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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.
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! Later it is time to visit the Summer Palace. Why not add our Acrobats in Action enhance option.
This morning, we explore 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, we enjoy a guided walk of this old city within a city. Later you will be transferred to the train station for the overnight train to Xi'an.
Early this morning we depart on an excursion by road to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre, a shelter for ill or injured Giant Pandas in the region (approx 2 hrs drive from Xi’an). With an estimate of less than 2000 Giant Pandas remaining on the planet, the species is one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Of the Pandas remaining in China only 239 live in captivity. The Panda’s at Shaanxi will be released into one of the 40 designated Panda reserves once in full health. This afternoon, we visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Muslim Quarter. Encircling the old city is Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, where we enjoy a hired bike ride. Why not add our Tang Dynasty Show enhance option.
Todays highlights will be a visit to Huaqing Hot Springs, a scenic spot in the shadow of Li Mountain. Before visiting the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site, we visit a workshop where we see the process used to create the terracotta figurines. In battle formation, the Terracotta Warriors are one of China’s most fascinating sights. Later we fly to Chongqing to Board your Yangtse River cruise after dinner.
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. Enjoy spectacular vistas passing through all of the famous Gorges Qutangxia Gorge, Wuxia Gorge, Xiling Gorge on your way to Yichang.
Another day of cruising, with an excursion to Shengnon Stream or Lessor Three Gorges and pass through the 5 grade shop lock.
Today marks the end of your cruise, upon arrival in to Yichang, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Guilin, arriving there we transfer you to your hotel.
This morning your Li River cruise departs from downtown Guilin for a full days excursion. 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. After passing Elephant Trunk Hill, Pagoda Hill and more, you arrive in to Yangshuo. Overnight Yangshuo Regency holiday hotel 3 star.
Free Day in Yangshuo. Overnight Yangshuo Regency holiday hotel 3 star.
This morning, we drive back to Guilin en-route we pay a visit to The Reed Flute Cave. Within the cave there are enchanting stalagmites, stone pillars, stele, stone curtains and stone flowers. Then we continue on to Elephant Trunk Hill Located at the confluence of the Taohua (Peach Blossom) River and the Li River, this Hill is too famous to be missed. Later we fly to Hong Kong, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight Hongkong L' island South Hotel 4 star (city view room) about 5-6km away from Stanley Markets area.
Free day in Hong Kong.
Free day in Hong Kong.
Departure transfer to the airport.
The discovery of despotic Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s army of 2,200-year-old terracotta warriors occurred in 1974 when local farmers digging...