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Magnificent China

18 days from £5,060pp

Includes flights
What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • See the magnificent Great Wall.

  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors.

  • Stay amongst pretty limestone scenery in the Guilin region.

  • Visit the Tibetan town of Zhongdian, which nestles at 3,200 metres on the Tibetan plateau.

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
In destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
All accommodation
  • Beijing
  • Xian
  • Lijiang
  • Zhongdian
  • Kunming
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Longji
  • Guilin
  • Hong Kong

Itinerary idea in detail

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing

Day 2 Beijing

Beijing

On arrival you will be met by your guide for the drive into the city. Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City have starkly contrasting histories and architectural styles and we suggest visiting both today.

Day 3 Beijing

Day 3 Beijing

Beijing

This morning you'll visit the beautiful Temple of Heaven and perhaps see some locals performing T'ai-chi before taking in the superb grounds of the Summer Palace, on the outskirts of the city.

Day 4 Beijing

Day 4 Beijing

Beijing

You'll leave the city today to see one of China's iconic sites - The Great Wall. You'll be taken a few hours out of the city in order to escape the crowds and see the wall at its best.

Day 5 Xian

Day 5 Xian

Beijing , Xian

This morning you'll see the Hutongs of Beijing and the traditional way of life that remains within this network of lanes before flying on to Xian. Here you'll be met by your guide for the drive to your hotel.

Day 6 Xian

Day 6 Xian

Xian

This morning head out to Xian's star attraction - the Terracotta Warriors. Even if you've read about them nothing can prepare you for the sheer scale and number of warriors found - not to mention the Herculean effort it must have taken to produce them. Have the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 7 Lijiang

Day 7 Lijiang

Xian , Lijiang

You'll drive to the airport today via the lesser-known Hanyangling Tombs, smaller but no less interesting than their counterpart. Today you fly to Lijiang, where you will be met and driven to your centrally located hotel.

Day 8 Lijiang

Day 8 Lijiang

Lijiang

Today you explore Lijiang Old Town and the picturesque Black Dragon Pond Park with your guide, with the almost constant view of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain looming in the background.

Day 9 Lijiang

Day 9 Lijiang

Lijiang

You leave the town today and escape the crowds by visiting the nearby Mount Wenbi and its small monastery.

Day 10 Zhongdian

Day 10 Zhongdian

Lijiang , Zhongdian

Today you leave Lijiang and drive to Zhongdian, via the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Day 11 Zhongdian

Day 11 Zhongdian

Zhongdian

This morning you visit the staggering Songzanlin Monastery, before trekking through Zhongdian's fantastic scenery with your guide.

Day 12 Guilin

Day 12 Guilin

Day 13 Yangshuo

Day 13 Yangshuo

Guilin , Yangshuo

This morning you'll be taken on a relaxing cruise down the River Li, to drink in Guilin's justifiably famous limestone scenery. Arriving into Yangshuo at lunchtime you'll be met and taken to your hotel. Yangshuo is a small town set right amongst the pretty limestone karst scenery.

Day 14 Yangshuo

Day 14 Yangshuo

Yangshuo

You have today at your leisure to explore the beautiful countryside by yourselves.

Day 15 Longji

Day 15 Longji

Yangshuo , Longji

From Yangshuo, you will be driven north to the picturesque rice terraces at Longji, arriving early afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring some of the best view points with your guide.

Day 16 Hong Kong

Day 16 Hong Kong

Longji , Guilin , Hong Kong

This morning, you'll be accompanied by your guide for a walk amongst the rice terraces. On the way you may see local people at work on the terraces. Afterwards you'll return to Guilin airport for your flight to Hong Kong.

Day 17 International return flight

Day 17 International return flight

Hong Kong , International return flight

Today is free for you to explore this vibrant, cosmopolitan city at your own pace before your international return flight.

Day 18 International return flight

Day 18 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Audley Travel specialist Chris
Audley Travel specialist Susan

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The specialist who designs your trip to China will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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