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Sample Itinerary - REF CHINA 1191

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Skyline at night

Day 1: Hong Kong

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.

Kowloon street

Day 2: Hong Kong

A day at leisure to explore Hong Kong your way.

Lantau Buddha

Day 3: Hong Kong

A day at leisure to explore Hong Kong your way.

Great Wall

Day 4: Hong Kong - Macau

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.

Forbidden City

Day 5: Macau - Beijing

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of today at your leisure.

Ming statue

Day 6: Beijing

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.

Summer Palace

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: Beijing - Xi'an

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.

Day 9: 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.

Day 10: Xi'an - Yangtze & Three Gorges

Exploring the city, we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a bike ride on top of the City Wall. Later, we 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.

Day 11: Yangtze & Three Gorges

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.

Day 12: Yangtze & Three Gorges

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.

Day 13: Yangtze & Three Gorges - Shanghai

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.

Day 14: 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.

Day 15: Shanghai

Free day.

Lantau Buddha

Day 16: Shanghai

We bid you farewell today and transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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last updated - 29 Jan 2015 11:13 PM