Amazing China

Journey in 5 star luxury from Beijing to Shanghai over 26 days and visit the wondrous landscapes of Sichuan, Guangxi & Hunan provinces and see Giant Pandas.

26 Days
Beijing to Shanghai
From (AUD)
$ 17,890
Dates & Pricing

2019/2020 Beijing > Shanghai

The natural choice

While many flock to see China’s famous man-made wonders, so many of its most guarded treasures have been provided by Mother Nature.
This energetic itinerary celebrates the 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 that have a magic only nature can conjure.
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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 located close to the Forbidden City.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the Forbidden City. Enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home in the hutongs before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient laneways.

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    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 to shop at the Silk Markets.

    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 most iconic attraction, the 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 before an interactive cooking class to learn all about the secrets of this style of Chinese cooking.

    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

    Enjoy an enchanting close encounter with rare giant panda cubs.

    Later wander along Jinli Street to the second 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.

    Choose to dine at Shunxing Chinese restaurant or an international buffet at Nongra Café.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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 accommodation 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. This 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

    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 for a two night stay. Tonight, experience a cultural performance at the Zhangjiajie Theatre.

    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

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

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

    Later, explore at leisure, before your farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  26. Day 26 - Shanghai

    It’s the end of an amazing journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

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

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