Zhouzhuang Holidays

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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, where you sit back and relax after your long flight.

Forbidden City

Day 2: Beijing

Today we explore the heart of Beijing including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb is 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.

Ming statue

Day 3: Beijing

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 is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! We visit the tombs of the Ming emperors and a cloisonne workshop, where we’ll see firsthand the unique Chinese art of combining copper and enamel.

Summer Palace

Day 4: Beijing - Xi'an

We have a guided visit to the Silk Alley markets and the Summer Palace with its UNESCO-listed imperial gardens, located on Kunming Lake. Overnight train to Xi’an.

Day 5: Xi'an

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. Today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors, Huanqing Hot Springs and a workshop where clay warrior replicas are made.

Day 6: Xi'an

Today, we visit the city symbol, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, before enjoying a leisurely bike ride on Xi’an’s medieval City Wall, which dates from the Ming dynasty. We then visit the local Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque.

Day 7: Xi'an - Yangtze & Three Gorges

We fly 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.

Day 8: Yangtze & Three Gorges

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.

Day 9: Yangtze & Three Gorges

Sit back and enjoy the view as you cruise along the Yangtze River.

Day 10: Yangtze & Three Gorges - Nanjing

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 be served dinner at a local restaurant then directly depart to the train station to catch the overnight train to Nanjing

Day 11: Nanjing - Suzhou

Arriving to Nanjing, hotel check in and free time. Nanjing, former capital of the Ming Dynasty and capital of Republican China from 1911 - 1949 holds a rich history of both ancient and modern China. This afternoon we visit the Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and the Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre. A moving experience that charts the atrocities committed at this very site.

Day 12: Suzhou

We take the short train journey to Suzhou this monring. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Humble Administrator’s Garden and visit a silk workshop.

Day 13: Suzhou - Zhouzhuang

We travel to Zhouzhuang and have a guided tour of this ancient town featuring traditional buildings, small bridges and tree-lined waterways astride the Jinghang Canal.

Day 14: Zhouzhuang - Shanghai

We have a free morning before the train to Shanghai. We will transfer you to Shangai by private car and check you into the hotel.

Day 15: Shanghai

Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. We enjoy a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.

Day 16: 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.

West Lake temple

Day 17: Shanghai

This morning visit Hangzhou by train. Hangzhou is unusual for a Chinese city in that it encompasses large tracts of greenery. Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites it is an idyllic place to visit. Highlights today will be Linyin Temple and a tranquil bicyle ride in this beautiful scenic area around the West Lake, before returning to Shanghai.

Day 18: Shanghai - Hong Kong

Free day in Shanghai. We will transfer you to the train station for the overnight sleeper train to Hong Kong.

Kowloon street

Day 19: Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong. After your arrival transfer to your hotel, enjoy touring of Hong Kong, covering all the major highlights of this compact metropolis

Lamma Island

Day 20: Hong Kong

Free day.

Lantau Buddha

Day 21: Hong Kong

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

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last updated - 11 Jul 2014 4:06 AM