The quintessential experience, this introductory tour offers a glimpse of China’s glorious past, fascinating present and bright future with visits to the exceptional and contrasting cities of Xian, Beijing and Shanghai.
From international Shanghai and the pandas of Chengdu to the imperial highlights of Beijing and all the dramatic landscapes in between, relish the historical, cultural and natural delights of China on this comprehensive trip.
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.
The Chinese name for the Summer Palace, Yihe Yuan, translate as the ‘Garden of Restful Peace’
It took 100,000 labourers to create the Kunming Lake we see today
The 1880’s refit of the palace was done by the famous Empress Dowager Cixi – she even took up permanent residence here and purportedly lived a life of utmost luxury
The Summer Palace has been a public park since 1924
From 1949, the Summer Palace housed the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China for a short period of time
The cream of the Beijing Opera actors would come to the Summer Palace to perform in a specially constructed stage for the Empress Dowager
In one of the exhibition rooms you’ll find the first car imported into China, a vintage Mercedes Benz, sent as a gift to the Empress Dowager
The gardens that were to become the Summer Palace were laid down during the Jin Dynasty who ruled in the 12th and 13th centuries
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