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Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days

Setting out from Beijing uncover some of China’s most famous and ancient sites, from the legendary Great Wall, to Xi’an’s Terracotta Warriors and Leshan’s Giant Buddha, plus meet the country’s cuddly mascot, walk the Dragon’s Backbone and enjoy some free time in spectacular Yangshuo.

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Trip Highlights

YANGSHUO - Free time to explore these spectacular surroundings at your own pace
CHENGDU - Giant Panda Research Base - one of the best places in the world to see the Giant Panda and pioneers of panda research and conservation in China, Jinji Old Street and Wuhou Memorial Temple
BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Silk Alley markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing, Chinese Acrobatic Show
XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride & Muslim Quarter
LONGSHENG - The Dragon's Backbone rice terraces.
LESHAN - Leshan's Giant Buddha. Carved into the rockface, standing at 71m tall, its one of the world's largest Buddhas
BADALING & JUYONGGUAN - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
SHANGHAI - free time to explore

Included

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 Peking Duck dinner
1 overnight train (soft sleeper cabin) Beijing - Xi'an
High speed train journey between Xi'an and Chengdu
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 14
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
12 nights 3 - 4 star hotels, 1 night basic accom Juyongguan Pass Hotel
2 Economy class one way flights from Chengdu to Guilin and Guilin to Shanghai
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Xi'an, Chengdu, Longsheng and Yangshuo
Rickshaw ride through Beijings' Hutongs
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$110-120, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$100-110, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing

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

Day 2

Forbidden City

This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing and this evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall

After a free morning to further explore the city, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening we spend the night at our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Great Wall  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Beijing - Xi’an. Beijing - Xi’an. We rise early this morning and head (5 min bus drive) to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass when it opens to beat the crowds. Explore and enjoy the spectacular scenery in peace as this section sees far fewer tourists.After we visit a Jade Carving Centre and have lunch before returning to Beijing. Free time is offered in the cavernous Pearl Market, a one stop shop for souvenirs, handbag, silk and more. In the evening we board our train to Xi'an.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Xi'an Old City Wall

Arrive Xi’an, hotel check in and time to freshen up. Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, followed by the Muslim Quarter. After we enjoy a bike ride atop the Xi’an City Wall (electric car option available). Dating back to 1370 the 12m-high walls are some of the few remaining urban fortifications still standing in China today and after extensive restorations the City Walls offer ample opportunities from which to explore Xian. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Add-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Terracotta Warrior

Xi’an - Chengdu. This morning we visit the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Standing in battle-ready formation and numbering into the thousands, the Terracotta Army is Xian’s most popular sight and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, 13 years after the army was discovered. Built by local craftsman during the 3rd century BC for emperor Qinshihuang, the life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection in the afterlife. After we visit to a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. Late this afternoon we take a high speed train to Chengdu. Reaching speeds of up to 300km per hour the journey is an experience in itself!
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Chengdu Panda Research Base

Today's highlight is the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Opened in 1993 it is fast becoming one of China’s must see places. The centre has been created to help and imitate the pandas’ natural habitat in order that they might have the best possible environment for rearing and breeding. Later we visit the Wenshu Monastery, built during the Qing Dynasty. The temple is a hidden gem with few tourists visiting and a stop must be made at the delightful teahouse located inside the temple grounds which serves a fine cup of green tea and some of the best vegetarian food in the city. The evening is spent at leisure. On most nights Sichuan Opera is performed at the Shufengyayun Theatre and tickets can be booked locally or in advance.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast

Day 8

UNESCO Great Buddha of Leshan

Driving to Leshan our morning is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Dafo (Great Buddha), which is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill overlooking the treacherous confluence of the Min, Qingyi and Dadu rivers below it. Dafo has huge 8m feet, his ears droop 7m, his shoulders span 28m and his nose measures a whopping 5.6m! Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 9-11

Guilin & Yangshuo

Chengdu - Yangshuo. Early this morning we fly to Guilin where we’ll drive out to Longsheng for a tour of the spectacular terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone. Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we’ll pass many of the Yao and Red Yao minority women. Reaching the ‘Seven Stars accompanying Moon’ lookout, soak up the spectacular views.

Later we head to Yangshou for the night. The remainder of our time here is at leisure. Choose to hike, hire a bicycle or motorbike and head off on one of the many mountain trails or stop to watch the local fishermen use their trained cormorants to catch fish. Time can also be spent exploring the ancient alley of West Street. Maybe enjoy a morning class at the ‘Cloud 9’ cooking school. By nightfall, visit any of the cafes, pubs or bars or attend the nightly ‘Impression Liu Sanjie’ musical, with a cast of 500 singers and dancers.
Overnight: Yangshuo  |  Breakfast x 3

Days 12-13

Shanghai

Yangshou - Shanghai. This afternoon we drive to Guilin and fly onward to Shanghai. Upon arrival enjoy the next two days at leisure exploring this cosmopolitan city.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 14

Shanghai

Friday. Our time in China comes to an end today. Following breakfast and hotel check-out a transfer will take you to the airport for your onward travel
Breakfast

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Post-Tour Accommodation - Shanghai
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Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven is an elegant and comfortable hotel with well-furnished and spacious rooms. Practical in design, the guestrooms feature internet access and the hotel also boasts a range of restaurants and bars, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Temple of Heaven, the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating city.

Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a stones throw from the Beitucheng Subway station, with access to Line 10 & Line 8, the Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan is a perfect base to explore the many amazing highlights of Beijing. Within walking distance of the hotel you'll find the famous Birds Nest Olympic Stadium. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light and spacious guest rooms. Elegantly decorated, the rooms also boast modern amenities and the hotel has a wealth of facilities including an indoor pool and sauna house, a cafe and bar, and well-equipped business centre. The hotel is located 4 kilometres from the railway station and 30 kilometres from the airport.

Holiday Inn Express West Gate, Chengdu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The newly opened Holiday Inn Express West Gate is a bright and modern hotel in downtown Chengdu. Guest rooms are clean and stylish with excellent amenities. Wi-Fi is available and complimentary wired internet is available in all rooms. Breakfast is served buffet style in the restaurant with a delicious array of Western and Chinese dishes. There is also an onsite bar available for refreshing beveradges. Located in the north of Chengdu and a 20 minute walk from Baiguolin Subway Station.

Days Inn Frontier, Yangshuo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Days Inn Frontier Yangshuo is conveniently located beside the picturesque Li River, with easy access to all the attractions of Yangshuo, including historic West Street with its plethora of shops and cafes. The friendly hotel staff are always on hand to provide assistance and guests can be assured of a comfortable stay in the spacious guest rooms, where they can enjoy 24 hour room service and complimentary wifi.

New West Street International Hotel, Yangshuo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Refurbished in 2009, this traditional-style hotel offers an excellent location close to Yangshuo’s top attractions including West Street and Guilin Butterfly Spring. Its guestrooms are comfortable and well-equipped, with amenities including internet access and air conditioning. Guests can enjoy authentic Chinese dishes in the onsite restaurant or take advantage of the 24-hour room service. And if you’re looking to unwind, the hotel also offers a sauna and outdoor pool, perfect for a refreshing swim.

Ramada Encore Shanghai Hotel , Shanghai

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Ideally located close to several plazas and shopping centres, this modern hotel offers you a comfortable stay in one of China’s fastest growing cities. Guestrooms are equipped with all the essential amenities, with free WiFi and access to the breakfast buffet included. The onsite Dakang Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, and you can expect a tasty menu featuring both Western and Chinese cuisine. Other amenities include a fitness centre, coffee shop and small convenience store.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.6 out of 5 based on 5 recent reviews

The tour exceeded our expectations. The tour guide was very professional and made sure we were well looked after everywhere we went.

• Submitted 26 Sep 2018
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All aspects of the trip were great. One suggestion from us to fly into Guilin, go to rice paddy trip after landing and stay overnight in Guilin. Then take boat cruise to yanshoo next morning book into hotel then do the small walk up mountain to see lookout. Other things we enjoyed were the bike ride and the brilliant light show. Shopping down west street was good and lots of things to see and do along in that area not too far from where we stayed. Not many tourists here yet show not realty busy. There was also heaps more things we could have done as we passed many things on bike ride like caves to visits and abseiling etc. I also enjoyed rafting but could have gone to a better venue.

• Submitted 22 Apr 2018
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Stephanie was an excellent guide. Organised, experienced, patient and with a great sense of hunour. I learned a lot about China from her and really enjoyed the experience. I wouldn't hesitate in nominating her for a tour leader award.

I'd also like to commend Shannon, our guide in Chengdu. She was brilliant too. Very flexible, knowledgable and enthusiastic.

Both girls deserve special recognition (they knocked the socks off the boys!)

• Submitted 24 Sep 2016
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Feng was a very competent guide who had a lovely nature and spoke excellent English. She was very caring and went out of her way to ensure everyone was looked after and knew what was happening. Every part of the trip was well organised and went like clockwork. Our grouped gelled well together, sharing lots of laughs thanks to Feng. She provided us with wonderful commentary and interesting facts about China that made our trip worthwhile and interesting. I had a wonderful trip to China and enjoyed every minute of it. One of our group had an accident and she was calm and thorough in dealing with the situation. I can not speak more highly of her as a guide.

• Submitted 21 Apr 2015
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We thought this was a great tour. We had a great time as there was so much to see and do. The main highlights for me were climbing the Great Wall, visiting the Terracotta Warriors and experiencing the delight of seeing the Giant Pandas - not just one or two, but lots of them. I also really enjoyed the cycling tour in Xi'an. I felt this tour provided a great deal of variety, it gave us an insight to life in China, and all the guides were informative, particularly Feng, as she was our main guide. She was very informative and handled the situation well when one of our party had an accident on the cycling tour. The tour was well organised, as always, as this is my third tour with your company. Thanks for a great experience and I would highly recommend this tour.

• Submitted 21 Apr 2015
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1
Visiting
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Extra Tour Info

Visiting the Great Wall
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall
Seeing Pandas in China
Where best to see pandas in China and what to expect
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31st January 2018

The tour exceeded our expectations. The tour guide was very professional and made sure we were well looked after everywhere we went.

Jacqui Robinson
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