Treasures of China

On your 11 Day Treasures of China tour delve into the unique world of China during this magnificent tour as you explore Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin, and Shanghai. As you’d expect from a holiday to China, a highlight is your visit to the Great Wall of China. Known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, it is the only man-made object that can be seen from space by the naked eye. As you walk along the wall, see how expansive it is and imagine what it was like to construct the wall—at a time without modern machinery to help! As if the Great Wall of China is not enough to astonish you, wait until you see the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an. Discovered accidentally in 1974, construction on the roughly 8,000 soldiers, chariots, and horses started in 210 BC—all to help China’s first emperor in the afterlife.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Beijing  

Welcome to China! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town, 3 nights

Day 2: Beijing  

Your full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to Tian’anmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Next, explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest palace complex. Once the home of China’s great emperors, today it showcases ancient Chinese architecture, landscaped gardens, and displays of rare art and artifacts. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, followed by free time to explore on your own. This evening, savour a special Peking Duck Welcome Dinner.

Day 3: Beijing – Great Wall Excursion  

The Great Wall Of China once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress. Return to Beijing for some time at your leisure. Tonight, you may choose to attend a performance of the Peking Opera, a traditional form of Chinese theatre, or attend the Legend of Kung Fu Show, with a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics.

Day 4: Beijing – Xi’an

This morning, visit the Temple Of Heaven and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s Hutongs, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighbourhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home to learn more about their life. A short flight brings you to Xi’an.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Xi’an, 2 nights

Day 5: Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of Terracotta Warriors that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. During lunch, enjoy a Noodle-Making Demonstration by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the Dayan Pagoda, built in 652 AD. This evening, attend the “Tang Dynasty” Dinner Show, featuring a colourful assemblage of classical performances.

Day 6: Xi’an – Guilin

Today, fly to Guilin, one of China’s most beautiful areas. Tonight, you may choose to join our optional trip to see trained cormorants dive for fish, the traditional Lijiang fishing method.

Hotel: Sheraton Guilin Hotel, 2 nights

Day 7: Guilin  

Savour unique vistas during a leisurely Cruise on the Li River, where limestone mountains rise sharply from the surrounding plain. The scene conveys a sense of mystery that for centuries artists have tried to capture. Afterward, visit a local Tea Farm for a hands-on demonstration of the tea-making process, followed by a tea ceremony.

Day 8: Guilin – Shanghai

Fly to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and centre of trade and industry. This evening, consider an optional cruise on the Huangpu River for stunning views of the Bund.

Hotel: Grand Central Hotel Shanghai, 3 nights

Day 9: Shanghai

This morning, your sightseeing starts with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Visit Yu Yuan Gardens, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a Silk Factory to learn about the silk-making process. Then, take a Walking Tour of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure-from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Stop at a local restaurant for lunch featuring Xiaolongbao, Shanghai’s most famous dumpling dish. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You may consider joining an optional tour to see a spectacular acrobatic show.

Day 10: Shanghai

Today, travel to the ancient watertown of Suzhou. Start your sightseeing with a Boat Ride on the Old Canal, followed by a visit to the tranquil Garden Of The Master Of The Fishing Nets, designed during the Song Dynasty. Enjoy a bit of free time to explore on your own before returning to Shanghai. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Day 11: Depart Shanghai

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 18$4,187.00Price on Application
May: 02, 16$4,227.00Price on Application
May: 30$4,127.00Price on Application
June: 06$4,127.00Price on Application
July: 19$4,127.00Price on Application
August: 29$4,227.00Price on Application
September: 12, 19$4,227.00Price on Application
October: 03, 10$4,227.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Flights:Air Ticket: Beijing - Xi'an - Guilin - Shanghai
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Known as the Dragon’s Backbone, spend time taking in the spectacular rice terrace scenery of Longsheng during an overnight stay at a beautiful lodge. Visit a village in the southern countryside for an interactive experience to learn about rural life in China as you pick vegetables for a simple lunch. Venture high into the mountains to visit an ancient village and see local tea pickers at work in the plantation. Taste the flavours of an iconic Sichuan hotpot as you cook fresh vegetables and meat in the spicy, simmering soup.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, transfer to your hotel and enjoy free time until your tour briefing.

Hotel: Novotel Xinqiao or similar, 4 nights

Day 2: Beijing

Walk the expanse of Tiananmen Square and walk to the marvellous Forbidden City on a full day city tour. Visit the beautiful gardens of Jinshan Park before venturing deep into the alleyways of Beijing known as ‘hutongs’ to observe the traditional way of life which has remained relatively unchanged for centuries.

