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China Explorer

20 days from just £3,520 per person

Come and explore the Chinese culture away from the big cities, experiencing the most beautiful monuments and scenery any country has to offer.

Sites Visited:

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Guilin, Yangshuo, Longsheng, Hong Kong

Tour Itinerary

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Tour Dates & Prices

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London Heathrow to Beijing

Travel from London Heathrow airport for scheduled flight direct* to Beijing. We can also arrange departures from your local airport at no extra cost.

*Emperor Tours will always book direct flights – however during peak periods (eg. Christmas, Easter and summer holidays) airlines charge considerably more, so a small supplement may apply. Alternatively we will book indirect flights.


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Arrive at Beijing Capital Airport and transfer to 5* hotel in city centre. Later visit the Temple of Heaven - built in 1420, it was the place where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvest for the year. Time permitting, we will visit the Olympic Village, Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Conclude today with a welcome dinner in a traditional Chinese restaurant.

Accommodation - 5* Crowne Plaza Beijing Wangfujing Hotel or similar


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We start our tour this morning with a visit to Tiananmen Square - the largest public square in the world. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (with late Chairman Mao's huge portrait hanging over the gate), we enter the magnificent Forbidden City - which served as imperial palaces for 24 emperors since the 15th century. This massive palace compound never fails to impress. The afternoon tour continues to the enchanting Summer Palace, with the largest imperial garden in China where late Qing emperors and empresses stayed between May and October, seeking escape from the pollution inside the city. Enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake.


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Today we travel outside the city to the Great Wall at Jinshanling – a remote and wild section of the wall relatively unspoilt by overflow of tourists. Spend the whole day exploring this unique wonder. Enjoy picnic lunch on the Great Wall. Return to hotel late afternoon for a refreshing shower. This evening after a traditional Peking duck dinner, you’ll take a closer look into Beijing people’s night life by visiting the trendy bar street. 

Beijing to Xian

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We start our tour today with a rickshaw tour around old Beijing’s Hutong (alleyways) area – visit a typical Beijing family in a courtyard house. Later in the afternoon we take a short flight to Xian – the ancient capital of the Middle Kingdom. Upon arrival, visit the Ancient City Walls, originally built during the Tang Dynasty, it is the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well as being one of the largest military defensive systems in the world. We then continue to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, also known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex, the Temple was initially built in 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Tonight enjoy a spectacular Tang Dynasty dinner show

Accommodation - 5* Grand Noble Hotel


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Today our tour begins with yet another highlight of the entire journey – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built over 2,000 years ago to guard the tomb of Emperor Qinshihuang. This afternoon return to the city to visit the Bell Tower – beautifully lit with red lanterns, this is the landmark of Xian. We will also have time to browse around the colourful local food market in the Muslim quarter. 

Xian to Chengdu

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This morning we transfer to airport for a flight to Chengdu – the capital of Sichuan Province. Upon arrival, take a trip to Leshan and visit the Grand Buddha Statue, the largest stone Buddha sculpture in the world. This evening, after a Sichuan style dinner, enjoy a traditional Chuan Opera performance.

Accommodation - 4* Buddha Zen Hotel or Tianfu Sunshine hotel


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This morning visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre. Experience a close encounter with the rare and cute panda bears. Afternoon continue to visit the Du Fu Thatched Cottage and Wu Hou Temple

Chengdu to Kunming

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This morning transfer to airport for flight to Kunming – the city of everlasting spring. Upon arrival, visit theStone Forest – a massive collection of grey limestone pillars found around 120km south-east of Kunming. 

Accommodation - 4* JinJiang Hotel

Kunming to Dali

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This morning we take a short flight (approx. 45mins) to Dali – the autonomous region of the Bai ethnic group. Take a cable car ride up the mighty Cangshan Mountain for a stunning view over the Erhai Lake. Also visit Dali’s landmark – the Three Pagodas, a must see in your Dali tour. Later in the afternoon we visit Xizhou Village, with local Bai’s bazaar, where you can enjoy local song and dance performed by the Bai people. Enjoy dinner in Dali Old Town. 

Accommodation - 4* Lan Lin Ge Hotel

Dali to Lijiang

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In the morning have some free time to stroll around the old town. Afternoon drive through the tranquil and beautiful countryside to Lijiang – home of the Naxi minority people. Lijiang is a beautiful shining jewel at the northwest Yunnan Plateau connecting the southeast side of the Tibetan Plateau. Later you will be transferred to your hotel in Lijiang.

