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Emperors and Mountains


from £2,210 pp

(ex international flights)


11 days

Ideal for first time visitors to China, this varied trip takes you to the heart of Imperial China - Beijing and Xian, with the Forbidden City, Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors, as well as giving you a taste of Yunnan province in China's west - the foothills of the Himalayas, known for it's pretty scenery and colourful cultures.

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Day 1 - Beijing

  • Transfer from Beijing airport to your hotel

Day 2 - Beijing

  • Watch locals practice t'ai chi at the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City
  • Panoramic view over the Forbidden City from Jingshan (Coal Hill)

Day 3 - Beijing

  • Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China
  • Stroll around the Summer Palace
Beijing, Xian

Day 4 - Beijing, Xian

  • Walk through the hutongs to see the real life of Beijingers
  • High speed bullet train from Beijing to Xi’an
  • Rail station pick up service in Xi’an

Day 5 - Xian

  • Visit Qin Shi Huang's Terracotta Army
  • Dumpling making lesson
  • Enjoy a dumpling banquet for dinner
Xian, Lijiang

Day 6 - Xian, Lijiang

  • Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum
  • Explore Xi'an's Great Mosque and Muslim quarter
  • Transfer from Xi'an to the airport
  • Fly from Xi'an to Lijiang
  • Transfer from Lijiang airport to your hotel

Day 7 - Lijiang

  • Cycle to Baisha village
  • Cycle to Shuhe Old Town

Day 8 - Lijiang

  • Full day at leisure in Lijiang

Day 9 - Dali

  • Rail station drop off service in Lijiang
  • Train from Lijiang to Dali
  • Rail station pick up service in Dali
  • Visit Dali's old town

Day 10 - Dali

  • Explore Xizhou's morning market
  • Hike through fishing villages near Erhai Lake

Day 11

  • Transfer from Dali to the airport
  • Fly from Dali to Kunming