Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing, on this private tour, through atmospheric Xian with its enigmatic legions of Terracotta Warriors to reach the charming city of Chengdu, where you will meet its most famous residents – the captivating Giant Pandas.
This private tour is ideal for travellers with less time to spend and who want to see the very best bits of this incredibly diverse destination. We have designed the tour to make the most of the time available to showcase the key highlights and cities of China.
Fly overnight to Beijing, China's capital city.
Soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, where you can watch, or participate in an outdoor dance class. Later, stroll through Tiananmen Square, past Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, to the treasure-filled Forbidden City. This evening, sit down to a traditional dinner of Peking duck. (B,L,D)
This morning is dedicated to China’s most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. Visit the Jade Factory, and later tour the exquisite Summer Palace. Watch a fascinating Chinese Acrobatic show in the evening. (B,L)
Fly to Xian, the former ancient capital. Take a leisurely stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th-century city walls that enclose Xian’s old town, before a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing. (B,L,D)
After their fortuitous discovery by local farmers in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China’s first Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life-like warriors who stand in their original formations at the exact location they were excavated. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Later, take the bullet train to Chengdu. (B,L)
Today, meet the Giant Pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base. Located in the forested Sichuanese countryside, Dujiangyan offers refuge to Giant Pandas with the aim to reintroduce them into the wild. Later, return to Chengdu and soak up the atmosphere on lively Jinli Street and wander through Nanjiao Park. In the evening, enjoy a typical Sichuanese meal. (B,L,D)
This morning, visit the famous Panda Conservation Centre. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the Reserve’s breeding programme. Visit Matchmaker’s Corner in People’s Park, where you can watch parents search for suitable suitors for their children, and visit a traditional tea house (at your own expense). (B,L)
Fly to the UK arriving home the same day or following morning. (B)
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
Located in the Fentai District, the Jiangxi Grand Hotel is close to many of Beijing’s sites and attractions. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant serving Chinese and Western cuisine, a coffee shop, a bar, a tea house and a fitness centre. The 322 rooms and suites are traditionally furnished with air conditioning, satellite television, tea making facilities, a minibar and a safety deposit box.
Located 5 kilometers from the city downtown, Yulong International Hotel ,combines elegance and sophistication with first-class service. Facilities include three restaurants, a lobby bar, games room, beauty salon, fitness room and business centre. The 258 beautifully decorated and well-equipped rooms have air-conditioning, satellite LCD flatscreen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, mini-bar, hairdryer and a safe deposit box.
The Chengdu Tianfu Sunshine Hotel is located a ten minute walk from the centre of Chengdu. All of its air conditioned, en-suite rooms have a safety deposit box, tea making facilities and a flat screen satellite television. There are also complimentary toiletries. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool, a fitness centre and an onsite restaurant featuring Chinese and Korean cuisine.
The best times to visit China are in spring (April to May) and autumn, (September to October) when temperatures are warm and humidity low.
Places Visited: UK - Beijing (3N) - Xian (1N) - Chengdu (3N) - UK
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