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The benefits of a trip to Beijing almost go without saying, but as experts China Holidays provide the most exhilarating and educational trips available, we can show you the real Beijing that exists below the surface, helping you explore the real city in much greater depth than other holidays. The Chinese capital has been central to the culture, commerce, politics and history of the region for millennia. We will show you world famous landmarks including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and the Ming Tombs. Some tours visit the stunning Olympic sites such as the Water Cube and Bird's Nest, as well as the avant-garde artists' centre, Zone 798, located in a disused factory in an industrial suburb.

The Great Wall, one of the world 's most popular tourist attractions, is 3,333 miles long and was built section by section between the 5th century BC and 16th century AD. The section we are going to visit is called Badaling, mainly built in Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644), it averages 7.8 metres in height, and is 6.5 metres wide at the base and 5.5 metres wide at the top.

The Forbidden City Officially known as Palace Museum or ‘Gugong' in Chinese, it was the imperial palace during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Most foreigners however prefer to use Forbidden City as this indicates that only the emperor's court and minister - plus the occasional ambassador bearing tribute - were allowed into this small ‘city' until 1920s. The vast, exotic grandeur of the Forbidden City was brilliantly captured in ‘The Last Emperor' which was filmed there. It is an architectural masterpiece, with a breathtaking symmetry of palatial pavilions, courtyards, gates, treasure halls and gardens.

Tian'anmen Square  Located in the centre of the city, Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) Square covering an area of 440,000 sq m, is the largest public square in the world. In the centre of the square, stands the Monument to the People's Heroes, Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall is to the south of the monument. The square is flanked by Tian'an men Rostrum in the north, the Zhenyangmen Gate Watchtower in the south, the Great Hall of the People in the west, and the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution in the east. In Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, Tian'an men was the front gate of the royal city - Forbidden City.

The Summer Palace  Located 15km from Beijing, the Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China and covers an area of 294 hectares. It mainly consists of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. The halls, towers, galleries, pavilions, bridges and islands are dotted all over the palace. Blending southern China style garden architecture with northern China's national landscapes, the gardens are the best of their kind in Chinese garden architecture.

The Temple of Heaven  The Temple of Heaven is the largest temple complex in China, and represents the Golden Age of Chinese architecture. The main hall consists of 28 carved wooden pillars supporting a 125-feet high tower of three conical roofs that are all covered with blue glazed tiles to reflect the colour of the sky. Around the Imperial Vault of Heaven is the Echo Wall (Whispering Wall).

The Ming Tombs  Located about 50 kilometres northwest of Beijing, the Ming Tombs cover an area of over 40 kilometres in circumference. Thirteen of the sixteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) were buried here. At the gate of the tomb area stands a marble archway which leads to the Sacred Way lined by 12 pairs of stone animals followed by 6 pairs of stone civil and military officials on both sides of the way.

Lama Temple, known as Yonghegong in Chinese, or Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple, is the lamasery for the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism and situated in the northeast part of Beijing city.

Peking Roast Duck  has the reputation of being the most delicious Beijing food. Some find this traditional dish ‘greasy' whilst others say they have never tasted Duck like it! Whatever your taste, a Peking roast duck dinner is an essential part of your visit to Beijing - another one is climbing the Great Wall.

Legend Of Kung Fu Show is a story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. On his quest to become a Kungfu Master which is his dream he encounters many difficulties. The show has English subtitles to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak; the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the mix of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts which make this performance unique.

Hutong Beijing's hutong, siheyuan in Chinese (a compound with houses around a courtyard) is an old architecture style for Beijing residents to live in. Hutong means a lane or alley and originally comes from the world ‘hutong' which means ‘well' in Mongolian.

A Tibetan Expedition

14 day tour to Tibet-Beijing, Roof of the World train, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, New Tinggri, Mount Everest, Zhangmu and Kathmandu from £2595.

Enchanting China

16 days tour - Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing and Beijing from £1895.

The Land of Nine Dragons

15 days tour - Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing from £2195.

Taste of China

11 days tour - Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai from £1985.

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Tian'anmen Square  Located in the centre of the city, Tian'anmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace) Square covering an area of 440,000 sq m, is the largest public square in the world. In the centre of the square, stands the Monument to the People's Heroes, Chairman Mao's Memorial Hall is to the south of the monument. The square is flanked by Tian'an men Rostrum in the north, the Zhenyangmen Gate Watchtower in the south, the Great Hall of the People in the west, and the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution in the east. In Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, Tian'an men was the front gate of the royal city - Forbidden City.

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The Ming Tombs  Located about 50 kilometres northwest of Beijing, the Ming Tombs cover an area of over 40 kilometres in circumference. Thirteen of the sixteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) were buried here. At the gate of the tomb area stands a marble archway which leads to the Sacred Way lined by 12 pairs of stone animals followed by 6 pairs of stone civil and military officials on both sides of the way.

Lama Temple, known as Yonghegong in Chinese, or Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple, is the lamasery for the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism and situated in the northeast part of Beijing city.

Peking Roast Duck  has the reputation of being the most delicious Beijing food. Some find this traditional dish ‘greasy' whilst others say they have never tasted Duck like it! Whatever your taste, a Peking roast duck dinner is an essential part of your visit to Beijing - another one is climbing the Great Wall.

Legend Of Kung Fu Show is a story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. On his quest to become a Kungfu Master which is his dream he encounters many difficulties. The show has English subtitles to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak; the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the mix of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts which make this performance unique.

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Classic Tibet tour includes Beijing, Kathmandu, Mount Everest and a ride aboard 'the Roof of the World' train to Lhasa

 

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This fabled land of nomads and pilgrims, monasteries and mountain passes has enthralled travellers for generations. Join us on the classic tour to Tibet, from Beijing aboard the pioneering Roof of the World train to Lhasa, and onwards along the Friendship Highway to Mount Everest and Kathmandu.

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14 - day tour to Tibet - Beijing, Roof of the World train, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, New Tinggri, Mount Everest, Zhangmu and Kathmandu.

 

 

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14 - day tour to Tibet-Beijing, Roof of the World train, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, New Tinggri, Mount Everest, Zhangmu and Kathmandu.

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London/Beijing

Fly non-stop flight from London Heathrow to Beijing with Qatar Airways.

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Beijing

Arrive in Beijing for a three-night stay at the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Beijing Hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner. D

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Roof of the World train

Tour the Lama Temple where the Emperors' eunuchs used to live, and the neighbouring Confucius Temple, admire panoramic views from Jingshan Park, and explore the quaint hutong district of Shichahai. Later this evening transfer to the railway station for the 48-hour train journey across the Roof of the World to Lhasa. Accommodation is sharing ‘soft sleeper’ four-berth compartments, with twin and sole occupancy cabins on request and at extra cost. The trains  have an oxygen supply to every seat, there is a restaurant car (no meals are included on the train) and toilets and washbasins are at each end of the carriages.  BLD

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Roof of the World train

This is one of the world's greatest rail journeys, an overland expedition across the vast and remote wilderness known as 'the roof of the world' to the furthest outpost of China, and a massive feat of engineering – it is the world's highest railway and its highest point is at Tanggula Pass, 16,640ft above sea level, it incorporates 675 bridges, and 340 miles of the track are laid on permafrost.

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Lhasa         

After traversing the vast frozen expanse of the Tibetan plateau, a high-altitude desert, passing glaciers, lakes and rivers, and cutting through the immense mountain ranges that have isolated the country from the outside world until now, arrive in Lhasa this evening and transfer to the (officially 5*) 4*Brahmaputra Hotel, a modern and very comfortable hotel with many cultural artefacts on display throughout its public areas.   D

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Lhasa

The name Lhasa means 'place of the gods' and it remains a vivid and still-thriving enclave of devout Buddhism despite the increasing modernisation even of this remote corner of China. 425 ft above the city on Red Mountain stands the fortress-like Potala Palace, 13 storeys high and with 1,000 rooms filled with statues,chapels, manuscripts and murals. Potala was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas and Tibet's political and spiritual headquarters for centuries.  Later, visit the summer palace, Norbulingka, a complex of delightful pavilions and gardens outside the city.  Visit the 15th Century Sera Monastery and its Great Assembly Hall, dormitories and colleges where 10,000 monks used to live. BLD

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Lhasa

One of the three great monasteries of Tibet, Drepung Monastery is a religious university where around 600 monks live-in its heyday before the Potala Palace was built there were over 10,000  and it was the largest in the world.  Afternoon free, follow the throngs of pilgrimsas hey make the clockwise circuit along Barkhor Street that encircles the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple, home to the most sacred Buddha Statue for Tibetans.BLD

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Gyantse/Shigatse

Leave Lhasa and drive along the Southern Friendship Highway over the Kampa La Mountain pass to Yamdrok Lake, the sacred 'holy sapphire' and female guardian of Buddhism in Tibet.  Continue pass the Karo La Glacier to the small town of Gyantze to visit Palkhor Chode Monastery and its nine-storey pyramid-like structure known as a kumbum with 76 chapels lined with lavish murals. Continue to Shigatze to stay at Shigatze Hotel for one night. BLD

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Gyantse/Shegar (New Tingri)

Visit the red and gold Tashilungpo Monasery, founded by he first Dalai Lama in the 15th century and traditional seat of his second-in-command, the Panchen Lama, ever since. See the jewel-encrusted tomb of the tragic 10th Panchen Lama, the 86ft high Maireya Buddha Statue, murals and the immense Thangka Wall. Drive through stark landscaes and over mountain passes with only occasional prayer flags providing spots of colour, then as we head towards New Tingri the road descends into the plains where yaks and sheep graze and nomadic herdsmen live in yakhair tents beneath the panorama of the Himalayas, a sea of snow-capped peaks.  This will be the first glimpse of Mount Everest. Stay at the modest Zhufeng Hotel for two nights, a convenient base for the drive to Mount Everest tomorrow. BLD

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Mount Everest   

An unforgettable excursion to Mount Everest, known in Tibet as 'the mother goddess of the universe'. Officially the height of the world's highest mountain is 29,017 ft, although satellite technology says it to be 29,035ft and increasing in height by up to four inches every year as the tectonic plate under India continues to move north into China. Visit the Base Camp at 17,000ft to see the spectacular noth face of Mount.   BLD

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Zhangmu

Rejoin the Friendship Highway and drive down to the border of Tibet and Nepal at Zhangmu, descending nearly 10,000ft along winding roads.  The landscapes change dramatically, with stunning waterfalls tumbling down deep valleys, thick, lush forests and a much warmer temperature. Stay the night at the modest Caiyuan Hotel. BLD

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Kathmandu

Cross the Friendship Bridge into Nepal, and drive through the rich valleys to Kathmandu to stay at the 5* Radisson Hotel.B L

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Kathmandu

Fly from Kathmandu to London Heathrow via Doha with Qatar Airways. B

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London

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport.

 

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If you would like to make this tour to Tibet into a private tour just for you and your partner, friends or family, enjoying the benefits of travelling with your own chauffeur and English speaking guide and choosing your own departure date, please call and ask our tailor made team on 020 7487 2999 to make arrangements for your own perfect Tibet tour.

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China Holidays was founded in 1997 in London, United Kingdom and it is the largest and longest running tour operator in the UK dealing exclusively with China. We can organise group tours to china, tailor made tours to china, deluxe tours to china, garden tours to china, festival tours in china, cycling tours in china, Thai chia tours in china, golfing tours in china, flights to china, hotels to china, Chinese visas…We can arrange holidays to china from any part of UK.

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17 days - Beijing, Roof of the World train, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, New Tinggri, Mount Everest, Zhangmu and Kathmandu.

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14 day tour to Tibet-Beijing, Roof of the World train, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, New Tinggri, Mount Everest, Zhangmu and Kathmandu from £2595.

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The Imperial Triangle with Hangzhou, Suzhou, Zhujiajiao, Wuxi and Nanjing; Relaxing 2 and 3 night stays; All meals included in China.

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Clients’ comments

From Dr Groves, Oxford

Your staff Lucy has been always so responsible, thoughtful and proactive....I am very impressed by her professionalism, customer care and efficiency.

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15- day tour to Beijing (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), Nanjing (2 nights), Wuxi, Suzhou (2 nights), , Shanghai (2 nights) Zhujiajiao Water Town and Hangzhou (2 nights).

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15 - day tour to Beijing, Xian, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Shanghai, Zhujiajiao and Hangzhou.

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 LONDON / BEIJING

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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BEIJING

On arrival in Beijing, met on arrival and transferred to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for a 3-night stay. 

