangjiajie

    By private shuttle bus, explore this region’s wondrous ravines and gorges. Avoid the queues with your VIP pass and ride the Bailong elevator at Yuanjiajie. See the gravity-defying mesas of Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’, then soak in the views from Tianzi Mountain.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - Zhangjiajie > Shanghai

    Soar on the world’s longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain, also known as Heaven Gate Mountain. This evening, fly to cosmopolitan Shanghai and enjoy a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  24. Day 24 - Shanghai

    Stroll along the famous Bund and compare its striking heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover the modern China. Later, admire the view from Shanghai Tower. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  25. Day 25 - Shanghai

    Freechoice

    Wander through the Shanghai Museum, People’s Square and Xintiandi or visit Zhujiajiao. Alternatively, take a cruise on Huangpu River.

    Sundowners

    Soak in the view of the Bund and Pudong with farewell drinks from the rooftop bar.

    After enjoy your farewell dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Shanghai

    It’s the end of an amazing journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The Scenic Difference
  • Ride the Bailong Elevator to view Avatar’s ‘Hallelujah Mountain’
  • Ride the world longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain
  • Ride the bubble train at the top of Canton Tower
  • Enjoy two nights at the Banyan Tree Yangshuo
  • Attend the Impression Liu Sanji Show in Yangshuo
  • Private, after hours viewing at the Xi’an Qujiang Museum of Fine Arts
  • Sundowners overlooking the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi’an
  • Participate in the Panda Volunteer Training Program
  • 5D/4N upstream cruise on the Yangzi Explorer

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 18 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • 2 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 61 meals – 25 breakfasts (B), 18 lunches (L) and 18 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal transport
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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