China's Walking & Hiking Tracks
This luxury walk combines the captivating sights of Beijing, one of the world's great cities, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a private helicopter flight over the Great Wall. You'll explore Beijing's past, present and future and see how these are forced together in the crowded neighbourhoods and streets of the city.
Your escorted adventure starts from Tiananmen Square, where you can take in the full weight of its historical and cultural significance. Enter the Forbidden City and delve into China's cultural treasures. The largest ancient palatial structure in the world was home to 24 emperors for almost 500 years from Qing Dynasty to Ming Dynasty. Consisting of 980 surviving buildings and 8,886 chambers over 720,000sqm, the Forbidden City is a 'city within a city', which you can image will be a long and interesting walk.
You'll then experience a different vibe by wandering through Beijing's antiquated and interwoven hutongs, walking through the popular imperial neighbourhoods around Houhai Lake, and be spoilt with Fine French dining in a 600-year-old temple courtyard.
Your Great Wall experience will start with a grand heli flight. Then you'll hike with your guide on the 2,000 year old Great Wall of China, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at an ancient tower to enjoy a gourmet picnic while looking at the wall snake across the verdant hills.
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Throughout the trip, you'll stay at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Beijing, one of Beijing's most gorgeous hotels. Outside it has impeccable glamor, while inside it whispers a boutique elegance inside, It artfully blends rich Chinese tradition and modern sophistication in the prestigious heart of Beijing's imperial district. ??You'll have an experienced English speaking local guide with all the insider knowledge throughout the tour.
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Walk to explore Shanghai and some hidden gems nearby, complete the bucket-list Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) hiking, venture off the beaten path to Tongli Water Town, and wander in the picturesque ancient villages. Famous attractions, breathtaking scenery, fascinating local culture and exotic dining are all wrapped up in this six day luxury walking package.
Reputed as the 'Paris of the East', Shanghai has undergone a huge transformation from a backwater fishing village to major commercial centre. Vertiginous and teeming, Shanghai has a lot of stories to tell. Your Shanghai stories unfold while you walk along some of the best Shanghai attractions including the graceful colonial buildings along the Bund, towering skyscrapers of Pudong, stylish Xin Tian Di and classic Yu Garden. Then venture off the beaten tracks to explore hidden alleys, bazzar markets and a secret propaganda post museum. You'll sky walk atop the Shanghai World Financial Centre (over 400 metre high) to catch a panoramic view of the Shanghai's old and new. Cuise along Pujiang River to admire the grace of the Bund and the impressive modern skylines of Pudong.
Away from the most cosmopolitan city in China, you'll experience the picturesque old water town Tongli on a river boat ride. You'll journey into the UNESCO World Heritage Site including climbing up the famous Huangshan for spectacular natural scenery and walk in the 800-year-old villages preserved with traditional Southern Hui-style architecture kept intact along its winding waterways as well as some of the settings for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
The tour also provides you with rare opportunities to engage the Chinese culture and locals. Practice Tai Chi with a master at a traditional Chinese courtyard residence and watch Suzhou Pingtan (a regional musical/oral performance art form) while enjoy Chinese fine dinning.
Throughout the trip, you'll stay at the best accommodation in the city/town, including the iconic Fairmont Peace Hotel - a favourite with the local elite and foreign celebrities, including Charlie Chaplin, and Banyan Tree Huangshan - a picturesque retreat nestled at the foot of the majestic Huangshan and surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes.
You'll have an experienced English speaking local guide with all the insider knowledge throughout the tour.
Take the tour of a lifetime from Shanghai to Huangshan, and beyond.
Trek through Tiger Leaping Gorge and explore one of Asia's finest geological wonders. This is one of the finest treks in China, offering breathtaking natural scenery, diverse landscapes and historical attractions that China has to offer. This hiking adventure boasts six days of views that will leave the most seasoned traveler inspired.
Three hours drive from Lijiang, vertical cliffs rise dramatically from the turquoise waterways to the Tibetan glaciers - Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (5596m) and Haba Snow Mountain (5396m). The Jinsha River, a tributary of the mighty Yangtze River, cuts its way through the gorge, carving a twisting path through verdant terraced farmlands, imposing limestone ridges, and quiet villages.
