Combining the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian with the majestic sights of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and extraordinary landscapes of the Li River, this tour showcases China's most glorious highlights.
Days 1-2: Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the Paris of the East.
Days 3-4: Explore Shanghai
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th century temples. Start with a visit to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai's sleep water towns. Afterwards see the antiquities of the Shanghai Museum and the Silk Museum before admiring the magnificent architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening enjoy a meal of Shanghai cuisine. The next day, visit the peaceful Yu Gardens and wander the bustling streets of the Old Town and visit the Silk Museum. View the city at night from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
Day 5: Fly to Guilin
Fly to the scenic city of Guilin. Visit the Seven Star Park which is not only home to two Giant Pandas but also has beautiful scenery to stroll through. The South China Pearl Museum covers the fascinating 1700 year history of pearling in the South China Sea with displays and demonstrations. There are also beautiful pieces available to buy.
Day 6: Li River Cruise
Take a relaxed cruise along the Li River to charming village of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalo and local fishermen.
Day 7: Yangshuo
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of jewel-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Spend the morning exploring the countryside before having an afternoon at leisure. There are many activities available including cycling, rafting, and walking though you may prefer to relax in the town. In the evening see the famous cormorant fishermen.
Day 8: Fly to Xian
Fly to ancient Xian. Tonight feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 9: Terracotta Warriors
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life sized warrior. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian's old town.
Day 10: Explore Xian, train to Beijing
Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, then, board the bullet train to Beijing, the capital of China.
Day 11: Forbidden City
Heading to Beijing's symbolic heart, stroll across Tiananmen Square and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Round off the day with an evening Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 12: Great Wall of China
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight - the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit a Jade Museum where you can understand the delicate process of carving this stone. In the afternoon savour the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander amongst traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture.
Day 13: Temple of Heaven
Enjoy a fascinating rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs and soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in, a dance class. This evening, relish Beijing's best known delicacy - Peking Duck.
Day 14: Fly Beijing to UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
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