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In Beijing, explore the Forbidden City and walk on the mighty Great Wall. Head to Xi'an, an eternal city and heartland of the ancient dynasties to admire the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. Find tranquillity in the untouched landscapes of Guilin & Yangshuo, on the Li River. Finally, let Shanghai amaze you with its mix of new and old, as you visit the highlights of the city.
DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND FROM THE LATEST TRAVELZOO CAMPAIGN, WE HAVE ADDED THE FOLLOWING OFFER DATES:
2 AND 18 JUNE 2019
17 SEPTEMBER 2019
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All departure dates are for private tours except 10 May, 2 June, 4 June, 18 June, 25 August, 17, 22 September, 1 October 2019 which will be in a group.
*Possibility of booking optional excursions in the next step of the booking. Please note that all additional optional excursions which are not selected at time of booking must be requested before final payment is made at least 30 days before departure.
**You have the option to purchase travel insurance in the next step of the booking process.
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Visa (mandatory), entrances not mentioned on the itinerary, drinks, tips* and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Tips to Guide & Driver (Suggestion 5USD per day per person).
Arrive at your UK departure airport, ready to board your flight to Beijing. Night on board.
Arrive in Beijing, the enormous capital of China, famed for its ancient sites such as the iconic Forbidden City, and as being the gateway to some of the most visited portions of the Great Wall. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Beijing.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Beijing at your leisure, visiting the sights or delving into the fabulous cuisine. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the Temple of Heaven or to the Hutong district.* Overnight stay in Beijing.
*Optional Temple of Heaven: Enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Price per person: £51
*Optional Hutong Excursion: Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride. Hutong refers to the narrow terraced streets made up of charming courtyard garden houses. You have the opportunity to enter a local home and enjoy a home-made dumpling lunch. Finally head to Wangfujing Street, with free time for shopping. Price per person: £76
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a tour of the most important sights of Beijing including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square, famed for being the location of the 1989 student demonstration which led to the deaths of a number civilians. Head to the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex and home to the former Imperial Chinese Palace for the years spanning from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. It is the world's most visited attractions and showcases immaculate Chinese design and architecture. Afterwards, visit a traditional Chinese Medicine Centre, for an insight into this ancient practice. Finally, explore the Summer Palace, a former imperial garden from the Qing era. It is home to a vast array of palaces, landscaped gardens and sparkling lakes. Bask in the natural beauty of your surroundings. Return to your hotel. We recommend an optional Dinner and Red Theater Kung Fu Show.* Overnight stay in Beijing.
*Optional Dinner and Red Theater Kung Fu Show: Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show alongside a delicious dinner. Price per person: £51.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. The Juyongguan section is the most visited part of the wall and is the best representation of the former splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of unimaginable length, the wall can be seen from space. On the way, admire the countryside and stop at an impressive Jade Workshop, where artisans work with this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you have a minimum of two-hours to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Lunch Return to Beijing and stop at the famous Olympic Park, where you can admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre. Transfer to the hotel and in the evening enjoy a Beijing Roast Duck Dinner. We recommend an optional Golden Mask Show, a beautiful cultural performance.* Overnight stay.
*Optional Golden Mask Show: Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells the story of a queen, who wears a golden mask, and creates a splendid dynasty. It is a fabulous insight into China's history and arts. Price per person: £51.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for an exciting Bullet Train journey to Xian. Arrive and check-in to the hotel. Afterwards, visit the South Gate Old City Wall, which is the most complete city wall to have survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Continue to visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time there. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Tang Dynasty Show & Dinner for an evening of entertainment.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.
*Optional Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater with Dinner: Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with fabulous music and dancing from the era of the Tang Dynasty, China's golden age. The show is a unique way to get to know the historical culture of the ancient city of Xi'an, whilst enjoying a traditional Chinese dinner. Price per person: £51.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover one of China's most iconic sights as you enjoy a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Approximately 8,000 sculpted figures were buried alongside Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and today you can see this once in a lifetime sight for yourself. Each figure is impressively crafted and unique. Be blown away by the intricacy and the sheer number of the figures as you learn about their significance. Also visit the local Terracotta Factory and the Yanyuan Art Museum, to learn about the ancient art of Chinese Calligraphy, and even try it out for yourself. In the evening enjoy a delicious Dumpling Banquet for dinner. Overnight stay in Xi'an.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, spend the day at your leisure to explore Xi'an further. We recommend an optional excursion to Mount Huashan, one of China's 5 Sacred Taoist Mountains.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.
