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Accommodation in Beijing
- 98 contemporary studios
- Duplex penthouse
- Four restaurant choices
- Cocktail bar and lounge
- Stainless-steel swimming pool
- Art gallery
- Spa facilities
You’ll find The Opposite House to be a wonderful contradiction. Taking its name from the guesthouse which sits on the opposite side of a traditional courtyard home, the hotel blends old and new design elements seamlessly to create a throughly unique experience in the heart of Beijing’s Taikoo Li Sanlitun district. The first thing you’re sure to notice is the hotel’s striking and modern emerald glass exterior, inspired by a traditional Chinese wood lattice. Chosen by eminent architect Kengo Kuma, it conveys calm while both reflecting the vibrant street life outside and providing a soft screen to those on the inside. 98 contemporary studios and a duplex penthouse benefit from the same clean and uncluttered design as are found in the hotel’s communal areas. Underfloor heating ensures rooms are always cosy while bathrooms are adorned with spa-inspired features, deep soak oak bath tubs and rain showers. When you’re not busy discovering the stainless-steel pool – a masterpiece in lighting and atmosphere, you’ll enjoy exploring the hotel’s four restaurants and a cocktail bar. Venture outside of the hotel’s welcoming walls and you’ll find that you’re well placed to explore Beijing’s diplomatic quarter Sanlitun as well as the Unesco World heritage Hidden City, the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.
- 73 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
Set close to the heart of Beijing, overlooking the striking Forbidden City which is recognised as the world’s largest palace, the Mandarin Oriental Beijing presents a luxurious, exclusive and memorable base in China’s fascinating capital. The superb vantage point ensures that guests can enjoy incredible views throughout much of the hotel, with the nearby cityscape blessed by an architectural portfolio containing the likes of temples palaces, mansions and museums. Many of these views can be absorbed from the hotel’s 73 rooms and suites. Stylish and comfortable, the décor in the guest rooms and throughout the hotel blend contemporary design with authentic Chinese aesthetics. Numerous dining experiences are on offer at the hotel, starting at the celebrated Café Z, serving culinary creations from a Michelin-star chef with a focus on Cantonese specialities, while the Mandarin Grill & Bar presents classic dishes such as steaks and seafood. For evening drinks, Mo Bar has an extensive cocktail and whisky list, while relaxed hot drinks are best enjoyed in The Library, a quiet place to pass the time over a tea or coffee. For a touch of rest and relaxation after busy days wandering the historic and culture-rich streets of Beijing, the hotel is equipped with a superb spa. Boasting modern facilities offering a range of world-class treatments including traditional Chinese techniques, the spa is the perfect means for recharging your batteries.
- 230 suites
- Three restaurants
- Lounge diner
- Shopping arcade
- Indoor pool
Originally opened in 1989 as China’s first ever luxury hotel, the iconic Peninsula Beijing is today experiencing a second heyday after a significant renovation which took place in 2017. Doubling the size of all the hotel’s guest rooms, the Peninsula Beijing’s wonderful location, new décor and large suites have propelled it to once again becoming one of the city’s most rewarding hotels. Set close to the Forbidden City, amid the business and shopping district, the hotel is the perfect luxury base for discovering Beijing. Splendid new décor and layouts are enjoyed throughout the hotel, with its high lobby ceilings, marble floors and grand staircase combined with Chinese artistry and craftmanship, alongside cutting-edge technological features. The 230 suites which populate the hotel are extremely spacious, with separate living areas, bathrooms and dressing rooms. Featuring a bespoke design, the vibe is a mixture of contemporary and classic Chinese styles, complete with striking furnishings and attractive artwork. Three great dining options can be considered during a stay at the Peninsula Beijing, including Jing Restaurant with its delicious and contemporary French cuisine. Huang Ting brings an authentic and local identity with its Cantonese offerings, while The Peninsula Yun, with its rooftop setting, serves up modern Mediterranean sharing plates. Guests can also dine in The Lobby, renowned for its breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea service. Further indulgence can be found in the Peninsula Spa, a luxurious sanctuary of wellness that offers everything from Chinese to Ayurvedic philosophies across its ten treatment rooms.
