First we take you to fabulous Shanghai, China’s pulsating commercial heart, then on to Xian, the ancient Tang capital. Here you will see the Terracotta Warriors archaeological site, the Small Goose Pagoda and other features of the country’s fabulous past. While in Beijing walk along the Great Wall, see the Ming Tombs and Tiananmen Square, explore the splendours of the Forbidden City and wander through the grounds of the Summer Palace. All this together with spectacular evening entertainments and unique local cuisines will make this a tour to remember.
Transfer to your hotel.
This morning walk along the famous Bund past the facades of the colonial buildings lining the Huangpu River and look across to the soaring TV tower and fantastic skyscrapers of the Pudong district on the opposite side. Following is a visit to the beautifully maintained Yu Garden, an outstanding example of a classical garden dating from the 16th century. Then comes the renowned Shanghai Museum which is famous for its collection of paintings, sculptures, porcelain, costumes, ancient bronzes and other artefacts. Later you cruise across the Huangpu River to ascend the Shanghai World Financial Centre Observatory, one of the world’s tallest buildings, for an astonishing view over the whole city. (B/L)
You transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian. After the transfer to your hotel you will walk along Xian’s massive City wall, one of the best preserved in China, and this evening you will enjoy the lavish spectacle of the Tang Dynasty Dinner and Show. (B/L/D)
This morning you will view the excavated Terracotta Warriors and Horses, buried over 2000 years ago to guard the tomb of China’s great unifier and first emperor Qinshihuang. (B/L)
This morning there is a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda situated in the grounds of a Buddhist temple founded by the Tang emperor Gaozong in 684 AD. After lunch you will fly to Beijing where, as an introduction to this city, you will visit Tiananmen Square, look across the vast space to the Great Hall of the People. (B/L)
Today you will visit the Forbidden City, as the former imperial palace is called, where the magnificent marble courtyards, huge halls, gilded temples and ornate pavilions, the residence of the emperors and their families, are now open to your wonderment. This is followed by a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s old Hutong District, a fascinating maze of narrow alleys, with old houses and hidden courtyards, dating from Yuan Dynasty times (14th century), where people who live and work here welcome you into their homes. (B/L)
You will be taken north today to pace the ramparts of China’s famed Great Wall, originally constructed over 2000 years ago to keep northern invaders at bay. Returning to the city you will visit the Temple of Heaven, where the emperors, for the good of the empire, carried out the most important sacrifices and ceremonies of the year. Set in a huge park planted with conifers, the beautiful blue tiled buildings here represent the epitome of Ming architecture. (B/L)
Today you will visit the Summer Palace, the famed pleasure garden of the Qing emperors, originally constructed by the emperor Qianlong to celebrate his mother’s 60th birthday in 1751 and later the favourite retreat of the dowager empress Cixi until her death in 1908. Languid willows and painted pavilions surround a scenic lake, across which are enchanting views to the pagoda-capped Jade Spring Hill and the mountains beyond.
The afternoon is at your leisure. (B/L)
You transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
|Twin Share||Single Supplement||Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Apr, Nov 12||$2220||$515||$2775||$1035|
|May, Sep-Oct 12||$2295||$570||$2960||$1185|
|Dec 12, Jan-Feb 13||$2090||$415||$2615||$915|
The prices of above tour are based on the basis of a minimum of 2 persons travelling together.