China Explorer (20 days)

20 days from just £3,670 pp
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flag Beijing - Xian - Chengdu - Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Guilin - Yangshuo - Longsheng - Hong Kong
What's included?
+ included - not included
  • International Flight
  • Accommodation
  • Water
  • Meals
  • Escorted Tour
  • Domestic Flights
  • Airport Taxes Charges
  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • Tipping

Come and spend over two weeks with us exploring the most beautiful monuments and scenery that any country has to offer. Discover the diverse culture and culinary delicacies that excel in China, and stay in the best hotels each city has to offer. China Explorer gives you the opportunity to experience more of the culture and scenery away from the big cities.

 

4* Value Option – save up to £365 per person on advertised price!

 

Day 1 UK to Beijing

Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight to Beijing.

(We can also arrange flights from other UK airports without any additional cost; upgrade to premium economy class or business class available on request)

Day 2 Beijing

Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to 5* hotel in city centre. Later visit the Temple of Heaven – built in 1420, it was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvest for the year. Time permitting, we will visit the Olympic Village, Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Conclude today with a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Meals Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 3 Beijing

We start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square – the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (with late Chairman Mao’s huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City – which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since the 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. The afternoon tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace, with the largest imperial garden in China where late Qing emperors and empresses stayed between May and October, seeking escape from the pollution inside the city. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 4 Beijing

Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Jinshanling – a remote and wild section of the wall relatively unspoiled by overflow of tourists. Spend the whole day exploring this unique wonder. Enjoy picnic lunch on the Great Wall. Return to hotel late afternoon for a refreshing shower. This evening after a traditional Peking duck dinner, you’ll take a closer look into Beijing people’s night life by visiting the trendy bar street.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 5 Beijing to Xian

We start our tour today with a rickshaw tour around old Beijing’s Hutong (alleyways) area – visit a typical Beijing family in a courtyard house. Later in the afternoon we take a short flight to Xian – the ancient capital of the Middle Kingdom. Upon arrival, visit the Ancient City Walls, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. We then continue to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, also known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex, the Temple was initially built in 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Tonight enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 6 Xian

Today our tour begins with yet another highlight of the entire journey – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang. This afternoon return to the city to visit the Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns, this is the landmark of Xian. We will also have time to browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 7 Xian to Chengdu

This morning we transfer to airport for a flight to Chengdu – the capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival, take a trip to Leshan and visit the Grand Buddha Statue, the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world. This evening, after a Sichuan style dinner, enjoy a traditional Chuan Opera performance.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 8 Chengdu

This morning visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre. Experience a close encounter with the rare and cute panda bears. Afternoon continue to visit the Du Fu Thatched Cottage and Wu Hou Temple.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 9 Chengdu to Kunming

This morning transfer to airport for flight to Kunming – the city of everlasting spring. Upon arrival, visit the Stone Forest – a massive collection of grey limestone pillars found around 120 km south-east of Kunming.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 10 Kunming to Dali

This morning we take a short flight (approx. 45 mins) to Dali – the autonomous region of the Bai ethnic group. Take a cable car ride up the mighty Cangshan Mountain for a stunning view over the Erhai Lake. Also visit Dali’s landmark – the Three Pagodas, a must see in your Dali tour. Later in the afternoon we visit Xizhou Village, with local Bai’s bazaar, where you can enjoy local song and dance performed by the Bai people. Enjoy dinner in Dali Old Town.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 11 Dali to Lijiang

In the morning have some free time to stroll around the old town. Afternoon drive through the tranquil and beautiful countryside to Lijiang – home of the Naxi minority people. Lijiang is a beautiful shining jewel at the northwest Yunnan Plateau connecting the southeast side of the Tibetan Plateau. Later you will be transferred to your hotel in Lijiang.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Day 12 Lijiang

This morning start your tour with a stroll around the Lijiang Old Town and visit the Mufu Mansion. Later drive outside the town to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Enjoy the fabulous Impression Lijiang Show –directed by the famous Chinese film-maker Zhang YiMou (also director of Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games). After the show take the chairlift up the snow-capped Jade Dragon Mountain. Also visit Baisha Village.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 13 Lijang

