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On arrival into Beijing International Airport you will be met by and On The Go Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, so you can start exploring Beijing independently or relax and rest up for the evening at the hotel.
Today you will set out to sightsee the nation's capital, starting with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square - home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and many important events in Chinese history - most notably the 1989 Student Protests. The Forbidden CIty - so called as it was only visited by people on Imperial business up until 1911 - is a vision in grandeur with yellow roofs, vermilion walls and the innermost sanctum of Beijing. This afternoon you will walk through the city's many temples, grand halls and courtyards before visiting the Temple of Heaven later today.
Today you take a journey outside of the city to the most famous wall in the world - the Great Wall of China. Take a walk or maybe even a climb on some of the lesser visited parts of the wall - a much more fulfilling and intimate experience of the wall! Later on you can opt to see how they make traditional noodles and sample them afterwards. When you have walked enough of the wall - you return to Bejing for your final night there.
This morning you will be at the Panjiayuan Antique/Art Market very early to see some of the fantastic pieces. This afternoon you head over to the Summer Palace with its UNESCO listed imperial gardens on Kunming Lake. Tonight you'll be transferred to the train station for your overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
After your arrival transfer, your morning in Xi'an starts with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before a leisurely bike ride around the City Wall, which dates from the Ming Dynasty. You then head to the local Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque. The day concludes with a visit to the Xian Antiques Market and this evening head out on your own to explore the night markets nearby the hotel.
The Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974 by local farmers who were digging for a well. These soldiers are over 2200 years old and no two warriors are the same - it is believed they are a self portrait of the individual soldiers. After an informative look around this battle ready army you'll visit local craftspeople who make clay warrior replicas which you can purchase.
This morning we drive you to the airport for your flight to Kunming. After your arrival transfer your guide will take you to visit the picturesque Western Hills and the Dragon Gate Grotto.
Today an excursion to the Stone Forest. Celebrated as a natural wonder, it’s Yunnan’s most visited sight. As you stroll along the winding paths and lookout points, you’ll be in awe of the bizaare, tightly packed formations of almost ‘petrified’ stone that forms this unusual attraction 120 km from Kunming. Tonight catch the overnight (hard) sleeper train to Dali.
After your arrival transfer, your guided exploration in Dali and surrounds includes a cruise on Lake Erhai, some orientation stops at some ancient temples and villages, a visit to Butterfly Spring - a popular spot surrounded by a marble balustrade and overhung by an ancient tree that produces butterfly-like flowers and the famous Three Pagodas.
This morning you’ll travel north to UNESCO-listed Lijiang - a Naxi stronghold, enjoy free time in the labyrinthine streets of Dayan Old Town. Evening Naxi music show.
Today we head to the thrillingly named Tiger leaping gorge on the Yangtze River, where there is time to walk and take in the scenery. Some 16km long and up to 3000m deep, it is the world's deepest canyon. The gorge is so narrow at various points that legend has it a tiger once escaped pursuit by leaping across. Visiting the gorge, you’ll have a chance to walk a section and take in the dramatic, yet stark scenery.
Enjoy an excursion to the stunning Jade Dragon Snow Mountain; its landscape includes one of the southernmost glaciers in the world. Access to the mountain is provided by a cable lift to Dragon Spruce Meadow, halfway to the glacier peak. Visit also Yufeng Si Monastery. This evening we take the overnight soft sleeper train to Kunming.
Today after the usual arrival arrangements, enjoy an excursion to Kunming Flower and Bird market. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, maybe buy some last minute souvenirs and gifts.
Today a transfer to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong. Arriving here make your own way on the express train to your hotel in Kowloon.
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore.
This afternoon you will be transferred to the station for your train to Shanghai.
Arriving into Shanghai in the afternoon our local team are on hand to meet you.
Today you guided exploration takes in many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jade Buddha Temple. We conclude the day with an excursion to Tianzifang also known as Taikang Road. Here you will explore the nooks and crannies of the intricate lanes lined with ancient shikumen houses, trendy bars, artist haunts and more.
Enjoy a tour of the forgotten fishing villages of Shanghai out the way of the tourist masses. We drive out the city around two hours to visit the small villages of Xitang and Zhouzhuang. Here you'll discover the serene river life of a bygone era. These villages date back to the Ming Dynasty when local bureaucrats built waterways to divert flooding from the city. Spend the day to explore the mazes of alleys, canals, and small shopping lanes developed in each of the villages, connected only by arched stone bridges and rundown riverboats.
Today we take a high speed train journey to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty, a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit a silk workshop before returning on the express train back to the city.
Enjoy a day to explore at your leisure.
Bid a fond farewell to incredible China. We will be sure to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...