Nimen Hao!! Today fly to Shanghai. Once you arrive you will be transferred to your hotel (check-in after 1500 hrs). Shanghai, is China’s largest city and a global financial hub. Its heart is the Bund, a famed waterfront promenade lined with colonial-era buildings. Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai pulses with the beat of new China. Across the Huangpu River rises the Pudong district’s futuristic skyline, including the 632m. Shanghai Tower and the Oriental Pearl TV Tower.
Today after breakfast, proceed to guided city tour of Shanghai with photo stops at the Oriental Pearl TV Tower with its distinctive pink spheres and at the Yu Yuan Garden, a traditional Chinese park with beautiful pavilions, miniature lakes and bridges. You will visit the famous Jade Buddha Temple, which was built in 1882. This temple has two Jade statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha and houses various ancient sculptures, rare paintings and Buddhist scriptures.
This morning you will take a flight to Xian. the capital of Shaanxi Province and the largest city in northwest China. Once the imperial centre of China for 2,000 years, Xi’an is now a vibrant, modern city dotted with many interesting historical sites and is a great place to explore.On arrival in Xian, there is a stop for a photo opportunity of the City Wall of Xi’an, built during the Tang dynasty. You are also driven past the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (also called Gia+nt Wild Goose Pagoda), which was built in 652 AD. As the symbol of the old-line Xian, this Pagoda is a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists. Overnight in Xi’an.
Today begins with a tour of Xi’an. See the Terracotta Warriors, a collection of over 6000 terracotta moulded soldiers, officers, horses and wagons depicting the army of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. You’ll learn all about this incredible archaeological find, discovered after being buried for 2,000 years by farmers digging a well in 1976. The Terracotta Army was constructed beside the tomb of China’s First Emperor as an afterlife guard for the Emperor. Overnight in Xi’an.
Transfer to the railway station and then board the high-speed train (approximately 6 hours) to Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China and the world’s second most populous city. Watch the landscape change from farmland and villages to industrialised cities and urban sprawl. On arrival we check-in to your hotel (after 1500 hrs). Overnight in Beijing.
This morning you’ll visit a section of the Great Wall and spend some time exploring, taking photos and learning the history of this mighty site (and sight). An incredible piece of engineering, the wall stretches 6,000 km westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect Chinese empires from the ‘barbarians’ of the north and even though it failed in this purpose, it’s still without a doubt one of the country’s most remarkable achievements and an iconic destination. You’ll often feel like you have the whole wall to yourself as you take your time strolling along the wall, which snakes through the hills almost endlessly into the distance. Being perched on this incredible engineering feat and surveying the spectacular surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. Later there is a stop for a photo opportunity at the ‘Olympic Park’ – the symbolic stadium where the 2008 Olympics were held. In the afternoon, your tour continues to the Summer Palace and its immense gardens, where the imperial court resided during summer. The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is quickly shedding its historical face in favour of modernity. However, there are still plenty of places to go that will give you a great insight into the nation’s ancient past as well as sights that showcase China’s contemporary culture. Overnight in Beijing.
Today you will make our way to the centre of the city – Tian’anmen Square (travelling by metro and local bus). Perhaps most famous outside of the country for the 1989 massacre (and the iconic picture of a single man standing up to a tank), this square – supposedly the largest down town square in the world – is the symbolic centre of Chinese power. Framed by the Gate of Heavenly Peace with its Mao portrait, Mao’s Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum, and with elaborate flag raising and lowering ceremonies at dawn and dusk, it’s a place of pilgrimage for the Chinese tourists who consider it the heart of their nation. From here you will enter the enormous Forbidden City. Built more than 500 years ago and off limits to commoners for almost all that time, its a truly amazing place. Despite the transformation of the city around it, the Forbidden City thankfully looks much like it always has. As you explore the great halls and courtyards you’ll be able appreciate the might and grandeur of the Imperial Chinese court during the height of its power in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Beijing is vast and overflowing with sights – with your hotel located centrally, a walk in any direction will unveil all sorts of wonderful surprises. Overnight in Beijing.
Return Home Today you are driven to the airport for your flight back home. We hope you take back many happy memories of your holiday. We would like you to write and tell us how you enjoyed yourself and give us your suggestions.
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