Explore The Best of Luxury China Tours: A 7-Day Itinerary

Author: Maharshi Soni on Apr 04,2024

Embarking on a luxury tour of China offers a mesmerizing blend of ancient traditions and modern marvels. From the imperial grandeur of Beijing to the historic treasures of Xi'an and the vibrant energy of Shanghai, this 7-day itinerary promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of China.


Safety Information and Packing Tips


Health and Safety Precautions

Prioritize your health and safety by staying informed about current travel advisories and guidelines from reputable sources. Consider obtaining travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen circumstances. Be aware of any specific health risks in the regions you'll be visiting and take necessary precautions, such as vaccinations or medications recommended by healthcare professionals.


Personal Security

While China is generally a safe destination, exercise standard precautions to safeguard your belongings and personal safety. Keep your valuables secure, especially in crowded tourist areas, and be vigilant against pickpocketing and petty theft. Avoid displaying large sums of cash or wearing expensive jewelry in public to minimize the risk of theft or attracting unwanted attention.


Local Customs and Cultural Sensitivity

Familiarize yourself with local customs and etiquette to show respect for Chinese culture and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or conservative areas, to avoid inadvertently offending. Learn a few basic phrases in Mandarin, the official language of China, to facilitate communication and demonstrate appreciation for the local culture.


Weather Considerations

Check the weather forecast for each destination on your itinerary and pack accordingly. Spring and autumn are pleasant seasons for travel in China, but temperatures vary significantly between regions. Bring lightweight, breathable clothing for warmer weather and layering options for cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings.


Essential Items to Pack

Ensure your passport, visa, travel insurance details, and any necessary permits are securely stored in a waterproof pouch. Pack sturdy walking shoes or sneakers for sightseeing excursions and comfortable footwear for leisure activities. Pack lightweight, breathable clothing for warmer weather and layering options for cooler temperatures. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat to protect against sun exposure during outdoor activities.


Trip highlights:

  • Begin your adventure in Beijing, China's vibrant capital.
  • Explore Beijing's iconic landmarks, including the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
  • Witness the grandeur of the Great Wall before discovering the Terracotta Army in Xi'an.
  • Immerse yourself in Xi'an's ancient wonders, from its City Wall to the Muslim Quarter.
  • Journey from Xi'an to the modern marvel of Shanghai.
  • Experience Shanghai's captivating mix of old and new, from the Bund to Pudong.
  • Bid farewell to China from the dynamic city of Shanghai.

A tour at a glance

Tour Price

Our private tours typically range from $500 - $1000 per person/per night depending on chosen hotels and room categories, vehicles used, types of tours, flight cost, time of year and other factors. Make an inquiry for a customized trip quote.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Day 1: Arrival in Beijing

Upon landing in Beijing, kick off your luxurious adventure with a smooth transfer to your opulent accommodation. Consider staying at the lavish Aman Summer Palace, where historical charm meets modern luxury. Spend the afternoon exploring the iconic Summer Palace or indulge in a spa treatment.


Arrange a private airport transfer for a seamless arrival experience. Consider hiring a luxury car service for added comfort. Aman Summer Palace offers a tranquil escape with its historical ambiance and top-notch service. Bring comfortable shoes for exploring the Summer Palace and a light jacket for cool evenings. Exercise caution when handling personal belongings in crowded areas. Ensure your belongings are secure during the transfer from the airport. Private transfers and luxury accommodations in Beijing may cost more, so plan accordingly.

Day 2: Beijing City Tour

Embark on a guided city tour, visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Experience the local culture at the historic Hutongs and savor an authentic Peking duck dinner at Quanjude. Stay at the luxurious Peninsula Beijing for a perfect blend of comfort and style. 

Use a private car and driver for the city tour to ensure comfort and convenience.


The Peninsula Beijing provides a luxurious base with its central location and world-class amenities. Dress modestly for visits to cultural sites, and bring a camera to capture the stunning architecture of the Forbidden City. Follow your guide's instructions during the city tour, and be mindful of local customs. Entrance fees for attractions and high-end dining may contribute to a higher budget on this day.


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Day 3: Visiting the Great Wall and Train to Xi'an

Take a private helicopter tour to the Great Wall for a breathtaking view, followed by an exclusive tour of the Mutianyu section. Afterward, enjoy a scenic high-speed train ride to Xi'an. Opt for the Waldorf Astoria Xi'an for a plush stay.


The Waldorf Astoria Xi'an blends modern luxury and cultural richness. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for the Great Wall visit. Pack essentials for the train journey. Please follow safety guidelines during the helicopter tour and be careful with your belongings during train travel. The helicopter tour and high-speed train ride may contribute to a higher budget for this day.

