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Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai

Shanghai - Xi'an - Beijing

Summer Palace Beijing

A 9-day short itinerary of the 'must-see' attractions in China, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army. Daily guaranteed departures.

Price includes cost of single entry group visa (minimum 2 persons) - a saving of up to £320 for a family of four

Day 1  Depart London Heathrow or regional airports.

Day 2  Arrive Shanghai. Met on arrival by your driver and transfer to 5-star Ocean Hotel, or similar. (B)

Day 3  Today you are free to explore the exciting city of Shanghai yourself. Alternatively, join an optional join-in coach tour around the vibrant city of Shanghai, first visiting the old town and the beautiful Yu Garden, before exploring China's rich artistic heritage in the Shanghai Museum, and its more recent history on the Bund, or waterfront. Explore the Tianzifang art district and the former French Concession. Also visit a pearl shop and the Shanghai History Museum. Lunch included. (price of tour £55pp) (B, L)

Day 4 Transfer by your driver to railway station for high-speed train to Xi'an (about 5 hour journey). Met on arrival by driver and local English-speaking assistant and transfer to 4-star Somerset Xindicheng Xi'an Hotel or Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel. (B)

Day 5  Day excursion with your own English-speaking assistant and driver to to the life-size warriors of the world-famous Terracotta Army in the morning, created in the 3rd century BC to guard the tomb of China's first emperor. Also visit Xi'an's Grand Mosque and the streets of the Muslim Quarter. Lunch included. (B, L)

Day 6  Transfer to railway station for high-speed train to Beijing. Met on arrival by your driver and transfer to 4-star standard Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen, popular with westerners. (B)

Day 7 Pick up from your hotel by your driver who will take you through Beijing's traffic to four iconic sights within the city: Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace. Self-guided tour (entrance fees payable locally) (B)

Day 8  Free day to explore Beijing on your own. Alternatively join a optional join-in coach tour to the Great Wall and Ming Tombs. Excursion to the Great Wall at Badaling, about one hour's drive from the city centre. Climb up to the wall and walk along this marvel of human construction. Then visit the tombs of the Ming Emperors, in particular Changling, the tomb of the emperor Zhongle. Also visit a jade carving workshop and silk shop. Lunch included. (price of tour £30pp) (B, L)

Day 9  Own arrangement to Beijing airport for flight back to UK, arriving later the same day. (B)


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