The Summer Palace in Beijing, China.

Highlights of China Tour: Ancient Cultures to Booming Cities

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited


Places Visited

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

This customizable 2-week tour of China's highlights will allow you to witness a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to discover ancient cultures, to indulge in tantalizing cuisine, and to ascend to the summit of Victoria Peak. The alluring qualities of China will shatter your preconceptions, unveil enchanting secrets, and create life-long memories. Discover China with this immersive tour.

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Trip Highlights

  • Traverse the immense UNESCO heritage sites of the Forbidden Palace and revel in the serenity of the Summer Palace
  • Ascend to the top of the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall and relish the panoramic views from the surrounding areas
  • Admire the fierce Terracotta Warriors who stand guard for the first emperor in his afterlife
  • Cycle around the oldest and largest city defense system of Xi’an, the Ancient City Wall
  • Board the boat cruise to sail down the Li River and admire the serene landscape that lines the water
  • Frolic and feed the baby pandas at the research center before exploring the largest stone seated Buddha
  • Savor the vibrant flavors of hot pot from Chengdu and discover the collection of over 100 Buddhist sculptures from the 8th century
  • Cherish the seamless details that blend east and west in the French Concession of Shanghai
  • Ascend to the top of Victoria Peak for breathtaking panoramic views and dazzle your taste buds with a Michelin-starred dim sum
  • Appreciate the beautiful landscape of Hong Kong as you promenade down the Tsim Sha Tsui walkway

Detailed Description

China is an exotic and alluring country that holds many highlights for any explorer. From the time your plane arrives at Beijing International Airport, your private transfer will be on hand to escort you to your luxury accommodation. Once you have settled in, your experienced guide will lead you to a traditional rickshaw where you will recline for a relaxing, up close and personal look at the traditional hutongs in the capital. As the sights, sounds, and tasty smells float by, the city will provide you with a welcoming embrace. The Forbidden City was once only privy to emperors and high-ranking officials, but you are now able to traverse the entire dwelling. As you stroll by the vibrant red walls that safeguarded the imperial families, you will feel excitement at walking in the same footsteps as emperors from the 15th century.

The Great Wall of China is an astounding phenomenon that has lasted through many dynasties, and you will be able to scale to the top of the Mutianyu portion. As you and your guide stand at one of the stopping points, you will gaze in awe at the surrounding beauty before taking the slide down the wall. Xi’an is a city that holds a lot of historical significance as the home of the Terracotta Warriors, discovered by two farmers digging a well. The sea of ferocious soldiers stand on guard for the first emperor in his afterlife, and you will revere the individual expressions each statue has. Yangshuo is a place of such great natural beauty that it has been depicted quite often in poetry and paintings. As you sail down the Li River on a boat cruise to Yangshuo, you will stand back and cherish the karst landscapes that appear as if they were made for a painting.

The research center in Chengdu is famous for its playful characters, especially the hungry pandas. When you stare into their soft brown eyes, you will fall deeper in love with their comical spirit. After their appetite is satisfied, look to satiate yourself. Sichuan cooking is legendary in Chengdu, and the best way to experience its tasty flavors is through hot pot. As you and your guide sit down to dine, you will inhale the luxurious scent from the boiling pot in the center of the table and feel your appetite grow. The Bund in Shanghai holds the key to the seamless blending of east and west. As you stroll down the promenade, you will feel as if you have been transported to another time. After you ascend to the top of Victoria Peak and savor the spectacular view of Hong Kong, you will walk down Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and relish the soft breeze that flows in from the ocean.

Starting Price

$4,097 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

What's Included

The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.

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