Welcome to Shanghai. China's largest city, Shanghai is an international metropolis and the centre of East China's economy, trade, science and technology. Here, the perfect blend of culture exists, where Western and Chinese traditions intertwine to make Shanghai the pulsating city it is today. Your afternoon is free to explore the city with the famous skyline. (D).
Visit the ancient water town of WUZHEN and take a leisurely stroll to soak up the atmosphere of this centuries-old Chinese town. Home to an intricate system of canals, stone bridges, wooden waterside homes and narrow cobblestone streets, Wuzhen is renowned for its old-world charm and picturesque setting as well as an abundance of local handicrafts. Return to Shanghai and enjoy a dinner of traditional Shanghai cuisine. (B,L,D)
Sightseeing today includes a stroll through the Old Town and the beautiful YU YUAN GARDEN, a place of peace and tranquillity in this bustling city. Visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM where superb antiquities and fine arts dating back 6,000 years are on show. Walk along the famous Bund with its colonial architecture and explore the restored Xintiandi area with its unique 1920's style Shikumen buildings. In the evening, enjoy a CRUISE on the panoramic Huangpu River, where the historic Bund and the futuristic Pudong come face-to-face. (B,L,D)
Today fly to Xian, the former ancient capital known centuries ago as Chang'an or the eternal city. In the evening, sample a traditional Shui Jiao dumpling meal followed by a performance of TANG DYNASTY DANCING. (B,L,D)
This morning, visit the site of one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century - the TERRACOTTA WARRIORS. These life-size figures of warriors, horses and chariots were created in the 3rd century BC to accompany the first emperor of China, Emperor Qin Shihuang, into the afterlife. They were discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well. We also walk along the ANCIENT CITY WALL of Xian. (B,L,D)
Today visit the renowned SHAANXI HISTORY MUSEUM which is home to thousands of cultural relics in bronze, terracotta, gold and silver. Later, walk through the lively Muslim Quarter to explore the Islamic food markets before flying to Beijing, the capital city of China. (B,L,D).
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. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the home of emperors as well as the centre of politics. Also visit the unique TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy an amazing CHINESE ACROBAT SHOW in the evening. (B,L,D).
Travel to the GREAT WALL OF CHINA, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest man-made structure in the world. Stretching approximately 6,000 kilometres across forested mountain tops through the historical northern border of China, this fortification with its battle forts and watch towers is a spectacular sight to behold. Also tour the exquisite Summer Palace, which was constructed as a place of rest and relaxation for ancient royal families, and today serves the same purpose for locals and tourists alike. Your evening meal tonight includes the local delicacy, Peking Duck. (B,L,D).
Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (B).