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BEAUTIFUL CHINA – 2017

Tour Code - 2170
16 Days - SHANGHAI to HONG KONG

Experience the potent beauty and history of China on this magical holiday taking in Shanghai, Guilin, Beijing, a cruise on the mighty Yangtze, the legendary Terracotta Warriors and Hong Kong.

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  • SHANGHAI. Welcome to the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the city at leisure. (D).
  • SHANGHAI. Once dubbed the 'Paris of the Orient', Shanghai still retains much of the sophistication and ebullience of yesteryear. Today's sightseeing tour features the famous YU YUAN GARDEN, the atmospheric old town and the stunning JADE BUDDHA TEMPLE. The afternoon is free for you to explore 'The Bund' and Nanjing Road at your leisure. Later this evening, enjoy an exciting ACROBATICS SHOW. (B,L,D)
  • SHANGHAI-TONGLI-SUZHOU. This morning visit the splendid SHANGHAI MUSEUM, which houses thousands of exquisite Chinese archaeological and artistic exhibits. After lunch drive to TONGLI, a 1000 year old 'water-town' and experience the life of local people living along the canals, before continuing on to Suzhou. Tonight, dancers, folk singers and musicians with classical Chinese instruments will entertain you in Suzhou's GARDEN OF THE MASTER OF THE NETS. (B,L,D).
  • SUZHOU-BEIJING. Suzhou is famed for its silk industry. Its many ancient canals and bridges earned it the name `Venice of the East'. Your time here begins with a visit to TIGER HILL, on the summit of which stands the Pagoda of Yunyan. Visit the LINGERING GARDEN before taking a short cruise along the GRAND CANAL. After lunch visit a SILK FACTORY, then enjoy a RICKSHAW RIDE along the canal banks. This evening, fly to Beijing (B,L,D).
  • BEIJING. Beijing holds many wonders for the visitor, from the historic to the enigmatic and stirring. Highlights include the vast TIANANMEN SQUARE, home to the imposing city museum, and the magnificent FORBIDDEN CITY, the palace complex that was home to successive Emperors for over 500 years. The glorious SUMMER PALACE will enthrall you with its gardens and landscapes. (B,L).
  • BEIJING-GREAT WALL OF CHINA. Drive to the Mutianyu to visit the legendary GREAT WALL OF CHINA, which crosses forested mountain tops and stretches approximately 6,000 kilometres across China's barren northern terrain. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is a spectacular sight you'll be sure never to forget. Your day ends with a traditional PEKING DUCK DINNER in Beijing. (B,L,D).
  • BEIJING-YICHANG-YANGTZE RIVER. After a morning visit to Beijing's TEMPLE OF HEAVEN, fly to Yichang, where you will board your ship, MV President No.7, for an exciting four-night YANGTZE RIVER CRUISE. (B,D).
  • YANGTZE RIVER. Set sail this morning and watch dramatic vistas unfold before you as your ship passes through the serenely beautiful Xiling Gorge. After a shore excursion to the incredible THREE GORGES DAM, you'll sail through the Three Gorges Dam Five Stage Ship Lock. (B,L,D).
  • YANGTZE RIVER. Today, experience the swift, crystal waters of the Shennong Stream, a Yangtze tributary. Travel through fairytale landscapes that are unlike anywhere else in the world. Later you will pass through Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge. (B,L,D).
  • YANGTZE RIVER. Continue your cruise today and visit Fengdu Ghost City, said to be inhabited by immortals from China's underworld, and bursting with ancient shrines and temples dedicated to these gods. (B,L,D).
  • YANGTZE RIVER-CHONGQING-XIAN. Disembark your cruise in Chongqing and enjoy a short city tour and a visit to the CITY ZOO, which is home to some of China's famous giant pandas. Later, continue to the airport for your flight to Xian. (B,L).
  • XIAN. Marvel at the remarkable TERRACOTTA WARRIORS, built around 250 BC to guard an Imperial Tomb and comprising thousands of full-size, hand-carved clay soldiers, chariots and horses. Next, stroll along the ancient CITY WALL. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the TANG ERA MUSIC AND DANCE SHOW (B,L,D).
  • XIAN-GUILIN. After a morning visit to Xian's WILD GOOSE PAGODA, a revered Buddhist pagoda built around 600 AD, fly to Guilin. (B,L).
  • GUILIN-YANGSHUO. Cruise the picturesque LI RIVER which snakes through limestone pinnacles and rice fields to Yangshuo. (B).
  • YANGSHUO-GUILIN. Discover the beautiful countryside around Yangshuo. The afternoon is at leisure. Return to Guilin in the evening. (B).
  • GUILIN-HONG KONG. Visit the REED FLUTE CAVE, a vast cavern pitted with stalagmites and stalactites, named after the nearby reeds that were once used to make flutes. In the afternoon, fly to Hong Kong where your tour ends. (B).
 
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