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China Express - 6 days - 20% discount for dep. between 30 June and 25 Aug.18

China Express - 6 days - 20% discount for dep. between 30 June and 25 Aug.18

Beijing, China

From: R 11,920.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 11,920.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9225
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    6 Days
  • Valid From

    29th of June 2018 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    25th of August 2018 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Discounted 20% offer for set departures between 30 June and 25 August 2018

Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along Xi’an’s medieval wall and encounter Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army - the perfect introduction to the charms of China!

Trip Highlights

BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing and Chinese Acrobatic Show

XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride

BADALING & JUYONGGUAN - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China

About the Holiday

Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing

Saturday. Hello China! Arrive Beijing and included airport transfer to our hotel. 

Day 2

The Forbidden City

This morning, we explore the heart of Beijing, China's pulsating capital, including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city centre is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city. Later we take an exciting rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, gaining a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Great Wall of China

After a free morning to further explore the city, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening we spend the night at our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Beijing - Xi’an. We rise early this morning and head (5 min bus drive) to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass when it opens to beat the crowds. We have time to enjoy and explore the wall before visiting a Jade Carving Centre to learn about this ornamental rock and its importance in Chinese culture. After lunch we head back to Beijing. Free time is offered in the cavernous Pearl Market - an Aladdin's Cave of souvenirs, handbags and gadgets in Beijing, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. 
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xi'an

Wild Goose Pagoda and City Wall

We pull in to Xi'an in the morning - hotel check-in and time to freshen up. Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter before taking a casual bicycle ride on top of the nine mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.

Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6

Terracotta Warriors

Thursday. This morning we discover the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site, where 7000 warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2200 years. Later on we visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines. Our tour comes to an end after today's sightseeing. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure your flight is booked to depart Xi’an after 6pm.
Breakfast, Lunch

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 4 nights 3-4 star hotels
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 dinner including a traditional Chinese dinner in Beijing
  • 1 overnight train (soft sleeper cabin)
  • Rickshaw ride through Beijings Hutongs
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 6
  • Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
  • Chinese acrobatic performance
  • Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall 
  • Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan and Xi'an
  • English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Discount included in the price.

From R4900 for single supplement (single traveller).

Excludes
  • International flights and visa
  • Health and travel insurance
  • Entrance Fees: USD$65-75, paid in local currency
  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
  • Tipping Kitty: USD$40-50, paid in local currency.
Package Conditions:

These special 20% discounted offers are for set departure from SA between 29 June  and 25 August 2018.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Beijing
Beijing a metropolis in northern China, is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was formerly known in English as Peking. Beijing is China's third largest city in terms of population, after Chongqing and Shanghai.

Beijing is situated at the northern tip, of the roughly triangular North China Plain which opens to the south and east of the city. Mountains to the north, northwest and west shield the city and northern China's agricultural heartland from the encroaching desert steppes. The northwestern part of the municipality, especially Yanqing County and Huairou District, are dominated by the Jundu Mountains, while the western part of the municipality is framed by the Xishan Mountains. The Great Wall of China, which stretches across the northern part of Beijing Municipality, made use of this rugged topography to defend against nomadic incursions from the steppes.

Mandarin cuisine is the local style of cooking in Beijing. Peking Roast Duck is perhaps the most well-known dish. Teahouses are also common in Beijing. Chinese tea comes in many varieties and some rather expensive types of Chinese tea are said to cure an ailing body extraordinarily well.

Beijing is at its best in late spring and, particularly, autumn when crisp, sunny days are accompanied by tree leaves turning glorious shades of red and gold. The searing heat of summer and the biting winds in winter can be extreme.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 05 May 2018.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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