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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. Afternoon rickshaw ride through the Hutongs.
Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. We also visit the Ming Tombs.
Today, we visit the Temple of Heaven, the Emperor's Summer Palace, set on Kunming Lake and the gartantuous Silk Alley Markets.
Day at leisure in Beijing.
This morning we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Datong, where you will be met and transferred to you hotel. Today, enjoy a full day excursion to the Yungang Grottos, Huayan Temple, Nine Dragon Wall and Shanhua Temple.
Another full days excursion today includes the Hanging Temple and the Wood Pagoda before driving to to Pingyao. Overnight Pingyao - Pingyao Hongshanyi Hotel
This morning we visit Pingyao ancient town including Qiao's Courtyard then drive to Taiyuan and transfer to train station for your overnight train to Xi'an.
Arrive Xi’an and transfer to hotel. We visit the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where 7,000 Warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2,200yrs. Try counting them! Visit to a clay workshop specialised in making replica figurines.
Today, we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoying a bicycle ride atop the Xi’an City Wall before heading under the wall to the Muslim Markets.
Drive to Louguantai to see Pandas. Later today we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Guilin, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Today we drive to Longsheng to explore the rice terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone! Beginning at the base of Mt Longji the verdant green rice fields coil the steep mountain layer upon layer climbing to its summit. Where there is soil a terrace has been made! Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we climb skyward to enjoy panoramic views of the ribbon like terraces with picturesque valleys and meandering streams below. Overnight Longshen - Longji Star-wish Resort (no star rating)
Driving back to Guilin, en route we visit the Reed Flute Caves and Elephant Trunk Hill. Tonight, enjoy the Two Rivers Four Lakes boat cruise to see the replica's of famous bridges all over the world.
Today, enjoy a 4 hour Li River Cruise to Yangshou. Rest of the day at leisure in Yangshou.
Day at leisure in Yangshou.
Transfer to the Guilin airport for your flight to Shanghai, where you will be met and transferred to you hotel.
Day at leisure in Shanghai.
Today, we take a high speed train journey to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty, a thousand years ago. They are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit a silk workshop.
Day at leisure in Shanghai.
Departure transfer to the airport.
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