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Welcome to Shanghai. On arrival transfer to your hotel and later meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Meeting followed by dinner.
This morning your city tour begins with a visit to The Bund; a famous waterfront which has been regarded as the symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years. It is lined with buildings of various architectural styles from the past alongside the modern skyscrapers of the present day. Continue with a visit to a silk museum and then on to the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre where the focus is on a large scale model of urban Shanghai. It showcases the old streets of 1930's Shanghai and futuristic plans demonstrated with the use of virtual reality. Later enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping in Nanjing Road; the earliest shopping street of the city. Today it houses over 600 businesses including modern shopping malls, theaters, international hotels and stores selling famous designer brand name goods. Later return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
After a late start this morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Guilin and on arrival continue on to Yangshuo and check in to your hotel. The small ancient city is surrounded by karst peaks and spectacular scenery. It is bordered by the Li River on one side and it is regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of China. This evening enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Start the day with a drive through the stunning countryside around Yangshuo to Ten Miles Gallery Resort and transfer on to an electric shuttle bus to continue your tour past rolling hills and idyllic villages. Make a stop to see the Big Banyan tree; a well-preserved tree which was planted on the banks of the Jinbao River during China's Sui Dynasty 1,400 years ago. This 55-foot-tall tree is featured in a romantic love scene from the famous old Chinese movie 'Third Sister Liu' which has turned it into a popular spot for courting couples. See Moon Hill, a karst formation so named due to its wide semi-circular hole. Following lunch, join a relaxing cruise on the Li River from Yangshuo to Yangdi sailing on crystal clear waters surrounded by picturesque karst peaks, lush bamboo groves and steep cliffs that line the river banks. This evening an Optional Experience to see a show in the world's largest natural theatre is up for grabs to complete the day.
This morning fly to the city of Xi'an, the oldest of the four great ancient capitals. After checking in at the hotel, head out to the Tangbo Art Museum and discover a varied collection of artworks which depict the cultures, history and folklores of the Tang Dynasty. This evening, enjoy a meal at a local restaurant followed by a stroll around the Muslim Quarter which comes to life as night falls. Walk through these fascinating streets with their stores selling mouth-watering exotic food, souvenirs and local products from the Shaanxi Province.
Today visit one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries: the Terracotta Warriors which were discovered in 1974 by some peasants digging a well. This large collection of life-size terracotta sculptures in battle formations were positioned according to their rank and buried with China's first emperor Qin Shi Huang to accompany him during his eternal rest. Following lunch in a local restaurant return to the hotel and this evening perhaps choose to take an Optional Experience to see the ‘Tang Dynasty Show.'
This morning take a short flight to Beijing and on arrival check in at the hotel. Later consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the Temple of Heaven; a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site. The three-tiered wooden masterpiece was built during the Ming Dynasty in 1420 and once a year the emperors went there to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest.
Start the day with a visit to Tiananmen Square; located in the center of Beijing it is one of the largest people's squares in the world with a capacity to fit around 300,000 people. It was built by Chairman Mao to flaunt the epic scale of the Communist project. Continue with a visit to the UNESCO listed Forbidden City; a large complex of courtyards, palaces, pavilions and gardens ringed by scarlet citadel walls which served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Later enjoy the afternoon at leisure and this evening consider an Optional Experience to see ‘The Legend of Kung-Fu' show; a mixture of traditional martial arts and modern theater.
This morning it's time to visit the Great Wall; a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the northern borders of China to keep out invaders. Its winding path over rugged country and steep mountains takes in some great scenery and this engineering triumph demonstrates the genius of the Ming Dynasty. Take a walk along the wall to be rewarded with heavenly views of the wall snaking over the hilltops before lunch in a local restaurant. This evening why not complete your stay in China with an optional Peking Duck Dinner?
Transfer to Beijing International Airport for your onward flight.
9 Buffet breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
The ‘Impression Liu Sanjie’ is an outdoor light show which takes place in what is reputedly the world's largest natural theater which utilizes the waters of the Li River as its stage, with a dozen beautifully lit karst formations forming a natural backdrop. Mist, rain, moonlight, the hills and their inverted reflections in the river all become the ever-changing natural background. The performance is based on a legend during the Tang Dynasty about a young woman called Liu Shanhua who was the third child of her family and given the nickname 'Liu Sanjie' meaning the third sister of the Liu family. She was especially known for her beautiful singing voice which apparently touched everyone including a warlord who according to the legend kidnapped her. It is a truly unique performance set amongst the stunning scenery of the LI River. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥398
Enjoy a sumptuous Tang dumpling banquet followed by a wonderful performance of ancient music and dance which has graced the region for centuries. The show consists of 8 parts filled with vibrant costumes, colorful dances and traditional music. Under the ruling of the Tang Emperors from 618 to 907, China became the most powerful and prosperous country in the world. During this time the economy, politics and military strength reached an unprecedented level which influenced the culture of its neighboring countries. It was during this flourishing and peaceful period that exquisite Tang imperial feasts with music and dance emerged and developed. Step back in time and enjoy the delightful hospitality and performances of the Tang Dynasty. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥385
The UNESCO listed Temple of Heaven is a large religious complex in the old outer city of Beijing and was the most important of Beijing's imperial temples. It was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (from 1420 to 1900) worshiped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests. It is considered the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture and its layout symbolizes the belief that heaven is round, and the earth is square. The temple buildings are rich in symbolic detail and its grand architectural style give an insight into the practices of the ancient civilization. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥300
The Legend of Kung Fu Show is a mix of traditional martial arts and modern theatre. It is presented by a group of marvelous Kung Fu artists from all over China whose average age is only 17 but they have studied Chinese Kung Fu for many years. The story tells of a young boy who dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master and attaining enlightenment. He takes the path of a monk in which he must face many obstacles both from this world and his own mind to overcome his fears and to become a true master of Kung Fu. During the 80-minute show, the artists do not speak but perform daring acrobatics and Kung Fu dance but there are English subtitles above the stage explaining the storyline. Transfers to and from the Red Theatre are included. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥325
Say farewell to China this evening with a sumptuous Peking Duck Banquet. ‘Beijing kao ya,’ the most well-known dish in China has been prepared since the imperial era and is known merely as ‘Peking Duck’ in the western world. This famous gourmet cuisine of Beijing consists of roasted duck in a tempting shining color covered with crispy skin and tender meat inside accompanied by pancakes and vegetables. A range of other dishes will also be served including soup, various stir-fries, rice, salad and several vegetarian options. One glass of local wine plus two soft drinks or beer is also included. It is a feast fit for the grand finale of your wonderful encounter in China. The price shown is in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.
Adult Price: ¥340
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