Travel 2 Touring 18/19

NIGHTS STAYED

1

ASIA

LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Juyongguan (Great Wall)

Beijing

3

1

CHINA

Xian

LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

2

Shanghai

3

Zhujiajiao

1

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED

INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Explore the vibrant city of Shanghai • Step back in time strolling through Zhujiajiao water town • Visit the site of the terracotta warriors, monumental in scale • Wander around the Forbidden City, the largest palace complex in the world • Walk along the magnificent Great Wall of China 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

ESCORTED TOUR PRICES FROM £1789pp

Day 1: Arrive Shanghai Arrive in the exuberant city of Shanghai, called ‘the Paris of the East’. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture. Day 2: Shanghai Shanghai is China’s great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th Century temples. Today’s explorations include the traditional Yu Garden, the Silk Factory and a stop in the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Dinner is traditional Shanghainese cuisine. (BLD) Day 3: Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town’s narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Return to Shanghai to enjoy the fine arts and antiquities of the Shanghai Museum, and explore People’s Square. (BLD) Day 4: Shanghai - Xian Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. This afternoon take a visit to the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda and spend time walking through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. (BLD) Day 5: Xian 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 warriors. See the Xian Art Ceramics and Laquer Workshop, and later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th Century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (BLD) Day 7: Xian - Beijing Fly to Beijing, China’s historical capital city. Enjoy a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs and have dinner with a local family. In the evening, there is an option to enjoy a Kung Fu Show. (BLD) 9 day A China Experience Shanghai • Zhujiajiao • Xian • Beijing

Day 7: Beijing Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart and stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Later, 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. See a Chinese acrobatic show this evening. The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If your visit falls on a Monday, your touring will be switched around to an alternative day. (BLD) Day 8: Beijing 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. You will have an opportunity to visit the Jade Factory, where you will be able to buy a small handcrafted piece. Jade is revered throughout China, it is said to bring fortune and prosperity to those who wear it. Spend the afternoon strolling through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today’s sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing’s most recognized delicacy – Peking duck. (BLD) Day 9: Depart Beijing Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

TOUR DETAILS

£1789 per person

PRICES FROM:

PRICES INCLUDE • 8 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels • Meals as specified: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned vehicle • English-speaking National Escort (subject to minimum 10 passengers) and Local Guides • Internal flights, airport transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary • Visa fees for UK and EU passport holders PRICES EXCLUDE • Tipping paid locally RMB 400 DEPARTURES 2019: Mar 3, 17, 24, 31; Apr 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; Jun 2, 23; Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22; Oct 6, 13, 20; Nov 17, 24 2020: Feb 2; Mar 1, 15, 22, 29; Apr 5, 12, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Jun 29; Jul 12, 26; Aug 9, 23, 30; Sep 6, 13, 20; Oct 4, 11, 18; Nov 15, 22

TOUR STYLE: Escorted (Classic)

GROUP SIZE: Max 29

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 4 star

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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