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Glories of China

Glories of China

14 Days

Multiple departure dates

 

This adventure is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.

 

 

Available Dates

Traveling Between Departure Days Adult Price Child Price Infant Price
10/01/2020 - 31/12/2020 Saturday € 3,190.00 -- --

What's Included

 

  • All international airfares
  • All domestic transportation, departure tax & current fuel surcharges
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees, guides & daily tours
  • Visa fees for UK passport holders

 

Additional Price Information:

 

Based on Dublin departures
Flight upgrades available on request
Land only from €2290 (Shanghai - Beijing)
Single room from €490
Tipping paid locally RMB 450

 

More Information

 

Combining the contrasting urban splendour of Shanghai, Beijing and Xian with the majestic sights of the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and extraordinary landscapes of the Li River, this tour showcases China’s most glorious highlights.

 

Places Visited

Ireland - Shanghai (3N) - Guilin (2N) - Yangshuo (2N) - Xian (2N) - Beijing (3N) - Ireland

 

Tour Highlights

Marvel at the sparkling city of Shanghai on a Huangpu River Cruise
Admire the 1920s architecture of The Bund, set against futuristic skyscrapers
Absorb the rural serenity of the Li River and Yangshuo
Come face to face with the Terracotta Warriors 
Wander along the incredible Great Wall of China
Step back into China's dynastic past at the Imperial Forbidden City

 

ITINERARY

Days 1 - 2 - Shanghai

Fly overnight to Shanghai. On arrival on day two you will be met at the airport by your local guide and/or National Escort from Wendy Wu Tours. Together with all other group members who may be arriving at a similar time, you will transfer approximately 1 hour to your hotel for your 3-night stay.

 

Day 3 - Shanghai

Today’s explorations include the peaceful Yu Garden, the atmospheric alleys of the old town and a visit to the Silk Museum. Sightseeing involves a full day of touring around the centre of the city with 3-4 hours on foot. Later, cruise on the mighty Huangpu River for stunning night vistas, before dining tonight on traditional Shanghainese cuisine.

 

Day 4 - Shanghai

Today drive approximately 1 and a half hours to Zhujiajiao, one of Shanghai’s sleepy water towns. Sightseeing here is leisurely and involves a couple of hours exploring on foot. Later, return to Shanghai and enjoy the ancient treasures of the Shanghai Museum and the People’s Square, before taking a stroll on the Bund.

 

Day 5 - Shanghai to Guilin

Fly 2 and a half hours to the scenic city of Guilin. On arrival, enjoy some light sightseeing, including the Seven Star Park.

 

Day 6 - Guilin to Yangshuo

Take a relaxed 4-hour cruise along the Li River to the charming village of Yangshuo where you will spend 2 nights. Around every river bend is a view to take your breath away as jagged peaks loom over rural scenes of lush greenery, grazing buffalos and local fishermen. These are small cruise boats usually holding approximately 100 passengers; with an enclosed dining area on the lower deck and an open viewing area on the upper deck. As it is so popular, there are generally many boats at the docks – please be reassured that the cruise itself will be scenic and relaxing as the boats cruise past unspoilt countryside. Usually, the boats depart at 9am from the dock located a 1 hour drive from your hotel. However, when the river level is low they depart from further downstream which would mean a longer drive and an earlier check-out from your hotel. Disembarking from the cruise, your Local Guide will walk with you to your hotel, approximately a 30-minute walk from the river. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. In Yangshuo, visit the local markets.

 

Day 7 - Yangshuo

Spend a morning exploring the verdant countryside of Yangshuo. Walk by lush paddy fields and slow-moving water buffalos as you admire the panoramic mountain scenery that so epitomises the area. This afternoon is at leisure. There are many activities to take part in including cycling, rafting and walking (arranged locally and at extra cost).

 

Day 8 - Yangshuo to Guilin

Drive 1 hour back to Guilin. Enjoy a leisurely walk around Ronghu Lake and a visit to the Sun & Moon Pagodas for spectacular views over downtown Guilin. Take a tour of the South China Pearl Museum where you will have the opportunity to buy these precious stones. Stop for a photo opportunity on the banks of the Li river and meet a genuine cormorant fisherman.

 

Day 9 - Guilin to Xian

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Xian, China’s ancient capital, which takes just under 2 hours. Visit the lovely Little Wild Goose Pagoda, involving approximately 1 and a half hours on foot. This evening you will feast on traditional Shui Jiao dumplings, before enjoying a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing.

 

Day 10 - Xian

Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of the life-sized Terracotta Warriors. The Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses is located approximately a 1 hour drive outside of Xian. From the bus park to the museum entrance there is a 15- minute walk. There are electric carts offered by private vendors which can be organised at your own cost. There is no electric cart available for the return from the museum exit to the bus park. Within the museum area the warriors can be seen in three different ‘pits’, which are active archaeological digs. The site is large and will take about 2 and a half hours to explore. After this, visit the Xian Art Ceramics and Lacquer Exhibition centre to see smaller models of the warriors being made. Later, stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town. The local guide will give you time to explore the ancient city walls at your own pace. There are options here to hire a bicycle or an electric cart to drive along the length of the wall. These are offered by private vendors and can be organised at your own expense.

 

Day 11 - Xian to Beijing

Board your bullet train to Beijing, China’s capital. Your train will be in a second-class soft seater and takes 4-5 hours, on arrival drive 1 hour to your hotel. Later, take a 40-minute rickshaw ride through the warren-like hutongs where you will visit a local family to learn about local traditions and culture. Spend your evening soaking up the atmosphere of this fascinating city.

 

Day 12 - Beijing

You will rise early this morning and drive approximately 2 hours northwest of the city to the Juyongguan Pass. Here you can take a walk on the Great Wall of China, appreciating the wall itself and the dramatic scenery. Your visit here involves walking from the bus to the first section. After your group has been given an introduction to the Great Wall’s unique history you will have free time to explore at your own pace. Later, visit the Jade Museum. This afternoon, drive approximately 1 and a half hours to wander around the Summer Palace. This evening, enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show.

 

Day 13 - Beijing

Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven where you can watch, or take part in, an outdoor dance group. Walk across the lengths of Tiananmen Square and into the magnificent Forbidden City, involving 3-4 hours on foot. This evening, feast on the city’s most famous dish – Peking duck.

The Forbidden City is closed on Mondays. If this day of touring falls on a Monday, your touring in Beijing will be switched around so that the Forbidden City is visited on an alternative day.

 

Day 14 - Depart Beijing

Any time before your flight is at leisure. You will be transferred from your hotel to the airport, according to the departure time of your international flight.

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