In Pursuit of Pandas – Christmas Special
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11 Day In Pursuit of Pandas – Christmas Special Tour Itinerary
DAYS 1-2: FLY OVERNIGHT TO BEIJING
Fly overnight to Beijing, Chinas historical capital. Depending on your time of arrival the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
DAY 3: CHRISTMAS DAY ON THE GREAT WALL
Enjoy Christmas Day with a walk on the Great Wall to appreciate 2,000 years of historical significance whilst admiring the panoramic views. The Great Wall is China’s most iconic attraction, which stretches over 4,000 miles from the Shanhaiguan Pass on the east coast to the Gobi Desert in the west. In the afternoon we visit the exquisite Summer Palace. This evening, indulge in a Christmas meal, including the local delicacy, Peking Duck.
DAY 4: IMPERIAL BEIJING
Begin in Beijings symbolic heart with a stroll across Tiananmen Square, towards the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. A monument to dynasties past, enter through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, into a complex of a thousand rooms and many imperial treasures. Later, soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in a dance class and mingle with the locals. In the evening, see a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show.
DAY 5: XIAN CITY WALLS
Fly to Xian. An illustrious and age-old city, Xian is one of the four great ancient capitals of China. It is also the capital of Shaanxi province and the starting point of the fabled Silk Road with a history spanning 3,100 years. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xians old town. Tonight, enjoy a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.
DAY 6: TERRACOTTA WARRIORS
Visit one of the most important archaeological discoveries of the 20th century: the Terracotta Warriors. The figures were created over 2,000 years ago to accompany Emperor Qin Shihuang into the afterlife. Later, wander through the Muslim Quarter.
DAY 7: BULLET TRAIN TO CHENGDU
This morning, visit the lovely Little Wild goose Pagoda and the Xian Museum. In the afternoon, take the bullet train to Chengdu.
DAY 8: LESHAN GRAND BUDDHA
Travel to Leshan to visit the Grand Buddha, the worlds largest stone-carved Buddhist statue. We take a short boat trip to view the statue from the river. Return to Chengdu, visiting the old town of Huanglongxi en-route.
DAY 9: NEW YEARS EVE WITH THE PANDAS
On New Years Eve, visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre to see these charismatic animals being reared in wooded surroundings reminiscent of their natural habitat. Later, visit the ancient World Heritage Dujiangyan Irrigation project. Sample a delicious New Years meal this evening, inspired by the local Sichuan cuisine.
DAY 10: CHENGDU
Enjoy a free day to explore Chengdu independently.
DAY 11: FLY CHENGDU TO UK
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.