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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to your hotel, where you can sit back and relax after your flight.
OPTIONAL DAY TOUR (please see final page for pricing details) - 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.
Today we 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. The UNESCO protected Great Wall of China was built as a defensive structure to protect China against marauding invaders from the north. Today, the now partially ruinous Great Wall stretches some 6700 kms across barren hills, deserts, mountains and plateaus. Today’s visit offers a healthy, if steep and vertiginous walk with breathtaking views of the Chinese countryside. On our return to the city we explore the Mong tombs.
OPTIONAL DAY TOUR - We have a guided visit to the Silk Alley markets and the Summer Palace with its UNESCO-listed imperial gardens, located on Kunming Lake and the Temple of Heaven - This celestial named temple was built in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to heaven. The grounds are a fabulous place to see the older population of China hanging out and partaking in their favourite hobbies such as Tai Chi, ball room dancing, playing cards, martial arts, and even a spectacular display of sword Tai Chi. Tonight we transfer to the train station for our overnight train to Luoyang.
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 leisurely bike ride on Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, which dates from the Ming dynasty. We then visit the local Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque. Later, we board the overnight train to Shanghai
We will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the hotel. We have guided sightseeing - 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 Bazaar.
Travelling west, we journey to Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. One of China’s most charming cities, it’s fame rests on it’s waterways, and canals that are dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty. Renown for it’s silk, we also visit a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai.
We will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
Neatly dividing China into north and south, the 6340km-long Yangtze River is the third longest river in the world, winding ...