Accommodation - 4* Wang Fu Hotel


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This morning start your tour with a stroll around the Lijiang Old Town and visit the Mufu Mansion. Later drive outside the town to Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Enjoy the fabulous Impression Lijiang Show –directed by the famous Chinese film-maker Zhang YiMou (also director of Opening Ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games). After the show take the chairlift up the snow-capped Jade Dragon Mountain. Also visitBaisha Village.


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Today you will travel outside Lijiang to visit what is known as the First Bend of Yangtze River. This extraordinary turn, nearly 180 degrees, creates beautiful and marvellous views that startle the imagination. Trek along the mountain edge and view the Tiger Leaping Gorge, with a drop of 3,000 metres.

Lijiang to Guilin

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Today we transfer to airport for a flight to Guilin via Kunming. Guilin is one of the most picturesque cities in China. On arrival we visit the Reed Flute Cave. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. After dinner, Emperor Tours will treat you to a refreshing traditional Chinese foot massage – a truly sensual experience.

Accommodation - 4* Bravo Hotel

Guilin / Yangshuo

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Today take a boat cruise along the scenic Li River to Yangshuo – a small town near Guilin which boasts of stunning landscapes. After lunch on boat, we will have plenty of time to browse around Yangshuo’s lively local market. Return to Guilin in the evening. Optional tour to see cormorant fishing will be organised if enough interest. 

Guilin to Longsheng to Hong Kong

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This morning we drive to Longsheng (north of Guilin). Enjoy the amazing scenery of Longsheng Rice terraces ('Dragon's Backbone'). Late afternoon transfer to airport for flight to Hong Kong. Upon arrival transfer to hotel and rest of day at leisure.

Accommodation - 4+* Harbour Plaza Metropolis

Hong Kong


Half day tour to the famous sites of Hong Kong - Victoria PeakStanley MarketAberdeen Fishing Village, etc. The rest of day is free for you to explore this vibrant city mix of east and west culture.

Hong Kong


The day time is free for you to indulge in shopping and savour the culinary delicacies that Hong Kong has to offer. Open your senses to Hong Kong's amazing skyline, bustling harbour and peaceful countryside.

Hong Kong to London Heathrow


Day time free to enjoy the wonders of Hong Kong. Evening transfer to the airport for return flight home.

London Heathrow

Morning arrival in London. End of itinerary.

*Extra nights in Hong Kong are available upon request

Tour: What's Included?

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Available Tour Extensions

Hainan Island (Hilton Sanya Resort) Extension from £925.00

Hainan Island (Resort Intime) Extension from £765.00

Why Choose Emperor Tours?


Quality accommodation in heart of city centre.


No compulsory tipping.


No compulsory shop visits.


No extra charges - price shown is price paid.


Guaranteed departure - no cancellations.

Our Promise To You

Whatever your needs, Emperor Tours treats every customer as an individual and will make your tour an occasion to tell your friends and family about for the rest of your life – . As our saying goes:

"Travel in style and be treated like an emperor!"

Tour Dates & Prices

All of our available tour dates and prices are shown in the table below.

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Departure Date Return Date Price (£) P/P
13/09/2015 02/10/2015 £3,520.00
04/10/2015 23/10/2015 £3,570.00
20/03/2016 08/04/2016 £3,570.00
10/04/2016 29/04/2016 £3,620.00
08/05/2016 27/05/2016 £3,620.00
05/06/2016 24/06/2016 £3,620.00
08/07/2016 27/07/2016 £3,670.00
29/06/2016 17/08/2016 £3,670.00
05/08/2016 24/08/2016 £3,670.00
11/09/2016 30/09/2016 £3,670.00
09/10/2016 28/10/2016 £3,670.00

N.B. There is an additional surcharge for single supplement applied for travellers occupying a room on their own.
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Single Supplement Surcharge

Tour Extensions

All of our available tour extensions and prices (including additional surcharges for single supplement) are shown in the table below.

Please select which extension(s) you wish to include with your tour.

Extension Name Extension Duration Additional Price (£) P/P Additional Single Supplement Surcharge
Hainan Island (Hilton Sanya Resort) +5 Days £925.00 £420.00
Hainan Island (Resort Intime) +5 Days £765.00 £250.00