Themed China Tour and Group China Tour Expert from China Holidays Ltd "A remarkable range of unique tours to showcase China's distinctive and spectacular far-flung corners."

Discover something new about birdwatching, cookery or gardens in China on one of our Themed tours.
Themed China Tour and Group China Tour Expert from China Holidays Ltd  

Themed China Tours and Group China Tours List

Bird Watching

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

Confucius and Buddha

15 - day tour to Beijing, Jinan, Qufu, Taian, Zibo, Qingdao, Yantai and Beijing.

Glorious Gardens of China

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

Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin 2020

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

Inner Mongolia

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

Minority Villages

18 - day tour to Kuming, Guiyang, Anshun, Kaili, Xijiang, Rongjiang, Zhaoxing, Sanjiang, Longji, Guilin, Yangshuo and Changsha.

Pearls of Shanxi Province

13 - day tour to Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Changzhi, Luoyang and Beijing.

Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan

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

Taiwan

15 - day tour to Taipei, Taroko Gorge, Taitung, Kenting, Fokuangshan, Alishan National Park, Sun Moon Lake and Taipei.

The Heavenly Kingdom of Sichuan

14 - day Sichuan tour - Beijing Olympic sites, Great Wall hike, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Yaan, Bifengxia Panda Base.

The Silk Road

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

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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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other tours

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

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

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

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

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Chengdu

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

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Chengdu 

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

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Wawushan

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

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Wawushan

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

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Wawushan

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

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Danba

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

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Rilong

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

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Balangshan/Danba

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

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Maerkang

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

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Maerkang

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

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Hongyuan

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

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Zoige

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

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Zoige

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

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Jiuzhaigou

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

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Jiuzhaigou

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

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Juizhaigou

Enjoy the scenery and wildlife in the National Park. BLD

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Chengdu

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

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Chengdu

Enjoy your free time in Chengdu.  B

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Chengdu/Beijing/London

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

 

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B=Breakfast    L=Lunch    D=Dinner

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

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Find out on this guided tour of China's Shandong province, one of the most culturally significant provinces in the country, where a uniquely Chinese medley of philosophy - Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism - is combined with wildly beautiful sacred mountains, the oldest section of the Great Wall, the origins of football, porcelain manufacture and kite flying, and three marvellous UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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

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15 - day tour to Beijing, Jinan, Qufu, Taian, Zibo, Qingdao, Yantai 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. 

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Beijing

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

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Jinan

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

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Jinan 

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

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Qufu

Drive to Qufu, birthplace of the humble scholar Confucius. Stay two nights at the 4*Queli Hotel. BL

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Qufu

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

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Taian 

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

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Taian

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

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Zibo

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

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Qingdao 

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

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Qingdao

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

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Yantai

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

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Yantai

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

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Yantai

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

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Beijing / London Heathrow

Fly from Beijing  to London Heathrow with Air China.  B

 

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Start your guided tour of China by flying out to Beijing a couple of days early for some gentle hiking on the Great Wall.

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15 days tour to Beijing, Jinan, Qufu, Taian, Zibo, Qingdao, Yantai and Beijing from £2495.

 

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15 days tour to Beijing, Jinan, Qufu, Taian, Zibo, Qingdao, Yantai and Beijing from £2495.

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

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

London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Xian 

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

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Xian

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

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Guilin  

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

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Guilin 

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

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Yangshou

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

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Yangshuo

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

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Hangzhou

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

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Hangzhou

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

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Suzhou

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

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Suzhou

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

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Shanghai

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

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Shanghai 

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

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Shanghai / London Heathrow

Fly from Shanghai to London Heathrow. B

 

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Clients’ comments

From S Kinsey, Wilmslom

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

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

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

 

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Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing/Harbin

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Harbin,

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

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Harbin

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

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Harbin/Beijing

Take fast bullet day train from Harbin to Beijing. Overnight at the Pingan Fu Hotel. B

