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Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Today is at your leisure before boarding your overnight sleep train to Xi'an.
Upon arrival into Xi'an you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Xi’an is perhaps most famous for Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well. The 7,000 life-sized soldiers, some 2,200 years old, stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. We tour the archaeological site and Terracotta Warrior replica workshop. Tonight enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner and show. A performance combining poetry with the skilled playing of musical instruments, singing, dancing and exquisitely decorated costumes. The modern presentation is certain to give you an impressive view of ancient China including its splendid history, brilliant arts, distinct traditions and customs.
Spend the morning at leisure before touring the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and visiting the great Old City Wall. The medieval City Wall offers spectacular, if not unique views of the city and residence going about their daily lives. We also visit the Muslim Quarter, including a Muslim Market.
Today drive to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre. With an estimate of only 1000 - 3000 Giant Panda remaining on the planet, they are one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Of these some 20 are based at the Shaanxi Wildlife Centre. It’s not always possible to see the pandas - taking some 14 hours to consume an average of 15 kg of Bamboo, pandas require a lengthy nap afterward often taken away from public viewing. However there are plenty of other rare animals to be seen including golden monkeys, black bears, leopards, giant salamanders, white lipped deer and owl. Afterwards fly to Zhangjiajie where you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight Zhangjiajie Yichen Hotel
In the morning, visit Tianmen Mountain which is the highest mountain in Zhangjiajie, with a hundred-meter tall natural hole through the mountain, enjoy the exciting glass walk and the longest cable car in the world. In the afternoon, we drive to the scenic area and take a sightseeing on the mountain top of Yellow Stone Village, one of the most picturesque areas of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Overnight Zhangjiajie Yichen Hotel
Spend the morning at leisure before flying to Chongqing, the start point for our exciting Yangtze River cruise. Before boarding the cruise we can stroll along Chongqing’s People’s Square, in the city centre.
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. The Gorges are a breathtaking sight! The first gorge we pass, Qutangxia Gorge is the shortest and narrowest yet the most impressive.
During our cruise, we’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction. Shore excursions to mythical Fengdu - ‘Ghost City’ and Shennong stream, with its unique scenery and four natural gorges. Drift serenely along the stream in open ‘pea pod boats’, looking out upon lush greenery and ancient villages of the Tujia people.
After disembarking from our cruise in Yichang, we board the highspeed train to Shanghai. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.
Sadly your tour comes to an end today with a departure transfer to the airport.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...