Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days

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Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Suzhou. Warriors, walls, waterways and wontons. See the sights and taste the delights on our fantastic journey through China - both ancient and modern.

Day 1: Beijing
Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in. Overnight - Beijing
This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing and this evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant. Overnight - Beijing (B, D)
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The magnificent Great Wall of China
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital's monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally). Overnight - Beijing (B, L)
Light prayer candles outside the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an on one of our China Tours
Beijing - Xi’an. Free morning, opt for a walk in the local street market located near our hotel. There are a few unusual breakfast delicacies on offer! Later we visit the Emperor's Summer Palace, set on Kunming Lake and the Silk Alley Markets. After we drive past the 2008 Olympic Stadium commonly referred to as the ‘Bird's Nest’ and Aquatic Centre before boarding our overnight sleeper train (4 berth soft sleeper cabins) to Xi'an Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
A few of the army of Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors
Arrive Xi’an and hotel check in. Later we tour the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where some 7,000 warriors stand in battle ready position and a factory demonstrating how the warriors are crafted. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance. Overnight - Xi'an (B, L)
Xi’an - Shanghai. Spend the morning at leisure or opt for our early morning excursion to see Pandas at the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre. After we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a bicycle ride along Xi’an medieval City Wall. Dinner is served early this evening prior to boarding the overnight express train bound for Shanghai. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, D)
The skyline and Huangpu River in Shanghai - the end point on some of our China Tours
Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps, China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. After breakfast at our hotel, we take a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River. Overnight - Shanghai (B)
The Suzhou canals near Shanghai
Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today we take a high speed train journey to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty, a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit a silk workshop Overnight - Shanghai (B, L)
Day 9: Shanghai
Sunday. Shanghai. Our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to airport. (B)

Dragon Boat Festival Departure 13 June 2015

If travelling with us on our Great Wall and Warriors tour departing 13 June 2015, we offer the exciting opportunity to witness Dragon Boat racing in Suzhou.

The annual Dragon Boat Festival held on Jinji Lake (Golden Rooster Lake) is host to more than 100 teams of budding young athletes competing for championship titles. In brightly decorated dragon themed boats, teams of 12 or so oarsmen race to the rhythm of the drum and the helmsman's chant. The festival also offers live entertainment, dancing and cultural performances, a craft market, food fair and a number of other sporting events that seem to have been inspired by the game show 'It's a Knockout'!

If travelling on our 13 June 2015 tour, arrangements of day 9 has been altered to allow us to spend a morning at the festival. A small tour supplement applies. Please see our to Go Guide for more info.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Beijing / Ends in: Shanghai
  • Departs: Saturdays - March to November
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for groups of 6 or more)
The On The Go Theatre
Discover the highlights of China on one of our group tours