EPIC CHINA

This unforgettable China highlights tour reveals all the icons of legendary China, from the Terracotta Warriors to the canals of Suzhou.

TOUR INTRODUCTION

19 Days, 18 Nights     FROM CNY 27,922 PER PERS

Are you ready for a China highlights tour that will blow you away? From the Great Wall and the Forbidden City to the Terracotta Army and the Venice of China—you name it and you’ll see it on this legendary tour! Ranging through millennia of history, across a vast swath of terrain, and over a spectrum of colorful cultures, this epic tour introduces you to every must-see cultural, historical, and natural icon of this intriguing and diverse nation, including numerous World Heritage Sites.

Your epic journey begins in Beijing, the capital of China, where you’ll not only visit the wonders of the Great Wall and the Forbideen City, but also gain insights into daily life through immersive walks in the hutong and intimate chats with local residents. Then, revel in the historical relics of beautiful Datong and medieval Pingyao, strolling along ancient ramparts and visiting palatial residences. In Xi’an you’ll meet the famed warriors of Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army, then in Guilin, you’ll escape to nature among the dreamy landscapes of limestone karst mountains that have inspired Chinese poets and artists for centuries

In Hangzhou, you’ll discover the region that Marco Polo described as “heaven on earth,” then you’ll explore the famed feng shui arrangement of Hongcun Village, and continue on to the charming canals of Suzhou, the “Venice of China.” You’ll also get the chance to summit the UNESCO-designated natural wonder, Yellow Mountain! But no trip to China is complete without a proper visit to Shanghai, one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and China’s undisputed economic powerhouse. From here, explore the modern and the urbane before catching your return flight from Pudong International Airport, your mind reeling with memories of China’s brightest highlights!

 

“Hands down, this is the absolute best of China all in one epic journey. Travel by train, car, bicycle, cable car and boat through our country’s most legendary towns and sites.”

K Lian, Backyard Travel China Specialist

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

Take a bike ride through the idyllic countryside of Yangshuo, surrounded by karst mountains
Get up-close and personal with the Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin’s tomb
Wander through the famously atmospheric hutongs of Beijing
Explore “Heaven on Earth” at the surreally beautiful shores of West Lake



Daily Itinerary

EPIC CHINA

  • Daily Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

    Welcome to your China highlights tour! When you arrive, you’ll be met at Beijing Capital Airport by your local guide, who will escort you to your hotel.

    Beijing, the capital of China, is a fascinating, sprawling city of modern neighborhoods, traditional enclaves, and historic sites. In recent years, it has become a thriving metropolis. As you drive to your hotel, you’ll get a glimpse of the National Stadium, one of the most celebrated symbols of modern China.

    After checking in to your hotel, journey on foot into Beijing’s famed hutongs (narrow alleyways of traditional housing). As you navigate these fascinating, close-knit neighborhoods, you’ll be immersed in daily Beijing life: old people getting their hair cut in the street, mah jong groups gathering, and children playing in the communal courtyards. Along the way, you can meet a bicycle repair man to ask questions about life in the hutong.

    Next, visit Drum Tower, a Ming era site where the time was traditionally signaled by a drum roll. Opposite, you’ll find the Clock Tower. (If you’d like to tak an optional tour of the Clock Tower, let your Travel Specialist know.)

    For a change of atmosphere, visit the Wangfujing neighborhood, the main shopping street of Beijing. Get a glimpse of China’s new-found consumerist culture and see modern, urban China.

    Overnight in Beijing

    No meals included on this day

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  • Day 2: Beijing

    Today, wake up early and head to the Temple of Heaven’s park to witness a uniquely Chinese morning ritual: public morning exercise. You’ll see all the activities Chinese like to do to start their day: tai qi, kung fu, meditation, sabre practice, tango, and gymnastics, to name a few. The Chinese believe starting the day with physical exercise holds great health benefits. Some prefer to practice water calligraphy with giant brushes on the park’s flagstones.

    Afterward, explore the temple and learn about its hidden symbolism, which hints at beliefs more ancient than Buddhism and Taoism. Next, your guide will lead you to the lesser-known White Cloud Temple where you’ll see Taoist monks going about their daily business. If you’re superstitious, touch the bas-relief mural depicting the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals for a bit of good luck.

