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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your journey through the orient! On arrival our local team awaits to transfer you to your hotel for check in. After a briefing about your upcoming journey, the remainder of the day offers free time for you to relax after your flight.
For the next few days enjoy time at leisure or you can pick and choose from the different 'Enhance Your Holiday' options we offer, please refer to the Enhance your Holiday page for prices.
Today we will transfer you to the Gubeikou section of the Great Wall of China. Arriving here we spend the night in simple accommodations. When we arrive we will walk to a nearby section of the wall for a magical sunset. (OVERNIGHT AT THE GREAT WALL IN GUBEIKOU)
This section of the Wall stretches for more than 25 miles - there are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic passes and 3 citadels. Gubeikou has long been a town of military significance. Approx walking time today will be around 3-5 hours depending on you, along some incredible sections of the wall before returning back to Gubeikou. (OVERNIGHT AT THE GREAT WALL IN GUBEIKOU)
Today's walk involves scrambling and steep ascents to the top of ridges. The views from the top of these ridges are spectacular as we walk past numerous watchtowers and beacon towers. Parts of today's walk is on a broken section of the Wall, and during one section we will descend from the Wall, in order to bypass a restricted military area, before rejoining the wall and carrying onto Jinshanling. Approx walking time today 5-7 hours. (OVERNIGHT AT THE GREAT WALL IN JINSHINGLANG)
The Wall here was rebuilt in 1572, during the Ming dynasty, and has been restored but is still reasonably quiet if we start early. There are many watchtowers on this stretch looking out across the gullies and ravines of the rugged landscape. The Wall is steep in places and its condition worsens in the middle section - you need to be happy walking on uneven and stony surfaces with some drops off to the side. The section at Simitai is currently being repaired and so is inaccessible. The views are excellent, watching the wall stretch away across the rugged hills. We will walk along the wall as far as we can before driving back to Beijing for the night.
Spend the morning at leisure before flying to Chongqing, the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the cruise we can stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square in the city centre. (TODAY NEEDS TO BE A SATURDAY TO SYNC WITH CRUISE DEPARTURE)
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! Whilst cruising, shore excursions are offered at no additional expense to Shibaozhai and Shennong stream, with its unique scenery and four natural gorges. 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.
Disembarking from our cruise in Yichang at 11:30, we take one of the faster trains bound for Shanghai. Arriving into Shanghai our local rep will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.
For today enjoy time at leisure or you can pick and choose from the different 'Enhance Your Holiday' options we offer, please refer to the Enhance your Holiday page for prices.
Sadly your journey through the orient comes draws a close today! We will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...