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BEIJING  

Walk along one of the most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China that snakes across the rugged mountain landscape. Also tread along the Sacred Road, the road to heaven that leads to the Ming Tombs where the emperors are buried. Back in the city, enjoy Beijing's most popular dish, Peking Duck.  BLD

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BEIJING

From Tiananmen Square enter the Forbidden City, home to the Emperors for 500 years, and gaze around the grand ceremonial halls and peek into the private family quarters. Later stroll through the elegant formal gardens of the Summer Palace, and admire the famous Marble Boat. B/L/D

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BEIJING / XIAN

Visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest, then take high speed day train to Xian for two nights at the 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel. BLD

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XIAN

See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. BLD

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XIAN / HANGZHOU

View some of China's finest artefacts at the Provincial Museum - neolithic ceramics painted with scenes of everyday life, bronze swords and statues, gold and silver artwork and ancient wall murals. Transferred to the airport for the flight to Hangzhou  in the afternoon. one night stay in Hangzhou. B/L    

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HANGZHOU

Morning cruise tour on West Lake, which with mountains on 3 sides; then visit a traditional pharmacy and an extravagant manor house that belonged to a prosperous 19th century local businessman. Walk along the historic 'Culture' Street to observe real local life. B/L/D

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HANGZHOU / NANJING

Free at leisure in the morning, after lunch, transfer to railway station for your high speed train to Nanjing. B/L

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NANJING

This morning we will visit Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum which was built in 1926-29 for the great pioneer of Chinese revolution. Afternoon we are going to visit the Confucius Temple and Xuanwu Lake.  B/L/D

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NANJING /WUXI /SUZHOU

Today transfer to station for the high speed train to Wuxi, visit Li Garden and Taihu Lake IN Wujxi and continue onto Suzhou, which is known as ‘Venice of the east’. Two nights stay in Suzhou. B/L/D

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SUZHOU

Today we will visit this beautiful city of Suzhou, which is famous for its gardens and silk. We start the day by visiting Humble Administrator Garden, Pan Gate, Art Garden and Silk Factory. B/L/D

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SUZHOU / SHANGHAI

Drive overland to Shanghai, en-route visit the Zhujiajiao Watertown. You will take a short boat cruise on the river and enjoy your time at the old town. Zhujiajiao Watertown with a hundred years history is about 48km from downtown Shanghai.  There are some attractions, such as Tongtianhe, the historic Post Office, Yuanjin Temple, Kezhi Garden etc. you will have a very relaxing time in the town. Back to Shanghai after the day tour. Staying at Superb Novotel Shanghai Atlantis Hotel. B/L/D

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SHANGHAI

This morning we will visit the Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden; after lunch, we continue to visit Old Town, Jade Buddha Temple and the Bund an area on the banks of the Huangpu River that gives you a captivating riverside view of 52 skyscrapers and the famous Oriental Pearl Tower. Back to your hotel after the day tour. B/L/D

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SHANGHAI / LONDON

Drive to Airport for your flight from Shanghai via Beijing back to London Heathrow. Arrive in London on the same day. B

 

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Travel in China at your own pace by making this Enchanting China tour into your own Chinese travel experience, with your own guide and chauffeur and on a date to suit you.

 

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Clients’ comments

From L Dervish, Cumbria

My trip to China is over, it was a wonderful time and I enjoyed every day! Can’t thank you enough for your support. Even as I travelled as single traveller everything went very smooth and pleasant with full satisfaction. China welcomed me with lovely weather and hospitality.

I would highly recommend everyone to use the service of China Holidays. You are personally an inspiration and the best representative of the country.

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15 - day tour - Beijing, Xi'an, Terracotta Warriors, Dazu Rock Carvings, Chengdu's Giant Pandas, Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges, Shanghai, Suzhou and its gardens

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15 - day tour to Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai, Suzhou and Beijing.

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London/Beijing

Fly non-stop direct flight from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways.

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Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, met on arrival and tansfer to your hotel for a three-night stay at the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel.  

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Beijing           

Visit Tiananmen Square, then proceed to enter the Forbidden City, the great palace that housed 24 successive emperors and their thousands of courtiers, eunuchs, concubines and slaves. Continue to Jingshan Park, the imperial gardens, for panoramic views and visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest. Spectacular Kung Fu show tonight. BLD

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Beijing

Drive out to one of the best-preserved and most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, and walk along the crenellated parapets that have snaked across the rugged mountain landscape for centuries. Back to City, stop at the Birds Nest stadium and Water Cube stadium, home to the world-vewed 2008 Beijing Olympics for a photoshot. Peking Duck dinner tonight, an imperial favourite. BLD

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Beijing / Xian ( By High Speed Day Train) 

Visit the imperial Summer Palace where you can wander through the formal gardens that were laid out by the extravagant Empress Cixi, before taking high speed day train to Xian, the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and China’s first capital. Met on arrval by your Xi'an guide and transfer to 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel for a 2-night stay. BL

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Xian

7,000 Terracotta Soldiers have stood guard over China’s first emperor for over 2,200 years, and now, painstakingly repaired along with their chariots and horses, they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. In the city visit the Muslim Quarter surrounding the imposing Great Mosque, and tonight enjoy a Tang Dynasty Music and Dance show. BLD

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Xian / Chengdu ( By High Speed Day Train)

Visit Xian’s Provincial Museum this morning. After lunch, transfer to train station for your high speed day train to Chengdu for an overnight stay at the 5* Chengdu Tibet Hotel. Attend a performance of the local Sichuan ‘face-changing’ opera – a vivid and colourful spectacle of dance and music. See if you can spot how the actors swap their masks so quickly.  BL

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Chengdu / Yangtze Cruise

Visit the Giant Panda Research Base in he morning.  Have lunch before transferring to the rail station for 2-hour direct train to the mountain city Chongqing.  On board the 5* Victoria Cruise  for an unforgettable three-night cruise down the Yangtze. Unpack in your comfortable cabin and relax in luxury on your private balcony as the ship sets sail tonight. BL

Note: Sailing itinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, water level, navigation and seasonal conditions.

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Yangtze Cruise

Relax and savour the extraordinary natural landscapes of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges, and enjoy a shore excursion to visit Shibao Pagoda where stalactites and stalagtites as white as marble have created a fairytale grotto. BLD

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Yangtze Cruise         

Cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the Three Gorges, and onwards beneath the forbidding, misty cliffs of Wu (the Witches’) Gorge. There is an optional shore visit to the Temple of White Emperor City, where it is believed white vapour in the shape of a dragon was seen rising from a nearby well, and another exploring one of the Yangtze’s tributaries on an included scenic excursion by small boat along the picturesque Shennong Stream. Re-join your ship to sail through what was once the most dangerous section of the river, Xiling Gorge, and progress through the five enormous ship locks that are part of the transformation of the Yangtze in recent years.  BLD

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Yangtze Cruise / Shanghai ( By High Speed Day Train)

See the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most notorious hydroelectric power station in the world.  Disembark at Yichang, and take fast day train to Shanghai for staying four nights at the superb 4Novotel Shanghai Atlantis.  BL

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Shanghai

Stroll through the 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, with its elegantly landscaped ponds and pavilions, rockeries and statues, and visit Jade Buddha Temple whose two jade statues were carried all the way from Burma by Chinese monks on their backs.  Continue to the superb Shanghai Museum that displays centuries of Chinese civilisation – precious ceramics, bronzes, rare jade sculptures, exquisite calligraphy, traditional folk costumes and furniture.Stroll at the famous Bund - the waterfront of Huangpu River before enjoying an Enthralling acrobatic show tonight. BLD

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Suzhou          

Drive to Suzhou, one of the region’s beautiful ‘water towns’ and famed for its classical Mingera gardens. Visit the Humble Administrator’s Garden, and the 800-year-old Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in the world.  Later inspect some of the region’s fine needlework at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai.   BL

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Shanghai    

Enjoy your free time in Shanghai. B

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Shanghai/London

Transfer to the Airport for the British Airways flight to London Heathrow. Arrive in London on the samy day. B

 

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Make your holiday tour in China even better by adding Hong Kong! Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong to stay two nights at the 4* Metropark Kowloon Hotel with breakfast and airport bus transfers included. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city independently – perhaps take the tram up to 1200ft-high Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the harbour and Kowloon, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museum and shops.

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Clients’ comments

From C McGeever, London

We got back from Beijing the day before yesterday, I want to thank you for organising such a wonderful trip for us. You were so patient as we changed the itinerary so many times to accommodate meeting up with our son.We loved China. We were so well looked after by all the guides and on the boat and in the hotels. Our guides Alan in Xi'an and Kevin in Beijing were outstanding. The staff on the boat were amazing. We have already been recommending China Holidays to our friends and family and will continue to do so. Many thanks. You are a great ambassador for your country.

From Mr & Mrs Salter , West Sussex  

We had a wonderful trip, every day full of new experiences and adventure. The idea of visting China made a little nervous but we needn't have worried as the experiences arranged for us by China holidays were well organised and delivered. Our guides were all quite dfferent and we learnt a great deal about what we were looking at and what it was like to live in China from them. All our accommodation was clean and comfortable and we ate well throughout the holiday. The evening shows were all very good and were a good idea as we needed something to do in the evenings on those days. Very good itnerary with nothing missed out and no disappointments whatsoever. Many thanks for all the care in the organising and delivery of our memorable holiday.

 

 

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for three nights. Welcome dinner.  D

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Beijing

Walk along one of the most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China that snakes across the rugged mountain landscape. Also tread along the Sacred Road, the road to heaven that leads to the Ming Tombs where the emperors are buried. Back in the city, enjoy Beijing's most popular dish, a traditional Peking Duck dinner.  BLD

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Beijing 

From Tiananmen Square enter the Forbidden City, the imperial palace, and gaze around the grand ceremonial halls and peek into the private family quarters. Later stroll through the elegant gardens of the Summer Palace that were laid out for the empress with no expense spared. BLD

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Xian

Visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest, then fly to Xian for two nights at the 4*Bell Tower Hotel.  BLD

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Xian  

See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era.BLD

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Xian/Guilin 

Visit Xian's first-class Shaanxi Provincial Museum where 300,000 objects from every dynasty since a thousand years before Christ are displayed. Fly to Guilin and the 4*Guilin Bravo Hotel for two nights. BLD

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Yangshuo

Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through poetic rural landscapes, karst mountains rising steeply from the river valley, their peaks wreathed in mist, and below, oxen ploughing the rice paddies. Time for shopping at Yangshuo's handicrafts market before a spectacular open-air son et lumiere show, then return to Guilin BLD

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Shanghai

Visit the extraordinary Reed Flute Cave with its dramatic stalagmites and stalagtites, before flying to Shanghai and staying at the 4* Holiday Inn Shanghai Downtown Hotel for two nights. Tonight watch an amazing Acrobatic show, and marvel at the skill and daring of the performers.  BLD

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Shanghai 

Admire the very best of China's treasures at the Shanghai Museum and later stroll through Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of the bustling city. Then visit Jade Buddha Temple with its lovely white jade statues and great incense burners, later stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's riverside promenade with futuristic skyscrapers on one bank and grand 19th century European architecture on the other. BLD

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Shanghai/London via Beijing

Fly from Shanghai via Beijing to London Heathrow. B

 

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Fantastic 20-day trip to China with Yangtze river cruise through the Three Gorges, exquisite gardens, world-class museums, historica heritage sites, Tang Dynasty Music and Dance show, and of course, Giant Pandas

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Clients’ comments

From B Read and J Robert, Halesowen

We had a very enjoyable stay in China, amazing sights. Both guides were very good and we were surprised at the level of personal service which was provided for the tours.

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20 - day tour to Beijing (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), , Yangtze river cruise (4 nights), Chengdu (2 nights), Guilin (1 night), Yangshuo (3 nights)  and  Shanghai (3 nights)

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20 Days tour to Beijing, Xian, the Yangtze Cruise, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo, Suzhou , Shanghai

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UK / Beijing           

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow or any regional airports for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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Beijing            

On arrival in Beijing, met on arrival and transfer to the 4* Howard Johnson Paragon Hotel for three nights. 

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Beijing            

See Mao’s mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square, then walk across to the Forbidden City, home to China’s ‘celestial’ emperors for over 500 years until the last one was evicted in 1924. Tour the lavishly decorated chambers and halls that a million workers created, then drive to Jingshan Park for panoramic views over Beijing followed by the visit to the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven to make sacrifices for a good harvest. Back to Hotel after the day tour.  B/L

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Beijing            

Walk along the Great Wall of China at its most dramatic but lesser-visited section, Mutianyu, where 22 watchtowers stand guard over the rugged terrain.  Back in the city, stroll through the manicured gardens of the Summer Palace and admire its painted long corridor, seventeen-arch bridge and Marble Boat. Back to Hotel after the visit. B/L

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Beijing/Xian ( By high speed day tain)               

This morning, visit Hutongs where you can havea personal insight into the everyday life of local Bejing resdent, then transfer to train station for your High speed tran to Xian, met on arrival and drive to 4* Ramada Xian Bell Tower for a 2-night stay.  B/L

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Xian               

See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. B/L/D

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Xian/Wuhan  ( By high speed day tran)     

Take high speed train to Wuhan, and then fast tran to Yichag to embark on an utterly memorable Yangtze River Cruise, four nights aboard the luxurious Victoria Cruise. Unpack and settle into your spacious, comfortable cabin and from your private balcony watch the lights of Yichang disappear as you slowly glide up the Yangtze.  B

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Yangtze Cruise       

See the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam this morning, a vast construction 7,761ft long across the river to create the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant. The Victoria Cruise makes her way through the five giant shiplocks before cruising into the dramatically beautiful Xiling Gorge. B/L/D

Remark: Sailing itinerary and times are subject to change according to river conditions.

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Yangtze Cruise           

Explore one of the Yangtze’s tributaries, the Goddess Stream or Shennong Stream on a small boat through the lovely Lesser Three Gorges, and an optional shore excursion later is to the Temple of the White Emperor City. Back on board, cruise through the Wu Gorge, known for its quiet beauty, forest covered mountains. Then sail through Qutang Gorge, the shortest, narrowest and most dramatic gorge.  B/L/D
 
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Yangtze Cruise        

Take a shore excursion to Shibaozhai, with its impressive wooden pagoda, appropriately named "The Pearl of the Yangtze" , depending on river conditions, an alternate excursion may be substituted to Fengdu. B/L/D

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Chongqing/ Chengdu       

Disembark at picturesque Chongqing, the "Mountain City". Take a high speed day train to Chengdu. Stay two nights at the 5*Tibet Hotel.  B/L

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Chendgu         

Get close to one of the world’s most adorable and endangered animals, at the Panda Research Base where the current status and future of giant pandas is of great concern. The base supports animals living in the wild and also works on a successful breeding programme. Later, step back in time as you walk along Kuanzhai Lanes, a quaint and colorful part of town. B/L

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Chengdu/Guilin  (By flight)         

Morning at leisure. Fly to Guilin for an overnight stay at the 4* Guilin Bravo Hotel.  B

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Yangshuo           

Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through poetic rural landscapes and karst mountains rising steeply from the river valley.  At Yangshuo browse the handicraft stall at the West Street before drive to your hotel for a 2-night stay at 5* Green Lotus hotel. B/L

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Yangshuo           

Explore the rural charms of Yangshuo today taking a gentle walk along the Yulong River and climbing Moon Hill for fantastic views of the natural landscape.   B/L

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Yangshuo                    

Enjoy your free time at leisure today. B

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Yangshuo-Guilin/Shanghai ( B flight)                     

Visit the extraordinary Reed lute Cave with its dramatic stalagmites and stalactites before flying to Shanghai. Met on arrival and drive to your hotel for a 3-night stay.  B/L

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Shanghai             

Relax in the poetic surroundingsof Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm in thecity, see the white jade statues at the Jade Buddha Temple and at the Shanghai Museum, arguably China's best, view superb displays of rare, ancient treasures followed by a leisure stroll along the famous Bund, once the richest and most fashionable street in Asia. B/L

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Shanghai /Suzhou / Shanghai                   

Drive to Suzhou, one of the region's beautiful "water towns" and famed for its classical Mingera gardens. Visit the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the 800-year-old Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in theworld. Later inspect some of the region's fine needlework at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai. B/L

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Shanghai / UK                  

Transfer to the Airport for your flight back to the UK. B

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Extend your trip to China and fly to Hong Kong to stay two nights at the  4-star Metropark Kowloon Hotel with breakfast and airport bus transfers included. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city independently – perhaps take the tram up the 1,200ft- high Victoria Peak, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museums and shops.

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14 - day Sichuan tour - Beijing's Olympic sites, Great Wall hike, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Shangli ancient town, Ya'an, Bifengxia Panda Base, Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha.

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4*Beijing Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for three nights. 

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Beijing

Walk along the Great Wall of China at its most atmospheric, the section between Jinshanling and Gubeikou which is partly restored. It takes around 5-6 hours to walk this section and there are some steep uphill slopes and very uneven and rough ground, but the relative remoteness of the wall here, its ancient watchtowers gazing over wild scenery, does make for an utterly exhilarating experience.  BLD

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Beijing 

Tour Beijing’s most recent highlights, the extraordinary Olympic Sites. Admire the Aquatics Centre, the ‘Water Cube’ that looks like a huge blue box of soap bubbles, actually a membrane of 3,000 pneumatic cushions set in a polyhedral steel frame. Also tour the National Stadium, the Bird’s Nest that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.  BLD

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Chengdu

Fly to Chengdu, the capital of the colourful province of Sichuan, for two nights at the 5* Tibet Hotel.  BLD

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Chengdu  

Visit the vivid Wenshu Monastery, dedicated to the Buddhist incarnation of wisdom, and relax in the tea house under the ginkgo trees. Continue to admire poetic river views from Wanjianglou Pavilion that stands in its own bamboo park, and visit the museum of brocade before walking through Kuanzhai Lanes, lined with traditional houses decorated with intricate woodcarving and red lanterns. Later attend a Sichuan ‘face-changing’ Opera – see if you can spot how the performers swap their masks so quickly!   BLD

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Huanglong

Fly to Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan’s foremost nature reserve, a land of fairy-tale beauty. Known as the Nine Village Valley after its wonderfully picturesque Tibetan settlements, it is also noted for its stunning scenery of craggy mountains, tiered waterfalls and 114 clear, jewel-like lakes. Stay two nights at the 4*New Jiuzhai Hotel in the wildly romantic Huanglong, or Yellow Dragon, scenic area. Note that the altitude here is around 11,500ft above sea level.  BLD

 

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Jiuzhaigou

These once-hidden villages are surrounded by spectacular landscapes that are home to a wealth of endemic flora and fauna. 40% of all China’s plants are found here, 223 species of birds, as well as giant pandas, red pandas, Sichuan golden monkeys and Asiatic black bears.  BLD

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Ya’an

Fly to Chengdu, and drive to Ya’an, a town on the old road to Tibet, calling en-route at the picturesque town of Shangli with its traditional houses and bridges. Stay two nights at the 4*Moonstar Hotel.  BL

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Ya’an

Opened in 2003, Bifengxia Panda Base is one of the foremost research and breedings centres in China. Over 70 pandas live in semi-natural surroundings here, learning how to survive in the wild before they are set free. Enjoy today's panda tour. BLD

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Mount Emei

Drive to the magnificent Giant Buddha in Leshan, a 233ft-high statue hewn into the cliffside in the 8th century in the belief it would make the treacherous river below safer for travellers. Drive to Mount Emei to stay two nights at the 4*Emei Mountain Hotel.  BLD

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Mount Emei

This is one of China’s most magnificent and beloved mountains, its slopes covered in orchids, rhododendrons, ginkgo, roses, herbs and tea, as well as thick forests and dozens of tiny temples. Take the cable car up to the Golden Summit and see the Sea of Clouds, also visit the oldest building on Mount Emei, Wannian Temple, filled with thousands of statues, and the delightful Baoguo Temple at the base.  BLD

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Mount Emei/Chengdu

Drive to Chengdu. Enjoy your free day in Chengdu. B

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Chengdu/Beijing/London

Fly fromChengdu to London Heathrow with Air China. You will transfer your flight in Beijing Capital Airport . Arrive in London on the same day.B

 

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After your tour of Sichuan fly to Shanghai for two nights at 4* Shanghai Ocean Hotel with a sightseeing tour of Yuyuan Gardenm Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai Museum, the Bund and Xintiandi, with lunch.

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You can travel in Sichuan on your own bespoke China Holiday. Simply call our expert team to tailor make this tour just for you and you can arrange to stay longer in any particular place, upgrade your hotels, add more meals or extra visits - whatever you choose.

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14 days tour to Beijing, Chengdu, Huanglong, Ya'an, Mt Emei from £2995.

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14 days tour to Beijing, Chengdu, Huanglong, Yaan, Mt Emei from £2995.

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Step off the beaten track on this fascinating escorted tour through China's historic Shanxi province

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13 - day escorted tour -  Beijing (1 night), Datong (2 nights), Wutaishan (1 night), Taiyuan (1 night), Pingyao (2 nights), Changzhi (1 night), Luoyang (2 nights) and Beijing (1 night).

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, met by your friendly local guide and take a stroll through Tiananmen Square where Mao’s Mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes, symbolically right in front of the former imperial palace, the Forbidden City are located. Transfer to the 4* Super House International Hotel for an overnight stay.


 

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Datong

Visit the magnificent circular Temple of Heaven, constructed entirely of wood and with no nails, and designed according to principles of cosmology and numerology to illustrate the meeting point of heaven and earth. Take the train to Datong, strategically located between Beijing and Xian, staying for two nights at the 4*Datong Hotel.  BD

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Datong 

See the five enthroned and gilded Buddhas in Huayuan Temple that also houses the museum with its relics unearthed from ancient tombs nearby, and the glorious Nine Dragon Screen, a 100ft-long wall of colourfully glazed tiles 600 years old that used to stand in front of the palace entrance to stop evil spirits entering. Visit Yungang where caves are filled with 50,000 Buddhist statues that were carved in the 5th and 6th centuries.   BL

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Wutaishan

Drive to Wutai Mountain, the holiest of the four sacred Buddhist peaks of China and home to dozens of monasteries and temples that were mostly built during the Tang dynasty of the 7th to 10th centuries. Luckily, they survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution as did nearby Yingxian Wooden Pagoda from the same era, the oldest and largest wooden building in China and built entirely without nails. Stay tonight at the 4*Huahui Hotel. BL

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Taiyuan

Not only goods but ideas travelled along the old Silk Road to Xian, and at Datong is evidence how Buddhism travelled from India to China, here at the spectacularly-located Hanging Temple, hewn from caves in the sacred Heng Shan mountain and clinging to the cliff face, where Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are all celebrated. Drive to Taiyuan to stay overnight at the 4*Shanxi Hotel.  BL

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Pingyao

Visit Jinci Temple, a one-thousand-year-old ancestral temple, before driving to the quaint old town of Pingyao. En-route visit the Qiao Family Mansion, a perfect example of traditional workmanship and design with graceful roofs, red lanterns and fine carvings. Stay two nights at Pingyao’s characterful Yunjincheng Folk Guest House.   BL

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Pingyao

A day to explore charming Pingyao’s well-preserved streets and houses, China’s first bank that was established here in 1823 and which brought prosperity to the town, and the great fortified City Wall, 30ft high and 15ft wide, that was needed to keep out gangs of thieves intent on robbing the rich citizens and travellers.  BL

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Changzhi

On the way to Changzhi call at Pujiu Temple, founded by the wicked Empress Wu of the Tang dynasty and scene of a famous love story. Stay overnight at the 4*Jinxin International Hotel.  BL

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Luoyang 

Head to Luoyang to stay two nights at the 4*Grand Hotel. This afternoon visit the renowned Longmen Grottoes where 100,000 Buddhist statues of wildly varied sizes were carved into natural caves along a half-mile stretch of the Yi River valley, mostly between the 5th and the 12th centuries.  BLD

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Luoyang

Visit the birthplace of Kung Fu, Shaolin Temple, where the Buddhist monks devised this form of exercise to aid their self-discipline and to defend themselves from outside attackers, 1,500 years ago. They gained renown for their fighting prowess and the martial art became an integral part of monastic life. Then tour Kangbaiwan Manor, a Ming dynasty house like a castle the size of a village.  BL

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Beijing

Transfer to train station for  your high speed day train to Beijing for an overnight stay at 4* Super House International Hotel. B

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Beijing / London Heathrow

Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B

 

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You can adapt any tour in our brochure to create your own escorted tour of China. Simply call our expert team to tailor make a tour just for you and you can arrange to stay longer in any particular place, upgrade your hotels, add more meals or extra visits - whatever you choose.

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22 - day Silk Road tour - Beijing (1 night), Urumqi (2 nights), Kashgar (2 nights), Hotan (2 nights), Aksu (1 night), Kuqa (2 nights), Korla (1 night), Turpan (1 night), overnight train (1 night), Dunhuang (1 night), overnight train, Xiahe (2 nights), Xi'an (2 nights) and Beijing (1 night).

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22 - day tour to Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Turpan, overnight train, Dunhuang, overnight train, Xiahe, Xian and Beijing.

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 3* Dongfag Hotel for an overnight stay.   This evening take a stroll through Tiananmen Square to see Mao’s Mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes. Welcome dinner.  D

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Urumqi

Morning free at leisure. Fly to Urumqi, an important staging post on the old Silk Road, surrounded by rich pastures. Stay two nights at the 4*Bingtuan Grand Hotel.  BLD

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Urumqi 

Step into another culture at the Xinjiang Museum, that of the Muslim Uyghurs of Xinjiang province, learn about their costumes, art and household artefacts – bronzes, ironwork, woodcarvings, silk of course, and weapons – and also viewing the museum’s collection of mummies, Bronze Age caucasians, perhaps Celts, early Silk Road travellers. Later climb Red Hill for panoramic views of Urumqi. BL

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Kashgar

Fly across desert and mountain to the oasis town of Kashgar to attend Kashgar’s Sunday Bazaar, for countless centuries the most important market in Central Asia, and where Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Tajiks, Kyrghiz, Uzbeks, Tatars and Mongols from far and wide still come to haggle for provisions, household goods, hats and livestock. Explore the characterful old quarter, the Tomb of the Fragrant Lady and Id Kad Mosque, and visit a local Uyghur family in their home. Stay two nights at the 3*Qinibagh Hotel. BLD

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Kashgar

A dramatic drive along the famous Kamakoram Highway which follows one of the paths of the Silk Road to Pakistan, but today we go as far as Karakul Lake, lying in a stunning setting with snow-capped mountains all around. BLD

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Hotan

A long drive skirting the Taklamakan Desert to Hotan, a major crossroads and staging post of the southern Silk Road, with an en-route visit to Yarkand, capital of an ancient Uyghur kingdom, to see the 16th century Ammanisha Tomb and the Golden Graveyard. Stay two nights at the 3*Hotan Hotel.  BLD

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Hotan

Hotan is famous for its rare ‘sheep fat’ white jade – at White Jade River see if you can pick out any of this highly prized and increasingly rare treasure from the riverbed, washed down from the mountain and worn smooth and round. Visit Hotan Museum, and see the ruins of Malikwat, the capital of the pre-Islamic, Buddhist Yutian kingdom. BLD

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Aksu

Head into ‘the abandoned place’, the fierce Taklamakan Desert, a vast inland ‘sea of death’ of shifting sands that could swallow camel caravans and entire settlements, and which used to take 40 days to cross – on the new road it takes less than eight hours. Stay overnight at the 4*Hongfu Hotel.  BL

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Kuqa 

Continue towards Kuqa to stay two nights at the 3*Kuqa Hotel. Also visit the Thousand-Buddha Caves at Kizil, where the almost Indian and Persian-style murals depict not only the Buddha but everyday life of the locals before the region became Muslim – farming, hunting, and playing the music that was famous throughout Central Asia.  BLD

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Kuqa

See the spectacularly-located ruins of the great 1st century Buddhist temple at Subashi, and Kuqa Mosque that can hold 3,000 worshippers, built in the 20th century in a typical Uyghur style.  BLD

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Korla

Morning drive to Korla, an oasis town blessed with abundant water and fertile farmland. Admire the Iron Fortress at the entrance to a dangerous mountain pass, and Lotus Lake, home to many waterbirds. Stay overnight at the 3*Bazhou Hotel. BLD

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Turpan

Head to Turpan’s Flaming Mountains to see Gaochang Fortress, destroyed by the Mongols, the underground Astana Tombs and the Bezeklik Buddha Caves. Stay overnight at the 4*Huozhou Hotel.  BLD

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Turpan, Overnight Train

2,000 years ago the locals built an ingenious irrigation system of wells and underground channels that is still used today to grow the vines and fruit for which the town is famous. See this system at work, and also visit the ruins of Jiaohe and the elegant Emin Minaret, the highest in China. Take the overnight train to Liuyuan in a four-berth soft-sleeper compartment.  BLD

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Dunhuang

From Liuyuan drive to Dunhuang at the western end of the Great Wall. Visit the City Museum’s relics from all along the Silk Road, and stay overnight at the 4*Dunhuang Hotel.  BLD

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Dunhuang, Overnight Train

Admire the Mogao Grottoes, Buddhist cave temples used for a thousand years and decorated with sculptures and murals. Walk in the sand dunes at Mingshan Mountain to hear the ‘singing sands’ and see Crescent Moon Lake. Overnight train to Lanzhou.  BLD

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Xiahe

From Lanzhou drive to Liujiaxia Reservoir on the Yellow River and take a ferry over to Bingling Temple to see the splendid but lesser-known (and therefore better-preserved) cave temples. Drive to Xiahe, known as ‘little Tibet’, and stay two nights at the 4*Labrang Legend Hotel. BLD

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Xiahe

Admire Labrang Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery outside Tibet, and tour the surrounding grasslands where nomads still tend their flocks, and villages where life proceeds pretty much as it always has done. BLD

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Xian

Return by road to Lanzhou and fly to Xian, the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and old capital of China. Stay two nights at the 4*Le Garden Hotel.  BL

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Xian

Admire the 7,000 soldiers of the Terracotta Army, their horses, chariots and weapons that were made to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor. Climb the massive city walls, and tonight enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance show and dinner. BLD

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Xian

Enjoy your free time in Xi'an. B

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Xi'an/Beijing / London Heathrow

Fly from Xi'an to Beijing and transfer your flight to London Heathrow Airport. B

 

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Before you travel along the Silk Road, fly out to Beijing early for an extra two nights at the 3-star Red Wall Hotel with a superb sightseeing tour of the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube Olympic sites, the quaint quarter around Houhai Lake and the contemporary artists’ galleries and workshop of Factory 798 in an industrial suburb.

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If you prefer to travel along the Silk Road in a private group or to go at your own pace spending more time in one particular city perhaps, our tailor made tours are the perfect answer. Travel with your own personal chauffeur and English-speaking guide, available for any group size. Just call and ask our tailor made team to help you create your own Silk Road tour.

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22 days to Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Turpan, overnight train, Dunhuang, overnight train,  Xiahe, Xian 2 and Beijing from £3985.

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22 days to Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Turpan, overnight train, Dunhuang, overnight train, Xiahe, Xian 2 and Beijing from £3985.

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22 days to Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Turpan, overnight train, Dunhuang, overnight train, Xiahe, Xian 2 and Beijing from £3985.

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22 days to Beijing, Urumqi, Kashgar, Hotan, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Turpan, overnight train, Dunhuang, overnight train, Xiahe, Xian 2 and Beijing from £3985.

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Marvellous bird-watching tour to Sichuan and the Tibetan plateau, spot two-thirds of China's endemic bird species.

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Some of China's rarest birds make their home in the deep valleys, rugged mountains and high grasslands of western Sichuan, and this birdwatching tour is enhanced by the spectacular scenery and Tibetan culture of the region.

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21-days to Beijing (1 night), Chengdu (2 nights), Wawushan (3 nights – one at base of mountain, two further up), Danba (1 night), Rilong (2 nights), Ma’erkang, Barkham (2 nights), Hongyuan (1 night), Zoige, Ruoergai (2 nights), Jiuzhaigou (3 nights), Chengdu (1 night), Beijing (1 night)

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21 - day tour to Beijing, Chengdu, Wawushan, Danba, Rilong, Maerkang, Hongyuan, Zoige, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu and Beijing.

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Beijing Hotel for one night stay. 

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Chengdu

Fly to the colourful and cheerful capital of Sichuan, Chengdu, to stay two nights at the 5* Tibet Hotel. BL

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Chengdu 

Get close to one of the world’s most adorable and endangered animals at the Panda Research Base here which both supports those living in the wild and also works on a successful captive breeding programme.  Meet your local ornithologist who will be with you until Day 19, and spend the afternoon bird-watching at a local beauty spot in the city, Huanhua Brook.  BLD

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Wawushan

Drive to the magnificent Giant Buddha in Leshan, a 233ft high statue hewn into the cliff-side in the 8th century, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, before continuing to Wawu Mountain to stay overnight at the 4*Wawushan Grand Hotel at the base of the mountain. Sub-tropical Mount Wawushan is the largest National Primeval Forest Park in China, home to 300 species of birds, 31 species of amphibians, 3,500 species of plants and also the Red Panda. On the lower slopes of Wawushan are evergreen broadleaf woodland, and deciduous and coniferous forests higher up with rhododendron and bamboo. A network of forest trails and the cable car provide easy access to all areas of the mountain.   BLD

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Wawushan

In the early mornings take the cable car to the top of Mt Wawushan (9,284ft above sea level), perhaps seeing its great display of azaleas between February and April.  Bird watching with your local ornithologist, sightings of the following are possible at different levels of the mountain - woodpeckers, cuckoos, speckled woodpigeons, shrikes, corvids, flycatchers, redstarts, tits, a dozen species of warblers, laughing thrushes, grey-hooded and golden parrot bills, Sichuan tree creeper, golden bush robin, golden-breasted fulvetta, Temminck’s Tragopan, Lady Amherst’s pheasant and Emei Shan Liocichla. Stay at the 4*Gongtong Hotel for two nights, further up the mountainside. BLD

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Wawushan

Take the cable car to the top of Mt Wawushan to spend the day bird-watching.  BLD

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Danba

Drive north to Danba, a charming and prosperous region of Tibetan and Qiang minority villages, noted for their slender watchtowers that were built both for defense and communication between neighbouring villages. The distinctive architecture is sturdy and attractive – houses are like mini-fortresses, and of 3 storeys, livestock on the ground floor, the family on the first and grain and crops upstairs. Overnight at the Wolong Shan Jun Wang Hotel.  BLD

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Rilong

Here we are close to the famous Wolong birding area in Balangshan, an area particularly rich in pheasants, and we may also see the local slaty bunting and Indian blue robin. Head to the Mountain of the Four Ladies, Siguniangshan, where the landscapes are breathtaking – jagged snow-capped peaks, lush alpine meadows, forests and streams. Stay two nights at the 4*New Siguniangshan Hotel.  BLD

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Balangshan/Danba

Today is spent at Balangshan, walking or driving to different high altitude spots for the best opportunities to see a variety of species in their habitats. Endemic birds possibly seen today include the snow partridge, Tibetan snowcock, white-eared pheasant, Koklass pheasant, golden pheasant, grandala, spectacled parrotbill, and fire throat. You will also visit Danba, a charming and prosperous region of Tibetan and Qiang minority villages. BLD

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Maerkang

Drive north from Rilong to Maerkang (Barkham) with birdwatching opportunities and visiting Zang Village along the way of crested tit warblers, Verreaux’s monal partridge, and three banded rosefinch. Stay two nights at the 4*Jiarong Hotel.  BLD

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Maerkang

Bird watching in the Mengbishan area, looking for the local residents – the Chinese white-browed or the pink-rumped rosefinches, white-winged or collared grosbeaks, hill pigeon, Eurasian crag martin, Hodgson’s redstart and white-throated redstart, blue rock thrush and winter wren, maroon-backed accentor, Himalayan red-flanked blue-tail, Severtzov’s grouse, blood pheasant, black woodpecker, Hume’s leaf and yellow-streaked warblers, goldcrest, Chinese babax, giant laughing thrush, Chinese fulvetta and Tibetan siskin.  BLD

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Hongyuan

Head into the Tibetan grasslands today, where shepherds tend their yaks and sheep under vast skies, and Buddhist chortens and nomadic yurts dot the landscape. The area is also known as the Red Plain, not for its colour, but to commemorate the Long March by Mao’s Red Army across this empty corner of Sichuan in 1934-6. Stay at the 3*Hongyuan Hotel. Search for the rare Sichuan jay, Songar and white-browed tits, plain and Elliots laughing thrushes.  BLD

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Zoige

High on the Tibetan plateau at Zoige (Ruoergai), visit the striking Dazha Monastery and the dramatic S-shaped First Bend of the Yellow River at the Sichuan-Gansu border. Stay two nights at the modest 2*Ruoergai Hotel.  BLD

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Zoige

At the vast wetlands around Flower Lake we find many waders and waterbirds, such as the black-necked crane, saker falcon, Chinese grey shrike, upland buzzards, blue eared pheasant, red crested pochard, ruddy shelducks, as well as black winged snowfinches, white browed tits, Tibetan larks and Godlewski buntings.BLD

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Jiuzhaigou

On the drive over the Lamaling mountain pass to Jiuzhaigou, a national park and area of outstanding natural beauty, we may see the Sukatschev laughing thrush, Przevalski nuthatch, Himalayan orange-flanked bush robin and ring necked pheasant. Stay three nights at the 4*Qianhe Hotel.  BLD

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Jiuzhaigou

Search for the Rufous headed robin who is rarely seen beyond the spruce forests in the park environs here, also the Chinese nuthatch, Chinese leaf warbler and Chinese grouse, sooty tit, spotted laughing thrush, chestnut-throated partridge, the Sichuan wood owl, spectacled parrot bill, three-toed woodpecker and slaty-backed flycatchers.  But perhaps above all, enjoy the magical scenery in this fairy tale national park.  BLD

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Juizhaigou

Enjoy the scenery and wildlife in the National Park. BLD

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Chengdu

Reluctantly depart from this beautiful region, returning to Chengdu for an overnight stay. This evening admire the traditional architecture and charming atmosphere of Kuanzhai Lanes. BLD

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Chengdu

Enjoy your free time in Chengdu.  B

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Chengdu/Beijing/London

Fly from Chengdu to London Heathrow via Beijing with Air China.  B

 

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Before your birdwatching tour in China, fly out early to visit Chengde where the Emperors had their beautiful summer palace, high in the cool hills. Visit the palace, gardens and eight outer temples of the Mountain Retreat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive from Beijing to Chengde via the Great Wall, and stay three nights at the 4-star Yunshan Hotel with breakfast. Take a train back to Beijing to join the birding holiday in Sichuan.

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If you prefer to travel to Sichuan in a private group or to go at your own pace spending more time in one particular city perhaps, our tailor made tours are the perfect answer. Travel with your own personal chauffeur and English-speaking guide, available for any group size. Just call and ask our tailor made team to help you create your own birdwatching tour in China.

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21 days – Beijing, Chengdu, Wawushan, Danba, Rilong,  Ma’erkang, Hongyuan , Zoige, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu and Beijing from £4995.

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21 days - Beijing, Chengdu, Wawushan, Danba, Rilong, Maerkang, Hongyuan, Zoige, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu and Beijing from £4995.

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21 days - Beijing, Chengdu, Wawushan, Danba, Rilong, Maerkang, Hongyuan, Zoige, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu and Beijing from £4995.

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This Gardens of China tour showcases the country's best gardens mingled with the 'must-see' sights of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

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Exquisitely landscaped with ponds, flowers, bridges, pavilions, China's famous gardens tour illustrates how they are designed as much as rooms in a house to be used for specific purposes - for writing poetry, taking tea or playing chess...

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16 - day China gardens tour - Beijing (2 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), Guilin (2 nights), Yangshuo (2 nights), Hangzhou (2 nights), Suzhou (2 nights) and Shanghai (2 nights).

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16 - day tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hanghzou, Suzhou and Shanghai.

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NOTE: amount of the flowers seen would depend on the weather. 

London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Super House International Hotel.  Tonight meet your tour manager and fellow travellers over a welcome dinner.  D

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Beijing

This morning visit Beijing’s vast Botanical Gardens and see its 6,000 species of plants. Tour the gardens of rose, lilac, peony, medicinal herbs, an arboretum, and the conservatory. Later, wander through the formal gardens of the imperial Summer Palace created by the ruthless former concubine, Empress Cixi. Tonight enjoy an intriguing performance of Beijing Opera which blends singing, pantomime and acrobatics with exaggerated costumes and make-up to create an unforgettable and unique interpretation of fairy stories and scenes from history.  BLD

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Xian 

Take High Speed Day train to Xian to stay two nights at the 4* Ramada Xian Bell Tower Hotel  Visit the first-class Shaanxi Provincial Museum. Tonight enjoy a performance of elegant and courtly dances from the Tang Dynasty (7th-10th century AD). BLD

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Xian

Rows and rows of life-sized, individually-crafted Terracotta Warriors with their horses, chariots and weapons, have guarded the tomb of China’s first emperor for over 2,000 years, and are on display in the pits where they were accidentally unearthed in the 1970s. Back in the city, climb onto the great City Wall.  BL

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Guilin  

Fly to Guilin, set amidst breath-taking landscapes of karst mountains, green fields and winding rivers. Stay two nights at the 4*Guilin Bravo Hotel and visit Reed Flute Cave, filled with colourfully illuminated stalagmites, stalagtites and other bizarre rock formations. BL

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Guilin 

Today explore the 166-acre Botanical Gardens of Guilin, filled with exotic and endangered plants. Then continue to the former imperial tea garden, nowadays one of the country’s foremost tea research institutes. Finally, visit Daxu, a charming, story-book old village of traditional wood and stone houses where life proceeds pretty much as it has done since the Ming dynasty.  BL

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Yangshou

On the renowned Li River Cruise to Yangshuo admire the endlessly fascinating vistas from the boat of numberless limestone peaks shrouded in mist and covered in pine trees. On arrival in Yangshuo, explore the busy handicraft stalls along West Street, and check in at the 5* Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel for two nights. Tonight attend a spectacular show, Impressions of Liu San Jie, performed on water with the 600-strong cast on bamboo rafts.  BLD

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Yangshuo

After visiting the local market with a chef, spend the morning at a cookery school located in the heart of rural Yangshuo, learning how to produce a range of authentic and tasty dishes for your lunch. Take a gentle stroll along the banks of the Yulong River, then visit quaint Jiuxian, an almost timeless village.   BLD

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Hangzhou

Fly to Hangzhou and stay two nights at the 4*Best Western Meiyuan Hotel. Enjoy scenes from the olden days along Qinghefang Street and sample some of the delicious local snacks there.  BL

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Hangzhou

Take a romantic cruise on West Lake with its landscaped banks, temples, pagdoas and distant hills, then visit a Traditional Pharmacy and Hangzhou’s Botanical Gardens.  BL

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Suzhou

Visit the extravagant manor house of a local 19th century businessman before taking the train to Suzhou, famous for its waterways, silk and gardens. Stay two nights at the 4* Suzhou Grand Garden Hotel, and admire Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in the world.  BL

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Suzhou

Learn about how the relationship between man and nature is expressed in Chinese landscaping at three of Suzhou’s best loved gardens, the Garden of the Master of the Nets, Stone Lion Grove, and the Humble Administrator’s Garden.  BL

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Shanghai

Drive to Shanghai to stay two nights at the 4*Shanghai Ocean Hotel. Explore the Flower Port, a joint Sino-Dutch venture for the spread of horticultural expertise and trade, and which in springtime is a replica of the Keukenhof, boasts chrysanthemums, lotus and hyacinth. BL

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Shanghai 

Enjoy Yuyuan Garden, a perfect example of a Chinese garden with enchanting views of pools, rockeries, trees and elegant pavilions. Continue to the Jade Buddha Temple where two milky-white statues are decorated with jewels, and finally visit Shanghai Museum. BL

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Shanghai / London Heathrow

Fly from Shanghai to London Heathrow. B

 

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If you would like to make this into a private tour of China's gardens just for you and your partner, friends or family, enjoying the benefit of travelling with your own chauffer and English speaking guide and choosing your own departure date, please call and ask our tailor-made team on 020 7487 2999 to make arrangements for your own China's gardens tour.

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An incomparable, fabulous tour offers some of China's most well-known highlights in a compact time frame and at a great price. This tour encompasses so many highlights frm the beauty and serenity of the enchanting landscapes in Guilin and Yangshuo to the buzz and excitement of Hong Kong. An Ultimate tour to China ! 

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From Carole and Trevor

We just wanted to say how much we enjoyed this wonderful trip to China and the Cruise as well. Everyone, on the trip, said that it fulfilled their expectations and more, as every day, was a new experience and adventure. They all praised Nancy, who was an exceptional guide for us, plus all the other local guides, who gave us such a lot of local historical knowledge for the area that we were visiting, and for those who were with us for a 3 day visit, became good friends.

The hotels were excellent. All of the shows that we were booked into were outstanding and entertaining. Our cruise down the Yangtze to the Three Gorges Dam was very enjoyable and the ship was excellent.

All in all, the organisation for the whole of this trip went like clockwork, thanks to Tom, Nancy, local guides, coach companies and of course, all the work that goes on behind the scenes in your London and Beijing offices.

I would be grateful if you could pass on our gratitude to everyone involved in putting our trip together and executing it so well. So, on behalf of everyone, may I say a big Thank You to your Company for providing us with this trip of a lifetime.

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19 - day luxury tour of China - Beijing (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), Shanghai (2 nights), Yangtze Cruise (4 nights), Guilin (1 night), Yangshuo (2 nights) and Hong Kong (2 nights)

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19 - day tour to Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Yangtze River Cruise, Guilin, Yangshuo and Hong Kong

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London/Beijing                                                                           

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Cathay Pacific. Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your local Airport.

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Beijing                                                                                     

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Howard Johnson Paragon  Hotel for three nights. 

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Beijing                                                                                               

See Mao’s mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square, then walk across to the Forbidden City, home to China’s ‘celestial’ emperors for over 500 years until the last one was evicted in 1924. Tour the lavishly decorated chambers and halls that a million workers created, then drive to Jingshan Park for panoramic views over Beijing. Enjoy a thrilling Kung Fu performance tonight.  BLD

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Beijing                                                                                 

Walk along the Great Wall of China at its most dramatic but lesser-visited section, Mutianyu, where 22 watchtowers stand guard over the rugged terrain.  Back in the city, stroll through the manicured gardens of the Summer Palace and admire its painted long corridor, seventeen-arch bridge and Marble Boat. Special Peking Duck dinner. BLD

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Xian                                                                                         

Visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest, before transfer to railway station for high-speed bullet train to Xian for two nights at the 4* Ramada Xian ell Tower Hotel. BL

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Xian                                                                                   

See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements. BL

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Shanghai                                                                         

Fly to Shanghai to stay for two nights at the 4* Grand Mercure Shanghai Central Hotel.This afternoon, admire the Jade Buddha Temple, its beautiful white jade statues decorated with emeralds, diamonds and agates. Later, stroll along the Bund, passing grand European-style 19th century buildings on one side, and the futuristic skyscrapers of the Pudong district on the other. Tonight attend a spectacular Acrobatic Show and marvel at the skill and daring of the artists.  BLD

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Shanghai                                                                                     

Yuyuan Garden that is one of China’s most perfect examples of the art of landscaping, its ponds, pavilions, paths and plants carefully designed to create a series of unfolding views. This garden was laid out over 400 years ago by an official for his aged parents, and it has changed little since. Then visit the impressive Shanghai Museum that is home to an immense number of China’s greatest ancient treasures - bronzes, ceramics, paintings, crafts, calligraphy, furniture and paintings. Spend the evening in the charming and fashionable Xintiandi district, whose characteristic shikumen buildings have been restored and now house restaurants and bars, galleries and boutiques. BL

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                              

Fly to Yichang to embark on an utterly memorable Yangtze River Cruise, four nights aboard the luxurious Victoria Cruise. Unpack and settle into your spacious, stateroom and relax from your private balcony as the ship sets off the Yangtze. BL

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                                 

See the extraordinary Three Gorges Dam this morning, a vast construction 7,761ft long across the river to create the world’s largest hydroelectric power plant. The Victoria Cruise makes her way through the five giant shiplocks before cruising into the dramatically beautiful Xiling Gorge. BLD

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                                         

Explore a tributary today on a scenic excursion by small boat through Dragon Gate to the Lesser Three Gorges. Re-join your ship to sail beneath the forbidding, misty cliffs of Wu Gorge and Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of them all, with an optional shore visit to the temple of White Emperor City. BLD

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                                      

The ship continues her leisurely progress upstream, with a shore visit to Snowy Jade Cave to admire its bizarre rock formations.  Take part in the on-board activities, watch the scenery glide by and enjoy fine dining aboard Century Legend. BLD

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Chongqing / Guilin                                                                              

Disembark after breakfast at Chongqing and fly to Guilin, an impossibly beautiful region of karst mountains, rice fields and winding rivers. Stay overnight at the 4* Guilin Park Hotel. BL

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Yangshuo                                                                                              

Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through poetic rural landscapes and karst mountains rising steeply from the river valley.  Time for shopping at Yangshuo's handicrafts market in West Street before a spectacular open-air son et lumiere show.  Stay in 5* Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel. BLD

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Yangshuo                                                                                       

Today explore Silver Cave inside one of the karst mountains, where a clear underground river wends its way past shimmering stalagmites and stalagtites. Later visit Jiuxian Garden Village, undergoing a unique conservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and Ming-dynasty architecture.   BL

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Guilin / Hong Kong                                                                                     

Fly from Guilin to Hong Kong for 2 nights stay at the 4* Metropark Hotel Kowloon, situated in the heart of Kowloon - a fantastic base for your stay in this exhilarating city. B

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Hong Kong                                                                                             

Free day. B

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Hong Kong / London Heathrow

Fly from Hong Kong to London Heathrow with Cathay Pacfic. B

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London Heathrow

Arrive in London Heathrow in the early morning.

 

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Extend your holiday in China with a unique experience – wine and beer tasting. Stay three nights in the Olympic City of Qingdao, with a day trip to sample the wines of Yantai including the famous Changyu red, and a visit to the Tsingtao Brewery, established by the Germans 100 years ago.

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If you prefer to travel in a private group or to go at your own pace spending more time in one particular city perhaps,our tailor made tours are the perfect answer. Just call and ask our tailor made team to help you create your own luxury China tour.

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19 days tour - Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Yangtze River Cruise, Guilin, Yangshuo and  Hong Kong from £3395.

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13-day adventure holiday in Inner Mongolia, home to dramatically different landscapes and culture.

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13 - day holiday in Mongolia - Beijing, Yinchuan, Gobi Desert, Genghis Khan Mausoleum, Baotou, Hohhot, Grasslands, yurt overnight, Datong, Hanging Temple, Yungang Grottoes.

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 3*Dongfang Hotel for an overnight stay.   

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Beijing / Yinchuan

Fly to Yinchuan on the frontier with Inner Mongolia.  Visit the huge Nanguan Mosque and the 1,500-year old Haibao Pagoda, and climb to the top for panoramic views. Stay overnight at the 4* Ningxia Seas Sky Hotel.  BLD

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Yinchuan Overnight Train 

Drive out to the Helanshan Rock Carvings. Also see the Royal Tombs of the Western Xia dynasty. Take the overnight train to Baotou in 4-berth soft-sleeper compartments.   BLD

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Baotou

On arrival in the heart of Inner Mongolia, breakfast at your hotel, the 4*Baotou Tianwaitian Hotel, then drive out to the mausoleum of Genghis Khan. Marvel at the immense sand dunes at Resonant Sand Gorge, part of the Gobi Desert and try sand-sliding or camel-riding. BLD

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Baotou / Hohhot  

Visit the only intact Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Inner Mongolia, Wudang Zhao. Drive to Hohhot, calling at the vast Meidai Zhou Monastery, part temple, part palace and part fortress. Stay two nights at the 4*Atravis International Hotel .  BLD

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Hohhot 

Today visiting the Inner Mongolian Museum with its exhibits of minority tribes’ costumes and culture, as well as exciting dinosaur fossils,Dazhao Temple and also Mengliang National Commodities factory. Visit the tomb of one of the four most beautiful women of ancient China.  BLD

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Grassland

Head into the Xilamuren grasslands, enjoy a hearty lunch, meet a nomadic herdsman and his family, and watch their skills at horse-riding, archery and wrestling. Tonight stay in a Mongolian yurt and watch a traditional toast ceremony, with singing and dancing around a bonfire.  BLD

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Hohhot

Return to Hohhot, visiting the Jiangjun yashu,it is located west of Huhhot. The building of the city was to consolidate the northwest border during the 17th century. Five Pagoda Temple,  the Silver Buddha Temple, and wander through the quaint old quarter.  BLD

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Hohhot / Datong 

A morning train journey to Datong, there admire the five enthroned and gilded Buddhas in Huayuan Temple that also houses the museum and the glorious Nine Dragon Screen, a wall of colourfully glazed tiles 600 years old. Stay two nights at the 4*Datong Hotel. BLD

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Datong

View the spectacularly-located Hanging Temple, hewn from caves 150ft up the sacred Heng Shan mountain, and where Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are all celebrated. Continue to the Wooden Temple at Yingxian, 1,000 years old and built entirely without nails.  BLD

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Datong / Beijing

Visit Yungang where hundreds of caves are filled with 50,000 Buddhist statues created in the 5th and 6th centuries and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the train to Beijing to stay overnight at the 3*Red Wall Hotel. BL

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Beijing

Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B

 

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13 days tour to Beijing, Yinchuan, Overnight train, Baotou, Hohhot, Graslland, Hohhot, Datong  and Beijing from £2195.

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13 days tour to Beijing, Yinchuan, Overnight train, Baotou, Hohhot, Graslland, Hohhot, Datong and Beijing from £2195.

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An intriguing guided tour of China's Shandong province, her spiritual heartland and home to glorious scenery and fascinating local culture

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15 - day tour to Beijing (1 night), Jinan (2 nights), Qufu (2 nights), Taian (2 nights), Zibo (1 night), Qingdao (2 nights), Yantai (2 nights) and Beijing (1 night).

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing. 

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for an overnight stay.   Welcome dinner.  D

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Jinan

Visit Beijing’s Olympic site before taking the high speed train to Jinan in Shandong province.  Explore Spring Park where some of the purest water in China gushes from natural springs. At dinner sample some specialities of the local Lu Cai cuisine, and stay two nights at the 4*Shungeng Hillview Hotel. BLD

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Jinan 

Climb Qianfo Mountain with glorious views and hundreds of Buddha statues lining the path. See 7,000-year-old artefacts from nearby villages, and a 72ft-long Ming-era boat excavated from the marshes, at the Shandong Provincial Museum.   BL

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Qufu

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Qufu

Since Confucius has been revered for centuries as China’s most influential philosopher, successive emperors created an extraordinarily ornate temple and mansion for his descendants which we visit today.  BL

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Taian 

Drive to Taian to spend two nights at the 4*Lijing Hotel. Visit the magnificent Dai Temple at the foot of China’s most holy Taoist mountain, Taishan, and the starting point for pilgrimages up to the peak.   BL

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Taian

Take the cable car over Taishan’s pine, gingko and cypress-covered slopes dotted with ancient temples, bridges and gates, to admire the Azure Clouds Temple and worship the harmony of man and nature at its peak.  BL

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Zibo

See the oldest section of the Great Wall, built across Shandong province from Jinan to Qingdao. At Zibo’s porcelain museum view unique ceramics, some glazed or carved, some the local eggshell black pottery, and some pieces thousands of years old. Stay overnight at Zibo’s 4*Ramada Hotel.  BL

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Qingdao 

Drive to Linzi to visit the Hall of Immolated Horses and the Football Museum – according to locals football was invented for military training several hundred years BC. Continue to the Folk Art Museum at Yangjiabu village, then head to the port of Qingdao, the twin town of Southampton, and cross the world’s longest bridge over water at 26.4 miles, the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, to stay two nights at the 4*Huanghai Hotel.  BL

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Qingdao

Mount Laoshan stands 3,700ft above Qingdao, said to be home to a god and a goddess who procure husbands and wives for those who come to ask for one. Enjoy rambling past rocky outcrops and waterfalls, springs of curative water, ancient Taoists temples and majestic trees.  BL

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Yantai

The Germans occupied Qingdao in 1903 and thus was founded the Tsingtao Beer Factory which still produces beer today using spring water from Laoshan. After a tour of the Bavarian-style brewery drive to Penglai for two nights at the Yantai Ramada Hotel. Visit the Naval Museum. BL

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Yantai

Drive along the coast to Penglai to see the 14th century Fortress, cunningly built to be unseen by Japanese pirate ships who plagued the coast here. Stroll through the wooded hills of Penglai Pavilion where there are pretty temples and palaces and beautiful views out to sea. BL

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Yantai

It is said that the Eight Immortals of Taoism drank wine here before heading out to sea without boats. Wine is still produced today – try some at a local winery. Fly from Yantai to Beijing for an overnight say at the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel.BL

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Beijing / London Heathrow

Fly from Beijing  to London Heathrow with Air China.  B

 

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Clients’ comments

From S Kinsey, Wilmslom

Brilliant! Very well organised and a memorable experience. Recommended for everyone! Yvonne is the best guide of our holiday. She speaks excellent English and is very helpful in every way, We hope she will visit us in England one day!

For more information about THE ICE AND SNOW FESTIVAL IN HARBIN with China Holidays please click here.

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8 - day tour to Beijing and to the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin with China Holidays from £2095. Guaranteed departure for 2 persons or more.

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Fly from London Heathrow non-stop to Beijing with Air China.

 

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Beijing

Upon arrival, private transfer to the very central located Dong Fang Hotel for two nights. En route visit the quirky 798 art street located among 1950s disused factories that has been transformed into contemporary artistic and cultural centre.  Walk through the maze of avante-garde art galleries, shops and small restaurants. L

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Visit the remarkable Capital Museum.  After Lunch to visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven used this place to make sacrifices for a good harvest. Drive to the Olympic Park and take photos of National Stadium-Bird Nest and Water Cube from outside. Enjoy a traditional Beijing Opera show later today. Back to Hotel afterthe show. BL

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Beijing/Harbin

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Harbin, and on arrival, transfer to the 4* New Gloria Plaza Garden Hotel for a three-night stay. Visit the Ice International Snow sculpture Art Expo. BL

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Harbin,

Once a remote fishing village, lies in the north eastern corner of China and grew up around the terminus of the China Eastern Railway that brought international trade and foreign settlers. Nowadays, it is a dynamic and prosperous centre with a unique blend of European and Oriental architecture along Central Street which you will see on your tour, and also St Sophia Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox cathedral that is now a museum. This afternoon, visit the Snow and Ice festival where replicas of some of the most famous buildings in the world have been faithfully recreated in ice, and as darkness falls, multi-coloured lights inside them blaze forth. Harbin is the twin town of Anchorage in Alaska and Edmonton in Canada, and every year it partners with another country to give a new theme to the festival.  BL

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Today visit a unique zoo, one where the visitors are in cages rather than the animals! The reason for this is that the animals in question are Siberian Tigers, around 500 of them roaming the 350 acre park, and you may also see Bengali tigers, white tigers, lions, lynx and leopards here too. Feeding time is not for the faint-hearted as it is usual for live prey to be fed to the animals. This evening visit the Ice Lantern Festival at Zhaolin Park with artistic and novel ice sculptures of dragons, flowers, waterfalls – everything is magical after dark!  BL

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Harbin/Beijing

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Beijing/London

Fly back to London. B

 

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Clients’ comments

 

From N Carroll, Newcastle

Mum and I are back from China and I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of your hard work. We had an amazing time! It really was the holiday of a lifetime and we have so many wonderful memories. I could not fault the local guides we had while we were out there. You, and all of your colleagues, have been fantastic from start to finish and we will certainly be recommending China Holidays to anybody who is visiting China.

I hope to maybe walk a different section of the Wall at some point in the future - it really was a breathtaking experience - and so you may hear from me again!

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London

Depart Heathrow at 1740 on the non-stop Air China flight to Beijing.

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Beijing    

Transfer from the airport to the Super House International hotel

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Beijing

After breakfast, visit the grandiose Tiananmen Square, a true symbol of China’s entrance into the modern world. Tiananmen Square is also home to the National Museum of China, which after renovation, now stuns tourists who have the opportunity to view artefacts that give a taste of China’s 5,000-year-old social and political journey. Later visit the Temple of Heaven which will give you an insight into the important position Taoism played in the lives of the Emperors. Here, you will view the scene where the Emperor would pray to the Gods for a good harvest. Afterwards, visit the Liulichang Curio Street and Silk Store, where you can barter like the real Chinese for beautiful souvenirs, which are full of oriental charm and mystery. BL

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Beijing

In the morning you will visit the Lama Temple. The Lama Temple will open your eyes to East Asia’s most influential religion, Buddhism, its splendour illustrating the significance of the religion to the Chinese people for an extensive period of time. Afterwards, prepare yourself for the most fascinating sight Beijing has to offer, and one of the modern wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China. Afterwards, enjoy lunch and make your journey back to the City. En route, visit the iconic Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube, home of the Olympic Games, where China proved herself to be a world competitor in sports and Beijing showed itself to be a leading world capital. BL

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Beijing 

Day at leisure.  Optional excursions available on request.

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Beijing

Day at leisure. Optional excursions available on request B

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Beijing London

Transfer to the airport for a flight back to UK. B

 

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Terracotta Army Extension - 2 nights at the four star hotel with full board. 

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Clients’ comments:
 
From Mrs K Amber, Dover

I thought I would let you know what a fantastic holiday we had! We particularly want to mention our guide Nancy, and let you know how brilliant she is. She was so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for her...she really is worth her weight in gold. The itinerary was perfect, all of the places we visited were amazing and we all plan to revisit China in a few years.off 'must-sees."

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14-day tour to Beijing(3 nights) Xi'an(2 nights),Guilin(1 nights),Yangshuo(2 nights),Shanghai(4 nights)and Suzhou gardens.

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London/Beijing
 
Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.
 
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Beijing
 
On arrival in Beijing transfer to the 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel for three nights.
 
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Beijing
 
Walk along one of the most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China that snakes across the rugged mountain landscape. Also tread along the Sacred Road, the road to heaven that leads to the Ming Tombs where the emperors are buried. Back in the city, enjoy Beijing's most popular dish, a traditional Peking Duck dinner.  B/L/D
 
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Beijing
 
From Tiananmen Square enter the Forbidden City, the imperial palace, and gaze around the grand ceremonial halls and peek into the private family quarters. Later stroll through the elegant formal gardens of the Summer Palace and admire the famous Marble Boat. B/L/D
 
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Beijing / Xi'an ( By High Speed Day Train)
 
Visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest, before transfer to railway station for high-speed 'bullet train' to Xi'an for two nights at the 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel.  B/L 
 
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Xi'an
  
See the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. B/L/D
 
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Xi'an/Guilin ( By Flight )
 
Visit Xian's first-class Shaanxi Provincial Museum where 300,000 objects from every dynasty since a thousand years before Christ are displayed. Fly to Guilin and stay one night at  the 4*Guilin Bravo Hotel. B/L/D
 
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Yangshuo
 
Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through poetic rural landscapes, karst mountains rising steeply from the river valley, their peaks wreathed in mist, and below, oxen ploughing the rice paddies. Time for shopping at Yangshuo's handicrafts market before a spectacular open-air son et lumiere show, stay two nights at 5*Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel. B/L/D
 
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Yangshuo
 
Explore the rural charms of Yangshuo today, first climb Moon Hill for fantastic views, and see the 1,400-year-old Big Banyan Tree. Also visit Jiuxian Garden Village, undergoing a unique conservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and architecture.   B/L/D
 
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Yangshuo-Guilin/Shanghai ( By Flight)
 
Visit the extraordinary Reed Flute Cave with its dramatic stalagmites and stalagtites, before transferring to Airpot for you flight to Shanghai. Met on arriva and drive to the superb 4* Novotel Shanghai Atlantis Hotel for a four-night stay.  B/L/D
 
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Shanghai
 
Admire the very best of China's treasures at the Shanghai Museum and later stroll through Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of the bustling city. Then visit Jade Buddha Temple with its lovely white jade statues and great incense burners, later stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's riverside promenade with futuristic skyscrapers on one bank and grand 19th century European architecture on the other. Tonight watch an amazing Acrobatic show, and marvel at the skill and daring of the performer. B/L/D
 
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Shanghai/Suzhou/Shanghai
 
Drive to Suzhou, described by Marco Polo as 'the Venice of the East', and visit two of its favourite classical gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Admire exquisite handicraft at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai.  B/L/D
 
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Shanghai
 
Enjoy your free day in Shanghai. B
 
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Shanghai/London
 
Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B
 
 
Key:
 
B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

 

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Make your holiday tour in China even better by adding Hong Kong! Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong to stay two night sat the 4* Metropark Hotel Kowloon with breakfast and airport bus transfers included. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city independently – perhaps take the tram up to 1200ft-high Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the harbour and Kowloon, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museum and shops.

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If you prefer to travel in a private group or to go at your own pace spending more time in one particular city perhaps, our tailor made China holidays are the perfect answer. Travel with your own personal chauffeur and English-speaking guide, available for any group size. Just call and ask our tailor made team to help you create your own China holiday tour.
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17-day fantastic Grand Tour - Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo and Hong Kong.
 
 
 
 
 
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Clients’ comments:

From A Montoya and D Gonzales, London

We had a great time and everything was very well organised by China Holidays...we would not hesitate to recommend your services.

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17 - day tour to Beijing (4 nights),  Hangzhou and Shanghai (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nigths),  Yangshuo and Guilin (3 nights), Hong Kong (2 nights).

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17-day luxury grand tour - Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuoand Hong Kong

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London/Beijing
 
Fly non-stop from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways.
 
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Beijing
 
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the stylish 4* NOVOTEL Beijing Xinqiao for a four-night stay.
 
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Beijing
 
This morning head for Tiananmen Square, a vast, modern expanse overlooked by the mausoleum of Chairman Mao, the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People and the National Museum of China. Explore the Forbidden City and some of its thousands of halls, courtyards and pavilions of the imperial palace that were home to the Emperors of China until the last was evicted in 1924. Afterwards, stroll around Jingshan Park, once part of the palace gardens and beautifully laidout with pavilions, fruit trees and flowers. Finally, visit the manicured gardens of the Summer Palace outside the city, created by an ambitious minister to curry favour with the Empress Cixi with money intended for the navy.  B/L
 
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Beijing
 
Today drive out of the city to a less-crowded section of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.  Here, the wall winds across jagged mountain tops, and you can walk along a well-restored section for about a mile and a half, passing watchtowers and battlements, admiring the rugged scenery.  B/L
 
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Beijing
 
Visit the Temple of Heaven, its circular main building representing heaven, its pillars representing the months, hours and seasons, and rectangles symbolising Earth. Drive to an industrial suburb of Beijing, to a 1950s electronics factory that has been transformed into a contemporary artistic and cultural centre. This is 798 Art Zone where avant garde Chinese artists can exhibit their work, and the factory works very well for this purpose, with plenty of north light and a huge indoor space, complete with Maoist slogans on the walls – a fascinating contrast to the ancient imperial sights of Beijing.  B/L
 
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Beijing/Shanghai
 
Take the fast train to Shanghai, a comfortable journey of around five and a half hours in first class seats. Stay three nights at very central located 4*Central Hotel Shaghai, one of the gleaming skyscrapers for which the city is famed.  B
 
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Shanghai
 
Visit the superb Shanghai Museum, a striking modern building showcasing centuries of Chinese civilisation – precious ceramics, bronzes, rare jade sculptures, exquisite calligraphy, traditional folk costumes and furniture. Later, stroll through the 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, with its elegantly landscaped ponds and pavilions, rockeries and statues that provide an oasis of tranquility and beauty. Visit Jade Buddha Temple whose two jade statues were carried all the way from Burma by Chinese monks on their backs.  B/L
 
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Shanghai / Hangzhou / Shanghai
 
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Shanghai/Xian
 
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Xian
 
Visit 7,000 Terracotta Soldiers who’ve stood guard over China’s first emperor for over 2,200 years, and now, painstakingly repaired along with their chariots and horses, they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. After touring the site, return to the city centre to visit the Muslim Quarter surrounding the imposing Great Mosque. B/L
 
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Xian/Guilin
 
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Guilin
 
Enjoy the Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, through romantic, dreamy landscapes of mountains and mist, phoenix-tailed bamboo shrouding the banks where women do their washing and oxen plough the fields behind, small fishing boats selling your freshly-caught lunch to the cooks on board your boat. Later visit Jiuxian Garden Village, undergoing a unique onservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and Ming-dynasty architecture. B/L
 
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Guilin
 
Learn about the production, preparation and health benefits of the special tea grown at the local Research Institute, once the exclusive tea garden for the Ming emperors. Also explore Reed Flute Cave inside one of the karst mountains, an enchanted forest of dramatically-illuminated stalagmites and stalagtites that have created bizarre natural sculptures.  B/L
 
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Guilin / Hong Kong
 
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Hong Kong
 
Free day to explore.  B
 
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Hong Kong / London Heathrow
 
Fly from Hong Kong to London Heathrow with British Airways. B
 
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London Heathrow
 
Arrive London Heathrow.
 
 
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Enjoy your stay in Hong Kong by adding one more night stay at 4* Metropark Hotel Kowloon with breakfast and enjoying a half day Hong Kong island Tour – take the tram up to 1200ft-high Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the harbour and Kowloon, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museum and shops.

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18-days China Holidays group tour to Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu's Giant Pandas, Yangtze River Cruise, Three Gorges,  Shanghai ,Hangzhou and Suzhou's gardens.

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Clients’ comments:

From Mrs Mary
 
Thank you very much for your help with organizing our fantastic holiday to china.
It was glorious and breathtaking. The guides were very friendly, warm and helpful.
We have always wanted to go to china and had looked at a number of companies and was very pleased that we had gone along with yours. Thank you again for some very great memories.
 
 
From Mr Millard
 
We have arrived home safely after our China holiday, which was 100% successful. Everything was excellent, and we have no problems to report. The hotels were excellent in every way. We very much enjoyed the trains, Everything worked as planned - at every station our tour guide and luggage porter were waiting for us. We are exceedingly impressed, and would like to thank China Holidays Ltd. We would certainly recommend China Holidays to anyone who wanted our advice about a holiday in China.
 
 
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18 - day tour to Beijing (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nights), Chengdu (2 nights), Yangtze River Cruise (3 nights), Hangzhou (2 nights), Shanghai (2 nights) and Suzhou (2 nights)  and its gardens.

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18 - day tour to Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangtze River Cruise, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Suzhou and itsgardens.

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London/Beijing
 
Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with British Airways.
 
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Arrival in Beijing 
 
On arrival in Beijing,  met by your friendly guide and drive to your hotel for a three- night stay at 4* Novotel Xinqiao Hotel Beijing.  Free for the rest of day to overcome from jetlag.
 
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Beijing
 
Start today’s tour at 0900. Visit Tiananmen Square, and then proceed to enter the Forbidden City, the great palace that housed 24 successive emperors and their thousands of courtiers, eunuchs, concubines and slaves. Continue to Jingshan Park, the imperial gardens, for panoramic views and visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest. BL
 
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Beijing
 
Leave hotel at 0830 and drive outside city to visit one of the best-preserved and most dramatic but lesser-visited sections of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu, and walk along the crenellated parapets that have snaked across the rugged mountain landscape for centuries. Pay a visit to Cloisonne shop. Back in the city, stop at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water cube stadium (viewing from outside) home to the world-viewed 2008 Beijing Olympics for a photo shoot. Peking Duck dinner tonight, an imperial favorite. BLD
 
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Beijing/Xi’an ( High speed day train )
 
Visit the imperial Summer Palace where you can wander through the formal gardens that were laid out by the extravagant Empress Cixi, before taking high speed day train to Xian, the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and China’s first capital. Check-in at 4* Novotel Xi'an SCPG Hotel for a 2-night stay. BL
 
 
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Xian
  
Depart from hotel at 0900 to see the 7,000 terracotta soldiers that have stood guard over China's first emperor for over 2,200 years, and they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. Pay a visit to Terra-cotta Warriors souvenir shop. This afternoon see Xian's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and tonight we are guests at the Tang Dynasty show, an enchanting performance of music and dance from another era. B/L/D
 
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Xian/Chengdu  ( Fast Day Train)
 
After a hearty breakfast at hotel, visit Xian's first-class Shaanxi Provincial Museum where 300,000 objects from every dynasty since a thousand years before Christ are displayed, after Lunch, private transfer to train station for your fast day train to Chengdu, met on arrival and drive to 5*Tibet Hotel Chengdu for a 2-night stay. BL
 
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Chengdu / Leshan/Chengdu
 
In the morning at 0900, drive to Leshan and take a boat to have a full view of the Giant Buddha, and then up to the mountain to have a close view of the Giant Buddha - a sitting stone statue of Maitreya carved on a cliff at the confluence of three Rivers. Measuring about 233-feet high, this Buddha with serious expression is the largest stone Buddha in the world whose carving work took about 90 years. Back to Town, walk along Kuanzhai Lanes, a quaint and colourful part of town. Back to your hotel after the day tour. BL
 
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Chengdu/Chongqing / Yangtze Cruise  ( High speed  day train) 
 
Leave hotel at 0900 and visit the Giant Panda Research Base in the morning. Have lunch before transferring to the rail station for a 2-hour direct train to the mountain city Chongqing.  On board the 5*Yangzte River Cruise for an unforgettable three-night cruise down the Yangtze. Unpack in your spacious cabin and relax in luxury on your private balcony as the ship sets sail tonight. BL
Note: Sailing iitinerary is subject to change due to weather conditions, water level, navigation and seasonal conditions.
 