- 43 guestrooms
- Three restaurants, juice bar and a cigar room
- Underground swimming pool and spa
- Fitness centre and two squash courts
- Library, meeting rooms and wifi
Step back into the time and land of the Chinese Ming Dynasty here at the regally ornate Aman Resort. Just moments from the UNESCO-protected Summer Palace, with a secret door leading directly to the iconic landmark, this property was once the guest quarters of the palace and so promises every touch of imperial indulgence. Housed in authentic pavillions, the luxurious suites surround internal courtyards with traditional wooden screens and bamboo blinds adorning the guestrooms. A sense of tranquility and opulence prevails here and although tradition has been preserved, an impressive array of modern comforts can be sincerely enjoyed. Three restaurants serve a range of Cantonese and international cuisine, the fabulous underground spa and pool ensure leisure is taken care of, while a cinema, library and yoga studio offer further lavish amenities.
Step inside the Forbidden City, a massive imperial palace once home to China’s emperors and the geographic center of this endless metropolis. The gates were shut to all but the royal household and their entourage of eunuchs and concubines for 600 years until, in 1924, a powerful warlord gave the last emperor just three hours to leave. Beyond the imposing red walls to the south lies Tiananmen Square, where, Chairman Mao, China’s most powerful ruler lies embalmed in a glass coffin within his own giant mausoleum.
Ask the residents of Beijing’s hutong alleyways, the crisscrossing mazes of courtyards and alleyways which make up the heart of the city, and they’ll tell you that anyone who lives further out isn’t really a Beijinger. You’ll see elders whiling away the night with a game of Chinese chess or mahjong, shopkeepers selling traditional snacks like jianbing (pancakes) and baozi (steamed buns), and hear calls announcing the arrival of the knife sharpener or cardboard collector. It is in these ancient neighborhoods where the capital’s distinct culture was generated and where it continues to thrive today. In the evening, savour a Peking duck dinner in one of Beijing’s oldest kaoya restaurants
Visit one of the great wonders of the world, the Great Wall. You will be brought to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which is located in Huairou County a short way outside of Beijing. This section of the wall enjoys a special significance as it connects Juyongguan Pass in the west with the Gubeikou Great Wall in the east and was first built in the Northern Qi Dynasty between approximately 550 to 557 AD. You'll be accompanied by a historian who will give you insight into the fascinating creation of the Wall and bring to life the sheer scale and human effort that went into creating it. Free from the crowds of its closer, neighboring sections, more remote Jinshan Ling’s 10.5km stretch of both restored and wild wall is steeped in centuries of history. A short gondola-ride up the mountain followed by a three-hour hike offers an unbelievable view of countless watchtowers stacked against endless mountain silhouettes, and a window into the mind of those ancient soldiers who once shared this view many hundreds of years before.
Today you'll be brought to see the Temple of Heaven, a fascinating complex of temples and altars set in a park. During the Imperial Period the emperor and a magnificent procession of some 1,000 eunuchs, courtiers, and ministers would visit the temple twice a year. At the winter solstice the emperor would express thanks for the previous harvest, and then on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar year he would ask the gods of sun and moon, clouds and rain, and thunder and lightening to bless the coming harvest. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
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Bullet train from Beijing to Xi'an
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Accommodation in Xi’an
- 71 rooms and suites
- Two bars
Opened in 1953 and originally serving as a state guesthouse, the Sofitel Legend Peoples Grand Hotel Xian is set within an iconic building of modern-day Xi’an, oozing French and Sino-Russian inspiration. Located within the ancient city walls, the hotel is ideally placed for discovering the many attractions of Xi’an, promising comfort and rejuvenation upon returning from busy day exploring the city’s 3,000 years of history. The hotel’s 71 rooms, including 37 suites, are typically spacious, defined by high ceilings, elegant character and numerous art deco features and touches of French-style flair. Wonderful views of the pristine gardens or surrounding city are enjoyed from each room, while your own personal butler ensures all your requirements or requests will be met throughout your stay. The hotel’s fantastic dining experiences are focused on the inviting Dolce Vita restaurant, serving up delicious Italian cuisine amid a stylish and sophisticated setting. Two bars provide the perfect avenue for evening refreshments, with the Lobby Lounge ideal for both cocktails and afternoon tea, while the classy Louis XIII Bar presents a more exclusive edge. Spa facilities are also on offer to make your stay even more indulgent, with three treatment rooms offering the likes of traditional Chinese foot massage.
