China 8 day tour
Tailor made, fully flexible itinerary to suit your departure dates with in country assistance included.
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Description of China 8 day tour
This China tour is a nine day, tailor made trip for those who like to travel independently but follow a carefully crafted itinerary, with transport and transfers taken care of. This is mainly a city based tour, and a zippy one too but one that enables you to see some of the cultural greats of China.
Starting in Beijing, we recommend three days here to adjust to the buzz of it all, navigate your way around its narrow streets or ‘hutongs’ and yet find time to soak up the tranquillity of some of its more sacred sites, such as The Temple of Heavenly Peace. The Forbidden City is a must, of course, and mammoth too with a thousand palaces, museums and pavilions that were home to Chinese emperors over many generations.
Also mammoth is the Great Wall of China, which you will be able to visit while in Beijing before taking an overnight sleeper train to the city of Xi’an, where you will spend two nights. Another historic great, Xi’an is not only the beginning and end of the ancient Silk Road, but now a thriving, sophisticated city. It also boasts many important sacred sites and ancient relics, the most famous of which is the Terracotta Army.
Your final stop is Shanghai, which you can reach on a short domestic flight from Xi’an. It feels as if eastern traditions almost crash into western culture on the streets of this metropolis on the East China Sea. The Bund, or waterfront, is the most well known area of the city and you will stay in a colonial hotel nearby, taking time to absorb the city’s eclectic mix of ancient alleyways, art deco and all day, all night city culture.
1 Reviews of China 8 day tour
Reviewed on 22 Sep 2019 by David Pinder
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
We initially wanted to walk on the Great Wall and thought that would be the highlight but every destination we visited was equally memorable
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
We used the high speed train for long journeys which gave us a comfortable rest though others may wish to fly
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Local guides in each region give a window on the every day lives of residents. Our guide in Ping’an gave us an insight of how our trip supported the local community by helping families stay together sustaining their way of life
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Thoroughly enjoyed it Well planned out Would highly recommend
PlanetIn China we work with a local partner who, like ourselves, is committed to running an energy efficient office recycling office waste whenever possible and use energy efficient lighting. Our partners also encourage their team to travel by public transport and bicycle.
Before departing on this trip we send our customers an informative document called 'be a responsible traveller'. It gives our customers information advising them how to use as little water and energy as possible whilst travelling.
Wherever possible we try to provide low impact transport links between trips. For example, sleeper train travel between Beijing and Xi'an is a more carbon-efficient means of transport as opposed to flying. Travelling by sleeper train slows the pace of this taster itinerary and gives you the opportunity to meet local Chinese travellers and see more of the countryside.
We like to encourage our customers to explore the cities using various forms of public transport. During this itinerary customers will be exploring Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Both Beijing and Shanghai have very good metro systems that are relatively easy to use and great for getting around the cities to the various points of interest. In Xi'an we recommend that in their spare time they head off on foot to explore the alleyways and markets of the Muslim quarter and when visiting the city walls it is recommended to hire bicycles to get around.
PeopleWherever we can during our China trips we try to offer small, locally-run hotels and guest houses. A good example of this is our hutong hotel in Beijing, steering away from larger chain hotels we have opted for a small, traditional courtyard hotel for our standard accommodation. These hotels are close to the local communities in the central hutongs or alleyways of this big capital city. We feel this not only allows our customers to have a more authentic experience but it also benefits the local people and community with income through tourism. We encourage our customers to eat at local restaurants sampling tasty local cuisines from each region like Peking duck in Beijing and spicy Sichuan hot pot in Chengdu and buying souvenirs from local crafts people.
During this we use local guides and drivers who have a specialised knowledge of each area you will visit. Using different guides throughout allows our customers to gain a real insight into the local customs, traditions and livelihoods unique to each area. With your guide in Beijing you will get to visit the most important highlights and, if you ask, they will show you the best local markets to shop and restaurants to eat in, just like a local.
In China we support an international development programme called Braille without Borders, who run their programme in the region of Tibet. We offer every customer who travels with us the opportunity to contribute to the project. The project's aim is to create training programmes and print Braille books for the blind and visually impaired of Tibet. The programme works with the local community and seeks to instil independence, teach workplace skills and help blind and partially sighted students master professional training with the purpose of providing the students with a means to have a career and an opportunity to create a better future for themselves.