Day 4: Arrival in Xi'an: Terracotta Army & Muslim Quarter

Explore the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army in the morning. In the afternoon, wander through the bustling Muslim Quarter, known for its vibrant markets and delectable street food. Stay at the Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel for a luxurious retreat.


Arrange a private transfer from the Xi'an train station to your hotel. Consider a private car for exploring the Terracotta Army and the Muslim Quarter. Sofitel Legend People's Grand Hotel offers a luxurious retreat in Xi'an. Wear comfortable walking shoes to explore the Terracotta Army site and the bustling streets of the Muslim Quarter. Be cautious in crowded areas and follow your guide's advice during the tour. Entrance fees and dining options in Xi'an may influence the overall budget for the day.


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Day 5: Visit the Fortifications of Xi'an and Fly to Shanghai

Discover the ancient fortifications surrounding Xi'an, then catch a flight to Shanghai. Check into the exquisite Waldorf Astoria on the Bund. Enjoy the evening exploring the iconic Bund area. Arrange a private transfer to explore the fortifications of Xi'an and later catch a domestic flight to Shanghai.


The Waldorf Astoria on the Bund provides a luxurious base in Shanghai. Pack essentials for the short domestic flight and wear comfortable clothing to explore the fortifications. Follow airport security guidelines and exercise caution during the domestic flight. Flight costs and accommodation in Shanghai may impact the overall budget for the day.

Day 6: Chengdu Panda Keeper Voluntary Program

Day 6: City Tour of Shanghai

Uncover the magic of Shanghai by visiting the Yuyuan Garden and Jade Buddha Temple and taking a stroll along Nanjing Road. Cap off the day with a breathtaking view from the Oriental Pearl Tower. For accommodation, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, offers unparalleled luxury.

You can use a private car and driver for the city tour, ensuring flexibility and comfort. The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, offers a luxurious stay with stunning city views. Dress stylishly for the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Shanghai and bring a camera for iconic landmarks. Be cautious in crowded areas, and follow your guide's advice during the city tour. High-end dining and optional activities in Shanghai may contribute to the day's budget.

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Day 7: Departure from Shanghai

On your final day, savor a leisurely morning exploring any remaining sites before bidding farewell to the enchanting city of Shanghai. Depart with memories of a lifetime. Arrange a private transfer to the airport for a hassle-free departure.


Consider extending your stay in Shanghai at the Ritz-Carlton for a relaxing conclusion to your journey. Pack your belongings efficiently for a smooth check-out and departure. Ensure you have all necessary documents and follow airport security guidelines. The final day will depend on your chosen activities and accommodation arrangements.


The Best Time to Visit China

Spring (April to June)

Spring in China brings mild temperatures, making it a comfortable time to travel. The weather is generally pleasant, with blooming flowers and blossoming trees adding a colorful touch to the scenery. This season often coincides with traditional festivals, such as the Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day), where locals honor their ancestors. This presents an excellent opportunity to experience China's rich cultural heritage.


Autumn (September to October)

Clear skies, lower humidity, and cooler temperatures characterize autumn. This creates optimal outdoor activities and sightseeing conditions, allowing visitors to enjoy China's natural beauty without extreme heat or discomfort. Autumn displays stunning fall foliage in certain regions, especially in northern China and areas with deciduous trees. The landscapes transform into a kaleidoscope of red, orange, and yellow hues, providing a picturesque backdrop for your travels.


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What You Can Expect From Your China Tour

Luxury China tours offer a harmonious blend of tradition and opulence, promising an unforgettable journey through this enchanting country. Follow this meticulously crafted 7-day itinerary, and you'll create memories that will last a lifetime. Your dream adventure in China is just a consultation away. Get in touch with the Leisure website today to begin crafting a journey that resonates with the essence of your travel aspirations. Make the first step towards your exploration by booking your flights through their convenient flight booking page. Your personalized odyssey through China awaits let's turn your travel dreams into an unforgettable reality.


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Is it safe to travel to China?

Generally, China is a safe destination for tourists. Please be sure to exercise standard precautions and stay informed about local conditions.


Do I need a visa for China?

Yes, most travelers require a visa to enter China. Please make sure you apply well ahead of your planned departure.


Do you know if I can use credit cards in China?

Credit cards are widely accepted in urban areas, but carrying some cash is advisable, especially in rural areas.


What should I wear during the trip?

Dress comfortably for sightseeing and bring formal attire for upscale dining experiences. Check the weather forecast for each city.


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