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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Today we explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb is 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 dinner in a city restaurant.
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 is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! We visit the tombs of the Ming emperors and a cloisonne workshop, where we’ll see firsthand the unique Chinese art of combining copper and enamel.
We have a guided visit to the Silk Alley markets and the Summer Palace with its UNESCO-listed imperial gardens, located on Kunming Lake. later this evening you will be transferred to the station for the overnight train to Datong.
You arrive into Datong early giving you a whole day to explore the area. Take a guided sightseeing walk around the Yungang Grottoes (some of the first and grandest of Buddhist grottoes containing intricately carved buddhas of all shapes and sizes), Huayan Temple, Nine Dragon Wall and Shanua Temple. The Nine Dragon Wall is a 600-year-old Nine-Dragon Screen made up of glazed tiles, the 50-m ceramic wall depicts a fire breathing dragon.
Today you head over to the Hanging Temple and the Wood Pagoda for more sightseeing. The Hanging Temple is a sight to behold and is a structure that seriously defies gravity. Constructed on an impossibly precipitous rockface, it literally hugs the cliff.
This morning we take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Xian. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and later today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, Huanqing Hot Springs and a workshop where clay warrior replicas are made.
Today, we visit the city symbol, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, before enjoying a leisurely bike ride on Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, which dates from the Ming dynasty. We then visit the local Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque.
An early start this morning as you are driven to Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre in Zhouzhi County. When at the Centre you will have the opportunity to wander around and see the animals. Of course the giant pandas are what everyone wants to see but sometimes this is not possible as when they sleep they like to do this away from prying eyes. Later this evening we transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin, upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.
Renown for it’s striking, if bizarre scenery, vast areas of karst limestone outcrops that rise up from flat rice paddy fields, Guilin is often the subject of Chinese painting. We undertake a relaxing cruise down the River Li to Yangshuo, spending some time exploring its little shops and cafes. Back in Guilin, we visit the enormous Reed Flute Caves.
Today, we fly from Guilin to scenic Hangzhou. Hangzhou is unusual for a Chinese city in that it encompasses large tracts of greenery which might normally be classified as countryside. This is thanks to Xi Hu, the large lake that Hangzhou straddles. The lake is dotted with various islands and causeways. We visit Six Harmonies Pagoda and Chinese Tea Museum.
We explore the West Lake, Lingyin Temple and take a bicycle ride in this scenic area.
Driving through some of China most scenic landscapes, we head to Tunxi where is at the foot of our destination, Mt Huangshan. Tunxi is an ancient town with some amazing well preserved Ming and Qing buildings. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and head out to explore on your own.
This morning we enjoy a cable-car journey up the mountain to the scenic area, where you’ll stay. Your guide will take you to see some of the amazing and magical scenic points of interest in the region.
Considered the most beautiful mountain in China, Yellow Mountain or Huangshan is one of a range of 72 peaks in Anhui Province. Set amidst rural landscapes and with its slopes clad in pine, the scenery is breathtaking which you will enjoy with a full days guided hike/walk.
What goes up must come down! Heading back down the mountain by cable car, we reach Tunxi once again then take to the highway for the journey to Nanjing.
Today spend the whole day in Nanjing, visiting the Yangtze River Bridge, Ming City Wall, Provincal Museum and the Presidential Mansion.
This morning we continue to Suzhou later today we enjoy a tour of ancient Suzhou, a Venetian-like town with its UNESCO-listed gardens and many waterways and bridges. Enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, which stretches over 1,000 miles from Beijing to Hangzhou and crosses the Yellow and Yangtze rivers. The hubbub of activity comprising boats and people both on and along the Canal offers an amazing sight.
Enroute to Shanghai we stop off at lovely Zhouzhuang - an ancient town featuring traditional buildings, small bridges and tree-lined waterways astride the Jinghang Canal. Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is breathtaking. Enjoy a tour of the Bund area and a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Once known for its decadent magnetism that attracted fortune-seekers and adventurers, Shanghai looks like a European city in a Chinese setting. Enjoy a big day out in Shanghai, with a visit to the Oriental Pearl TV tower, Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens and the Old City.
Later today we transfer to the station for our over night train to Hong Kong.
Upon arrival here you will be transfered to your hotel. The remainder of the day you have at your lesiure to explore the markets and do some last minute shopping.
Today is a free day for you to explore more of this breath taking city.
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home.
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