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13 Day China Encompassed
13 Day China Encompassed
See the best that China has to offer on this packed 13 day tour that takes you from the busy streets of Beijing all the way to Shanghai; taking in the Great Wall of China, the stunning Terracotta Warriors and a cruise on the Li River en-route.
Tour highlights
  • Stroll around the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square and take a walk through the Forbidden City in Beijing
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Marvel at the stunning sight of the Terracotta Warriors in Xian
  • See the work being done to help with the conservation of China’s Giant Pandas
  • Enjoy a cruise along the Li River
  • Explore the Old City of Shanghai and the Water Villages at Zhouzhuang
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Day 1: Arrive Beijing
Arrive in Beijing before being transferred to your accommodation close to the bustling shopping district of Wangfujing. Having checked into your hotel, the remainder of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
  • Novotel Peace Hotel
Days 2 & 3: Beijing
Spend a full day exploring some of the sights around the Chinese capital, starting with a visit to Tiananmen Square in the heart of the city. You’ll then be able to walk through the Tiananmen Gate – also known as the Gate of Heavenly Peace – before paying a visit to the Forbidden City, which dates back to the 1400s and the time of the Ming Dynasty. After a traditional lunch, you’ll spend time visiting the Hutongs of Beijing before a traditional Peking Duck dinner brings the curtain down on your day. An early start the following day will allow you to head out of central Beijing to visit the remote and picturesque Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. Travel by cable car onto the wall itself in order to explore, while the more adventurous can then ride back down by toboggan afterwards. After lunch, you’ll return to Beijing to pay a visit to the impressive Summer Palace, which is one of the nation’s World Heritage sites and is described as 'a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design.'
  • Novotel Peace Hotel (Day 2: B,L,D – Day 3: B,L)
Days 4 & 5: Beijing – Xian
Your final day in Beijing begins with a visit to the impressive Temple of Heaven complex, which was built back in the 1400s and was the place where emperors would come to pray for successful harvests. Following lunch, you’ll head for the airport to take a flight to Xian for your overnight stay. The following morning you’ll take a trip to see the stunning Terracotta Warriors; a collection of sculptures depicting the army of Emperor Qin Shi Huang which stand guard over his tomb. You’ll then return to Xian to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Islamic Quarter and Grand Mosque before enjoying dinner with an accompanying Tang Dynasty dance performance.
  • Grand Mercure Renmin Square (Day 4: B,L – Day 5: B,L,D)
Days 6 & 7: Xian – Chengdu
Head for the airport to take a flight to Chengdu, where the remainder of the day will be free for you to spend at leisure. The following day will see you pay a visit to the impressive Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base, where work is ongoing to help with the conservation of this rare animal. You’ll then head on to the Wenshu Buddhist temple before a visit to a local tea house en-route back to your hotel.
  • Chengdu Tibet Hotel (B,L)
Day 8: Chengdu - Guilin
After a walk through the local people’s park, you’ll head out of Chengdu to visit the ancient town at Huanglongxi, which dates back to the Qing Dynasty. After time exploring the cobbled streets you’ll head for the airport to take a flight to Guilin.
  • Guilin Bravo Hotel (B,L)
Day 9: Guilin - Yangshuo - Guilin
Enjoy a day cruising on the spectacular Li River, including lunch on board your boat. On your cruise you’ll see the astonishing sight that is Moon Hill, with a giant crescent moon shape having formed through the hill from what was once a limestone cave. There will also be the chance to see the Banyan Tree Park before you have time to explore the cafes and markets around Yangshuo. You’ll then cruise back to Guilin for an evening at leisure.
  • Guilin Bravo Hotel (B,L)
Day 10: Guilin – Shanghai
Take a tour of the Reed Flute Caves close to Guilin with their impressive stalagmites and stalactites before heading to the airport to take a flight to Shanghai.
  • Sofitel Hyland Shanghai Hotel (B,L)
Days 11 & 12: Shanghai
Take a walk around the stunning Yu Yuan Gardens before paying a visit to the impressive Jade Buddha located inside the Yufo Temple. You can then explore the winding streets of the Old City of Shanghai and take a walk along the promenade at the Bund. The following day, you’ll spend time exploring the water villages around Zhouzhuang before returning to Shanghai to explore the shopping area of Nanjing Road and Xintiandi Bar Street.
  • Sofitel Hyland Shanghai Hotel (B,L)
Day 13: Depart Shanghai
Transfer to the airport in Shanghai for your onward flight home.
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  • Accommodation as stated, or similar
  • Private English-speaking local guide throughout
  • Lunch and dinner in Chinese style as indicated in the itinerary (B=breakfast; lunch=lunch; D=dinner)
  • Transfers for arrival, departure and sightseeing programs on private basis
  • All applicable main entrance fees
  • Domestic flights from Beijing to Xian, from Xian to Chengdu, from Chengdu to Guilin and from Guilin to Shanghai in economy class (domestic airport construction fee and fuel tax)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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