Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
Get ready to explore China's most legendary sights and treasures! The Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom will put you right at the heart of this spectacular country; from your first stride on the Great Wall, to wandering the markets in Yangshuo, at every step you'll learn more about why China is so special. You’ll see Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing, walk on the Great Wall and stand before the imposing Terracotta warriors in Xi’an. Sail along the Li River, ignite your taste buds on a Chinese cookery course and wander traditional villages and rice terraces. Finally, you’ll head to vibrant Shanghai where you can visit the brand new Shanghai Tower – the second tallest building in the world.
This is the perfect trip for first-time visitors to China who want to get the full experience of everything the country has to offer.
Wander through the infamous Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing
Stand before the Terracotta Army in Xi’an
Visit the world’s second tallest building, the Shanghai Tower
Marvel at panoramic views of the rice terraces in Longji
Enjoy the best, most authentic Peking Duck you’ve ever tasted!
This exciting trip to China includes international & internal flights, transfers, selected excursions, accommodation, all breakfasts and most dinners and lunches.
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.
You’re off to see authentic, unmissable China at its finest! Throw your last remaining bits in the suitcase and settle into your flight. Pretty soon you’ll be touching down in Beijing, where you’ll be strolling around the Hutong district, Beijing's oldest neighbourhood.
On day 3 you’ll see all the main highlights, including Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, and enjoy a tour around the Summer Palace with its beautiful gardens. See it from the water during a short boat ride on Kunming Lake, which covers around three quarters of its total grounds then try the local speciality, tasty Peking Duck – this authentic version of the well-loved Chinese dish is far superior to anything you will have tried back home!
Places to Stay
The Great Wall of China
Activity & Adventure
You’ll be heading out of Beijing on day 4 to see one of the 7 Wonders of the World - The Great Wall of China. No trip to China would be complete without witnessing its impressive scale and you will get to do that without all the crowds as we’ll be taking you to the more remote Jinshanling section. You’ll be staying at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall tonight, so that you can experience it during another remarkable time – sunset. Be sure to pack an extra memory card for the camera!
Places to Stay
Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Located at the base of The Great Wall with views from every room, this hotel is a top choice.
- Family games room
City + Tour
You’ve seen the sun set over the wall and now it’s time to see it rise. It’s an early start, but it’s well worth not rolling over when the alarm goes off. After this exhilarating start to the day it’s off to Beijing West Station to travel in 1st Class on the high-speed bullet train to Xi'an.
You’re off to stand before the imposing and totally fascinating Terracotta Army. An estimated 8,000 soldiers and 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses are buried here within three pits, where they were built to protect Qin Shi Huang, China’s first Emperor, in his afterlife. On your return to Xi'an you'll enjoy a cycling tour around the ancient city walls. In the evening, take yourself off to the Little Wild Goose Pagoda where you can see a fabulous fountain and light show for free!
Places to Stay
Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel
Located in one of the most iconic buildings in Xi’an, the Sofitel and its splendour is a must see.
- Sun Terrace/Garden
- Fitness centre
You’re off on a short flight to Guilin in the south of China. You’re free this afternoon to relax and reflect on what you’ve seen so far, or perhaps go for a wander around Elephant Hill, which got its name due to its unusual shaped rocks that mimic an elephant drinking water. You may also wish to take a walk around Guilin's Shanhu Lake, featuring both a copper and silver pagoda, which is magnificently lit up at night.
Places to Stay
Cruise + Tour
You’ll be taking to the water as you board a boat for a 5-hour cruise along the stunning Li River. Sail through towering limestone peaks, pass tiny, traditional villages and see water buffalo grazing on the river’s edge. Fill your belly with a lunch on the boat and make sure you look out for the cliffs featured on the 20 Yuan note, before mooring in Yangshuo where you'll spend a relaxed afternoon. There's plenty of markets to explore, or if you wish, rent a bike and explore some of the winding countryside paths surrounding this pretty township.
On day 9, it’s time to learn how to create all the delicious Chinese food you’ve been trying yourself, when you take part in a Chinese cookery course with a local chef. No doubt you’ll be sampling your creations, but afterwards you’ll get to walk it all off as you stroll with a guide around the famous Yangshuo scenic area.
Places to Stay
Activity + Adventure
You’re off to Longji today, taking a scenic drive through Guangxi province that rises through the rolling rice fields of the famous Dragon’s Backbone. You’ll have a 20-30 minute walk to the authentic village of Pingan, which is the perfect place to soak up the views from your hotel balcony. You’ll head to the viewing platforms, giving you beautiful panoramas of the surrounding rice fields, and have the chance to walk through the terraces and watch the local farmers at work. Pingan gives you a brilliant insight into local life and is the perfect base for longer walks through the rising and falling rice terraces.
For the final stages of your trip you're off to China’s largest city, Shanghai. You’ll have time to relax and explore on your own, but you’ll also be taken to the main attractions, including The Bund, Yu Gardens and French Concession, to ensure you don’t miss out on these essential experiences. You’ll be able to test your nerve for heights at the brand new Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world.
During your final day in Shanghai you’re free to explore independently. We’d suggest a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple, or perhaps a stroll around the shops along East Nanjing Road for some authentic souvenirs to take home. You’ll enjoy a final meal at the famous Lost Heaven restaurant, then it’s back home where you’ll be bursting with tales to tell your friends and family.