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The Great Wall is even more mind-blowing than in your imagination and doing this fantastic trip at the end of October is a great time to see it. We had beautiful autumn colours, with pleasant, warm days and slightly cooler mornings and evenings, and it’s not crowded with visitors. It’s suitable for people who are fit and enjoy walking, but it’s most definitely not a trek, so if that’s your thing you may not enjoy it as much as we did.

You get to visit different parts of the wall – from the restored and more touristy, to completely wild and unrestored and we appreciated seeing these different facets. The toboggan at Mutianyou is a hoot so it’s well worth giving yourself time to fit that in.

The food was good quality and varied (though see below if you’re veggie).The hotel in Beijing (Golden Sun Commercial Hotel) was very nice; a little away from the city centre but we enjoyed wandering the local hutongs, parks and temples and we easily got into town via the subway (Guang’anmennei station is an easy walk from the hotel).

Julia P Walking the Great Wall

Superb trip with plenty to see and do. The Great Wall is amazing, the Terracotta Warriors fascinating as was the Han Yangling Mausoleum. The Shanghai Museum should really be included and not optional. The visit to the Giant Panda breeding research base was great. Plenty of exercise to work off the effects of the delicious food with walking the Wall, dancing in the park, cycling the walls at Xi’an and cycling through the stunning scenery of Yangshuo.

Lynn Simpson Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

Have low expectations and be positive was the motto of our guide. My own expectations were exceeded! We got to see so many great things

Emma Sayer Imperial China & Yangtze River Cruise

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Walking the Great Wall

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Trek one of the seven wonders of the world

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19 Days from USD 5,398
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An extensive itinerary covering China's length and breadth

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Essential China

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11 Days from USD 3,000

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Travel from Beijing to Shanghai to discover China's highlights

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Walking the Charms of China – Privately Guided

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Journey across ancient China, experiencing the true highlights of this unforgettable country.

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The Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Why not extend your trip? Discover China's legendary Terracotta Warriors

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The Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Why not extend you trip? Discover China's legendary Terracotta Warriors

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China Tours

From epic mountains and desert moonscapes to the vibrant city of Shanghai, China tour holidays are vast and varied, just like the landscape.

Overland China tours give you the maximum opportunity to make your trip a real once-in-a-lifetime adventure, with experiences such as a boat trip along the Yangtze, a tour along the Silk Road and, of course, a trip to the Great Wall. At the Forbidden City, once the imperial palace of China’s emperors, explore the vast halls and exquisite architecture.

Another renowned destination is the ancient city of Xi’an where you’ll witness the awe-inspiring Terracotta Warriors, a collection of thousands of life-sized statues guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor. You can also explore the Muslim Quarter, where vibrant markets and tantalising street food immerse you in the city’s lively atmosphere.

To experience China’s modern-day culture, take a tour of Shanghai and see the futuristic skyline which is pierced by skyscrapers such as the Oriental Pearl Tower and the Shanghai World Financial Centre. Stroll along the historic Bund, with its colonial-era architecture and picturesque views of the Huangpu River.

A cruise along the Yangtze River takes you on a mesmerising journey past immense gorges and sheer cliffs that tumble into the water. While your evenings are spent on board taking in the intense sunsets over the landscape, during the day you can enjoy a range of shore excursions that introduce you to fascinating villages and towns.

Or why not try our Private Group Adventure in China?

Are you looking to book a holiday with a group of your friends, family or other half? With our Private Group Adventures, you can now experience the China tour holidays with people who matter the most. Enjoy the freedom to travel with your own private group, including the flexibility to choose your departure date and add on days at the end of the trip, should you wish to extend your stay. So, if you’d like to celebrate your birthday with friends, a wedding anniversary or simply book a holiday to China with the ones you love, just let us know your group size and dates, and we’ll do the rest.

Find out more information about our Private Group Adventures.

Adventure trips to China: The highlights 

1. Follow the Silk RoadConnecting China to the Mediterranean via the Central Asian steppes, the Silk Road is one of the world’s oldest and most historically important trade routes and had a huge influence on the civilisations of the West. The vast plains and great deserts create an unmissable wilderness landscape, home to nomadic tribes and marauding warriors. The Silk Road is also home to the forgotten cities that were once the centre of civilisation: Samarkand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan, and Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region – regal posts on this incredible journey to Beijing

2. Trek the Great Wall: China’s most famous landmark, the Great Wall winds like a dragon across the landscape. Stretching over 6000km it maps out most things Chinese, taking in Imperial tombs, quiet rural villages and mountainous highlands before reaching Beijing itself. The best bits are away from the tourists, and we’ll take you to the more remote areas. Your effort will be rewarded with peace and tranquillity, and an opportunity to get a real sense of the scale and majesty of this remarkable construction.

3. Walk among the Terracotta Army: In 1974, a group of peasants unearthed one of the biggest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century: over 8000 life-sized terracotta warriors. Beautifully crafted with astonishing attention to detail, the soldiers had been lying there for over 2000 years guarding the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor in the ancient city of Xi’an

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