Asia Fan Dancing, Shanghai, China
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Great Wall, Beijing, China
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Traditional Chinese courtyard, Pingyao, China
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Inside Hakka Housing, Xiamen, China
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Panoramic photo of Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, China
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Red Chinese lantern in a Hakka Tulou Traditional housing, Fujian, China
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Temple in Westlake with Sunset Landscape, Hangzhou, China
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GREAT SUCCESS

It was a terrific trip and we are most grateful for the careful attention you gave all our requests.

Mr. William George Gabriel Saywell
Burma, one of the highlights of my life

Our guides were excellent and met our needs with care. Thank you for all of your help.

Mr.John and Loretta Wortley

DISCOVER CHINA’S ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS

We can tailor this trip to suit your specific requirements
Any aspect of the itinerary can be altered, from excursion to accommodation
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China is an architectural wonderland which has recently become a veritable playground for designers who have sculpted the landscape to be a modern marvel intertwined with historical relics.

This tour will take you to see all the aspects of China’s evolution from the ancient eras to the modern, from centuries’ old architecture to the innovative, new-age buildings like the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Canton Tower that are setting new design standards for the world.

Along this exploration of the marvels of construction you will trace the evolution of China and discover why and how the country has developed to what you now see before you. You’ll appreciate structures built from necessity, such as The Great Wall of China, built to keep invading forces away, as well as the diaolou of Kamping and the tolou of Yongding, two very different styles of community residence built for defensive purposes.

You will also have the chance to study Chinese society along your journey, staying overnight in a tolou as well as taking the overnight sleeper train experience. You will see how locals utilize the ‘green lungs’ of China’s big cities, and how small towns interact. You’ll meet market vendors and street sellers and take time to chat with experts in the fields of fengshui and penjing who will explain their art forms.

As well as man-made marvels you will also see some of China’s most amazing natural sites, such as the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan, the West Lake in Hangzhou, the quaint beauty of Gulangyu Island, as well as the scenic towns of Hongcun and Xidi.

THE BACKYARD DIFFERENCE
  • Discover the marvels of architecture from the past, present and future of China with hand-picked local tour guides who are experts on their regions
  • Visit the diaolou of Kamping and the tolou of Yongding, two very different styles of community residence built for defensive purposes, and spend the night in a tolou
  • See the architectural masterpieces of China, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites The Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Summer Palace amongst others up close
  • Get a glimpse of Chinese society through traveling on the fascinating overnight sleeper trains
  • Take a trip to a lesser-visited section of The Great Wall of China and enjoy a peaceful picnic perched atop the majestic structure

Experience the ancient and the modern, including the futuristic buildings of Beijing and Shanghai

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
Guangzhou
Guangzhou - Kaiping – Guangzhou
Guangzhou - Xiamen - Gulangyu
Gulangyu - Xiamen - Yongding
Xiamen - Hangzhou
Hangzhou - Xidi
Xidi - Hungshan
Hungshan – Tunxi – Shanghai
Shanghai
Shanghai – Taiyuan - Pingyao
Pingyao
Beijing
Beijing
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