Continue to Xian, an ancient Chinese city built in 1370 which still retains its historic city wall and one of the oldest intact military fortifications. Travel back in time, cycling along the wall with a private guide to accompany you, absorbing views across the entire city. Visit the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Archaeological Site of China’s first emperor Qinshihuang, to witness the impressive terracotta warriors in battle formation, that stand 6 feet tall.
Fly to Sichuan province and explore its capital Chengdu; a lush, green city teeming with parks and old tea houses with delightful bamboo chairs. From here, travel to the more remote panda conservation and breeding centre at Dujiangyan for a truly immersive experience with these curious creatures. Accompanied by local handlers and conservation specialists, get fully involved with panda life through assisting their feeding, mucking out enclosures and bringing bamboo to the pandas. Enjoy a short hike through the glorious bamboo forests to learn more about China’s iconic animal and its natural environment.
Head to Shangri La, a remote and quaint rural town located in northern Yunnan. Blessed with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings, soak up the unique surroundings and spot curious yaks grazing. From here, embark on one of China’s best and famed hikes to Tiger Leaping Gorge. Suitable for all abilities, you will witness superb, dramatic landscapes, caves filled with drawings and local settlements along the way. Take a helicopter ride into the wild to see China’s snub-nosed monkeys, the country’s strangest and rarest creature. Once legendary, today they are protected by nature reserves. Accompanied by a local conservationist, catch a glimpse of these endearing endangered primates in their natural habitat.