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Welcome to Beijing! Upon arrival we will be there to pick you up and transfer you to your hotel.
Drive (1.5 hrs) and hike on the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which is a quieter and more pleasant stretch of the wall to walk on.We head back into Beijing and have a cooking class on dumplings with a local family in the Hutongs. Tonight we will take you to the Kung Fu show - an amazing display of kung fu told within a colourful stage show.
This morning explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao's tomb and various monuments to the people are located. Enjoy a guided tour of the vast Forbidden City, a city within a city that was once the seat of the emperors. If you want to continue the sightseeing this afternoon, consider adding on the optional rickshaw ride through the Hutongs - see the Enhance your Holiday page for details.
This morning why not take a walk through the local street market for the opportunity to sample such local delicacies as deep fried scorpions or cooked silk worms on a skewer or head to Silk Alley Market for some souvenir shopping. Later continue on with a guide to the Summer Palace. Set on beautiful Kunming Lake, the palace grounds containing various temples, gardens, pavilions, bridges and gate-towers are a marvel of landscaping. Later this evening transfer to the railway station for your overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
Arriving into Xi'an early this morning, transfer to your hotel and enjoy some time to freshen up. Later today discover the marvellous Terracotta Warriors archaeological site. Some 7000 warriors stand battle-ready and have done so for the past 2,200 years. A visit to a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines is also included. The remainder of the evening is at leisure or perhaps you'd like to opt for our Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show (please see Enhance Options page of the quote).
First up this morning tour the lofty Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The complex of temples, pagodas 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. Next enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride (solo or tandem) atop the well-preserved Xi’an city wall. At a minimum of 6 metres in width, 9 miles in length with no steep inclines, the wall offers a great vantage point for peeping down upon the city hubbub below. Visit the Great Mosque, the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some free time in the city centre.
Spend the morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Chongqing, the starting point for your Yangtze River cruise. If time permits, before boarding your cruise ship there will be time for a stroll along Chongqing's People's Square in the heart of the city.
During your cruise on the Yangtze you will pass the famed Three Gorges – Qutangxia, the shortest, narrowest yet most impressive; Wuxia, lined by twelve sheer peaks and offering spectacular vistas; and Xilingxia, the longest at 75km with seven smaller gorges. During your cruise you’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction. Whilst cruising shore excursions are offered at no additional expense to Shibaozhai pagoda and Shennong stream. Drift serenely along the stream in small sampans looking out upon lush greenery, jagged peaks and ancient villages of the ethnic Tujia people.
Disembarking from our cruise after lunch we have a long afternoon of travel ahead of us. After driving to Wuhan (approx 4 hours) we’ll be served dinner at a local restaurant then directly depart to the train station to catch the overnight train to Nanjing
The former capital of the Ming Dynasty shows just how fast China is changing with it’s cranes and builders everywhere. 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. We visit the Mausoleum of Dr Sun Yatsen – a father of modern China and revered nearly as much as Chairman Mao. Afternoon at leisure, perhaps walk the Ming era city walls, the longest city walls ever built!
Today you will take the morning train to Suzhou. Arrive Suzhou and we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy a tour of Suzhou today. One of China’s most charming cities, its fame rests on its waterways, and canals that are dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty. We also take you on a guided visit to the Humble Administrators Garden.
We have a free morning before the train to Shanghai. We will transfer you to Shanghai by private car and check you into the hotel.
Once known for its decadent magnetism that attracted fortune-seekers and adventurers, Shanghai looks like a European city in a Chinese setting. A stroll along the famous Shanghai Bund confirms this. Today, we visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, explore the Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens, and the French Quarter.
This morning visit Hangzhou by train. Hangzhou is unusual for a Chinese city in that it encompasses large tracts of greenery. Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites it is an idyllic place to visit. Highlights today will be Linyin Temple and a tranquil bicycle ride in this beautiful scenic area around the West Lake, before returning to Shanghai.
Today we venture out to visit Zhujiajiao, located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Enjoy a relaxing day with guided explanation and free time to wander old narrow lanes, peculiar stone hawsers on the riverside and old residences and visit many other highlights. We will transfer you to the railway station later this evening for your overnight sleeper train to Hong Kong.
We will meet you at the train station and check you into the hotel. Afterwards you you will enjoy a half day tour of Hong Kong covering the major highlights of this fascinating city. The tour will take in Repulse Bay, Victoria Peak and Aberdeen. The tour will end after lunch, at about 2:30 pm. Hong Kong is known for its shopping and there will be some free time for you to go out bargain hunting this afternoon.
Today we will take you on a guided tour to Macau. The tour will include the Ruins of St. Paul's, Mount Fortress, Section of the Old City Walls, Senado Square, Barrier Gate and shopping at the local stalls, lunch at a local restaurant and A-Ma Temple. We will then transfer you to Hong Kong 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 ...