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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel, where you can sit back and relax after your long flight.
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. Later, we take rickshaws to the Hutongs areas of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, we gain a fascinating snapshot into the city’s traditional way of life. Tonight, we enjoy a traditional Peking Duck dinner.
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. Enjoy lunch before continuing on to the Summer Palace. A preserve of the emperors seeking respite from the summer heat, the Summer Palace is set around beautiful Kunming Lake. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Chinese acrobat show and dinner.
Enjoy a free day today to enjoy Beijing at your leisure. Tonight we take the overnight train to Luoyang.
Today we explore the UNESCO - listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 100,000 statues and images of Buddha and his disciples, carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. Later we tour the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China. Dinner is included tonight.
Early this morning we walk to Peony Square to watch or partake in a little exercise. Hundreds of local people enjoy their daily exercise by practising ballroom dancing, performing tai chi, sword fighting and play sports like badminton and hacky sack in the early hours of the morning. After some free time we board the new high speed express train to Xi'an. Enjoy the remainder of today your way.
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. 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. We take a leisurely bicycle ride (solo or tandem) atop the well-preserved Xi’an city wall. At a minimum of 6 metres in width, 9 miles in length - with no steep inclines the wall offers a great vantage point for peeping down upon the city hubbub below.
A free day to enjoy Xi'an at your leisure.
Enjoy some free time this morning before taking an afternoon flight to Harbin. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the evening at leisure.
Today we hit Sun Island Park for the Harbin Ice Festival. Carvers will still be adding final touches to their masterpieces. This evening we head out to Zhaolin Park to further view the creations. Enjoy a Hot Pot dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
We visit Harbin Ice and Snow World. First set-up by the Harbin Municipal Government in 1999, Harbin Ice and Snow World is by far the largest ice and snow art exhibition in the world. The ice carvings at the Harbin Ice and Snow World are regarded as some of the world's finest examples of ice art, with visitors able to admire some of the largest and most majestic ice-sculpted masterpieces. Each of these ice carvings are designed in some way related to the festival's theme, enabling travelers to sample a variety of cultural flavors. Later, we take the overnight train back to Beijing.
Upon arrival in Beijing you will be met and transferred to Nanshan Ski Resort in Miyun. Enjoy the reaminder of today at your leisure.
This skiing resort is the largest of its kind in North China with the most advanced facilities. At present the ski resort boasts 12 trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiers. Today is free for you to hit the slopes at your leisure.
A free day to enjoy at your leisure.
A free day to enjoy at your leisure.
We bid you farewell today with a transfer back to Beijing.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...