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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your journey of a life time through the Orient! When you arrive at Beijing airport our local guide and driver await to transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure.
This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. Later, we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life.
Today, drive to Badaling, where we can walk on a section of the famous Great Wall. A symbol of total Chinese genius, the Great Wall is a cultural icon. At least 20 dynasties were involved in its construction. Stretching some 6700 kilometres, we walk along just a small chunk of this massive masterpiece of human endeavour. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the step-by-step process of this curious, yet quite beautiful art form. Tonight we attend a Chinese Acrobatic performance.
At the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake, we view the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902. The Long Corridor, a hand painted 730m covered walkway, offers gentle respite from the elements. This afternoon, even the most hardened non-shoppers can’t help coming away with a few goodies at the Silk Alley markets. Name-brand attire, bling-bling jewellery, knock-off handbags and shoes are popular acquisitions. Later we travel by train to Xi’an viewing en route the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre.
After your arrival transfer, we tour the Warrior archaeological site and Terracotta warrior replica workshop. Tonight, we offer our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday Page for prices.
Spend the morning at leisure before touring the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and taking a bike ride along the great Old City Wall. Peering from the Old City Wall offers spectacular, if not unique views of the city and residents going about their daily lives.
Today we fly to Chongqing, the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the cruise the we stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square, in the city centre. (Embarkation is usually from 9 PM)
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. Spend the next days on board enjoying the offered shore and boat excursions.
Disembarking from our cruise in Yichang at 11:30. We take a high speed train bound for Nanjing departing at 15:40 after lunch and reaching speeds of over 310km we arrive to Nanjing in just a little more than 5.5 hours at approximately 21:30 in the evening. Hotel check in and evening free in Nanjing.
This morning in Nanjing we embark on our city sightseeing tour will commence. Former capital of the Ming Dynasty and capital of Republican China, from 1911 - 1949, Nanjing holds a rich history of both ancient and modern China. This afternoon we visit the Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre. A moving experience that charts the atrocities committed at this very site.
A short train journey East is Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. The charming city boasts extensive waterways and canals dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty, as does our exploration of the humble administrator’s house and garden.
An hour’s journey by train brings us to bustling Shanghai. Arriving here, you will be driven to your hotel.
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Alternately, you may like to book our 'Spectacular Shanghai' option. Have a read of the Enhance Your Holiday Page for prices.
Today you will be picked up at your hotel in Shanghai and transferred to the train station where you will board the afternoon/overnight sleeper train to Hong Kong.
Arriving into Hong Kong you have own arrangements booked from here on.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...