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18 Day China Delights 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. Sightseeing today begins with a visit to the classical Yu Garden and a stop in the old town before admiring the colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund. Round off the day with a delicious meal of traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
DAY 4: EVEN MORE SHANGHAI
Explore ultra-modern Pudong followed by a visit to a silk factory and the Shanghai Museum to see the collection of fine arts and antiquities. This evening, view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise.
DAY 5: HISTORIC SUZHOU
Suzhous centre has managed to retain a sense of quaint charm even as the city has grown up around it. Renowned for its traditional gardens, visit the Humble Administrators Garden, typical of the Chinese appreciation of balance and harmony. Later, cruise on the thousand-year-old Grand Canal.
DAY 6: WUZHEN
Travel to the water town of Wuzhen. A charming place of old-world timber buildings, cobbled streets and narrow waterways, it is an easy place to while away the day. Later, continue to the garden city of Hangzhou.
DAY 7: HISTORIC HANGZHOU
A restful morning is spent wandering around the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, one of Chinas most renowned Buddhist temples. Later, enjoy a cruise on Hangzhous West Lake, admiring the gardens, pagodas and old bridges on its shores.
DAY 8: LUSH TEA PLANTATIONS
Browse the bustling local markets and visit the plantations of Meijiawu to learn the teamaking process, from bush to brew. Enjoy a cup of organic green tea and decide which of the locally produced teas you might like to purchase. Later, fly to the beautiful city of Guilin and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 9: LI RIVER CRUISE
Begin today with a relaxing cruise along the Li River to the charming town of Yangshuo. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged karst peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery and grazing buffalo. Wander through the cobbled streets and visit the local market, then stop on the banks of the Li River for a photo opportunity with a cormorant fisherman.
DAY 10: YANGSHUO
Yangshuo sits in an exquisite rural location, surrounded by landscapes of emerald-green paddy fields and dramatic limestone karsts. Start the day with a relaxing and invigorating session of Tai Chi, taking a class with a master to learn this ancient martial art. Spend the rest of the morning exploring the countryside and enjoy some time at leisure. Later, travel through the countryside as you return by road to Guilin.
DAY 11: CHENGDU
Visit Reed Flute Cave to admire the colourful stalagmites and stalactites. Continue to the pearl factory, then fly to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This evening, enjoy an optional performance of Sichuan opera for the actors famous face-changing.
DAY 12: GRAND BUDDHA OF LESHAN
Travel to Leshan to visit the UNESCO-listed Grand Buddha which, at 71 metres, is the worlds largest stone-carved Buddhist monument. Get a birds eye view of the Buddha from the adjacent park, then a short boat trip will give excellent views from the river. Return to Chengdu and in the evening, sample a delicious Sichuanese meal.
DAY 13: GIANT PANDAS
Visit Chengdus famous giant panda reserve to see and learn about Chinas celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. Later, take the bullet train to Xian, the ancient former capital.
DAY 14: 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. Also visit the workshop of the craftsmen to see where the warriors are intricately recreated in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, stroll along the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xians old town. This evening, sit down to a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings followed by a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
DAY 15: BEIJING
Visit the fascinating Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Later, fly to Beijing, the capital of China.
DAY 16: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Spend the morning soaking 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 practise Tai Chi, dance or play cards. Next, head to Beijings symbolic heart, Tiananmen Square and stroll into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. A Chinese acrobatic show rounds off the day.
DAY 17: 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 surrounds it. Visit a jade factory before spending the afternoon enjoying the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace, wandering through traditional Chinese gardens and seeing the exquisite architecture. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dinner of Peking duck followed by an optional kung fu show.
DAY 18: FLY BEIJING TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.