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Sample Itinerary - REF CHINA 1743

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Forbidden City

Day 1: Beijing

On arrival into Beijing International Airport you will be met by and On The Go Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, so you can start exploring Beijing independently or relax and rest up for the evening at the hotel.

Ming statue

Day 2: Beijing

Today you will set out to sightsee the nation's capital, starting with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square - home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and many important events in Chinese history - most notably the 1989 Student Protests. The Forbidden City - so called as it was only visited by people on Imperial business up until 1911 - is a vision in grandeur with yellow roofs, vermilion walls and the innermost sanctum of Beijing. This afternoon you will walk through the city's many temples, grand halls and courtyards before visiting the Temple of Heaven later today.

Summer Palace

Day 3: Beijing

Today you take a journey outside of the city to the most famous wall in the world - the Great Wall of China. Take a walk or maybe even a climb on some of the lesser visited parts of the wall - a much more fulfilling and intimate experience of the wall! Later on you can opt to see how they make traditional noodles and sample them afterwards. When you have walked enough of the wall - you return to Beijing for your final night there.

Great Wall

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

This morning you will be at the Panjiayuan Antique/Art Market very early to see some of the fantastic pieces. This afternoon you head over to the Summer Palace with its UNESCO listed imperial gardens on Kunming Lake. Tonight you'll be transferred to the train station for your overnight sleeper train to Xi'an (Z19, 20:43/07:58+1).

Day 5: Xi'an

After your arrival transfer, your day in Xi'an starts with a visit to the Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974 by local farmers who were digging for a well. These soldiers are over 2200 years old and no two warriors are the same - it is believed they are a self portrait of the individual soldiers. After an informative look around this battle ready army you'll visit local craftspeople who make clay warrior replicas which you can purchase.

Day 6: Xi'an - Yangtze & Three Gorges

Today, we visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Muslim Quarter. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride. We will then fly you to Chongqing (HU7268, 1310/1425), the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the cruise the we can stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square, in the city centre. Cruise Boat is the Yangtze Gold 7 boat (deluxe boat)

Days 7-8: Yangtze & Three Gorges

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. For the next couple of days sit back and enjoy the scenery, facilities on board and shore excursion included as part of your cruise.

Day 9: Yangtze & Three Gorges - Shanghai

Disembarking from our cruise in Yichang at 11:30. We take you to the train station for the high speed train to Wuhan. Arriving into Wuhan we will then transfer you to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. On arrival we will take you to your hotel for check in.

Day 10: Shanghai

Today you guided exploration takes in many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Jade Buddha Temple. We conclude the day with an excursion to Tianzifang also known as Taikang Road. Here you will explore the nooks and crannies of the intricate lanes lined with ancient shikumen houses, trendy bars, artist haunts and more.

Day 11: Shanghai

Enjoy a day to explore at your leisure.

Day 12: Shanghai - Zhouzhuang

Enjoy a tour of the forgotten fishing villages of Shanghai out the way of the tourist masses. We drive out the city around two hours to visit the small villages of Xitang and Zhouzhuang. Here you'll discover the serene river life of a bygone era. These villages date back to the Ming Dynasty when local bureaucrats built waterways to divert flooding from the city. Spend the day to explore the mazes of alleys, canals, and small shopping lanes developed in each of the villages, connected only by arched stone bridges and rundown riverboats.

Day 13: Zhouzhuang - Suzhou

This morning we will drive you to Suzhou. One of China’s most charming cities, Suzhou’s fame rests on its waterways and canals that are dotted with traditional bridges, houses and UNESCO-listed gardens. Today enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal which exposes Suzhou’s beauty. Also visit a silk workshop and the Humble Administrator’s Garden.

Day 14: Suzhou - Hangzhou

Morning you will be transferred to Hangzhou by one of our local drivers. Hangzhou is unusual for a Chinese city, in that it encompasses large tracts of greenery which might normally be classified as countryside. This is thanks to Xi Hu, the large lake that Hangzhou straddles. The lake is dotted with various islands and causeways, whilst the shoreline offers wonderful vistas of green trees, hills, flowers, pavillions, pagodas and boats. Hangzhou is also the southern terminus of the Grand Canal and an important centre for silk, tea and paper-making. Today enjoy a visit to the Six Harmonies Pagoda and Chinese Tea Museum.

Day 15: Hangzhou - Guilin

This morning we drive you to the airport for your flight to Guilin (JD5548, 0835/1030). After your arrival transfer your guide will take you out to see the Reed Flute Cave where there are enchanting stalagmites, stone pillars, stele, stone curtains and stone flowers. Then we continue on to Elephant Trunk Hill Located at the confluence of the Taohua (Peach Blossom) River and the Li River.

Day 16: Guilin - Yangshuo

Renown for its striking, if bizarre scenery, vast areas of karst limestone outcrops that rise up from flat rice paddy fields, Guilin is often the subject of Chinese painting. We undertake a relaxing cruise down the River Li to Yangshuo passing an endless procession of peaks and simple villages. The local fishermen use trained cormorants to catch fish and local village boys paddle out to the river boats with all manner of souvenirs.

Day 17: Yangshuo - Guilin

Today you will have a truly local experience, heading out on a fishing boat to see cormorant fishing up close! In the afternoon we will drive you back to Guilin and check you into the hotel.

Day 18: Guilin - Hong Kong

Today, we fly from Guilin to Shenzhen. Our rep will be waiting at Shenzhen to transfer you to your hotel in Hong Kong. Hotel check in and remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 19: Hong Kong

Free day.

Colourful lantens of a temple

Day 20: Hong Kong

Free day in Hong Kong until your flight late today - use of hotel room until we transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.

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