Shanghai Yu Yuan Gardens, along the calm waters and winding forest paths, China

Highlights of China Tour: One-Week Eastern Exploration

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Customizable Itinerary

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Countries Visited

China

Places Visited

Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guilin

Suggested Duration

7 Days

The mysterious allure and tranquil setting of China will sweep you off your feet during this luxurious, 7-day tour of some of China’s most iconic highlights. Scale the longest wall in the world, experience an explosion of unique flavors, and venerate the intricate facial details of the Terracotta Warriors in the first emperor’s mausoleum. Clamber across the curving green and yellow backs of dragons before ascending to the highest peak where the longest reigning prince lived. Lastly, embody the...

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Trip Highlights

  • Tower over China’s luscious land as you scale the longest wall in the world
  • Enlighten your taste buds with the crispy skin and tender meat of Peking duck, which is, at one point in time, food that only imperials could eat
  • Venerate the care and details of the Terracotta Warriors in the first emperor’s mausoleum
  • Traverse the curving Longsheng rice terraces as if you were climbing the backs of dragons
  • Embrace the feng shui culture of the Summer Palace and embody the harmony that infuses every element of the structure
  • Meditate in the heart of Shanghai along the tranquil waters and serpentine paths to the woods

Detailed Description

The mysteries behind China’s allure will be revealed to you on this luxurious, 7-day trip of the country’s highlights. Once you arrive in Beijing Capital Airport, your private transfer will escort you to one of many UNESCO heritage sites in the country: the Great Wall of China. The adrenaline from standing atop a wall that has lasted 2,300 years will continue as you make a stop in Tiananmen Square. Then, your taste buds will explode with delight when they taste the crispy skin and tender meat of Peking duck, which is also referred to as Beijing duck. After your delicious dinner, you will travel into the past as you wander the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Forbidden City. Here, you will have the unique pleasure of witnessing the Terracotta Warriors and the ancient style of buildings with red walls and yellow tiles that complement the greenery.

After you are finished with Beijing, you will transfer to the East Coast of the country for a couple of nights in Shanghai. Shanghai is located in the Zhejiang province, which is the financial capital of China. With a belly full of breakfast, you will experience a zen moment as you stroll around the Gongqing National Forest in Shanghai, which will be set against a background of botanical wonders. Then, enlightenment will beckon you through the two Jade Buddhas before your journey to Yu Garden for a walk across the Jiuqu Bridge: any who cross this bridge will experience great luck. You will be able to feel the division between the old and new as you walk in Xintiandi, which is an old town in Shanghai with narrow alleyways and vaulted doors, among a blend of Eastern and Western architecture. The following day, you will transfer to Xi’an, where the mesmerizing Terracotta Warriors will wait for your presence as you descend into the mausoleum of the first emperor of China.

The following day, you will journey to the remote village of Guilin and meet the colorful Zhuang and Yao nationalities who live among the rice terraces that are shaped like a dragon’s backbone. Then, you will hike up to the Solitary Beauty Peak, where the longest reigning Ming dynasty prince once lived. Here, you can gaze out across the beautiful landscape of Guilin. Then, you will travel back to Beijing to visit the Summer Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best-preserved, royal parks in China. When your heart is full of memories and your belly is satisfied with Chinese delicacies, your private transfer will lead you to Beijing Capital Airport for your departure home.

Starting Price

$1,570 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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