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Welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Enjoy an arrival transfer to our hotel. Tonight enjoy a traditional Peking Duck welcome dinner!
Embark on a sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing and is a public arena for the people and stage for Chairman Mao mausoleum. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors, it was only opened after the last emperor was overthrown in 1911. Later, we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys and old back lanes, we gain a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life.
Today, drive to Badaling, where we can walk on a section of the famous Great Wall or take the cable car! A symbol of total Chinese genius, the Great Wall is a cultural icon. At least 20 dynasties were involved in its construction. Stretching some 6700 kilometres, we walk along just a small chunk of this massive masterpiece of human endeavour. Later we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the step-by-step process of this curious, yet quite beautiful art form. Tonight we attend a Chinese Acrobatic performance.
This morning enjoy a tour of the Temple of Heaven. After this we go to the Summer Palace on Kunming Lake, we view the lavishly decorated temples, halls and courts, reconstructed in 1902. The Long Corridor, a hand painted 730m covered walkway, offers gentle respite from the elements. We then make a stop at a traditional Tea House. This afternoon, even the most hardened non-shoppers can’t help coming away with a few goodies at the Silk Alley markets. Name-brand attire, bling-bling jewellery, knock-off handbags and shoes are popular acquisitions. En route back to the hotel we will drive by the Beijing 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatic Centre.
Early this morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival our guide will pick you up and you can enjoy a calligraphy lesson before touring the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and taking a bike ride along the great Old City Wall. Peering from the Old City Wall offers spectacular, if not unique views of the city and residence going about their daily lives. We conclude our touring at the Muslim Quarter. Later this evening enjoy a dumpling dinner.
Xi’an is Shaanxi Province 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 show performance!
Spend the morning at leisure before flying 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. Overnight Victoria Cruise boat Victoria NO. 5.
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 winding its way through eight very different provinces. The Gorges are a breathtaking sight! During our cruise, we’ll also sail through the new ship locks of the impressive Three Gorges Dam construction. Overnight Victoria Cruise boat Victoria NO. 5.
Disembarking the cruise in Yichang you will be transferred to the train station to take a high speed train bound for Nanjing after lunch and reaching speeds of over 310km we arrive to Nanjing in just a little more than 5.5 hours in the evening. Upon arrival we will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for the night.
This morning in Nanjing we embark on our city sightseeing tour will commence. Former capital of the Ming Dynasty and capital of Republican China, from 1911 - 1949, Nanjing 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.
A short train journey East is Suzhou in Jiangsu Province. The charming city boasts extensive waterways and canals dotted with traditional bridges, houses and gardens. A cruise on the Grand Canal exposes Suzhou’s beauty, as does our exploration of the humble administrator’s house and garden.
An hour’s journey brings us to bustling Shanghai. Today we tour many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the Jade Buddha Temple. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at the Seagull Palace restaurant which is beside the Huangpu River before enjoying a night cruise on the Huangpu River.
Sadly your last day with us with your group departure airport transfer.
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