China Like an Emperor

China in Ultimate Style

Beijing & Northern China, Shanghai, Hangzhou & Eastern China, Yunnan

Duration: 12 nights

Price: From £11,250 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including international flights in business class, accommodation, some meals, internal flights, experiences as stated, train transportation, private transfers and taxes

Explore China in ultimate style on this exclusive holiday, and enjoy private guided tours of landmarks such as the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and beautiful historic towns, villages and temples. During this memorable trip, you’ll also get to explore markets, dine in handpicked restaurants, join a local tai chi session, walk in the mountains and enjoy cocktails in stunning rooftop bars. Along the way, you’ll stay in idyllic Aman hotels which not only take luxury to a whole new level, but have incredible locations including a former guests’ residence in the grounds of the Summer Palace. We've also included extras such as signature Aman massages and reflexology treatments at each hotel - the ideal way to unwind after all that sightseeing. 
Perfect forThose who want to explore China in ultimate luxury – all the way.
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Beijing, China

3 nightsBEIJING

Beijing is simply intoxicating, and you can’t fail to be swept up in the buzz of history, culture and modern flair, from the incredible Forbidden City to the futuristic theatres and galleries.

Your hotel here, the Aman Summer Palace, is really rather special – this is where former guests stayed, and it is set within its walls, just a few steps from the East Gate. You’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the palace, which was the summer retreat of the royals of the Qing dynasty, walking along its pretty waterfront paths and around landscaped gardens.  

During your stay here you’ll also be expertly guided around many of Beijing’s other landmarks, including Tiananmen Square, the unmissable Forbidden City, an impressive complex dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties, and the Temple of Heaven, where you can join in a local tai chi session. In the evening, visit a bustling night market and feast on Peking duck at one of the city’s best restaurants.

You’ll also spend a day visiting the iconic Great Wall, including a tour of the Tibetan-Buddhist Lama Temple on the way. Get under the wall’s skin with a guided tour of Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the wall.
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Lijiang, China

3 nightsLIJIANG

From Beijing, you’ll make your way to the attractive hillside city of Lijiang and your second Aman hotel, Amandayan, which sits beneath the imposing Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and takes inspiration for its wow-factor interiors from local cultures and crafts such as Dongba wood carvings.

Immerse yourself in the area’s pretty villages, which offer a unique insight into rural China and its age-old traditions. You will spend an afternoon on a private tour of historic Lijiang, which formed part of the Ancient Tea Horse Road and displays cultural influences spanning the centuries, its traditional architecture set against a dramatic backdrop of jagged mountains and lakes.

Additional tours vary according to the time of year you visit – these may include the ancient town of Yuhu and temples such as Zhiyun.
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Hangzhou, China

3 nightsHANGZHOU

Your next stop is Hangzhou and Amanfayun, which is modelled on a traditional Chinese village and is nestled amongst forests, tea plantations, bamboo groves and Buddhist temples near the beautiful West Lake. On arrival you’ll have plenty of time to explore before tucking into a gourmet traditional dinner.

Walk around the lake and head out on its serene waters on a scenic boat trip, and indulge in a private tour of the Temple of Soul’s Retreat, or Lingyin Temple, which is one of China’s most significant Buddhist temples. Discover the history of tea-making in the area and visit verdant tea plantations, flanked by mountains, on a guided tour of Longjing Tea Village. Longjing or Dragon Well tea is a type of green tea and is one of China’s most popular teas (it is also known as Green Queen). You can also venture further on to Nine Creeks, a stretch of forest and mountains, where you can walk through trees shrouded in mist and breathe clear mountain air.
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Shanghai, China

3 nightsSHANGHAI

Your final stop is glittering Shanghai, which offers everything from ancient temples to gourmet restaurants and cocktail bars on the top floors of some of the world’s highest skyscrapers, where you can wine and dine while enjoying the spectacular vistas.

Take in a dazzling acrobatics show whose performers display superhuman levels of flexibility, accompanied by a gourmet dinner that showcases Shanghai’s fantastic cuisine, before being taken back to your hotel. We’ve picked the regal Peninsula for your stay here: in a perfect location on the Bund riverfront, this award-winning hotel has world-class facilities, including not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants, and beautiful views over the waterfront and beyond – head to the glamorous rooftop terrace to make the most of them.
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