Ascending to an imperious height of 12 metres, the only way in or out of downtown Xi'an is to pass through cavernous openings in the oldest, largest, and best-preserved city wall in China. But the best way to experience the fortifications is by walking on top of them. The circuit is the best way to soak in views of the ancient city within and the modern metropolis outside.
Shaanxi Province is often considered the birthplace of Chinese civilisation. The capital of the empire three times, Xi'an played a major role in the history of the country. Today you will visit the Terracotta Warriors with your expert guide.
In 1974, a few farmers stumbled upon the warriors by accident, a mistaken discovery that ended up being one of the greatest archeological finds in history. Inspired into creation thanks to Qin Shi Huangdi's fear of malevolent spirits, this grand mausoleum houses the emperor's immense army of infantry men, archers and cavalry riders to protect him in the afterlife. Each of the warriors has a different face from a soldier during the Emperor's life.
The statues are viewable in three separate areas. Begin with pit number two (that is still being excavated) and three (that shelters the majority of items). You'll end with pit number one, the most impressive with about 2,000 warriors. There is also a small museum on site that houses two splendid bronze chariots found in 1980 west of the mausoleum.
As Islam flowed along the Silk Road into China 1,300 years ago, its followers, both local and foreign alike, settled in a busy commercial area of the capital, Chang’an. After centuries of prosperity, the very same Muslim Quarter is still one of the most bustling areas of modern-day Xi’an, and a sensory feast of neon signs, exotic spices, and barbecued fare. Islam flourished around the Great Mosque in the heart of the Xi’an’s thriving Muslim Quarter. Entering the elegant grounds at sunset, you might mistake the undulating roofs and colonnaded halls for a Chinese temple until the evening call to prayer confirms that this is instead a potent fusion of Chinese and Islamic culture.
Xi'an claims to be the birthplace of Chinese dumplings, and whether or not that’s true, local chefs have elevated the humble staple to the most sophisticated culinary heights. Head to Xi'an’s most popular dumpling joint where these little hand-pinched dough parcels of ground meat and vegetables are crafted into all shapes and sizes, and have a go yourself at making everybody's favorite Chinese snack.
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Train to Chengdu
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Accommodation in Chengdu
- 142 rooms, suites and residences
- Two restaurants
The Kuan Zhai alleyways are a dynamic collision of traditional architecture and modern culture, where Qing Dynasty buildings play host to some of Chengdu's best coffee shops, bars, galleries and boutiques. Rub shoulders with locals who love to roam these quirky lanes on their day off and tuck into some of the city's traditional snacks, and keep your eyes peeled for some of the more exotic local delicacies.
Located about 1.5hrs outside Chengdu, the Dujiangyan Panda Base is the perfect place to get up close to giant pandas. The first wild pandas were first spotted in this area in 1953 and the bamboo-covered hills of the conservation centre replicate the iconic animal's natural habitat. The ultimate goal of the Dujiangyan Panda Base is to boost the population and prepare the pandas for life in the wild. Be sure to look out for the keepers, who may well be hanging out with China's national animal dressed as pandas themselves.
