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Welcome to Hong Kong! Upon arriving at the airport you will be transferred to the hotel where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Hong Kong, with its remnants of the colonial era plus its Chinese heritage, is a fascinating, lively city with multiple personalities. The development of Hong Kong really began with the British traders arrival, the Opium Wars and the signing of Nanking Treaty, which gave Hong Kong to the British in 1842. The Sino-British Joint Declaration paved the way for Britain to hand back sovereignty of the territory including Kowloon, in return for Hong Kong maintaining its existing economic system for fifty years.
Today you shall go on a half day tour of Disney Land.
Today and tomorrow you have at leisure.
Today you shall be transferred to the airport where you will board a flight to Harbin. Upon arriving in Harbin you will embark on a guided visit of Harbin Ice and Snow World. Harbin is the pleasant capital of Heilongjiang province. At one time a sleepy fishing hamlet (its name is a Manchu word meaning a ‘place for drying fishing nets’), Harbin benefited economically when the Russians linked it to Vladivostok through the China Far East Railway, an extension of the Trans-Siberian railroad, at the end of the 19th century. The railway and the Bolshevik Revolution brought large numbers of Russians to Harbin, spurring economic growth, prosperity and Russian rule.
Today you shall go on a guided visit to the Siberian Tiger Zoo followed by a visit the Central Avenue and to the flood control monument.
Today you will be transferred to the airport where you will board a flight to Beijing. Upon arriving in Beijing you shall go on a guided visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and a Hutongs tour.
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.
Today, we visit Silk Alley markets and the beautiful Summer Palace. Tonight, we travel to Beijing rail station for our journey to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
Upon arriving in Xian you will be transferred to the hotel. Later today we shall visit Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors. The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging a well stumbled upon the site. Qin (a man heavily pre-occupied by death and his legacy) enlisted 700,000 people over some 36 years to create his tomb and had the warriors made in order to be buried near him to protect him in the afterlife. His burial complex is also said to contain 48 tombs for his concubines who were buried alive with the emperor upon his death, a fate also reserved for workers, to prevent the location and design of the tomb from becoming public knowledge.
Today, we visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride. Enjoy the remainder of today at your leisure.
Today you shall be transferred to Shanghai. Upon arriving in Shanghai you will. 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 and explore the Jade Buddha Temple. Later you will also go on a Huangpu River Cruise.
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. Later this evening return back to Shanghai.
Today you will be transferred to the airport where you will board a flight to Xian.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...