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Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 10 dinners
Experience the potent beauty and history of China on this magical private tour, taking in Shanghai, Guilin, Beijing, a cruise on the mighty Yangtze and the legendary Terracotta Warriors.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 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 sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Your included sightseeing tour features the famous Yu Yuan Garden, the atmospheric old town and the stunning Jade Buddha Temple. The afternoon is at leisure to explore 'The Bund' riverside boulevard and Nanjing Road. In the evening, enjoy an exciting acrobatics show.
This morning visit the splendid Shanghai Museum, which houses thousands of exquisite Chinese archaeological and artistic exhibits. After lunch, drive to Tongli and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Suzhou. This evening, musicians with classical Chinese instruments, folk singers and dancers will entertain you in Suzhou's scenic Garden of the Master of the Nets.
Suzhou is famed for its silk industry and was dubbed the Venice of the East because of its many ancient canals and bridges. Your memorable time here begins with a visit to Tiger Hill, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan; and the Lingering Garden, before a short cruise along the Grand Canal. After lunch visit a silk factory, followed by a rickshaw ride along the canal banks. This evening, fly to Beijing.
Beijing holds many wonders for the visitor, from the historic to the enigmatic and stirring. Highlights include the legendary, vast Tiananmen Square, home to the imposing city museum, and the magnificent Forbidden City, the palace complex that was home to successive Emperors for over 500 years. Afterwards, we continue to the glorious Summer Palace, with its exquisite gardens and landscapes.
An unforgettable day travelling to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which criss-crosses forested mountain tops (return cable-car rides are included). One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Wall stretches approximately 4,000 miles and is a spectacular sight you'll be sure never to forget. Your day ends with a traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing.
After a morning visit to Beijing's Temple of Heaven, fly to Yichang where you will board your ship, for an exciting four night Yangtze River cruise journey upstream.
Set sail this morning and watch endless dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge, the Yangtze's longest. After a shore excursion to the incredible Three Gorges Dam, the world's biggest, you'll then sail through the Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock.
Today experience the swift, crystal waters of the Shennong Stream - a Yangtze tributary. Travel through mystical, fairytale landscapes that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Later you will pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge.
Enjoy a free day on your Yangtze cruise - or choose to take an optional shore excursion.
Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and enjoy a short city tour and a visit to the city zoo, which is home to some of China's famous giant pandas. Later, continue to the airport for your flight to Xian for a two night stay.
Yet another highlight of your tour, the remarkable Terracotta Warriors, built in around 250 BC to guard an Imperial Tomb and comprising thousands of full-size, hand-carved clay soldiers, chariots and horses. Next, stroll along the city's ancient walls. In the evening, enjoy dinner with the Tang Era music and dance show.
After a morning visit to Xian's Wild Goose Pagoda, a revered Buddhist pagoda built around 600 AD, fly to Guilin.
Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and enjoy the landscape of limestone hills, fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The following morning discover the beautiful rural countryside around Yangshuo. Return to Guilin in the afternoon and visit the Reed Flute Caves. In the evening, see the cormorant fishermen.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai to connect to your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong.
Accommodation will be as stated or alternative of a 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.
Victoria Cruise Ship will vary depending on departure date.
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