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.
This wide-ranging tour has China’s top destinations covered, with time to soak up the sights. Whether you are looking for history, character and culture, the modern and marvellous, or a straight-up combination of the two, then this is the itinerary for you.
Journey from the imperial treasures of Beijing 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.
The Xian wall is 14 kilometres in length
The original wall was built of rammed earth with quick lime and glutinous rice extract added to it – it was later enclosed in bricks
The South Gate into the city is the oldest, first built in 582AD by the Sui Dynasty
Each corner of the wall has a watch tower – three of them are square whilst the other is round
The Hongwu Emperor, who constructed the wall, was purportedly told that the city walls should be higher by a hermit
Every year there is an international marathon that takes place around the walls – the runners must complete three laps
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