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Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 6 dinners
Uncover ancient lands of afterlife warriors and pilgrim journeys, of great frontiers and a winter palace: embrace the sights and sounds of Shanghai, Xi'an, Lhasa and Beijing on this spectacular eastern odyssey.
On arrival in Shanghai you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.
Once dubbed the 'Paris of the Orient', cosmopolitan and exhilarating Shanghai still retains much of the exuberance of yesteryear. Your included sightseeing tour features the famous Yuyuan Garden and the atmospheric Old Town. This afternoon, take a stroll on the colonial Bund before exploring a number of cultural artefacts at the Shanghai Museum. The last stop of the afternoon is at a silk museum. This evening, take a cruise on the Huangpu River before dining on delicious Shanghainese cuisine.
After checkout you'll stop at Shanghai's financial district, Pudong before transferring to the airport for your onward flight to Xi'an, the ancient capital of China. This evening, dine on classic East Asian cuisine and watch a traditional Tang Dynasty show.
Today, explore one of China's most significant archaeological discoveries, the Terracotta Warriors. These life-sized ceramic figurines were created during the Qin Dynasty (211 - 206 BC) to protect the first Emperor of China in the afterlife. Visit the Xi'an Art, Ceramic & Lacquer Exhibition Centre where you'll watch similar terracotta sculptures being made before taking a walk along the 14th-century city walls which surround Xi'an Old Town.
This morning, visit the important Small Wild Goose Pagoda before exploring the fine cultural relics housed at the Xi'an Museum. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet otherwise known as the 'Roof of the World' for its high altitude. Once you arrive you'll be transferred to your hotel for three nights and the rest of the day is free for you to acclimatise to the city.
You'll start your touring day at Jokhang, a Buddhist temple with mixed Indian and East Asian architectural styles, before walking the Barkhor Circuit, a popular devotional circumambulation for pilgrims, locals and tourists. The final stop of the day is the Sera Monastery, one of the 'Great Three' monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism in the city.
Today your cultural journey continues with a visit to the Potala Palace. Located on the summit of Marpo Ri (Red Mountain), the Potala Palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama before his exile to India. After lunch, continue on to the Dalai Lama's former summer residence in Norbulingka, now popular for its landscaped gardens. In the evening, enjoy delicious local dishes.
Fly to Beijing, the capital of China and the country's political, social and historical hub. Once you arrive you'll be transferred to your hotel for three nights and the rest of the day is free for you to explore.
Start the morning with a walk through the historical Tiananmen Square before entering the Forbidden City, the best-preserved imperial palace in China and largest ancient palatial structure in the world. This afternoon, visit the spiritual Temple of Heaven before taking an exciting rickshaw ride through the hutongs (old lanes).
Journey out of Beijing to China's most iconic sight, the Great Wall of China. Enjoy a brief talk on the history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before walking a short section. Afterwards, visit a Jade museum before heading back to the city where you will end the afternoon with a scenic stroll through the Summer Palace. This evening you'll enjoy an exciting acrobatic show.
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight back to the UK.
Hotels as stated or similar.
A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
Tipping is an expected element in China's tourism industry. Customarily every passenger pays on arrival to the guide and then it is distributed appropriately between the local guides and drivers. As a guideline we recommend 5- 7 USD per person per day.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
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