China Tour

Highlights: Beijing - Xian - Yangtze River - Shangai Other departures: Manchester - £3845, Aberdeen - £3919, Edinburgh - £3899, Glasgow - £3919, Inverness - £3835 Itinerary: Day 1: Arrival in Beijing
Beijing, the capital of China, lies just south of the rim of the Central Asian Steppes and is separated from the Gobi Desert by a green chain of mountains, over which The Great Wall runs. Modern Beijing lies on the site of countless human settlements that date back half a million years. Homo erectus Pekinensis, better known as Peking man was discovered just outside the city in 1929. It is China's second largest city in terms of population and the largest in administrative territory. The name Beijing - or Northern Capital - is a modern term by Chinese standards. It first became a capital in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), but it experienced its first phase of grandiose city planning in the Yuan Dynasty under the rule of the Mongol emperor, Kublai Khan, who made the city his winter capital in the late 13th century. Little of it remains in today's Beijing. Most of what the visitor sees today dates from either the Ming or later Qing dynasties. Huge concrete tower blocks have mushroomed and construction sites are everywhere. Bicycles are still the main mode of transportation but taxis, cars, and buses jam the city streets. Upon arrival at Beijing airport, please proceed to the luggage area to claim your check-in bags. Our local DA representative will assist you to board deluxe air-conditioned coach waiting outside the terminal building and transfer back to your hotel Accommodation: Howard Johnson Paragon Beijing 4* (Standard Room)
Overnight in Beijing Day 2: Beijing (B/L/D)
Firstly, you will see local residents do morning exercise there, you would be surprised by the number of people and the variety of exercises they do. Elder people might be practicing their slow-motion Tai Qi. Young ones might be practicing their kung fu fighting or sword fighting. Ladies could be doing some traditional dances. This tranquil park is often a favorite stop for visitors to Beijing, as it provides them with an authentic look into local life in this city. On any given day, it is possible to see enthusiastic groups of Beijingers practicing Tai Chi, playing traditional instruments, or singing Peking Opera. The grounds consist of a sequence of buildings and altars set in beautiful groves of cypress trees. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this massive, circular structure and see local life unfold before your eyes in this very special visit to the Temple of Heaven. Then transfer to Hongqiao Pearl Market for shopping
Lunch enjoy Old Beijing Noodles at local Chinese restaurant, Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage.
And transfer to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the largest Square and the largest palace in the world. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the sheer size of one of the world’s largest public squares, measuring in at 440,000 square meters (over 109 acres). As you walk from the southernmost part of the square all the way down its length, you will pass several monuments, including the mausoleum that houses Chairman Mao’s remains. The northern gate of the square features a portrait of the PRC’s founding father, and is also the gate through which you will enter the Forbidden City. Enter the Forbidden City and walk in the steps of emperors
The Forbidden City was completed in 1420, and was home to 24 emperors, the last of which left Beijing in 1924. The entire imperial complex is reputed to have 9999 rooms, which at its peak housed up to 10,000 people, including the imperial family, 3000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines. Discover for yourself why the 170 acres were forbidden to common people as you stroll through what is arguably the best-preserved example of classical Chinese architecture in the world. Optional add-on (porcelain collection): The Palace Museum’s Chinese porcelain collection is one of the finest in the world. Located in the Wenhua Hall in the Forbidden City, the collection covers a floor space of 1,770 square kilometers. Over four hundred of the most remarkable antiques have been selected from nearly 350,000 pieces, spanning thousands of years from the Neolithic Age to modern times. Beijing Roast Duck Dinner at famous Quanjude Restaurant
Enjoy a delicious dinner at one of the best Peking duck restaurants in the city. This local delicacy is made using a recipe from China’s imperial era, and is prized for its crispy, rich skin. The meat is rolled into thin pancakes with scallions, cucumber and sweet and salty bean sauce. Don’t worry if your chopstick skills need some work, as these tasty creations can be eaten by hand! Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Howard Johnson Paragon Beijing 4* (Standard Room)
Overnight in Beijing Day 3: Beijing (B/L/-)
In the morning travel to the less-visited Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, one of the great wonders of the world (With cable car up and down) The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the world. In fact, the length of all Chinese defense walls built over the last 2000 years is approximately 50,000 kilometres, while the Earth’s circumference is only 40,000 kilometres! Explore the much quieter Mutianyu section of the Great Wall, which was first begun in the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-557) and finished in the 17th century. The 2.5-kilometer stretch of the Wall allows you to walk along its storied length for over an hour and visit twenty-two watchtowers, should you so choose. Not only will you walk along this wonder of the world yourself, but you will also see it from above during a breathtaking cable car ride to the top. (Cable car tickets are included in cost of tour.) Lunch at local Chinese restaurant. Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage
Transfer back to the city, on the way, if traffic allows, stop to take a view of the iconic “Bird’s Nest”– the Beijing National Stadium–and “Water cube” –National Aquatics Center, host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The entrance fee of Brid Nest and Water cube is not included . Then transfer to your hotel and rest.