    If time allows, you can also take the chance to visit Beijing Mosque, where you’ll catch a glimpse of Muslim and Central Asian culture in China.

    This afternoon we’ll visit Yong He Gong Lama Temple, Beijing’s most visited temple. This is a Tibetan Buddhist temple, a sect of Buddhism practiced by Tibetans and Mongolians. End the day at Confucius Temple, which is named after the famed philosopher who developed the moral codes and social precepts of Imperial China. Even today, Confucianism plays a large role in the social order.

    Optional Activity: Kung Fu at the Red Theater
    In the evening, you can opt to head to the famed Red Theater to watch a stunning kung fu performance! The Red Theater, which was originally known as the “Chongwen Worker’s Cultural Palace Theater,” has been dramatically renovated and improved. Today, it specializes in traditional Chinese performances, among them The Legend of Kung Fu.

    Overnight in Beijing

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 3: Beijing

    Today, your China highlights tour brings you to one of the country’s most famous sites: the Great Wall.

    You’ll be transported back to the Qin Dynasty (more than 2,000 years ago) and discover the first traces of the defensive wall. Workers expanded the wall to its present-day height, width and length during the Ming Dynasty.

    Built on the highest ridges and stretching more than 6,000 km, the Great Wall offered a view of the north. Guards manning the lookout towers were on watch for fires up and down the wall that served as alarms warning of northern invaders. In this way, the wall sufficiently prevented Mongolian attackers from storming the wall.

    You will visit the Mutianyu section of the wall, and your trip will begin with an early morning departure from the hotel meaning that your photographs of the Wall will be graced with the spectacular morning light.

    Early in the morning, you’ll journey to the Mutianyu section of the Wall (a 2-hour drive). Arrive in time to take photos of dawn landscapes beyond the wall.

    You’ll have time to hike along the wall, admiring the wonderfully rugged scenery as you go. But if you are tired, there’s an option to take the cable car to the top or to ride a toboggan. For lunch, if there’s time, indulge in an open-air picnic on the Great Wall!

    After this adventure, return to Beijing for a visit to the Summer Palace. Renovated by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century, this imperial garden is now one the capital’s most important sites. In days past, members of the imperial court came to the Summer Palace to flee the insufferable heat in the Forbidden City. The palace offered a number of lakes, pavilions, gardens and traditional temples. The Marble Boat, Long Corridor, 17-Arch Bridge, Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are the palace’s most iconic landmarks.

    Return to the capital and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Overnight in Beijing

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

    China – Great Wall in Mutianyu
  • Day 4: Beijing - Datong

    This morning, we will head to another must-see icon of Beijing, the Forbidden City. The city was completed under the reign of Emperor Yongle in 1420. It served as the administrative center of the imperial court throughout the Ming and Qing Dynasties. According to legend, there are 9,999 rooms in the Forbidden City.

    To simplify this massive site, it is often divided into three parts:

    -The official palaces: Used for ceremonies, governmental meetings and imperial exams.
    -The Imperial lodgings: Rooms and gardens where the emperor, empress and visiting ambassadors resided.
    -The surrounding areas: Further temples, gardens, and libraries.

    (Please note: Starting 13 Jun 2015, the Forbidden City will limit access to 80,000 visitors per day. Copies of your passport must be provided at least 11 days in advance to register, or preferably 2 weeks ahead to ensure a successful booking. Modifying the visit date later is not possible. Please bring your passport upon your visit.)

    Tonight, you’ll head to the train station and board the night train to Datong, a beautiful town famed for its historical relics. We’ll take train number 1133, departing Beijing at 23:02 and arriving in Datong at 05:21 (+1). (Please note: Second-class tickets are included. Please consult our Travel Specialists if you would like a different class ticket.) Night trains in China make for unforgettable experiences, with Chinese travelers gathering in their cabins to chat, slurp down instant noodles, and enjoy a bottle of baiju together.

    Overnight on the train

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Bike in a hutong inside Wuzhen,China
  • Day 5: Datong

    Upon arrival in Datong, your private guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel.

