A China Experience

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Walk the ramparts of the 4,000-mile Great Wall, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Explore the stone bridges, narrow cobblestone streets and wooden waterside homes of an ancient water town before discovering the cultural riches of cosmopolitan Shanghai. Gaze down at Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors, discover the city's Muslim heritage and be enthralled at an acrobat show on this China experience of epic scale and fascination.

Highlights
  • Wuzhen Explore this ancient water town, which was built around a series of canals over 1,300 years ago
  • Shanghai Museum Browse its vast collection of superb antiquities and fine arts
  • Terracotta Warriors Enter the first emperor's funeral vault to see these remarkable 2,000-year-old sculptures
  • Tiananmen Square Stand in the largest public square in the world
  • Forbidden City The imperial palace residence for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties
  • Great Wall of China Walk a section of one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Destinations
  • China
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Singles
Departure Points
  • London Heathrow

Day 1: Depart UK

Day 2: Shanghai
On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.
Welcome to Shanghai, China’s largest city and centre of trade. Join your tour director and travelling companions for dinner this evening.

Day 3: Shanghai including Wuzhen Canal Town
Visit the ancient water town of Wuzhen and take a leisurely stroll to soak up the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Home to an intricate system of canals, stone bridges, wooden waterside homes, and narrow cobblestone streets, Wuzhen is renowned for its old world charm and picturesque setting, as well as an abundance of local handicrafts. Return to Shanghai and enjoy a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine.

Day 4: Shanghai
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, a place of peace and tranquillity in this bustling city. Visit the Shanghai Museum, where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on display. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture, and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920s-style Shikumen buildings. 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.

Day 5: Shanghai - Xi'an
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.

Day 6: Xi'an
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. We also walk along the ancient city wall of Xi’an and visit a ceramic and lacquerware factory.

Day 7: Xi'an - Beijing
Today, visit the renowned Shaanxi history museum, home to thousands of cultural relics in bronze, terracotta, gold and silver. Later, take a walking tour through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Beijing, capital of China.

Day 8: Beijing
Sightseeing today includes a walk through Tiananmen 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 and enjoy an amazing Chinese acrobat show in the evening.

Day 9: Beijing
An unforgettable day travelling to the Great Wall of China, One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Wall stretches approximately 4,000 miles and is a spectacular sight you'll be sure never to forget. Visit the Jade Museum where you will have the opportunity to purchase bits of this precious stone. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace. Your evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Day 10: Beijing - UK
Your tour ends today with breakfast this morning
Transfer to the airport today for your flight back to the UK.

  • Total meals included: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

Prices for sole occupancy are available on request

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Meals:8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners
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