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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Beijing Swissotel.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Jiayuguan, once you arrive you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Jiayuguan sits in the middle of the narrowest valley and marks one of the defining points of the Silk Road. Known as the ‘mouth of China’, Jiayuguan marks the symbolic end of the Great Wall where it guarded the western boundary of Ming Dynasty China. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Take a day trip today out to the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park to discover the colourful Rainbow Mountains. Known for their beautiful multi-colored patterns of rock strata.
Transfer back to the airport for your flight back to Beijing. You will be taken to your hotel for check in, the rest of the day you are free to explore independantly. Overnight Beijing Swissotel.
This morning we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing and home of the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Tsetung, the Communist father of the Communist People’s Republic and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Heading back a few centuries we then step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Partake in a Chinese Tea Ceremony before spending the rest of the day at leisure. This evening enjoy a dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant. Overnight Beijing Swissotel.
The Great Wall of China is a must see experience so this morning you have included a drive beyond Beijing to Badaling where we can walk a section of the Great Wall. Following a ridge of barren hills through northern China, it stretches as far as the eye can see - at least 6,700 km. En route back to the hotel you will visit a Jade factory and will also get an opportunity to view the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium – commonly referred to as the ‘Bird's Nest’ and Aquatic Centre. Overnight Beijing Swissotel.
Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps visit the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake. This vast complex is replete with lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi or visit the famed Silk Alley markets. This afternoon take to the skies with a flight to Xi'an, upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Xi'an home to the Terracotta Warriors. 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 and a workshop where clay warrior replicas are made.
Take a morning flight to Shanghai. Enjoy a guided city tour which includes The Bund where you will have a chance to experience the city’s vitality and take in Shanghai, both old and new. Majestic and preserved colonial buildings, once the trading and commercial centre of old Shanghai, sit alongside futuristic developments, chic restaurants, top end shops and bars. Also visit ,Nanring road and Yu Garden before finishing with a Cruise along Huangpu River and a chance to view this spectacular city from a different, more serene perspective.
We catch the train to Hangzhou today and enjoy a visit to Lingyin Temple. 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, whilst the shoreline offers wonderful vistas of green trees, hills, flowers, pavillions, pagodas and boats. Hangzhou is also the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and an important centre for silk, tea and paper-making.
This morning take the train to Suzhou, a 2,500 year-old cultural city located in an area of rivers that crisscross the Yangtze River Delta of south eastern China. In the city, boats bob along waterways interwoven with small bridges that run parallel to the streets and traditional houses built along them. Coupled with a stunning collection of UNESCO-listed gardens and famed for it’s silk, Suzhou is an oriental treasure! Visit a tea plantation, take a cruise on the canal to view the city from a different perspective, and stop at the beautiful and tranquil Garden of the Humble Administrator. Comprising of ponds, pavilions, terraces, chambers, and towers and divided into three parts with the largest being the most famous.
Enjoy a morning tour of the Lingering Garden a renowned classical Chinese garden then we head to the Suzhou famous silk factories. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this picturesque town.
You will be transferred back to the train station in time for your train to Shanghai where the rest of the day is free to explore independently.
Sadly your time with us has come to an end. You will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
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