Asia-Pacific
China China Private

Superpower Superstar

Poised for superpowerdom, China’s time is now—blessed with a booming economy and bursting with more people than any other country on Earth, the favourite joke among the Chinese is that their national bird is the construction crane. In modern Beijing, you can join the world’s largest peloton—two million strong, plus Norman, our expert guide—and ride past hutongs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. China’s time is also long, long ago: remote Naxi villages, karst formations along the Li River and champagne on a less-travelled stretch of the Great Wall will bring the past to the present. Later, ample time to reflect over extended stays at secluded and splendid hotels. Time waits for no one, but in China, it slows down for us.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

Trip Details

Moderate
Beijing to Shanghai
10 Days / 9 Nights


Price per person from: $9,595
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Best Time to Visit

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Day by Day

Experience Beijing as a local, cycling through the heart of China’s capital, past Tiananmen Square, and followed by a meander through the city’s few remaining hutongs.

Walk along a rarely-visited section of the Great Wall to an unforgettable and quiet picnic lunch set up, surrounded by pristine and impressive scenery.

Explore Beijing’s vibrant art scene at the 798 Art Zone, the home for up-and-coming artists and the host of pieces from Ai Wei Wei to Xu Bing. In the afternoon, head to the Summer Palace to take part in a calligraphy lesson and try your hand at an ancient technique.

Take part in a privately guided tour through the old market and the unique wooden architecture of UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Lijiang.

Set off by bike to explore a small and remote Naxi village for an extraordinary peek into the traditional lifestyle, mud-brick houses and local shops of the Tibetan nomad descendents.

Today we'll take one of the best bike rides of the trip, descending into the Yangtze Valley along the mighty Yangtze River. Pedal past working farmers, waving kids, and heaps of harvested vegetables. Dinner tonight is in the old town in a traditional Naxi restaurant.

Take a flight to Hangzhou and venture to the city’s most renowned temple, Lingyin Si, home to the largest wooden Buddhist statue in China. Explore Hangzhou’s bustling streets before dining in one of our favorite spots in China, Lou Wai Lou.

Venture out to see UNESCO World Heritage Site West Lake at its finest – at sunrise before any of the locals or tourists make their visits. Take part in a guided tour of the National Tea Museum followed by a very special private tea ceremony.

Explore the history of Shanghai on foot with a local guide who will lead you through the French Concession as well as the Jewish Quarter. Lunch is in a local noodle shop, followed by a walk through Yu Garden.

This morning we will make our way to the airport for your outbound flight home and say zaijian in extraordinary Shanghai.

Hotels

The Peninsula, Beijing

Steps away from the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the famed Wangfujiang street, when combined with the quality of the staff and design of the rooms, it’s the perfect place from which to explore the urban jungle that is Beijing. Close to the best shopping, dining, touring, biking and walking Beijing has to offer, and boasting a very classy, modern design. View hotel website »

Banyan Tree Lijiang, Lijiang

From the moment you open the gate to your private garden villa, you will sense the magic of Lijiang and the beautifully designed Banyan Tree. The warm rustic colours and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reflected in your personal outdoor jet pool make your villa the perfect retreat after a glorious day of biking at the foothills of the Himalayas.  View hotel website »

Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou

Set on West Lake, this property is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of urban China, and central to exploring the tea fields and ancient feel of Hangzhou. With the Four Seasons staff helping make it feel more like home, it will provide a restful couple of days before we head to modern Hong Kong! View hotel website »

The Peninsula, Shanghai

Synonymous with the centre of Shanghai, the “bund” is a Hindi word that means levee, or edge, and this is the edge of the mighty middle kingdom. Looking across to the Pudong region, the new skyscrapers, it provides the best view in town and the best place from which to explore this international city. View hotel website »

Activity Level

Moderate

This trip is rated Moderate. This itinerary includes a few of our best bike rides from the region, but these can be easily replaced with walks or cultural experiences. The rides are between 20 and 40 km in cities and over gentle rolling rural terrain. We bike as a group with Chinese and B&R guides escorting you, with the opportunity to stop along the way. The traffic can be unnerving at the beginning, but in this country of 1.3 billion people and seemingly as many bicycles, drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists. Rural areas such as Yangshuo and Lijiang offer far more wide open spaces and relatively few vehicles sharing the roads.

Gear

Superpower Superstar

Poised for superpowerdom, China’s time is now—blessed with a booming economy and bursting with more people than any other country on Earth, the favourite joke among the Chinese is that their national bird is the construction crane. In modern Beijing, you can join the world’s largest peloton—two million strong, plus Norman, our expert guide—and ride past hutongs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. China’s time is also long, long ago: remote Naxi villages, karst formations along the Li River and champagne on a less-travelled stretch of the Great Wall will bring the past to the present. Later, ample time to reflect over extended stays at secluded and splendid hotels. Time waits for no one, but in China, it slows down for us.

B&R’s newest way to travel! This itinerary is one of our new locally supported private trips. They use the hallmarks that we’re known for: great hotels, friendly and talented local guides plus memorable experiences, but it’s just your group and on the dates that work best for you.

What's Included

  • Hotel accommodation as indicated
  • All breakfasts, most lunches and most dinners
  • All drinks with included meals (including beer, wine and cocktails with dinner, but excluding premium wine & spirits)
  • Services of a B&R local guide
  • All special events, tours, guest experts and entrance fees
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off and all baggage transportation
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions, bikes and other equipment
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service


At Your Service

We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.

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Notes from the Road

  • enRoute Magazine: A Wrinkle in TimePublished in enRoute magazine | By Timothy Taylor I’m attempting time travel, no other way to put 
it. I’m trying to drill backwards, into some historic experience of this incredible place. And for a moment, on my very first morning in China – in a l …
  • The Zen of Guiding, Part IIA lot of people ask me what I’ve learned—what skills and lessons I’ve accrued—in my 10 years on the road, living internationally. There are a few simple skills it took a number of years for me to realize as a guide, which can create a wonderful trip …
  • The Zen of Guiding, Part IA lot of people ask me what I’ve learned—what skills and lessons I’ve accrued—in my 10 years on the road, living internationally. There are a few simple skills it took a number of years for me to realize as a guide, which can create a wonderful trip …

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