Dinner on your own arrangement Meal included: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Howard Johnson Paragon Beijing 4* (Standard Room)
Overnight in Beijing Day 4: Beijing – Xian by train (B/L/-)
In the morning visit one of the largest and best preserved imperial garden in the world- the Summer Palace The Summer Palace is one of the largest and best-preserved imperial gardens in the world. In the 18th century, Emperor Qianlong enlarged and embellished it, only to abandon it a few years later. The grounds today are stunning, as is the lovely Kunming Lake, which occupies more than three quarters of the total area. Enjoy a boat ride before walking the Long Corridor, a 728-metre (well over 2000-foot) hall featuring 8000 paintings collected by the Emperor during his travels around the country. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage
Afternoon transfer to the railway Station and take high speed train to Xian, G87 1400 1840 2nd class seats. Unlock the secrets of China’s ancient civilizations in a city that countless emperors once called home. See the rows upon rows of Terracotta Warriors with your own eyes, and walk along the glass floors of the Hanyang Tombs to see the treasures archaeologists have unearthed below. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner on your own arrangement Meal included: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Mercure Xian 4*(Classic Room)
Overnight in Xian Day 5: Xian (B/L/-)
Morning visit Terra Cotta Warriors.
One of the world’s greatest archaeological finds, the Terracotta Warriors were discovered quite by chance in 1974 by a group of peasants digging a well outside of Xi’an. These sculptures of soldiers, chariots and horses were funerary statues made to accompany China’s first emperor to the afterlife over 2100 years ago. Legend has it that it took 100,000 men 38 years to create the soldiers, which all vary in rank, posture, height, uniform and facial features. It is believed that here are still thousands of warriors and hundreds of horses and chariots buried in the three pits discovered so far. However, further excavations have been halted while researchers try to find a way to preserve the colorful paint that covers the statues from disintegrating once exposed to air. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage. In the afternoon enjoy a relax walk on Xian City Wall
The city walls of Xi’an are some of the oldest and best preserved in all of China, and can be dated back to the 2nd century BC, when Xi’an was the capital of the country. The existing walls were completed in 1370 AD, and are about 14 kilometers in length and are still surrounded by a deep moat to this day. Since 1993, the Xi’an city walls have played host to a world famous marathon where participants run along the entire length of the wall several times; however, on this tour we’ll take a more leisurely pace to appreciate the spectacular views and rich history of this ancient structure. Followed by walk through the Muslim Quarter
For over 1300 years, Muslims have been an integral part of the community in Xi’an. The city’s Hui ethnic group traces their roots back to Persian and Arabic traders, who settled here at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Stroll through this unique and fascinating area of the city, and see the ways in which Central Asia has influenced the development of Mainland China. Built in 742 AD, the Great Mosque is still used today as a place of worship by Chinese Muslims. Its construction and architectural style is almost indistinguishable from a Chinese Buddhist temple, but look closely and you will see the Arabic script and Islamic motifs that decorate the mosque. The main axis of the mosque is aligned in a very non-Chinese east to west direction in order to face Mecca. Transfer back to your hotel and dinner on your own arrangement Meal included: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Mercure Xian 4*(Classic Room)
Overnight in Xian Day 6: Xian – Chongqing – Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/-)
In the morning visit the Bid Wild Goose Pagoda
As the symbol of the old-line Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Pagoda) is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. It is located in the southern suburb of Xian City, about 4 kilometers (2.49 miles) from the downtown of the city. Standing in the Da Ci'en Temple complex, it attracts numerous visitors for its fame in the Buddhist religion, its simple but appealing style of construction, and its new square in front of the temple. It is rated as a National Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction. Dim Sum lunch at De Fa Chang with one glass of soft drinks.
