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Overview

From the stunning historic sights of Beijing and the ancient Terracotta Army to the modern mega-malls of Shanghai and the world’s largest engineering project, this 14-day tour shows you the wonders of the past, present and future of China. As well as marvelling at the sprawling cities and fascinating cultural attractions you’ll also get the chance to see the natural side to China’s beauty with a cruise on the Yangtze River and a visit to Chongqing Zoo to see the Giant Pandas. (APT)

Highlights

  • Take in China’s two most impressive cities, historic Beijing and modern Shanghai
  • Visit the Terracotta Army in Xi’an
  • Enjoy a five day Yangtze River cruise
  • See Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo

Details

Day 1

Departure

Today you’ll depart for Beijing.

Day 2

Arrival in Beijing

Arrive in Beijing where you’ll be met and transferred to the hotel – the rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening you’ll meet with your tour guide and travel group.

Day 3

Beijing

You’ll begin your third day with a tour of Tiananmen Square followed by a visit to the World Heritage-listed Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world. Afterwards you’ll take a rickshaw and enjoy a guided tour through the narrow streets, or hutongs, of Old Beijing. Finally you’ll enjoy a traditional Peking duck dinner.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4

Beijing/Great Wall

Today you’ll journey out to a section of China’s iconic Great Wall. Here you’ll take a cable car and enjoy wonderful views of the Wall and the surrounding area. You’ll then get the chance to actually walk along the wall. You’ll then return to Beijing where you will have the evening free where you can choose to do whatever you like – attend a Peking opera, watch a thrilling kung fu show or explore the Silk Alley Market.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 5

Beijing – Yichang

Start day five with a tour of the Temple of Heaven. Afterwards you’ll transfer to the airport and catch a flight to Yichang. When you arrive you’ll transfer to your luxurious river ship and settle into the accommodation for your cruise on the Yangtze River.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6

Three Gorges Dam

Today you’ll continue cruising, travelling down to the Three Gorges region where you’ll be to attend an optional lecture on the construction of the dam and then take a tour of the dam itself; the world’s largest engineering project. You’ll then continue cruising and enjoy a dinner and entertaining show by the crew.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 7

Shennong Stream/ Wu Gorge /Qutang Gorge

Today you’ll disembark at Badong where you’ll transfer by ferry to a traditional Chinese longboat, known as a sampan. You’ll continue to the stunning Wu Gorge. Later on your boat will pass between the Chijia Mountain and Baiyan Mountain and enter Qutang Gorge.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 8

Fengdu or Relocation Tour

Wake up early today and experience a Tai Chi class before disembarking to tour the Ghost City of Fengdu. Alternatively, you can take a ‘relocation tour’ which teaches you about the impact the Three Gorges Dam had on those locals who had to be relocated. In the afternoon you can take in a Chinese brush painting and calligraphy demonstration, learn to play Mahjong, learn a few words of Mandarin or take a dumpling-making session.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 9

Chongqing/Xi’an

On day nine you’ll visit Chongqing Zoo which is home to a huge number of animals including the famous Giant Panda. You’ll then enjoy a traditional hot pot lunch at a restaurant followed by transferring to the airport for your flight to Xi’an.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 10

Xi’an/Terracotta Warriors

On your tenth day you’ll visit Xi’an’s city wall, which is one of the world’s largest ancient military defence systems. Later on you’ll get to see the Terracotta Army, a stunning collection of clay sculptures of the warriors and horses of Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 11

Xi’an/Shanghai

After a leisurely morning you’ll take a flight to Shanghai and catch the high-speed Maglev train into the city centre. In the evening you’ll have a choice of three restaurants to dine at.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 12

Shanghai

Today is a free day to explore Shanghai. You can take a cruise on the Huangpu River, take a walking tour of the former French Concession or take a Shanghai cooking class to learn about different types of food in this region. Later you can enjoy premium seating at an acrobatic show.

(Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 13

Jinxi/Shanghai

On your final full day in China you’ll visit Jinxi, a sleepy little town connected by five lakes. You’ll then return to Shanghai and enjoy some free time before your farewell dinner.

(Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 14

Depart Shanghai

Fly home from Shanghai.

(Breakfast included)

 

What’s Included:

  • International flights
  • All internal travel including flights
  • 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners included (allow extra money for meals not included)
  • Tour guide throughout the tour, plus local guides
  • All tips and airport transfers
  • On Yangtze River cruise, all meal are included as well as international wine and local beers with lunch and dinner

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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