A China Experience
|Resort:||A China Experience|
|Operator:||Wendy Wu Tours|
10 Day A China Experience Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO SHANGHAI
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the ‘Paris of the East’. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3: EXPLORE SHANGHAI
Shanghai is Chinas great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today’s explorations include the traditional Yu Garden, the Silk Factory and a stop in the old town. Also admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. This evening view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. Dinner tonight will be traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
DAY 4: ZHUJIAJIAO WATER TOWN
Visit Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghais sleepy water towns, built on an old canal system once used to transport goods all over imperial China. The towns narrow alleyways exude old-world charm, whilst the waterways are lined with ancient buildings and crossed by stone bridges. Return to Shanghai and visit the Shanghai Museum and explore Peoples Square. End the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.
DAY 5: LITTLE WILD GOOSE PAGODA
Fly to Xian, the ancient former capital. This afternoon take a visit to the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda and spend time walking through the atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter, which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Here you will gain an insight into the citys fascinating culture and significance as the start of Silk Road.
DAY 6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of Chinas first emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-sized warriors and horses who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century ancient city walls that enclose Xians old town. Tonight, feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings before a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
DAY 7: BULLET TRAIN TO BEIJING
Board the bullet train to Beijing, Chinas historic capital city. After dinner, there is an option to enjoy a kung fu show.
DAY 8: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Head to Beijing’s symbolic heart and stroll across Tiananmen Square into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape. Here, mingle with the locals and watch or participate as they spend their afternoon practising Tai Chi, dancing and playing cards. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the traditional hutongs, where the narrow alleys offer an authentic glimpse of old Beijing. Meet a local family and learn first-hand about hutong life.
DAY 9: THE GREAT WALL
This morning is dedicated to Chinas most iconic sight the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Spend the afternoon strolling through the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you see the traditional Chinese gardens and exquisite architecture. Today’s sightseeing is the perfect way to build up your appetite for Beijing’s most famous delicacy Peking duck.
DAY 10: FLY BEIJING TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.