(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Beijing, Great Wall, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai, Hong Kong
China has one of the most exciting art and architecture scenes in the world today, with emerging artists playing off traditional culture and bold new construction rising next to ancient landmarks.
This private luxury tour combines the best of the new and the old, with private touring of select art gallery districts, private art collections and noteworthy recent architecture, as well as ancient temples, imperial palaces, Art Deco buildings, rustic villages, local markets and stunning landscapes.
Begin in Beijing, China’s centuries-old capital and the heart of the country’s burgeoning contemporary art scene. With your private guide and driver, explore the leading gallery districts and visit impressive new buildings designed by world-renowned architects, such as the "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium. Tour imperial masterpieces such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Travel by rickshaw down the narrow hutongs (lanes) of a traditional residential neighborhood. Visit markets specializing in pearls, silk, food and furniture. Dine on traditional specialties at favorite family-run restaurants, and enjoy reservations at Beijing’s most sophisticated restaurants.
Next, take a private excursion to one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall. Continue to the Commune by the Great Wall, and spend one special night in this award-winning complex designed by 12 of Asia’s leading contemporary architects. Tour several of the villas as well as the private collection of contemporary Chinese art housed on site.
Spend a few days in Guilin, home to some of China's most breathtaking scenery. Cruise the Li River to Yangshuo— China’s most beautiful river journey—passing through a storied landscape of limestone peaks and rice paddies. Take a motorized rickshaw tour along the backroads of the picturesque region, exploring local villages with your private guide and driver. Stay in the Hotel of Modern Art, a Relais & Chateaux property and private, open-air sculpture museum set among craggy hills immortalized in countless Chinese ink paintings.
Continue to Shanghai, China’s most stylish and modern city. Enjoy private touring with a resident expert on the city’s architectural history and contemporary cultural scene. Tour Art Deco, colonial-era and other interesting buildings old and new along the Bund, and in the French Concession, Pudong and other districts. Visit the best local galleries in a city that is becoming a must-see for contemporary art lovers, and stop in up-and-coming neighborhoods filled with design shops and stylish new restaurants. Tour some of China’s best museums, including the Shanghai Museum. Visit Shanghai’s old town to sample dumplings and sweets, and have tea at the city’s oldest teahouse. Also, enjoy reservations at the city’s leading restaurants—some of the best in China. If desired, also take an excursion to nearby Suzhou to visit the new I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum and the new stroll gardens and parks along the waterfront at Jinji Lake.
Next, fly to Hong Kong, one of the most beautiful cities in Asia. During private touring with local expert guides, gain an insider’s perspective on the city’s architectural masterpieces, and tour one of the finest private collections of contemporary Chinese art in the world. Also, visit select art galleries and antique shops, gain access to a private dining club with its own acclaimed contemporary Chinese art collection, explore markets and traditional food shops, and browse boutiques in the fashionable Soho district.
This tour can be fully customized according to your interests and schedule.
Arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Full-day private city tour
Beijing - Great Wall
Private excursion to Great Wall for overnight
Great Wall - Beijing - Guilin
Transfer to Beijing for flight to Guilin for 2 nights. Afternoon private tour
Guilin & Yangshuo
Full-day touring along Li River to Yangshuo. Afternoon private tour of villages
Guilin - Shanghai
Transfer and flight to Shanghai for 3 nights
Full-day private tour
Full-day private tour in Shanghai or Suzhou
Shanghai - Hong Kong
Transfer and flight to Hong Kong for 3 nights. Dinner and tour of private art collection
Full-day private tour, including morning with architecture expert
Morning private tour
Depart Hong Kong
Private airport transfer
Opposite House, The Peninsula Beijing
or Aman at Summer Palace* (supplement applies)
Commune by the Great Wall
Hotel of Modern Art
Park Hyatt Shanghai or Peninsula Shanghai
Peninsula Hong Kong or Mandarin Oriental
Per person (double occupancy)
Optional surcharge for regional business class flights: $540 per person
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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