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Beijing/London

Fly back to London. B

 

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

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Yinchuan Overnight Train 

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

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Baotou

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

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Baotou / Hohhot  

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

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Hohhot 

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

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Grassland

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

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Hohhot

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

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Hohhot / Datong 

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

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Datong

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

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Datong / Beijing

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Beijing

Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B

 

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Before your holiday in Mongolia, fly out to China early to visit Chengde where the Emperors of China had their beautiful summer palace, the Mountain Retreat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive from Beijing to Chengde via the Great Wall, three nights at the Yunshan Hotel with breakfast and train back to Beijing to start the tour of Mongolia.

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If you prefer to travel to Mongolia 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 in Mongolia 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 adventure tour in China.

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

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

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Venture off the beaten track on this tour of China's minority villages, a scenic touring holiday through charming rural provinces and finishing amidst the rice terraces of Guilin.

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Join us on this unique touring holiday in China where dozens of ethnic minorities preserve their age-old way of life and strong cultural identity, their history and legends told in the intricate designs of their embroidery and jewellery, in heartfelt songs and exuberant dances. Touring China's remotest regions of river valleys overlooked by steep terraced rice fields has never been so rewarding!

For more information about Minority Villages in China please click here.

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18 - day tour to Kuming (1 night), Guiyang (1 night), Anshun (1 night),Kaili (1 night), Xijiang (2 nights), Rongjiang (1 night), Zhaoxing (2 nights), Sanjiang (1 night), Longji (2 nights), Guilin (1 night), Yangshuo (2 nights) and Changsha (1 night).

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18 - day tour to Kuming, Guiyang, Anshun, Kaili, Xijiang, Rongjiang, Zhaoxing, Sanjiang, Longji, Guilin, Yangshuo and Changsha.

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London/Kunming

You will take a scheduled flight from London Heathrow to Kunming via Beijing today.  

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Kunming 

On arrival in unming, you wll be greeted by your English speaking guie and  transfer to the 4* Jinjiang Hotel Kunming for an overnight stay.

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Kunming / Guiyang        

Tis morning, you will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site - Stone Forest, an extremely rare geological phenomenon dating back to 270 million years ago, the Stone Forest is 80 hectares of Karst limestone pillars in fantastic shapes that resemble a forest viewed frm a distance. Afterthe visit, transfer to tran tation for your high speedday train to Guiyang. Met on arriva and drive to your hotel foran overnight stay at 4* Novotel Downtown Guiyang. BL

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Anshun         

Drive to Anshun and the magnificent Huangguosho Waterfall, 225ft high and 265ft wide, and Tianxing Bridge beauty spot with its rocks, caves and water. Stay overnight at the Puhua Hotel.  BLD

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Kaili

Visit the Old Han village of Tian Long where you can see a collection of the famous local di opera masks, made of wood and brightly painted, and whose menfolk still dress as they did 600 years ago when they were first sent here as frontier troops. Watch Shiqiao villagers make decorative paper the old way from tree bark, and the women at Qingman produce cotton and silk to make clothes. Stay at the Heaven-Sent Dragon Hotel in Kaili.  BLD

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Xijiang

A visit to the Minorities Culture Museum serves as a good introduction to the customs, costumes, domestic life, crafts and festivals of the various minorities of the region, such as those of the Gejia people of Matang Village whose womenfolk are highly skilled at batik and petit point, and which we visit later. Also walk around the upper and lower Jidao Miao villages to see their waterwheels, stilt houses and the distinctive long-skirted costumes of the women.Overnight in Kali.  BLD

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Kaili / Zhenyuan / Kali

In the morning, we will visit Langde Miao Village, we can also enjoy the Miao People's traditional welcome ceremony and performance by the local villagers, and it will be a fablous experience to you. Also you will be deeply impressed by its wooden houses. In the afternoon, we will drive to Zhenyuan Ancient Town which is the oldest ancient town in Guizhou. Exlplore the Ancient Town on arrival. BLD

