What makes this holiday suggestion to China different is the inclusion of a China Host. A connoisseur of all things Chinese who will accompany you throughout, bridging the cultural gap and helping you to truly understand the country ensuring a unique and unforgettable holiday to China.
- Travel with a China Host, your own private travel concierge
- Take a private lunch amidst the ramparts of the Great Wall of China
- Explore the fascinating Buddhist artwork of the Mogao Caves
- Hike into the dunes to experience the silence of the Taklamakan Desert
- Glide across Hangzhou’s picturesque West Lake in a private gondola
Travelling with a private China Host
Travelling in China can be a daunting experience with a culture, politics, cuisine and language so far removed from our own. During this holiday to China you will be accompanied by a China Host throughout. A fluent Chinese speaking westerner who knows and loves China, they will know the nuances of the Chinese culture and will be on hand to unravel the mysteries, contradictions and sometimes odd beliefs of the Chinese traditions and ways. They will essentially bridge the gap between cultures.
Able to assist with anything from the simple everyday queries such as where you can buy the best silk to coordinating a spur of the moment interaction with locals or arranging a special evening in a little known restaurant one would never normally dare to enter, serving specialities that would otherwise remain untasted! They will also ensure the best restaurants, rooms, views and seats possible are secured for you. With the everyday logistics of the trip covered and any language barriers removed you will be left free to focus on enjoying the holiday to the maximum.
The Great Wall of China & the Terracotta Warriors
Time in Beijing will be spent exploring the iconic sites of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace as well as visiting the hidden streets of Beijing’s old quarter, known as hutongs. Leave the city for the day to explore a beautiful section of the Great Wall of China and take lunch on the wall itself.
In the ancient Silk Road city of Xian cycle along the city walls offering a unique perspective of the old city within the walls as well as the modern metropolis on the outside. No visit to Xian would be complete without a visit to the Terracotta Warriors.
The oasis town of Dunhuang, located on the edge of the Taklamakan Desert was once a major stopping point for caravan traders on the Silk Road and a centre of both commercial and cultural exchange. The history of these times is clear to see in the temples, watchtowers and cave art that now dot the area.
The Mogao Caves are the site of one of the most important Buddhist art collections in the world. Spend time exploring some of the 492 caves and their Buddhist statues, carvings and wall paintings. One of the caves known as the ‘library cave’ contains rare scrolls and manuscripts dating as far back as 405 AD. The nearby sand dunes of Singing Sands Mountain offer wonderful views across the undulating desert and Crescent Moon Lake below.
Hangzhou & Shanghai
Hangzhou is probably best known for the large man-made lake at the centre of the city – West Lake. During your stay here visit a Classical Chinese garden to learn the Five Chinese Disciplines of calligraphy, music, incense, flower arranging and tea. Try your hand at some of these ancient crafts. After a private tai chi lesson take to the lake for a private gondola tour.
Board a high speed train for the short journey to Shanghai and spend some time exploring at leisure. Join the locals for an evening stroll along the Bund, Shanghai’s famous waterfront promenade or maybe take in a world class acrobatic show.
How we can make your holiday to China even more special
- Explore the old quarter of Beijing with a professional photographer who has photographed these hutongs for many years so is known and trusted by many of the residents
- Take a table tennis lesson with the coach of Olympic and World champions
- Watch a performance of West Lake Impressions, produced by Zhang Yi Mo, the man responsible for choreographing the Beijing 2008 Olympics Opening Ceremony
- Join a cookery lesson inside an old French Concession home and learn to prepare traditional Shanghainese dishes.
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