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This whistle stop tour visits the highlights in China’s contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai and is the perfect introduction to China. Marvel at the Great Wall before getting a glimpse of China’s fascinating past on the ancient walls of Xian and exciting future in bustling Shanghai.
Days 1-2: Shanghai
Fly overnight to Shanghai. On arrival on day two you will be met at the airport by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel for your 3 night stay.
Once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, Shanghai is now one of Asia’s most influential cities. Prior to communist arrival in 1949, Shanghai was a city with European-style mansions and was the most important trading port in Asia. Today it presents a blend of cultures; the modern and the traditional, along with the occidental and oriental. Modern skyscrapers intermingle with 1920’s ‘shikumen’ buildings. This combination is what attracts millions of visitors each year.
Day 3: Zhujiajiao
Today drive approximately 1 hour to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. Later return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum before wandering around People’s Square. Dine tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
One of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns, Zhujiajiao is built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The town’s alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges.
Day 4: Shanghai
Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden and the atmospheric alleys of the old town. Admire the magnificent colonial architecture along the Huangpu River with a stroll along the Bund before visiting the Silk Museum. Sightseeing today involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city with 3-4hrs on foot. Later cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas.
Day 5: Shanghai – Xian
Fly two and half hours to Xian for a two-night stay. This evening, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and enjoy a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
Xian has long played a pivotal role in China’s extensive history and has been a thriving hub for cultural exchange, economic trade as well as national politics for centuries. Home to some of China’s most ancient sights, diverse architecture and delicious fares, Xian is a must see destination.
Day 6: Xian
Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located more than 1 hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance is a 15 minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in 3 different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall, these are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense.
Day 7: Xian – Beijing
Today visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda before taking a stroll through the exotic Muslim Quarter. This afternoon fly 1 hour and 50 minutes to Beijing. On arrival, transfer 1 hour to your hotel for an evening of leisure.
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. With its unequalled wealth of history, Beijing served as the centre for the many different empires and cultures that ruled China and has been the heart of politics and society throughout its long history. The ancient monuments, the stories of days gone by as well as the dynamic and modern city Beijing has become today, make it a destination not to be missed.
Day 8: Beijing
Walk across the lengths of Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City. Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance class. You will spend approximately 6 hours sightseeing today predominately on foot. This evening enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.
Day 9: Beijing
You will rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore the rest at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum and this afternoon drive approximately 1 and half hours to wander around the Summer Palace. This evening savour a delicious Peking duck dinner.
Day 10: Depart Beijing
Return transfer to Beijing airport for your return flight to the UK.
Issue date: 29 June 2017
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Depart Heathrow on 25 November
9 night ‘A China Highlights’ Tour
All sightseeing included
China visa included
(UK & EU passport holders)
£1789 per person
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