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All cruises along the Yangtze River pass through the renowned Three Gorges and the impressive Three Gorges Dam
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The Yangtze River

The longest river in Asia, the Yangtze rises at around 16,000ft on a Tibetan plateau and journeys 4,000 miles across China to empty into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is China's single most important natural asset for industry, transportation, irrigation and nowadays, hydroelectric power, and a third of China's population lives in its river basin - the frequent floods are therefore devastating to vast numbers of people, to cities, factories, farmland and therefore to the wider economy. In 1954 for example, the Yangtze burst its banks and flooded 75,000 square miles, displacing 19 million people and killing 33,000

The Three Gorges Dam

A plan to dam the Yangtze and thereby put an end to flooding, improve navigation along the notoriously dangerous stretches through the Three Gorges, and to produce hydroelectric power was mooted in 1919 by Sun Yat-sen, the founder of the Chinese republic, but construction did not actually start until 1994. The dam itself is about a thousand miles from Shanghai, near Yichang, and is 7,761ft long, 594ft high, with a 370-mile long reservoir that encompasses the scenic Three Gorges. At the time of writing, May 2011, the 32rd and final turbine of the world's largest hydroelectric plant is ready for testing, and will shortly thereafter be completed. The dam will also have a ship-lift able to raise a 3,000 ton ship in 30-40 minutes, due by 2014. There are currently 2 ship locks measuring 918ft long by 114ft wide and 16ft deep, and it takes around 4 hours to go through the 5 levels.

Effects of the dam

Freight along the Yangtze has increased dramatically as the river is deeper, wider and therefore safer, and can take larger vessels further, reducing shipping costs and reducing environmental impact from coal burning. The risk of serious flooding has been reduced, according to estimates, from once every decade to once every century.

Since the water level rose by around 450ft within the 370-mile long reservoir in which the scenic Three Gorges are located, the landscape has undoubtedly changed - however, since the height of the mountains that line the banks is up to 4,300ft, the actual difference is not as noticeable as might be initially thought. There have been additional benefits to cruise passengers - some of the smaller tributaries of the Yangtze have now been opened up to navigation by larger cruise vessels, and other sights, such as the mountaintop temple at White Emperor City which used to involve an exhausting climb to reach, are now much easier to visit. Furthermore, travelling through the new locks and seeing the dam are actually new highlights of the cruise for many guests.

This ambitious engineering project has however been controversial from the start, with 1.3 million people being relocated, farming land, towns, villages and historical sites destroyed, and suspected dangers to the environment.

The Three Gorges

The Three Gorges are Qutang, Wuxia and Xiling, and each is composed of several lesser gorges often named after legends or folk tales of gods and heroes, or simply of the fancied resemblances of the mountains alongside to animals or household objects – Rhinoceros Viewing the Moon for example.

Qutang Gorge is 5 miles long, the shortest but also the most scenic section. At its narrowest points, sometimes no more than 165 feet wide, the perpendicular cliffs force the river to rush through, making it fast flowing and dangerous.

Wu (Witches') Gorge is 28 miles long, a seemingly endless number of cloud-draped canyons so high that the sun is hardly visible, giving the strange peaks a fairytale aspect -  legend has it that a goddess and her 11 handmaidens were transformed into the mountains and help sailors navigate the treacherous waters below.

Xiling Gorge is the longest, 45 miles of rapids and shoals that claimed thousands of lives throughout history, nowadays tamed by the dam.

The Lesser Three Gorges - Emerald, Misty and Dragon Gate - are found along the Danning River, a tributary of the Yangtze at the western end of Wu Gorge. They are reached on small boats, the better to enjoy the lush, green scenery with 'Cloud and Mist' tea flourishing on the steep cliffs, the chatter of monkeys and the fish swimming in the clear waters. Shennong Stream at the eastern end of Wu Gorge also has clear, tranquil waters reached on small sampans.

 

 

 

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The Three Gorges Dam

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Wu (Witches') Gorge is 28 miles long, a seemingly endless number of cloud-draped canyons so high that the sun is hardly visible, giving the strange peaks a fairytale aspect -  legend has it that a goddess and her 11 handmaidens were transformed into the mountains and help sailors navigate the treacherous waters below.

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From L Dervish, Cumbria

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

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

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

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

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing           

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing / Xian ( By High Speed Day Train) 

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

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Xian

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

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Xian / Chengdu ( By High Speed Day Train)

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

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Chengdu / Yangtze Cruise

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

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

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Yangtze Cruise

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

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Yangtze Cruise         

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

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Yangtze Cruise / Shanghai ( By High Speed Day Train)

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

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Shanghai

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

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Suzhou          

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

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Shanghai    

Enjoy your free time in Shanghai. B

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Shanghai/London

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

 

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

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

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

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Clients’ comments

From Carole and Trevor

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

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

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

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

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

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London/Beijing                                                                           

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

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Beijing                                                                                     

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

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Beijing                                                                                               

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

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Beijing                                                                                 

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

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Xian                                                                                         

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

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Xian                                                                                   

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

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Shanghai                                                                         

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

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Shanghai                                                                                     

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

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                              

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

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                                 

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

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                                         

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

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Yangtze Cruise                                                                                      

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

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Chongqing / Guilin                                                                              

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

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Yangshuo                                                                                              

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

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Yangshuo                                                                                       

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

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Guilin / Hong Kong                                                                                     

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

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Hong Kong                                                                                             

Free day. B

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Hong Kong / London Heathrow

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

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London Heathrow

Arrive in London Heathrow in the early morning.

 

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

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

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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
 
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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