Discover China is a comprehensive showcase of a fascinating country whose scenic beauty vies with its rich culture and heritage.
Start off in Beijing to walk on the Great Wall of China; visit the Hutongs and the iconic Tian An Men Square. Journey, by express train, to Xian, whose stupendous Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses promise to leave you awestruck. Take a picture with the endearing Giant Pandas in Chengdu before travelling onward to see the World Heritage town of Lijiang, home to the ethnic Naxi people.
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in Beijing in the morning and transfer to Best Western hotel for three nights. In the afternoon, take a walking tour of the old alleyways of the city with its traditional courtyards and houses known as Hutongs and visit Prince Gongs Mansion, one of the most exquisite and best-preserved royal mansions in China. Enjoy a Peking duck welcome dinner in the evening.
Optional excursion: Kung Fu Show
Day 2 Beijing
Start the day off at Tian An Men Square before spending a few hours exploring the magnificent Forbidden City with your guide. Afternoon visit to see the pavilions, prayer halls and gardens of the Summer Palace: built for the Emperors to escape the summer heat.
Day 3 Beijing
Another day spent in Beijing to visit the Temple of Heaven which comes alive each morning when elderly locals gather to practise Tai Chi. In the afternoon, drive out to see the Mutianyu section of The Great Wall , one of the most iconic sights in Asia.
Day 4 Beijing, Xian
Take a high-speed train to Xian this morning (5-6 hours). On arrival, check-in to Citadines Inn for two nights. In the afternoon, visit the sights of Xian including the Big Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque and the bustling Muslim Quarter.
Day 5 Xian
Start off the day with the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses, learning about the history of this incredible archaeological treasure from your guide. Explore the City walls in the afternoon. Enjoy a dumpling dinner banquet in the evening.
Day 6 Xian, Chengdu
This morning take a short flight to Chengdu . Stay at the Wenjun hotel for two nights. Later, visit Leshan Big Buddha and take a boat ride on the river.
Supplement: Sichuan opera performance.
Day 7 Chengdu
Visit the Panda Breeding Centre in the morning followed by a very special vegetarian lunch at the Wen Shu Temple. Later on, walk along the famous Jin Li Street and explore the city on your own in the evening.
Day 8 Chengdu, Lijiang
Morning transfer to the airport for a flight to Lijiang, Yunnan . Stay at the Dongba guesthouse for two nights. Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of the city, followed by a traditional performance by the Naxi minorities in the evening.
Day 9 Lijiang
Enjoy a full day visit to the Tiger Leaping Gorge , one of the deepest gorges in the world. Spend the evening at leisure.
Day 10 Lijiang, Guilin
Morning transfer for a flight to Guilin , via Kunming. Stay at Fubo hotel for one night.
Day 11 Guilin, Yangshuo
This morning, cruise down the Li river to Yangshuo . Lunch is arranged on the cruise. Check into the Li River Retreat hotel for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 12 Yangshuo
Explore the countryside around Yangshuo, which includes the picturesque Moon Hill. Later, enjoy a bamboo raft ride on the Yulong River to visit the Xinping fishing village.
Day 13 Yangshuo, Longji
Take the picturesque mountain route to Longji, known for its idyllic vistas of lush, green terraced rice fields and ethnic minorities. Stay at the Star Wish hotel for two nights.
Day 14 Longji
Spend a leisurely day, on your own, exploring the town and rice fields.
Day 15 Longji, Guilin, Shanghai
Drive back to Guilin for a flight to Shanghai . Transfer to the hotel by Maglev, the world’s fastest train that is in regular commercial service. Stay at the Holiday Inn Downtown hotel for two nights.
Day 16 Shanghai
Walk along the famous ‘Bund’ in the morning. Afterwards, visit the Jing’an temple and the World Financial Centre. Enjoy a performance by Chinese acrobats in the evening.
Day 17 Shanghai, UK
Early morning transfer to the airport to board a return flight to London Heathrow via Beijing, arriving the same evening.
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