Duration: 10 nights escorted tour
Price from: £2398pp
Beijing 3 nights
Xi'an 2 nights
Guilin 1 night
Yangshuo 1 night
Guilin 1 night
Chengdu 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Beijing.
Day 2 Beijing: Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 Beijing: This morning visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Ming and Qing emperors worshipped, and whilst there observe the tradition of practising Tai Chi in the courtyard. Continue to Tiananmen Square for a stroll before visiting the Forbidden City, then finally stop at the Hutongs for a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens.
Day 4 Beijing: Begin with a visit to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved parts of the wall, which offers all round stunning views and a less crowded atmosphere. On your return to Beijing, stop at the Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube. This evening, enjoy 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 catching the bullet train 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. This will be followed by a visit to the ancient city wall in Xi'an, the most complete city wall surviving in China and can be enjoyed either on foot or by bike. This evening enjoy a Tang Dynasty Show, a colourful performance of traditional music and dance.
Day 7 Xi'an/Guilin: See the artefacts of the Shaanxi Museum, view the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and visit the Muslim Quarter for a glimpse of local life, before flying to Guilin.
Day 8 Guilin/Yangshu: Transfer to the Li River for a four hour cruise with tranquil rural scenes of buffalo farming on the rice terraces and towering limestone peaks. Afternoon arrival in Yangshuo and this evening, maybe enjoy an optional "Impressions of Liu Sanjie" show, staged on the Li River (additional expense)
Day 9 Yangshuo/Guilin: At leisure this morning to explore independently, or perhaps join an optional cookery class or take a walk or cycle ride along the Yulong River. Return to Guild and this evening see the fascinating cormorant fishing show.
Day 10 Guilin/Chengdu: Morning flight to Chengdu and on arrival you are free to explore independently. Perhaps explore the old town, or relax in the People's Park watching the locals play mahjong or practising Tai Chi.
Day 11 Chengdu: Begin with a visit to the Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Centre, where natural habitats have been created to provide the best possible environment for rearing and breeding pandas. In the afternoon there is a city tour during which you'll visit Jinli Street and Kuanzhai Lane, for an insight to local life.
Day 12 Chengdu: Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
Departures: Tour departs on fixed dates and is operated by Links Travel & Tours. Please ask for details.
Accommodation: 4* hotels throughout each tour. Please ask for details.
Meals: All meals (excluding beverages) except days 5, 7 & 10 when dinner is not included and days 9 & 10 when lunch is not included.
Group size: Links Travel & Tours offer small group tours (guaranteed departures) up to a maximum of 20 people. Tour still departs even if only two passengers booked.
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, bullet train travel, transfers and sightseeing by coach, services of an English speaking guide, entrance fees and accommodation. Private tours and upgraded accommodation 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 the tour throughout in combination with local city guides. 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 (generally around GBP4 per person per day).