The striking landscape along the Li River is the defining highlight of this popular itinerary. Stay overnight in the small town of Yangshuo surrounded by rice fields and limestone hills in Southern China. Add the histories of Beijing and Xian along with
cosmopolitan Shanghai and you have the best that China can offer.
Days 1-4 Fly to Shanghai
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East'. Sightseeing today includes a visit to the Shanghai Museum, which houses over 120,000 pieces of bronze, coins, jade, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy. We also walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture. In the evening enjoy traditional Shanghai cuisine. The next day, visit the beautiful Yu Gardens, the Old Town and then cross the great Nanpu Bridge to explore the modern Pudong area. We also explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920’s style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, take a cruise on the panoramic Huangpu River.
Day 5 : Fly to Guilin
Fly to the beautiful city of Guilin.
Days 6-7 : Li River Cruise & Yangshuo
Cruise the stunning Li River to Yangshuo and witness the breathtaking landscape of spectacular limestone hills, tranquil fishing scenes and picturesque villages. The next day, return to Guilin and visit the colourful stalagmites and stalactites of Seven Star Cave, and the adjacent park which is home to one adorable Giant Panda. We also see an evening display of traditional cormorant fishing.
Day 8 : Fly to Xian
Visit Mt Diecai before flying to Xian, the former ancient capital. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 9 : Terracotta Warriors
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created 2,000 years ago to accompany Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. We also walk along the Ancient City Walls.
Day 10 : Explore Xian, fly to Beijing
Visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and the renowned Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. We also stroll through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city.
Day 11 : Forbidden City
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure-filled Forbidden City, which is the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China from the Ming and Qing Dynasties and houses over 8,000 rooms.
Day 12 : Great Wall & Temple of Heaven
Walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China's most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. Also visit the unique Temple of Heaven and see a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening.
Day 13 : Summer Palace
Experience a rickshaw ride through the traditional Hutong areas and tour the exquisite Summer Palace. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck
Day 14 : Fly Beijing to UK
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