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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. After a chance to freshen up, we will take an exciting rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes and traditional courtyards for a snapshot of an ancient way of life. On the way back to the hotel we will have a stop at the Temple of Heaven.
This morning, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defense, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. Continuing a short distance from Badaling, we visit the tombs of the Ming emperors. We then embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. This will be an action packed day!
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xian. Before visiting the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site, we visit a workshop where we see the process used to create the terracotta figurines. In battle formation, the Terracotta Warriors are one of China’s most awesome sights. We also visit the Shaanxi History Museum. Tonight why not add on our Tang Dynasty Dinner show excursion - see the Enhance your Holiday page for details.
Today, we visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Great Mosque in the Muslim Quarter. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride. Enjoy the remainder of today in your own time to explore the beautiful city.
Today you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Jiuzhaigou. Upon arrival we then enjoy a tour to the Huanglong Monastery and the multi-coloured calcium ponds.
Today you have more guided sightseeing in Jiuzhaigou to explore more of this amazing reserve, which when translated means "Nine Village Gully". We will visit the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Reserve and Pearl Beach Falls, Nuorilong Falls and Long Lake before returning to your hotel.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Chengdu. Here we then enjoy a visit to the Panda Breeding Centre. Afterwards, drive to Leshan where we visit UNESCO World Heritage Listed Dafo (Great Buddha), before returning to your hotel in Chengdu.
Today you board the train to Chongqing. Here you will be collected by your guide. Time at leisure here until you board your Yangtze cruise after dinner.
On board Cruise: Shennong Lesser Gorges
On board Cruise: Fengdu or Shibaozhai
Arrival at Yichang. Here you visit the 3 Gorges Dam Project. Then you wil be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, upon arrival here you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
This morning upon arrival into Shanghai we will be there to meet you at the station and transfer you to your hotel. 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, explore the Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens, and the Old City where we can opt to shop on Nanjing Road and also visit a silk factory.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...