Chengdu tours and China tours operator from China Holidays Ltd "Chengdu is the home of Sichuan Opera, Giant Pandas, quaint teahouses and the ancient Kuanzhai Lanes"

Relax in Chengdu, the colourful and cheerful capital of Sichuan
Chengdu tours and China tours by China Holidays Ltd 

Chengdu Tours

Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, was built in 316BC during the Warring States period (475BC–221BC), is situated in the middle of Sichuan province. Chengdu covers an area of 12390 sq km, and is becoming a modern city with many hi-tech companies making their headquarters here. However it is still known for its laid-back and relaxed atmosphere – something that is still present in the city’s teahouses where locals will spend the day relaxing, drinking tea and playing mah-jong.

Wenshu Monastery was built in the Southern Dynasty (420–589) and rebuilt in the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911). Dedicated to the God of Wisdom, this Buddhist monastery is a real hotbed of activity with people worshipping, burning paper money and incense, selling fireworks and fortune telling. The vegetarian restaurant and lively teahouse make this monastery definitely worth a visit.

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.

Panda, Palaces and Pagodas

22 days - Beijing, Xian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai, Yangtze Cruise, Chengdu, Guilin, Yangshuo and Beijing from £2895.

The Heavenly Kingdom of Sichuan

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

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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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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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B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

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Extend your travels in China with a three night stay in Guilin and Yanghsuo, visiting the Reed Flute Cave, a Li River Cruise, a scenic walk along the Yulong River and fantastic son et lumiere show.

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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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15-day group tour to Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, the Yangtze Cruise, Shanghai and Suzhou

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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)

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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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B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

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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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Spectacular 14-day tour of Sichuan, discovering the villages, monasteries, lakes, mountains and above all, the Giant Panda at the country's foremost breeding centre at Ya'an.

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Enjoy Sichuan's storybook treasures - hidden Tibetan villages, secluded Buddhist monasteries, sacred mountains, vivid lakes and cascades of the clearest water, and the highlight for many, encounters with Giant Pandas. Infinitely picturesque and wildly romantic, this tour to Sichuan is a dazzling array of natural wonders and witness to a timeless civilisation.

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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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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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Unforgettable China travels with spellbinding scenery, age-old Buddhist temples and the daily traditions of minority people.

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This China tour encompasses the most dramatically beautiful and culturally vibrant triangle of Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan, where old trade routes through Asia connected ancient kingdoms of ethnic minorities otherwise isolated by geography.

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17 - day tour to Chengdu (2 nights), Lhasa (3 nights), Gyantze (1 night), Shigatze (1 night), Lhasa (1 night), Zhongdian-Shangri-la (2 nights), Lijiang (2 nights), Dali (1 night) and Kunming (2 nights) 

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17 - day tour to Chengdu, Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatze, Lhasa, Zhongdian, Lijiang, Dali and Kunming

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London/Chengdu

You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Chengdu, Alternatively, we can arrange departures from your loal airport.

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Shanghai

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay at 5* Tibet Hotel Chengdu where you can relax and recovery from jetlag.

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Chengdu

Met at hotel lobby by your guide for starting the daily visit. Today, you wll get close to see one of the world's most adorable and endangered animals at the Panda Research Base which supports those Pandas living in the wild and also works on a sccessful breeding programme. Back to Cty, take a leisure stroll around Kuangzhai Lanes, lined with traditional houes decorated with intricate woodcarving andredlanterns, Later attend an intriguing andentertaining Sichuan "face-changing" Opera to see if you can sot how the performers swap their masks so quickly ! Drive back to your hotel after daily visit.  BLD

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Chengdu / Lhasa  

Fly to Lhasa to stay four nights at the 4* Minshan Hotel, the rest of the day is free to relax and acclimatise to Tibet's high altitudes at 12,000 ft above sea level and rising to 15,750ft later in the journey. B

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Lhasa

Visit one of the three great monasteries of Tibet,  Drepung Monastery - a religious university were about 600 monks live and study, in its heyday before the Potola Palace was built, there were over 10,000 monks and it was the largest in the world. Later, follow the throngs of pilgrims as they make the clockwise circit along Barkhor Street that encrcles the golden-roofed Jokhang Temple, home to the most sacred Buddha statue for Tibetans. BLD

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Lhasa

425ft 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 Dalai Lamas and Tibet's political and spiritual headquarters for centuries, and later you will visit the Summer palace -- Norbulingka, a complex of delightful pavilions and gardens outside the city. Finally, go to 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 / Gyantz

