A Family Christmas and New Year Break in China

Tour cost (excluding international flights):
£2000.00 per person

(please contact us for an up-to date-price)

Inclusions as shown in the itinerary, one member of the family joined after a few days.

Accommodation at the Banyan Tree is subject to availability, a simpler but nonetheless comfortable level of accommodation is available in Lijiang.

Excluded item : main meals,  insurance, international flights, optional visits and excursions, trekking or horseriding.

A Family Christmas and New Year Break in China

Day 1 Depart London

Depart LHR on flight BA39, night on flight.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing

Arrive Beijing, meeting and transfer to hotel. Beijing International  Hotel (4 Star) on Chang’an Avenue for 3 nights.

Day 3 Great Wall - mini trek

Trekking on Great Wall (assisted by local guide) with boxed lunch. Departure times advised locally.

Day 4 Free Day Beijing

Day free in Beijing to visit Forbidden City etc.

Day 5 Beijing to Xi'an

Suggest morning visit to Summer Palace or National Museum of China. In the afternoon check out from hotel,  accompanied transfer to the station for the high speed train to Xian (journey time 4.5 hours). Transfer to Grand Noble Hotel.

Day 6 In Xi'an

Accompanied visit to Terracotta Army, City Wall and Bell tower, lunch included.

Day 7 Free in Xi'an

Free time in Xi’an – suggest visits to Great Mosque, Market, the excellent Provincial Museum. We can occasionally arrange an overnight stay in Zen Temple outside Xi’an – at the discretion of the Master.

Day 8 Xi'an to Kunming

Morning depart Xi’an on flight to Kunming
(1hour 45mins) Meeting and transfer to hotel. Rest of day free. Stay at Green Lake Hotel.

Day 9 Stone Forest Kunming

Family spend day in Kunming – go to Stone Forest (less visited part) and Yuan Tong monastery. Lunch included.

Day 10 Kunming to Dali

Early breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Dali – flying time less than 1 hour. Sightseeing accompanied by local guide to Three Pagodas & Erhai Lake, Old Town, tea performance. Lunch included. Spend two nights at Dali Landscape Hotel.

Day 11 Free time in Dali

Free in Dali for walking and exploring

Day 12 Dali to Lijiang by Road

Travel by road to Lijiang. Stay in Lijiang for 5 nights at the luxurious Banyan Tree Hotel with villa style accommodation (Other accommodation options available).

Places to explore : old city of Dayan, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain , Baisha Frescoes and Yufeng Lamasery, Baoshan Secret stone village and First Bend in the Yangtze River, Leaping tiger Gorge.

Day 13 Explore Lijiang and Environs

Visit Jade Dragon Mountain (horseriding may be available here – pay on spot), Baisha Frescoes, Yufeng Lamasery Lunch included.

Day 14 Free time in Lijiang

In Lijiang – no arrangements today.

Day 15 Trekking in Tiger Leaping Gorge

Visit to Tiger Leaping Gorge (trekking possible here). Lunch included.

Day 16 Free time Lijiang

In Lijiang – no arrangements today.

Day 17 Kunming to Beijing

Check out at around midday.
Rest of day free. Transfer to airport for flight to Beijing. (or Shanghai or Hong Kong)
Meeting & transfer to hotel in Beijing – Bamboo Garden – courtyard style

Day 18 In Beijing

In Beijing – own arrangements.

Day 19 Depart Beijing for UK

Early breakfast & departure for airport. Own transfer to airport Depart Beijing on flight returning to London, same day arrival.


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Clients’ Comments:
‘When we walked through into the central courtyard of the Banyan Hotel in Lijiang, we thought we had found paradise.  It is incredibly tranquil and picturesque, with breathtaking views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains.’

‘Ben-mo were very creative in their scheduling – we particularly enjoyed our stay at a Buddhist monastery outside Xi’an, where we spent the evening discussing religion with the head monk.’  

Practical note:
‘Best to avoid the formal evening entertainments laid on for tourists.  As a general rule they are lengthy, expensive and dull.’  (Benmo Recommends the Outdoor performance at Li Jiang – choreographed by Zhang Yimou and performed by local people)