China highlights, small group tour

“Two week small group tour from Beijing to Shanghai via Kunming. Includes domestic flights, hiking on the Great Wall of China and a high-speed train journey to Xi'an.”


Beijing | Temple of Heaven | Forbidden City | Summer Palace | Xizhazi | Jiankou Great Wall | Xi’an | Terra-cotta Army | Lijiang | Jade Dragon Snow Mountain | Yunnan | Tiger Leaping Gorge | Gandan Sumtseling Monastery | Kunming | Shanghai |

Description of China highlights, small group tour

This fantastic small group tour of China highlights the country's cultural heritage as well as the stunning natural landscapes that have made this return journey to Beijing via Chengdu, Lijiang and Kunming such an enviable experience for modern day travellers.

From the Forbidden City and hutong districts in Beijing to walking on the Jiankou-Mutianyu sections of the Great Wall you'll find this China highlights small group tour starts as it means to go on prior to taking a high-speed train to Xi'an and a chance to see, first-hand, the world-famous Terracotta Warriors.

The China highlights on this small group tour don't stop and after Xi'an you'll fly to Lijiang over the Yangtze River whereupon indigenous Naxi and Yi communities invite you to share their beautiful natural world, including the legendary Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The closer you get to Shangri-la the more Tibetan cultural influences come to the fore with visits to the ancient Songzanlin Monastery bound to be one of the cultural China highlights of this small group tour before your final domestic flight to the bright lights of the Bund and Shanghai.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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22 Oct 2018
US $ 2716
including domestic flights only
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05 Nov 2018
US $ 2565
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26 Nov 2018
US $ 2565
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18 Dec 2018
US $ 2565
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Top tip:
Make the most of free time by asking your guide for personal recommendations and be brave when exploring on your own. China is very safe so take a phrase book and dive into a local dumpling or tea house for a really authentic experience.
Trip type:
Small group.
Activity level:
Active. 9km hike on the Great Wall, rickshaw and bike tours, and cultural sightseeing.
Comfortable locally-owned hotels.
12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners
Transfers, domestic flights, high-speed train, English speaking guides, cultural shows and entrance fees.
About this holiday company:
This company specialise in tailor made active holidays across China for people who prefer independent travel away from tourist hot spots. They work closely with local businesses and communities to offer an authentic experience that benefits both travellers and local people alike.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: China highlights, small group tour


This tour will transport you to an eclectic and culturally significant range of heritage sites that date back to ancient times, and it will also take you to unique places of natural beauty, including lakes, deserts and mountain ranges of spectacular beauty. It therefore exceptionally important that we fully understand and appreciate the importance of developing tours that are sustainable and reduce the impacts of tourism on the human and natural environment wherever possible. Indeed, all of our tours maintain a great respect for the cultural and natural surroundings in which we visit and travel, and we have opted to use only essential methods of public or private transport for this itinerary.

To help us protect and preserve what remains of both China’s wonderful cultural and natural heritage, we ask that all of our travel participants help care for the environments they visit by being respectfully aware of the unique locations we take them to. Indeed, due to the popularity of the Great Wall today, it is essential that we help protect the future of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a bonus of our unique approach, you will also discover that our tour groups are small in size so that are impacts are minimised, and of course, so that we can afford you the attention you deserve!


Our itinerary has been designed to fully incorporate the local communities of the regions we visit. We value their unique insights, knowledge, and hospitality, and believe that they too should benefit from tourism too. We respect their traditions and beliefs, and are acutely aware of the need to respect indigenous people and religious sites in particular.

Wherever possible, we use locally-owned guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, and services to ensure that local communities and business prosper in a highly competitive market. An added bonus of using locally-owned services and people is that they will often be highly enthusiastic, generous and proud to welcome you into the places where many have be born and raised.

We are also exceptionally aware of the need to use local ‘green’ tourism services and businesses to ensure that the natural and social environments that host tourism are protected and well-managed. This includes the use of locally-sourced produce such as food and crafts, for example. However, perhaps one of the greatest reasons for using locally-owned accommodation is that you will see the ‘real’ China in its various guises. You will sample traditional villages, religious customs, cuisines, and ways of life that can be significantly different to anything you may have experienced before. We will also take you to incredible places away from the tourist crowds to ensure that your experiences are genuinely unique. We fully believe that this is a wonderful way to learn about this spectacular country and have no doubt that you will agree!

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