Classical Highlights of China Tour

Luxury China Tour - China Classical Highlights
  • $ China Highlights
  • Beds: Please see itinerary
  • Baths: Moderate
  • Sq Ft: 2+

Explore the Great Wall, Pandas & Terracotta Warriors
with a Yangzi River Cruise

Beijing • Xian•Chengdu • Dujiangyan • Chongqing • Yangzi • Yichang • Shanghai

Luxury China Tour - China Classical Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the best on the luxury china tour – China Classical Highlights, with China Advocates.
  • Learn about the grandeur of the Ming and Qing dynasties with visits to the capital’s Forbidden City, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven.
  • Have lunch with a local family in their traditional courtyard home.
  • Come face-to-face with the life-size terracotta warriors in Xian.
  • In Chengdu, watch in delight as panda cubs play with each other, climbing up and down trees, rolling and pushing and kicking like Kungfu masters.
  • Cruise the Yangzi River and see the River’s most breathtaking scenery, visit local villages and the spectacular Three Gorges dam.
  • Explore cosmopolitan Shanghai, China’s most modern city, where commerce and technology help shape the nation’s future.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive Beijing

    Upon arrival in Beijing you will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

    Accommodations: New World Beijing
    Meals Included: None

  • Day 2: Beijing

    This morning, arrive at the gate of the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of imperial China. Truly one of the great achievements of civilization, its construction employed hundreds of thousands of workers between 1406 and 1420. Marvel at its expansive architecture, magnificent imperial gardens, and many museums of Chinese antiquities and treasures.

    Enjoy a delicious lunch at the lovely Hua’s Garden Restaurant.

    Explore the Temple of Heaven, one of the finest creations of the Ming dynasty. This stunning architecture realizes the eternal Chinese desire to incarnate heaven in material form and represents the most advanced principles of mechanics and geometry of the time.

    Accommodations:  New World Beijing Hotel
    Meals Included: B,L

  • Day 3: Beijing

    Tour the picturesque Houhai district, where well-preserved courtyard homes and narrow hutong alleys border tree-lined lakes. Tour the district by “pedicab” for a closer and more engaging experience of traditional Chinese life. Visit with a local family in their home.

    Head northeast for the Great Wall of China. Encounter this extraordinary rampart at Mutianyu, a rugged section of the wall that offers easy access by foot or cable car. The Great Wall presents a visual experience that dramatically exceeds visitors’ expectations every time. Construction of a few miles of the wall on such jagged peaks seems nearly miraculous, but the rampart stretches for 3,700 miles and passes through 16 provinces.

    Enjoy lunch at Xiaolongpu Restaurant at the foothills of the wall, famous for farmers’ fresh produce and unique local cuisine.

    This evening, savor the imperial city’s most famous delicacy, Peking duck, along with other Beijing specialties.

    Accommodations: New World Beijing Hotel
    Meals Included: B,L,D

  • Day 4: Beijing–Xian

    This morning fly to the ancient Tang dynasty capital of Xian. Upon arrival, tour the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, home to the extraordinary 2,300-year-old terracotta warriors. The warriors still stand on the original site of the emperor’s burial complex, where peasants discovered them in 1974. Enjoy lunch at the museum restaurant with a noodle making demonstration.
    Before dinner, explore Xian’s Muslim quarter. Chinese Muslim culture traces its heritage from the once flourishing Silk Road culture of the Tang dynasty.
    Dinner is on own. There is an optional Tang Dynasty dinner show for those interested.

    Accommodations: Gran Melia Xian
    Meals Included: B,L

  • Day 5: Xian–Chengdu

    This morning, enjoy a private tour of Shanxi Provincial Archaeological Institute. After lunch, stop at the Han emperor’s tomb, Yangling, to view the Han archaeological finds recently unearthed. Although not on as grand a scale as Qin Shi Huang, the Han emperor sought the same power in the after-life.
    Take a flight to Chengdu. Chengdu is the hub of classical Chinese culture with a vision towards the future. Above all Chengdu is known for its unbelievable Sichuan cuisine and the adorable Giant Pandas.

    Accommodations: Sheraton Lido Chengdu
    Included Meals: B,L

  • Day 6: Chengdu

    This morning, visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Center beautifully landscaped with lush plants and lakes. Meet with 60 some pandas and their caregivers. The highlight comes at the kindergarten where panda cubs play with each other, climbing up and down trees, rolling and pushing and kicking like Kungfu masters. The Atlanta Zoo’s panda girl was returned to China in 2010 and has lived here since. Also, visit the Small Red Panda Center with 40 small pandas in residence who roam freely.

    Lunch at Kuanxi Restaurant nearby. Afternoon wonder People’s Park where throngs of locals gather to practice Taiji, fly kites, or do synchronized dance. Wonder the lovely Bonsai Garden in the park with beautiful tropical and native plants grown for decades in large ceramic pots.

