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Meals included: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners
Mysterious, enigmatic and ancient: China is all these things and more. Stand beside Great Wall guard towers and a 2,000 year-old Terracotta Army in Beijing; cruise down the epic Yangtze River and explore exciting multicultural Shanghai.
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On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for three nights. The rest of the day is yours to begin exploring this vibrant city, glorified by 13th century Mongol leader Kublai Khan as the capital of his empire.
After breakfast, visiting the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Later, explore the Summer Palace and its ornate pavilions. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
Travel to the Great Wall of China at the Mutianyu section. Stretching approximately 4,000 miles and dating back to the Ming period, this startling edifice will stay etched in your memory forever. Visit the Jade Museum where you can buy pieces of this precious stone. In the evening, enjoy a Peking Duck dinner.
This morning visit the Temple of Heaven before your flight to Xian.
Today, enjoy one of the highlights of your trip on a visit to the first emperor's funeral vault to see the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Nothing will prepare you for this incredible display of 8,000 life-sized model warriors, chariots and horses. Visit the Xian Arts and Ceramic Exhibition Centre to see life-sized models of the warriors being made. Later visit the ancient city wall, built in 1378 and surrounding the old city. In the evening, enjoy the Tang Dynasty show, which includes dinner at the Tang Dynasty Palace Theatre & Restaurant.
This morning, fly to Chengdu and journey through the beautiful scenery to Leshan, to see the largest stone Buddha in the world. Carved into a mountain, it is said to date to the Tang Emperor, Tang Xuanzong (713 AD). Return to Chengdu.
This morning will surely be one of the highlights of your tour, a visit to the Panda Base Research Centre. You will have a chance to learn about these wonderful animals, as well as view them up close. The rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast, transfer to the station for your morning train to Chongqing. Upon arrival, visit the old town area before boarding your Victoria ship, for an exciting three night Yangtze River cruise.
Today visit the Shibaozhai Pagoda or the Fengdu Relocation Village.
Another unforgettable day, with a shore visit to Shennong Stream. Also pass through Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and the west section of Xiling Gorge. Your cruise ship will then glide through the dramatic Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock.
Today visit the Three Gorges Dam project, before sailing through the east section of Xiling Gorge. After lunch you will disembark your cruise at Yichang and transfer to the airport for an afternoon flight to Shanghai, where you will spend the next three nights.
Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Shanghai and tour the surreal Yu Yuan Garden, with its Ming Dynasty miniature landscapes, the Shanghai Museum, the Bund and the famous Nanjing Road. Visit a Silk Factory to see the intricate silk-making process and have the opportunity to purchase some silk products. After dinner, enjoy an extraordinary acrobatics show.
Board the bullet train for a day trip to Hangzhou. Set amid verdant greenery alongside West Lake, this 2,000 year-old city was the seat of China's Song emperors and brims with historic relics and natural beauty. Begin with a cruise on West Lake before visiting a tea plantation in the Meijiawu Valley, famed for its Dragon-Well green tea. Enjoy a taste of this renowned tea and learn about its production process. After lunch, stroll on the ancient street of Hefang, visit a traditional Chinese pharmacy and visit the former residence of Hu Xueyan - a fine example of Qing Dynasty architecture. In the evening, return to Shanghai.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Hong Kong.
Accommodation as stated or similar.
A visa is required to travel on this tour. Please refer to www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice prior to departure for the latest requirements and how to apply.
Tipping is an expected element in China's tourism industry. Customarily every passenger pays on arrival to the guide and then it is distributed appropriately between the local guides and drivers. As a guideline we recommend 5- 7 USD per person per day.
Victoria Cruise ship will vary depending on departure date.
Shore excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions. A detailed itinerary will be handed out on the vessel each day. If you do not wish to take part in a shore excursion but you still wish to disembark the cruise ship, there is a mandatory port tax which must be paid by each customer. The port tax amount is approx. USD20-USD30 dollars per person however this amount can vary and for security reasons, it is not always possible to disembark at all ports of call.
Fantastic tour - loads to see and do. Very well organised. Excellent national guide and local guide. Only downside is that many of the trips included a heavy sell of products (tea, jade, silk, paintings, artifacts) and the trip to the jade factory took about 5 hours in total - would have much preferred more time at the actual sights.
An excellent but tiring tour. The tour went smoothly, although there were seven flights, three train journeys and a cruise. This was due mainly by the organisation of our excellent Chinese National Guide, Gary Gao. He was excellent, friendly, caring with an ability to keep thirty people from Britain, Australia and New Zealand together. He had a good sense of humour too. Hotels in the main were excellent. The Beiijing hotel room had a very strong smell of cigarette smoke, a bit off putting for non smokers.this was commented by others too. The regional tour guides were excellent and very enthusiastic about their cities, giving us a lot of information, which tended to be information overload. The first day was hard, lots of walking around Beijing for people with jet lag, not acclimatised to the temperature and humidity. No breaks for drinks were added into the timetable, we had to grab what we could in the short period of 'free time' allowed to have a quick look round the Forbidden City. One lady collapsed. The tour was busy but we saw a lot of China. The extra trips need to be made clear in the brochure. We went to a number of shows which were an excellent way of experiencing Chinese culture. Some of these were extra, but cost around 580 yuen for two people. The cruise down the Yangtze River on the Victoria Katerina was excellent. The cabins were comfortable, we were able to upgrade to a junior suite. The extra talks and trips were good, entertainment provided by a talented crew was also excellent. I think the one down side was Shanghai, comments made by a few people was that it was where we caught the flight home, so a bit of a let down really. The trip to Hangzhou was excellent. The local tour guide 'Stephen' was the worse guide we had. He didn't like the British, strange for a guide for English speaking people. He should have taken us to the airport but left us in the car of the coach driver, to be met by 'Judy' at the airport who was with her young son. Who didn't know her way round the airport to the check in desk. At least she was able to ask. The hotel in Shanghai was well placed but it had no bar/ lounge area, nowhere to sit with our new 'friends' on any evening including the last before we all went our separate ways. The restaurant closed before we arrived back at the hotel, with no dinner arranged or that evening and no local restaurants, Starbucks was suggested as an option. A hotel with better facilities is needed for that last leg of the tour. All in all an excellent tour. People need to be aware that there is a lot of walking and there isn't time to return to the hotel before going out for a lot of the evening events. Full days 7am to 10pm.
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