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Welcome to Beijing! Arrival transfer from the airport to our hotel and the remainder of the day is free.
Today, drive to Mutianyu Remnant, 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. Enroute back to Beijing we visit the Ming Tombs. A group of mausoleums of some thirteen Ming emperors, their empresses and concubines, representing China’s finest example of imperial tomb architecture.
Today, we embark on a guided tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, a patriotic vision of grandeur and the Forbidden city, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors boasting stunning temples, courtyards and reception halls.
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. 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. Upon arrival we will tour the archaeological site.
This morning is free until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Chongqing the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the Victoria series cruise we can stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square, in the city centre.
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!
We disembark from our cruise in Yichang late this morning. Later we take a high speed train bound for Nanjing. Reaching speeds of over 310km per hour we head to Nanjing in just a little more than 5.5 hours arriving late evening.
Spend the morning at leisure and embark on our afternoon city sightseeing tour. 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. We visit the Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre, which is a moving experience that charts the atrocities committed at this very site.
A short train journey approx. 1 hour 15 minutes 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.
Today you will be transferred by train to Shanghai. Upon arrival we will pick you up and take a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, the Bund and Nanjing Road.
Today is a free day for you to relax or explore interdependently.
Sadly your final day with us with your departure airport transfer.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...