Today you will travel outside Lijiang to visit what is known as the First Bend of Yangtze River. This extraordinary turn, nearly 180 degrees, creates beautiful and marvellous views that startle the imagination. Trek along the mountain edge and view the Tiger Leaping Gorge, with a drop of 3,000 metres.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 14 Lijiang to Guilin

Today we transfer to airport for a flight to Guilin via Kunming. Guilin is one of the most picturesque cities in China. On arrival we visit the Reed Flute Cave. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. After dinner, Emperor Tours will treat you to a refreshing traditional Chinese foot massage – a truly sensual experience.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Day 15 Guilin / Yangshuo

Today take a boat cruise along the scenic Li River to Yangshuo – a small town near Guilin which boasts of stunning landscapes. After lunch on boat, we will have plenty of time to browse around Yangshuo’s lively local market. Return to Guilin in the evening. Optional tour to see cormorant fishing will be organised if enough interest.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 16 Guilin to Longsheng to Hong Kong

This morning we drive to Longsheng (north of Guilin). Enjoy the amazing scenery of Longsheng Rice terraces (‘Dragon’s Backbone’). Late afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival transfer to hotel and rest of day at leisure.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Day 17 Hong Kong

Half day tour to the famous sites of Hong Kong – Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, Aberdeen Fishing Village, etc. The rest of day is free for you to explore this vibrant city mix of east and west culture.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 18 Hong Kong

The day time is free for you to indulge in shopping and savour the culinary delicacies that Hong Kong has to offer. Open your senses to Hong Kong’s amazing skyline, bustling harbour and peaceful countryside.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 19 Hong Kong to UK

Day time free to enjoy the wonders of Hong Kong. Evening transfer to the airport for return flight home.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
Day 20 UK arrival

Morning arrival in London. End of itinerary.

*Extra nights in Hong Kong are available upon request

Beijing - 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel

Feel the pulse of the city from your central location on Wangfujing Steet, a short walk from Beijing’s international banking and shopping districts. Stroll 15 minutes to the mighty Forbidden City, Beijing’s vast, imperial network of wooden temples and palaces, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Beijing 4* Value Option - Sunworld Hotel

4* Sunworld Hotel

Sunworld Hotel Beijing is located in the “Golden” center of downtown Beijing at the corner of Wangfujing and Dengshikou streets. The new design of our distinguished hotel reveals a beautiful blend of modern simplicity and traditional elegance with great hospitality.

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Xian - 5* Grand Noble Hotel

5* Grand Noble Hotel

Grand Noble Hotel Xi’an is a luxurious property, managed by Grand Noble Hotels & Resorts. The hotel offering comprehensive facilities and services for leisure and business stays. It is conveniently located in the commercial center, shopping and entertainment area of downtown Xi’an, neighboring several popular tourist attractions. Bell Tower and Forest of Stone Steles Museum is 10 minutes-walk away.

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Xian 4* Value Option - Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

4* Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Located next to the city wall, the friendly staff at this location can make any stay in Xian effortless and memorable. With 480 rooms, Xian Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel can accommodate a large amount of people, and they usually do because of their popularity and reputation for excellence.

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Chengdu - 4* Buddha Zen Hotel or Tianfu Sunshine hotel

4* Buddha Zen Hotel

Buddha Zen Hotel, a territory for Buddha-worshippers, is located at Wenshufang folk and custom street and adjacent to famous thousands-year Wenshuyuan Buddhist Temple, where you can listen to Buddhist sermons, smell incense, and experience ancient charms everyday.

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Chengdu 4* Value Option - Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

4* Tianfu Sunshine Hotel

Designed by global first class company Hirsch Bender, Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is a four-star hotel with oriental charm. The hotel lies near to historic tourism site WenShuFang and ecologic water park, bringing you the oriental life of Chengdu. With hotel’s spirit of “Dedicate to Perfect Service”, you will enjoy the most honourable experience here.

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Kunming - 4* JinJiang Hotel

4* Jinjiang Hotel

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel is located in the center of the trade and business area of Kunming, which is known as the City of Spring. Featuring 320 rooms and suites,the hotel also provides multiple services.

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Dali - 4* Lan Ling Ge Hotel

4* Lan Ling Ge Hotel

Lan Ling Ge Hotel is located at Yu Er road, the Ancient Town of Dali with fine transport link. East to Er Sea, West to Cangshan Mountian, is the unique hotel which shows the different style courtyard architecture of the nationality of Bai.

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Lijiang - 4* Wang Fu Hotel

4* Wang Fu Hotel

Situated amid the guesthouses of Lijiang, the Wangfu Hotel (Lijiang Wangfu Fandian), with its simple and uncomplicated architecture, is located in the Nanmen Square area of the ancient town. The hotel is close to many local attractions such as Price Mu’s Palace, Square Street, Black Dragon Pool Park, and Jane Dragon Snow Mountain.

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Guilin - 5* Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel

5* Guilin Grand Bravo Hotel

Tranquilly set amongst the mountains and Peach blooming River, 20-minutes-drive from the international airport, the Grand Bravo Guilin greets you with the most breathtaking scenery in Guilin.

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Guilin 4* Value Option - Bravo Hotel

4* Bravo Hotel

The Guilin Bravo Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Guilin) is only 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and night market. Each room features individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, in-room safe, hairdryer, scale, TV with free in-house movies and satellite channels, free Internet access, international direct-dial phone and mini bar.

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Hong Kong - 4+* Harbour Plaza Metropolis

4+* Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Harbour Plaza Metropolis is situated in the heart of Kowloon, overlooking the spectacular world-famous Victoria Harbour. Conveniently located near the MTR Hung Hom Station, it is just minutes away from Kowloon’s renowned Tsim Sha Tsui shopping districts.

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Tour Price includes:

  • International economy flights;
  • Hotel accommodation as shown (based on twin occupancy);
  • Meals as described (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner);
  • Meeting and assistance on arrivals and departures;
  • Sightseeing excursions with English speaking guides;
  • All transfers and road transportation in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Entrance fees for visits mentioned in program;
  • Train/Boat journeys where mentioned in program;
  • Domestic flights where mentioned in program;
  • Daily supply of bottled water;
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Tour Price excludes:

  • China visa;
  • Drinks during meals;
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs etc;
  • Travel insurance (can be arranged, please ask for details);
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Optional tours;
  • Early check-in or late check-out;
  • Flight and accommodation upgrades.
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19 nights
28/07/2017
16/08/2017
£3,770 (pp)
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19 nights
04/08/2017
23/08/2017
£3,770 (pp)
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19 nights
10/09/2017
29/09/2017
£3,770 (pp)
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All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
08/10/2017
27/10/2017
£3,770 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
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19 nights
25/03/2018
13/04/2018
£3,750 (pp)
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19 nights
08/04/2018
27/04/2018
£3,800 (pp)
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19 nights
06/05/2018
25/05/2018
£3,800 (pp)
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19 nights
03/06/2018
22/06/2018
£3,800 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
06/07/2018
25/07/2018
£3,850 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
27/07/2018
15/08/2018
£3,850 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
03/08/2018
22/08/2018
£3,850 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
09/09/2018
28/09/2018
£3,850 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.
19 nights
07/10/2018
26/10/2018
£3,850 (pp)
N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own. Please select below if this applies.
All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below. Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.

We used Emperor for a group trip to India. they were fantastic with their choice of hotels (some truly incredible) their tour guide, the whole programme and their choice of airlines for the trip. We made things quite tough for them with different members of the group travelling for different periods and arriving in and out of different airports. We specifically had some issues with one of the airlines on the return leg of our trip, through no fault of Emperor, but they did their utmost to put things right and made the journey home as pleasant as possible by meeting the cost of a lounge at the airport for us do to the shortcomings of one of the airlines checking in procedures. The pre holiday package of information was very comprehensive and we were presented with very durable luggage tags. We would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his team in tailoring a package for a trip to India. We had an amazing culturally stimulating trip and will certainly go back to India in the future.

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