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Huan ying ni lai Zhongguo! That's 'Welcome to China' in Mandarin. Our representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall, ready to transfer you to your hotel in Beijing. Remainder of the day is free for you to relax after your flight.
Don some comfortable shoes as today you get the chance to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Zig zagging some 6000km, ducking and weaving through mountain peaks and lush terrain, the Great Wall is one of those 'must-do experiences'.
This morning explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao's tomb and various monuments to the people are located. Enjoy a guided tour of the vast Forbidden City, a city within a city that was once the seat of the emperors. This afternoon is at leisure for you to independently explore Beijing. Perhaps take a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutongs of the city or visit the Tibetan Monastery.
After a leisurely morning we will transfer you to the railway station for your 1st class high speed train to Shanghai where upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre–1949 cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers and the dispossessed. A legacy of these heady times is Shanghai’s Bund where on and around this waterfront promenade are a series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings. Just across the Huangpu River is the new Shanghai, a high-tech development of gravity defying skyscrapers. Enjoy a guided walk along Nanjing Road, ending at the Shanghai Museum.
Enjoy a day at leisure to independently explore Shanghai.
Today we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xi'an where upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The day begins with a visit to the Muslim Quarter of the city, giving you a great insight into the religious diversity of China. Next we tour the lovely and unusual Great Mosque (a wonderfully serene place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city), great souvenir stalls and enjoy some of the best street food in China. The remaining city walls are a great place to watch the sunset or join the locals for ballroom dancing or tai chi in the early morning.
Today discover the marvellous Terracotta Warriors archaeological site. Some 7000 warriors stand battle-ready and have done so for the past 2,200 years.
This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu where upon your arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The city has managed to preserve some of its traditional flavor, so keep a sharp eye out for legendary teahouses and some of the most interesting food in China, including the spicy Sichuan hot pot. The day is at leisure giving you the chance to explore the teahouses and the streets of Chengdu, get a massage and perhaps sample some of the local specialties. Go to the Sichuan cultural performance - a cultural experience not to be missed. Overnight at the Tianfu Sunshine Hotel.
This morning tour the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a short drive out of town. Visiting the Panda nursery is a must as here you can get relatively close to the centre’s infant population. Afterwards, we proceed to Emei Shan, one of China's sacred Buddhist peaks. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the monasteries, stunning vistas and sites of Emei. Overnight at the Century Sunshine Hotel.
Dotted with monasteries and temples, Emeishan is one of the four famous Buddhist mountains of the Middle Kingdom. Although now there are only about 20 active temples, there were once over 100 housing several thousand monks. Various hikes can be arranged, or optional motor transport and cable cars are available for part of the route. (Please note: only Emeishan entry ticket is included - all other activities and entrance fees within Emei Shan complex to be paid locally).
Depart Emei for Leshan (approximately 1.5hr drive), home of Dafo - a 1,200 year old stone carved Buddha and the largest in the world. Here we can explore this awesome sight from a number of viewpoints. One option is to board a boat and head out into the Mingjiang River to get an overall view of the statue from afar, and then visit the beautiful forested park. There are numerous carvings and temples to explore before climbing down the path from the serene head to the enormous toes. Don't miss taking a break with a cup of tea in one of the teahouses in the park. We then return back to Chengdu for your flight to Lhasa. Overnight at the Lhasa Gangjian Hotel.
We begin our exploration by heading to Lhasa’s most enduring image, the Potala Palace. The winter home of the Dalai Lamas and a masterpiece in design, 13 stories high, containing thousands of rooms, this is the heart of Tibet, its (exiled) government and people. The Dalai Lama’s Summer palace, Norbulingka, is our next place of pilgrimage. Surrounded by gardens, this homely palace reflects the Dalai Lama’s more earthly pleasures and it was from here the present Lama fled in the 1950s. Jokhang Temple will be the most enlightening stop of the day. The holiest shrine in Tibet, it houses a solid gold shrine of the enlightened Buddha and it is around which all Tibetans prostrate themselves at some point throughout their lifetime.
Our exploration of Lhasa continues today as we take the short journey to the 15th century Drepung Monastery. Formerly one of the central monasteries of Tibet it was torn asunder during the Cultural Revolution and continues to rebuild its walls and status today. Just north of Lhasa is 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. You will see young novices learning scriptures in the Debating Garden and being rewarded for a correct answer with a resounding hand-clap from their master. 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 Kamba-La pass and reach 4794m above sea level. As we journey through the rocky mountains and valleys, in the far distance on a very clear day it may be possible to catch a glimpse 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. One of Tibet’s 3 holy lakes, nomadic tents, pilgrims prostrating and children hunting with sling shots on the stony beaches make this something you are likely to have never experienced before. Rising back into these vivid and rugged mountains we head back to Lhasa, looking for hoards of Yak along the way.
Departing Tibet this morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chongqing where you will board your three night Yangtze River Cruise. Later this evening dinner will be served on board and the ship sets sail around 10pm.
Day 2 on board the Yangtze River cruise. Enjoy a leisurely morning soaking up the scenery of the Yangtze. In the afternoon there's the option of a shore excursion to Fengdu (Ghost City) and the impressive wooden Shibaozhai pavilion. Later in the evening back on board join the Captain's Welcome Dinner.
During day 3 on board the Yangtze River cruise you will pass the Qutang gorge, the shortest, narrowest, yet most impressive, of the Three Gorges, and later the incredibly beautiful Wu gorge. Disembark for an excursion to Shennong stream by open sampan. Returning to the cruise ship continue through Xiling gorge, the longest of the three.
Your final day on board the Yangtze cruise brings the opportunity to visit the Three Gorges Dam, the grandest hydroelectric project in the world. After lunch and arrival into Yichang, disembark from the cruise ship and transfer to Wuhan by high speed train. On your arrival into Wuhan you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guilin.
This morning we will transfer you by car (approximately 1½ hours) to the small countryside town of Yangshuo, where the Li River winds its way around thousands of limestone karst mountains. Every turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard sight. Take a boat ride along the stunning Li River, stop at markets and picturesque villages along the way or observe one of the local traditions: cormorant fishing.
Take a full-day bike ride through the surrounding countryside with a local guide to gain an insight into rural Chinese life. En route, enjoy a delicious local lunch. Try beer fish, garlic fried water spinach and stuffed aubergine! Transfer back to Guilin later this afternoon.
Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Hong Kong where your agent has made further arrangements for you.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...