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China - It's History and Life Today 2018




 Oct. 12 - 26, 2018
Host: Denell Falk, President of Civilized Adventures
Cost: Starting from US$ 5,500 per person
Trip Type: Small Group Adventure


  • Local guides show us an insider's view
  • Walk through the Forbidden City
  • Visit the Great Wall!
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors
  • Enjoy a traditional dumpling feast
  • Learn about and sit with Giant Pandas
  • View Shanghai's famous acrobat show
  • Traditional sampan ride through Zhujiajiao's Water Town
  • Visit the Leshan Giant Buddha

Brief Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Read the brief itinerary outline below.

Oct. 12 - Arrive Beijing: Welcome to China! Upon arrival in Beijing, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure until reuniting for our “Welcome dinner & orientation. 

Oct. 13 - Beijing: After breakfast, visit Tiananmen Square, one of the oldest and largest city squares in the world. Visit the Forbidden City and take a journey back in time as you walk down its red-walled alleys, through its magnificent courtyards, and along the serene moat that rings the city. Transfer to Hutong for an authentic lunch in local family home. In the afternoon, explore Beijing’s historic hutongs on traditional pedicab.  Enjoy the evening at your own leisure.

Oct. 14 - Beijing: After breakfast, visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall.  Enjoy lunch at the foot of the wall.  Transfer back to the city in the afternoon.  Enjoy the evening at your own leisure.

Oct. 15 - Beijing: After breakfast, learn to calm your body and settle your mind with a taichi lesson at the peaceful Temple of Heaven Park. The park is also home to pristine examples of traditional Chinese architecture, like the colorfully ornate Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest. In the afternoon, visit a locally famous antique market: Panjiayuan Market.  Enjoy the evening at your own leisure. 

Oct. 16 - Beijing to Xi'an: After breakfast, transfer to airport to catch your suggested flight CA1209 (10:20/12:30) to Xi’an.  Upon arrival in Xi’an, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel to check-in and refresh.  In the afternoon visit Xian's City Wall, which is one of the largest, oldest and most intact ancient walls in the world. Enjoy the city view at the wall with a bike tour.  Spend the evening at your own leisure.

Oct. 17 - Xi'an: After breakfast, set out to drive to Terracotta Warriors (approx. 1 hr).  Tour through one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds: an entire army, from foot soldiers to cavalry and generals, recreated 2,200 years ago as lifelike, life-sized and individually unique clay statues.  Transfer back to the city, visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which is not as small, wild, or goose-like as the name would have it. Rather, it is one of Xian’s most famous and oldest Buddhist pagodas, which now is a part of Xian Museum. The pagoda, built more than 1,300 years ago, is remarkably preserved and still accessible. Enjoy a dumpling feast dinner this evening. 

Oct. 18 - Xi'an: After breakfast, visit the famous Mosque followed by the Muslim Quarter and Yongxingfang Food Street. Spend the afternoon at your own leisure. 

Oct. 19 - Xi'an to Chengdu: After breakfast, transfer to the high speed train to Chengdu (approx. 3 hrs).  Upon arrival in Chengdu, meet your local guide and transfer to your hotel to check-in.  In the afternoon, take a walking tour of Kuanzhaixiangzi Alley, the last remaining part of Shaocheng City before it was absorbed into Chengdu. Kuanzhaixiangzi Alley dates back to the Qing Dynasty, when it was used to quarter troops. Now, it’s a cultural hub that reminds visitors and locals alike of Chengdu’s long past.  Spend the evening at your own leisure, we recommend experiencing face-changing performance over dinner (not included). 

Oct. 20 - Chengdu: After breakfast, visit the region’s most famous inhabitants at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This non-profit organization is a world leader in the research, breeding and conservation of endangered pandas. The base currently houses more than 80 residents, and one of their panda keepers will teach you all about panda health, behavior, and the breeding program at the center. 

Oct. 21 - Chengdu: After breakfast, transfer to Mt. Leshan. Take in the colossal Leshan Giant Buddha, carved out of a riverside cliff almost two thousand years ago, where it sits 71-metres high, nestled in an overgrown nook, casting a red stone stoic expression over tranquil waters. Spend the evening at your own leisure.

Oct. 22 - Chengdu - Shanghai: After breakfast, enjoy time at leisure in Chengdu before we drive to the airport for our flight to Shanghai. Transfer to the hotel and spend the evening at your own leisure. 

Oct. 23 - Shanghai: After breakfast, visit The Bund followed by the Yu Garden, heavily influenced by classical Suzhou garden design.  In the afternoon, walk the Former French Concession's tree-covered avenues that connect Shanghai's colonial past to its modern, cultural atmosphere.  Enjoy the late afternoon at your leisure before enjoying an Acrobatic Show in the local theatre this evening. 

Oct. 24 - Zhujiajiao Day Tour: After breakfast, set out to drive to Zhujiajiao.  Zhujiajiao's Water Town emerald canals are great for a  traditional sampan ride (6 guests sharing one boat) through the town's 1,700 year history. We'll pass under old stone bridges, antique wooden balconies and explore historical sites like Kezhi Garden, a unique mix of Chinese and Western landscaping, Tongtianhe Chinese Pharmacy, the Great Qing Dynasty Post Office and the Humanistic Museum. 

Oct. 25 - Shanghai: Today you can explore Shanghai at your own leisure. 

Oct. 26 - Depart Shanghai: After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch your departure flight.


For more information and the full itinerary please email

Not sure that two weeks is enough in this beautiful part of the world? Contact one of our experienced Adventure Travel Specialists to arrange excursions before or after the tour.



Starting Beijing / Ending Shanghai

  • US$ 5,500 per person, twin-share 
  • Single Supplement US$ 1,150

 All quoted prices effective at time of publication (Sept. 7 '17). While not expected, itinerary and prices are subject to change.



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