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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer from Tianjin Cruise port to our hotel.
Today we explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb is 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. We take an afternoon rickshaw ride navigating the old back lanes and courtyards of Beijing’s Hutongs and tonight we enjoy a traditional Peking Duck.
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 is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! We visit a cloisonne workshop, where we’ll see firsthand the unique Chinese art of combining copper and enamel. Tonight, a death defying Chinese acrobatic performance entertains us.
We have a guided visit to the Silk Alley markets and the Summer Palace with its UNESCO-listed imperial gardens, located on Kunming Lake. This evening everyone will be transferred for the overnight train to Luoyang except the Vickers who will be transferred back to the Beijing hotel. Overnight train to Luoyang.
Sadly the Vickers last day with us in Beijing with their departure airport transfer. Today we explore the UNESCO - listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 100,000 statues and images of Buddha and his disciples, carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. Later we tour the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China.
This morning we visit Peony Square to watch ballroom dancing, tai chi and sword fighting. Boarding the morning train we travel to Xi’an and have the afternoon at leisure.
Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old Terracotta Warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers standing battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, Huanqing Hot Springs and a workshop where clay warrior replicas are made.
Today, we visit the city symbol, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, before enjoying a visit to Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, which dates from the Ming dynasty and also visit the Bell Tower. We then visit the local Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque. Later, enjoy a Hot Pot dinner and we board the overnight train to Shanghai.
We will meet you at the train station and we tour 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 and take a cruise including a cruise along the Huangpu River.
Today, we journey to an oriental Venice via high speed train - ancient Suzhou interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We cruise on the Grand Canal at 1800km in length it's the longest canal on earth and ranks alongside the Great Wall as China’s greatest engineering achievement, and visit a silk workshop.
Sadly your last day with us with your departure airport transfer.
The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging...