About the Holiday
Day 1: Sizzling Shanghai
Saturday. Welcome to Shanghai! Transfer from Shanghai airport to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or head out and explore the city.
Day 2: Shanghai city tour
A city with a turbulent history and a promising future, Shanghai is the best of old and new with grand colonial architecture engulfed by gleaming skyscrapers. Today we embark on a guided tour taking in sites including the lofty Plaza Tower, tranquil Yu Garden, the Old City and the bustling Bund. In the evening we'll take a cruise on Huangpu River and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Suzhou - an oriental Venice
Shanghai - Suzhou - Xi'an. Today we visit ancient Suzhou, which is reminiscent of Venice, with its series of canals, picturesque waterways and classical gardens. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal, tour the Lingering Garden - a beautiful classical Chinese garden dating back from the Ming Dynasty and visit a silk workshop. Later we return to Shanghai for our overnight train to Xi’an.
Overnight: Sleeper train | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Xi'an & Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Upon arrival into Xi'an we transfer to our hotel for breakfast and check in with time to freshen up. Today we visit the iconic Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, followed by the vibrant Muslim Quarter.
Later we enjoy a leisurely bike ride along the Xi'an City Wall. Dating back to 1370 the 12m-high walls are some of the few remaining urban fortifications still standing in China today. Tonight, there is our optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi'an | Breakfast, Lunch
Xi'an & Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 5: Terracotta Warriors
Xi'an - Beijing. Today we visit the famous Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Emperor Qin's 2,200 year old terracotta army of life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection to the emperor in the afterlife. The 7,000 clay warriors stand in military formation in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger and no two faces are alike.
Later we visit the clay workshop, specialising in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. After dinner we board the overnight express train bound for Beijing.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 6: Beijing
We arrive into Beijing bright and early this morning, where we'll enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the city. Our first stop will be Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs before watching a Chinese Acrobatic performance in the evening.
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast
Day 7: Beijing - The Great Wall
Make sure you don some comfortable shoes today as we set out to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Zig zagging some 6000 kilometres across barren hills, deserts and mountains, the now partially ruinous Great Wall stretches from east to west in northern China and was constructed over a period of 2000 years. The wall is steep in sections but the photo opportunities are well worth the effort.
After our walk we have lunch and visit a jade carving factory. In the afternoon we visit the bustling Pearl Market where you'll find anything from jewellery and clothing to gadgets and DVDs.
Overnight: Beijing | Breakfast, Lunch
The Great Wall
Day 8: Beijing
Saturday. Our Chinese adventure comes to an end today. Hotel check out and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.