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Glorious China

  • Route:
  • UK
  • Shanghai
  • Guilin
  • Yangshuo
  • Xi'an
  • Beijing
  • UK
14 DAYS from £1595pp

Tour Highlights

  • City tours of Shanghai, Xi'an & Beijing
  • Visit the ancient water city of Zhujiajiao
  • Observe rural life on a Li River cruise
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • The Great Wall of China & Summer Palace
  • Chinese Acrobatic, Tang Dynasty and Peking Opera shows
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Glorious China

Glimpse into the future beneath Shanghai's cloud brushing skyline, cruise upon the Li River to observe China's rural heart against a backdrop of immense karsts and step back in time on a rickshaw as you navigate Beijing's ancient hutong alleys to the revered Lama Temple. Our fourteen-day itinerary showcases this magnificent country of contradictions, with unique cultural encounters allowing you to join a traditional tea ceremony or marvel at a spellbinding Tang Dynasty performance, intertwined with visits to iconic landmarks including Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors and the astonishing Great Wall of China.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: UK to Shanghai

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Shanghai.

    Day 2: Shanghai

    Upon arrival into Shanghai you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. Following dinner, experience your first taste of this fast-paced metropolis with a visit to the Bund, Shanghai's riverside architectural showcase, followed by a stroll along Nanjing Road to observe a neon-illuminated bustle of the world's busiest shopping street.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Shanghai

    Following breakfast embark on a morning tour of Shanghai, which includes a meander through the pond-dwelling pavilions of Yuyuan Gardens and past the French Concession's charming tree-lined avenues. After lunch, tour the affluent district of Xintiandi to admire Shikumen housing of old Shanghai, much of which conceals contemporary interiors that make up international galleries, quaint cafes and upmarket boutiques.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Shanghai

    Discover treasures of the Shanghai Museum, which hosts an astonishing collection of paintings, calligraphy and sculptures representing a complex tapestry of dynasties. Continue to the Pudong area and peer up at the gargantuan skyscrapers that dominate the city's skyline, including the striking Oriental Pearl Tower's protruding spheres. Later in the morning, enjoy a scenic coach journey to the ancient city of Zhujiajiao for a tour of its winding waterways, delicate bridges and Ming Dynasty suburbs.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Shanghai to Guilin

    This morning take a short flight to the city of Guilin. Your sightseeing tour begins at Fubo Hill, a rock edifice that protrudes through the river. Explore its network of caves that display intricate Buddha statues before ascending a sweeping staircase that'll lead you to a viewing platform to admire stunning vistas across Guilin. Spend some time at leisure this afternoon beside the striking Elephant Hill, whose trunk appears to be drinking from the Taohua River.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Guilin to Yangshuo

    Begin today with a peaceful cruise along the winding Li River to witness enormous karsts behind each corner, water buffalo patrolling the fields and the famous cormorant fisherman upon bamboo rafts. Having observed this charming rural landscape arrive at Yangshuo, arguably one of China's most beautiful cities. Following lunch, explore West Street at leisure to savour all the cultural nuances this diverse hub has to offer including stalls decorated with vibrant local crafts and a myriad of freshly caught fish from the Li River.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Yangshuo

    Today explore Yangshuo at your own pace, in which you can revisit West Street, wonder at the enigmatic Moon Hill or take a scenic bike ride to Xingping Town for an encounter with a quaint fishing community.

    • Breakfast

    Day 8: Yangshuo to Xi'an

    Return to Guilin where you will catch your flight to the city of Xi'an. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour that will lead you through 3,000 years of history concluding at the Xi'an City Wall, one of the largest ancient defence structures in the world, crowned by elaborate guard towers indicative of fourteenth century Ming architecture.