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Congjiang

Today explore the home of the God of Thunder at Leigong Mountain, 7,150ft high, its slopes scattered with Shui and Miao villages. Also see the Shui villagers making bamboo musical flute-like pipes called lusheng – they are well known for their love of music, dance and song. After admiring the surprising mini-skirts of the women of Datang we approach Congjiang , en route to visit the Gaozeng Dong Village where the girls adorn themselves with huge pieces of silver jewellery. Stay overnight at the Gaozeng Hotel.  BLD

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Zhaoxing

A scenic riverside drive to Basha Miao village, isolated and almost untouched by the modern world. The men have shaved heads except for a long ponytail at the top of their head twisted into a topknot, carry knives and guns, and their embroidered coat tails display how many girls’ hearts they have won. Continue to Huanggang Dong Village,  a hidden gem in the hills and rie terraces, as it is quite difficult to access, and it makesit so authentic. Carry on to Zhaoxing and stay 2 nights at the 4*Zhaoxing Jindanggong Hotel. BLD

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Zhaoxing       

All Dong villages have at least one Drum Tower which serves as  watchtower and community hall, but Zhaoxing has five, one for each clan, and there are also five covered bridges known as Wind-and-Rain Bridges, and these are covered in paintings of folk tales, animals and daily life. Spend the day exploring Zhaoxing. BLD

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Zhaoxing / Sanjiang

In the morning , drive to train station for taking high speed day train to Sanjiang in neighbouring Guangxi Province., it is a good opportunity to vew the unique view along the route. You wll visit the region’s famous 100-year-old wind-and-rain bridge which is a beautiful piece of architecture - its five pavilions are supported by five stone pillars and connected by roofed corridors with sweeping eaves, and the entire 250ft-long bridge is made of wood with no nails. See Sanjiang’s other fine building, the 155ft high pyramid-like Drum Tower and stay at the Fengyuqiao International Hotel. BLD

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Longji

Admire photogenic Gaoding Dong village which is off the beaten track, visit the Temple of the Three Kings, Sangwanggong, and Batuan’s wind-and-rain bridge that uniquely has one aisle for people and another for livestock. Drive onwards to the Dragon’s Backbone Mountains at Longji and stay at Star Wish Resort for two nights. BLD

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Longji

There being no flat land to farm in this region, the local Zhuang and Yao people had to create their own, and so 800 years ago they started carving these mountains into ribbons of rice terraces that coil around the contours of the steep slopes. There are now over 16,300 acres of rice terraces and today walk through some of them to picturesque Ping’An village. BLD

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Guilin

Drive to Guilin and climb Yao Mountain along a path lined with temples and statues for fantastic views of the karst mountains that rise steeply from the river valley below. Also visit a local tea plantation and stay overnight at the Guilin Bravo Hotel.  BLD

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Yangshou

Morning cruise along the Li River to Yangshuo through breathtakingly-lovely scenery.  Time for last-minute shopping at Yangshuo’s handicrafts market before a spectacular son et lumiere show with the 600-strong cast on rafts on the river. Stay two nights at 5* Yangshuo Green Lotus Hotel.   BLD

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Yangshou

A day to enjoy a gentle bicycle ride along the lovely Yulong River and to drift through poetic landscapes on a bamboo raft.  BLD

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Guilin / Changsha

Visit Silver Cave inside a karst mountain where bizarrely-shaped stalagmites and stalagtites are likened to mythical beasts and dramatically illuminated. Drive back to Guilin and take high speed day train to Changsha for an overnight stay at 4* Hampton by Hilton Changsha Hotel.  BLD

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Changsha /  London

Met at hotel lobby and transfer to Airport for your homeward flight back to London via Beijing. Arrive in London on the same day. B

 

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

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

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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


 

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Datong

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

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Datong 

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

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Wutaishan

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

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Taiyuan

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

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Pingyao

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

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Pingyao

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

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Changzhi

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

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Luoyang 

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

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Luoyang

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing / London Heathrow

Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B

 

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At the end of your escorted tour of China's Shanxi province fly to Xian, the ancient capital for two nights at the 4-star Bell Tower Hotel, with a tour to the Terracotta Warriors, the ancient city wall, mosque and quaint Muslim quarter.

