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Legends of China

  • Duration
    17 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
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Discover China's finest wonders on this lavish cross-country adventure. Experience natural grandeur and imperial treasures, witness man-made marvels and ultra-modern miracles, as you wind your way from Beijing to Shanghai in style.

  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 18
  • Physical Rating 1Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required but it's more about spending time on your feet rather than covering large distances. You'll be getting on and off coaches and boats, walking around the sights and climbing some steps. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and time on your feet
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Tour Highlights

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

Authentic Experiences

Our Legends of 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 suitable for those with a reasonable amount of time available to travel and who are looking to tour the most iconic and popular destinations and cities in China. This tour is a deluxe tour and is suitable for the more discerning traveller.

  • Day 1
    Fly to Beijing
    Day 1: Fly to Beijing

    Fly to the imperial capital of Beijing. On arrival you will be accompanied by one of our experienced National Escorts to the hotel.

  • Day 2
    Explore imperial Beijing
    Day 2: Explore imperial Beijing

    Begin the day like many locals with gentle exercise, with a private Tai Chi lesson in the Temple of Heaven park. Cross vast Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City. A monument to a dynastic past, the palace served as the home of emperors for 500 years. Your visit includes entrance to the intimate Treasure Hall, a glittering showcase of dynastic royal life. Dine on Peking Duck and enjoy an optional Chinese kung fu show (at your own expense). (B,L,D)

  • Day 3
    Champagne on the Great Wall
    Day 3: Champagne on the Great Wall

    From the Gobi Desert to the Bohai Sea the Great Wall stretches thousands of miles. Visit the beautiful Mutianyu section, stopping at the ideal spot to enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the views of the Wall as it snakes over craggy peaks. Return to Beijing via a jade factory, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the warren-like hutongs where you will meet a local family. Later, enjoy a free evening at lively Houhai Lake. (B,L)

  • Day 4
    Ancient City Walls
    Day 4: Ancient City Walls

    Fly to Xian. Walk on the 14thcentury walls for an excellent overview of the city. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the facilities of your hotel. This evening watch a Tang Dynasty dance performance. (B,L)

  • Day 5
    The Terracotta Warriors
    Day 5: The Terracotta Warriors

    View the enigmatic ranks of the Terracotta Warriors in the company of an expert who works at the site and who will put their story into context. Next, we have exclusively arranged for you to meet the man who discovered the Warriors – learn about the moment they were uncovered by talking to one of the farmers who stumbled upon them in 1974. Visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition before returning to the city. Later study with local dumpling chefs to learn the art of creating these cultural delicacies. (B,L,D)

  • Day 6
    Beautiful Guilin
    Day 6: Beautiful Guilin

    Explore Hanyangling Mausoleum. The artefacts recovered here, viewable from the glass walkways above, give a fascinating insight into daily life during the Western Han Dynasty. Fly to Guilin, a city set in dramatic limestone karst landscapes. (B,L)

  • Day 7
    Cruise the Li River
    Day 7: Cruise the Li River

    Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo. The magnificence of the limestone karsts and serenity of life on the riverbanks is a wonderful sight. On arrival, enjoy dinner at a vegetarian restaurant before ‘Impression Sanjie Liu’, a light spectacular that perfectly utilises the karst landscape as a theatre and the Li River as a stage. (B,L,D)

  • Day 8
    At leisure in Yangshuo
    Day 8: At leisure in Yangshuo

    Take a walking tour of Yangshuo's idyllic, karst studded countryside before taking the afternoon at leisure. (B)

  • Day 9
    Cormorant fishermen
    Day 9: Cormorant fishermen

    Return to Guilin by road. Stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li River and meet a cormorant fisherman. Take a walking tour of the twin Sun and Moon Pagodas – set on a calm lake these towers are picturesque and elegant examples of Chinese Buddhist architecture. Enjoy a stroll around Guilin’s vibrant West Lake area before visiting the South China Pearl Museum to discover the fascinating 1,700-year history of pearling in the South China Sea. As well as displays and demonstrations there are also beautiful pieces to buy. (B)

  • Day 10
    EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE
    Day 10: EMBARK YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE

    Travel by bullet train from Guilin to Chongqing, where you will visit China’s celebrated bear at Chongqing Zoo’s dedicated Panda House. Later board your Century Yangtze cruise ship. (B,L,D)

  • Day 11
    Captain's welcome
    Day 11: Captain's welcome

    The Yangtze has long played a pivotal role in the history, culture and economy of China – this voyage is the perfect way to gain an insight into its importance. The first excursion will be to Shibaozhai, a hilltop pagoda beside the river. This evening the captain will host a welcome reception followed by a lavish dinner at the à la carte restaurant.

  • Day 12
    Dramatic Yangtze Gorges
    Day 12: Dramatic Yangtze Gorges

    Prepare for breathtaking vistas as you sail through the Wu and Qutang Gorges before cruising along the scenic Shennong Stream on a sampan to further explore. Back on board; expand your knowledge on the dam project with a presentation by the ship’s river guide.