    • Breakfast & Dinner

    Day 9: Xi'an

    Behold over 7,000 soldiers, horses and chariots crafted to protect the first Emperor of China, during your visit to the magnificent Terracotta Warriors, considered by many to be the 'Eight Wonder of the World'. After admiring this tour highlight, visit the Wild Goose Pagoda to marvel at this 197ft ancient structure surrounded by pilgrims lighting aromatic incense, followed by a meander through the Muslim Quarter's marketplace, alive with the scent of steamed Jiasan buns. This evening witness a breath-taking artistic performance during a colourful Tang Dynasty Show.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10: Xi'an to Beijing

    After breakfast take a flight to China's capital, Beijing. Your half-day tour begins at the grand Temple of Heaven, an oasis of pristine garden space interrupted by lavish Confucian monuments, including the Temple itself that once served as a vast stage for the emperor. After spending time strolling through the Wang Fujing area, savour a delicious Peking duck dinner, for a traditional taste of fine Chinese cuisine.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 11: Beijing

    Your day tour of Beijing includes a visit to Tiananmen Square, one of China's most infamous political landmarks and the world's largest public square. Having marvelled at this symbolic centre of the Chinese universe overlooked by a portrait of Chairman Mao, gaze at the largest palace complex in the world, the Forbidden City. Continue to the Summer Palace, for a stroll through the royal gardens that once acted as a retreat for emperors, before visiting a tea house to be part of an ancient ceremony involving the preparation and serving of oolong tea.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12: Beijing

    Today's sightseeing tour will begin at the iconic Great Wall of China. Winding over 5,500 miles across vast deserts, grasslands and mountains, the Wall was constructed over 2,000 years ago to guard the Chinese Empire against Mongol invaders from the north. We have included a cable car trip to a viewing point, ensuring you get the most from this gargantuan landmark. In the afternoon, stop off at the eye-catching Bird's Nest stadium used for the 2008 Olympic games. After dinner relax and take-in a spellbinding Chinese Acrobatic show.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 13: Beijing

    Your last full day in Beijing commences with a rickshaw tour of the city's hutong alleys, a network of ornate houses and elegant courtyards. Before lunch explore the Lama Temple, China's most perfectly preserved lamasery whose Hall of Harmony houses three enormous bronze Buddha statues. Following an afternoon of perusing Liulichang's antique street, spend this evening witnessing a traditional Peking Opera performance, a quintessence of China and mesmerising way to end your tour.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 14: Beijing to UK

    Transfer to Beijing airport for your flight back to the UK via Shanghai.

      Your Meals
      • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
      • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

      Included in the Price

      • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
      • Included Scheduled Flights from the UK.
      • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
      • Included Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
      • Included All airport taxes and security charges.

      Important Information

      Payment

      If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

      Health and Vaccinations

      It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

      Tour Dates & Prices

      Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
      2017 Dates
      20 Mar 201702 Apr 2017£1595ppBook
      24 Apr 201707 May 2017£1695ppBook
      08 May 201721 May 2017£1695ppBook
      22 May 201704 Jun 2017£1795ppBook
      05 Jun 201718 Jun 2017£1895ppBook
      11 Sep 201724 Sep 2017£2095ppBook
      09 Oct 201722 Oct 2017£1995ppBook
      30 Oct 201712 Nov 2017£1895ppBook
      13 Nov 201726 Nov 2017£1695ppBook

      Tour Map

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      Fact File

      • Currency: Yuan
      • Average Flying time: 11 hours
      • Spoken Language(s): Mandarin, English

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      Hotels and Accommodation

      Ocean Hotel

      Ocean Hotel

      Plaza Hotel

      Plaza Hotel

      New West Street

      New West Street

      Grand Metropark Hotel

      Grand Metropark Hotel

      The Landmark Hotel

      The Landmark Hotel

      Extensions

      Add a 2 night stay in Hong Kong

      Hong Kong

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      • Yangshuo
      • Xi'an
      • Beijing
      • Hong Kong
      • UK

      Following our incredible China Discovery Tour, why not explore the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong? Towering skyscrapers form the back-drop to the city's busy harbour whilst the street markets that fill the teeming alleys remain untouched by western influences.

      This add-on tour must be taken at the end of the main tour.

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