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Shangri-La Luxury in Enchanting China: A Small-Group Tour

See China’s most iconic sights in ultimate five-star style on a 10-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Stroll the Bund in Shanghai, explore electric Beijing, marvel at the iconic Great Wall and come face-to-face with the ancient Terracotta Warriors all while staying in Shangri-La splendour. Includes all internal flights and first-class bullet trains, daily breakfasts and dining experiences including a Peking duck feast, private local guides, sightseeing and entrance fees, insider experiences and so much more.

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Discover the wonders of China on a 10-day, luxury small group tour (maximum 16 travellers). This once-in-a-lifetime experience offers a fascinating snapshot of China past and present. Learn more about its rich history, taking in iconic sights such as the Great Wall of China, the Terracotta Warriors, the waterfront Bund in Shanghai, bustling Beijing and more. Soak up the vibe of the bustling cities and immerse yourself in local traditions and culture with experiences such as an authentic tai chi class at Beijing’s beautiful UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven.

What You’ll Love

The Experiences – Soak up the Sights from the Great Wall of China to the Terracotta Army

Your experience commences in China’s sprawling capital, Beijing, home to six UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Immerse yourself in the vibe of this buzzing city and tick off sights including the famous Tiananmen Square public plaza, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and more.

Dive into the history of China with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wall of China, the Terracotta Army – which dates back to the third century BCE – the Wild Goose Pagoda, Tongli Ancient Water Town and the ancient city wall of Xi’an.

Compare and contrast with the glittering lights of contemporary China, where skyscrapers graze the clouds in dynamic Shanghai. There’ll be plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture along the way, with an authentic Tai Chi class, a Peking duck banquet, a rickshaw ride through the alleyways of Beijing and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony all included.

The Accommodation – World Class Shangri-La Luxury At Every Turn

Spend nine nights in ultimate five-star Shangri-La luxury. Renowned as one of the world’s finest hotel chains, Shangri-La destinations offer exquisite interiors combined with exceptional, heartfelt hospitality for an unforgettable experience. Stay at the beautiful Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai, Shangri La’s China World Hotel Beijing and the Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an.

Your Tour Includes

  • Nine nights’ accommodation in five-star Shangri-La luxury, at Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai, Shangri La’s China World Hotel Beijing and the Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of additional dining experiences including a Peking Duck welcome dinner
  • All internal flights and first-class bullet train transfers
  • Return private airport transfers and private transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Services of English-speaking tour guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Small group sizes of just 16 people max. for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour

Yangtze River Cruise and Chengdu Pandas Tour Extension

Want to cruise the Yangtze River in ultimate five-star style and meet the famous giant pandas of Chengdu? Add another unforgettable dimension to your China experience by upgrading to the 16-day extended tour.

Enjoy four nights aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer, an intimately-sized boutique ship and one of the finest on the river, and indulge in all-inclusive dining with local beers, local house wine, soft drinks and water with your meals. Board a traditional 'sampan' longboat to ride the Shennong Stream where ancient coffins hang in the limestone cliffs, gaze in wonder at the colossal size of Three Gorges Project Dam Site, see the ancient rock carvings of the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum 148 feet underwater and more. With breathtaking scenery from gorges to lush forest, and authentic Chinese activities onboard from Tai Chi to a dumpling cooking class, this is a cruise you'll never forget.

After your adventure on water, return for two nights of Shangri-La luxury on land in Chengdu to meet the beautiful giant pandas and immerse yourself in local culture at the huge People's Park.

See the full itinerary below.

The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

Valid for the following departure dates:


10 August 2018

24 August 2018

9 November 2018*

23 November 2018*

15 March 2019

10 May 2019*

24 May 2019

21 June 2019

16 August 2019

30 August 2019*

1 November 2019

15 November 2019*

*Ten-day tour available only


20 July 2018*

28 September 2018

12 October 2018*

26 October 2018

22 March 2019

12 April 2019

19 April 2019*

12 July 2019

26 July 2019*

14 September 2019

20 September 2019*

*Ten-day tour available only

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise if travelling alone, you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Maximum tour capacity is 16 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Beijing

Shangri-La Hotel Xi’An

Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou

Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

Tour extension includes four nights aboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer and two nights at Shangri-La Chengdu.

