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Best of China

National Geographic Journeys

Learn some of the reasons for the popularity of this region on a Best of China escorted tour. Journey from From Beijing to Shanghai on this exciting vacation. Immerse yourself in ancient wonders like the Great Wall, UNESCO World Heritage sites, delicious cuisine, learn about Tai Chi, take a cooking class and more.

Contrasts abound on this vacation, from cosmopolitan and technologically advanced cities, to rural towns and ancient customs. Admire panoramic views from the ancient watchtowers on The Great Wall's Mutianyu section. Stroll through the gates of the gorgeous Forbidden City and visit The Temple of Heaven. Marvel at the iconic Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an. See a display of ancient Chinese folk art with a shadow puppetry performance. Dive in to the Muslim Quarter, renowned for incredible street food then visit to Gao’s Grand Courtyard. Greet locals as you take a Li River cruise past karst towers, water buffalo farmers working in rice paddies. Foodies will relish a trip to Yangshuo market and cooking lesson culminating in a delicious dinner. Participate in an early morning Tai Chi class and learn about its health benefits. Enjoy a delightful stroll through The Bund, lively riverfront district. You'll also have some free time in various locations to experience as you wish.


12 Daysfr. $2,899

  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Chinese Shadow Puppetry, Xi'an
  • JOURNEYS HIGHLIGHT MOMENT: Tai Chi Class, Yangshuo
  • G FOR GOOD MOMENT: Jia Community Restaurant, Yangshuo
  • FOODIE MOMENT: Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo
  • DISCOVER MOMENT: Shanghai
  • PRIVATE Tai Chi class
  • TOUR Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven
  • VISIT Beijing's traditional hutongs
  • EXCURSION to the Great Wall
  • GUIDED WALK Xi'an Muslim quarter and Gao’s Grand Courtyard
  • CYCLE along the Xi'an city walls
  • TOUR Terracotta warriors
  • ENJOY lunch in a local village
  • SAIL Li River boat ride
  • STROLL through the countryside with village visits
  • ORIENTATION WALK Shanghai
  • WALK the Great Wall
  • ENJOY performance of shadow puppetry
  • SAMPLE street food in Xi’an
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ: Allow USD$325-$425 for meals not included
  • SL Hotel in Beijing (3 nights)
  • Basic Overnight Train - Beijing to Xi'an (1 night)
  • Fuhai Mingdu Hotel in Xi'an (2 nights)
  • Yangshuo Village Inn in Yangshuo Countryside (2 nights)
  • Yangshuo Changfeng Green Water Resort in Yangshuo (1 night)
  • Shanghai Baolong Hotel in Shanghai (2 nights)

BEIJING Location Information Description

Beijing, China

Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer is included. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Enjoy Beijing’s famed Peking duck at your welcome dinner tonight.

Dinner

SL Hotel

BEIJING Location Information Description

Beijing, China

Today, discover one of the most iconic wonders of the world—the Great Wall of China. This impressive series of fortifications was built between the 3rd century BC and the 17th century AD along China’s northern border, and spans more than 20,000 kilometers.

You’ll explore the less-visited Mutianyu section, taking in sweeping views of the countryside from the ancient watchtowers. Opt to ascend a section of the wall by cable car; then hike up to Mutianyu’s highest point and choose to slide back down to the entrance in a toboggan.

Breakfast

SL Hotel

BEIJING Location Information Description

Beijing, China

Delve into the fascinating history of Beijing on a full-day tour. Visit the palaces and elegant galleries of the Forbidden City—seat of the Ming and Qing dynasties for more than five centuries—and walk across vast Tiananmen Square, where some of China’s most significant political events have taken place.

Venture to the elegant Temple of Heaven, where the emperor would come to pray and perform sacrificial rites, and watch locals practice tai chi in the surrounding gardens. Later, we’ll take a walk through the hutongs or hidden alleyways of Beijing’s old neighborhoods.

Breakfast

SL Hotel

BEIJING/XI'AN Location Information Description

Beijing, China

Continue to explore Beijing today and enjoy some free time on your own. In the evening, catch an overnight train to Xi'an, one of China’s four ancient capitals and the eastern terminus of the Silk Road.

Breakfast

Basic Overnight Train

XI'AN Location Information Description

Xi'an, China

Explore Xi'an like a local this morning, hopping on a bike to ride along the city’s well-preserved 14th-century walls. Later, hit the streets of the vibrant Muslim Quarter, known for its mouthwatering street food.

Enjoy a visit to Gao’s Grand Courtyard. This beautifully restored mansion belonged to a Ming-era official, and offers an insight into traditional Chinese family life. Round off your visit with a performance of shadow puppetry, an ancient Chinese folk art.

Breakfast

Fuhai Mingdu Hotel

XI'AN Location Information Description

Xi'an, China

Visit the famed terra-cotta army, fashioned more than 2,000 years ago to protect the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China’s first emperor. You’ll spend half a day learning about this archaeological treasure and admiring the artistic detail of the thousands of life-size sculptures.

