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Glories of China

Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai

Shanghai's Bund

A popular 13-day tour of the highlights of China, combining Beijing for the Great Wall and Forbidden City, Xi'an for the Terracotta warriors, the scenic landscape of Guilin, and the dynamic modern city of Shanghai

Day 1  Depart London Heathrow or regional airports.

Day 2  Arrive Beijing. Met on arrival and transfer to the Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen, popular with westerners, or similar. Rest of the day free.

Day 3  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 4  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 £ 30pp) (B, L)

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

Day 6  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 7   Transfer to airport for the two-hour flight to Guilin. Met on arrival and transfer to 4- to 5-star Grand Lijiang Waterfall Hotel. (B)

Day 8   Boat trip on the beautiful Li River past striking scenery of limestone peaks and rice paddy fields to the small riverside town of Yangshuo. Visit Yangshuo's busy market and main street before transfer back to Guilin by road. (B, L)

Day 9   Free day in Guilin. (B)

Day 10   Transfer to airport for flight to Shanghai. Met on arrival by your driver and transfer to 5-star Ocean Hotel or similar.(B)

Day 11  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 £55pp) (B, L)

Day 12  Free day in Shanghai to explore this exciting city. (B)

Day 13   Own arrangement to Shanghai Pudong airport for flight back to UK, arriving later the same day (B)


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