China is a realm of spiritual awakenings. Take part in the nation’s immense culture and be reborn. It’s not as difficult as it sounds – here’s how.
Step 1 – Wander Beijing’s ancient places
It’s difficult to explain, but there’s a certain feeling you get when you see the sheer size and architectural grandness of these ancient landmarks. It’s humbling and inspiring.
Beijing is where you’ll uncover the nation’s best-known imperial treasures. Stand in Tiananmen Square, one of the largest and grandest public plazas in the world. Wander, filled with awe, through the Forbidden City. It was once the exclusive domain of the Ming Dynasty and now features the Palace Museum, as well as a vast complex of courtyards and lanes. Tour the traditional Hutong areas, famous for the old-style buildings, and time-honoured workshops. Enjoy a late lunch with a local family here before retiring to your world-class hotel for the evening.
Step 2 – Be humbled by the Great Wall
It’s one of the few global wonders which exceeds its centuries-old hype.
Travel into the rugged mountain landscapes north of the city to the magnificent Great Wall of China. Once on top of this ancient defensive structure, you’ll find that some sections are quite steep, but the views are magnificent and the experience is truly unforgettable.
Step 3 – Turn Beijing upside-down, inside-out
You must explore the city of Beijing at your own pace. It’s during a self-guided, self-paced expedition that the city’s secrets reveal themselves.
- Temple of Heaven – Practice the internal martial art system of Tai Chi which places emphasis on the development and control of Chi (consciousness) energy within the body.
- Summer Palace – Visit this stunning oasis built during the Qing Dynasty with lakes, gardens and palaces to absorb
- Beijing Zoo – famous for its collection of rare and unique animals in China, including its local residents, the Giant Pandas
Step 4 – Cruise the Yangtze River
The Yangtze River is where old legends coalesce with China’s newer, more industrial ambitions. The result is worth spectating while in action.
Laze, above deck, in the warming Chinese sun, walled in by lush rainforest and lofty cliffs. Take a shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam Site, which is one of the largest construction projects undertaken by humankind and is the biggest hydropower project in the world. Visit the Tribe of the Three Gorges, the only large scenic spot that has not be influenced by the Three Gorges Dam project, which showcase the abundant Ba Culture and Shu Culture. Enjoy a Captain’s Welcome Banquet and enjoy the evening entertainment with a Chinese dancing ball.
Step 5 – Hunt ghosts in Fengdu Ghost City
A whole city of ghosts. It’s like a theme park, only terrifying.
Learn why Fengdu Ghost City regarded as the “City of Ghosts”. The temples built on Ming Mountain depict the punish instruments and demon paintings, demonstrating the Chinese people’s imagination of hell. These are unique memories of a secret, sordid past you’ll love telling your friends and family about when you return.
Don’t daydream about your life-changing transformation. Do all of these things – and many, many more – on a 13 day 5-star tour with Bon Voyage, including 5-star hotel accommodation, return flights, and more!