Beauty of China
Duration: 18 nights escorted tour
Price from: £3548pp
Beijing 3 nights
Xi'an 2 nights
Guilin 1 night
Yangshuo 1 night
Guilin 1 night
Chengdu 1 night
Lijiang 3 nights
Yangtze River Cruise 3 nights
Shanghai 3 nights
Day 1: Fly to Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing: Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 Beijing: Sightseeing includes the unique Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the treasure-filled Forbidden City and the Hutongs (alleyways).
Day 4 Beijing: Travel to Mutianyu to visit the Great Wall, then stop at the Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube. This evening enjoy a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner.
Day 5 Beijing/Xi'an: Visit the Summer Palace, then enjoy a boat ride along Kunming Lake. Travel by bullet train to Xi'an.
Day 6 Xi'an: Visit the stunning Terracotta Army Warriors before an evening Shui Jiao dumpling meal and Tang Dynasty dancing.
Day 7 Xi'an/Guilin: Visit the renowned Shaanxi Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Fly to Guilin.
Day 8 Guilin/Yangshuo: Cruise the stunning Li River admiring the beautiful limestone hills, tranquil fishing scenes and scenic villages. This evening see an optional 'impressions of Liu Sanjie' show on the river (additional expense).
Day 9 Yangshuo/Guilin: At leisure to explore, or if you prefer join an optional cooking class in the morning and an optional cycling or walking tour (extra expense). Return to Guilin and visit the Reed Flute Caves before a fascinating cormorant fishing show.
Day 10 Guilin/Chengdu: Morning flight to Chengdu. On arrival, the day is at leisure.
Day 11 Chengdu/Lijiang: Head to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre to meet the adorable giant pandas. This is one of the largest giant panda reserves in the world, with natural habitats created to provide the best possible environment. Fly to Lijiang.
Day 12 Lijiang: Visit picturesque Black Dragon Pool before a short walk of the Old Town of Lijiang. Drive to the dramatic Tiger Leaping Gorge, which is one of the deepest in the world.
Day 13 Lijiang: Visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and take a cable car half way up the mountain. Later, visit Baisha Naxi minority village, then explore Lijiang Old Town at your leisure.
Day 14 Lijiang/Yangtze River Cruise: Depart Lijiang this afternoon and fly to Chongqing to board your cruise ship and begin your journey along the majestic Yangtze River.
Days 15-16 Lijiang/Yangtze River Cruise: Spend time relaxing and taking in the scenic views as the ship meanders along the river. Highlights include a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze". Continue by small motorboat through the tranquil Goddess Stream to marvel at the soaring limestone cliffs rising sheer from the water.
Day 17 Yangtze River Cruise/Shanghai: Visit the incredible Three Gorges Dam before reaching Yichang at noon and disembark. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai.
Day 18 Shanghai: Begin at the beautiful Yu Yuan Gardens, then continue to the Jade Buddha Temple to see impressive temples housing intricate Buddha sculptures. After the Shanghai Museum, visit the Bund before breathtaking city views from atop Shanghai's tallest building, the World Financial Centre.
Day 19 Zhujiajiao: Travel to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao. Continue to see the Ming and Qing Dynasty bridges, two ancient and historic buildings, and the Ma Family Garden. Return to Shanghai and afternoon at leisure.
Day 20 Shanghai: Your tour concludes with a transfer to the airport.
Departures: Tours depart on fixed dates and are operated by Links Travel & Tours. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 4* hotels are used on each tour. Please ask for details. Yangtze River Cruise is aboard 5* Victoria Cruise.
Meals: All meals (excluding beverages) are included except days 5, 13 17 and 19 when dinner is not included; days 9 and 14 when lunch is not included, and day 10 when lunch and dinner are not included.
Group size: Links Travel & Tours 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, bullet train travel, transfers and sightseeing by coach, services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and accommodation in tour hotels. Private tours and upgraded accommodation options are available at a supplement.
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 GBP4 per person.