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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your journey through the Orient! Arriving into Beijing airport our friendly local team await to transfer you to your hotel.
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. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing to meet a local family. This evening walk along Wangfujing Street where you can sample the local delicacies.
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Jinshinglang, an area where less tourists visit, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. Return to Beijing for a bit of free time, before your visit to explore Maliandao Tea Street for tea-tasting.
Morning flight to Xian. Arriving here, you will visit the Muslim Quarter and see the spices and trinkets. Then enjoy a bicycle ride atop the Xi’an City Wall. The wall is long (about 9 miles) but is fairly flat so a relaxing bike ride is a great way to explore some of the city. This evening enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao Dumpling banquet while watching a music and dance performance dating back to the Tang Dynasty.
This morning we tour the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where some 7,000 warriors stand in battle ready position, and visit a factory demonstrating how the warriors are crafted. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in local Xi’an culture than taking a small-group cooking class! Which is what you will enjoy in the afternoon and of course, also enjoy eating what you cooked.
This morning you will fly to Chengdu. After your transfer, an hour’s drive to the north west leads you to the ancient city of Dujiangyan. It was here, in 256 BC that provincial governor Li Bing set up the Dujiangyan Irrigation Scheme. Here, we tour the dam site, view the Anlan Suspension Bridge and the Dragon Taming Temple.
Today we tour Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding a short drive out of town. Visiting the Panda nursery is a must, here you can get relatively close to the centre’s infant population. Afterwards, visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple, the Tomb of Wang Jian and Jinli Lu street - part of the old city, before flying on the evening flight to Shanghai. (WE RECOMMEND TO HAVE ANOTHER NIGHT IN CHENGDU AND A FULL DAY CYCLING TOUR WITH GUIDE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THEN 1 LESS NIGHT IN SHANGHAI - SAME PRICE APPLIES)
Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. After breakfast at our hotel, we take a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.
This morning we drive to Chongming Island and visit a small fishing village. Try your hand at catching your own fish and enjoy lunch at a local farmhouse. Returning to the city in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to explore.
Today is at your leisure to explore - Why not treat yourself to a dinner at the Hyatt Hotel which has a restaurant that revolves on the rooftop and has spectacular views in the evening of the city lights! (WE RECOMMEND TO HAVE ANOTHER NIGHT IN CHENGDU AND A FULL DAY CYCLING TOUR WITH GUIDE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AND THEN 1 LESS NIGHT IN SHANGHAI SAME PRICE APPLIES)
Sadly your voyage comes to an end, we will 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 ...