    Today, your China highlights tour offers a chance to explore Datong, the ancient seat of the Northern Wei Dynasty. With the fall of the Han Empire (206 B.C. to A.D. 220) came the proliferation of smaller, rival empires from around the 3rd century.

    After check-in, you’ll head to the Yungang Grottoes, a relic of the 5th century—the golden era of Buddhist cave art in China. The numerous caves at Yungang Grottoes house thousands of Bodhisattva statues, as well as several giant statues of the Buddha. In Grotto #5, for example, you’ll find a 17-meter-tall Buddha—one of China’s most impressive pieces of devotional art.

    After you’ve wandered through these intriguing caves, return to Datong’s city center for a visit to Huayan Temple, built by the Khitan people, a Mongolian group who established the Liao Dynasty (907–1125).

    Next, we’ll stroll by the Nine Dragon Wall, a highly specialized type of screen wall found in traditional buildings. While there are three famous Nine Dragon Walls in the country (the other two are in Beijing), the one you’ll see in Datong is the longest in the country at 45 meters in length.

    Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of your evening at your leisure.

    Overnight in Datong

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 6: Datong - Pingyao

    Today, your China highlights tour takes you back in time to the historical walled city of Pingyao.

    En route, we’ll stop at the Suspended Temple, followed by the Yingxian Pagoda. The Suspended Temple is a remarkable example of Northern Wei architecture, suspended from a cliff face 50 meters above the Jinlong River. It relies on ingenious wooden construction supported by wooden beams built into the cliff. China’s three main religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) were worshipped here. It also served as a place of rest for weary travelers.

    When you arrive at Pingyao, you’ll be met by your local guide who will take you on a walking tour of the ancient town that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Considered the best-preserved medieval city in China, Pingyao features stone-paved alleys, traditional courtyards, defensive city walls and homes lit with red lanterns. (Please note: All transport inside Pingyao Old Town will be either on foot or by electric car. All visits outside the city will be by private car.)

    Starting in the city center, you’ll walk along the ancient city walls to get a sense of the layout of the town below. Measuring 10 meters high, 6 kilometers long and featuring 72 watchtowers (each housing a piece of Sunzi War artwork), the town walls served to protect Pingyao to invading forces.

    Roughly 4,000 Ming- and Qing-era homes in Pingyao have been turned into little boutiques, restaurants, hotels. Tonight you’ll stay in one such hotel, perhaps sleeping on a traditional kang—a bed made of bricks heated by a small fire underneat.

    Overnight in Pingyao

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Qiao Family Courtyard in Pingyao, Shaanxi, China
  • Day 7: Pingyao

    Today after breakfast, you’ll head out on an exploration of merchants’ homes and cave dwellings in the region.

    First, we’ll visit the Wang Family Residence, a massive, palatial home built by a local merchant. As an important trading hub during the Ming and Qing dynasties, Pingyao and the surrounding area was home to many wealthy merchants. Many local merchants amassed immense fortunes during the Ming and Qing dynasties and built themselves huge palatial homes. The Wang Family Residence, comprises a maze of beautiful courtyards, gardens, narrow stairways and temples.

    We’ll also visit Zhangbicun, a small village famed for its incredible network of defensive, underground tunnels constructed during the Sui Dynasty (581–618). Explore these tunnels sunk 30 meters below the ground and stretching for 1,500 meters. Up above, the town of Zhangbicun is also fascinating for its houses constructed in the Chinese Middle Ages.

    Continue to some of the region’s Cave Dwellings. It is thought that some 30 million people in China still live in cave dwellings built into sedimentary rock formations. These types of cave dwellings are primarily found in Shanxi, Shaanxi and Henan, the three provinces considered the cradle of Chinese civilization.

    End your day with a visit to Shuanglin Buddhist Temple (meaning “Temple of the Double Forest”) located just outside Pingyao. The temple is renowned for its remarkably well-preserved sculptures, many of which still retain their original colors.

    Back in Pingyao, enjoy an evening of strolling through the narrow streets of the old town.