Leave Lhasa and drive along the Southern Friendship Highway in the direction of Kathmandu, over the Kampa La Mountain Pass to Yamdrok Lake, the sacred "Holy Sapphire" and femal guardian of Busshism in Tibet. Continue past the Karo La Glacier to the small town of Gyantze and stay over night at the 3* Gyantze Hotel.  BLD

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Gyantze / Shigatze

This morning visit Palkhor Chode Monastery and its nine-storey pyramid-like structure know as a Kumbum with 76 chapels lined with lavish murals. Continue to Shigaze to stay at the 4* Qomo Langzong Hotel for two nights. BLD

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Shigatze / Lhasa

Visit the Tashilhungpo Monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th century and traditional seat of his second-in-command, the Pacnchen Lama, ever since. See the jewel-encrusted tomb ofthe tragic 10th Panchen Lama, the 86ft-high Maitreys Buddha Statue, murals and immense Thangka Wall. Drive back to Lhasa, "the Ground ofthe Gods", through rugged scenery along the Northern Friendship Highway for a final night in Tibet.. BLD

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Lhasa / Zhongdian  

Fly to Zhongdan in the north-west of Cina's Yunnan Province, a photogenic town perched on a Himalayan Plateau andonce a staging post on the Southern Silk Road fown to Vietnam. It was renamed Shangri-La a few years ago due to its natural beauty, and we stay two nights in this "fabled paradise" at the 4* Blue Horizon Jun Hua Hote. B

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Zhongdian ( Shangri-La)

Visit Songzanlin Monastery, dating from the 16th century and rebuld following damage during the 1959. Drive out to Napa Lakes, it is located eight Kilometers northwest of the county. Several rivers flow into the lake , including the Naizi and Naqu Rivers. The lake is seasonal in that it is dry in the fall and winter seasons, naturally becoming part of the Yila Prairle. During this time, visitors can see many sheep and cows grazing in the lake bed. Visit one of these to meet a local Tibetan family and enjoy a hearty home-cooked dinner. BLD

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Zhongdian / Lijiang

Drive south to jiang, once the capital of the Naxi Kingdom, en-route admiring the world's deepest canyon at Tiger Leaping Gorge where the Yangtze is forced through a narrow gap in the rocks. Afterwards the guide will accompany you to explore Lijiang Old Town. You are able to sght-see time-honored residential compounds, soak in the romantic culturei n the famous bar street, and also hunt for loca sancks at Sifang Street. Stay twoo nights at 4*Ljiang Wangfu Hotel. BL

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Lijiang

After breakfast, vist the loca beauty spots Black Dragon Pool. And then will take a cable car ride up sacred Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the southern most glacier in the northern hemisphere, and explore Lijiang's quaint old town with its354 bridges and elaborately carved Naxi houses. You will als enjoy the splendid sow , the Impression Lijiang, performed on an open-air stage against the snow mountain.  BL

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Lijiang / Dali

Drive south through the green, rural lands of the Bai people and pass Erhai Lake to Dali. Stay at the 4* Landscape Hotel for an overnight . See the elegant, thousand -year-old towers of the Song Dynasty Three Pagodas and the exotic Catholic Church, and shop in the pleasant old quarter of Dali Town.  BLD

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Dali / Kunming

You will take fast train to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan and staging post along the old trading route to neighbouring Burma, part of the southern Silk Road, and stay two nights at the 4* Jinjiang Hotel. On arrival, visit the Western Hills that locals say resemble a beautiful girl reclining on the banks of Dianchi Lake.  BL

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Kunming

Today visit the extraordinary Stone Forest, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site, a hundred square miles of thin, jagged limestone pillars in fantastic shapes tat resemble a forest viewed from a distance, followed by the visit to the Tang Dynasty Bamboo Temple.  BL

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Kunming / London

You wll be transferred to the Airport for your flight back to London Heathrow. B

 

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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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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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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)
 
Take high speed day train to Suzhou, famous for its waterways, silk, gardens and beautiful girls. Visit the Silk Embroidery Institute to admire its skilled double-sided embroidery, and the Panmen City Gate, the only land and water gate left in the world. Stay 2 nights at the 4*Suzhou Garden Hotel. B/L
 
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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
 
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 followed by the visit to 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. 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. B/L
 
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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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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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