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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel, where you sit back and relax after your long flight.
This morning, we explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city’s heart is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. Our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses.
Don some comfortable shoes. Today we drive out of the city to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the Great Wall. Some sections are fairly steep, but the walk on the vast wall that snakes for thousands of kilometres is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! We then visit the beautiful Summer Palace before returning to your hotel.
Today we visit the Temple of Heaven, and the Silk Alley Markets where you have the chance to indulge in a little retail therapy.
Today you will be transferred to the train station for your Bullet train to Tianjian. We will collect you when you arrive and we visit the former concessions, Tianjin Food Street and Tianjin Cultural Street.
Toady you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Met by guide and transfer to hotel. Free afternnon.
Once known for its decadent magnetism that attracted fortune-seekers and adventurers, Shanghai looks like a European city in a Chinese setting. A stroll along the famous Shanghai Bund confirms this. Today, we visit the Oriental Pearl TV tower, explore the Jade Buddha Temple, charming Yuyuan Gardens, and enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Travelling west, we journey to Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. One of China’s most charming cities, it’s fame rests on it’s waterways, and canals that are dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty. Renown for it’s silk, we also visit a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai.
Day at leisure.
Today arrangements end after hotel check out. Airport/Hotel transfers can be arranged today.
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