China: Culture Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Depart UK and fly overnight to Beijing.
  • Day 2 : Arrive in Beijing.
  • Day 3 : Beijing – we would suggest visiting Beijing’s imperial treasures today: the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, finishing with Peking Duck and the Beijing Opera.
  • Day 4 : Beijing – head out of the city to see the magnificent Great Wall – visit our dedicated Great Wall page to see which section is best for you.
  • Day 5 : Beijing – for those looking for a respite from the bustle of Beijing, head to the Temple of Heaven to enjoy the harmonious ambience.
  • Day 6 : Travel to Datong – we would recommend taking this journey by train
    (about six hours 30 minutes) or by road (around four hours).
  • Day 7 : Datong – Visit Yungang Caves and the Hanging Temple before travelling on to Wutaishan, around three hours 30 minutes by road.
  • Day 8 : Wutaishan – spend the day exploring some of the many monasteries and temples that dot this sacred
    mountain. Travel to Taiyuan, just over two hours by road.
  • Day 9 : Taiyuan – home to the fascinating Shanxi Provincial Museum and tranquil Jinci Temple, both are well worth a stopover. Travel to Pingyao, at around one hour and 30 minutes by road.
  • Day 10 : Pingyao – your visit can include the Shuanglin Temple, the Rishengchang Financial House Museum and the Zhou Dynasty walls. Travel to Xian – take the bullet train and arrive in just under three hours.
  • Day 11 : Xian - visit the Terracotta Warriors, about an hour outside the city. The Muslim Quarter makes for atmospheric explorations.
  • Day 12 : Xian – a second day in Xian gives you the opportunity to visit the relics of the Shaanxi Museum, the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and to stroll or cycle the old city walls.
  • Day 13 : Travelling to Luoyang, most easily done by high speed train, takes one hour 45 minutes. Spend the
    afternoon at the Longmen Grottoes
  • Day 14 : Travel an hour outside of Luoyang to visit the famous Shaolin Temple, where you can witness a demonstration by the resident monks. Continue to Zhengzhou, a farther one hour 30 minutes by road.
  • Day 15 : Zhengzhou – set close to the Yellow River, Zhengzhou’s Yellow River Museum gives a fascinating insight into this life-giving river basin. Travel to Shanghai – a flight takes just one hour 35 minutes.
  • Days 16-17 : Shanghai – try combining the Yu Garden, a stroll along the Bund and an evening river cruise of the
    Huangpu River or explore the many shopping options, finishing with a trip to the Shanghai Museum. A traditional Shanghai dinner is also a must.
  • Day 18 : Fly Shanghai to UK.

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Highlights

  • The Great Wall
  • The Hanging Temple
  • Longmen Grottoes
  • Pingyao
  • Shaolin Temple

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18 days

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