A perfect journey through China for those who have never been. This 12 day tour takes you to 5 of China's most exciting destinations in true Ampersand style. Have a picnic whilst trekking along the Great Wall, walk amongst the Terracotta Warriors Army, cycle through the breathtaking karst mountains of Yangshuo and amble along the Bund in Shanghai - all whilst staying at some of the most luxurious hotels in China.
Welcome to China
China’s colossal size, lightning-fast development and language hurdles make it hard to tackle as an independent traveller. Ampersand’s tailor-made itineraries provide just the right amount of self-exploration and hand-holding, combining ultra luxury at the very best hotels with cultural adventures accompanied by truly incredible guides.
China is the 3rd largest country in the world and 3 times larger than India, so there is little doubt of the plethora of experiences on offer. The difficulty is knowing where to begin... It is also an essential stop for anyone hoping to learn more about the direction the world is taking this century. No first trip to China is complete with visiting the truly unique city of Beijing, where you can't help but be impressed by the vastness of the Forbidden City and the scale of the Great wall, and the buzzing metropolis of Shanghai to learn of its colonial past and its lightning fast development of the future. Thereafter you are still spoilt for choice between travelling to Xi'An to explore the first emperor's Terracotta Warriors, delving into Yunnan province for trekking and natural beauty in the mountains, eating your way through Sichuan province and Chengdu as well as visiting the popular Giant Panda Bear or going to Hangzhou, the fabled city on West Lake. There is something to interest anyone and plenty to learn from your time in China; from the way the country is being shaped in the mega-cities to the way the country used to be through its beautiful calligraphy, tea making and classical music - much of which is still practiced today and we can organise for you to learn from the masters in their craft. Our strongest suggestion for anyone planning a first trip to China would be to incorporate a journey on a high speed train, to spend an afternoon at a traditional teahouse, to learn calligraphy from a master and to visit a park in the early morning to watch locals practising tai chi and sing rousing Communist songs. We believe experiences like these will make you fall in love with the country just as much as the sights will. We were really bowled over by China - its beauty, ancient history and powerful present are all intoxicating, but what we felt was most fascinating was the unexpectedly fun and agile sense of humour of its people. The best piece of advice we can give is to avoid trying to do too much. This is a massive country and deserves to be visited more than once.