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Grand Tour Of China

Asia
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TLEGKCGT

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Air
Embark on a ‘grand tour’ of China, witnessing the diverse culture and fascinating history of Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing and more.
PRICE FROM ? £2899 per person
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Itinerary

14 Day Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Beijing Airport.

  • Day 2 - Beijing

    Arrive in Beijing where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

    Beijing, Jing for short, is a metropolis in northern China and the capital of the country. Lying 70 mi (102 km) west of the Bohai Sea, it borders Hebei Province to the north, west, south, and a small section in the east, and Tianjin to the southeast. This city is a major transportation hub, with dozens of railways, roads and motorways passing through. It is also the destination of many international flights arriving in China, and is regarded as the political, educational and cultural centre of the country.

    With a history of more than 3000 years, it has been an integral part of China's past. There is scarcely a major building that doesn't have at least some national historical significance. Being the capital of China for around 850 years, it is one of the four Great Ancient Capitals of China, and offers a wonderful array of attractions. No other city in the nation attracts more travellers!

  • Day 3 - Beijing

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour at around 9:00 a.m. Firstly, we will visit the Tiananmen Square that witnessed the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Tiananmen Square is of one the world’s most impressive public plazas and stands at the centre of Beijing. Then walk to visit the Forbidden City and explore the halls and gardens of the largest ancient palatial structure in the world, the best preserved imperial palace in China, and a site of great historical importance (excl. exhibitions).

    Enjoy lunch at an authentic Beijing flavor restaurant and after, visit the Temple of Heaven, where emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) held the heaven worship ceremony. Finally, we will enjoy the tea ceremony and taste Chinese tea in an authentic tea house.

    We finish the tour and get back to our hotel at around 17:00 p.m.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 4 - The Great Wall of China

    After breakfast, you will be met by your guide at around 8:00 a.m. and taken to the Great Wall of Mutianyu section (about a 1.5 hour drive). The Mutianyu Great Wall is one of the best-preserved and well-known Great Wall sections. It has breathtaking scenery but less tourists.

    We will then visit Cloisonné Factory. Cloisonné, French for 'cell', is where thin wires are applied to form raised barriers, which contain different areas of enamel applied above the original metal form. An ancient metalworking technique, it is a multi-step enamel process used to produce jewellery, vases and other decorative items.

    Lunch will be allocated in a local Chinese restaurant in the wall area. In the afternoon, we will visit the Summer Palace, which was the summer resort of the Qing royal family. Now it is the most intact, best-preserved and largest of its kind of classical gardens in the country.

    We finish the tour and get back to our hotel at around 17:00 p.m.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 5 - Bullet Train to Xi'an

    After breakfast, you will be transferred to the railway station for high-speed train to Xi’an (about a 5 hour journey). Upon arrival in Xi’an, we will visit the ancient city wall of Xi’an, which is the most complete city wall to survive in the country, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. You will also walk around the Muslim Quarter where you can find restaurants and all kinds of Muslim markets.

    Xi'an, located in central-northwest China, records the great changes of the country, just like a living history book. Called Chang'an (meaning the eternal city) in ancient times, it is one of the birthplaces of the ancient Chinese civilisation in the Yellow River basin area. As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road, and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, the city has won a reputation all over the world.

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Xi'an

    Today, we will start our tour at around 8:00 a.m. and visit the world-famous Terracotta Warriors. The great archaeological excavation of Qin (221BC-206BC) Terracotta Warriors unfolded a strong army of 7000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses, chariots and weapons, arranged symbolically in battle formations and guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. You will also visit the factory of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses replicas.

    Lunch will be allocated in a local Chinese restaurant.

    In the afternoon, we will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (excl. climbing the pagoda), which was built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It holds the old Buddhist relics and classics taken from India by the hierarchy Xuanzang.

    Finish the tour and arrive back to the hotel at around 17:00 p.m.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 7 - Xi'an - Chengdu

    After breakfast, you will be taken to the railway station for high-speed train to Chengdu (about a 4 hour journey). On arrival in Chengdu, we will visit the People’s Park - the first public park in the area. It is a beautiful city park, with artful landscaping, a bonsai garden, two tea houses, a section of amusement rides, and a pond with row and motor boats that connects to winding streams filled with Koi. The park is popular with locals and it is a great place to experience the slow life of Chengdu - order a cup tea and you will have a wonderful relaxing afternoon (tea drinking is excluded). The Wide and Narrow Alley is one of Chengdu’s historical and cultural reserves.

    Chengdu, the capital of China's southwest Sichuan Province, is famed for being the home of cute giant pandas. Located in the west of Sichuan Basin and in the centre of Chengdu Plain, the city covers a total area of 12.3 thousand square kilometers (4,749 square miles) with a population of over 11 million!

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 8 - Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise

    Another amazing day today! We will visit the Giant Panda Research Base of Dujiangyan, which is the only professional organisation in the world for research on the prevention and control of giant pandas. China Giant Panda Protection and Research centre has three bases, respectively is Wolong, Dujiangyan and Ya'an Bifengxia. For the panda, they are found only in the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In total there are fewer than 2000, of which 70% are distributed within the territory of Sichuan Province.

    Lunch will be arranged in a local Chinese restaurant.

    Then, transfer to the railway station for a high-speed train journey to Chongqing. On arrival, you will be transferred to the pier and embark the Yangtze River Cruise.

    Chongqing, the youngest municipality that established in 1997 directly under the central government in China, is also an extra large city in its administrative division and population. As a city in the mountains, it is surrounded by two rivers and has high-rises and buildings in graceful disorder. Chongqing enjoys the tropical, moist climate of the central Asia, with cloudy days and less frost and snow. In spring and autumn, the city is often enveloped by heavy fog, hence the name the 'capital of fog'.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Days 9 & 10 - Cruising the Yangtze River

    Spend two days cruising along the Yangtze River. Sit back and relax as you sail through beautiful scenic gorges! During the tour there will be morning Tai Chi exercise sessions, as well as a number of optional shore excursions available.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 11 - Train to Shanghai

    Disembark the cruise and transfer to the railway station for train journey to Shanghai (around an 8 hour journey). A lunch box is included. On arrival in Shanghai, we transfer to our hotel.

    Shanghai, or Hu for short, is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of the Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, and cultural centre in eastern China. It is also a popular travel destination for visitors to sense the pulsating development of the country. In addition to its modernisation, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, one finds the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 12 - Shanghai

    After breakfast, we will visit the sublime Yu Yuan Garden, located in the old city centre. The gardens and their surroundings are a wonderful example of classical design. Constructed 400 years ago in the Ming period, the colossal city of Shanghai has sprung up around this older relative, but left it to grow old peacefully, providing a fascinating window into the past.

    We will also visit the Jade Buddha Temple. Founded in 1882, the temple is celebrated for its two magnificent white jade Burmese Buddha statues.

    Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

    Then you will walk on the Nanjing Road, the 'No. 1 commercial street in China', which has been a landmark for this city for a long time. You will also see the former French concession, the earliest, which gradually developed into the largest and most prosperous French concession in China. You will also visit a Silk Factory today.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 13 - Shangai

    Enjoy personal time at leisure in Shanghai to explore independently!

    Meals - Breakfast

  • Day 14

    Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Accommodation

During your tour you will stay in hotels such as:

Xiyuan Hotel Beijing

Grand Park Hotel Xi'an

Dorsett Grand Hotel Chengdu

Huating Hotel & Tower Shanghai

You will also stay for 3 nights on board the Yangtze River Cruise.

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