In Pursuit of Pandas

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This special Group Tour takes visitors to discover some of the most impressive historical, cultural and natural sights of China, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors of Xian and the Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu.

 

Panda Conservation Work
£100 per person
A unique chance to spend a short time supporting the Panda Conservation Centre’s work in protecting these endangered
creatures. Involvement may include:


• Helping to feed the pandas fresh bamboo and natural foods
• Lending a hand with washing the pandas with cool water (during main summer months only)
• Assisting with the cleaning of the enclosure


£20 is donated to the World Wildlife Fund to support their essential conservation work

 

Tour Itinerary

Days 1-2 : Fly to Beijing

Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.

Day 3 : Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven

Stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum to the treasure filled Forbidden City, which has the largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. We also visit the unique Temple of Heaven. Our evening meal includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck.

Day 4 : Great Wall & Summer Palace

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 tour the exquisite Summer Palace and see a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening.

Day 5 : Fly to Xian

Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital and visit the Shaanxi Museum which is home to thousands of priceless relics. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

Day 6 : Terracotta Warriors

Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century – the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. Later fly to Chengdu.

Day 7 : Grand Buddha of Leshan

Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the world’s largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. We take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Return to Chengdu, visiting the old town of Huanglongxi enroute. Sample a delicious Sichuan meal in the evening.

Day 8 : Panda Conservation Centre

Visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Later, stroll along the ancient Jinli Street.

Day 9 : Fly Chengdu to UK

Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.

 

Tour Includes

All international airfares

All domestic transportation, departure taxes and current fuel surcharges

All accomodation

All meals�

Entrance fees, guides and daily tours

visa fees for UK & EU passport holders

*This tour is based on Etihad and has a different itinerary and inclusions.  Please call for details

#We allow children 8 years and over on these tours.We recommend that families with younger children age take advantage of our private tours. This will give you more flexibility while on tour

 

+Please see website for details of the Christmas itinerary

  • Prices are fully inclusive from the UK and based on London Heathrow departures
  • Regional departures available
  • Flight upgrades available on request
  • Land only from £990pp (Beijing - Chengdu)
  • Single room option from £290
  • Tipping payable locally US$50pp
  • Comfortable Paced Tour

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