It’s no stretch to say that China is a treasure trove of cultural riches.
With ancient history, modern influences and rural escapes all in the same place, an adventure in China has the makings of a fantastic, once-in-a-lifetime getaway. And that’s exactly what a group of Diamond Resorts members experienced recently on an exclusive 14-day Member Escorted Journey to China with The Big Journey Company.
They started their journey in Beijing, where they saw some of China’s “can’t-miss” sights, including Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City.
But the real highlight of the trip was visiting The Great Wall of China. After all it’s one thing to see it in photos, but it’s another to experience the real thing.
“We didn’t just want to see The Great Wall, we wanted to walk it, we wanted to hike it and this really ticked all the boxes,” said one member.
“We wondered whether or not we were going to be fit enough, but clearly we are and we’re enjoying it,” he said. “And the ups and downs are hard work, but it’s great fun.”
After seeing the famed Terracotta Warriors and the Tang Dynasty show in Xi’an, the adventure continued with a cruise down the Yangtze River through majestic gorges and dramatic, towering spires of rock with lush, evergreen forest.
The group finally made their way to Shanghai, a booming city combining the old and the new from the ancient water village of Zhujiajiao to the modern Xintiandi district, the most affluent shopping and residential district in all of China.
What really made the trip was all the care and planning that went into providing an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience that allows you to see the genuine culture of the locals.
“It’s been nice because we’ve been in the little villages and things and it’s given us more of a flavor of common Chinese (the farmers especially) of what kind of life they have,” said another member. “I think it’s been great.”
Nearly every detail of Diamond’s select Member Escorted Journeys are hand-picked and pre-planned to allow members a greater freedom to relax and immerse themselves in the culture. The journeys are offered exclusively to members of The Club in partnership with The Big Journey Company and in 2019 include getaways to South Africa, Costa Rica, Vietnam, Australia and India.