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

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13  days -  Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Tiyuan, Pingyao, Changzhi, Luoyang and Beijing from £2195.

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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, 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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At the end of this tour to Sichuan, Tibet and Yunnan take a high speed train to the delightful town of Hangzhou to enjoy a cruise on the scenic West Lake, a visit to a traditional pharmacy and exquisite manor house and gardens, and a stroll along a quaint old street lined with picturesque houses. The perfect end to your China travels!

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Clients’ comments

From John Drake, Hertfordshire

The Taiwan tour in two weeks is ambitious but is a fascinating introduction to a country that is really little known. The itinerary is a good mix of history, culture, gastronomic and scenic experiences.

The guide (I score 5) was first rate, it is difficult guiding one sole traveler and he did well with combining the guiding and driving, language and knowledge both first rate.

Organisation (I score 5) I cannot fault. All flights, accommodation and itinerary worked without a hitch. Thank you for a really enjoyable and valuable two weeks.

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London/Hongkong/Taipei

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Taipei via Hongkong with Cathay Pacific Airways.

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Taipei

On arrival in Taiwan be transferred to the 4* Riviera Hotel for a two-night stay.

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Taipei

City sightseeing tour of Taiwan's prosperous capital. Admire the fabulous exhibits of Chinese art at the National Palace Museum, the private collection of the Emperors of China.  See the moving Martyrs' Shrine and the memorial to Chiang Kai Shek, the first ruler of Taiwan's Republic of China. Visit the dazzling Longshan Temple and the Taipei 101 for a photo-shoot. BL

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Taroko Gorge           

Stunning scenery awaits along the drive down the east coast of the island, the wide open sea and near-vertical cliffs on one side of the winding roads, the gushing Liwu River and mountains on the other. Arrive at theLeader Village Cottage House in Taroko for a two-night stay. The name Taroko means 'majestic and beautiful', and it’s also known as 'Marble Gorge'.  B

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Taroko Gorge           

Enjoy exploring Taroko Gorge National Park where a tribe of Atayal people, one of the many tribes of Taiwanese aborigines, still live amidst the forests and mountains, as do wild boar and the Formosan black bear. See the Eternal Spring Shrine and Swallow Caves, admire startling cliffs in the Tunnel of Nine Turns and cross the Bridge of Motherly Devotion.  BL

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Taitung

A beautiful drive along the East Coast, calling at the Bachi Scenic Lookout over the Pacific Ocean.  The Stone Steps, the Terrace of the Three Immortals, bizarre sandstone rock formations at Xiaoyeliu and a Bunun Trible Village en route to Taitung.  Stay overnight at the 5* Hotel Royal Chihpen.  B

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Kenting

Head to the southernmost point of Taiwan and the tropical Kenting National Park to stay two nights at the 4* Howard Beach Resort. Kenting National Park is a protected ecological area of over 33,000 hectares with a tropical climate. Enjoy the varied landscapes of coral reefs, sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, forests, limestone mountains, rivers and lakes where diverse wildlife flourish.  Visit Longluan Lake which is a popular spot for migratory birds in spring and autumn, and Maopitou, the 'cat's nose', a bizarrely eroded coral seashore at the very tip of Taiwan.   B L

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Kenting

Visit Eluanbi Lighthouse, built in 1883 by an Englishman in the teeth of fierce opposition from the local aboriginal people who mounted constant attacks during its construction – as a result it is one of the few fortified lighthouses in the world. For the rest of the day explore the park.  B