The mere mention of Sichuan to people from any other province is enough to see them quiver at the thought of their country’s fieriest food, but there is more to Sichuan cuisine than just heat. At the Sichuan Culinary Museum, you’ll learn to differentiate the peppery ma from the spicy la, and have a go yourself at cooking and serving some of the region’s favorite dishes, all under the guidance of a professional chef.
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Train to Yangshuo
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Accommodation in Yangshuo
- 117 rooms
- Large outdoor pool
- Sugar House restaurant
- 1969 Bar
- Spa Alila
Just outside the famous Yangshuo West Street by the Li River, you’ll discover a rich history at the wonderfully luxurious Alila resort, which has been beautifully renovated from what once was a working sugar mill. The hotel is an architectural masterpiece; a modern retro resort that uses a stylish simplicity to instil a sense of tranquillity indoors, perfectly matching the picturesque setting of greenery and dramatic karst mountains that surround you. In keeping with the natural world around it, the main guestroom building uses a combination of local stone and bamboo. Meanwhile the 117 rooms and suites feature large open spaces with simple colour palettes and bathrooms boasting rain showers and twin bathtubs, perfect for achieving true relaxation. The outdoor centrepiece is undoubtedly the hotel’s large pool, which beautifully reflects the mountains and the hotel lights come evening. For dining, be sure to head to the historical Sugar House restaurant, housed in the old sugar pressing room. It features an outdoor dining terrace surrounded by lush greenery and offers a seasonal farm-to-table menu that uses fresh, local ingredients. A stay here is not complete without a visit to the 1969 Bar, which boasts its own-house rum distillery and its own unique cocktails focused on the theme of sugar and rum as a nod to the hotel’s past. Or why not head down the stone spiral staircase to the underground Spa Alila, which has been inspired by Yangshuo’s karst caves and uses local ingredients in a wealth of rejuvenating treatments? Also be sure to enjoy a range of fitting activities here, from yoga to rock climbing and even handmade syrup making, to truly get a taste of Yangshuo.
A walk through Yangshuo's beautiful scenery will give you an intimate impression of the most widely romanticized landscape in China, immortalized in countless cultural references and ink-brush paintings. On this relaxing hike, you'll stroll along the Yulong River, a quieter tributary which offers a nice contrast from the more crowded and famous Li River. Hike through primarily flat, but very picturesque forested paths, open fields, and isolated villages.
To slip down the Yulong, a calmer tributary of the Li River, on a bamboo raft is to enter the canvas of an ancient Chinese painting where crystal waters meander through a surreal landscape of karst peaks and lush foliage, water buffalo periodically ploughing the fields beside the riverbank. You won’t be the first to feel inspired by this restorative, 1.5-hour ride as your very own gondolier punts you downstream - the surrounding hills having been the muse for generations of poets and landscape painters.
Surrounded by rolling green mountains, fruit trees, and rice fields, you’ll share a cup of tea with a family and learn about their lives as farmers in Yangshuo’s rural surrounds. In their redbrick home, under their tiled roof, just for the afternoon, you will become a part of the family.
With its rural population and traditional ways of life, Guangxi province abounds with examples of humans existing harmoniously with nature, but there is no better illustration than the Yangshuo fishermen who enlist the help of their feathered friends to make ends meet. At dusk head out onto the river for a two-hour excursion in the boat of one of these ancient masters and get hands on as they use cormorants to pull fish from the inky waters below.
Hiking is the best way to access the dream-like landscape of Guangxi, a world of karst peaks and ponderous rivers immortalized in centuries of poems and ink brush paintings. So lace up your walking shoes and step into the Pomelo forest, a delightful one-hour trail that cuts through a rich vein of Yangshuo countryside. The path is mostly flat so you can focus on the sights rather than the strain, or push on for another hour to reach the shores of a nearby reservoir.
