This is truly a traveler’s trip to China, complete with a chance for two globe-trotting couples to explore every corner of its diverse and compelling cultural legacy, taking in the country by land, sea and train – even cable car and motorbike. Together, you’ll experience a diverse range of remarkable architectural achievements from ancient temples to the world’s second tallest building and take in the cultural and culinary delights of quaint villages and bustling cities, Shanghai and Hong Kong.
Upon arrival in Beijing, meet your guide and settle in at The Rosewood Hotel, Beijing for three nights in Club Premier rooms. The next day begins with at the Temple of Heaven, where you’ll walk the ancient path traversed by emperors and royal processions. While there, take a private lesson with a Tai Chi Master. Then it’s off to the lively Hongqiao Market and Tiananmen Square, the largest public plaza on earth, and the Forbidden City. Wrap up your day with stops at Juan Qin Zhai and Jing Shan Park.
The following day is all about the Great Wall, the iconic man-made wonder built atop peaks of the Yan Mountains affording stunning views. Your full day guided experience can include a cable car ride up to the top for lunch and a toboggan ride down.
Next, you’ll depart for Shanghai aboard a high-speed train for three nights at The Peninsula Shanghai in Grand Deluxe River rooms. That evening your guide leads the way to a private charter cruise along the Huangpu River. There is no end of wonders here in Shanghai. The full day guided sightseeing experience includes Old Town, tranquil Yu Garden, and a tour of the Shanghai Museum with a former museum curator. Mid-afternoon take in the 127-story Shanghai Tower, the world’s second tallest building. In the evening, enjoy a dazzling display of spectacular agility in a performance by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe.
A change of pace awaits you as your journey unfolds. Now midway through your trip, you’ll find yourself transported into the picturesque postcard suburb of Zhujiajiao for a private boat ride. Regal stone bridges arch over bubbling waterways; willow trees shade the riverbanks, flanked on either side by thousands of carefully preserved buildings, homes and courtyards, all constructed during the Qing and Ming Dynasties. After lunch, cruise through the streets the old-fashioned way: seated in the sidecar of a classic motorbike for a one-hour journey.
Xian is your next stop. Upon arrival, visit the Yangling Museum, which showcases exquisite funerary pieces unearthed from over 20 “satellite tombs” surrounding the imperial burial grounds of Han Emperor, Jing Di. Meet the director of the Museum and enjoy a private visit to the restoration lab. After the visit, check-in to the Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xian for two nights in Grand Premium rooms. That evening, meet guide for a visit to the Night Market in the Muslim Quarter.
The following day, the famous Terracotta Warriors Museum awaits you. It is thought the Terracotta Warriors were meant to safeguard the emperor’s passage to the afterlife and protect his kingdom from attack. A museum specialist will be on hand to explain the fascinating tales. Later, walk through Xian’s Muslim quarter en route to visiting the Great Mosque for a meet-and-greet with the son of Iman, one of the most respected religious leaders in Xian, followed by a visit to City Wall.
Your next stop is Hong Kong, where you’ll indulge in three nights at The Peninsula Hong Kong in Grand Deluxe Harbor View rooms. That evening, you’ll meet your guide for a private charter cruise to view the famed Symphony of Lights.
The following day, embark on a ride on the Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour with a brief on board Feng Shui learning experience. Spend the day walking around Central to see Statue Square, IM-Building, the Sheung Wan dried food herbal market and enjoy a tram ride to Victoria Peak. Later, take a private sampan boat ride through one of the remaining Tanka fishing fleets in Aberdeen. That evening, enjoy a guided market and foodies tour to the Temple Street Night Market.
As your journey draws to a close, you’ll enjoy a guided morning tour of Lantau Island with a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car in a private Crystal Cabin. Upon arrival to the summit, explore the magnificent Po Lin Monastery with its 26-meter high copper statue of Sakyamuni. The pedestal of the statue is a three-story exhibition hall.
This is the journey of journeys – and it all starts with the paddle in your hand.
Airfare to China and from Hong Kong is not included. Visit to China and Hong Kong is to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates. All ground transportation around China and Hong Kong for activities listed above are included. Any activity not mentioned in the itinerary, personal expenses, passport and Visa fees, personal and travel insurance and gratuities are not included.
Abercrombie & Kent and with thanks to Christin McKay, Luxury Travel Advisor with SmartFlyer