Visits to American-born panda, Bao Bao, in Sichuan combined with any of China’s 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, a ride on the bullet train between Shanghai and Beijing with hikes on the Great Wall and through China’s magical landscapes are a few of features of itineraries currently on the market and new and improved versions for 2018.
Here are the five best new options.
1. Audley Travel’s 18-day “Hiking in China” itinerary
Guests will hike through rice fields and across China’s countryside during Audley Travel’s 18-day “Hiking in China” itinerary. Hikers also will take part in a guided trek through the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge before heading to Zhongdian (Shangri La). Travelers will witness the sunrise over Huanshan, visit the high Tibetan Plateau in Zhongdian (Shangri La), and visit the magnificent Great Wall.
2. Avanti’s "The Great Panda Adventure”
Avanti’s new “The Great Panda Adventure” takes guests on a 12-day adventure through China with a private tour of Panda Center and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Great Wall. Guests can add on the Panda Private Volunteer Experience at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda. During this added experience, participants will spend five hours feeding, cleaning cages and learning about the 20-40 giant and red pandas living there.
3. Collette’s 16-19 day “Wonders of China and the Yangtze River” Program
Guests on Collette’s 16-19 day “Wonders of China and the Yangtze River” program will discover China’s food, natural beauty and historic landmarks in addition to a ride on the Mag Lev bullet train reaching speeds of more than 260 miles per hour. Other trip highlights include a traditional tea ceremony, lunch with a local family in their Hutong home, and a lesson from a Chinese calligraphy master.
4. Contiki’s Southern Spice Itinerary
Contiki’s execs say that while Europe is still a frontrunner for millennials traveling but Asia is quickly rising as a hot travel destination. Increased bookings and demand has prompted Contiki to roll out the Southern Spice itinerary to India and the company has also refined earlier Asia products including China Adventure and the Big Indochina.
5. Wendy Wu Tours' “The Silk Road Explorer”
Wendy Wu Tours sells a 26-day in-depth adventure during “The Silk Road Explorer” air-inclusive itinerary. Guests will immerse themselves in Chinese history and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Mogao Caves, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven and of course the famous Great Wall. Travelers also will have the chance to participate in a traditional dance class at the Temple of Heaven and marvel at Buddhist art spanning a period of 1,000 years at the Mogao Caves.