Snake through the makeshift maze of shops in Yangshuo's bustling city market. The market is split into two main rooms: in the first, you'll see vendors selling fresh produce and some dry goods from tarps or newspaper spread out on the ground. In the second, stroll down rows of vendors selling meat, prepared and semi-prepared food, and produce from stalls and carts.
The ancient art of Chinese landscape painting has long focused on man’s insignificance in nature, and countless scrolls depict tiny human figures dwarfed by the sublime scenery of mountains and rivers. For an hour and a half, put brush to canvas and study the underlying philosophy of landscape painting with a local artist.
Embedded in the glorious Guangxi countryside and surrounded by karst hills, the village of Fuli offers more than just traditional rural charm. Fuli is the ancient hometown of the paper fan, and even today many of the locals still make their living with this time-honoured craft, so peruse their exquisite wares and have a go at crafting one yourself in this atmospheric and historical setting.
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Flight to Shanghai
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Accommodation in Shanghai
- Frasca Italian Restaurant
- Sui Tang Li Restaurant
- Cafe Grey Deluxe
- Beautiful terraces
- Private outdoor spaces
Aptly found in the middle of Shanghai in a historic lane-house location, The Middle House offers guests a luxurious space which epitomises urban sophistication. It provides a much needed oasis, with its abundance of outdoor terraces, amidst the bustling backdrop of one of China’s largest city. The design of the hotel was inspired by the city’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, and combines a minimalist style with various modern interpretations of traditional Chinese elements. Here you will find a varied collection of four studios, a Gallery Suite and a Penthouse Suite. All offer a complimentary Maxi Bar, as well as generous-sized windows with stunning views of the city, while some boast private outdoor spaces to allow you to immerse yourself in the Shanghai skyline. Food lovers can delight in the vast range of restaurants, bars and international cuisine here. For contemporary Italian cuisine and a selection of fine wines there’s no better place than the casual yet sophisticated Frasca Italian Restaurant. However if you wish to explore China’s culinary highlights head to Sui Tang Li where you can indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine inspired by Cantonese, Sichuan and of course, Shanghainese delicacies. Meanwhile, Cafe Grey Deluxe showcases seasonal ingredients and is the perfect spot to grab breakfast or a cocktail at sunset on its beautiful terrace.
- Michelin-starred Sir Elly’s Restaurant
- Indoor heated swimming pool
- Fitness Centre
As the only new building on Shanghai’s historic and famous street, The Bund, The Peninsula Shanghai stands out among the rest as a beacon of modern luxury. A truly modern and luxurious Art Deco masterpiece, all rooms are thoroughly elegant in design with neutral tones, accent colours and luxurious fabrics. Some rooms offer unparalleled views of the Huangpu River and the ever-changing skyline of Pudong, while others offer soothing green vistas of trees, overlooking the historic Wai Bai Du iron bridge among other skyline highlights. Wining and dining here are guarantee to delight, from dining on Modern European cuisine under chandeliers at the glamourous Michelin-starred Sir Elly’s Restaurant to all day international cuisine at The Lobby, as well as a range of sophisticated drinks to be enjoyed at the 1920’s inspired bar Salon De Ning. Guests can wind away a day of sightseeing, by resting both the mind and body at the Art Deco-themed Peninsula Spa which offers a range of holistic healing treatments and modern therapies. Wake up feeling refreshed with laps or a leisurely dip in the indoor heated swimming pool, which boasts an adjoining roof terrace with stunning views of the city.
