Hangzhou tours and China tours operator from China Holidays Ltd "Marco Polo said that without doubt, Hangzhou was the finest and noblest city in the world"

West Lake is lovely - pavilions, pagodas, trees and flowers, the hills in the distance
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Hangzhou is a city famous for its beauty and heritage. The capital of Wu and Yue kingdoms of Five Dynasties during the 10th century and capital of Southern Song Dynasty during the 12 - 13th Century, Hangzhou has been part of China's rich tapestry for more than a millennium.

West Lake is one of the most beautiful sights in Hangzhou and has inspired Chinese painters for centuries. In Chinese legend, West Lake has been referred to a jewel fallen from the heavens.

Linying Temple, the Temple of Inspired Seclusion, is one the most famous ancient Buddhist temples in China. It was first built by an Indian monk in 326AD during the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420AD) and was last restored in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).

Six Harmony Pagoda was first built in 970AD during the Northern Song Dynasty (960 - 1127), the Six Harmony Pagoda represents the six Buddhist ordinances, harmonies of heaven, earth, north, south, west, and east. From top of the pagoda there is an impressive view of the Qiantang River.

Enchanting China

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

Panda, Palaces and Pagodas

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

Glorious Gardens of China

16 day tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hanghsou, Suzhou and Shanghai from £2545.

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

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

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

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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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You can adapt any tour in our brochure to create your own bespoke trip to China. You can arrange to stay longer in any particular place, upgrade your hotels, add more meals, extra visits or a longer Yangtze river cruise – whatever you chose. Enjoy a bespoke Pandas, Palaces and Pagodas tour exclusively for you with your own chauffer and guide by calling 020 7487 2999

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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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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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B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

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Extend your China Gardens tour with extra nights in Beijing. Wander through the old hutong district of Shichahai with its traditional courtyard houses, climb the Drum tower, learn to make dumplings or take a rickshaw ride, the choice is yours.

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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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16 day tour to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Hanghsou, Suzhou and Shanghai from £2545.

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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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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
 
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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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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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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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Beijing
 
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Beijing
 
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Beijing
 
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Beijing/Shanghai
 
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Shanghai
 
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Shanghai / Hangzhou / Shanghai
 
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Shanghai/Xian
 
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Xian
 
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Guilin
 
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Guilin
 
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Guilin / Hong Kong
 
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Hong Kong
 
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London Heathrow
 
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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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London/Beijing
 
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Beijing
 
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Beijing
 
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Beijing
 
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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
 
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Shanghai / Hangzhou / Shanghai
 
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Shanghai/Xian
 
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Xian
 
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Xian/Guilin
 
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Guilin
 
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Guilin
 
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Guilin / Hong Kong
 
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Hong Kong
 
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Hong Kong / London Heathrow
 
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