    Overnight in Pingyao

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 8: Pingyao - Taiyuan - Xi’an

    Today, if you’re up for it, we recommend taking morning stroll to soak up Pingyao’s lively atmosphere. Do some people watching as the city streets fill up with locals on bicycles and vendors selling breakfast.

    Then, we’ll go on an exploration of Rishengchang, China’s first financial center. What used to be a small dye store in the 17th century grew through generations to become China’s first bank. Today, Rishengchang has branches throughout China. Continue to the local yamen, home of Pingyao’s administrative center during imperial times.

    After this exploration, we’ll drive 1.5 hours to Taiyuan, the present-day capital of Shanxi Province. Visit the Jinci, which was constructed in honor of the founder of the Jin state (722–403 B.C.), Prince Shuyu. This visit will give you insights into China’s form of ancestor-worship, a fundamental practice that continues today. Here, wander through the Hall of the Holy Mother and examine the wooden dragon sculptures that surround the temple.

    Later, you’ll be transferred to the airport to catch the 1-hour flight to Xi’an. Upon arrival, meet your local guide who will transfer you to your hotel in Xi’an.

    Overnight in Xi'an

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Street Food For Sale in Chinachina
  • Day 9: Xi’an

    Today, your China highlights tour continues in Shaanxi Province, widely considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Xi’an, the present-day provincial capital, has served as the capital of China three times, in addition to serving as an administrative center and a Silk Road terminus. Our first stop in the region is the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors.

    Commissioned by Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty and man who unified China, the warriors were part of a vast mausoleum to guard Qin in the afterlife. Including archers, cavalry, and infantry, each one of the warriors has a unique face and represents a soldier who was alive during the emperor’s reign. A separate tomb also holds the remains of several thousand workers who were involved in the construction of the mausoleum. These workers are thought to have been buried alive, in keeping with a Shang Dynasty custom of burying servants so that they may serve their masters in the afterlife.

    Lose yourself in wonder as you view the thousands of warriors discovered underground, and visit the museum that displays two superb bronze chariots.

    Afterwards, enjoy a 1-hour bike tour (or a tour by electric car for an additional charge) for a leisurely exploration of Xi’an’s impressive ramparts built during the Ming Dynasty. Continue on to visit the Chinese-style mosque in the vibrant Muslim neighborhood.

    For dinner tonight, drink in the unique ambiance of a night market. Try the regional specialties of spiced lamb kebabs, mutton soup with noodles and flat bread.

    Overnight in Xi'an

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 10: Xi’an - Guilin

    Today after breakfast, we’ll head to the airport with a stop at the tomb of Emperor Jingdi along the way. Jingdi’s reign during the Han Dynasty (1181–141 BC) is noted for its humanism and diplomacy. The tomb houses numerous statues representing servants, eunuchs and domestic animals. It is reflective of normal daily life under the Han Dynasty, in stark contract with the pomp and ceremony of the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huangdi. Walk over excavated pits on glass panels, getting an up-close look at the recently uncovered statues. You can also visit the small museum on site.

    Next, fly to Guilin in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, an area famed for its stunning karst topography and many ethnic minority communities. Your private guide will meet you and transfer you to the city center.

    From here, embark on a flashlight exploration of Reed Flute Cave. Wander through the cave and admire its incredible stalactites and stalagmites.

    To end the day, we’ll take a relaxing stroll round Shan Lake, which is home to two marvelous pagodas. One is dedicated to the sun, while the other is dedicated to the moon.

    Overnight in Guilin

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 11: Guilin - Yangshuo

    Today is sure to be a memorable day on your China highlights tour. After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the pier and begin your journey to Yangshuo via a cruise down the Li River.

    The small town of Yangshuo is 83 kilometers from Guilin, and to get there, boats wind their way slowly down the famed Li River. You’ll drift through a dreamy landscape of limestone mountains (also known as “sugarloaf mountains”) with mythical names, such as “Nine Horse Fresco Hill” or “Lion Watching the Nine Horses.”

    Once you arrive in Yangshuo, hop on a bicycle to explore the surrounding countryside. Ride through idyllic landscapes of meandering rivers, grazing water buffalo and tiny villages scattered beneath giant karst hills. Tonight, you can choose to either stay in Yangshuo or to spend the night in one of the nearby villages to be closer to nature.

