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  • Beijing's Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven Park. 
  • Cycle amidst Yangshou's karst mountains and rice terraces 
  • Walking tour of Shanghai's famous Bund area
  • One of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall at Mutianyu
The Highlights of China tour starts and ends in Beijing. The Highlights of China is a Natural Landmarks Sightseeing tour that takes 11 days taking you through Beijing, China and other destinations in China.

Tracing the remnants of China's imperial past, we discover the magnificent monuments of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors, the imposing mosques of Xi'an, and the picturesque city of Hangzhou. We also have time to explore some of the exquisite landscapes and tranquil countryside of Yangshuo, so beloved by Chinese poets and painters. Visit a time capsule containing one quarter of the human race, where the modern world coexists with the ancient, and each region has its own traditions and mouthwatering culinary delights.
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3.0 - Average Based on 2 reviews
Another world, another culture
3 - Average
“If your the type of person who enters a totally different culture and then starts to turn your nose up at what you encounter and make constant comparisons with your own country, then this is not the trip for you. China is another world and the deeper you go into the country the bigger the difference. You have to have and keep a very open mind and only then will you begin to understand and enjoy this very different lifestyle”
ALAN - 68yrs bachelor in good health.
3 - Average
“2 weeks seemed like 4 weeks.Hectic schedule,lots to see and do.
Group of 9 plus leader,The rest of my group made my holiday.I hope I help make theirs.”
There will be a welcome briefing this evening followed by an opportunity to taste the famous Beijing duck during an optional welcome dinner.

*Dong Fang Hotel or similar*
We leave the capital and head into the countryside to the Great Wall, an approx 2 hour journey to the north of the city. We go to one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall at Mutianyu which is an impressive sight, snaking across mountains and valleys into the distance. This section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. The wall here is upto 8.5 metres high and 5 metres wide, and has 22 watchtowers on its 2,250-metre-long stretch. There are some steep steps to navigate and clients who suffer from vertigo may find it difficult, (there is an optional cable car and chairlift). There is the option of seeing a Kung Fu show or a trip to the opera this evening in Beijing.*Dong Fang Hotel or similar*
The sightseeing in Beijing today will include the Forbidden City with its innumerable courtyards and temples, and the Temple of Heaven Park in the southern part of the city. We also visit Tiananmen square, the largest square in the world and able to hold over a million people. We will take a walking tour of the cities hutongs (narrow alleys) to see what is left of old Beijing and its traditions. In the afternoon we board an overnight train to the ancient city of Xi'an. It is recommended to try and get food before the train as there is a limited selection provided on the train. The train itself is of a good standard, although facilities such as washrooms and toilets are shared with other passengers. Sleepers are four berth and bedding is provided.

*Overnight Train*
Xi'an is one of China's former capitals and one of the few cities in the country to have retained its city walls, probably because they are so massive that no revolutionary was willing to tackle the huge task of removing them. Today we will visit the city and the Bell and Drum Plaza at its heart, along with the Great Mosque. The Muslim quarter is a fascinating place to visit, especially in the evening as it comes alive with the bustle of the bazaars and food stalls. It is possible to hire bikes (optional) and cycle on the city walls to appreciate the sheer scale of the walls.*Skytel Hotel or similar*
Today we visit the famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin. Originally four armies were planned, at each point of the compass, life-size and lifelike. Three have been found and it is assumed the emperor's successors decided enough was enough before the fourth was begun. The first pit excavated had an estimated 6,000 figures in its one army. The third pit has been opened to the public, which contains the 'command post' for the entire operation. This is one of China's great tourist attractions, and some people may find the sheer numbers of visitors rather overpowering. 

After our visit we will take our lunch at a local farmer's restaurant nearby with the opportunity to taste some fresh seasonal produce, home-made noodles and bread. The rest of the afternoon and evening is left free to relax. It is possible to hire bikes (optional) and cycle on the city walls to appreciate the sheer scale of these constructions. There is also the opportunity to attend an evening performance of the Tang Dynasty Show; a performance of the region's ancient music with accompanying dance.*Skytel Hotel or similar*
This morning we fly to Guilin in the South of China. We then drive for 2 hours through the stunning towering limestone scenery to Yangshuo. The surrounding region is famous for the steep-sided Karst Mountains that pierce the otherwise flat landscape of paddy fields. A view of a rural landscape that has changed little in centuries. Despite its small size Yangshuo has quite a good tourist infrastructure due to its large transient population of backpackers and domestic tourists.

Once we have settled into our hotel there will be time for a short orientation walk before dinner.*Starway Hotel or similar*
Today we have the chance to appreciate the spectacular landscape on two wheels; as we take a bike and ride towards Moon Hill, one of the most famous in the area. Lunch is spent at a local family-run restaurant, giving us the opportunity to sample some new dishes. The afternoon is free to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities Yangshuo has to offer. A local cooking class is recommended, as under the watchful eye of an expert we learn more about the Chinese cuisine and hopefully pick up a few skills to learn in the future!*Starway Hotel or similar*
This morning we transfer back to Guilin to take a flight to the eastern city of Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province. The city is most famous for its natural beauty, with the pretty West Lake being a favourite subject of countless poets and artists, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Apparently described by Marco Polo as "the finest and most splendid city in the world", Hangzhou was named one of the top 52 places to go by the New York Times in 2016. We will take an afternoon walk exploring the city's highlights before enjoying a scenic lakeside dinner.

*Zhejiang Culture Plaza Hotel or similar*
This morning we will take a tour of Hangzhou. Highlights include the Buddhist Lingyin temple, which translates as the 'Temple of the Soul's Retreat'. From here we will take a short walk to experience the beautiful surroundings before experiencing a tea-tasting at a local teahouse.

After a late afternoon bullet train to Shanghai we take a walking tour of the famous Bund area, to see the iconic buildings along the riverside lit up in all their glory. There will be the opportunity to visit the Jin Mao Tower (optional), which is the 18th tallest building in the world and boasts a spectacular view of Shanghai from the observation deck.

*Kingtown Hotel Plaza or similar*
Today we will spend the day exploring the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, which has a real international feel to it when compared to many of our previous destinations. We will make a morning visit to the Shanghai museum which boasts some of China's most beautiful and best preserved cultural relics, with some over 5,000 years old! Then we will head to the Yuyuan garden which offers an oasis of calm and tranquility in contrast with the hustle and bustle of city life. The garden is composed of six scenic areas and the exquisite architecture, carving and scultures are a delight to see.

In the evening there is a chance to see the fantastic Shanghai Acrobatic Show along with a farewell dinner (both optional) before our departure tomorrow.

*Kingtown Hotel Plaza or similar*
The trip ends in Shanghai after breakfast.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 9 nights comfortable hotels and 1 night overnight train , All accommodation
Meals
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included , All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner
Transport
  • 11 days land only/ 12 flight inclusive
  • Travel by train, private minibus, public bus and 2 internal flights
  • All transport and listed activities
Others
  • Optional single supplement, available on request
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to/from Beijing are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Highlights of China tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 11 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Beijing, China/ Beijing, China
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A deposit of 272 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 56 days before departure. For any departures within 21 July 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Highlights of China tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Highlights of China tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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