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Cities & Mountains of China

The stunning contrasts of the Huangshan mountains, Shanghai, Beijing and more.

 

The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu said ‘A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step’ and this is certainly a journey to remember. As you immerse yourself in Chinese culture and history you’ll create lasting memories every step of your way. Nothing beats standing on the Great Wall of China in the early morning mist or gazing in wonder at the Terracotta Warriors, where no two faces of the 8000 strong army are the same. Contemplate the vastness of the Forbidden City and the beauty of the landscape as you walk the sea of clouds in the Huangshan Mountains.

 

We fly from London to Beijing and then take a local flight to Xian, home of the terracotta troops. We’ll have a full day sightseeing in Xian and enjoy a traditional Tang Dynasty performance in the evening. Next it’s onto the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai where we’ll explore the Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Yuan Garden, the fascinating Museum of Shanghai and take a stroll along the Bund.

 

We travel by train to Suzhou, known as the Venice of the East and famous for its beautiful gardens and silk production. We have a day sightseeing and then travel by train to Hangzhou. We have three full days here that allow us to explore on foot the many areas of interest including Jade Springs and the Lingyin Temple and Dragon Well (with reportedly the purest water in China). We’ll also take a boat trip to West Lake as well as visiting a botanical garden.

 

Then it’s by road to the Huangshan Mountains, giving us an opportunity to enjoy a totally different environment. We have two days of walking in this beautiful region before flying to Beijing where we will visit all the main sites including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, The Great Hall of the People and Tian’anmen Square. We’ll also spend a full day visiting the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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    03 Sep 2017
    Nights
    18
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    Level B
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    03 Sep 2017 - 21 Sep 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Depart London Heathrow for the overnight flight to Beijing.

    Day 2 - Xian
    On arrival at Beijing, take a flight to Xian. Transfer to our hotel.

    Day 3 - Xian
    We spend the day in Xian sightseeing. Visits will include the Terracotta Army, Huaging Hot Spring and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. In the evening we will see a Tang Dynasty Show.

    Day 4 - Shanghai
    We take a flight to Shanghai and transfer to our hotel. We’ll have a city tour this afternoon to the Bund.

    Day 5 - Shanghai
    We spend the day sightseeing in Shanghai. Visits include Jade Buddha Temple, Yu Garden and the Shanghai Museum. Evening entertainment tonight is Chinese Acrobatics!

    Day 6 - Suzhou
    We take the train to Suzhou, a beautiful traditional Chinese ‘water town’ where we spend 2 nights.

    Day 7 - Suzhou
    Sightseeing in Suzhou including the Humble Administrators Garden, Tiger Hill and Garden of the Master of the Nets.

    Day 8 - Hangzhou
    We take a train to Hangzhou and transfer to our hotel.

    Day 9 - Hangzhou
    Today we have a boat trip to West Lake, a visit to the Lingyin Temple and take a walk to Willows Lakeside Garden. We’ll also spend time at the Meijiawu tea garden.

    Day 10 - Hangzhou
    Morning visit to Chinese Herbal Medicine Museum. Free afternoon.

    Day 11 - Hangzhou
    Visit to Xixi National Wetland Park, Jade Spring and the botanical garden.

    Day 12 - Huangshan
    We transfer by road to Huangshan and overnight.

    Day 13 - Huangshan
    Walking in the Huangshan Mountains around Tiandu Peak.

    Day 14 - Huangshan
    Walking around the West Sea Grand Canyon in the Huangshan Mountains.

    Day 15 - Beijing
    A day visit to Tunxi for sightseeing. We’ll have dinner here before our transfer to the airport for our evening flight to Beijing. Transfer to our hotel in Beijing.

    Day 16 - Beijing
    Visit to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and the Sacred Road.

    Day 17 - Beijing
    Full day sightseeing to include Tiananmen Square, Mao’s Mausoleum, the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. We will spend the evening at the Beijing opera.

    Day 18 - Beijing
    Visit to the Great Hall of the People, Summer Palace and Lama Temple.

    Day 19 - In flight
    Transfer to Beijing Apt for return flight to UK.


  • Accommodation

    Three and four star hotels with en suite facilities throughout but accommodation in Huangshan may be of a simpler standard.

  • What's Included

    Holiday Price Includes:

    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • All local transport for walking and sightseeing excursions.
    • All entrance fees.
    • En-suite accommodation.
    • All meals.
    • Services of a local guide.
    Supplement for single room: £720
     

  • Holiday Highlights

    Holiday Highlights:

    • The iconic Terracotta Warriors in Xian.
    • Strolling along the Bund in Shanghai.
    • The traditional ‘Water Town’ of Suzhou.
    • Walking in the Huangshan Mountains.
    • The Great Wall of China.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer to Xian hotel by road (c45mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow–Beijing (c10hrs 30mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.
    • Visa is required.

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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable.



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