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 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.
China is a land of many wonders – ancient and modern, natural and man-made. This hugely popular tour is a comprehensive journey through China’s most iconic sights from the magnificent Great Wall to the mighty Yangtze River.
The harvest ceremony performed by the emperor had to be perfect as it was believed the smallest mistake could constitute a bad omen for the year to come
The location of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest was determined by Fengshui masters as the point where heaven and earth meet
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is 38 metres tall and built with the use of nails
The wall surrounding the Imperial Vault of Heaven is a ‘Whispering Wall’ – whispers will carry from one end of the wall to the other
Even the shapes of the buildings are significant here – circular buildings signify heaven and square signify earth
The numbers 3 and 9 recur throughout the design – both are considered important or ‘lucky’
The temple was occupied by the Anglo-French army during the Second Opium War
When the emperor and his entourage processed to the Temple of Heaven and carried out the ceremonies for a good harvest, no ordinary people were allowed to watch
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