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Combination for History & Culture/UNESCO Sites - Hotel to Hotel Trek Guided - Private walking holiday - Click here to find out more about Guided - Private walking holidays 

We have a number of modules in China which can be put together in any number of ways.

For those looking for history and culture in China we offer these 3 treks, each to UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These enable you to get close to not just the history of the country but also some it's peoples.

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Beijing and The Great Wall

We have selected five contrasting stretches of the Great Wall which cover Restored and Intact Sections with safety a prime consideration. These sections offer a magnificent and unforgettable insight into the different features and surrounding landscapes to be seen on the Wall and along its boundaries. Views are superb as the Wall snakes its way into the distance with watchtowers topping every peak.

Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors

Few visitors would wish to miss an opportunity to witness yet another of China’s incredible sights – that of the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. A chance discovery by a farmer working on his land in 1974 led to the most significant archaeological excavations of the 20th century which unearthed thousands of terracotta life size soldiers, horses, chariots and other artefacts. Created as a funerary masterpiece upon the death of the first Emperor Qin Shi Huang, the soldiers were buried with the Emperor in 210–209 BC to protect him in his afterlife. As a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site it should not to be missed by any visitor to China.

Mount Emei

Mount Emei is a UNESCO world heritage site rising abruptly from the surrounding plains to a height of over 3000 metres as you approach from Chengdu. Although not technically part of the Himalayas, it is high mountains from here all the way to Everest. This mountain has intensive religious significance to the Buddhists of China as this is where Buddhism was first established on Chinese territory. The first Buddhist temple was built on the summit of Mount Emei during the 1st century and is now accompanied by 30 further temples scattered over the mountain. In addition many monasteries and Ming tombs enhance the atmosphere of this sacred, atmospheric mountain. 


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Courtyard Garden Hotel - 3 Star

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Beijing - Hotel Jade Garden - 4 Star

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Beijing - Grand Hotel Beijing - 5 Star

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The Great Wall Trek

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We feature Chinese Hotels and Homestays in close proximity to the Great Wall.  Due to their rural location standards may not be as high as city hotels and some features such as bathrooms may be unusual to us. Homestays do not provide towels, soap or toilet paper. A sample of accommodation is as follows with changes as necessary when space is limited.

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Xi'an - The Grand New World Hotel - 3 Star

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Situated in the city centre, this hotel is close to Great Mosque of Xi'an, Drum Tower, and Bell Tower.

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Xi'an - Bell Tower Hotel - 4 Star

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The Bell Tower is a modern international style hotel with spectacular views over the Bell Tower roundabout – at nighttime it is a beautiful sight.

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Xi'an - Grand Mecure - 5 Star

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The Grand Mercure Renmin Square is a heritage hotel and is located in the grounds of Renmin Square. The hotel reflects the Sino Russian style of architecture, which is steeped in revolutionary history.

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Mount Emei trek

At the mountain base where your trek begins, the Chinese Style hotel is of 4* category. It has no car access and is reached after a short walk of 500 metres alongside a impressive ravine. Rooms are western standard with bath. Dinner and breakfast are taken in the hotel restaurant.

The second night is spent in a Monastery at mid-stage which offers simple guest rooms and vegetarian cuisine. Some rooms with private bathrooms are available and will be secured, but if not available simpler rooms with shared very clean shower and toilet will be substituted.

On the mountain by the cable car station, the hotel is Chinese all round and has pleasant rooms with private bathroom and a good restaurant.  Please note not all bathrooms have western style toilet.

At Emei base we also feature a 5 * hotel in a relaxing lakeside location close to Emei town.  Rooms are very comfortable and of an international style with excellent bathrooms. There is a pleasant outside bar overlooking the lake and hot pools for relaxing. The restaurant serves superb Chinese dishes at dinner and an excellent buffet breakfast.

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Chengdu - Wenjun Hotel - 3 Star

In Chengdu - A courtyard hotel, the Wenjun is a modern Chinese style hotel located in a pleasant shopping street.  Rooms are air-conditioned  with WIFI, tea/coffee-making facilities and a satellite TV. Slippers and free toiletries are provided. Each room has a seating area outside and the courtyard has a bar and tables for outside dining. English is well spoken.

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Chengdu - Buddha Zen - 4 Star

In Chengdu  - A traditional and classy courtyard-style hotel located within the narrow streets of the ‘old town’, the Buddha Zen offers rooms with modern Chinese décor with classic wood furnishings, flat screen TV, tea/coffee making amenities, safe and private bathrooms. The hotel also features a Chinese restaurant, Tea House and Spa where guests can relax. English is spoken.

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Chengdu - Wangjiang Hotel - 5 Star

In Chengdu - This is a modern 5 star hotel 4km from the centre of Chengdu and has everything which you would expect from a hotel of this standard. It has a combination of Szechuan architecture with Thai style.

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Day 1  Depart from the UK or from another Chinese module.

Day 2  Arrive in Beijing – met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free or take one of the Beijing options. Dinner in the hotel or nearby restaurant.

Day 3  Day in Beijing – free or take Beijing options. Overnight Beijing.

Day 4  After breakfast, depart by car with your guide to the spectacular Ming Tombs – the resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming Emperors. After lunch, join the Great Wall at Taiping Zhai and walk 2 hours to your hotel in Huangyaguan.  If you wish you can continue further along the Great Wall to Heaven’s Ladder. Overnight and dinner at the hotel. Ascent 145m Descent 355m 2 hours 2.5 miles.

Day 5  In the morning a scenic drive of about 2.5 hours takes you to the next, and our favourite section of the Great Wall – from Gubeiku to Jinshanling. Before the walk commences, enjoy a delicious early lunch in a local restaurant. The walk is along an intact section with several diversions onto mountain trails through cultivated fields and with the outline of the Great Wall dominating the sky-line. Overnight and dinner in Jinshanling hotel. Ascent 330m Descent 260m 4 hours 5 miles.

