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One of the world's oldest civilisations, China has a fascinating history of successive dynasties which shaped the country up until the 18th Century. It has in recent times emerged as a superpower in the world's economy and although aspects of the country are shrouded in secrecy it has now opened up to become a major tourist destination; we have certainly always found it welcoming and warm.

Old Shanghai is (maybe sadly) disappearing fast but the city retains historical landmarks such as The Bund area and Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest in China. Beijing, formerly Peking, is China's capital and home to the Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty in the 20th century.

These historic buildings are contrasted by the sleek towering skyscrapers. No trip to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wall in various forms stretches for approximately 5,500 miles.

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Also unmissable are the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, only discovered in 1974, a vast army that includes figures of warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians all dating back to 210BC. Any land tour should really take in all of these sites.

Finally, one of the finest way to see the landscape and relax is by taking a river cruise along the spectacular Yangtze River – less spectacular than it used to be (as the water level is raised so the gorges have lost some of their splendour) but still a rather special way to travel in China.

Due to the sheer size of China weather is incredibly varied, so it is important to review the conditions you can expect in the region you are travelling to. You will require an entry visa to travel to China and a multiple entry visa is often required for cruise itineraries.

Sanctuary Retreats China Discovery

Day 1 – Fly London to Beijing
Day 2 – Beijing. Transfer to The Peninsula Beijing for a four night stay.
Day 3 – Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. Enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Kunming
Day 4 – Beijing. Visit the Temple of Heaven and join in the Tai Chi exercise with the locals. Explore Hongqiao Market and Beijing’s hutongs followed by a Peking Opera performance
Day 5 – Beijing. A day to explore the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs and the Olympic sites
Day 6 – Beijing/Xian. Fly from Beijing to Xian and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel for a two night stay. Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall
Day 7 – Xian. Visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors followed by a visit to the Herbal Medicine Wholesales Market. After lunch, take a walk to The Great Mosque and explore Xian’s night market
Day 8 – Xian/Shanghai. Fly Xian to Shanghai and transfer to The Peninsula Shanghai for a three night stay. After lunch, you will proceed to The Bund before a visit to the Shanghai Museum
Day 9 – Shanghai. Take a walk through Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter to the lovely Yu Yuan garden & in the afternoon, visit Jade Buddha Temple
Day 10 – Shanghai. Today you will visit the ancient river town of Zhujiajiao and enjoy the ERA acrobatic show in the evening
Day 11 – Shanghai/Yichang, Embark MS Yangzi Explorer. Fly to Yichang, where you will join your Yangtze River cruise
Day 12 – Cruising the Yangtze. Visit the Three Gorges Dam Project and cruise through Xiling Gorge
Day 13 – Cruising the Yangtze. You will transfer to a traditional longboat for exploration of Shennong Stream. Cruise through the stunning Wu and Qutang Gorges
Day 14 - Cruising the Yangtze. Today in Fengdu, the ‘Ghost City’ situated on Ming Mountain you will visit a Relocated Family and local market
Day 15 – Disembark cruise, Chongqing/Guilin. See the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo. After lunch fly to Guilin for a two night stay at Shangri-La Hotel
Day 16 - Guilin. Take a scenic Li River cruise in Zhujiang
Day 17 – Guilin/Hong Kong. Witness the magical scenery at Fuboshan Mountain, Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. Fly to Hong Kong and transfer to The Ritz-Carlton for a two night stay
Day 18 – Hong Kong. Walk through Sheung Wan Dried Food & Herbal Market and take a ride on the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. After lunch, take a sampan boat ride at Aberdeen Fishing Village
Day 19 – Fly Hong Kong to London


  • Beijing’s Summer Palace, Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China
  • Witness the world famous Terracotta Army in Xian
  • See the Giant Pandas in Chongqing Zoo

Extend your trip:

  • Stopover in Hong Kong for great food and shopping
  • For a relaxing sunshine break after a busy trip, fly to beautiful Bali

Sanctuary China

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Departures: March - November 2015

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Sanctuary Retreats China Getaway

Day 1 – Shanghai
Day 2 – The Bund, Yu Garden & Old Town
Day 3 – Fly Shanghai to Yichang & Embark Yangzi Explorer
Day 4 – Three Gorges Dam Project
Day 5 – Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge & Shennong Strean
Day 6 – Fengdu
Day 7 – Chongqing & Beijing
Day 8 – Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City
Day 9 – The Great Wall of China
Day 10 – Beijing


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Departures: March to November 2015

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When to go:

China is vast, so experiences very varied weather conditions. Although it is possible to travel year round, due to the cold winters and very hot summers, spring and autumn offer more friendly conditions.

What to pack: 

Due to the sheer size of China, the weather is incredibly varied. We can advise what to take at the time of booking.