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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel.
Today we have a guided tour of Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao mausoleum, and the Forbidden City. Later, we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life.
Today, drive to Badaling, where we can walk on a section of the famous Great Wall. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the step-by-step process of this curious, yet quite beautiful art form. Tonight we attend a Chinese Acrobatic performance.
At the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake, we view the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902. This afternoon, even the most hardened non-shoppers can’t help coming away with a few goodies at the Silk Alley markets. Later we travel by a shared 4 berth overnight train Luoyang.
Upon arrival today we explore the UNESCO - listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. Later we tour the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhist temple in China.
Today you will be transferred to the train station for a train to Xi'an. Upon arrival we will tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and taking a bike ride along the great Old City Wall and we visit the muslim market.
Xi’an is Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. We tour the archaeological site and Terracotta warrior replica workshop.
Spend the morning at leisure before flying to Chongqing, 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.
Good morning from the River Yangtze! The Gorges are a breathtaking sight! The first gorge we pass, Qutangxia Gorge is the shortest and narrowest yet the most impressive. Next comes Wuxia Gorge, which straddles Sichuan and Hubei Provinces. Finally is Xiling Gorge, the longest at 75km and which comprises seven smaller gorges. During our cruise, we’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction.
After a morning shore excursion to visit the Three Gorges Dam we disembark from our cruise. We have a long afternoon of travel ahead of us and will stop for lunch en-route. After driving to Wuhan (approx 4 hours) we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, hotel check in.
This morning we take a high speed D3008 (Hankou - Shanghai) train bound for Nanjing. Departing at 8am and reaching speeds of over 250km we arrive to Nanjing in just a little more than 3 hours. Upon arrival to Nanjing our city sightseeing tour will commence.
A short train journey East is Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. The charming city boasts extensive waterways and canals dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty, as does our exploration of the humble administrator’s house and garden.
An hour’s journey brings us to bustling Shanghai. The next 2 days are free for you to explore the city your own way.
Today we will transfer you to the train station for your shared 4 berth overnight train to Huangshan City.
Upon arrival at Huangshan City, you will be transfer to the Yellow Mountain Scenic Area, take a cable car to the mountain, tour Shixin Peak, Lion Peak, and Refreshing Terrace.
Watching the sunrise, we will tour the Clouds dispelling pavilion, Xihai Grand Canyon, Flying Stone and Bright Top Peak.
Today we take the cable car down to the city, visit the old street of the Song Dynasty. This evening you will be transferred to the train staion for your shared 4 berth overnight train back to Shanghai.
Upon arrival in Shanghai we will transfer you to your hotel (check-in after 2-3pm) and the remainder of the day is free.
Today is sadly your last day with us with your departure airport transfer.
The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging...