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An enthralling experience of buzzing Shanghai boulevards, Beijing rickshaw rides and the historic landmarks of imperial dynasties. Stand on the Great Wall of China, peer down at the Terracotta Army of the first emperor and glimpse sedate rural life on the Longji Rice Terraces.
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
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Welcome to Shanghai, China's largest city and centre of trade.
Sightseeing today starts with a walking tour of the French Concession. Next, visit beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, a place of peace and tranquillity in this bustling city followed by a stroll along the Bund. You will also visit a Silk Museum. In the evening, enjoy a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face to face.
Visit the ancient water town of Zhouzhuang and take a leisurely stroll to soak up the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Return to Shanghai by Bullet Train and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
Today, fly to Guilin. On arrival, visit the colourful Reed Flute Caves, home to multi-coloured stalagmites and stalactites. Next, take a walk up Moon Hills for views of Guilin's stunning scenery before visiting a Pearl Museum to learn about the South China Sea pearling industry.
Take a full-day excursion to the scenic Longji Rice Terraces. The terraces are also known as the ‘Dragon’s Backbone’ due to the terraced rice fields resembling the scales of a dragon’s back. Take a walk through these delightful fields, passing local people and villages to glimpse China’s rural life. Return to Guilin this late afternoon.
Take a half-day cruise down the picturesque Li River which snakes through limestone pinnacles and rice fields. Spend some free time in Yangshuo before returning to Guilin.
Today, fly to Xi'an, the former ancient capital. This evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal, followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi'an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China's first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. Later, visit a ceramic and lacquerware and take a walking tour through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets.
Today, visit the ancient city wall before boarding your bullet train to Beijing, capital of China.
Start your morning at the Lama Temple, the second largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in China, to learn about the importance of Buddhism in China's history. Next, take a rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs before enjoying a calligraphy lesson. Have lunch with a local family to learn more about the traditional life of the Beijing locals. This afternoon and evening, enjoy free time in the Houhai district, also known as the "Back Lake," home to a myriad of restaurants and bars.
The Great Wall of China once stretched 6,000 kilometres across China's barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a unique section of the wall that sits on the banks of a resevoir. Take a small boat ride and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Stop at a Jade Museum before returning to Beijing to tour the exquisite Summer Palace, which was constructed as a place of rest and relaxation for ancient royal families, and today serves the same purpose for locals and tourists alike. Tonight, enjoy an amazing Chinese acrobat show.
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tian'anmen Square past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum and to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it was home to emperors as well as the centre of politics. Also, visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Your evening meal features the local delicacy: Peking duck.
Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning.
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.
On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.
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