Multi-Day Tour | Private

The Middle Kingdom - China (12 days)

WildChina

Beijing, China To Shanghai, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Beijing, China
Rosewood BeijingDeluxe room Dinner

- Upon arrival in Beijing, you will be greeted at the luggage carousel and escorted to the arrivals hall where you will meet your WildChina guide

- The WildChina team will transfer you by private vehicle to your hotel to check in and enjoy the rest of the day to relax at your leisure

- In the evening, meet the rest of your travel companions at an official welcome dinner

Day 2
Beijing, China
Rosewood BeijingDeluxe room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Get lost in Beijing's hutongs which, antiquated and interwoven, make up the fabric of Beijing's past

- Enter the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled, concubines fluttered their fans, and eunuchs schemed for five hundred years

- Visit the Emperor Qianlong’s private garden arranged by WildChina

- Gaze across Tiananmen Square and take in the full weight of its historical and cultural significance

- This evening, feast on a traditional Peking duck banquet– the quintessential dining experience in Beijing

Day 3
Beijing, China
Rosewood BeijingDeluxe room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Make your way along the iconic Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, and if interested end your hike with an exhilarating toboggan ride downhill

- Escape the crowds with your own exclusive champagne break arranged by WildChina

- Delve into the heart of Beijing’s contemporary art scene at the 798 Art District, based rather ironically within an abandoned industrial complex

- Spend a lazy afternoon playing royalty amongst the pagodas of the Summer Palace before taking a carefree drift across Kunming Lake

Day 4
Xian, China
Beijing, China
Shangri-La Xi’anDeluxe City room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Channel your energy into a private taiji lesson with a master at the Temple of Heaven,alongside line dancers and kite fliers, and explore the temple grounds afterwards

- Your WildChina guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the airport and help you check in to your departure flight to Xi’an

- Upon arrival, your local WildChina guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby

- Let the savory aroma wafting from the countless food stalls of Xi'an Muslim Quarter envelop you as you sample Halal skewers, roast mutton and persimmon cakes

- Tear through bite-sized pieces of heaven at a delicious dumpling dinner

Day 5
Xian, China
Shangri-La Xi’anDeluxe City room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Gaze into the heart of Xi'an as you bike along the Ancient City Wall enclosing the historical city center

- Wander through the exhibition halls of the Shaanxi History Museum, which has been dubbed the “Treasure Chest of Ancient China”

- Decipher the inscribed stone tablets inhabiting the Stele Forest before trying your hand at calligraphy with an expert provided by WildChina

- Pay homage to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which has a fanciful name which belies its status as one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China

Day 6
Chengdu, China
Xian, China
Ritz-Carlton Chengdu Deluxe room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Catch a close-up general’s view of the unflinching, eternally-stationed  Terracotta Warriors Army on a special lower deck viewing platform

- Your WildChina guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the airport and help you check in to your departure flight to Chengdu

- Upon arrival, your local WildChina guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby

- Start off your day in the lively alleyways of Kuanzhaixiangzi, literally translated to “broad narrow alleys.” If you feel adventurous, try eating local Chengdunese snacks!

Day 7
Chengdu, China
Ritz-Carlton Chengdu Deluxe room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- In the morning, visit the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base for a look at China’s universally-adored mascot

- Come across the remnants of an ancient civilization at the Sanxingdui Museum, built around one of the biggest archeological discoveries of the 21st century

Day 8
Chengdu, China
Ritz-Carlton Chengdu Deluxe room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Head to Qingyang Temple, a sacred site believed to be the birthplace of Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism

- The thousands of gold plates, jade artifacts, ivory and bronze wares unearthed near Chengdu are displayed at the Jinsha Museum, beckoning you in for a closer look

- Browse the surrounding shops, watch a local mahjong match at Wangjianglou Park and sample the local flavors as you explore the city on foot

- After enjoy a Sichuan hop-pot dinner, spend the evening at a Sichuanese opera for an introduction to the local folklore

Day 9
Shanghai, China
Chengdu, China
Peninsula Shanghai Deluxe River Room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Morning your WildChina guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the airport and help you check in to your departure flight to Chengdu

- Upon arrival, your local WildChina guide will meet you in the arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby

- Enjoy lunch in the charming French Concession- Early dinner of Shanghai’s signature steamed dumplings- Watch the reflections of the jewel-encrusted Shanghai cityscape dance across the river as

you take a stroll along the Bund, beneath the flicking skyline

- Gaze in awe at the ERA Acrobatics show, which fuses traditional Chinese arts and modern technologies for an explosive effect

Day 10
Shanghai, China
Peninsula Shanghai Deluxe River room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- For history buffs and art aficionados, the Shanghai Museum's extensive Chinese art collection is sure to impress

- Enjoy lunch in the IFC, with a bird’s eye view of the city

- Uncover the veiled stories of Shanghai's Jewish Quarter, which went from burgeoning business center and political haven to windswept ghost town in a matter of decades(Optional: Uncover the veiled stories of Shanghai's Jewish Quarter with an expert provided by WildChina)

- Wander the maze of pavilions and arched bridges of Yu Garden, the most complete classical garden in urban Shanghai

- If time permits, head to Tianzifang to feel the local pulse, browsing clothing and handicrafts fashioned by local designers and visiting the burgeoning art galleries

- Farewell dinner

Day 11
Shanghai, China
Suzhou, China
Peninsula Shanghai Deluxe River room Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Take a 1.5-2hrs transfer to Suzhou, a verdant city which houses the lion’s share of China’s traditional Chinese Gardens;

- Start the day with a walk at the Tiger Hill, which is believed to demarcate the burial place of He Lu, the founder of Suzhou (6th century BC)

- After lunch visit the Master of the Net’s Garden. Covering barely more than half a hectare of land, the Master of the Nets Garden is Suzhou's smallest but most exquisite and best preserved garden

- If time and energy permits, we will visit Suzhou Museum. Best known for designing the pyramids at the Louvre in Paris, architect I.M. Pei chose the Suzhou Museum as the final project of his iconic career

- Drive back to Shanghai in the late afternoon

Day 12
Shanghai, China
None Breakfast

- Your WildChina guide and private chauffeur will escort you to the airport and help you check in for your flight to the next destination

- Your WildChina adventure draws to an end

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Description

Embark on a journey through China's history, culture and natural beauty. Wander through Beijing's imperial landmarks, examine ancient relics in Xi'an, and admire pandas in Chengdu before rounding off your travels in Shanghai – the "Paris of the East." Along the way, walk upon the Great Wall, explore Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, taste the famous spiciness of Sichuan cuisine, and enjoy a bird's eye view of Shanghai from a Pudong skyscraper. Experience a colorful overview of the fabric of this 5,000-year-old country as you visit China's palaces and pandas.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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By: Angie


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

Wildly Fantastic!

By: Lisa580


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

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By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer