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Shanghai Jade Museum Dim Sum Great Wall Pandas Shanghai Small (Little) Wild Goose Pagoda, XIan Street market in Xi'an Beijing Terracotta Warriors, Xi’an

China Essential

Beijing 3 nights
Xi'an 2 nights
Shanghai 3 nights

Day 1: Fly to Beijing.

Day 2 Beijing: On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 3 Beijing: This morning visit the Temple of Heaven which was where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped and prayed for a good harvest. During your visit you will have the chance to observe the tradition of practising Tai Chi in the courtyard. Continue to Tiananmen Square for a stroll before visiting the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.

Day 4 Beijing: Today begins with a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, which offers all round stunning views and a less crowded atmosphere. In the evening there will be a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner, a traditional delicacy and a culinary must in Beijing!

Day 5 Beijing/Xi'an: This morning visit the Summer Palace which has a grand collection of lakes, gardens and palaces. Afterwards enjoy a relaxing boat ride on beautiful Kunming Lake before a stop at the Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Stop at the Hutongs for a more personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Transfer to the airport for a flight to Xi'an.

Day 6 Xi'an: Today you will visit the Terracotta Warriors, a stunning collection of ten thousand life size statues of the Chinese army made over two thousand years ago, yet preserved almost perfectly. The next stop is the Small Wild Goose Pagoda before visiting the Muslim Quarter to see local life in the community. This evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty Show.

Day 7 Xi'an/Shanghai: Begin with a visit to the Shaanxi Museum, which houses over 250,000 artefacts including treasures from many periods of China's history. This is followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xi'an, which can be enjoyed either on foot or by bike. Continue to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.

Day 8 Shanghai: The first attraction of the day is the centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens, home to beautiful pavilions, corridors, streams, courtyards and flowers. Continue to the Jade Buddha Temple to see impressive temples, both historical and modern, sporting large, intricate sculptures of Buddha. After viewing the Shanghai Museum, visit the waterfront Bund before enjoying breathtaking views of the city from the top of Shanghai's World Financial Centre.

Day 9 Suzhou: Travel to the scenic city of Suzhou, known as the "Venice of the East". After viewing attractive gardens enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal then continue to a local silk mill and finally visit the Panmen Gate. Return to Shanghai.

Day 10 Shanghai: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport for your onward journey.

What you need to know

Departures: All of our escorted coach tours are operated by China Links Travel. Tours depart on fixed departure dates. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: 4 * hotels are used on each tour. Please ask for details of the hotels used for each tour.

Meals: All meals (excluding beverages) are included.

Group size: China Links offer small group tours (guaranteed departures) up to a maximum of 20 people.

Tour prices: The prices shown are based on the best value travel dates in low season and include return international flights from the UK, onward internal flights throughout the tours, transfers and sightseeing by coach, services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and accommodation in tour hotels. All of the featured tours are escorted coach tours. Private tours and upgraded accommodation options are available at a supplement.

Visas: Visas are required and must be obtained prior to your departure from the UK.

Guides & tipping: Groups of 10 people or more will be provided with the services of a Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout the tour in combination with the local guides in each city. For your convenience, a compulsory amount to cover tips for guides, drivers and porterage will be collected from you by your guide at the start of the tour. This is generally around £4 per person per day

8 nights escorted coach tour from £1948pp

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