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China Discovery (20 days)

Beijing-Xi’an-Chengdu-Guilin-Yangshuo-Guangzhou-Shanghai-Suzhou-Zhouzhuang-Zhujiajiao

Day 1. Arrive Beijing
Arriving at Beijing airport our China representative will be at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Today tour begins with a visit the favourite haunt of the Empress Dowager, the Summer Palace. Walking in this veritable museum of classical Chinese garden architecture, where the royal family could relax away from the formal ceremony of the court, is a pleasant experience. There are a number of pavilions as well as the Long Corridor, now a popular place for people to spend the day. (L)

Day 2. Beijing
Today we will visit some of the contrasting sights of Beijing, our capital city. Our first stop will be at Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Dominating the north side of the square is the massive red Tian’anmen Gate through which we will pass into the fabled Forbidden City and another age, where we will see the home of the members of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch we will visit the imposing Temple of Heaven where the Emperor came each year to intercede with the Gods for a good and plentiful harvest. To round off a memorable start to your tour, we will enjoy a Beijing Duck Dinner at the famous, century-old Quan Ju De restaurant followed by a fascinating performance of Peking Opera. (B+L+D)K

Day 3. Beijing
Today we will visit the Badaling Great Wall where you will have the opportunity to not only see one of the most impressive sections of the Great Wall of China but also take a walk along it. After lunch you will visit the Sacred Way with its fabulous stone animals. The way leads to the Ming Tombs in the shadow of Longevity Mountain. A visit to the Underground Palace of Dingling will allow you to see imperial coffins, burial artifacts and treasures. (B+L)

Day 4: Beijing
Today we visit a different part of Great Wall at Mutianyu. Return to Beijing & afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 5 Beijing-Xi’an
This morning transfer to airport for your flight to to the former capital city Xi’an. Pick up & transfer to hotel. Today we visit the ancient Xi’an City Wall (14th century) one of the most important city walls in China, Muslim Street for all the local shops & markets, The Great Mosque & the Forest of Stone Tablets museum.The museum, which is housed in the Temple of Confucius, has the largest collection of its kind in China with over 3,000 inscribed stone steles. To celebrate your arrival in Xi’an you will enjoy a local speciality, the Dumpling Dinner, a popular meal often taken to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. (B+L+D).

Day 6: Xi’an
Following breakfast in the hotel, we will set out for another highlight of your tour, the Terracotta Warriors Museum. The thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. After lunch, we will visit the Provincial History Museum which has the richest collection of artifacts in China. For the last visit of the afternoon we will go to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The square, seven-storey pagoda was built in 652 AD and is a fine example of Tang Dynasty Buddhist architecture. Tonight, dinner will be at the famous Tang Dynasty Palace for the deluxe Tang Dynasty Dinner Show where fine food and spectacular entertainment bring another outstanding day to a close. (B+L+D)

Day 7: Xi'an-Chengdu
Transfer to airport for your flight to Chengdu, pick up & transfer to your hotel. Today we visit the famous Giant Panda Breeding Research centre, Wenshu Temple, The Tomb of Wang Jian & Peoples Park etc. Lunch at local restaurant. (B+L)

Day 8: Chengdu
A full day visit to the Emei Shan. Lunch at local restaurant. (B+L)

Day 9: Chengdu-Guilin
Transfer to airport for your flight to Guilin, pick up & transfer to hotel. Today we visit the Reed Flute Cave, named after the reeds used in the manufacture of flutes that grow near it. The cave system has a stunning array of natural limestone formations that are made all the more impressive by the clever use of coloured lighting. Then visit Elephant Trunk Hill, as its name implies a quite remarkable example of the hand of nature upon the landscape. (B+L)

Day 10: Guilin-Yangshuo
After breakfast, take a short drive to join a cruise that will take you on a voyage of discovery along the Li River. The river wends its way through the unique scenery of Karsts (limestone mountains) that have strange and fabulous shapes. Admire the shapes and try to guess their names - Crown Rock, Conch Hill, Jade Lotus Peak and Snow Lion Peak are just a few while enjoying lunch on board. Finally arrive at Yangshuo and check at hotel in town. (B+L)

Day 11: Yangshuo-Guilin
Today we visit the Moon Hill and the Big Banyan Tree etc. In the afternoon we drive back to Guilin & transfer to hotel. (B)

Day 12: Guilin- Guangzhou (Canton)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Guangzhou, pick up & transfer to hotel. Today tour includes Dr. Sun Yatsen's Memorial Hall, Memorial Garden to the 72 Martyrs, the Five-Ram Statue and Chen Family Temple, Pearl River, etc. (B+L)

Day 13: Guangzhou- Shanghai
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai. Pick up & transfer to hotel. Tonight see the famous Portman Acrobatic Show in the evening. (B)

Day 14: Shanghai
Shanghai is a city that must be seen to be appreciated. You will see something of its history at the Shanghai Museum on People’s Square with its fine collection of cultural relics. Then we will visit the Yuyuan Garden. Laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rock gardens. Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores that sell traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Next comes The Bund, one of the most famous thoroughfares in China and here you will see a collection of buildings dating from the 1930’s displaying their western influence and fulfilling the role of the commercial heart of Shanghai. This evening dinner is at the famous Seagull Palace, which allows you to enjoy gourmet food while appreciating the fascinating view of both the old Bund and the new Shanghai. After dinner a walk on the Bund to see the night scene along the river. (B+L+D)

Day 15: Shanghai-Suzhou
This morning drive to Suzhou & transfer to hotel. Suzhou is famous as the city of beautiful gardens (see the picture feature below) and today our tour includes the Couples Garden and the Blue Wave Pavilion (B+L)

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Day 16: Suzhou
Full day tour to the Humble Administrator’s Garden, the Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Lingering Garden. (B+L)

Day 17: Suzhou-Zhouzhuang-Shanghai
This morning drive to Zhouzhuang, a beuatiful old 'water town' full of canals, alleyways, and bridges. Our town tour includes Zhang's residence & Shen's Residence, South Lake Garden etc. After lunch a canal boat tour & shopping among the canalside shops before driving back to Shanghai in the late afternoon. Arrive Shanghai & transfer to your hotel. (B+L)

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Day 18: Shanghai
Free at leisure for your exploration or shopping. (B)

Day 19: Shanghai-Zhujiajiao
Day trip to this ancient water-town which has a history of over 1700 years. Unique old bridges cross bubbling streams and canals, and ancient houses with their quiet courtyards are a world away from the bustle of the city. Drive back to Shanghai in the late afternoon.(B+L)

Day 20: Shanghai-Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight to UK. (B)


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Forbidden City
Forbidden City
The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Summer Palace, Beijing
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Terracotta Army, Xi'an
Chengdu Pandas
Chengdu Pandas
Guilin
Guilin
Shanghai Bund
Shanghai Bund
Suzhou
Suzhou
Zhouzhiang
Zhouzhiang
Zhujiajiao
Zhujiajiao
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