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China Highlights

Beijing 3 nights
Xi'an 2 nights
Guilin 1 night
Yangshuo 2 nights
Chongqing 1 night
Yangtze River Cruise 3 nights
Shanghai 2 nights

Day 1: Fly to Beijing.

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

Days 3 Beijing & Xi'an: As days 3-6 China Essential itinerary.

Day 7 Xi'an/Guilin: Visit the Shaanxi Museum with its thousands of historic artefacts and this afternoon explore the ancient city wall, which is the most complete city wall in China. Fly to Guilin.

Day 8 Guilin/Yangshuo: Transfer to Zhujian Quay for a four hour cruise on the breathtaking Li River. Enjoy the tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming the rice terraces, children splashing around in the river and the towering limestone mountain peaks. Arrive early afternoon in Yangshuo before an evening cormorant fishing show.

Day 9 Yangshuo: Morning at leisure to explore or relax. This afternoon enjoy a guided walk along the Yulong River and visit local families. An optional activity this evening is to view the spectacular "Impressions of Liu Sanjie" show, which is actually staged in the Li River itself (additional expense).

Day 10 Yangshuo/Chongqing: Visit the Reed Flute Caves, a remarkable collection of colourfully illuminated stalactites and stalagmites. Continue to Fubo Hill and Elephant Trunk Hill for panoramic countryside views. This afternoon fly to Chongqing.

Day 11 Chongqing/Yangtze River Cruise: Visit adorable pandas at the local zoo and a local market before boarding your ship for the start of your cruise along the majestic Yangtze River.

Days 12-13 Yangtze River Cruise: As days 9-10 of China Essential & Cruise itinerary.

Day 14 Yangtze River Cruise/Shanghai: Sail through the Xiling Gorge and visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest power station site. Disembark at Yichang and fly to Shanghai.

Day 15 Shanghai: Today's attractions include centuries old Yu Yuan Gardens and the impressive Jade Buddha Temple. Continue to the Shanghai Museum, see the Bund and finally enjoy breathtaking views of the whole city from the top of the World Financial Centre which is Shanghai's tallest building.

Day 16 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 on each tour. Yangtze River Cruise is aboard 5* Victoria Cruise.

Meals: All meals (excluding beverages) are included except on Day 9 when lunch is not 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

14 nights escorted coach tour from £2848pp

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