China Interlude    *alt*

16 days, from £2985
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Description

With our intimate knowledge of China and years of expertise in designing tours, we have chosen some of China's best-loved highlights and combined them with many off-the-beaten-track visits and surprising extras to create an outstanding tour. The highlight may well be the stay in beautiful Yangshuo where the magical landscapes have inspired some of the most famous Chinese poetry and paintings.

* Essential highlights of China
* Enjoy the scenic Li River cruise
* Visit picturesque Yangshuo
* Experience less crowded Great Wall at Mutianyu

Itinerary


 Day 1 London - Beijing 12 Hours

Depart Heathrow at around 2025 on Air China's non-stop flight to Beijing.


 Day 2 Beijing 4 nights

Arrive Beijing around 1310 and transfer to the 4-star Shangri-La Traders Hotel. Afternoon visit to the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)


 Day 3 Beijing

Morning visit to Tiananmen Square en-route to the Forbidden City, the complex of imperial palaces which were home to the Emperors for over 500 years. Grand halls and courtyards gradually give way to more intimate domestic quarters, giving a glimpse into the pampered isolation of the Emperors. Afternoon visit to the beuatiful Summer Palace. (BL)


 Day 4 Beijing

Visit the Ming-era Temple of Heaven. Drive north to the more scenic part of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)


 Day 5 Beijing - Tianjin - Beijing

Take a short bullet train journey to Tianjin. Enjoy a guided adventure tour of the city by public transport. Visit the former Italian concession area of the city before visiting the towering Tianjin Eye for stunning aerial views of one of China's fastest growing cities. Afternoon visit to Tianjin's ancient cultural street before enjoying a cruise along the Haihe River. Return to Beijing. (BL)


 Day 6 Beijing - Xian 2 nights

Morning flight to Xian. Visit the Hanyanling Museum. Continue to the Ming City Walls before transferring to the Grand New World Hotel. (BL)


 Day 7 Xian

Visit the world-renowned Terracotta Army - 7000 individually crafted life-sized figures, complete with chariots and horses. Afternoon visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Grand Mosque and Muslim quarter. Evening optional dinner and Tang- era music and dance performance. (BL)


 Day 8 Xian - Guilin 1 night

Fly to Guilin and visit the Tea Research Institute. Transfer to the 4-star Bravo Hotel. (BD)


 Day 9 Guilin - Yangshuo 2 nights

Take the magical Li River cruise to Yangshuo and drift gently through enchanting landscapes. Browse through Yangshuo's colourful shops and visit scenic Gaotian township. After dinner there is an optional son et lumiere show performed on the river by a cast of 600. Stay at the Yangshuo Resort for 2 nights. (BL)


 Day 10 Yangshuo

Explore the countryside around Yangshuo, passing through villages to the Yulong River. Visit a farmer's house and continue to Jiuxian village. Afternoon at leisure. (BL)


 Day 11 Guilin - Shanghai 3 nights

This morning visit the Silver Cave before returning to Guilin. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the 4-star Central Hotel. (BL)


 Day 12 Shanghai

Visit the Yuyuan Garden, Huxing Teahouse and the old Chinese quarter with its colourful bazaar. A 'dim sum' lunch is taken at an exclusive restaurant. Admire bird's eye views from the Oriental Pearl Tower. Visit the quaint Xintiandi Concession area and the famous Bund before dinner. Optional cruise on the Huangpu River to admire the beautifully illuminated Bund and Pudong District. (BLD)


 Day 13 Shanghai - Zhujiajiao - Shanghai

Visit the pretty water town of Zhujiajao. Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and enjoy lunch before returning to Shanghai. Afternoon at leisure. Optional evening Acrobatic performance. (BL)


 Day 14 Beijing - London 12 hours

Return to London Heathrow via Beijing, arriving later the same day. (B)


 Day 14 Post tour extension to Hong Kong 2 nights

Fly to Hong Kong and CTS's own superior Metropark Kowloon Hotel. (B)


 Day 15 Hong Kong

Enjoy the many attractions of this city at your own pace. (Optional full-day sightseeing available and bookable locally)


 Day 16 Hong Kong - London

Board the late evening non-stop British Airways flight back to London. Arrive at London Heathrow following day at around 0455