Afterward, enjoy lunch in a nearby village, where local farmers first discovered the terra-cotta warriors in 1974. Opt for a dumpling banquet this evening, getting a chance to taste traditional northern Chinese cuisine.

Breakfast, Lunch

Fuhai Mingdu Hotel

YANGSHUO COUNTRYSIDE Location Information Description

Yangshuo, China

Fly to Yangshuo in China's lush southwestern region, situated at the meeting point of the Li and Yulong Rivers and ringed by dramatic limestone peaks. Float down the Li River on a traditional vessel, winding around karst towers and gliding past terraced rice fields and local fishermen on bamboo boats.

Tonight, you’ll enjoy dinner at a G Adventures–supported restaurant, which provides rural women with opportunities to become self-reliant.

Breakfast, Dinner

Yangshuo Village Inn

YANGSHUO COUNTRYSIDE Location Information Description

Yangshuo, China

Venture further into the scenic countryside this morning, trekking through peaceful rural villages, fruit orchards, and rice paddies.

Later, delve into the region’s cuisine on a visit to a Yangshuo market, where you’ll learn about the ingredients used to prepare typical dishes. Then try your hand at whipping up some of these local specialties at a cooking class, and enjoy your creations for dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Yangshuo Village Inn

YANGSHUO Location Information Description

Yangshuo, China

Rise early for a private tai chi class with a local expert and learn about the health benefits of this ancient Chinese exercise, practiced by millions around the world. Later, travel to the town of Yangshuo and wander through its quaint, café-lined streets. Spend the afternoon at leisure, and opt to enjoy a stunning theatrical performance over the Li River.

Breakfast

Yangshuo Changfeng Green Water Resort

YANGSHUO/SHANGHAI Location Information Description

Shanghai, China

Fly to Shanghai, one of China’s most bustling metropolises. Set off on a stroll of the Bund, the downtown riverfront district, and take in Shanghai’s colonial architecture and futuristic skyline—a mesmerizing mix of old and new. Explore the city on your own time this evening.

Breakfast

Shanghai Baolong Hotel

SHANGHAI Location Information Description

Shanghai, China

Spend the day soaking up vibrant Shanghai on your own. Opt to visit the Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art; roam the beautiful Yuyuan Garden, a classical Chinese garden dating to the Ming era; enjoy a spectacular acrobatic show; ascend to the top of the iconic Oriental Pearl, one of the tallest TV towers in the world; and much more.

Breakfast

Shanghai Baolong Hotel

SHANGHAI Location Information Description

Shanghai, China

Depart at any time.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
$3,099.00
Sun, Sep 26, 2021
$3,099.00
Sun, Oct 10, 2021
$2,899.00
Sun, Apr 17, 2022
$2,899.00
Sun, May 22, 2022
$2,899.00
Sun, Jun 19, 2022
$2,899.00
Sun, Jul 24, 2022
$2,899.00
Sun, Aug 14, 2022
$2,899.00
Sun, Sep 04, 2022
$2,899.00
Sun, Oct 16, 2022
$2,899.00

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  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

  • RESTRICTIONS: Train travel is often used throughout our China trips as it's an easily accessible and fast way to make the most of the time you have in China. While packing for your trip please note the following restrictions and remember that the local policies in place are for yours and everyone's safety. Prohibited items on China's trains and metro: 1. Any knives or scissors 2. Items or food that have an unpleasant odor (ex. Durian) 3. Open liquor bottles (new bottles with the seal intact are okay) 4. Pressurized/flammable containers over 120ml in size (ex. sunscreen spray, mosquito repellent spray, hairspray, etc.) Prohibited items on trains to/from Guangxi Province - Guilin/Yangshuo: 1. Floria Water - a mosquito repellent water common in China 2. Self-heating food items (self-heating hot pot, rice, etc.) 3. As well as everything on the previous list above
  • Expectations: China has emerged as a great tourist destination in the last ten years and is an intriguing and rewarding destination to visit. Developing at a fast rate, travel is becoming easier for foreigners but please be aware that English is still not widely spoken outside the large cities and that accommodation, toilet facilities and some transportation is not yet at the same level as you would expect in developed countries. If you are able to bring with you a lot of patience, a great sense of humor and a willingness to try and interact with the local people, your travel experience will be greatly enhanced.
  • All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
  • LUGGAGE: As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks, soft rolling bags or duffles are much more suitable than hard suitcases for this style of trip. LUGGAGE WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS: There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
  • Peak season notice: Golden Week falls between October 1st and 7th, 2021. Please note that Golden Week is a semi-annual 7-day or 8-day national holiday for the people of China. This is a very busy time of the year for domestic tourists, so expect some crowding at major attractions. We recommend booking these dates well in advance as accommodations and transportation availability is extremely limited.
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