Next to Tong Sheng Xiang is a great restaurant, De Fa Chang Dumpling Restaurant, with its own version of the Dumpling Banquet. Ingredients for the dumpling fillings include various meats, vegetables, and seasonings. Cooking methods include steaming, boiling, pan-frying, deep frying, and roasting. Many flavors, including salty, sweet, hot, and sour are offered. Other house specialties include Peking dumplings, steamed sweet bean paste buns, steamed shrimp paste buns, and various uniquely spiced dishes. Later transfer to your hotel In the afternoon transfer to Xian Airport and take flight to Chongqing
Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China. It is situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers in southwest China. With an area of 82,400 square kilometers (31, 800 square miles), Chongqing shares borders with the provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Shaanxi. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to the dock
Depart Chongqing (9:00 pm)
Dinner on your own
Victoria Cruise Series Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight on board Day 7: Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
Shibaozhai - Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named “The Pearl of the Yangtze”. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu, visiting the new relocation village built for families who have moved as a result of the Yangtze’s rising waters brought about by the Three Gorges Dam. Additional optional Shore Excursion to Fengdu’s “Ghost City” (river conditions permitting), known for its statues of ghosts and devils on Mingshan Hill.  Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight on board Day 8: Yangtze River Cruise (B/L/D)
Enter the Three Gorges/“Small Gorges”/Shiplocks
Enter the Three Gorges, one of nature’s most extraordinary sculptures. Today you will pass through the first two—Qutang Gorge and Wu Gorge. Qutang Gorge is the shortest (5 miles), narrowest (500 feet), and most dramatic. The 25-mile long Wu Gorge is known for its quiet beauty, forest-covered mountains, and cliffs so sheer that the sun barely penetrates the precipices. Transfer to another vessel for a relaxing excursion through the attractive gorges of Goddess Stream. Depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to the gorges of Shennong Stream. Enter Xiling Gorge, the longest (41 miles), and the deepest of the Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. Additional optional Shore Excursion to White Emperor City (river conditions permitting), an ancient city overlooking the western end of Qutang Gorge.  Meal included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Overnight on board Day 9: Yangtze River Cruise – Yichang – Shanghai (B/L/-)
Arrive Huang Ling Miao (8:00 am)
Morning visit to the Three Gorges Dam
Arrive Yichang. Disembark after lunch (1:30pm) *Itineraries and times are subject to change according to the river condition. Three Gorges Project Dam Site and Exhibition Center – arrive at the Three Gorges Dam Project site and embark on a tour of the area (this tour will serve as a general introduction to the project site, which, currently, is the world’s largest engineering project).
The Three Gorges Dam Project was started in 1992 and will be completed and operational by 2009. The dam will be the largest dam on earth, generating 18,200 megawatts of hydroelectricity (almost 50% more than the world’s current largest dam, the Itaipu Dam in Brazil and Paraguay). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage
After lunch, transfer to Yichang Airport and take flight to Shanghai.
