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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. Overnight - Beijing
Today enjoy a guided day tour of Beijing. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing and is a public arena for the people and stage for Chairman Mao mausoleum. Across from the square is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Later, we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. Overnight - Beijing
Today, drive to Badaling, where we can walk on a section of the famous Great Wall. A symbol of total Chinese genius, the Great Wall is a cultural icon. At least 20 dynasties were involved in its construction. Stretching some 6700 kilometres, we walk along just a small chunk of this massive masterpiece of human endeavour. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the step-by-step process of this curious, yet quite beautiful art form. Tonight we attend a Chinese Acrobatic performance. Overnight - Beijing
Beijing - Xi’an. At the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake, we view the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902. The Long Corridor, a hand painted 730m covered walkway, offers gentle respite from the elements. This afternoon, even the most hardened non-shoppers can’t help coming away with a few goodies at the Silk Alley markets. Name-brand attire, bling-bling jewellery, knock-off handbags and shoes are popular acquisitions. Later we travel by train to Xi’an viewing en route the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre. Overnight - Sleeper Train
Xi’an is Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 7,000 life-sized soldiers, some 2,200 years old, stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. We tour the archaeological site and Terracotta warrior replica workshop. Tonight, we offer our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Check out our Tang Dynasty Enhance option for more details. Overnight - Xi'an
Spend the morning at leisure before touring the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and taking a bike ride along the great Old City Wall. Peering from the Old City Wall offers spectacular, if not unique views of the city and residence going about their daily lives. Later board your overnight train to Chengdu Overnight – Sleeper Train
Welcome to Chengdu. Upon arrival you met and transferred to your hotel. Later this morning you will visit the Giant Buddha. Built during the Tang Dynasty. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China. Afterwards you continue your journey to Emei Mountain. Overnight at Emei.
Today you will visit Emei Mountain one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Later return to Chengdu and enjoy aguided visit Jinli Ancient street. Overnight Chengdu.
This morning you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Jiuzhaigou. Today you visit the Golden Dragon Valley Limestone pools. Overnight Jiuzhaigou.
Enjoy a full day exploring Jiuzhai. Overnight Jiuzhaigou.
Leaving Jiuzhaigou you will fly to Chongqing to board your Cruise along the Yangtze River. Overnight On Board.
Yangtze River cruise. 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! During our cruise, we’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction. Drift serenely along the stream in small, open ‘pea pod boats’, looking out upon lush greenery, jagged peaks and ancient villages of the Tujia people - one of the local ethnic minorities. Overnight - Yangtze River Cruiser
Yichang - Nanjing. Disembarking from our cruise in Yichang at 11:30. We take a high speed train bound for Nanjing departing at 15:40 after lunch and reaching speeds of over 310km we arrive to Nanjing in just a little more than 5.5 hours at approximately 21:30 in the evening. Hotel check in and evening free in Nanjing.
Nanjing. This morning in Nanjing we embark on our city sightseeing tour will commence. Former capital of the Ming Dynasty and capital of Republican China, from 1911 - 1949, Nanjing holds a rich history of both ancient and modern China. This afternoon we visit the Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre. A moving experience that charts the atrocities committed at this very site. Overnight - Nanjing
A short train journey East is Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. The charming city boasts extensive waterways and canals dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty, as does our exploration of the humble administrator’s house and garden. Overnight - Suzhou
An hour’s journey brings us to bustling Shanghai. Days 13 and 14 are free for you to explore the city your own way. Perhaps visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, the Jade Buddha Temple, French Quarter, The Bund or the Old City. Overnight - Shanghai
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time 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 ...