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Important: Please allow time for travelling from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Beijing by 4pm on your chosen tour date.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

Tour extension: Please note that your passport or local ID is required for check-in, and your photograph will be taken for security purposes. All-inclusive dining on the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer includes house wine, local beer, soft drinks and water during meals times only. The special embarkation dinner is not included and will need to be booked and paid for onboard at a charge of CNY400.00 per adult.

Package cannot be split.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer to


Upon arrival in Beijing, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Please ensure you arrive by 4pm in order to participate in the evening's arrangements. Meet your group and leader in the evening for a pre-tour briefing and a welcome dinner of authentic Peking duck.

Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Beijing

Meals: Dinner


This morning, you’ll head to the sprawling capital of Beijing itself, rich with six UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Visit the famous Tiananmen Square public plaza, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and more.

Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Today you’ll travel north of Beijing to see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Great Wall of China, which dates back as far as the 7th century BCE and is truly a wonder to behold. En route, visit one of Beijing’s most renowned jade producers to learn all about the history of this celebrated stone. After climbing the wall, enjoy some lunch and sample local teas at a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. The evening is at your leisure. If you’d like any suggestions for things to do, your tour guide will be happy to assist.

Accommodation: Shangri-La’s China World Hotel Beijing

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Immerse yourself in local culture by starting the day with a Tai Chi class during a visit to the Temple of Heaven. Next, get a taste of the past by exploring the winding alleys, or 'hutongs', of the local Beijing neighbourhoods from the back of a traditional rickshaw. Later in the day, you’ll travel to the ancient city of Xi’An, home to the famous Terracotta Army.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Today, embark on a day tour to the site of the famed Terracotta Army – a massive collection of sculptures depicting the armies of the first emperor of China and dating back to the third century BCE – and discover the story behind this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site from an experienced local tour guide. Afterwards, head to the famous Moslem Street to sample local cuisine and shop for souvenirs.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Explore the incredible Wild Goose Pagoda, a five-story Buddhist pagoda built during the Tang dynasty, before visiting the ancient city wall of Xi’an, one of the oldest and best-preserved in China.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Today, depart Xi’An for Suzhou, where you’ll visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Master of the Nets Garden, whose history dates back 900 years. The evening is at your leisure.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel Suzhou

Meals: Breakfast


After breakfast, enjoy a tour of Tongli Ancient Water Town with its well-preserved architecture and bridges. Afterwards, you’ll travel to Shanghai where you can check-in to your hotel before enjoying the evening at your leisure.

Accommodation: Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


Today, discover the wonders of Shanghai on a guided city tour, taking in the stunning Yu Garden, the French Concession, the Xin Tian Di entertainment district with its plethora of restaurants, boutiques and galleries, and the famous waterfront strip The Bund, a melting pot of architectural influences. Spend the evening at your leisure or join the optional Huangpui River night cruise to admire the glittering Shanghai skyline at night (additional charge applies).

Accommodation: Pudong Shangri-La East Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast and lunch


After breakfast, your tour comes to an end and you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


DAY 10 – YICHANG (Updated 04/06/18 6:10pm AEDT)

Today you will travel to Yichang to board the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. Please note flights to Yichang operate on limited/seasonal schedules, so depending on your travel date you will either fly in the morning (arriving into Yichang at approx 10am) or in the evening (arriving into Yichang at approx 10pm). This schedule will determine how your day is spent - either at leisure in Shanghai or Yichang. Depending on when you board the ship, you may be able to join the optional embarkation dinner (additional charge applies) before enjoying a documentary on the Seven Wonders of China in the Tang Theatre.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Meals: Breakfast