    Visit Kuanzhaixianzi, a traditional district with restored courtyard houses from Qing dynasty. Lining the old alleyway, beautiful teahouses, art galleries, bookstores, boutique shops, and restaurants make this area a popular destination for locals.

    Dinner at the famous Sichuan hot pot restaurant-Tanyutou. Afterwards watch a fascinating Sichuan opera performance including mask changing and fire spitting traditional pieces.

    Accommodations: Sheraton Lido Chengdu
    Meals Included: B,L,D

  • Day 7: Chengdu–Dujiangyan

    This morning return to the Chengdu Breeding Center and spend extra time with panda cubs at the kindergarten, arrive in time to see their feeding and watch their playful antics continue all morning long.

    Afterwards, drive through the countryside and arrive in Dujiangyan. Check in at hotel and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    In the afternoon, tour the beautiful Taoist Qingchengshan Mountain. 2,000 years ago, the famous Taoist sage Zhang Daoling began Taoist teaching here. Taoism has been flourishing ever since. Temples were built on the hillside up to the summit. Lush forests and wild bamboo covers the pathway. Mystic clouds hang over the lush valleys. A cable car ride follows a 30 minute walk to the summit where the grand Taoist temple Sanqinggong resides. A huge 2,000 year old Gingko tree was planted by the old Taoist master near Tianqian Cave.

    Dinner at Yishan Restaurant for Sichuan cuisine.

    In the evening, you may soak in the rejuvenating natural hot springs at hotel spa center.

    Accommodations: Howard Johnson Hotel & Resort
    Meals Included: B,L,D

  • Day 8–9: Dujiangyan–Chongqing

    In the morning visit Dujiangyan Panda Park. Operated by Wolong Panda Preserve, this is the only place in China that allows panda volunteer work. Volunteers can spend a morning working side by side with the panda caretakers. Cleaning the panda enclosures, preparing panda cakes, and feeding the pandas. At 11:00am, people can take photos with a panda cub. We will send you health exam form to your checkup and doctor’s signature required by the Center.

    After lunch, bus to Chengdu Train Station for high speed train to Chongqing. Dinner at local restaurant. Board Victoria Cruises after dinner.

    Accommodations: Victoria Cruises
    Meals Included: B,L,D (both days)

  • Day 10: Yichang–Shanghai

    Disembark the cruise and enjoy lunch at Fangweng Restaurant. Take a city tour of Yichang before the evening flight to Shanghai.   Arrive in Shanghai late this evening and transfer to the hotel.

    Accommodations: Shanghai Marriot City Centre

  • Day 11: Shanghai

    Tour Yuyuan Garden in old Shanghai and absorb the traditional Chinese garden ambiance. Then, tour Shanghai Museum and view its wonderful collection of Chinese bronzes, jade, pottery and ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, old coins, and furniture.

    Lunch is at Ding Tai Feng Restaurant with fine traditional Shanghai dim sum.

    The afternoon is free for your own exploration and last-minute shopping. Enjoy your farewell banquet at Xi Family Garden Restaurant for fine Shanghai cuisine. After dinner, stroll along the Bund, viewing the beautifully decorated colonial buildings along the Huangpu River.

    Accommodations: Shanghai Marriot City Centre
    Meals Included: B,L,D

  • Day 12: Depart Shanghai

    Transfer to the Shanghai airport for your flight home or continue onto one of our post-tour extensions.

    Meals Included: B

Dates and PricesInclusionsExtension Tours

Pricing starts at:

(Main Tour, Double Occupancy)

$XXXX per person
$XXXX Single Supplement

Roundtrip International Air is not included. For pricing, please contact Airtreks at 415-977-7136 or at

Main Tour Includes:
• Double occupancy accommodations in deluxe centrally located hotels • All meals listed in itinerary • All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities listed in itinerary • Chinese airport taxes • All air and ground transportation within China • English-speaking Chinese local tour guides

Not Included: Domestic U.S. and international airfare • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on main tour • Gratuities to national tour director • Gratuities on extensions • Visa processing • Meals not included in the tour • Excess baggage charges • Travel insurance • Liquor, wine, & beer, and other items of a personal nature

Customize Your China Experience

Pre & Post tTour Extensions:

Chengde Imperial Resort Extension – 5 days

Huang Mountains Extension – 5 days
Hong Kong Extension– 4 days

To sign up for the Classical Highlights of China tour, please call (888) 333-2585 or (415) 334-4505

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Price:$China Highlights
State:Beijing & Shanghai
Zip Code:Ground, Plane, Train, Cruise
Square Feet:2+
Bedrooms:Please see itinerary
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