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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Beijing.
This morning, We explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb and various monuments to the people are 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 (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. Tonight, we enjoy a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.
Don some comfortable shoes. Today we drive out of the city to walk a section of the Great Wall. Some sections are fairly steep, but the walk on the vast wall that snakes for thousands of kilometres is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out. Overnight Beijing.
This morning we head out to the Summer Palace, set in a park, two thirds of which is a lake. Built on the north of the lake, the palaces, theatre, bridges and marble boat make this a picturesque sight. This afternoon we will visit the Temple of Heaven. Overnight Beijing.
This morning you will visit Olympic Park the location of the Chinese Olympics in 2012. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure before you are transferred to the train station in time for your train to Luoyang (departing time 17:38 Arrival time 20:49). Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to you accommodation. Overnight Luoyang.
Today you visit the Shaolin temple which embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Art Training Center. Overnight Luoyang.
Before boarding your train to Xian you will 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. This evening board your train to Xian (Departure time 18:23 Arrival time 20:41) Overnight Xian
Home to the Terracotta Warriors archaeological site. 7,000 Warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2,200 years. Have a go at counting them! Later on we visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines. Tonight, enjoy the Tang Dynasty, with dinner and performance. Overnight - Xi'an
Taking to the Skies today you travel to Chengdu, formerly transliterated Chengtu, is the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China. Today take some time on your own to explore this province. Overnight Chengdu.
After breakfast we will travel about 10km north to the Giant panda breeding Research Base where you will catch a glimpse of some of the 40 Pandas that reside here. Today you will partake in a volunteering program while at the Panda Breeding centre. Tonight you can have free time to spend some time at the Quingshiqiao Markets. Overnight Chengdu.
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight to Hong Kong. END OF ARRANGEMENTS.
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