Delve into China’s rich history and exotic culture on this incredible tour, flying by private jet throughout and staying in coveted hotels from luxury brands like Peninsula and Aman.
- Private jet flights and private transfers throughout
- Beijing: Two nights at The Peninsula Beijing in a Premier Room; one night at the Aman at Summer Palace in a Suite; visits to Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Great Wall of China and Summer Palace with private boat ride; pedi-cab tour of Old Beijing
- Xi’an: One night at the Sofitel Legend People's Grand Xi’an in a Grand Premium Room; visit to Big Wild Goose Pagoda; tour of Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque
- Chengdu: Two nights at The Temple House in a Studio 70 Room; visit to Wu Hou Monastery, and Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage; entry to a Face Changing Show
- Lìjiāng: Two nights at Amandayan in a Courtyard Suite; tour of Old Town; visits to Baisha Village, Longquan Village, Black Dragon Pool Park and Dongba Museum
- Zhongdian: Two nights at the Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La - MGallery Collection in a Junior Suite; visits to Shigu Village, First Bend in the Yangzi River, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Songzhanling Monastery, Old Town and Ringha Village
- Shanghai: Three nights at The Peninsula Shanghai in a Deluxe River Room; one night at the newly opened Amanyangyun; visits to Yu Yuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, Zhujiajiao and Kehzi Yuan Garden with private boat ride, French Concession Area and Shanghai World Financial Centre
Beijing: Sip Champagne on the Great Wall of China
You’ll fly by private jet from the UK to Beijing for a two-night stay at the all-suite Peninsula Beijing, followed by a night at the Aman at Summer Palace, an ultra-luxurious boutique hotel whose elegant pavilions were once imperial waiting rooms. While in this fascinating city, you’ll enjoy a private tai chi lesson at the Temple of Heaven before touring the Old City’s winding alleyways, exploring traditional hutong communities and visiting the home of a local family.
You’ll visit the Forbidden City palace complex where 24 emperors ruled during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, enjoying a private tour of the exquisitely furnished Chong Hua Gong halls, before strolling around fabled Tiananmen Square. The highlight of your time in Beijing is a Champagne toast on the iconic Great Wall of China, one of the world’s most magnificent man-made wonders, overlooking sensational views of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, enjoy a private boat ride at the Summer Palace, a tranquil lakeside retreat where emperors once holidayed.
Xi’an: Discover the legendary Terracotta Warriors
Take a private charter from Beijing to Xi’an, one of China’s oldest cities, which is renowned for its ancient sites. You’ll spend a night at the Sofitel Legend People's Grand Xi’an, a luxury hotel located at the heart of the city. While here, you’ll visit the 7th-century Big Wild Goose Pagoda and impressive City Wall, before walking through the Muslim Quarter to the Great Mosque – a symbol of the little-known influence of Islam on Chinese culture. This beautiful religious centre is China’s largest mosque and features on the UNESCO Islamic Heritage List.
Your stay in Xi’an includes a visit to the Terracotta Warriors, an extraordinary collection of thousands of life-size sculptures depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. One of the world’s most famous archaeological discoveries, the silent troops were uncovered by accident in 1974.
Visit a famous Chinese poet’s home
Take a private jet to Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province, for a two-night stay at The Temple House, a luxurious holistic retreat that beautifully blends ancient and contemporary architecture. Here you’ll visit the Wu Hou Monastery, which dates back to the 3rd Century and contains 47 statues of Shuhan civil and military officials along with other historic relics.
You’ll tour Du Fu’s Thatched Cottage, where famous Chinese poet Du Fu penned over 200 poems which are now recognised as realist poetry masterpieces; and enjoy a lively evening at a Face Changing Show, a 300-year-old art form which sees performers seamlessly and swiftly change expression using silk masks, face powders and paint.
Discover bubbling springs and lush parkland
Travel by private charter to Lìjiāng, prized for its maze of cobbled streets, wooden buildings and peaceful canals, where you’ll spend two nights at Amandayan – an intimate hilltop hideaway perched beneath Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Tour the fairytale Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back 800 years, which features an intricate system of waterways and bridges.
Explore former Naxi capital Baisha, visiting the clinic of famous Chinese Medicine practitioner Dr Ho; and another local village, Longquan, where you’ll find a 500-year-old stone bridge. You’ll also enjoy a trip to Black Dragon Pool Park, a stunning retreat where lush parkland and ornate pavilions and bridges complement an idyllic pond fed by bubbling mountain springs; and the Dongba Museum, where you can peruse Naxi religious artefacts and a rare pictographic script.
Admire dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge
Take an overland transfer to Zhongdian, now known as Shangri-La, a scenic Tibetan town in the Himalayas perched at an altitude of 3,300m. You’ll spend the next two nights at Songtsam Retreat at Shangri-La - MGallery Collection, a boutique Tibetan-style retreat overlooking a sacred valley. Explore Shigu, a charming Naxi village that boasts two historic sites. Then admire First Bend in the Yangzi River, a beautiful natural landmark where the river makes an almost 180-degree turn from southeast to northeast, and the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of Asia’s deepest natural formations.
Visit the 17th-century Songzhanling Monastery, built under direction of the fifth Dalai Lama, where you’ll meet a living Buddha – a monk who has become a Buddhist doctor. Then it’s on to the Old Town with its winding cobblestone alleyways and smoke-charred shrines, where you’ll learn how to print scriptures using traditional techniques and visit a Tibetan family who will teach you to make yark butter tea. Head to Ringha Village, where timber houses dot a flowering meadow, where you can hang ‘pray flags’ for good luck at the local monastery.
Explore China’s largest metropolis
Transfer by private jet to China’s biggest city, Shanghai, for a three-night stay at The Peninsula Shanghai – an ultra-luxurious art deco-style retreat overlooking the historic Bund, Huangpu River and Pudong. Walk through the Old Chinese Quarter to Yu Yuan, a tranquil 16th-century Ming Dynasty private garden. Then visit Shanghai Museum, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of ancient Chinese art, before enjoying an evening performance from the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe.
Escape the urban jungle and visit the pretty suburb of Zhujiajiao, a sleepy ancient river town punctuated by stone bridges, bubbling waterways and carefully preserved Qing and Ming architecture. Back in the city, enjoy a sidecar tour of the French Concession Area, admiring beautiful residences, before strolling along the Bund and admiring sensational views from the 100th-floor observatory at the Shanghai World Financial Centre – home to the highest hotel in the world.
Your journey through China ends with a relaxing overnight stay at the newly opened Amanyangyun, a peaceful sanctuary set amid a relocated camphor forest just outside downtown Shanghai, before flying home by private jet.
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