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Welcome to Hong Kong and the start of your holiday! Included transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of today your way.
A day at leisure to explore Hong Kong your way.
Today you will transfer to Macau by ferry. Enjoy free time soaking up the Portuguese influence of cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings and gardens. Macau is a unique fusion of East and West that has been recognised by Unesco.
Today is free at your leisure before you are transferred to Hong Kong airport by ferry and your onward flight to Beijing. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
We take a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital today. Tiananmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing. Heading back a few centuries we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing.
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the famous Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. Here, the 6m wide pathway with regular watchtowers makes a formidable defence. Though never directly attacked, the wall was taken over by aggressors sweeping around from the side. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop demonstrating the ancient Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces.
Today we pay a visit to the Summer Palace. We explore the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902 at the whim of the extravagant Dowager Empress Cixi. Visit to the famed Silk Alley markets and drive by the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium. Later, we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
Upon your arrival in Xi'an you are met and transferred to your hotel. A chance to freshen up before taking a guided visit to the legendary Terracotta Warriors. The 2,200 year old warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits. We tour the site and a workshop where replicas are crafted.
Early this morning, we take an excursion to the Shaanxi Wildlife Rescue Centre to view pandas and other wild animals that have to found injured or ill in the wild. Exploring the city, we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a bike ride on top of the City Wall. Later, we board a flight to Chongqing arriving in time for a guided visit of the city. You board your cruise in time for dinner this evening.
Good morning from the River Yangtze! At 6340km in length, the Yangtze is the 3rd longest river in the world, neatly dividing China into north and south and wending its way through eight very different provinces. The Gorges are a breathtaking sight! The first gorge we pass, Qutangxia Gorge is the shortest and narrowest yet the most impressive. Here, the dramatic 1200m limestone peaks are often shrouded in mist and the river shoots through the narrow entrance with great haste.
Next comes Wuxia Gorge, which straddles Sichuan and Hubei Provinces. Lined by twelve sheer peaks, Wuxia offers an spectacular vista for some 45km. Finally is Xiling Gorge, the longest at 75km and which comprises seven smaller gorges. During our cruise, we’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction.
Disembarking from our cruise in Yichang, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival included transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of today your way. (Alternatively there is an 8 hour train journey to Shanghai).
Good morning Shanghai! Just the mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre – 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers and the dispossessed. A legacy of these heady times is Shanghai’s Bund where on and around this waterfront promenade are a vast series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings. Just across the Huangpu River is the new Shanghai, a high-tech development of gravity defying skyscrapers. Today we tour many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jade Buddha Temple and the Old City.
We bid you farewell today and transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging...