Ya'an Holidays

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Bright green dragon

Day 1: Beijing

Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.

Towers of the Great Wall

Day 2: Beijing

Today, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, where we can walk a section of the famous Great Wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop demonstrating the ancient Chinese art of combining copper and enamel to make decorative pieces.

Forbidden City

Day 3: Beijing - Xi'an

This morning, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital. Tienanmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing. Heading back a few centuries we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. In the afternoon free time - why not addon our Temple, Palace and Markets excursion - see the Enhance your Holiday page for details. Later this evening we will transfer you to the railway station for the overnight train to Xian.

Day 4: Xi'an

Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. The 2,200 year old warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits. We tour the site and a workshop where replicas are crafted. Later enjoy a visit to the Huaqing Hot Springs.

Day 5: Xi'an

Free day. If you want to have a guided visit of Xian city, add on our Ancient Xian excursion, which takes in the Wild Goose Pagoda and the Muslim Quarter. See the Enhance your Holiday page for details.

Day 6: Xi'an - Chengdu

This morning you board on the flight to Chengdu upon arrival there our local guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We then take you on a guided visit some of the many attractions on offer here like the Thatched Cottage of Du Fu , Wuhou Memorial Temple and Wenshu Monastery. Remember sampling the famous Sichuan cuisine is a must on a trip to Chengdu.

Dinner time!

Day 7: Chengdu - Ya'an

Today we head to the Ya'an 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.

Local cafe, Chengdu

Day 8: Ya'an - Chengdu

Today enjoy a full day guided tour in Ya'an. Later this afternoon we will transfer you to Chengdu and to your hotel for the night.

Local man posing for a photo

Day 9: Chengdu - Guilin

This morning we will transfer you to the airport where you will get your flight to Guilin. On arrival in Guilin we will transfer you to your hotel. This afternoon we will check out the Reed Flute Caves and Elephant trunk hill before a free evening.

Day 10: Guilin - Yangshuo

Today you will enjoy a whole day Li River cruise. This morning your Li River cruise departs from downtown Guilin for a full days excursion. The 90km Li River cruise is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Bear witness to rural China as peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. You will visit the local market and West Street once you arrive in Yangshuo.

Day 11: Yangshuo - Shanghai

Enjoy a morning cycling tour and explore the local markets and village. Streets in Yangshuo are well kept in the original style, presenting the simple and primitive atmosphere of the ancient town. West Street is the most exciting one that locals call the 'Global Village'. We have lunch in the village before our transfer back to Guilin. Tonight we will fly you to Shanghai. On arrival in Shanghai we will transfer you to the hotel.

Day 12: Shanghai

Today starts off after breakfast for a full days excursion, highlights will be a visit to the Bund The Bund, also called the Zhongshan Road, is a famous waterfront and regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. Onward to see the Jade Buddha Temple, the famous Yu Gardens and a trip to the Bazaar.

Day 13: Shanghai

Today we venture out to visit Zhujiajiao, located in a suburb of Shanghai city, Zhujiajiao is an ancient water town well-known throughout the country, with a history of more than 1700 years. Enjoy a relaxing day with guided explanation and free time to wander old narrow lanes, peculiar stone hawsers on the riverside and old residences and visit many other highlights.

Day 14: Shanghai

Free day or add on our excursion to Suzhou, the Venice of the East. One of China’s most charming cities, it’s fame rests on its waterways, and canals that are dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. See the Enhance your Holiday page for details.

Day 15: Shanghai

Farewell China! Today we will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.

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