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Jan - Feb

This is an ideal tailor made tour for an introduction to China, the contrasts of ancient and modern, local experiences and grand monuments. Privates guides reveal the stories behind the breathtaking monuments of the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors, and introduce aspects of Chinese life and traditions, food and stories. See China in detail, in your own time with a fuller experience.

At a Glance

  • A private guide to reveal hidden experiences in China
  • The Great Wall at spectacular and less frequented Jinshaling
  • The Terracotta Warriors, Forbidden City and Shanghai’s Bund
  • See modern China and travel by high speed rail
  • A variety of regional Chinese cuisine with recommended included dinners and lunches

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  • Days 1 - 2
    To Beijing
    Overnight flight to Beijing. On arrival you will be met by your guide for your private transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city. Passing the capital’s modern skyscrapers, you may see glimpses of ancient temples and parks. Settle in to your hotel in the heart of the city near Tiananmen Square, with the rest of the day free to relax and explore.
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    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
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  • Day 3
    Forbidden City & Beijing’s Hutongs Walking Tour

    Head with your guide this morning into the Forbidden City. Entering through the Meridien Gate, you’ll quickly get an impression of the grand scale of the palace which was for centuries in the times of the Emperors closed off to mere mortals. A full restoration process has been taking place in recent year, opening the previously closed halls and city wall walkways.
    Then walk the short distance to the Hutongs for a walking tour of this part of the city characterised by winding alleys and traditional houses, a way of life changing but with an essence dating back millennia. With an expert guide choose from a theme of Chinese folk tales, everyday culture and characters and the art and cultural movements which took place in the city. The rest of the day is free to explore Wanfujing and the Tiananmen Square area.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
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  • Day 4
    The Great Wall of China at Jinshanling

    Depart this morning with your private car and guide to the Jinshanling part of the Great Wall. This is a less busy than some of the other areas which are busy with daytrippers, and it’s easy to see dramatic panoramas as the wall snakes along mountain ridges into the far distance. There is the option of a 3 to 4 hour hike to get among the wild and more untouched areas. (link this to point of interest)Proceed on to the wall itself and let the Jinshanling hiking tour begin! The trek will take 3-4 hours, moving from Jinshanling’s eastern gate to its western exit. This section of the wall features 15 watchtowers and is only partially restored, giving it an authentic, rugged appearance. There are sections of steep gradients that are challenging but providing excellent views of the surrounding landscapes.
     
    Throughout the trek, the expert Great Wall guide will share interesting titbits of information about the construction and design of the wall. He will also discuss the origins of the wall and its history over the years.
    Hotel: Park Plaza

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

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    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
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  • Day 5
    Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

    Early morning visit to the Temple of Heaven, one of the most iconic of China’s ancient Buddhist temples. In the morning, the surrounding park is alive with the residents of Beijing practicing tai chi, martial arts, painting and Chinese calligraphy on the flagstones, ideal for a glimpse of these vibrant traditions.
    Then depart a little out of the city centre to the Summer Palace. The palaces, temples and pavilions and lakes were developed around the gardens in the 18th century by Emperor Qianlong.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing
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  • Day 6
    To Xian by train

    Morning private transfer to the train station and board the high speed train to Xian, a six hour journey. Relax on the train as you travel out of the metropolis, past villages and green fields and into the heart of ancient China, the terminus of the Silk Road and the imperial city of Xian. You will be met on arrival for the transfer to your hotel. This afternoon a bike tour around the Xian will reveal the impressive city wall and Ming dynasty temples as well as the modern city.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Grand Mercure on Renmin Square
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  • Day 7
    Terracotta Warriors and rural Xian

    Travel out of the city by jeep into the rugged loess rock formations, where cave dwellings dating back centuries can be seen. Continue to the site of the army of the Terracotta Warriors, the awe-inspiring and uniquely detailed statues guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin.
    In the evening taste some of the flavours of Xian on a guided food tour by tuk tuk. Xian’s old silk route location has brought influences from across Asia. The tour finishes with a visit to a microbrewery, another ancient tradition.

    Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

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    Grand Mercure on Renmin Square
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  • Day 8
    To Shanghai

    This morning visit the recently opened Tomb of Emperor Jing, one of China’s most enlightened Emperors.
    Transfer to the airport for a flight to Shanghai. You will be met on arrival for your private transfer to the city centre.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Yangtze Boutique
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  • Day 9
    Shanghai

    Shanghai is a 21st century metropolis influenced by its historic position as China’s link to the outside world.  Explore the city in quirky style with a vintage sidecar tour from the French Concession district to the bund riverfront, passing the bustling neighbourhoods and backstreets of the metropolis.

    In the afternoon, a walking tour of the Bund with an expert guide will introduce the art deco buildings from when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East, with the trading houses including the original Hong Kong Shanghai Bank. Hear the tales of the exotic past and at the same time see the space aged city all around with its gleaming skyscrapers.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Yangtze Boutique
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  • Day 10
    Shanghai

    Shanghai is a 21st century metropolis influenced by its historic position as China’s link to the outside world.  Explore the city in quirky style with a vintage sidecar tour from the French Concession district to the bund riverfront, passing the bustling neighbourhoods and backstreets of the metropolis.
    In the afternoon, a walking tour of the Bund with an expert guide will introduce the art deco buildings from when Shanghai was known as the Paris of the East, with the trading houses including the original Hong Kong Shanghai Bank. Hear the tales of the exotic past and at the same time see the space aged city all around with its gleaming skyscrapers.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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    Yangtze Boutique
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  • Day 11
    Depart
    Take a private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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Beijing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing

Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing is situated in the bustling Wangfujing shopping area, close to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Facilities at the hotel include a gymnasium and massage centre, whilst dining ranges from the Asian cuisine at Oodle to the international fare at Bloo. All rooms feature complimentary internet access and park or city views.
Xian

Grand Mercure on Renmin Square

Shanghai

Yangtze Boutique

‘Historic Hotel; Art-Deco Style’

Built in 1934, Yangtze Boutique was once touted as “the third largest hotel in the Far East”. Today, it provides a boutique retreat with comfortable guest rooms opening out to a balcony or terrace. Two restaurants range from local favourites to Italian delights, and are accompanied by two bars.

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This trip includes

Return flights on Air China (indirect return)

Domestic flight Xian to Shanghai

Beijing to Xian train ticket

Hotels as specified

All tours and transfers as specified including entrance fees

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

The services of local representatives

This trip excludes

China visa

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