Set off on your journey by following the legendary Jinsha river, accompanied by the sound of it crashing against the rock walls as you head to Walnut Grove. A new day sees you turn uphill, falling in single-file behind the farmer and packhorse carrying produce destined for Naxi villages along the road. Be welcomed into the home of locals to savour a pause and a cup of Pu'er. Finally, descend into fabled Shangri-La to explore golden-roofed temples and Tibetan market fare.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of China's finest trails, awaits those willing to raise their heartbeats a little!
The Ultimate Guilin Yangshuo Luxury Walk offers you the opportunity to experience mountains and rivers like those in a Chinese scroll painting, including mist-shrouded limestone karsts, the meandering Li River and the spectacular emerald Longji Rice Terraces (Dragon's Backbone rice terraces). You'll also get to the heart of Yangshuo's tranquil rural life, bike across the Li Valley, ride a bamboo raft along the Li River between ethnic minority towns, and learn to cook like a local.
Set against a backdrop of dramatic karst peaks, and considered as one of the top ten hiking routes in China, the Li River is a classic walking track for you to exercise and immerse yourself in nature. You'll also challenge your prowess by traversing the mesmerising manmade tiers of jade-green rice paddies. The scenery along this route is fantastic, with seasonal colours and ancient minority houses. During your walking trip, you'll also venture into the inspiring region, appreciating poetic countryside scenery, and seeing the life of locals.
When the sun sets and all the fishermen have gone home, if your energy permits, you can continue a night walk on West Street, the oldest street in Yangshuo with a history of more than 1,400 years. This most prosperous district attracts many visitors due to its unique mix of cultures.
Throughout your journey, you'll stay and rest at luxury accommodation including Yangshuo Banyan Tree, a village style resort reflecting the understated elegance and offering you mesmerising views of remarkable mountain range and crisp air along the Li River.
Make lasting memories in Guilin and Yangshuo.
Chinese tea and Tibetan horses were long traded on a legendary trail, known as 'The Ancient Tea Horse Road' or 'chamadao'. Led by Jeff Fuchs, an explorer, mountaineer and writer, you'll follow the trail back to its roots on this authentic and life-changing journey. Walking along tea's most ancient trade route, discover how the raw and unadulterated tea culture was born in subtropical Xishuangbanna and transformed into the fragrant Tibetan beverage of the fabled Shangri-la. Hiking through the forests of the first tea trees and stepping into the homes of descendants of the first tea cultivators, discover how tea has woven itself into the historical fabric of the three-dozen cultures found along its pathway to Tibet.
The Ancient Tea and Horse Road is a harsh 2,250km trail stretching from China's Sichuan Province to Tibet's capital city of Lhasa. The world's favourite beverage has enchanted monarchs and built empires. But it began as a simple thirst quencher for fieldworkers under the hot Himalayan sun. Following tea to its roots in Yunnan, famous for Pu-erh tea and with the largest population of minorities in China, you’ll discover how it has infused itself into the culture of the villages along its most ancient trading route.
You will have a unique experience to get to the heart of the culture and history of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road with your tour leader Jeff Fuchs, an award-winning explorer, mountaineer, writer and tea expert, fluent in both Mandarin and Tibetan. He is referred as the first documented westerner to trek the entire Yunnan-Tibet Ancient Tea and Horse Road.
Combing history, nature, wildlife, culinary and hiking adventures, you'll soon understand why National Geographic refers to the tour as a thirst-quenching 'Tour of a lifetime'.
13-day grand traversing in southern Yunnan through Dali, Lijiang, Tacheng, Cizhong, Meili, Benzilan and Shangri-la, a voyage of breathtaking landscapes and wonderful cultures for adventurous travelers. Discover China's rich ethnic diversity as you walk one part of the Ancient Tea and Horse Road between Dali, Shaxi and Lijiang. En route you'll meet Naxi and Bai ethnic minority people whose old ways endure. Hike into the Meili Snow Mountains and explore untamed and wild terrains at the most sacred mountain in the world. Bike beside pristine highland lakes, journey into valleys and climb up mountains, enjoying the wonderful world of wildlife including golden snub-nosed monkey and impressive flora. Being awed by natural scenery, you'll also be spoilt by delightful boutique accommodation and authentic Yunnan and Tibetan cuisines throughout the journey.