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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! We will meet you at the Airport in Beijing and transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.
This morning we explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tianenmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city’s heart is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. This evening enjoy a Peking duck dinner at a local restaurant.
Don some comfortable shoes. Today we drive out of the city to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the Great Wall. Some sections are fairly steep, but the walk on the vast wall that snakes for thousands of kilometres is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! Continuing a short distance from Badaling, we visit the tombs of the Ming emperors. We also make a visit to a cloisonne workshop, where we will see firsthand the unique Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces.
Today enjoy a visit to Silk Alley markets and the beautiful Summer Palace. Later tonight we will transfer you to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. Train number Z19, departs at 2124 and arrives the next day at 0825.
Arrive Xian and you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later today enjoy a guided visit to the Huaqing Hot Springs, a scenic spot in the shadow of Li Mountain. Later also visit the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site and visit the workshop where we can see the process used to create the terracotta figurines. In battle formation, the Terracotta Warriors are one of China’s most awesome sights.
Today we visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City wall and the Muslim Quarter. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Arrive Lhasa and you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free and at your leisure.
We begin our exploration of this mystical city first heading to Lhasa’s most enduring image, the Potala Palace. This being the winter home of the Dalai Lamas we will then venture on to visit the Dalai Lama’s Summer palace Less daunting and surrounded by gardens, it was from here the present Lama fled in the 1950’s. However, it is the Jokhang Temple which will be the most enlightening stop of the day being the holiest shrine in Tibet.
Our exploration of Lhasa continues today as we take the short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery, which was formerly one of the central monasteries of Tibet. Then we head north of Lhasa to visit the Sera Monastery, still a working retreat 600 years after its foundation as a main teaching monastery and one of the three great Gelukpa ‘Universities’ once housing more than 5500 monks. We also visit Norbulinka which is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama.
Today enjoy an entire day's excursion to the holy Yamdrok Yumtso Lake which lies to the south of Yarlong Tsangpo River in the Shannan Region of Tibet. The lake is one of three holy lakes in Tibet. It is the largest freshwater lake at the south foot of the Himalayas with an area of about 638 square kilometers. The Yamdrok Yumtso Lake has some beautiful and vivid names like Coral Lake or Green Jade Lake.
Today we will transfer you to the Airport for your flight to Chongqing. Arrive Chongqing and you will be met and transferred to your cruise boat.
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 Upper reaches incorporating the Three Gorges are possibly the most spectacular and it is this part of the Yangtze we’ll see. The Gorges are a breathtaking sight.
The first gorge we pass through is the shortest and narrowest of the three; Qutangxia Gorge. 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 awesome vista for some 45km. Finally is Xiling Gorge, the longest at 75km and which comprises seven smaller gorges.
Arrive Yichang this afternoon at 1300 and disembark the cruiser. You will will be met by our guide on arrival and transferred to Wuhan for the night.
Today we take you on a visit to see the Museum, Yellow crane Tower and east Lake. Later today we will transfer you to the Airport for your flight to Kunming. Arrive Kunming and you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Today you visit the premier natural attraction of Kunming, Shilin, the Stone Forest, an exposed bed of limestone karst spires weathered and split into amazing clusters that take on the appearance of a petrified forest, on the way back to Kunming you will stop and visit Qi Cai Yunnan. We will transfer you to the train station for the overnight train to Dali.
Enjoy an excursion to the Western Hills and Dragon Gate. Some 16km from Kunming are the Western Hills and Dragon Gate, a series of winding steps, tunnels and statue-filled grottoes leading up to a lookout point (also served by a chair-lift). We also visit the Flower and Bird market, which is good for locally hand-crafted souvenirs and a host of other articles.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Shanghai, via Kunming. On arrival in Shanghai we will transfer you to the hotel.
Once known for its decadent magnetism that attracted fortune-seekers and adventurers, Shanghai looks like a European city in a Chinese setting. A stroll along the famous Shanghai Bund confirms this. Today, we visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, explore the Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens, and the Old City where we can opt to shop on Nanjing Road.
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. Renown for it’s silk, we also visit a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging...