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  • Visit the Great Wall and Forbidden City in Beijing
  • See giant pandas up close in Chengdu
  • Cruise on the Yangtze River
  • Explore the cities of Beijing and Shanghai. See their important sights
Join us on this guided, 14-day tour of China and visit 5 of its major cities. Get the chance to see some of the major highlights of these cities and learn more about the long history and rich culture that China possesses. Starting from Beijing, the modern-day capital of China, this tour will take you to Xian (a city that has been China's capital in the past) as well as Chengdu, Chongqing and Shanghai, one of the world's major financial centres.

Visit the Great Wall and the Forbidden City while in Beijing. See more than two thousand years old, life-size clay figures of armies in Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum in Xian and admire cute, cuddly pandas in Chengdu. Enjoy cruising down the Yangtze River and end your tour in Shanghai, the heart of China's economy.

Travel in small groups numbering no more than 18 travellers and enjoy the expert service of our professional, English-speaking tour guides. For more about the tour, please read the itinerary below.
5 Star Hotel at The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - deluxe room
Upon arriving at the airport in Beijing, you will meet your guide outside the customs area. Transfer to your hotel and check in. You are free for the remainder of the day.
5 Star Hotel at The Great Wall Hotel Beijing
Visit the world famous Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City this morning. An a la carte lunch is arranged at a popular, local restaurant, where you can taste authentic Chinese food including Peking duck. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Heaven. See an entertaining Chinese kung fu show at the Red Theatre.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
5 Star Hotel at The Great Wall Hotel Beijing
Visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in the morning. A two-way cable car ride will be arranged for you. Take photos of the Bird's Nest (formally known as the Beijing National Stadium) en route to Beijing. Head for a local market at last. The market is famous for Chinese goods and souvenirs. Do bargain please!
Meals
  • Breakfast
5 Star Hotel at Sheraton Hotel Xian
Visit the Summer Palace. Then take a rickshaw tour of Beijing's hutongs (narrow alleys flanked by traditional alleys). You have the option of attending a traditional Chinese paper-cutting experience. Enjoy your a la carte lunch at a popular restaurant before heading for the airport to catch your flight to Xian. Drive to your hotel upon landing in Xian and check in upon arrival.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
5 Star Hotel at Sheraton Hotel Xian
Visit the amazing Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum this morning and get the chance to appreciate the undeniable excellence of ancient Chinese craft. Drive back to the city center to enjoy a real, home-cooked lunch with a local family.

Visit the Small Wild Goose Pagoda after lunch. This will be followed by a trip to the Xian Museum. Enjoy a delicious dumpling dinner along with a Tang Dynasty music and dance show in the evening.

Travellers who have booked the trip with the starting dates in December, January, February and March will not be able to enjoy the music and dance show along with the dumpling dinner. This is because the theatre will stay closed during these months.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 Star Hotel at Sheraton Hotel Xian
Explore Xi'an City Wall Park in the morning and see the locals enjoying their morning exercises. Continue your trip to see the Fortifications of Xian. A la carte lunch is served. Visit the Shaanxi History Museum and the Great Mosque of Xi'an in the afternoon. You will have some free time at the Muslim bazaar.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
4 Star Hotel at Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
We will transfer you to the Xi'an North Railway Station from where you will catch your high-speed train to Chengdu. Meet your guide the Chengdu East Railway Station upon arrival and transfer to your hotel. You have the rest of the day for yourself.
Meals
  • Breakfast
4 Star Hotel at Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza
Visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding and get to observe these cute creatures in their natural environment. After visiting the Broad and Narrow Alleys, head for the Jinsha Site Museum. Your guide will take you to Renmin Park after that to experience the casual life of the local people.
Meals
  • Breakfast
President No. 8 with balcony
You are free in the morning. Meet your guide in the afternoon and travel to the railway station to board a bullet train to Chongqing (the journey takes two hours). Meet your guide upon arrival. After visiting Jiefangbei CBD and Ciqikou Village, take you to check in at a luxurious cruise ship which sets sail at 22:00.
Meals
  • Breakfast
President No. 8 with balcony
Enjoy sailing on the Yangtze River. Disembark the boat and go out on a short excursion to Shibaozhai, a 200-meter tall craggy hill, in the afternoon. Attend the captain's welcome party this evening.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
President No. 8 with balcony
See the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge that together form China's Three Gorges in the morning. Disembark at Badong for a trip to Shennong Stream, one of the tributaries of the Yangtze River.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 Star Hotel at Crowne Plaza Century Park Shanghai or Similar
Disembark the cruise after breakfast. You will then be transferred to the Three Gorges Tourist Center in Yichang city, from where your guide will pick you up and take you to Yichang East Railway Station for a seven and a half hour bullet train journey to Shanghai, the last destination of your trip. Meet your guide at the railway station in Shanghai and transfer to your hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast
4 Star Hotel at Ocean Hotel Shanghai - standard room
Visit Yu Garden (also known as Yuyuan Garden) and the nearby market in Old City, Shanghai. Sit down for a farewell lunch before heading out to explore Shanghai's French Concession. Drive to the Bund area next and enjoy a one-hour cruise tour on the Huangpu River. You have some free time to explore the Bund area on your own before travelling to the hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Lunch
Travel to the airport to catch your departing flight back home. Due to different flight schedules, the hotel to airport transfer service is not included on this trip. We wish you a nice journey home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • Airport pickup. Domestic airfare & train tickets as per the itinerary. Air-conditioned vehicles for other transfers
  • Accommodation based on twin-room occupancy
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Professional, English-speaking tour guides
  • All activities as per the itinerary, including a visit to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding & Yangtze River cruise
  • Entrance fees to destinations mentioned on the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Expenses that are personal in nature
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Single room supplement: compulsory for solo travellers at an additional cost. Available on request
  • Airport drop-off service on Day 14
  • Anything mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section
Tour details
Availability Every Thu
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 18 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Beijing, China/ Shanghai, China
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Other Practical InformationSingle room supplements are available on request Children under 12 will receive a preferential rate, available upon request Vegetarian options are available. However, please inform us about it at the time of booking We do not recommend this tour for those using wheelchairs
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