Start the day with a traditional tai chi lesson. After breakfast, enjoy a lecture on the Three Gorges Project and learn the controversial story behind this colossal dam’s construction, which involved resettling 1.2 million people. A Chinese foot reflexology demonstration will take place mid-morning in the Tang Theatre, or alternatively treat yourself to a treatment at the ship’s onboard spa. After lunch, visit the Three Gorges Dam Project and exhibition centre. In the afternoon, enjoy a lecture on traditional Chinese medicine before sailing through Xiling Gorge. In the evening, enjoy a welcome reception with the captain and a delicious a la carte dinner.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Kick off your morning with some traditional Chinese exercise. After breakfast, climb aboard a traditional sampan longboat rowed by expert Tujia boatmen, on a cruise along the Shennong Stream. As you pass through this spectacular forest-fringed gorge, see if you can spot the hanging coffins suspended in the limestone cliffs, evidence of early settlements in the area. Visit a traditional trackers village where you can encounter a rural Chinese community complete with mud huts, meat being dried on hooks and coffins the bedroom. After lunch on board, admire the scenery as you cruise through the breathtaking Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge and enjoy onboard activities such as a snuff bottle painting demonstration. In the evening, enjoy an a la carte dinner, a talk on the 816 Underground Project, a movie screening and live music.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Start the day with a Tai Chi session before breakfast. Spend the morning enjoying onboard activities. After a buffet lunch, choose to visit either a local farmer’s market and the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum with its ancient rock carvings 148 feet underwater, or the 816 Underground Project, the world’s largest artificial military cave. Enjoy a ‘Taste of China’ farewell dinner on board with live music.

Accommodation: Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner


Relax and enjoy your final breakfast before disembarking in Chongqing ready for your onward journey to Chengdu. Upon arrival check into your hotel before heading to the city’s largest public park, the People’s Park. Immerse yourself in the local culture as residents play traditional instruments and practice tai chi and calligraphy. Visit a local teahouse for a demonstration before heading to Jinli Promenade, a popular folk art street lined with buildings created in the historic Qing Dynasty style.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast


Today you’ll come face to face with beautiful giant pandas at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. In addition to this national treasure, the centre is also home to black-necked cranes, white storks and other varieties of panda.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Chengdu

Meals: Breakfast


After breakfast, your tour comes to an end and you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

The 10-day tour begins in Beijing and ends in Shanghai.

The extended 16-day tour begins in Beijing and ends in Chengdu.

Private return airport transfers are included on the first and last day of the tour only. Please note your international flights are not included in your package. Airlines that fly between Australia and China include China Southern, China Airlines, China Eastern, Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 48 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

Please ensure your flights into Beijing arrive before 4pm on Day 1 and depart Shanghai anytime after breakfast on Day 10 or anytime out of Chengdu on Day 16 after breakfast.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each traveller’s responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit the website.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR OUR WONDERFUL TRIP TO CHINA. IT WAS A NEVER TO FORGET EXPERIENCE! The whole trip blew us away. Having the smaller group was good and the accommodation was wonderful. All the staff on the Yangtze Explorer were very warm and welcoming and went out of their way to look after us. The memories will remain with me forever. THANK YOU!!
- J & K Butler - October 2017
We just came back from China and we were totally satisfied with what was an excellent tour. The Shangri La hotels were faultless! Thank you!
- M Rizk - November 2017
An excellent tour in all respects!! Michael was a very competent and friendly guide. He went our of his way to ensure our tour went smoothly - especially after our flight from Chengdu was delayed.
- J & T White - March 2018
I have stayed at [Shangri-La China] World Hotel, Beijing in excess of 25 times and have not had a bad experience... I will most certainly stay at China World for my future stays in Beijing.
- TripAdvisor
There is no better way to experience the real China than on the Yangtze river... and no better way to do it than on the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer... The accommodations were first rate, the food (both Chinese and Western offerings) was Zagat rated quality and the staff on board always ready to satisfy. Plus the experience of sailing on that part of the river that has been transformed impressively was unforgettable. I would recommend it to anybody traveling to this amazing country.
- TripAdvisor