Day 6  Drive through mountain scenery and after a stop at your overnight accommodation for lunch, you reach the next section Xizhazi and today’s walk takes you to the highest point of your stay - to Nine Eye Tower. Views are simply incredible! Overnight and dinner Homestay at Lotus Fort. Ascent 515m Descent 515m 4 hours 4 miles.

Day 7  Today you walk to Mutianyu – a fully restored section. Option to go via Jiankou Great Section or from Lotus Fort. Either way, once at Mutianyu, you may continue walking with a picnic lunch or go to your Homestay and take lunch and have a free afternoon. Overnight and dinner in Homestay near Mutianyu. Ascent 395m Descent 330m 2.5 hours 2.5 miles.

Day 8  The final (optional) day from Huanghua to Xishuiyu is the most challenging but worth it! Following restored and intact sections you walk high above the Huanghua reservoir. Here you often have the Great Wall to yourself as you go up and down from tower to tower descending by mountain path to the reservoir. Here you can take a relaxing boat ride to see the Wall underwater before taking a late lunch and driving to your airport or city hotel in Beijing. Ascent 430m Descent 400m 2.75 hours 2.5 miles.

Day 9  Departure to Xi'an by either train or plane.

Overnight train from Beijing

Day 9 continued Overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an departing Beijing Railway Station at 20.00.

Travelling by train in soft sleeper class offers comfortable beds in 4 berth shared compartments complete with fresh pillows and quilt, hot water for tea and toilet and washing facilities in each carriage. Services include early morning tea and dining car.   

Day 10 Arrive Xi’an 09.00, your guide will meet you from the train before taking breakfast in a nearby hotel, then transfer  to the Museum site 30 minutes’ drive from the city.  You walk through Pits 1, 2 and 3 and the Museum buildings followed by lunch in a local restaurant.  Transfer back to Xi’an for overnight; maybe take a Dumpling Dinner in Muslim Quarter and Night Markets.

Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Chengdu.  Arrive and transfer from the airport and visit the world famous Panda Sanctuary before lunch. Then drive to the base of Mt Emei with a stop of course, to visit the Giant Buddha at Leshan. Overnight base of Mt Emei.

Or arrival by flight

Day 9 continued Fly from Beijing (flight time approximately 2 hours). You are met and transfered to your hotel and have the opportunity to explore the city. Ride a bike around the ancient walls, just explore on foot or take a prearranged ½ day city tour. 

Day 10 You guide will meet you at the hotel after an early breakfast then transfer to the Museum site 30 minutes’ drive from the city.  You walk through Pits 1, 2 and 3 and the Museum buildings followed by lunch in a local restaurant.  Drive back to Xi’an for overnight; maybe take a Dumpling Dinner in Muslim Quarter and Night Markets.

Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Chengdu (flight time approximately 1 hour 15 minutes). Arrive and transfer from the airport and visit the world famous Panda Sanctuary before lunch. Then drive to the base of Mt Emei with a stop of course, to visit the Giant Buddha at Leshan. Overnight base of Mt Emei.

Day 12 Begin your ascent of this religious mountain and climb through the luxurious vegetation, past temples, tombs and monasteries. You will overnight in a small simple hotel run by the monastery next door. Ascent 1100m Descent 0m, 13 miles 4-5 hours.

Day 13 Continue ascending, perhaps encountering families of monkeys on this higher section. On reaching the road route which many tourists arrive by, you will have a choice of ascending the final section by cable car or to continue upwards on foot. From the top there is the famous first temple of China with spectacular views over the lowlands below, distant mountains and nearby vertical cliffs. Descend to your hotel for the night, either walking or by cable car. Ascent 650m descent 100m 13 miles 4-5 hours, optional extension to summit ascent of 650m 5 miles 2 hours.

Day 14
Rise early to reach the summit to see the sunrise, one of the ‘sights’ of China. Then return to the base of the cable car where your transport will return you to Chengdu City train station or airport for your onward journey to the UK or your home country.

Day 15  Arrive home.

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Beijing and The Great Wall
Travelling to the north of China is at its very best from mid April to mid June and mid September to mid November.  Up to early April it is still very cold and the land bare of anything green.  As Spring progresses, late April sees blossom trees covering fields and mountainsides as trees begin to leaf. After mid June it is very hot and walking the Great Wall is shadeless therefore not recommended. From mid September to early November the landscape changes from green to beautiful autumnal colours and temperatures soften.

Xi'an
When considering visiting Xi’an to see the Terracotta Warriors, the weather is not so important as the Warriors are enclosed within a controlled atmosphere.

Mount Emei
Mount Emei can be visited all year around however best avoided is July and August as they are the wettest and hottest months. December to February are the coldest with temperature average around 5C but rarely above 10C or below 0C.
Tibetan area, due to the high altitude the winters are cold November to March with temperatures rarely into double figures in C, but it is the driest so good clear days are to be expected. July and August are the hottest above 20C and along with June and September are the wettest.



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Getting to China from the UK is very easy with a choice of airlines serving Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong non-stop from London Heathrow.  Alternatively, from many other airports in the UK it is possible to fly via a point in Europe or the Middle East to Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

From your Chinese gateway city you fly on to the starting point for your Chinese adventure.

For the Great Wall itinerary, flights would be best to and from Beijing. For Mount Emei it would be Chengdu.

Between the itineraries, including Xi’an, you can either travel by air or by train, in both instances we will book these. Train is normally an overnight sleeper and is a very comfortable way to travel.

We will send you details of all travel options to/from and inside China with your personalised quotation.

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For an indicative price of this trip please add the prices of each section of this combination.

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