The Essence of Ancient China

The Great Wall of ChinaThe Bund, Shanghai

Intriguing history sits alongside gently bustling communities in this nation that has long been shrouded in mystery. Face an army in Xian, walk the Great Wall, take in the scenery on the majestic Li River and experience the enchantment of historic water towns. China is a land that longs to be explored.

Included excursions and visits

  • Beijing’s landmarks, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven (full day)
  • Walk along the ramparts of the iconic Great Wall of China (half day)
  • See the intricately carved animals on the Avenue of Statues
  • Visit the ancient Han Tombs
  • Learn to make a traditional dish at a dumpling-making class
  • The traditional welcome ceremony at Xian City Wall
  • See the remarkable Terracotta Army and the significant Small Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Enjoy views of Karst mountain peaks as you cruise the Li River
  • Visit a vegetable market and farmer’s home and hone your skills at a countryside cookery class
  • The natural limestone Reed Flute Cave
  • Sightseeing in Shanghai including the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Gardens, the Bund boulevard and Nanjing Road (full day)
  • Tour the historic water town of Wuzhen
  • Visit the enchanting city of Hangzhou (full day)
  • Tour and tasting at a world-renowned tea plantation

Optional excursions

  • Kong Fu martial arts show in Beijing
  • Cultural Tang Dynasty show in Xian
  • Immerse yourself in Chinese culture as you visit a family at Longshen Rice Terraces, a traditional village in Guilin (full day)
  • Enjoy the Liu Sanjie Impression show in Yangshuo
  • Soak up the scenery on a bamboo raft tour
  • Enjoy a cycle ride in rural Yangshuo
  • Stunning Shanghai acrobatic show
  • The spectacular Hangzhou West Lake Impression show

Your holiday includes

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Air China or similar scheduled carrier and internal flights
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 13 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, plus 11 lunches, 11 dinners and 1 night in flight
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guides
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee
  • Touring holidays
  • Holidays by air

Sep 2015 - Oct 2016 departures

15 days from £2149

Alternatively, if you'd prefer to book by phone, please call our sales team on 0800 112 3331 and quote tour code LCNS.


  • Shanghai
  • Xian & the Terracotta Army
  • Great Wall
  • Beijing

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