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Songpan Holidays

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Great Wall

Day 1: Beijing

Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.

Forbidden City

Day 2: Beijing

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.

Ming statue

Day 3: Beijing

Today enjoy a day hiking at the Great wall in an area known as Jingshinlang which is a more remote area so less geared to tourists which really enhances your experience.

Summer Palace

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Tonight you travel by sleeper train to Xian.

Day 5: Xi'an

Arriving into Xian our local guide will meet you and take you to the hotel. Later we tour the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site where some 7,000 warriors stand in battle ready position and a factory demonstrating how the warriors are crafted.

Day 6: Xi'an - Wuhan

Today a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a bicycle ride along the mile in length, medieval City Wall. After we have a look at the Muslim Quarter of the city before boarding the train to Wuhan.

Day 7: Wuhan

Arrival -- Our local guide will assist with taking you to your hotel. Day at leisure to explore a car and guide will be with you to go out and explore the places your ancestors lived.

Day 8: Wuhan

Day at leisure to explore a car and guide will be with you to go out and explore the places your ancestors lived.

Day 9: Wuhan - Yangtze & Three Gorges

Morning/afternoon at leisure with car and guide at disposal. Later afternoon/evening included High speed train tickets to Yichang. Arrival and the local guide will take you for boarding the Yangtze cruise the sets off at 22:00.

Colourful rock facade

Day 10: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Enjoy sailing the Yangtze -- Set sail through Xiling Gorge -- Optional tour Tribe of Three Gorges(optional) -- Shore excursion to the Three Gorges Dam -- Sail through 5-stage shiplock

Day 11: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Enjoy sailing the Yangtze -- Shore excursion to White Emperor City (optional) Sailing through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge -- Boat excursion to Shennong Stream -- Sailing through Xiling Gorge.

Day 12: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Enjoy sailing the Yangtze -- Shore excursion to Fengdu.

Day 13: Yangtze & Three Gorges - Songpan

This morning fly to Jiuzhaigou - a region that for centuries has been inhabited by various Tibetan and Qiang people. Tour the Huanglong Monastery - built during the reign of Ming Emperor Hongwu -- Transfer to Songpan.

Waterfall through the rocks

Day 14: Songpan - Jiuzhaigou

Today enjoy a full day back country horse riding trip to visit local and remote villages of Ethnic Minorities and taking in the spectacular scenery. Evening transfer to Jiuzhaigou reserve area.

Great colours in the lake

Day 15: Jiuzhaigou

Today is spent exploring the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Reserve with your expert local guide.

Day 16: Jiuzhaigou - Chengdu

Morning flight to Chengdu. An hour’s drive to the north west leads you to the ancient city of Dujiangyan. It was here, in 256 BC that provincial governer Li Bing set up the Dujiangyan Irrigation Scheme. Tour the dam site, view the Anlan Suspension Bridge and the Dragon Taming Temple. Evening at leisure to explore Chengdu city.

Local cafe, Chengdu

Day 17: Chengdu

Morning visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding a short drive out of town. Afternoon free time to explore the city.

The Big Buddha

Day 18: Chengdu - Emei Shan

Driving to Leshan our morning is spent exploring the the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Dafo (Great Buddha), which is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill. Driving onward take in the views from Emei Shan arrive and check into your hotel.

Day 19: Emei Shan

Enjoy a full day with your guide on the mountain and taking in the all the ancient temples and stunning scenery.

Day 20: Emei Shan

Morning transfer to Chengdu Airport for your flight home at 15:40.