One of the world's oldest civilisations, China has a fascinating history of successive dynasties which shaped the country up until the 18th Century. It has in recent times emerged as a superpower in the world's economy and although aspects of the country are shrouded in secrecy it has now opened up to become a major tourist destination; we have certainly always found it welcoming and warm.
Old Shanghai is (maybe sadly) disappearing fast but the city retains historical landmarks such as The Bund area and Yuyuan Garden, one of the finest in China. Beijing, formerly Peking, is China's capital and home to the Forbidden City, the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty in the 20th century.
These historic buildings are contrasted by the sleek towering skyscrapers. No trip to China is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wall in various forms stretches for approximately 5,500 miles.
Also unmissable are the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, only discovered in 1974, a vast army that includes figures of warriors, chariots, horses, officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians all dating back to 210BC. Any land tour should really take in all of these sites.
Finally, one of the finest way to see the landscape and relax is by taking a river cruise along the spectacular Yangtze River – less spectacular than it used to be (as the water level is raised so the gorges have lost some of their splendour) but still a rather special way to travel in China.
Due to the sheer size of China weather is incredibly varied, so it is important to review the conditions you can expect in the region you are travelling to. You will require an entry visa to travel to China and a multiple entry visa is often required for cruise itineraries.
Day 1 – Fly London to Beijing
Day 2 – Beijing. Transfer to The Peninsula Beijing for a four night stay.
Day 3 – Beijing. Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. Enjoy a private boat ride on Lake Kunming
Day 4 – Beijing. Visit the Temple of Heaven and join in the Tai Chi exercise with the locals. Explore Hongqiao Market and Beijing’s hutongs followed by a Peking Opera performance
Day 5 – Beijing. A day to explore the Great Wall of China, the Ming Tombs and the Olympic sites
Day 6 – Beijing/Xian. Fly from Beijing to Xian and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel for a two night stay. Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the City Wall
Day 7 – Xian. Visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors followed by a visit to the Herbal Medicine Wholesales Market. After lunch, take a walk to The Great Mosque and explore Xian’s night market
Day 8 – Xian/Shanghai. Fly Xian to Shanghai and transfer to The Peninsula Shanghai for a three night stay. After lunch, you will proceed to The Bund before a visit to the Shanghai Museum
Day 9 – Shanghai. Take a walk through Shanghai’s old Chinese quarter to the lovely Yu Yuan garden & in the afternoon, visit Jade Buddha Temple
Day 10 – Shanghai. Today you will visit the ancient river town of Zhujiajiao and enjoy the ERA acrobatic show in the evening
Day 11 – Shanghai/Yichang, Embark MS Yangzi Explorer. Fly to Yichang, where you will join your Yangtze River cruise
Day 12 – Cruising the Yangtze. Visit the Three Gorges Dam Project and cruise through Xiling Gorge
Day 13 – Cruising the Yangtze. You will transfer to a traditional longboat for exploration of Shennong Stream. Cruise through the stunning Wu and Qutang Gorges
Day 14 - Cruising the Yangtze. Today in Fengdu, the ‘Ghost City’ situated on Ming Mountain you will visit a Relocated Family and local market
Day 15 – Disembark cruise, Chongqing/Guilin. See the Giant Pandas at Chongqing Zoo. After lunch fly to Guilin for a two night stay at Shangri-La Hotel
Day 16 - Guilin. Take a scenic Li River cruise in Zhujiang
Day 17 – Guilin/Hong Kong. Witness the magical scenery at Fuboshan Mountain, Elephant Trunk Hill and Reed Flute Cave. Fly to Hong Kong and transfer to The Ritz-Carlton for a two night stay
Day 18 – Hong Kong. Walk through Sheung Wan Dried Food & Herbal Market and take a ride on the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak. After lunch, take a sampan boat ride at Aberdeen Fishing Village
Day 19 – Fly Hong Kong to London
Departures: March - November
This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.
Day 1 – Shanghai
Day 2 – The Bund, Yu Garden
Day 3 – Fly Shanghai to Yichang
Day 4 – Three Gorges Dam Project
Day 5 – Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge
Day 6 – Fengdu
Day 7 – Chongqing & Beijing
Day 8 – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City
Day 9 – The Great Wall of China
Day 10 – Beijing
Departures: Various departures year round
Day 1 – Fly London to Beijing
Day 2 – Beijing
Day 3 – Beijing. Sightseeing tour
Day 4 – Beijing, Great Wall of China
Day 5 – Beijing, Yichang
Day 6 – Three Gorges Dam Project Site, Xiling Gorges
Day 7 – Shennong Stream, Wu Gorge, Qutang Gorge
Day 8 – Fengdu
Day 9 – Chongqing, Xi’an
Day 10 – Xi’an, Terracotta Army
Day 11 – Xi’an, Shanghai. Sightseeing tour
Day 12 – Shanghai. Sightseeing tour
Day 13 – Jinxi, Shanghai
Day 14 – Fly Shanghai to London
Departures: Various departures from 1st March 2014 to 30th December 2014
China is vast, so experiences very varied weather conditions. Although it is possible to travel year round, due to the cold winters and very hot summers, spring and autumn offer more friendly conditions.
Due to the sheer size of China, the weather is incredibly varied. We can advise what to take at the time of booking.