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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your journey of a lifetime through the Orient! When you arrive at Shanghai airport our local guide and driver await to transfer you to your hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure.
Enjoy the day at leisure to explore independently or alternately you may like to choose our exciting Spectacular Shanghai tour option. Have a read of the 'enhance your holiday' page for prices.
Today we take a high speed train journey to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty, a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit a silk workshop. Returning in the evening by train to Shanghai.
This morning you fly to the lush Guangxi region of China, to the city of Guilin. Upon arrival, with our local team you transfer through stunning scenery to Yangshuo.
Yangshuo offers a world of opportunity for exploring the great outdoors. With breath-taking beauty, striking limestone mountain scenery and pure clean rivers, one can choose to go swimming or tubing down the Yu Long River, hike or hire a bicycle or motorbike and head off on one of the many mountain trails.
This morning we drive to Longsheng. Here, we explore the rice terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone! Beginning at the base of Mt Longji the verdant green rice fields coil the steep mountain layer upon layer climbing to its summit. Where there is soil a terrace has been made! Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we climb skyward to enjoy panoramic views of the ribbon like terraces with picturesque valleys and meandering streams below. After, proceed to your hotel in Guilin, arriving in the evening.
This morning you return to the airport for your flight to Xian. Arriving here, meet your guide who will assist with the transfer to your hotel. Later, we enjoy taking a tour of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and a bicycle ride atop the long Xi’an City Wall. The wall is long (about 9 miles) but is fairly flat so a relaxing bike ride is a great way to explore some of the city.
This morning we visit the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where 7,000 Warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2,200 years. We then catch one of the many express trains to Luoyang, meet your driver and transfer to your hotel.
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 on we tour the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China. Thereafter, off to the airport for the short flight to Beijing.
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 to see the traditional way of life still maintained in fast evolving mega city.
Today we head out of the city for the day to walk the famous Great Wall of China. Said to be seen from space, the enduring symbol of Chinese civilisation and genius is a prized national treasure. Returning in the late afternoon, enjoy some down time before your evening attendance of the world famous Acrobats of Beijing.
Today enjoy exploring 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. Later, from the outside we will visit the Beijing Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre which is now turned into a water park if you fancied a play on the slides and dip in the pool bring your trunks - you can make you own way back to the hotel after.
Sadly your voyage through the Orient comes to an end, we will be sure to transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
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