Shanghai, Hu for short, is situated on the estuary of Yangtze River of China. It is the largest industrial city in China. Covering an area of 5,800 square kilometers (2,239 square miles), Shanghai has a population of 18.7 million, including 2 million floating population. Originally, Shanghai was a seaside fishing village and in time its gradual development led to it being granted County status on August 19th, 1291 during the time of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Hence this day became the anniversary of the founding of Shanghai. Today's Shanghai is a multi-cultural metropolis with both modern and traditional Chinese features. Bubbling Shanghai shows off every aspect of her unique glamour. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel.
The rest time of the day free at leisure.
Dinner on your own arrangement Meal included: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel 4* (Superior Room)
Overnight in Shanghai Day 10: Shanghai (B/L/-)
In the morning meet your guide and visit Shanghai’s Old Town and Yuyuan Garden
Four hundred years ago, a merchant spent almost twenty years—and all his life savings—to build a garden in order to please his parents in their old age. “Yu” means peace and health in Chinese. Over the past several centuries, the Yu Garden has been restored and reopened several times, but has almost always been in disarray. In 1956, the Shanghai city government took over and restored it to its former splendour, making it a peaceful oasis in the heart of bustling Shanghai. Outside the garden gates, the Old Bazaar is the perfect place to strike a bargain or chat with locals selling a variety of wares and souvenirs. Enjoy Shanghai Cuisine at local restaurant. Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage
Transfer to see the Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Shanghai
Shanghai Tower, located at the core of Pudong’s Lujiazui Finance and Trade Area in Shanghai, is 632 meters tall, with 121 floors above ground, 5 floors underground and a total construction area of ​​576,000 square meters. It is a vertical city and a mixed-use structure, with office space, a hotel, exhibition halls and both business and tourism functionalities. Explore Xintiandi andthe charming art district of Tianzifang
This fashionable pedestrian street is composed of traditional Shikumen (“stone gate”) style houses that now serve as boutique shops and restaurants. Tianzifang, once an unassuming laneway in a factory area, has been transformed into the art district of Shanghai. Here you will find many art galleries, private studios, craft shops, and some of the most charming bars and cafes in Shanghai. Visit Shikumen Open House Museum in Xintiandi
Shikumen-style houses were once the main type of residence in Shanghai, but are disappearing slowly with the modernization of the city. The Shikumen Open House Museum is a well-preserved Shikumen house from the 1920s that displays furniture and articles for daily use during that time. Dinner on your own arrangement Meal included: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel 4* (Superior Room)
Overnight in Shanghai Day 11: Shanghai (B/L/-)
In the morning transfer to the beautiful water town Zhujiajiao, include boat ride
Founded over 1700 years ago, Zhujiajiao started out as an ancient water village and bustling market town. Located at the confluence of several local rivers, it is still home to about 60,000 people today. Stroll along its centuries-old streets and explore the many ancient bridges crisscrossing its canals, or take a boat ride to discover the town’s unique character and charm. Enjoy lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, including one non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Includes one soft drink or non-alcoholic beverage
Then discover the Shanghai Museum, one of the best museums in China
This museum contains one of the finest collections of ancient Chinese art and antiques in the world. The distinctive building was designed in the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel, and contains 11 permanent and 3 rotating galleries. The museum has over 120,000 priceless pieces in its collection, including bronze, jade, ceramics, calligraphy, sculptures, paintings, furniture, imperial seals, and ancient coins. Then transfer to your hotel and free at leisure.
Dinner on your own arrangement Meal included: Breakfast and lunch
Accommodation: Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel 4* (Superior Room)
Overnight in Shanghai Day 12: Depart from Shanghai (B/-/-)
In the morning transfer to Shanghai Pudong Airport for your departure flight.

Offer Includes

Flights from London with Etihad Airways
Airports taxes
11 nights hotel accommodation in Twin share
Transfer and sightseeing as listed above with private vehicle and English Speaking Guide
Airfare for Xian - Chongqing, Yichang-Shanghai by economy class, including all taxes and fuel charge
Bottled water provided on transfers and sightseeing
Victoria Cruise from Chongqing to Yichang

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary