China Experience    *alt*

13 days, from £1889
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Visit the main sights and countryside of China on this small group tour
Beijing, the enthralling capital city of China, is your first stop on our China Experience tour. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Great Wall of China. Take a day train to Xian to explore the bustling Muslim Quarter and to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Museum of Horses. The Giant Pandas await in Chengdu, where there is also the Wen Shu Temple.

Holidays types: Group Tours, Cultural Holidays, Family Holidays, Landscape & Nature Holidays


 Day 1 Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, transfer to Howard Johnson Paragon hotel or similar for three nights. 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 is spent in Beijing to visit the Temple of Heaven which comes alive each morning when elderly locals gather to practice Tai Chi. In the afternoon, drive out to see the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, one of the most iconic sights in Asia.

 Day 4 Beijing, Xi'an

Take a high-speed train to Xi'an this morning (5-6 hours). On arrival, check-in at the Grand Dynasty Culture hotel or similar for two nights. In the afternoon, visit the sights of Xi'an, including the Big Goose Pagoda, Great Mosque and the bustling Muslim Quarter.

 Day 5 Xi'an

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 Xian city wall in the afternoon, the most complete ancient city wall to survive in China. Enjoy a dumpling dinner banquet.

 Day 6 Xi'an, Chengdu

This morning take a short flight to Chengdu. Stay at the Tianfu Sunshine hotel or similar for two nights. Later, visit Leshan Big Buddha and take a boat ride on the river.

 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. Optional excursion: Sichuan opera performance.

 Day 8 Chengdu, Guilin

Fly to Guilin in the morning. Stay overnight at the Guilin Universal hotel or similar. Afternoon at leisure to explore the town on your own. Optional excursion: Guilin Art museum tour.

 Day 9 Guilin, Yangshuo

This morning, cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. Lunch arranged on the cruise. Check into Yangshuo New Century hotel or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 Day 10 Yangshuo

Explore the countryside around Yangshuo including the picturesque Moon Hill. Later, enjoy a bamboo raft ride on the Yulong River to visit the Xinping fishing village.

 Day 11 Yangshuo, Guilin, Shanghai

Drive back to Guilin for your flight to Shanghai. Stay at the jiulong hotel or similar for two nights. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 Day 12 Shanghai

Walk along the famous 'Bund' in the morning. Afterward, visit the Jing'an Temple and the World Financial Centre. In the evening enjoy a performance by Chinese acrobats.

 Day 13 Shanghai

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.