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Yangtze Cruise 
 
Relax and savour the extraordinary natural landscapes of the Yangtze’s Three Gorges, and enjoy a shore excursion to visit Shibao Pagoda which is one of the highlights of the Yangtze River cruise. The pagoda was built against the rocks; so only three walls were man-made. BLD
 
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Yangtze Cruise
        
Cruise through Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest of the Three Gorges, and onwards beneath the forbidding, misty cliffs of Wu (the Witches’) Gorge. There is an optional shore visit to the Temple of White Emperor City, where it is believed white vapour in the shape of a dragon was seen rising from a nearby well, and pass through the Qutang Gorge and the Wu Gorge before taking an excursion of rowboat through the Shennv or Shennong Stream or Lesser Three Gorges. In the evening, sail through the Three Gorges Dam ship locks. BLD
 
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Yangtze Cruise / Hangzhou ( Fast day train)
 
See the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most notorious hydroelectric power station in the world.  Disembark at Yichang, met by your private guide around 1300 to have Lunch first and dive to train station for your fast day train to Hangzhou. Met on arrival and transferred to 4* Best Western Hangzhou Meiyuan for a 2-night stay. BL
 
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Hangzhou
 
Met at hotel lobby at 0900 and start the day tour by taking a romantic cruise on West Lake with its landscaped banks, temples, pagoda and distant hills, then visit a traditional pharmacy and an extravagant Manor House that belonged to a prosperous 19thcentury local businessman. Enjoy scenes from the olden days along Qinghefang Street. B/L
 
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Hangzhou / Suzhou ( High speed day train)
 
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Suzhou
 
Learn about how the relationship between man and nature is expressed in Chinese landscaping at the exquisite Garden of the Master of the Nets and the Humble Administrator’s Garden. Stroll through the bustling Guanqian street to explore local daily life. Back to hotel after the day tour. B/L
 
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Suzhou / Shanghai
 
Have a relaxing drive to Shanghai. Admire the Jade Buddha Temple, its beautiful white jade statues decorated with emeralds, diamonds and agates. Later, stroll along the Bund, passing grand European-style 19th century buildings on one side, and the futuristic skyscrapers of the Pudong district on the other. Tonight attend a spectacular Acrobatic Show and marvel at the skill and daring of the artists, stay two nights at the 4* Novotel Shanghai Atlantis Hotel.  B/L/D
 
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Shanghai
 
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Shanghai/London   
 
Drive to Airport for your British Airways flight back to UK . Arrived in UK on the same day. B
 
 
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17-day fantastic Grand Tour - Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo and Hong Kong.

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From A Montoya and D Gonzales, London

We had a great time and everything was very well organised by China Holidays...we would not hesitate to recommend your services.

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17 - day tour to Beijing (4 nights),  Hangzhou and Shanghai (3 nights), Xi'an (2 nigths),  Yangshuo and Guilin (3 nights), Hong Kong (2 nights).

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London/Beijing
 
Fly non-stop from London Heathrow to Beijing with British Airways.
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Beijing
 
Arrive in Beijing and transfer to the stylish 4* NOVOTEL Beijing Xinqiao for a four-night stay.
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Beijing
 
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Beijing
 
Today drive out of the city to a less-crowded section of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu.  Here, the wall winds across jagged mountain tops, and you can walk along a well-restored section for about a mile and a half, passing watchtowers and battlements, admiring the rugged scenery.  B/L
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Beijing
 
Visit the Temple of Heaven, its circular main building representing heaven, its pillars representing the months, hours and seasons, and rectangles symbolising Earth. Drive to an industrial suburb of Beijing, to a 1950s electronics factory that has been transformed into a contemporary artistic and cultural centre. This is 798 Art Zone where avant garde Chinese artists can exhibit their work, and the factory works very well for this purpose, with plenty of north light and a huge indoor space, complete with Maoist slogans on the walls – a fascinating contrast to the ancient imperial sights of Beijing.  B/L
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Beijing/Shanghai
 
Take the fast train to Shanghai, a comfortable journey of around five and a half hours in first class seats. Stay three nights at 4*Grand Mercure Shanghai Central, one of the gleaming skyscrapers for which the city is famed.  B

 

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Shanghai
 
Visit the superb Shanghai Museum, a striking modern building showcasing centuries of Chinese civilisation – precious ceramics, bronzes, rare jade sculptures, exquisite calligraphy, traditional folk costumes and furniture. Later, stroll through the 400-year-old Yuyuan Garden, with its elegantly landscaped ponds and pavilions, rockeries and statues that provide an oasis of tranquility and beauty. Visit Jade Buddha Temple whose two jade statues were carried all the way from Burma by Chinese monks on their backs.  B/L
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Shanghai / Hangzhou / Shanghai
 
Enjoy a day trip to Hangzhou, with a romantic Cruise on the scenic West Lake, its banks dotted with temples, pagodas, pavilions and gardens. Visit a Traditional Pharmacy where you can learn more about Chinese medicine by viewing the exhibits in its museum and the demonstrations in the preparation hall, and also seek advice if you wish in what was considered the best pharmacy of the Qing era and which is certainly one of the finest buildings in Hangzhou. Also visit the extravagant Manor House created by the founder of the pharmacy who filled his villa with exquisitely carved furniture and works of art. In the historic old town shop for silk, tea, hand-made fans and scissors.  B/L
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Shanghai/Xian
 
Fly to Xian, China’s first capital and eastern terminus of the Silk Road, for a two-night stay at 4*Ramada Xian Bell Tower, This afternoon tour Xian’s immense city walls, 60ft wide and 40ft high, complete with towers and battlements, a moat, a hundred ramparts and 18 fortified gates all along its 8 miles – a masterpiece of ancient military engineering.  B/L
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Xian
 
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Xian/Guilin
 
Visit the Shannxi History Museum in the morning. Later, fly to Guilin, an impossibly beautiful region of karst mountains, rice fields and winding rivers, and stay three nights at the 4*Guilin Park hotel.  B/L
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Guilin
 
Enjoy the Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, through romantic, dreamy landscapes of mountains and mist, phoenix-tailed bamboo shrouding the banks where women do their washing and oxen plough the fields behind, small fishing boats selling your freshly-caught lunch to the cooks on board your boat. Later visit Jiuxian Garden Village, undergoing a unique onservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and Ming-dynasty architecture. B/L
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Guilin
 
Learn about the production, preparation and health benefits of the special tea grown at the local Research Institute, once the exclusive tea garden for the Ming emperors. Also explore Reed Flute Cave inside one of the karst mountains, an enchanted forest of dramatically-illuminated stalagmites and stalagtites that have created bizarre natural sculptures.  B/L
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Guilin / Hong Kong
 
Take high speed bullet day train to Shenzhen, met on arrival and take a private transfer to your Hong Kong hotel for a two- night stay at Metropark Hogtel Kowloon Situated at the heart of Kowloon, – a fantastic base for your stay in this exhilarating city. B
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Hong Kong
 
Free day to explore.  B
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Hong Kong / London Heathrow
 
Fly from Hong Kong to London Heathrow with British Airways. B
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London Heathrow
 
Arrive London Heathrow.
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China Holidays, the UK’s leading tour operator to China, offers unbeatable package to the Heritage China. 15 days for £2565

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Clients’ comments

From N Carroll, Newcastle

A unique experience to discover authentic Chinese culture and history by taking this tour.

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15 - day tour to Beijing (3 nights), pingyao (2 nights), Xi'an (2 night), Luoyang (2 nights), Shaolin Temple, Nanjing (2 nights), Shanghai(2 nights), and Suzhou

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Visitors can explore lots of China Heritages from this tour.

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UK/ Beijing

Today, you will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

On board Overnight Flight.

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Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, met on arrival and take a transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay at the central located 3* Dongfang Hotel.  Free for t.he rest of the day to overcome the jetlag.

3*Dongfang Hotel(3 nights).

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Beijing

Visit Tiananmen Square, and then proceed to enter the Forbidden City, the great palace that housed 24 successive emperors and their thousands of courtiers, eunuchs, concubines and slaves. Continue to Jingshan Park, the imperial gardens, for panoramic views and visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest.   B/L

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Beijing

Drive out from hotel to see one of the best-preserved and most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China at Badaling (cable car excluded) and walk along the crenellated parapets that have snaked across the rugged mountain landscape for centuries, and visit the magnificent red and the imperial Summer Palace where you can wander through the formal gardens that were laid out by the extravagant Empress Cixi. B/L

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Beijing/Pingyao ( By high speed day train)

Drive to train station for your high speed day train to Pingyao, one of the four best preserved Ancient Towns in China, famed for its importance in Chinese economic history and for its well-preserved Ming and Qing ursban planning and architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Met on arrival and transfer to a traditional court yard house converted hotel built in nearly 300 years ago for a 2 nights comfortable and unique stay. B

4*Pingyao Yide Hotel(2 nights).

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Pingyao

Your half day tour in Pingyao, will begin by visiting Ancient City Wall, The walls are considered among the best-preserved oldest and largest ancient city walls on this scale in Chinese history, and was constructed in 1370. Followed by the visit to Ri Sheng Chang Bank, it is the first bank in China, now has turned into Museum of Chinese Bank. Pingyao still retains its urban layout, having a leisure stroll along the Ming Qing Street, you may feel you are entering into the glories old empire days. B/L 

 

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Pingyao/Xian ( By high speed day train)

Morning start the day tour by driving to the Wang’s Courtyard first, it is the largest-existing folk residence cluster in China, best known as the First Folk House in China. The magnificent residence, built by the affluent Wang family in the mid-17th century and it took more than half a century to build. After lunch, visit the Zhangbi Ancient Castle. Zhangbi Ancient Castle is well known for its unique architecture where it looks like a castle on the ground but in fact, it has massive ancient tunnels underneath the castle. Drive to train station for your fast train to Xian. Met on arrival and drive to central located Ramada Plaza Bell Tower Hotel for a 2-night stay.  B/L

4*Ramada Plaza Bell Tower Hote Xian (2 nights).

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Xian

7,000 Terracotta Soldiers have stood guard over China’s first emperor for over 2,200 years, and now, painstakingly repaired along with their chariots and horses, they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. Followed by a visit to Terracotta Replica Workshop. In the city visit Xi’an Museum. Finally strolling on Muslim Quarter surrounding the imposing Great Mosque. B/L 

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Xian/Luoyang ( By high speed day train)

Met at hotel lobby to visit Xi’an's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and then Take train to Luoyang, stay two nights in Luoyang. B/L 

4* Peony Plaza(2 nights).

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Luoyang - Shaolin Temple /Luoyang

Today first visit White Horse Temple. The White Horse Temple in Luoyang is the first Buddhist temple in China, the important cradle of China’s Buddhism, which was introduced into China from India in 68AD in Eastern Han Dynasty (25 AD – 220 AD), the same year when the white horse temple was built. Then drive to Shaolin Temple where is believed to be the birthplace of Shaolin Division of Martial Arts. You will also enjoy the 40-mintute martial arts performance in the temple. After that back to Luoyang. B/L

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Luoyang/Nanjing ( By high speed day train)

In the morning to visit the Longmen Grottoes. It is situated on the Yihe River bank, about 12 kilometers from Luoyang city. It is one of the three most valuable Buddhist cave and rock carvings in China. The grottoes were first carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), when the rulers relocated their capital from Datong to Luoyang at the end of the 5th century. The Longmen Grottoes were listed as a World Heritage Site in Nov, 2000. After lunch, take high speed train to Nanjing. B/L

4* New Century Hotel(2 nights).

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Nanjing

This morning we will visit Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum Continue to visit Presidential Palace. The Presidential Palace is a solid history book of 600 years' Chinese modern history from the Ming Dynasty, through Qing Dynasty, Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and the Republic of China. Afternoon we are going to visit the Confucius Temple and followed by the visit to beautiful Xuanwu Lake. B/L 

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Nanjing/Shanghai ( By high speed day train)

Today take high speed train to Shanghai, and then stroll through Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of the bustling city. Later stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's riverside promenade with futuristic skyscrapers on one bank and grand 19th century European architecture on the other.  B/L

4*Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai(2 nights).

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Suzhou

Drive to Suzhou, described by Marco Polo as 'the Venice of the East', and visit two of its favorite classical gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Admire exquisite handicraft at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai.  B/L

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Shanghai/UK

Transfer to the airport to take your homeward flight back to UK.  B

On board Overnight Flight.

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Make your holiday tour in China even better by adding Hong Kong! Fly from Shanghai to Hong Kong to stay two night sat the 4* Metropark Hotel Kowloon with breakfast and airport bus transfers included. Enjoy exploring this vibrant city independently – perhaps take the tram up to 1200ft-high Victoria Peak for a panoramic view of the harbour and Kowloon, stroll around the Central district with its mix of colonial and contemporary architecture, or visit Tsim Sha Tsui East’s wide range of museum and shops.

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