    Optional Activity: Impressions Liu Sanjie
    Enjoy a viewing of the show “Impression Liu Sanjie.” Created by Zhang Yimou, the famed director of Raise the Red Lantern, the performance features hundreds of actors imitating scenes of rural life in traditional costume against the stunning backdrop of the karst landscape.

    Overnight in Yangshuo

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

  • Day 12: Yangshuo - Guilin - Hangzhou

    Today after breakfast, head to Guilin airport and catch the 1-hour flight to Hangzhou. Today, Hangzhou is the provincial capital of Zhejiang, but it was once the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279). Your local guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

    Hangzhou was once described by Marco Polo as a heaven on earth. The city’s famed West Lake and its surrounding park, created during the 8th century by the governor, is a World Heritage Site today. Each season offers a different vista: winter brings a snowy landscape of frozen plants, spring brings peach and plum trees in full bloom, summer brings fragrant water lilies, and in the autumn, an ethereal version of the full moon can be seen in the “Three Pools Mirroring the Moon” on Xiaoling Island.

    Take a peaceful bike ride around the lake. Cross the curved bridges that lead to small islands and discover the romantic Quyuan gardens.

    We’ll also visit the nearby tea plantations, home to one of the most prized and expensive teas in the world, Longjing tea. The emerald green tea fields straddle mountain ridges in high altitudes, creating wonderful views. Take the opportunity to meet a local tea farmer and producer and learn about the different types of tea, from green tea, black tea, and Oolong tea to white tea, fragrant tea and even “tea bricks.”

    Overnight in Hangzhou

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 13: Hangzhou - Xidi

    Today after breakfast, we’ll visit the Huqingyu Tang Museum of Chinese Medicine, built in the 19th century. Chinese medicine forms a fundamental part of Chinese culture, and learning about it provides glimpses into deep-seated Chinese philosophies and values.

    The museum boasts an impressive collection of fascinating ingredients, housed in a picturesque building typical of traditional pharmacy architecture. The unique paneling, lanterns and small garden are all interesting in their own right.

    From here, we’ll continue the journey to Wannan in Anhui Province, roughly a 4.5-hour drive. Upon arrival, you’re sure to see architectural evidence of the historical prosperity of the merchants in the region. Four features of the unique local architecture are the chalk-white exterior walls, the black-tiled roofs and gables, and the indoor courtyards lit by skylights, and the arches (or paifang) built to commemorate the highest-ranking candidates of the imperial exams.

    Tonight, you’ll spend the evening in a village in Yixian District. You’ll have the chance to explore this fascinating area in the morning.

    Overnight in Xidi

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 14: Xidi - Huangshan

    Today after breakfast, you’ll visit Hongcun Village, famed for its application of feng shui. The layout of the village resembles a water buffalo, with canals as its “intestines” a lake as its “stomach.” The buffalo’s horns are represented by two large trees outside the village.

    Pay a visit to the Chengshitang residence. Built by a salt merchant, today it is a reminder of the region’s prosperity and refinement. Next, meet a master of feng shui! Gain insights into this centuries-old practice. Then, check out the entrance to the village—you might recognize it as the setting for a chase scene in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon! Then, pay a visit to a local villager to hear a few stories behind the making of this famous movie.

    In the afternoon, enjoy a bike ride through two scenic villages: Lucun, famous for its wood carvings, and Tachuan, located at the opening of a beautiful valley. Its stunning chalk-white houses make for lovely photographs. Ta is the Chinese word for Pagoda, just like the name given to the village by those who conceived it. In Tachuan, lose yourself in a labyrinth of alleyways or enjoy a walk into the surrounding countryside.

    Next, you’ll travel to nearby Mukeng Bamboo Forest. This is where the characters Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) and Yu Jiao Long (Zhang Ziyi) soar from bamboo stalk to bamboo stalk in Crouching Tiger.

    Finally, we’ll drive to Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) and ascend by cable car to the summit. Spend the night here, surrounded by stunning landscapes. The air here is fresh but the weather is unpredictable, so be sure to bring a waterproof jacket, warm clothes and walking shoes.

