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.
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.
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.
The source of the Li River is the Mao’er Shan (Cat Mountain) and it runs for 270 miles towards to South China Sea.
One Chinese poem spoke of the area thus, “The river is a green silk ribbon, and the hills are jade hairpins”.
The 50-mile section of the river between Yangshuo and Guilin is acclaimed the most beautiful.
The upper part of the Li is connected by an ancient canal (the Linqu, dug in 214 BC) to the Xiang River which flows into the Yangtze – in the past the Li has been part of an important connection between the Yangtze and the Pearl River Delta.
A number of ethnic minority tribes live around the Li and Yangshuo, including the Yao, Hui and Zhuang.
This rich agricultural area is famous for its fruits, particularly citrus such as oranges, tangerines, pomelo and kumquat.
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