Poised for superpowerdom, China’s time is now. In modern Beijing, you can join the world’s largest peloton—two million strong, plus Norman, our expert guide—and ride past hutongs, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Then, travel to remote Naxi villages, experience a serene tea ceremony, practice tai chi in the park and sip champagne on a less-travelled stretch of the Great Wall. After all that, you’ll have ample time to reflect over extended stays at some of our favourite hotels. Time waits for no one, but in China, it slows down for us.
Trip designed by Travel Expert Chris Litt
Experience Beijing as a local, cycling through the heart of China’s capital, past Tiananmen Square, and followed by a meander through the city’s few remaining hutongs
Walk along a rarely-visited section of the Great Wall to an unforgettable and quiet picnic lunch set up, surrounded by pristine and impressive scenery.
Explore Beijing’s vibrant art scene at the 798 Art Zone, the home for up-and-coming artists and the host of pieces from Ai Wei Wei to Xu Bing. In the afternoon, head to the Summer Palace to take part in a calligraphy lesson and try your hand at an ancient technique.
Take part in a privately guided tour through the old market and the unique wooden architecture of UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Lijiang.
Set off by bike to explore a small and remote Naxi village for an extraordinary peek into the traditional lifestyle, mud-brick houses and local shops of the Tibetan nomad descendents.
Today we'll take one of the best bike rides of the trip, descending into the Yangtze Valley along the mighty Yangtze River. Pedal past working farmers, waving kids, and heaps of harvested vegetables. Dinner tonight is in the old town in a traditional Naxi restaurant.
Take a flight to Hangzhou and venture to the city’s most renowned temple, Lingyin Si, home to the largest wooden Buddhist statue in China. Explore Hangzhou’s bustling streets before dining in one of our favorite spots in China, Lou Wai Lou.
Venture out to see UNESCO World Heritage Site West Lake at its finest – at sunrise before any of the locals or tourists make their visits. Take part in a guided tour of the National Tea Museum followed by a very special private tea ceremony
Spend the morning exploring some of the park near the hotel to witness Tai Chi and ballroom dancing with some of the masters of the craft. Then, head south to China's newest cosmopolitan niche, Shanghai.
Explore the history of Shanghai on foot with a local guide who will lead you through the French Concession as well as the Jewish Quarter. Lunch is in a local noodle shop, followed by a walk through Yu Garden.
This morning we will make our way to the airport for your outbound flight home and say zaijian in extraordinary Shanghai.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE Want to see a full
In a word: everything. In ninety words? Signature B&R guides; local experts; unique, unforgettable biking and walking routes; private tours; authentic local cuisine; lessons and demonstrations; local artisanal wines; wine tastings; all victuals and libations; all the endorphins you can handle; new insight; interesting, fun and like-minded travel companions; a feeling of total freedom. In short: an extraordinary, hassle-free journey of discovery.