  • Day 13
    Three Gorges Dam Project
    Day 13: Three Gorges Dam Project

    This massive feat of engineering saw the century-old dreams of Chinese luminaries come to fruition. Created to harness the power of the Yangtze, it is difficult not to be awestruck as you stand on the viewing platform. Also, visit the Three Gorges Dam exhibition centre. Disembark and transfer to Wuhan and fly to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. (B,L)

  • Day 14
    Zhujiajiao water town
    Day 14: Zhujiajiao water town

    The 1,700 year old Zhujiajiao water town is a typical example of rustic Chinese charm, boasting old stone bridges, woodpanelled houses and numerous atmospheric waterways. Return to Shanghai where the afternoon is free, or watch an acrobatics show (at your own expense). (B,L)

  • Day 15
    Stylish Shanghai
    Day 15: Stylish Shanghai

    Walk in the Yu Gardens, a classic example of traditional Chinese horticulture. Visit the colonial Bund, the Silk Museum and the Old Town, before admiring the collections of the Shanghai Museum. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening before toasting the end of the tour with a cocktail at Cloud 9 in Jin Mao Tower with views of the Pudong skyline. (B,L,D)

  • Days 16-17
    SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA
    DAYS 16-17: SHANGHAI TO AUSTRALIA

    This morning is at leisure before you are transferred to Shanghai airport to board your flight to Australia, arriving home to same or following day. (B)

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 3
    Regent Beijing Wangfujing
    Regent Beijing Wangfujing
    Within steps of the vibrant Pedestrian Zone of Wangfujing, the Regent Building offers a grand choice in sophisticated, centrally located accommodation. This luxurious hotel provides meticulously designed rooms with a King Size bed and 42" plasma screen TV. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Serenity Spa.
  • Nights 2
    Shangri-La Hotel Xian
    Shangri-La Hotel Xian
    Set in an upscale commercial area, the Shangri-La Hotel offers spacious and refined rooms with marble bathrooms and city views through the room’s expansive floor-to-ceiling window. You can enjoy the hotel’s amenities, which include 3 restaurants and an elegant lobby bar, as well as a spa, a gym and an indoor pool. Dedicated and experienced staff caters to the needs of guests with an extensive range of services and facilities.
  • Night 1
    Shangri-La Guilin
    111 Huancheng North 2nd Rd, Qixing, Guilin, Guangxi, China, 541004
    Shangri-La Guilin
    Featuring classic Chinese architecture, this elegant hotel can be found along the Lijiang River. The plush rooms have picture windows with city, river or garden views, as well as marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, flat-screens and sitting areas. Upgraded quarters add club lounge access with special perks, while suites include living rooms. Some also come with dining areas. Room service is offered 24/7.
  • Nights 2
    Amari Yangshuo
    Amari Yangshuo
    The Amari Yangshuo is excellently located just a few minutes’ stroll from lively West Street, but still surrounded by the beauty for which the town is famous. Boasting a cool, contemporary feel, the hotel has a restaurant serving local and international dishes, fitness centre and spa. Bedrooms are bright and spacious with a private marble bathroom, air-conditioning, television, kettle and a private balcony with views over Yangshuo’s breathtaking landscapes.
  • Nights 2
    Fairmont Peace Hotel
    20 Nanjing East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai
    Fairmont Peace Hotel
    Fairmont Peace Hotel is a "luxurious Art-Deco masterpiece", brilliantly reinvented for the 21st century where old fashioned glamour sparkles with a new luster. Situated at the famous Bund promenade and the unrivalled shopping area on Nanjing Road, it is the perfect place to explore Shanghai's spectacular scenery and vibrant lifestyle.
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -3°c
  • 3mm
  • Guilin
  • 8°c
  • 63mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 53mm
  • Shanghai
  • 5°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 0°c
  • 5mm
  • Guilin
  • 10°c
  • 97mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 10°c
  • 81mm
  • Shanghai
  • 7°c
  • 59mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 6°c
  • 8mm
  • Guilin
  • 13°c
  • 137mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 14°c
  • 114mm
  • Shanghai
  • 10°c
  • 94mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 21mm
  • Guilin
  • 19°c
  • 247mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 20°c
  • 224mm
  • Shanghai
  • 16°c
  • 74mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 34mm
  • Guilin
  • 24°c
  • 352mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 24°c
  • 312mm
  • Shanghai
  • 21°c
  • 84mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 24°c
  • 78mm
  • Guilin
  • 27°c
  • 347mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 293mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 182mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 26°c
  • 185mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 231mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 200mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 146mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 25°c
  • 160mm
  • Guilin
  • 29°c
  • 173mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 28°c
  • 186mm
  • Shanghai
  • 29°c
  • 214mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 20°c
  • 46mm
  • Guilin
  • 26°c
  • 82mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 26°c
  • 83mm
  • Shanghai
  • 25°c
  • 87mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 14°c
  • 22mm
  • Guilin
  • 21°c
  • 66mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 22°c
  • 85mm
  • Shanghai
  • 20°c
  • 56mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • 5°c
  • 7mm
  • Guilin
  • 16°c
  • 64mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 16°c
  • 69mm
  • Shanghai
  • 14°c
  • 52mm
City Average Temperate Monthly Rainfall
  • Beijing
  • -1°c
  • 3mm
  • Guilin
  • 11°c
  • 43mm
  • Yangshuo
  • 12°c
  • 44mm
  • Shanghai
  • 8°c
  • 44mm
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Legends of China  map

Places Visited: Australia - Beijing (3N) - Xian (2N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Yangtze River Cruise (3N) - Shanghai (3N) - Australia

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