Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners
An enthralling experience of buzzing Shanghai boulevards, Beijing rickshaw rides and the historic landmarks of imperial dynasties. Stand on the Great Wall of China, peer down at the Terracotta Army of the first emperor and glimpse sedate rural life on the Longji Rice Terraces.
On arrival into Shanghai, be met by your local guide and transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay. The rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Start your morning with a walking tour of the leafy French Concessions area, admiring the European buildings and green boulevards. Next visit the tranquil Yu Garden before taking a stroll on the colonial Bund, juxtaposed with the ultramodern skyline of Pudong. Next visit a Silk Factory to learn how this fascinating material is made into many beautiful objects and this evening dine on delicious Shanghainese cuisine before taking a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Enjoy an excursion out of Shanghai today to the quaint water town of Zhouzhuang. Zhouzhuang is famous for its canals and has been referred to as the Venice of the East. Return to Shanghai this afternoon and take a ride on the superfast Maglev train, reaching speeds over 250mph. The rest of your day is at leisure.
This morning, fly to Guilin. On arrival, visit the colourful Reed Flute Caves, home to multi-coloured stalagmites and stalactites. Next take a walk up Moon Hills for views of Guilin’s stunning scenery before visiting a Pearl Museum to learn about the South China Sea pearling industry.
Take a full-day excursion to the scenic Longji Rice Terraces. The terraces are also known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’ due to the terraced rice fields resembling the scales of a dragon’s back. Take a walk through these delightful fields, passing local people and villages to glimpse China’s rural life. Return to Guilin this late afternoon.
Take a half-day cruise down the languid Li River as you admire the karst limestone scenery iconic to the area. See cormorant fishermen and water buffalo as you relax on this spectacular cruise. On arrival into Yangshuo, enjoy some time at leisure to take part in some activities including walking, climbing and cycling. Return to Guilin this evening.
After check out, fly to Xian, the ancient capital of China. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay. This evening dine on delicious Shui Jiao dumplings and watch a Tang Dynasty dancing show.
Today come face to face with China’s most enigmatic sight, the Terracotta Warriors, built to protect Emperor Qin in the afterlife. Afterwards, visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being built. Next, take a guided walking tour of the Muslim Quarter and enjoy the delicious Muslim-Chinese cuisine on display.
This morning, visit the Ancient City Wall before taking the super-fast bullet train to Beijing. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a four-night stay.
Start your morning at the Lama Temple, the second largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in China, to learn about the importance of Buddhism in China’s history. Next take a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before enjoying a calligraphy lesson in the hutongs. Have lunch with a local family to learn more about the traditional life of the Beijing locals. This afternoon and evening, enjoy free time in the Houhai district, also known as the ‘Back Lakes’, home to a myriad of restaurants bars.
Head out of the city today to the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall of China. Huanghuacheng is a very unique section of the wall, as it sits on the banks of a reservoir. Take a small boat ride to get to the parameters of the wall and enjoy some time climbing its steps to enjoy panoramic view over the spectacular scenery. Visit a Jade Museum before return to Beijing for a stroll through the grounds of the Summer Palace, holiday home of the Qing emperors. This evening watch a thrilling acrobatics show.
Start your tour with a walk through Tiananmen Square, passing Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, Monument to the People’s Heroes and the People’s Hall. Continue into the magnificent Forbidden City, residence of the Ming and Qing emperors for over 500 years. Later visit the spiritual Temple of Heaven and join the locals at the Temple of Heaven Park in a game of Mahjong or some Tai Chi. This evening dine on succulent Peking Duck, a favourite of the Qing emperors.
After check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight to the UK.
Accommodation as stated or similar standard.
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.
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