Destination: Black Dragon Pool, Lijiang

A true gem, China is a multi-faceted place with many glittering aspects. Whether you’d like to explore its many-layered history, its rich artistry, its unique collage of cultures, or its wealth of natural wonders, you’ll soon find yourself charmed and under its ancient spell.

From the neon lights of Shanghai’s Pudong area to the cutting edge ingenuity of its high-speed trains, there’s a confidence in the China of today that belies the many struggles and challenges that it has overcome in its rise to global prominence. Modern China is certain to impress and inspire.

To gain a true appreciation of all that it has to offer, you’ll need to delve beneath its often brash, modern exterior – to the colourful, and sometimes even profound, China that lies within. There’s simply no better way to do this than to explore the many incredible sensual experiences that make this land so unique.

Immerse yourself in the Peking Opera and the other wonderful traditional music you’ll encounter. You’ll soon discover that, even with your eyes closed, China is quite unlike anywhere else. Visit small historic towns and explore the vast Forbidden City and Lhasa’s magnificent Potala Place. Marvel at the sight of Xi’an’s mighty army of Terracotta Warriors. China is renowned for its unique, world-class cuisine and you’ll be given every opportunity to take full advantage. From dumpling dinners to specially organised hot pot lunches, Peking duck to dim sum, you’ll find the food every bit as adventurous as the itineraries. Take in the vistas of the Great Wall of China and the Gobi Desert. Marvel at the magnificent karst pillars of Yangshuo and Zhangjiajie. Gaze at the pristine alpine lakes and scenery in Lijiang and Jiuzhaigou, and the sculpted cliffs of the inimitable Three Gorges.

Why travel to China with Scenic?

With Scenic, the perks and privileges come included. Enjoy a full range of luxurious benefits that will enhance your experience throughout your journey.
  • Scenic Enrich
    Our seasoned Journey Designers have handpicked and created a range of unique experiences that will be among the highlights of your journey. Enjoy a romantic dinner at candlelit step well, releasing sacred offerings on the Ganges, discover the world of a Geisha and sumo wrestlers and prepare food for endangered Giant pandas.
  • Special Stays
    From luxury resorts in scenic locations to iconic hotels in bustling cities, you’ll enjoy the very best accommodation available wherever you stay with Scenic. Our hotels are selected on more than reputation alone, rather on a combination of location, character and ambience to ensure your hotel stay is truly reflective of your destination.
  • Scenic Freechoice
    You can choose between a vast range of activities, sightseeing and dining experiences to ensure you only see what you want to see and do what you want to do, at a tempo that suits you. From history to culture, cuisine to nature, there’s a wealth of options for everyone.
  • Luxury Cruising
    Cruise the Yangtze on board the boutique Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer. On board you can look forward to activities exclusive to Scenic, such as a bridge tour and private shore excursions along with other included regular activities. You'll also enjoy complimentary wine and beer with each lunch and à la carte dinner.
  • The Nth Degree
    We've thought about the details so you don't have to, from personal airport transfers, first-class transport and local guides. All tips and gratuities are included.
  • Freechoice Dining
    You'll be delighted by the sheer range of dining options available, from local and indigenous fare to specialty cuisines from around the world.
  • High Speed Train Travel
    Enjoy Business or First Class high speed train travel in Japan, China and South Korea
  • Local Knowledge
    Enjoy the intimacy of fully escorted small group touring with your knowledgeable local guides and expert Tour Directors.
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5-star hotels

Bayan Tree Hotel China

You'll find that the wonders of China are even more delightful when you're ensconced in the comfort and luxury of the region's most prestigious hotels. Whether you’re staying at the Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai, an iconic structure that once played host to diplomats and celebrities, or the InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort, located in the heart of the world-heritage listed Old Town, or The Westin Hotel Xi’an, which boasts its very own museum, you’ll benefit from both exceptional facilities and outstanding locations. In Yangshuo, the luxurious and traditionally designed Banyan Tree Resort offers stunning views of the magnificent karst landscape. 

Luxury Cruising

Yangzi Explorer Deluxe Cabin

Set sail on board the recently refurbished boutique Yangzi Explorer through the Three Gorges, a natural spectacle of sculpted cliffs and lushly forested banks. Enjoy fascinating excursions, with visits to the Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream and Fuling 816 Undeground Project. On board, you'll get the opportunity to discover many local arts, from Tai Chi to Chinese cooking classes, and even calligraphy, Mahjong and silk embroidery workshops. With all private balcony cabins, unlimited complimentary house wine, local beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner and nightly entertainment, you'll cruise the Yangtze in style and comfort. 

Scenic Rail

Rail journey, China
China has state-of-the-art high-speed rail systems, and our itineraries allow you to enjoy both the Maglev and high-speed trains in China and South Korea, and of course Japan’s world-renowned Shinkansen bullet trains. The high speed and Shinkansen bullet trains offer several advantages over air travel including more foot room than most economy flights, especially the 1st Class and Green Class (Business) seats. Not only can you expect a smooth ride, you’ll also get the opportunity to enjoy the wondrous scenery passing by, all the while barely conscious of the fact that you’re moving so fast.