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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel which you will have for day use. Tonight you will be transferred to the train station for your overnight sleeper train to Harbin.
Arrive in to Harbin, today you will visit Zhongyang Dajie (central street) this long corridor of European architectural art is the pride of every local person in the city. Spend time admiring the city’s beautiful St Sophia Church, Harbin’s largest Eastern Orthodox Church in the Far East. Visit Stalin Park, named after the Russian dictator Joseph Stalin and also the Flood Control Monument, built in 1958. The monument commemorates the 1957 flood and the volunteers who helped at the time.
Today we marvel at the ice sculptures at the annual Harbin Ice Festival at Sun Island Park. Some of the ice sculptures stand over six metres tall, and in previous years sculptors have built a Great wall of China, complete with big dipper slippery slide and the Emperor's Summer Palace with forts and towers to climb along. Continue on to the Siberian Tiger Park, the largest natural park for wild Siberian tigers in the world at present and Ice and Snow world.
Today wander down Gogol street, the richest Russian-style commercial street also the second biggest shopping district. Watch a winter swimming performance which shows off the natives strong physique and iron will in Harbin. In winter, the outdoor temperature in Harbin drops to 10 or even 20 degrees below zero. This evening board your overnight sleeper train back to Beijing.
Upon arrival into Beijing you will be met at the train station and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
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. 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.
The Great Wall of China is a must see experience so this morning you have included a drive beyond Beijing to Badaling where we can walk a section of the Great Wall. Following a ridge of barren hills through northern China, it stretches as far as the eye can see - at least 6,700 km. We visit a cloisonne workshop, where we’ll see firsthand the unique Chinese art of combining copper and enamel.
Spend the morning touring the famous Summer Palace on Kunming Lake. 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 visit the famed Silk Alley markets and drive past the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium en route to the train station where we take the late afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself!.
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. After some free time we board the new high speed train to Xi'an. In Xi'an we have a delicious local dinner and spend the evening 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 and a workshop where clay warrior replicas are made.
Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The complex of temples, pagoda’s and expansive gardens, constructed during the 7th century offered refuge and a store house for Chinese Buddhists to translate the very important Buddhist sutras from India. Afterwards enjoy a leisurely bike ride on Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, which dates from the Ming dynasty. We then visit the local Muslim Quarter. 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.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...