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China Discovery


Tour Code : CD019

Enjoy the highlights of China, the ancient capital of Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xian, visit the Pandas in Chengdu and cruise along the Yangtze River before travelling to the capital of capitalism Shanghai where you can enjoy the bright lights...


3 days


2 days


3 days


3 days


3 days


2 days

Day 1 Beijing (L/D)
Pick up and transferred from Beijing international airport to your hotel, the day begins with a short visit to Summer Palace, take a stroll enjoying the classical Chinese garden architecture, the relaxation point of the royal family, enjoy dinner at a Chinese restaurant.
Day 2 Beijing (B/L/D)
A day tour to see the famous city of Beijing, the first stop is Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world. Walk through the north side of the square through the red Tiananmen Gate into the Forbidden City, the ancient city home of the royal family and their court during China’s Ming and Qing Dynasties. After lunch visit the imposing Temple of Heaven where the Emperor’s came yearly to ask for a good harvest. Enjoy dinner and the a performance by the Peking Opera.
Day 3 Beijing (B/L)
Visit the Great Wall, take a walk along and see one of the most impressive mad made structures on earth. After lunch travel some 50 km northwest of Beijing to the Sacred Way with its fabulous stone animals. The way leads to the Ming Tombs in the shadow of Longevity Mountain. Take a trip to the Underground Palace of Dingling and see the imperial coffins, burial artefacts and treasures before returning to Beijing.
Day 4 Beijing-Xian (B/L/D)
Enjoy your morning free at leisure, before taking the afternoon flight to the ancient former capital city of Xian, and visit the City Wall built in the 14th century and one of the most important city walls in China. For dinner enjoy the local speciality of dumplings at a local restaurant
Day 5 Xian (B/L/D)
Visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum, thousands of life size soldiers and horses were created to guard the tomb of Qin Shi Huangdi, the first Emperor to unite China under his firm rule. The royal tomb itself has yet to be opened but the rank upon rank of Warriors is a sight that is unrivalled anywhere in the world. After lunch, we will visit the Provincial History Museum which has the richest collection of artefacts in China. For the last visit of the afternoon see Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The square, seven-storey pagoda was built in 652 AD and is a fine example of Tang Dynasty Buddhist architecture. Overnight: New World Hotel
Day 6 Xi’an-Chengdu (B/L/D)
Before breakfast, experience the mysterious and ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan, a 300-year old traditional Chinese martial art also known as shadow boxing. After breakfast, visit the Forest of Stone Steles Museum. The museum, which is housed in the Temple of Confucius, has the largest collection of its kind in China with over 3,000 inscribed stones steles. Next the Great Mosque built in 742 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The traditional Chinese-style architecture makes this mosque quite distinct from its Arabic counterparts. Visit a local Chinese family, then take an afternoon flight to Chengdu, pick up & drive to Wolong & overnight at hotel in Wolong.
Day 7 Chengdu (B/L/D)
A day trip to the Wolong Panda Reserve Centre and then drive back to Chengdu, overnight at a hotel in Chengdu.
Day 8 Chengdu – Chongqin (B/L/D)
See the sites of Chengdu before taking the afternoon flight to Chongqin. Dinner at a local restaurant before boarding a luxury river cruise where you will spend the night before departing on the river the next day
Day 9 Chongqin - Yangtze Cruise (B/L/D)
Set out along the Yangtze River, stop for a visit to the Ghost City of Fengdu, famous for its temple dedicated to the King of the Underworld, an association dating back to the Han Dynasty.
Day 10 Badong (B/L/D)
Travel along the river, when arriving at Badong take a small junk boat to explore the Shennong Stream. The trip features a fantastic natural backdrop and a wonderful boat ride along the crystal stream. The most impressive scene is a team of trackers who push and haul their wooden sampans over the willow rapids. Sometimes, the pea boats allow you to take a closer look at mossy rocks, verdant plants, ancient plank roads, hanging coffins and rare flying monkeys. Return to the luxury of the cruise and have dinner on board.
Day 11 Sandouping (B/L/D)
Today we will arrive at Sandouping and see the Three Gorges Dam Project. Now virtually complete, this is the largest project of its kind ever undertaken anywhere in the world. Not only does the dam fulfill the function of controlling the floodwaters of the Yangtze but will also provide eco-friendly hydroelectric power. Once again you have the benefit of dining aboard your luxury cruise ship.
Day 12 Wuhan-Chengdu (B/L)
Around noon arrive at Wuhan. Depending on time visit Hubei Provincial Museum and Chairman Mao Zedong’s Villa, after lunch take the afternoon flight to Chengdu & transfer to your hotel.
Day 13 Chengdu-Lhasa (B/L/D)
After breakfast drive to the airport for the morning flight to Lhasa situated 3,650 metres above sea level. Have lunch on the plane and upon landing visit the Nietang Buddha prior to being invited into the home of a typical Tibetan family enjoy Tibetan tea with the family before heading to your hotel for dinner.
Day 14 Lhasa (B/L/D)
Potala Palace, the Tibet Museum and Jokhang Temple are the first sights you will see as you emerse in Tibetan history and culture. Enjoy colourful bazaars on Barkhor Street known as the Pilgrims’s Way before visiting a carpet factory. Before returning to your hotel visit a Traditional Medicine Hospital (Mentsikhang) offering herbal remedies 
Day 15 Lhasa (B/L/D)
Lhasa is famous for its monasteries visit the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung was once the largest and wealthiest and a Yellow Hat monastery where the Dalai Lamas were trained. Sera was a strong rival for importance and had three Tantric Colleges. Visit Norbulingka Park (Jewel Park), the old summer palace of the Dalai Lamas with its fine palaces, pavilions, gardens and ponds.
Day 16 Lhasa-Shanghai (B/L/D)
Transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai via Chengdu. On arrival in Shanghai, pick up & transfer to your hotel.
Day 17 Shanghai (B/L)
A day tour of Shanghai, some of its history can be seen at the Shanghai Museum on People’s Square with its fine collection of cultural relics. A trip to the Yuyuan Garden, laid out in the 16th century by a Ming official, this small (2 hectares) garden is a delight of pools, pavilions and rockeries. Strolling through the bazaar surrounding the garden, you will find lines of stores selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts. Visit The Bund, one of the most famous thoroughfares in China the commercial hub of Shanghai, to the thriving Pudong area. Enjoy your last tour dinner with excellent food and great views of the city.
Day 18 Shanghai - Depart (B)
Transport to the airport for your onward flight

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