Day 3: Beijing

Visit the iconic Temple of Heaven which stands 38 metres high and 30 metres in diameter. Continue to Panjiayuan Antique Market, Beijing’s largest market. After an included lunch, visit the ornate World Heritage Listed Summer Palace, where the Imperial family once  spent the warmer months, and discover its temples, pavilions and decorated corridors that were home to China’s ruling families.

Day 4: Beijing

Visit one of the world’s most famous man-made sites, the Great Wall of China. At Mutianyu, a less crowded section of the wall, travel by cable car up to the wall and enjoy exploring independently. This evening, enjoy a farewell group dinner of world famous Peking duck.

Day 5: Beijing to Xian

Travel by high-speed train to Xian. This evening, join an optional dumpling banquet to sample the different flavours these little bundles of food joy come in.

Hotel: Grand Dynasty Culture or similar, 2 nights

Day 6: Xian

On a full day tour of Xian, discover the city’s highlights. Drive to the Army of Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the spectacular scenes of countless life-size warriors. Return to Xian and visit the city walls before continuing to the Great Mosque, an interesting fusion of Middle Eastern and traditional architectural styles. Wander through the Muslim Quarter to
Yongxingfang as you take in the lively street markets and exotic local foods.

Day 7: Xian to Chengdu

Take the high speed train to Chengdu and visit the Giant Panda Research & Breeding Base to see the countries cutest residents before immersing yourself in the local life of bustling People’s Park by joining the locals for a cup of tea in a teahouse as you watch a game of mahjong.

Hotel: Dorsett Hotel or similar, 2 nights

Day 8: Chengdu

From Chengdu, drive south to Leshan to see the World Heritage Listed Giant Buddha, also known as Da Fo – the largest Buddha statue in the world. Cruise past this amazing structure for some great views. Drive to an ancient village before visiting a tea plantation to see China’s best known export being picked high in the mountains. Experience the atmospheric night market before enjoying the spicy flavours of a traditional Sichuan hotpot feast

Day 9: Chengdu to Longsheng

TFly to Guilin and drive to Ping An in Longsheng. Stay overnight in a lodge overlooking the famous Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terrace.

Hotel: Longji Ping An Hotel or similar

Day 10: Longsheng to Guilin

In Longsheng, admire some of China’s most stunning scenery with row upon row of rice terraces clinging precariously to the slopes of neighbouring mountain peaks and valleys. Enjoy a simple lunch at a local farmer’s restaurant before driving to Guilin.

Hotel: Guilin Bravo Hotel or similar
Day 11: Guilin to Yangshuo

Cruise along the Li River with stunning limestone karsts towering above the river. Arrive in Yangshuo and spend the afternoon enjoying the colourful atmosphere of this enchanting town.

Hotel: Days Inn Frontier Yangshuo or similar, 2 nights

Day 12: Yangshuo

Venture to the farmlands surrounding Yangshuo for a fascinating village experience and help the farmers pick fresh vegetables to be used in your lunch. In the afternoon, ride a tranquil bamboo raft along the Yulong River. This evening, you have the option of joining a cooking class and preparing local dishes for dinner.

Day 13: Yangshuo to Hong Kong

Transfer to Hong Kong by high speed train and enjoy an evening at leisure to experience this vibrant cities sights, sounds and tastes.s.

Hotel: Metropolis Hotel or simila, 2 nights

Day 14: Hong Kong

Enjoy a half day tour exploring Hong Kong Island. Visit famous Victoria Peak for breathtaking panoramas of Victoria Harbour before continuing to sun-drenched Repulse Bay to take in the relaxed beachside atmosphere of Kwun Yum Temple. Discover the floating villages of Aberdeen during a sampan ride to see locals living on the fishing junks. This afternoon, enjoy free time.

Day 15: Depart Hong Kong

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
March: 29$4,525.00$5,829.00
April: 12$4,525.00$5,829.00
May: 03, 17$4,525.00$5,829.00
June: 07$4,465.00$5,715.00
July: 05$4,555.00$5,895.00
August: 09$4,555.00$5,895.00
September: 06, 20$4,615.00$6,015.00
October: 04, 18$4,615.00$6,015.00
2021 Dates & Prices
March: 28$4,525.00$5,829.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Transport in air-conditioned vehicles
Flights:Flight Ticket: Beijing - Xi'An / Chengdu - Guilin
Rail:Train Ticket: Xi'An - Chengdu / Yangshuo - Hong Kong
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide:English-speaking Tour Leader
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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