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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to the hotel, where you can relax after your long flight.
This morning, We explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city’s heart is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. Tonight, we enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic show after dinner.
Don some comfortable shoes. Today we drive out of the city to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the Great Wall. Some sections are fairly steep, but the walk on the vast wall that snakes for thousands of kilometres is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! Continuing a short distance from Badaling, we visit the tombs of the Ming emperors. This evening at 21.24 we board the Z19 soft sleeper train to Xian.
Upon arrival at 08.25, a guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Later today we visit 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. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride.
We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Lhasa. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.
We begin our exploration of this mystical city first heading to Lhasa’s most enduring image, the Potala Palace. This being the winter home of the Dalai Lamas we will then venture on to visit the Dalai Lama’s Summer palace Less daunting and surrounded by gardens, it was from here the present Lama fled in the 1950’s. However, it is the Jokhang Temple which will be the most enlightening stop of the day being the holiest shrine in Tibet. Enjoy the remainder of the day to relax.
Our exploration of Lhasa continues today as we take the short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery, which was formerly one of the central monasteries of Tibet. Then we head Just north of Lhasa to 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 sell all things Tibetan.
This morning we will transfer you to the Airport for your flight to Guilin. Arrive Gulin and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to 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. Afterwards we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Chengdu. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.
After breakfast you will venture to the Panda Centre. Located just 10km (6miles) away from downtown Chengdu, the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre has been created and imitates the pandas' natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It's a full day excursion where you will also get to see other endangered species and the famous giant Buddha sculpture.
Morning train from Chengdu to Chongqing. Met by our guide on arrival. Enjoy a city tour. Later this evening we will board our Yangtze River cruise.
Good morning from the River Yangtze! At 6340km in length, the Yangtze is the 3rd longest river in the world, neatly dividing China into north and south, and winding its way through eight very different provinces. For today and tomorrow enjoy spectacular vistas passing through the famous Qutangxia, Wuxia and Xiling Gorge, on your way to Yichang. During the cruise, we will also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction.
Today marks the end of your cruise, we arrive into Yichang around 13:00 our local guide will be there to meet you and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival in Shanghai we will transfer you to the hotel.
Today starts off after breakfast for a full days excursion, highlights will be a visit to the Bund The Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Onward to see the Jade Buddha Temple, the famous Yu Gardens and a trip to the French Quarter.
Today we bid you farewell as we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight home and farewell to this fascinating country.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...