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Welcome to China and the start of your journey through this incredible country! Arriving into dazzling Shanghai our friendly local team awaits for you in the arrivals hall to transfer you to your hotel. This evening is at your leisure to relax after the long journey.
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.
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.
Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently.
Today is a free day for you to relax or explore independently this evening we will transfer you to the train station for your overnight train to Xi'an.
Welcome to Xian, Home to the world famous Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1971 by local farmers who were digging for a well. These soldiers are over 2200 years old and no two warriors are the same - it is believed they are a self portrait of the individual soldiers. After your transfer enjoy an informative guided tour around this battle ready army, then you'll visit local crafts people who make clay warrior replicas which you can purchase. This evening the opportunity to enhance your holiday with the Tang Dynasty Show optional.
First up this morning, we tour the lofty Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The complex of temples, pagoda’s and expansive gardens, constructed during the 7th century. The fun starts now as we take a leisurely bicycle ride (solo or tandem) atop the well-preserved Xi’an city wall. At a minimum of 6 metres in width, 9 miles in length - with no steep inclines the wall offers a great vantage point for peeping down upon the city hubbub below. After we visit the Great Mosque, Muslim Quarter then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the night.
Spend the morning at leisure before commencing touring at 11am to the Summer Palace. This vast complex is replete with lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi. We drive past the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and our day concludes with a visit to the Silk Alley markets to pick up on some bargains.
Today, we embark on a guided tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, a patriotic vision of grandeur and the Forbidden city, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors boasting stunning temples, courtyards and reception halls. 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 Dinner at a city restaurant.
Today we tour the Ming Tombs and walk the famous Great Wall of China. Said to be seen from space, the enduring symbol of Chinese civilisation and genius is a prize national treasure. Today’s visit offers a healthy, if steep and vertiginous walk with breathtaking views of the Chinese countryside. After taking time to catch our breathe we tour a nearby cloisonne workshop demonstrating the ancient Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces. Tonight, a death defying Chinese acrobatic performance entertains us.
Our arrangements conclude after breakfast. (No departure airport transfer)
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