China culture & hiking holiday

“Two week tailor made tour including a couple of 10km hikes, one on the Great Wall of China, a domestic flight from Guilin to Hangzhou and cultural sightseeing by bicycle.”


Beijing | Temple of Heaven | Forbidden City | Xizaizhi | Jiankou | Mutianyu | Hutong rickshaw tour | Xi'an | Terracotta Army | bike tour of Xi'an city walls | Reed Flute Cave | Longji terraces | Ping'an | Dazhai | Dragon Backbones rice terraces | Longjing | Wuzhen | Shanghai | Jade Buddha Temple |

Description of China culture & hiking holiday

This two week China culture & hiking holiday takes you on a tailor made adventure across some of China's most impressive natural landscapes as well as incorporating many of the country's 'must see' cultural heritage sites.

Starting in Beijing this China culture & hiking holiday provides the perfect introduction to one of the world's most famous capitals with trips to the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven adding to the experience of walking on the Great Wall of China via the Mutianyu section.

Next stop on your China culture & hiking holiday is the walled city of Xi'an which is best known for its ancient bell tower as well as the 6,000 strong Terracotta Warriors who remain in situ guarding the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, China's first emperor.

As you'd wish from a China culture & hiking holiday your journey continues southwards via a domestic flight to Guilin whereupon you'll be treated to a couple of days of trekking amongst the rice terraces and river valleys that have become synonymous with China's stunning rural scenery.

From Longsheng to Hangzhou you'll experience a rich and varied cultural itinerary with cycling around city walls, live shadow puppet performances and visits to the beautiful Reed Flute Cave all combining wonderfully well prior to finishing off under the bright lights of China's southern capital, Shanghai.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Top tip:
Visit China outside of summer for fewer crowds on the Wall, cooler temperatures and cleaner air conditions.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Active. Walking, sightseeing and cultural shows.
Soft sleeper trains and locally owned hotels and guesthouses.
13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners.
Accomm, transfers, domestic flights, rickshaw tour, entrance fees, cultural shows and experienced guide.
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

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

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 and mountain ranges. 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. The importance of sustainable travel, particularly in sensitive natural environments and ecosystems, is something we also value highly. 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!

The Impacts of this Trip

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 been 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, entertainment shows, 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!


3 Reviews of China culture & hiking holiday

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2019 by

Walking on the Great Wall was the most memorable part of our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 May 2019 by

Our 5 day hike on the "great" Great Wall was memorable. We had a wonderful guide who accompanied us all the way, supplied us with all the water, laughter and encouragement needed when facing those thousands of steps. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2017 by

Enjoy it, it's one of the best trip I have made in recent years. It's an excellent balance between an active and cultural holiday Read full review

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