Your China travel itinerary:
Day 1: Beijing
Fly from the UK to Beijing.
Days 2 - 4: Beijing
<p>Meet your group over a delicious roast duck dinner then tour the sights of Beijing, including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven, where you might spot the locals practising calligraphy or tai chi. Walk along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, taking in the spectacular views of the wall snaking into the distant mountains. At over 6000 kilometres long, the wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Lake in the west and is deservedly a World Heritage Site. Back in town, take an informative stroll around Beijing’s hutong backstreets. </p>
Days 5 - 7: Xi'an
<p>Take the overnight train to Xi’an and cycle along the ancient city walls, 14 kilometres long and about 12 metres wide, a great way to get an overview of the area. It takes about two hours to do the full loop, assuming you’ll hop on and off to take pictures and soak up the sights. Explore the markets and food stalls of the Muslim Quarter, and try some of the delicious local foods (watch out – it can be spicy!). Learn about the famous terracotta warriors, an army of stern-faced stone soldiers protecting the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and built over 2000 years ago.</p>
<p>Fly to Guilin and head on to the pretty village of Yue Luo Wan, a traditional village where chickens roam the streets, surrounded by rice paddies and towering karst mountains covered in thick forest. You’ll stay overnight in a simple, yet friendly guesthouse, which gives a fascinating insight into life in a rural Chinese community and where your hosts will welcome you with open arms and regale you with tales of their lives in China. Later on, join your guide for an orientation walk around the village. </p>
Days 9 - 10: Yangshuo
<p>Trek through the rice fields, villages and orchards to Yangshuo, and enjoy a relaxing cruise on the tranquil Li River at sunset, surrounded by picturesque karst scenery. Along the way, keep an eye out for water buffalos and fishermen cruising aboard bamboo rafts. Take a cycling trip through the landscape and the spectacular Dragon River area, then grab your wok and head off to cookery school. Here, have a go at creating the tasty local cuisine yourself, then sit down and feast on the fruits of your efforts.</p>
Days 11 - 12: Shanghai
<p>Fly to Shanghai and take a stroll along the Bund, admiring the futuristic skyline and the Huangpu River stretching out before you. You’ll have free time to explore on your own – you could visit the peaceful Yuyan Gardens, 400 years old and filled with pavilions, ponds and flowers. If you’re lucky you might catch a tea ceremony here. Alternatively you could investigate the Shanghai Museum, filled with Chinese art and artefacts from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. In the evening, treat yourself to a Chinese acrobatic show, with impressive balancing, contorting, tight-rope walking and gymnastics on display (optional, extra cost).</p>
Days 13 - 14:
Depart Shanghai and return to the UK.
Hotels on this China holiday:
- Beijing - 4* Dong Fang Hotel or similar
- Xi'an - nights at a comfort-level hotel
- - night at a comfort-level hotel
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Day 1:Fly from the UK to Beijing.
Days 2–4: BeijingTouch down in Beijing and discover the city’s charms, from its most famous landmark at Tiananmen Square to the fascinating history of the Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace. Watch the locals practising Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven, visit the Ming Tombs, burial place of 13 emperors, and walk the epic Great Wall of China, a truly spectacular piece of engineering in a stunning mountain setting not too far from the city. Spend the evening tucking in to a plate of succulent roast duck before enjoying a lively performance of Chinese Opera.
3 nights at the 5* Raffles Beijing
Private Great Wall, Ming Tombs & Roast Duck Dinner tour
Private Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Panda Hall, Summer Palace & Beijing Opera Show tour
Days 5–6: Xi’anFly on to Xi’an, once the eastern terminus of the Silk Road. This was China’s capital for 13 dynasties and it’s unsurprisingly full of history, with ruins, museums and relics to be explored. Today it is a modern city but retains pockets of the traditional, particularly in the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and within the ancient city walls. The fortifications are the world’s largest - 12m high and 18m wide at their base, and 15m wide on top - wide enough to ride a bike on the top, a popular pastime. Take in the spectacle of a Tang Dynasty show or perhaps visit the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. Let’s not forget Xi’an’s star attraction, the Terracotta Warriors, an army of clay soldiers created around 2200 years ago.
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Tang Dynasty Show & Dinner with private transfers
Private Terracotta Warriors, Huaqing Hot Springs, Banpo Neolithic Village & Dumpling Dinner tour
Days 7–9: ShanghaiWelcome to Shanghai, a symbol of modern China. Cruise along the Huangpu River before soaking up the city sights on a walking tour. Be sure to take a stroll along The Bund’s promenade and admire the French and Art Deco style architecture, as well as the iconic skyline, most striking when lit up at night. Treat yourself to some fabulous Cantonese food, browse the markets for souvenirs and discover the history of this shiny, glamourous city.
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Huangpu River Cruise with private transfers – 6:00pm
Half-day private Shanghai Walking Tour – 8:30am
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