About this holiday
Day 1 - Ni hao! Welcome to Beijing! We are greeted upon arrival after our flight and transferred to our hotel for check-in and time to relax before heading out for dinner.
Overnight in Beijing (D)
Day 2 – Beijing. Our full day sightseeing in the city ‘where ancient and modern China meet’, takes us for a morning stroll in Tian An Men square where we can visit Tiananmen Tower before heading over to the Forbidden City, the former residence of the Ming and Qing emperors with its legends and a palace of traditional architecture and wonderful treasures. After lunch we visit the Temple of Heaven with its outstanding round shape, covered by an exquisite triple roof of blue tiles, this is where the Emperor prayed to the gods for a good harvest. We can rest our tired feet with a traditional foot massage and hear a talk about traditional herbal medicine at the Beijing Jingshan Imperial Hospital. In the evening, enjoy the famous Beijing Roast Duck for dinner.
Overnight in Beijing (B, L, D)
Day 3 – The Great Wall & Summer Palace. We explore the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall (about 70km outside of Beijing) using the cable car. Connected with the Juyong Pass in the west and Gubeiko in the east, it is one of the best preserved parts of the wall. Back in downtown Beijing after lunch, we take a walk inside the Summer Palace gardens exploring areas such as the Ordinate Clouds, the Jade Wave and the north shore of Kunming Lake.
Overnight in Beijing (B, L, D)
Day 4 – Taiqi (Tai Chi), Cooking & Train to Xian.This morning we take a fun rickshaw ride of Hutong and before heading to the home of a local resident and Taiqi master for a private Taiqi class. Following this we learn how to cook some special Chinese dumplings and dishes for lunch. Dumplings are a traditional Chinese food and a widely regarded favourite in Northern China. The afternoon is at leisure or you can learn to make your own flying kite!
Overnight on the train to Xi’an. (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Xi’an. Arriving in Xi’an, we make our way to one of the highlights of the tour – The Terracotta Warriors. Originally unearthed by a group of farmers in 1974, this magnificent army of Qinshihuangdi, the first Emperor of China is up to 8,000 life-size statues with no two identical, stare inscrutably at we can only guess what...Returning to town, we can walk along Muslim Street and visit the Folk House of Gao Yue Song, a high ranking official during the Ming Dynasty.
Overnight in Xian (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Xi’an & Calligraphy.This morning we visit the more traditional Buddhist side, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is known as the best-preserved Buddhist temple complex with its towering pagoda rising impressively over the city. We also explore the old city wall which is one of the oldest and best-preserved. For a bit of creativity we can try our hand at the art of calligraphy; a field of traditional art in China. It’s then back on the overnight train to the ‘Paris of the Orient’; Shanghai.
(B, L, D)
Day 7 – Shanghai. Breakfast is taken at a local restaurant on arrival before our visit to the Shanghai Museum. Discover the beautiful collections of bronze, china, porcelain, sculptures and calligraphy as well as the famous Opera before marvelling at the Jade Buddha Temple with its two Jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Burma. Continue to visit the Mandarin Yu Garden, which was created in the 16th century. The garden is located in the heart of old Shanghai, the narrow streets of which are always bustling with activity.
Overnight in Shanghai (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Suzhou. A trip to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage City brings canals and stone bridges. Famous for its luxury silk and scholar built gardens such as ‘The Master of Nets’ and ‘The Humble Administrator’. Take a walk down historical Pingjiang Road before we cruise the Grand Canal, the oldest and longest in the world!
(Overnight in Suzhou) (B, L, D)
Day 9 – Shanghai. Heading back to Shanghai we have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure.
(Overnight in Shangai) (B)
Day 10 - On to Hong Kong. Fly on to Hong Kong this morning.
Overnight in Hong Kong for 2 nights. (B)
Day 11- Hong Kong. Full day sightseeing in Hong Kong is in store. On Lantau Island with its beautiful scenery and famous historical sites, we can admire Phoenix Mountain as well as visit the Giant Buddha. At 34ft tall it is part of the Po Lin Monastery complex and is the biggest bronze seated Buddha in the world. The monastery itself was constructed in 1924 with more structures added throughout the years. It is then on to Victoria Peak which overlooks the west of Hong Kong Island with its 112 year Peak Tram, the city’s oldest transport, as well as Peak Tower which is Hong Kong’s icon and most unusual building with entrance to Madam Tussauds. Our final farewell dinner will be taken in a local restaurant. (B, D).
Day 12 Depart our hotel for Hong Kong Airport and our flight home.
• Discover a country of intrigue and magnificence
• Step into the no longer Forbidden City
• Ride in a rickshaw
• Learn the ancient art of Taiqi (Tai Chi)
• Create traditional Chinese dumplings
• Marvel at the world famous Terracotta Warriors
• Relaxing foot massage!
• A truly culturally diverse country
Ancient Chinese Wonders
We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as detailed below (or similar).
Penta Hotel**** (Beijing)
Express Train to Xian & Shanghai (soft sleeper compartment)
Grand New World Hotel **** (Xian)
Suzhou Castle Hotel **** (Suzhou)
Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai **** (Shanghai)
Prudential Hotel **** (Hong Kong)