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Welcome to the start of your exclusive journey through the Orient! 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! When you have walked enough of the wall - you return to Beijing and visit the Summer Palace with its UNESCO listed imperial gardens on Kunming Lake.
This morning you will be taken to the airport for your flight to Lhasa. Arriving here, meet our local team who await to take you to the hotel. Spend the day exploring at leisure we highly recommend you go out for a walk so that you can adjust to the altitude.
We begin our exploration of this mystical city first heading to Lhasa’s most enduring image, the Potala Palace. The Dalai Lama’s Summer palace, Norbulingka, is our next place of pilgrimage, however, it is the Jokhang Temple which will be the most enlightening stop of the day.
Our exploration of Lhasa continues today as we take the short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery. Then travelling just north of Lhasa we visit the Sera Monastery, still a working retreat 600 years after its foundation as a main teaching monastery and one of the three great Gelukpa ‘Universities’ once housing more than 5500 monks. Returning to Lhasa we will experience the Barkhor markets which surround the Jokhang temple and sell all things Tibetan.
An early morning start as we drive out toward the Himalayas. From Lhasa, itself at 3500m, we travel over the Kamba-La pass and reach 4794m above sea level. As we journey along the winding road, weaving our way through the rocky mountains and valleys, in the far distance on a very clear day it maybe possible to catch a glimpse of the High Himalayan Peaks of Everest and Lhotse. From the top of the pass we can look down on the deep azure waters of Yamdrok Lake, cradled by snow capped mountains before dropping down to the shores itself. Rising back into these vivid and rugged mountains we head back to Lhasa, looking for hoards of Yak along the way.
This morning you fly to Xian. Arriving here, your guide will take you straight out to explore the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before a leisurely bike ride or walk around the City Wall, which dates from the Ming Dynasty.
This morning you will get to explore the Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974 by local farmers who were digging for a well. You then head to the airport for your flight to Guilin. Arriving here, we will transfer you to Yangshuo a more highly recommended location to explore the gorgeous scenery in this region.
Today and tomorrow are at your leisure to explore. Yangshuo offers a world of opportunity. With breath-taking beauty, striking limestone mountain scenery and pure clean rivers, one can choose to go swimming or tubing down the Yu Long River, hike or hire a bicycle or motorbike and head off on one of the many mountain trails. Stop to watch the local fishermen use their trained cormorants to catch fish and perhaps take a sailing trip on a bamboo raft, hand paddled or motorised. You can also visit any number of the giant local caves or go to Xanadu - a primitive minority village bursting with rural charm, culture and genuine hospitality.
This morning we drive to Longsheng. Here, we explore the rice terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone! Beginning at the base of Mt Longji the verdant green rice fields coil the steep mountain layer upon layer climbing to its summit. Where there is soil a terrace has been made! Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we climb skyward to enjoy panoramic views of the ribbon like terraces with picturesque valleys and meandering streams below. We then drive to Guilin and check into your hotel.
This morning you pay a visit to The Reed Flute Cave where there are enchanting stalagmites, stone pillars, stele, stone curtains and stone flowers. Then we continue on to Elephant Trunk Hill Located at the confluence of the Taohua (Peach Blossom) River and the Li River. After, we are off to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arriving here, our local team will be ready to take you to the hotel.
Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. Today is free for you to explore the city at leisure. Consider visiting the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden and street market, The Bund, shopping along Nanjing Road or taking a cruise along the Huangpu River.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to Shanghai airport in time for your flight home.
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