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Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm

Inspirational China At Christmas

Asia
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUSSXLCHI

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
  • 4 star hotel
  • Excursions: 6

​From the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to the Terracotta Army and the giant panda, this is China all wrapped up in one unforgettable Christmas adventure.

From the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to the Terracotta Army and the giant panda, this is China all wrapped up in one unforgettable Christmas adventure.

PRICE FROM ? £2999 per person
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What's Included

  • ​​Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Heathrow with Air China
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 10 nights full board in 4 & 5-star hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 29 meals: 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • Welcome drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Summer Palace
  • Beijing sightseeing
  • Great Wall including a cable-car excursion
  • Xian city walls
  • Han Tombs visit
  • Terracotta Warriors
  • Small Wild Goose Pagoda & traditional dumpling making
  • Chengdu tea ceremony
  • Leshan Giant Buddha and boat ride
  • Panda Breeding Research Centre
  • Shanghai sightseeing
  • Shanghai Acrobats show
  • Cruise along the Huangpu River​

Not Included

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 UK to Beijing
  • ​We'll fly to Beijing today, arriving on day 2.​
  • DAY 2 Beijing
  • ​Beijing is an exceptional city, a huge sprawling metropolis bursting with ancient history and contemporary culture. Our introduction to Beijing starts with a visit to the Temple of Heaven before we return to the hotel for the evening.
  • DAY 3 Beijing
  • ​We discover more of Beijing today on our full-day city tour. At the heart of Beijing is Tiananmen Square, a site of huge cultural and political significance, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and the Gate of Heavenly Peace. We will also visit the Forbidden City, where you will have time to marvel at the Imperial Palace before we continue to the Summer Palace, a former royal garden, set in beautiful grounds which can be explored and discovered.
  • DAY 4 Great Wall
  • ​Yonghe Lamasery is a renowned Lama temple, housing a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddha as well as Tibetan-style murals. We will visit the temple this morning. At Mutianyu we have the opportunity to visit the Great Wall. One of the best ways to appreciate its might is from above and we'll take a cable car to the top for wonderful views of this remarkable structure and the surrounding landscape. As a fitting finale to this great day, we will enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner this evening.​
  • DAYS 5 & 6 Xian
  • ​We'll fly to Xian and visit the Han Tombs, the resting place of hundreds of terracotta figurines and animals buried with the fourth emperor of the Han Dynasty. Our journey continues as we head towards the beautifully preserved city wall, before transferring to our hotel.

    Xian, often referred to as the 'city of eternal peace', was once the flourishing capital of China. It is here that the first Qin emperor was interred in 200BC with at least 6,000 life-size terracotta figures. We will see this remarkable sight on the morning of day 6. In the afternoon we head to the magnificent Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was established in 684 AD.

    After time to explore we continue to our next destination for a completely different experience. Dumplings are a staple food in Chinese cuisine and this afternoon you will have the chance to make some with the guidance of an expert. Keeping to the theme we will gather this evening, Christmas Eve, for a traditional dumpling dinner. Later, join us on our optional excursion to the Tang Dynasty folklore show​.

  • DAYS 7 & 8 Christmas Day/Boxing Day Chengdu
  • ​It's Christmas Day and we're going to fly to Chengdu. Jinli Street is one of the city's main streets – here you can see and sample local delicacies and visit traditional tea houses and silk workshops. During our visit on Christmas Day we'll head into one of the tea houses for a refreshing cup of jasmine tea. 
    Leshan is a must-see location thanks to its wonderful verdant scenery and the famous Leshan Giant Buddha that casts his gaze over the Minjiang & Qingjiang rivers. The Buddha here is the tallest in the world and was carved out of the cliff by a monk of the Tang Dynasty around 713 AD. We'll see it on Boxing Day during a tour that also includes a boat ride to give us an alternative view of the statue. We will also see the structure from the top of the mountain and visit the nearby Lingyun temple.
  • DAY 9 Chengdu/Shanghai
  • ​Chengdu Panda Breeding Research Centre is a highly regarded facility that helps to protect the rare giant panda and we will visit it this morning.

    In the afternoon we fly to Shanghai. Why not join an optional tour to discover this magnificent city by night. As the natural light fades the landmarks are illuminated against the night sky.

  • DAY 10 Shanghai
  • Shanghai is the fastest-developing city in China, with a rich history embedded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and we'll discover more on today's included tour. At its heart is the Huangpu River, with its constant and extraordinary stream of water traffic. We'll also see the Bund, the city's riverside boulevard, which is lined with magnificent former colonial buildings.

    The labyrinth of streets in the Old Town form a stark contrast with modern Nanjing Road. We'll see the ancient Wu Xing Ting Teahouse, the classic Yu Yuan Gardens and the beautiful Jade Buddha Temple.

    By night, Shanghai is a culinary delight, with all sorts of local and international food on offer and plenty of exciting entertainment. Tonight, we also include a ticket to a thrilling Shanghai Acrobats show.

  • DAY 11 Shanghai
  • In the afternoon of day 11 we include a scenic cruise through Shanghai along the Huangpu River. As we sail towards the East Sea we will enjoy a fantastic view of the Bund and the city's spectacular skyline.

    Nanjing Road is awash with sparkling shopping malls and boutiques selling all manner of goods, and we will head here later to spend some time at leisure.

    In the evening we will gather as a group for dinner before an overnight stay in Shanghai.

  • DAY 12 Shanghai to UK
  • ​Today you will transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK, arriving later the same day.
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Accommodation

    • Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town
    • The Crowne Plaza U-Town Beijing is situated directly next to Beijing U-Town, which is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, making it perfect for relaxing and entertainment. Other hotel amenities include an indoor pool, fitness centre, bar and Hopfenstube German restaurant.
      Rooms are furnished with private bathrooms, minibar, air-conditioning and flat-screen TV.
    • Grand Park Xian
    • The 5-star Grand Park Xian is a comfortable hotel in a convenient location. It's just a short walk away from the beautiful south gate of the city wall, and close to the bustling shops of the city centre.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, cafe, fitness centre and a games room. Bedrooms have private facilities, hairdryer and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
    • Tianfu Sunshine Hotel
    • The 4-star Tianfu Sunshine in Chengdu is located in the downtown area of the city.

      Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and Wi-Fi. Bedrooms have private facilities and air-conditioning.
    • Shanghai New Jinjiang Tower
    • Jinjiang Tower Is located in the Huaihai Road Central Business District Shanghai Jin Jiang Toer close to Xin Tian Di and People''s Square. The hotel features include an indoor swimming pool, health club, eight restaurants of which Semillon Café is a buffet restaurant which serves lunch and dinner and is open 24 hours, Semillon Lounge which is a pub that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Le Fun which serves lunch and dinner, J-Show which serves lunch and dinner, Exquisite bocuse which serves again lunch and dinner, meeting facilities, 24-hour front helpdesk and concierge services. Rooms are equipped with satellite televisions, minibar, in-room safe, bathrobes, slippers and complimentary toiletries.
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Optional Excursions

  • ​Xian Tang Dynasty show
  • Chengdu face-changing show
  • Shanghai by night​
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Further Information

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