- Indoor heated pool
- Library lounge
- Luxury spa
- Fitness centre
- Personal shopping assistants
- Personal concierge
The Waldorf Astoria Shanghai, found in the prime waterfront location on the Bund, just five minutes away from Nanjing Road and the tranquil Yu Garden, truly boasts an old-world glamour. This glamour is no doubt derived from its careful restoration and origins in the Shanghai Club, built in 1911, which was known for its neo-classical style and architecture. Here you will find 260 luxurious guest rooms and suites which blend old-world charm with a modern edge. Each room has marble-finished spacious bathrooms and services include a personal concierge who shall anticipate your every wish. Waldorf Astoria’s Pelham Restaurant is a fantastic option for fine dining, where you can indulge in French cuisine or regional Chinese cuisine. For after meal drinks, head to the historic and award-winning Long Bar, which offers beautiful sweeping vistas of the river and a varied and exotic drinks menu. For quick refreshments throughout the day, visit the tranquil Library Lounge where you shall always find free coffee, tea and snacks. This city is known for its high energy, however if you run out of yours after a busy day of exploring, head to the heated indoor pool and flick through the vast menu of restorative treatments at the stunning Waldorf Astoria Spa.
- 13 antique villas
- 24 contemporary suites
- Three restaurants
- Cigar lounge
- Indoor and outdoor pools
- Beauty salon
- Fitness centre
- Yoga studio
- Tea lounge
Set on the outskirts of downtown Shanghai, surrounded by verdant camphor trees in a pristine setting of ecological focus, Amanyangyun is the striking result of an ambitious architectural undertaking. Involving the restoration of 13 Ming and Qing dynasty villas, moved brick-by-brick from the southern city of Fuzhou, guests are offered a fascinating glimpse into China’s past, all amid comfort and luxury. In addition to the 13 antique villas, there are also 24 contemporary suites, which include the likes of living areas with a fireplace, private courtyards and outdoor bathtubs. The villas range from one to five bedrooms and benefit from exclusive use of the villa area’s pool, Jacuzzi and garden. Throughout the villas and suites, guests will enjoy a refined contemporary design, alongside a nature-inspired aesthetic that achieves peaceful seclusion. An extensive range of dining options are on offer at the hotel, with delicious Chinese dishes provided by Lazhu, sumptuous Italian fare served by ARVA and tasty Japanese cuisine the focus of NAMA. For refreshments and the likes of afternoon tea, The Bar is the ideal venue, while the Cigar Lounge presents premium drinks and light meals. Amanyangyun’s huge spa and wellness complex can be found set around the central courtyard, complete with countless treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, pools, a fitness centre and a pilates and yoga studio. For something slightly different, Nanshufang is the hotel’s cultural hub, presenting a space for contemplation, as well as discovery of Chinese traditions such as tea ceremonies, calligraphy lessons and brush painting.
A vestige of the French colonial era, Fuxing was once a private Ming Dynasty park that is now the beating heart of Shanghai’s local life. Boasting some of China’s best people watching opportunities, keep an eye out for ensembles of locals singing songs en masse (of varying talent), ballroom dancing, or even the occasional saxophone quartet.
Shanghai’s former French concession represents every aspect of the city’s short but tumultuous history. This guided walk is your chance to dip in and out of its modern boutiques and chic cafes, and witness the local bike fixers, propaganda art, street tailors and dumpling hawkers that have been there much longer. The area was governed by France but was populated by a cosmopolitan mix of the city's wealthy political elites. Your local guide will lead you through the old lanes still lined with Russian churches, British townhouses and even French châteaux.
Xintiandi still bears the traces of an older Shanghai, hidden amidst an infusion of upscale, modern developments. Housed behind its restored facades are international restaurants, boutiques, cafes, and bars. The neighbourhood brings together the heady, glamorous atmosphere of decades gone by and the comforts of a modern city. You'll explore the area on foot, strolling through sights new and old.
Manufacturing and mega-cities may be the name card of today’s China, but Yuyuan Garden is a postcard example of a more traditional side to the country, one of beautifully manicured gardens, punctuated with rocks and trees, interspersed with green ponds and framed by white walls with circular doorways. Built in what is now downtown Shanghai by a Ming Dynasty official, Yuyuan Garden’s pavilions and bridges, rockeries and teahouse, will transport you to a world far away from skyscrapers and bullet trains.
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