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Arrive Beijing. Welcome to China. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free.
This morning, We explore the heart of Beijing including vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb is located. Dominating the city’s heart is the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. This afternoon we will return to Beijing for a ride in a motorcycle side car.
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 a ‘must do’ experience! Continuing a short distance from Badaling, we visit the tombs of the Ming emperors. Tonight hone your culinary skills with a cooking class.
Today we fly from Beijing to Urumqi to see some of rural China. Some of which seems to be frozen back in time.
Capital of Xinjiang, a largely desert and grassland province fringed by some of the highest mountains in the world, Urumqi sits amidst beautiful scenery. Today we enjoy an excursion to Tian Chi (Heaven Lake), located at an altitude of 2,000m among the Tian Shan Mountains, which rise to nearly 6,000m. Also visit the local Xinjiang Museum.
Today enjoy a leisurely excursion to the southern mountain pastures. The rest of the day is free.
Today we leave Urumqi bound for Turpan by road travelling the northern Silk Road, Turpan is a rural Uighur settlement. The Uighur descended from nomadic Siberian and Central Asian tribes who settled the region in the 9th century. Renowned for its grape production, you’ll visit Putao Gou (Grape Valley), heart of the region’s massive grape production.
Today, we travel beyond Turpan. Driving to Bezeklik past the Flaming Mountains. We’ll also visit the Bezeklik Caves which are situated in a desert gorge high above the Sengim River. Then the Astana tombs and the impressive ruins of Gaochang city. Tonight, enjoy a traditional show of song and dance
Today we visit Imin Ta (Imin Minaret) constructed in 1778, before heading beyond Turpan to the Jiaohe Ruins. A stop is also made at some 2,000-year-old Karez water channels, an irrigation system that many Silk Road cities and towns relied upon. Tonight take an overnight sleeper train to Liuyuan.
Arrive Liuyuan, and continue to remote Dunhuang, a small and strategically important desert oasis town on the Silk Road, a stone’s throw from the end of the Great Wall. Visit Yueya Quan (Crescent Moon Lake), a small spring-fed lake surrounded by gigantic sand dunes. If feeling energetic, the giant dunes can be climbed if inclined!
Visit perhaps Dunhuang’s most famous attraction, the UNESCO-listed Mogao Caves. The colourful cave paintings which were the legacy of travelling pilgrim monks, merchants and nobles form the most fascinating repository of Buddhist art in China. The rest of the day is free.
Today we travel to enjoy a visit to the awesome Jiayuguan Fort at Jiayuguan Pass - the farthest outpost of the Great Wall which was built here by the Ming in 1372. Everything that travelled between the deserts of central Asia and the fertile lands of China, be it goods traders or armies had to file through the Jiayuguan Pass. Overnight Jiayuguan.
Today we fly from Jiayuguan to Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province and a former staging post on the Silk Road. Enjoy a boat ride on the 5,487 km long Yellow River (2nd longest in China after the Yangtze) and a visit to Bingling Temple. Overnight Lanzhou.
Today we take a flight from Lanzhou to Xi’an. Today enjoy a city tour, taking in the highlights of Xi'an, including the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque and the medieval City Wall, which you can take a bike ride along. Overnight - Xi'an
Today, visit Huanqing Hot Springs, a scenic spot in the shadow of Li Mountain, before continuing to a workshop where crafts people make replicas of the terracotta warriors. Then visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors. Overnight - Xi'an
Today we will visit the Giant Pandas at the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre before spending overnight on the express train bound for Shanghai.
This morning upon arrival in Shanghai we will be there to meet you at the station and transfer you to your hotel. 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 and tonight a cruise on the Huangpu River. .
A free day to explore your own way. Opt to shop along Nanjing Road, discover the French Quarter and the old city or dine at the top of one of the city's towering skyscapers. Tonight (approx 6pm) we board the sleeper train bound for Hong Kong.
We arrive into Kowloon at approx 1pm. Transfer and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free, why not another spot of shopping.
Today we leave Kowloon to visit Lamaa Island and onwards to the stilted houses of the wonderful little fishing village of Tai O. Then back to Kowloon.
Today unfortunately is the end of your China adventure. Enjoy breakfast and any morning sightseeing if you have time. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at approximately 12 noon. Hong Kong International airport is a quick 24min journey on the Airport Express train, running at 12 minute intervals.
Hong Kong, with its remnants of the colonial era plus its Chinese heritage, is a fascinating, lively city with multiple ...