Following the Phoenix

16 days from £3,245pp

Your trip will start in the energetic city of Shanghai where you’ll tour the main attractions and try the speciality – soup dumplings. From here it’s off to see the mountains that inspired the film Avatar. On a visit to Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, you’ll be on the lookout for elusive leopards and other incredible wildlife.

After some charming village visits to Furongzhen and Fenghuang where you’ll get to know Chinese life outside of the major cities, it’s time to cruise down the scenic Li River towards Yangshuo. Here you’ll explore the countryside and learn how to cook like a local. Things switch gear when you reach the ‘Vegas of China’ towards the end of your trip before you finish up with an action-packed stay in vibrant Hong Kong.

 

Highlights

  • Take a sidecar tour and feast on soup dumplings in Shanghai

  • See the mountains that inspired the film Avatar

  • Take an exhilirating walk on a glass bridge at Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

  • Savour traditional Hunanese food in Furongzhen Village

  • Take a scenic cruise down the limestone cliff-lined Li River

  • Explore the winding streets and stilt houses of Fenghuang 'Phoenix' Ancient Town

  • Learn how to cook traditional Guangxi cuisine

  • Visit Hong Kong twice and tour the main attractions

  • Go on a historical tour around the 'Vegas of China', Macau

Itinerary

This exciting trip to China includes international flights, a private car and driver, excursions, accommodation, and some breakfasts. 

From the first conversation until you arrive home from your holiday, you’ll be looked after by one of our Travel Designers who has travelled extensively in the region and will give advice from their personal experience on how to make the most out of your trip.

All of our trips are entirely bespoke and we will continually refine your itinerary until it’s perfect.

 

Day

Location

Type

1-3

Shanghai

City

Your adventure through South China begins in the energetic metropolis of Shanghai. On arrival, a guide will meet you and take you to your hotel to settle in. In the evening take a stroll down to the Bund to catch a light show and then explore the city’s many bars and eateries. Enjoy a quiet start to the next day before heading out on a personalised sidecar tour in the afternoon. Choose where you go and enjoy whizzing around Shanghai's hotspots, before going out in the evening for the city’s delicious speciality – soup dumplings.

Things to do

4-5

Zhangjiajie

Activity and Adventure

Fly to Zhangjiajie and see the famous Avatar mountains, the inspiration behind the floating rocks in the movie Avatar. The next morning you'll wake up bright and early to see the mountains shrouded in morning mist, giving the impression the mountains are floating. You'll visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, and look out for rare wildlife including Chinese water deer and clouded leopards. Feeling brave? Cross the 100-metre glass bridge that traverses a 300-metre drop.

6-7

Fenghuang

General Tour

Next up visit Furongzhen, a village perched on a cliff with an impressive waterfall flowing out of it. Wander the charming streets and tuck into spicy Hunanese food for lunch. From here it's on to the trading town of Fenghuang, otherwise known as 'Phoenix Ancient Town' where wooden stilt houses line the river and fishermen row for the day's catch. Your evening will be spent enjoying a meal on the riverbanks. The following day is yours to spend as you please. Take a hike up a nearby peak and enjoy views across the river, enjoy a leisurely boat ride on a traditional rowboat or shop for local embroidery and silver.

8

Guilin

General Tour

After a visit to the 3,000-year-old Hongjiang Old Town for lunch, head to Guilin. This vibrant city is full of little shops and coffee vendors, and we recommend an evening stroll around Ronghu Lake to see the Sun & Moon Pagodas. Be sure to try a bowl of traditional Guilin River Noodles!

Places to Stay

Things to do

9-11

Yangshuo

Activity and Adventure

All aboard! Take a boat from Guilin to Yangshuo along the scenic Li River, dotted with karst peaks along the winding route. Look out for some of the well-known formations, such as the Nine Horses Painted Hill. After a four-hour voyage, you'll be transferred to your hotel.

The next day hire a bike to explore the dramatic countryside. There is a range of easy-to-follow routes you can choose from. Make a day of it and combine your ride with a hike up one of the karst peaks or swim in one of the smaller rivers. If that sounds too much like hard work, go rafting in a traditional bamboo craft instead. Fill up that evening on a traditional dish of spicy beer fish.

Spend the next day at a cooking class and learn how to create traditional Guangxi flavours. In the evening watch the mesmerising show, Sanjie Liu, directed by famed director Zhang Yimou who produced the 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The show itself involves 600 performers on the river with dramatic lighting and an impressive natural backdrop of twelve imposing karst peaks.

Places to Stay

Things to do

12-13

Hong Kong Island

City

After a morning spent soaking up the beautiful scenery of Yangshuo, you'll board an afternoon train to Hong Kong. Spend the evening as you please, walk along the city harbour and catch the impressive light show.

14

Macau

City

Ready for a dazzling 24 hours in the 'Vegas of China'? You're off to Macau! But while it might be known for its gambling and glitz, this city has a fascinating past, and you would be forgiven for thinking you had stepped into the old town of Lisbon. Tour with a local guide who will show you the city’s historical and cultural highlights.

Visit the A-Ma Temple, overlooking Barra Square and seashore, before exploring the ruins of St. Paul, which have become a symbol of the city over the years. At Senado Square, you'll see the historic heart of Macau and experience the buzzing street stalls and municipal markets in action. Your tour will conclude at the Macau Tower, where you can gaze out over to the fishing community of Coloane in the south, and further to Hong Kong’s outlying islands.

15-16

Hong Kong Island

City

You'll finish up your trip back in Hong Kong. Spend the first evening as you like – why not go to the Ozone bar and enjoy a tipple at the highest bar in the world? Your final day has a city tour in store. Over the day you'll learn, and see, how this simple fishing village morphed into one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. Start with a ride on the Star Ferry and see the city’s beloved Victoria Harbour, then take a ride on the world's steepest funicular railway, the Peak Tram. Enjoy the spectacular city skyline view from the top. From here it's on to the fishing village of Aberdeen, where you can see Hong Kong's famous 'floating community' and enjoy a short sampan ride. You'll finish up in the popular market town of Stanley where you can shop for a bargain.

Places to Stay

Things to do

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