*Optional Mount Huashan Excursion: Discover sacred Mount Huashan on a full-day excursion, a mountain very significant to Taoist beliefs. Enjoy the fantastic views on a cable car ride and learn about the history and beliefs surrounding this beautiful natural wonder. Price per person: £153.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Guilin, located in the south of China and famous for its stunning limestone hills or karsts and dramatic natural landscapes. Upon arrival, pay a visit to a local Pearl Factory and explore unique Elephant Trunk Hill, a trunk shaped rock which extends into the river. Transfer to the hotel and overnight stay in Guilin. We recommend an optional Dinner and Four Lake Night Cruise with Cormorant Fishing Show*
*Dinner and Four Lake Night Cruise with Cormorant Fishing Show: Downtown Guilin lights up at night, and the best way to enjoy its beauty is to take a night cruise around the city’s Four Lakes scenic area. Watch the Cormarant Show. Enjoy panoramic views of the city’s multicoloured nighttime skyline and enjoy a Cormorant Fishing Show. Price per person: £51.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, exploring the landscapes and lakes by boat or visiting the various pagodas. We recommend an optional excursion to Longji Terrace Fields, a stunning series of rice terraces.* Overnight stay in Guilin.
Optional Longji Terrace Fields Excursion: Transfer to Longsheng to visit the Longji Rice Terraces, impressively built into the hillsides. Enjoy the amazing landscape and phenomenal views before visiting the local Yao & Zhuang villages for an insight into rural life in China. Price per person: £117.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head to the Yangshuo region, and enjoy a boat cruise on the Li River to admire the landscape which unfolds itself like a scroll of Chinese ink painting. Afterwards, head to the natural wonders of Moon Hill & Big Banyan Tree which has survived the wind and rain over the centuries since it was planted nearly 1500 years ago. Walk along West Street and enjoy the bustling atmosphere. Return to the hotel and in the evening we recommend an optional Dinner and Liusanjie Impression Show, performed in the landscape of the Li River.* Overnight stay in Yangshuo.
*Optional Dinner and Liusanjie Impression Show: Admire the unbelievable beauty of the Li River at night as it is lit up in an Impression Light Show. The waters of the Li River set the stage and a dozen beautifully lit rock formations form a natural backdrop. Dinner included. Price per person: £51.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai, the global financial hub which sits on China's central coast. Transfer to the hotel and after rest a while, take a walking tour of Nanjing road and the Bund neighbourhood to get to know Shanghai's diverse neighbourhoods. Return to the hotel and in the evening you have the option to enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise with Dinner.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.
*Optional Dinner and Huangpu River Cruise: View the city's skyline from the comfort of the river cruiser as you enjoy an evening of spectacular views and traditional Chinese cuisine. Price per person: £61.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a full day visit of the highlights of Shanghai. Step back in time in the charming traditional Yu Garden, learn about the city's history at the Shanghai Museum, and see the modern side of the city. Visit an authentic Silk Factory to discover how this coveted fabric is manufactured. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Dinner & Acrobatic show this evening.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.
*Optional Acrobatic Show & Dinner: Experience one of the world's oldest performing arts as you are immersed in an evening of culture and entertainment. Price per person: £56.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, shopping, exploring the city's sights or simply relaxing in one of the city parks. We recommend an optional excursion to the water town of Zhujiajiao.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.
*Optional Zhujiajiao Excursion: Visit the beautiful Water Town of Zhujiajiao and enjoy a boat cruise. Feel like you have stepped back in time as you admire the charm of this ancient town. Afterwards, visit the French Concession and Tianzifang area in Shanghai, a modern leisure area with many interesting coffee shops. Price per person: £117.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, shopping in one of the many shopping centres, strolling around colonial Bund or sampling the street food. We recommend an optional visit to Suzhou.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.
*Optional Suzhou Gardens Tour with Boat Ride: Visit the water town of Suzhou to admire the canals, bridges and classical gardens with lunch included. Visit the most charming sights such as the Garden of Master of Nets and visit the Suzhou Museum, which houses numerous ancient relics. Also, enjoy a boat trip on the Pingjiang River in the old part of the city. Price per person: £128.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK. Night on board.
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