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Great Wall

Day 1: Beijing

Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. As your flight is arriving very early this morning we have arranged an early check in for you.

Forbidden City

Day 2: Beijing

Today, we enjoy a guided visit into the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre. Later today, we visit the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake, we view the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902. The Long Corridor, a hand painted 730m covered walkway, offers gentle respite from the elements.

Ming statue

Day 3: Beijing

Tiananmen Square, home of the mausoleum of Chairman Mao Tse-tung, the Communist father of the Communist People’s Republic and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Across the way is the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City, once forbidden to all those except on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was turfed off his throne. The Forbidden City, was the seat of the great emperors and the innermost sanctum of the Beijing. Enjoy a guided walk through the city’s many temples, grand halls and courtyards. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a city restaurant.

Summer Palace

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

Today, travel beyond Beijing to Badaling, where you can walk (almost climb on some sections) on the Great Wall. Following a ridge of barren hills through northern China, it stretches as far as the eye can see - at least 6,700 kms! Continuing on, a visit is made to the tombs of the Ming emperors, where some 13 emperors were interred. The tombs are approached via a sacred gateway and gate houses. Also visit a cloisonne workshop, where you’ll see firsthand the production of decorative items utilising the techniques of this practised and ancient craft. Overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.

Day 5: Xi'an

Xi’an is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old Terracotta Warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers standing battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. No two faces are alike – each is said to be an individual portrait. Today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, the Huanqing Hot Springs, a scenic spot in the shadow of Li Mountain and a workshop where crafts people make clay warrior replicas.

Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu

Today, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Chengdu, where you will be met and transferred to the hotel.

City view

Day 7: Chengdu

After breakfast you will venture to the Panda Centre. Located just 10km (6miles) away from downtown Chengdu, the Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre has been created and imitates the pandas' natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. It's a full day excursion where you will also get to see other endangered species and the famous giant Buddha sculpture.

Local cafe, Chengdu

Day 8: Chengdu - Chongqing

Today, we transfer you to the train station for your express train to Chongqing. On arrival we will transfer you to the hotel.

Downtown Chongqing

Day 11: Chongqing - Yangtze & Three Gorges

Late today you will board the Yangtze River cruise boat.

Day 12: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Yangtze River Cruise.

Day 13: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Yangtze River Cruise.

Day 14: Yangtze & Three Gorges - Wuhan

Disembarking from our cruise after lunch we have a long afternoon of travel ahead of us. After driving to Wuhan (approx 4 hours) we’ll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, hotel check in and overnight.

Day 15: Wuhan - Guilin

Today, we transfer you to the airport for your flight to Guilin (afternoon flight).On arrival we will check you into the hotel. Tonight, enjoy an evening boat tour on 2 rives 4 lakes to see the immitated famous bridges of all other countries.

Day 16: Guilin - Yangshuo

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. Free time in charming Yangshuo, with its little shops and cafes.

Day 17: Yangshuo - Hangzhou

Today, we transfer back to Guilin and take you on a guided visit of the Reed Flute Caves. Afterwards we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou and check you into the hotel.

West Lake temple

Day 18: Hangzhou

Today, we explore the West Lake, Lingyin Temple and take a bicycle ride.

Day 19: Hangzhou - Shanghai

Today, we will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Shanghai (indirect) and check you into the hotel.

Day 20: Shanghai - Suzhou

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.

Day 21: Suzhou - Shanghai

En route to Shanghai stop off at lovely Zhouzhuang - an ancient town featuring traditional buildings, small bridges and tree-lined waterways astride the Jinghang Canal. Upon arrival to Shanghai enjoy a tour of the Bund area and a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Day 22: Shanghai - Hong Kong

Today, we tour the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Old City area, Oriental Pearl TV tower and Shanghai Museum.

Kowloon street

Day 23: Hong Kong

Free day in Shanghai until the transfer to the train station for the overnight train to Hong Kong (the train is on even dates only).

Kowloon market

Day 24: Hong Kong

We will pick you up from the train station and transfer you to the hotel. rest of the day is free for you to explore on your own.

Lantau Buddha

Day 25: Hong Kong

Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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