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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. As your flight is arriving very early this morning we have arranged an early check in for you.
Today, we enjoy a guided visit into the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre. Later today, we visit 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.
Tiananmen Square, home of the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, the Communist father of the Communist People’s Republic and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Across the way is the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, once forbidden to all those except on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was turfed off his throne. The Forbidden City, was the seat of the great emperors and the innermost sanctum of the Beijing. Enjoy a guided walk through the city’s many temples, grand halls and courtyards. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a city restaurant.
Today, travel beyond Beijing to Badaling, where you can walk (almost climb on some sections) on the Great Wall. Following a ridge of barren hills through northern China, it stretches as far as the eye can see - at least 6,700 kms! Continuing on, a visit is made to the tombs of the Ming emperors, where some 13 emperors were interred. The tombs are approached via a sacred gateway and gate houses. Also visit a cloisonne workshop, where you’ll see firsthand the production of decorative items utilising the techniques of this practised and ancient craft. Overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
Xi’an is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old Terracotta Warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers standing battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. No two faces are alike – each is said to be an individual portrait. Today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, the Huanqing Hot Springs, a scenic spot in the shadow of Li Mountain and a workshop where crafts people make clay warrior replicas.
Today, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, where you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
After breakfast you will venture to the Panda Centre. Located just 10km (6miles) away from downtown Chengdu, the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre has been created and imitates the pandas' natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It's a full day excursion where you will also get to see other endangered species and the famous giant Buddha sculpture.
Today, we transfer you to the train station for your express train to Chongqing. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.
Late today you will board the Yangtze River cruise boat.
Yangtze River Cruise.
Yangtze River Cruise.
Disembarking from our cruise after lunch we have a long afternoon of travel ahead of us. After driving to Wuhan (approx 4 hours) we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, hotel check in and overnight.
Today, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Guilin (afternoon flight).On arrival we will check you into the hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening boat tour on 2 rives 4 lakes to see the immitated famous bridges of all other countries.
We undertake a relaxing cruise down the River Li to Yangshuo passing an endless procession of peaks and simple villages. The local fishermen use trained cormorants to catch fish and local village boys paddle out to the river boats with all manner of souvenirs. Free time in charming Yangshuo, with its little shops and cafes.
Today, we transfer back to Guilin and take you on a guided visit of the Reed Flute Caves. Afterwards we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou and check you into the hotel.
Today, we explore the West Lake, Lingyin Temple and take a bicycle ride.
Today, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Shanghai (indirect) and check you into the hotel.
Travelling west, we journey to Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. One of China’s most charming cities, it’s fame rests on it’s waterways, and canals that are dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty.
En route to Shanghai stop off at lovely Zhouzhuang - an ancient town featuring traditional buildings, small bridges and tree-lined waterways astride the Jinghang Canal. Upon arrival to Shanghai enjoy a tour of the Bund area and a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Today, we tour the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Old City area, Oriental Pearl TV tower and Shanghai Museum.
Free day in Shanghai until the transfer to the train station for the overnight train to Hong Kong (the train is on even dates only).
We will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to the hotel. rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own.
Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...