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Fokuangshan

Today drive through fertile farmland, via fields of sugar cane, tobacco, bananas and pineapples on the road to  Fokuangshan Monastery, the Buddha's Light Mountain. This is a modern monastery that follows humanistic Buddhism which unites all the main sects and aims to bring Buddhist principles into everyday life.  Stay overnight in the monastery's basic but comfortable guest house, Pilgrims' Lodge.    BD

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Alishan National Park         

You may like to join the early morning chanting, prayers, tai chi or meditation at the monastery this morning, before departing to Tainan to visit the 17th century Dutch fortress and tower that was the hub of their short-lived occupation of the island. Continue to Alishan National Scenic Area where cypress trees cover the slopes of Mount Alishan and clouds wreathe the peak, to stay at the modest Alishan House Hotel.   BD

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Sun Moon Lake

Take a morning trail to admire the surroundings whose colors change every season from cherry blossom pink to autumn gold. Head inland to Taiwan's largest lake, Sun Moon Lake, one half of which is said to resemble the sun, the other a new moon. Stay two nights at the lakeside resort, the 4* Lea Lea Garden.  B

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Sun Moon Lake

Admire the ever-changing moods of the lake and its mountains on a gentle stroll, visiting a temple or pagoda along the way. Relax in the stylish surroundings of the Lea Lean Garden, enjoy a lake cruise and finish the day with sunset viewing. B L

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Taipei 

Head north to Taipei via Yingge village famous for its ceramics and art studios set along attractive old streets. Also call at Sanxia Old Street which boasts some fine architecture from the early 20th century and a wonderful temple. Stay two nights at the Riviera Hotel Taipei.   BL

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Yehilu

Drive out to see the bizarre geological rock formations at Yehilu Geopark, a mile-long promontory eroded by the wind and waves into scores of honeycomb and mushroom-shaped rocks.  Also visit the quaint and scenically-located old town of Jiufen before returning to Taipei.   BL

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Taipei/Hongkong/London

Drive to airport for your flight to London Heathrow via Hongkong with Cathay Pacific Airways. 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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14 - day Sichuan tour - Beijing Olympic sites, Great Wall hike, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanglong, Yaan, Bifengxia Panda Base.

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Beijing 

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

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Chengdu

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

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Chengdu  

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

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Huanglong

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

 

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Jiuzhaigou

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

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Ya’an

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

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Ya’an

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

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Mount Emei

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

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Mount Emei

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

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Mount Emei/Chengdu

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

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Chengdu/Beijing/London

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Travelling on the fabled Silk Road to the westernmost fringes of the empire through tiny, long-forgotten Buddhist kingdoms, is one of China's best tours, combining adventure and legend.

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Travel along the Silk Road, criss-crossed ancient caravan trails that linked Rome and Constantinople, Greece, Persia, India and China for thousands of years - along them flowed not only goods but new religions, culture and inventions.

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

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

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Urumqi

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

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Urumqi 

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

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Kashgar

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

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Kashgar

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

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Hotan

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

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Hotan

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

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Aksu

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

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Kuqa 

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

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Kuqa

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

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Korla

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

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Turpan

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

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Turpan, Overnight Train

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

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Dunhuang

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

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Dunhuang, Overnight Train

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

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Xiahe

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

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Xiahe

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

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Xian

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

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Xian

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

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Xian

Enjoy your free time in Xi'an. B

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Xi'an/Beijing / London Heathrow

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

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London/Beijing

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

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Beijing

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

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Roof of the World train

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

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Roof of the World train

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

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Lhasa         

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

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Lhasa

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

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Lhasa

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

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Gyantse/Shigatse

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

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Gyantse/Shegar (New Tingri)

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

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Mount Everest   

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

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Zhangmu

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

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Kathmandu

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

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Kathmandu

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

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London

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport.

