Two nights in Beijing, an overnight stay overlooking the Great Wall of China, two nights in Luoyang, two nights in Xi’an, overnight on the sleep train, and two nights in Shanghai
Discover the delights of China on this 11-day tour.
Your touring adventure starts when you land in the vibrant city of Beijing. After a good night’s sleep, set out on a guided city tour taking in famous sights such as Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before enjoying a rickshaw ride through Beijing's Hutongs.
The following day, travel to Badaling to take a walk on a section of the Great Wall of China and rest for the night at a hotel near Juyongguan Pass with great views of the Wall. A quick early morning visit to the Wall is followed by a call at the Pearl Market and a journey on the afternoon bucket train to Luoyang.
Visit the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple on the foothills of Songshan Mountain and the 1300 caves and 100,000 Buddha statues at Longmen Caves. Travel on to Xi'an for a bike ride around the city walls and the Old City and a visit to the famous Terracotta Warriors.
Pay a call to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Muslim Quarter; before boarding the overnight train to Shanghai. Take a tour of the city's hotspots and enjoy a cruise along the Huangpu River. The next day, travel to Suzhou where you can soak up the scenery on a cruise on the Grand Canal and at the Lingering Gardens. Return to Shanghai for a final night before your flight back to the UK.
|Day - 1||Beijing|
|Day - 2||Forbidden City|
|Day - 3||The Great Wall|
|Day - 4||Morning at the Great Wall - Beijing to Luoyang|
|Day - 5||Shaolin Kung Fu Temple|
|Day - 6||Luoyang to Xi’an - Longman Caves and Xi'an city wall|
|Day - 7||Terracotta Warriors|
|Day - 8||Xi’an and Shanghai - Wild Goose Pagoda and lively Muslim Quarter|
|Day - 9||Shanghai|
|Day - 10||Shanghai to Suzhou to Shanghai|
|Day - 11||Shanghai to UK|
The tour begins in the bustling city of Beijing where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore.
Today, you'll set out on a guided tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, a patriotic vision of grandeur, and the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors boasting stunning temples, courtyards and reception halls. Take an afternoon rickshaw ride navigating the old back lanes and courtyards of Beijing’s Hutongs. This evening, enjoy an eye-boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show-stoppers pull out, this is followed by a welcome dinner of Peking Duck.
Overnight: Beijing with Breakfast and Dinner
After a free morning to further explore the city, take a drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6 metre-wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. Visit a Jade Carving Centre before heading to a quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Great Wall with Breakfast and Lunch
Rise early this morning and head (5 min bus drive) to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass when it opens to beat the crowds. Later, return to Beijing to explore the famous Pearl Market - an Aladdin's Cave of clothing, jewellery and electronic gadgets before taking an afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself! Check in to hotel in Luoyang, late evening.
Overnight: Luoyang with Breakfast
First thing today, you'll be driven to the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple (approx 2 hours), set on the foothills of the Songshan Mountain. Here generation after generation of Shaolin monks have devoted themselves to practising Chan Buddhism and a martial art widely recognised as the origins of kung fu. Over the years hundreds, if not thousands, of people have flocked to this very site to learn this ancient discipline and you'll have the opportunity to watch a performance of kung fu during your visit. Returning to Luoyang you’ll have some free time before the group joins together in the evening for a visit to Peony Square where ball room dancing, tai chi, aerobics and badminton lessons take place.
Overnight: Luoyang with Breakfast and Dinner
Today you'll have chance to explore the UNESCO-listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 100,000 statues and images of Buddha carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. This afternoon, board the high speed train to Xi’an (journey time approx 2hrs). After hotel check-in and some time to fresh up the group embark on a casual bike ride around the Xi’an City Wall. Looking down as you peddle offers delightful views of the city hubbub and daily life with the Old City in the centre of the walls and the modern city on the outside.
Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors are reputed to be the greatest discovery of the 20th century - 7,000 life-sized clay soldiers stand ready for battle. You'll visit the archaeological site and the workshop where the replica warriors are crafted. Tonight, there's an optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi'an with Breakfast and Lunch
First up this morning, you'll tour the lofty Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The complex of temples, pagodas and expansive gardens, constructed during the 7th century offered refuge and a store house for Chinese Buddhists translating the very important Buddhist sutras from India. After, you'll visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some free time to explore the backstreets of this ever lively area. Later tonight, step board your overnight train to Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train with Breakfast and Lunch
Good morning Shanghai! Just the mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers, and the dispossessed. Everything went belly up in 1949, when Mao and the communists took to power and swept the good times and rock and roll away. A legacy of these heady times is Shanghai’s Bund where on and around this waterfront promenade are a vast series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings. Just across the Huangpu River is the new Shanghai, a high-tech development of gravity defying skyscrapers.
Today you'll tour many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar - Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Shanghai Plaza Tower and take a cruise along the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai with Breakfast
Today, travel by road to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty a thousand years ago, they are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal, enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal before exploring the Lingering Garden - a beautiful classical Chinese garden dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Today’s final visit is a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai.
Overnight: Shanghai with Breakfast and Lunch
The tour comes to an end after breakfast with your onward departure transfer to the airport.