China & Northeast Asia

China For The Gardener

China is home to a wealth of horticulture highlights. Whether your interest is gardens themselves or you harbour a dream of following in the footsteps of the great botanical explorers, there is much to discover here, a country that is home to one eighth of the world’s plant species.

This quick itinerary, themed for those who love hiking, features some of our hiking highlights and gives you an idea of the places to visit in each destination:

China For The Gardener Itinerary

  • Days 1-2 : Depart UK and arrive in Shanghai.
  • Days 3-5 : Explore Shanghai - perhaps The Bund, the Old Town and the Pudong area appeal? You could also take a day trip to Huangzhou but we'd highly recommend Suzhou and its classical gardens.
  • Days 6-8 : Move on to the beautiful karst landscapes of Guilin - a Li River cruise to the vibrant village of Yangshuo, where you can stay for a night or two, is a must do.
  • Days 9-12 : Hop over into Yunnan province, one of China's most scenically-gifted provinces. Whilst Kunming and Lijiang are definitely worth a visit, for the botanist the Kunming Botanical Gardens and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain are musts.
  • Days 13-14 : Pop to Chengdu to visit the beautiful Giant Pandas.
  • Days 15-17 : Continue on to the spectacular Nine Villages Valley.
  • Day 18 : Depart Chengdu for UK.

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Highlights

These highlights have been specially picked for this themed itinerary:

Suzhou
Suzhou is home to China’s most impressive classical gardens, nine of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Meticulously designed to encompass elegance and high culture, these masterpieces of classical Chinese garden design perfectly express the harmony that exists between nature and man.

Kunming Botanical Gardens
The garden of the Kunming Institute of Botany, the Kunming Botanical Garden covers 44 hectares and is home to thousands of species of native plant, making it the perfect introduction to the flowers, herbs, trees and plants of Yunnan Province. Collections include an arboretum, herbs, endangered species, aquatic and ferns.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Follow in the footsteps of famous botanist and explorer Joseph Rock and ascend by cable car to the heights of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The massif is home to a wealth of rare wild plants, including medicinal herbs; in fact about one fourth of all of China’s plant species can be found here.

Nine Villages Valley
Encircled by snow-capped peaks the Nine Villages Valley is a magnificent national park of blue-toned lakes, rushing waterfalls, and thick forest. It is also full of wonderfully diverse flora and fauna – over 2,500 recorded plant species and 150 tree species. 

Duration

18 Days

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