Classic China

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Best time to go: March to November

13 Nights | from £3,881pp

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Classic China

Highlights
  • Gaze out along the Great Wall of China
  • Cruise the Yangtze in five-star style
  • Meet 7,000 Terracotta Warriors
  • Get up close to giant pandas
  • Dine at the Waldorf Astoria, with a view over Shanghai’s dazzling Bund



     

Day 1 UK/Beijing
Maximise your time by flying overnight to Beijing, China’s pulsating capital and greatest gateway.

Days 2-4 Beijing
For a thousand years successive emperors lorded over the Chinese empire from the palaces of Beijing. Times, and politics, may have changed, but this city is no less central to the nation. In three days, with the expertise of a private guide and from the central Waldorf Astoria, you can start to get under the skin of this dynamic city and its serener surrounds. Visit the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City, where those emperors once sat; barter for silk scarves and fine pearls at Hongqiao Market; and take pedicab ride around the atmospheric hutongs – these traditional alleyways ooze ancient China. Head out to the suburbs for some respite at the Summer Palace – the largest imperial garden in the world – where you can wander amid the cool hills and grand buildings, and row a boat across Lake Kunming. Further still lies China’s great wonder, the Great Wall: drive out with a guide to climb the ramparts (or take a cable car) at Mutianyu, to see this finest of fortifications snake off across the hills.
Waldorf Astoria Beijing | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Beijing/Xian
Watch the Chinese countryside whizz by on the high-speed train Xian to stay at the stylish Hilton Hotel, located within the former imperial capital’s ancient walls.
Hilton Hotel Xian | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Xian
Xian’s main draw lies outside those walls: the Terracotta Warriors, an army of more than 7,000 terracotta figures with their attendant chariots and horses. They were built by ambitious emperor Qin Shi Huang in 221 BC but only rediscovered by a farmer in 1974. There are sites in the city, though. Visit the Great Mosque and wander the Muslim Quarter (home to the city’s tastiest streetfood), admire the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and – most dazzling – take an exclusive after-dark tour.
Hilton Hotel Xian | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Xian/Chengdu
Chengdu, capital of Szechuan province, practically sizzles: it’s Asia’s first UNESCO City of Gastronomy, and its food is the most mouthwatering in China. After a short flight from Xian, you could spend an afternoon grazing among the city’s backstreets, or relax in the luxurious lobby of the Ritz-Carlton, partaking in a traditional gongfu tea ceremony.
Ritz-Carlton Chengdu | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Chengdu
Chengdu’s Panda Breeding and Research Centre is the best place to get close to this iconic, endangered species – including the cubs in the nursery. After this overload of cute, enjoy some culture: catch a Bian Lian performance, an opera-like show of dramatic movement and vibrant masks.
Ritz-Carlton Chengdu | Meals: Breakfast

Days 9-11 Chengdu/Chongqing & River Cruise
The Yangtze is the third-longest river in the world, and slices through some of the most picturesque parts of China – not least the legendary Three Gorges. The MS Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is one of only two five-star boats operating here – when you board in Chongqing, a short train ride from Chengdu, it’s clear you’ll be navigating this waterway in some style. Meals aboard are sumptuous, views from the deck are sublime, and shore excursions, led by expert historians and naturalists, bring the landscape to life; you’ll even get to visit a local family, relocated during the construction of the world’s largest dam.
MS Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 Yichang/Shanghai
From lazy river to neon whirlwind: Shanghai is modern China incarnate. A quick flight from Yichang and you’ll be fully immersed in this heady Paris of the East – the elegant Waldorf Astoria sits right on the Bund, the historic boardwalk along the Huangpu River. Wander out at night to see the city sparkle.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund | Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Shanghai
Shanghai may be thrusting forward, but there’s history round every turn. Explore with a guide to unearth the best of this city, old and new, from the beautiful Yu Gardens and winding alleys of the Old Town to Moganshan (a factory turned art district) and the 21st-century glass towers.
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund | Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Shanghai/UK
Leave China, thrilled by its highlights – and no doubt planning to come back.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
Our Classic China journey starts at £3,881 per person based on two people sharing, with flights from the UK (and subject to availability). A selection of departure dates and prices are shown below. Or, if you would like us to tailor this itinerary to suit your exact requirements, please call our Asia team who will be happy to help.

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Best time to be there

While there are differences in the climate according to the region in China, it is best to travel in Spring and Autumn when the weather is not too hot nor freezing cold. But we also pay attention to festival periods and special occasions.

Fly to

Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong (British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin)

flying time

11 hours 20 minutes non-stop

time difference

GMT +7 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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