    Overnight on Huangshan

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 15: Huangshan - Shanghai

    After breakfast, you’ll descend from this World Heritage Site mountain, enjoying stunning views as you go. Yellow Mountain is named after the Yellow Emperor, one of the founding fathers of Chinese civilization, who visited the mountain in the 3rd century. As you go, you’ll see the remarkable, curved pine trees that grow on the mountain’s steep granite ledges. Wind your way up the mountain face on a pilgrimage route that follows a series of steep stairs.

    Optional Activity: Hot Spring
    At the foot of the mountain you can soothe your feet at the local hot spring. On hand are a variety of skin and muscle treatments using different types of spirits, coffee and even tiny fish that nibble away your dead skin!

    At Huangshan Airport, board a late flight to Shanghai, the first city in China to be colonized by the West. Shanghai went on to become the initial seat of the Community Party, and today it is the undisputed economic hub of China.

    Overnight in Shanghai

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 16: Shanghai

    Welcome to Shanghai! Today your China highlights tour starts with a walking exploration of this historical city beginning in the French Concession. Take a stroll through Fuxing Park where you can see locals practicing their morning exercise. Wander through nearby streets lined with old colonial buildings.

    Continue to Xintiandi, a renovated neighborhood that is now one of Shanghai’s liveliest quarters, and head to Tianzifang, a warren of charming alleyways packed with boutiques, restaurants, and small art galleries. You’ll end your walking tour in the Old Town, which still retains some of its old lilongs (similar to the hutongs found in Beijing).

    Later, you’ll explore Pudong district, one of Asia’s most important business centers. Explore the neighborhood of Lujiazui, where some of Shanghai’s most famous structures can be found, such as the Jin Mao Tower, the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, and the Shanghai World Financial Center, where you can view the city from the world’s highest panoramic terrace. You’ll have the option to take a breather and enjoy some refreshment at the 100 Century Avenue Café.

    Next, take the famous Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to cross the Huangpu River and arrive in Puxi District. Here, you can stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s most famous walkway.

    Continue to colorful Nanjing Road. Feel free to stroll along the neighboring streets and mingle with locals. Finally, you’ll arrive at People’s Square and be transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight in Shanghai

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 17: Shanghai

    After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll start the day at People’s Square. You’ll visit three very different museums, starting at the Shanghai Planning Exhibition Center, continuing to the Shanghai Museum, and if you’d like, ending at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

    Afterwards, relax in the heart of People’s Park, where a small lake, food stands, and shady places to sit offer some lovely time spent outdoors.

    In the evening, stroll along East Nanjing Road to the Bund for a stunning nighttime view of the Shanghai skyline. Return to your hotel, or if you’d like, you can choose to enjoy the “ERA” show, a multimedia performance mingling traditional Chinese acrobatics with modern technology. It has become one of the most popular evening activities in the city.

    Overnight in Shanghai

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 18: Shanghai

    Today, you’ll embark on a daytrip to Suzhou, a small town that is considered one of the “Venices of China.” Here, a labyrinthine network of canals crowned by stone bridges make this a perfectly scenic town for exploration. The Suzhou Gardens are also renowned as some of the most beautiful in the country.

    Start your exploration of Suzhou with a morning bike ride through the cobbled streets of the old town. Along the way, you’ll pass the white sculpted facades and black-tiled roofs of the local houses, as well as the town’s many canals. You’re also sure to catch glimpses of local life as residents head to the canal to collect water to clean their homes.

    Next, head to the Humble Administrator’s Garden and the Master of the Nets Garden. These traditional Chinese gardens are reproductions of nature in miniature. Rocks represent mountains, running water represents rivers and ponds represent lakes. Their shapes are never rectangular, encouraging visitors to wander aimlessly, without schedules or end destinations.

    To wrap up your tour, indulge in a traditional Chinese massage. Concentrating on acupuncture points, this type of massage aims to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes—a perfect way to end an active day!

    Return to your hotel for one last evening spent in Shanghai.

    Overnight in Shanghai

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 19: Shanghai

    We hope you enjoyed all the highlights of China on this epic tour! Today after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return or onward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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