Yin and Yangtze - 15 days

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Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China's historic capital before heading south to Xi'an and the Terracotta Warriors. Cruise along the mighty Yangtze River, passing through the stunning Three Gorges and then explore Shanghai and ancient Suzhou.

Day 1: Beijing
Saturday. Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. Overnight - Beijing
After a short group meeting we embark on a sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital and home of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing and is a public arena for the people and stage for Chairman Mao mausoleum. Across from the square is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Perhaps today, he is looking at a different Beijing, one that is quickly entering the 21st century. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors, it was only opened after the last emperor was overthrown in 1911. Encompassing architecturally stunning temples and halls, the complex of the Forbidden city is simply spectacular.

Later, we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. 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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Today, drive to Badaling, where we can walk on a section of the famous Great Wall. A symbol of total Chinese genius, the Great Wall is a cultural icon. At least 20 dynasties were involved in its construction. Stretching some 6700 kilometres, we walk along just a small chunk of this massive masterpiece of human endeavour. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the step-by-step process of this curious, yet quite beautiful art form. 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)
Beijing - Xi’an. At the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake, we view the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902. The Long Corridor, a hand painted 730m covered walkway, offers gentle respite from the elements. This afternoon, even the most hardened non-shoppers can’t help coming away with a few goodies at the Silk Alley markets. Name-brand attire, bling-bling jewellery, knock-off handbags and shoes are popular acquisitions. Later we travel by train to Xi’an viewing en route the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Practice Tai Chi on the medieval Old City Wall in Xi'an on one of our China Tours
Xi’an is Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 7,000 life-sized soldiers, some 2,200 years old, stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. We tour the archaeological site and Terracotta warrior replica workshop. Tonight, we offer our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Check out our Tang Dynasty bolton for more details. Overnight - Xi'an (B, L)
Spend the morning at leisure before touring the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and taking a bike ride along the great Old City Wall. Peering from the Old City Wall offers spectacular, if not unique views of the city and residence going about their daily lives. Overnight - Xi'an (B, D)
China's beloved mascots - the Giant Pandas!
Day 7: Xi'an
Xi’an - Chongqing - Yangtze River cruiser. Spend the morning at leisure before flying to Chongqing, the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the cruise we can stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square, in the city centre. Overnight - Yangtze River Cruiser (B, D)
Days 8 - 9: Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River cruise. Good morning from the River Yangtze! At 6340km in length, the Yangtze is the 3rd longest river in the world, neatly dividing China into north and south and wending its way through eight very different provinces. The Gorges are a breathtaking sight!

The first gorge we pass, Qutangxia Gorge is the shortest and narrowest yet the most impressive. Here, the dramatic 1200m limestone peaks are often shrouded in mist and the river shoots through the narrow entrance with great haste.

Next comes Wuxia Gorge, which straddles Sichuan and Hubei Provinces. Lined by twelve sheer peaks, Wuxia offers an spectacular vista for some 45km. Finally is Xiling Gorge, the longest at 75km and which comprises seven smaller gorges. During our cruise, we’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction.

Whilst cruising, shore excursions are offered at no additional expense to Shibaozhai and Shennong stream, with its unique scenery and four natural gorges. Drift serenely along the stream in small, open ‘pea pod boats’, looking out upon lush greenery, jagged peaks and ancient villages of the Tujia people - one of the local ethnic minorities. Overnight - Yangtze River Cruiser (B:2, L:2, D:2)
The mighty Yangtze River - take a cruise down it on our Yin and Tangtze China Tour
Day 10: Nanjing
Yichang - Nanjing. We disembark from our cruise in Yichang late this morning. After lunch we take a high speed train bound for Nanjing. Reaching speeds of over 310km per hour we head to Nanjing in just a little more than 5.5 hours arriving late evening. Overnight - Nanjing (B, L)
Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum in Nanjing
Day 11: Nanjing
Nanjing. Spend the morning at leisure before we enjoy lunch and embark on our afternoon city sightseeing tour. Former capital of the Ming Dynasty and capital of Republican China, from 1911 - 1949, Nanjing holds a rich history of both ancient and modern China. We visit the Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre, which is a moving experience that charts the atrocities committed at this very site. Overnight - Nanjing (B, D)
Boats in the Vneice of the East - Suzhou
Day 12: Suzhou
A short train journey East is Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. The charming city boasts extensive waterways and canals dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty, as does our exploration of the humble administrator’s house and garden. Overnight - Suzhou (B)
Shanghai's famous buildings on the Bund
Days 13 - 14: Shanghai
An hour’s journey brings us to bustling Shanghai. Days 13 and 14 are free for you to explore the city your own way. Perhaps visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, French Quarter, The Bund or the Old City. Overnight - Shanghai (B:2)
Day 15: Shanghai
Saturday. Tour ends after breakfast and included onward transfer to airport. (B)

Tang Dynasty Bolt-on

Don’t miss the colourful Tang Dynasty performance in Xi’an. A night of Chang’an music, dance and song fit for a Tang emperor!

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Tour Details
  • Starts in: Beijing / Ends in: Shanghai
  • Departs: Saturdays - March to October
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:14, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 6
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for groups of 6 or more)
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