 

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A unique China cookery holiday amidst the glorious landscapes of Yangshuo at a charming, riverside cookery school, with activities and day tours.

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12 - day tour to Shanghai, Guilin and Yangshuo.

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London/Shanghai

Fly from London Heathrow non-stop to Shanghai with British Airways

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Shanghai

On arrival in Shanghai transfer to the 4* Shanghai  Ocean Hotel for a 2-night stay where it is close to the famous Bund. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.  D

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Shanghai       

Stroll around the delightful Yuyuan Garden, its ponds, pavilions, paths and plants creating an infinitely varied series of exquisite views. This garden was laid out over 400 years ago by an official for his aged parents, and it has changed little since. Admire the jewel-encrusted white jade statues in the Jade Buddha Temple, 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. Tonight attend a spectacular Acrobatic Show and marvel at the skill and daring of the artists. BLD

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Guilin

Fly to Guilin this morning, a city named after its fragrant sweet osmanthus trees that flourish amidst the dreamy landscapes of karst mountains and rivers. On arrival visit the Tea Research Institute, once the exclusive tea garden for the Ming emperors, and nowadays a leading organic producer of fine quality teas. Continue to 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. Stay overnight at the 4*Guilin Bravo Hotel.  BL

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Yangshuo

Today enjoy the renowned Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. The vistas from the boat are endlessly fascinating and in the distance are numberless limestone peaks shrouded in mist and covered in pine trees. On arrival in Yangshuo, explore the busy handicraft stalls along West Street, perfect for last-minute presents, and check in at the Green Lotus Hotel for a six-night stay in a deluxe room. 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

This morning is the first cookery class, at the Yangshuo Cookery School situated right by the Li River. English-speaking teachers take you to the local market to select the freshest ingredients, then take you through the preparation of five dishes which you will have for lunch, sitting out by the river – you will have plenty of hands-on experience and recipes so that you can successfully recreate the dishes at home. In the afternoon climb Moon Hill for fantastic views, and see the 1,400-year-old and 55ft high Big Banyan Tree before your first tai chi class.  BL

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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 that have created bizarre natural sculptures. Later visit Jiuxian Garden Village, a 1,400-year-old traditional village that is the subject of a unique conservation and regeneration project to preserve its culture and architecture with botanical gardens, a tea house, guest house and health centre also being created alongside the renovations of its Ming-era buildings. Take another tai chi class this evening.   BL

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Yangshuo

Prepare more local specialities at the cookery school this morning, and after lunch take a gentle stroll along the banks of the river, watching women in coolie hats washing their clothes, men fishing and buffalo bathing. Round off a relaxing day with your nightly tai chi.  BL

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Yangshuo

On the curve of a river, many miles from Yangshuo, is the ancient farming village of Huangyao. The flagstones have been polished to a sheen by centuries of footsteps, ancestral temples and shrines abound, graceful bridges span the rivers and creeks, and an air of timelessness pervades the tiny community, surrounded on all sides and thereby isolated from the world by the steep mountains that stand guard over it. Tai chi this evening will relax you after your excursion.  BL

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Yangshuo

Spend another morning at the cookery school, mastering new dishes and learning more about the region's cuisine. After lunch, take a short trip out to Fuli village where traditional hand-painted paper fans and scrolls are made in the old riverside workshops – and there is certainly plenty of inspiration for painting in the unique scenery around. Enjoy your final tai chi class.   BL

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Guilin / London Heathrow via Hong Kong

Drive back to Guilin and take High speed day train to Shenzhen and then drive to Hong Kong Airport for your flight bak to London Heathrow with British Airways. BL

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London

Arrive early at London Heathrow.

 

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Round off your cookery holiday in China with a relaxing stay on glamorous Hainan Island, known as the Hawai of the Orient. Stay four nights at the 5-star Yalong Bay Resort which boasts superb facilities and enjoy an included visit to Monkey Island’s macaque nature reserve.

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