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  • A classic itinerary visiting the three most famous cities of China: Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.
  • With a private guide you will visit iconic sights such as Tiananmen Square and the terracotta warriors, with the option to also trek part of the Great Wall.
  • You will stay in three luxury hotels along the way, so you can be assured of relaxation and a great night's sleep after your adventures!

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Your Destination

As one of the six ancient cities in China, Beijing has been the heart and soul of politics and society throughout its long history and consequently there is an unparalleled wealth of discovery to delight and intrigue travellers as they explore the city's ancient past and exciting modern development. Now it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with about 140 million Chinese tourists and 4.4 million international visitors in a year.
As the eastern terminal of the Silk Road and the site of the famous Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty, Xian has won a reputation all over the world. More than 3,000 years of history including over 1,100 years as the capital city of ancient dynasties, have endowed the city with an amazing historical heritage. Visitors marvel at the numerous historical sites and cultural relics in and around the city.
Shanghai is a renowned international metropolis drawing more and more attention from all over the world. Situated on the estuary of Yangtze River, it serves as the most influential economic, financial, international trade, cultural, science and technology center in East China. In addition to its modernisation, the city's multicultural flair endows it with a unique glamour. Here, visitors can find the perfect blend of cultures - the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental. New skyscrapers and old Shikumen stand side by side to draw the skyline of the city. Western customs and Chinese traditions intertwine and form the city's culture, making a visitor's stay truly memorable.

Your Itinerary

Day 1  : Arrival Beijing  
One way transfer from Beijing Airport to Beijing Hotel. Overnight stay.      

Day 2    Beijing : Half Day tour to Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
Meet the local guide at hotel for a half day tour and afterwards, return to hotel by private transfer.

Tiananmen Square
It is the largest city square in the world and located in the centre of Beijing, named after the Tiananmen which sits to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City.  It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several key events in Chinese history.

Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, and now houses the Palace Museum, is the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China.  It is situated in the middle of Beijing and for nearly 500 years, served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

Day 3    Beijing   
Free time at leisure OR Optional Great Wall Trek (see below)
        
Day 4    Depart Beijing   
One way transfer from Beijing Hotel to Beijing Airport for flight to Xian.   
Upon arrival in Xian, one way transfer from Xian Airport to Xian Hotel.    
    
Day 5 (am) Xian: Half Day Terracotta Warriors With Lunch in the Terra Cotta   
Pick-up from hotel and proceed to the Terrcotta Warriors, which is located 40 km to the east of the city centre of Xian. After visit and lunch, transfer back to the city and return to hotel.

The Terracotta Army is a form of funerary art buried with the First Emperor of Qin, later the First Emperor of China.  The construction of his mausoleum was begun in 246 BC since he was 13 and involved 700,000 workers.  This mighty army of terracotta warriors and horses, found in three vaults, is perhaps the most popular tourist attraction of Shaanxi and one of the most popular in all of China.  An in-site museum has been built over 4 pits, covering a floor space of 20,000 square meters and displaying 8,000 life-like terracotta warriors, 100 or so chariots, and 30,000 weapons.
   
Day 5 (pm) :Half Day City Wall, Bell Tower and Big wild Goose Pagoda
Tour starts with pick-up from hotel and after the completion of visit, return to hotel by private transfer.

City Wall
Xian City Wall is considered the most complete city wall to have survived through China's long history.  It is an extension of the old Tang Dynasty structure, as a result the wall-building campaign ordered by Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of Ming Dynasty. After the enlargement, the city wall stands 12 meters, 12-14 meters across the top, 15-18 meters thick at bottom and 13.7 km in length with deep moats surrounding it.

Bell Tower
The Bell Tower was originally built in the Yingxiang Temple in 1384.  Then in 1582, it was moved to its present pivotal position, in the very heart of the city at the junction of four main streets extending to the east, south, west and north, for rebuilding and later restorations.

The base of Bell Tower is square in shape and covers an area of 1,377 square meters. It is 8.6 meters high and 35.5 meters wide, was built completely with green bricks. The tower is a brick and timber structure at height of 36 meters.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
It is located in southern Xi'an, was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty. The original function of this pagoda is to dedicate the Buddha figures, 657 kinds of sutras, and several Buddha relics that Xuanzang, the Buddhist translator and traveler, had brought from India.  Big Wild Goose Pagoda is now regarded as the symbol of the ancient Xi’an.
    
Day 6    Depart Xian
One way transfer from Xian Hotel to Xian Airport for a flight to Shanghai.  
Upon arrival in Shanghai, one way transfer from Pudong Airport to Shanghai Hotel.
    
Day 7    Shanghai: Half Day Tour Longhua Temple (or Jade Buddha Temple) and Yu Garden
Tour starts with pick-up from hotel and after the completion of visit, return to hotel by private transfer.

Half day Shanghai Future Tour

In this tour, you can see the future urban planning of Shanghai in 20 years and you can have a bird view from the highest building in Asia.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center can give you good idea about how Shanghai developed from a small fisher village to a major metropolis of the world. Where you can find what Shanghai will be like in 20 years and you may see a spectacular circular movie about the dynamic change of Shanghai, the oriental architecture museum

Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center is a super tall skyscraper (101 th floor) in Shanghai, China. It is a mixed use skyscraper which consists of offices, hotels, conference rooms, observation decks, and shopping malls on the ground floors. There are 3 observation decks in Shanghai World Financial Center. The height of its lowest observation deck is 423 m (1,388 ft), on the 94th floor, the second is 439 m (1,440 ft) high, on the 97th floor, named "Observatory Bridge" and the highest is 474 m (1,555 ft) high, on the 100th floor. You can enjoy the bird view from the highest 100th floor. The skyscraper's roof height is set at 492 m, and has temporarily claimed the highest roof in the world.

Longhua Temple
The oldest and largest temple in Shanghai for its long history of over 1700 years. Because of the several destructions by the wars, most of the buildings in Longhua Temple were reconstructed during the reign of the Emperor Tongzhi and Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty

The Old City/Yu Garden
Located to the south of the Bund, the old Chinese city was a walled fishing town when the British arrived in 1843.  At the center of the Old City are the Chenghuang Temple and the Yuyuan Garden, in which stands the Huxining Teahouse, said to be the model for the design on the willow-pattern plates much loved by Europeans in another era. The Bridge of Nine Turns zigzags to make it difficult for evil spirits to get across.

The Yu Yuan, or "Yu the Mandarin's Garden", is characteristic of the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty. It is a private garden in the southeast of Shanghai, with a history of more than 400 years. The Garden, reminiscent of those in Suzhou, features more than 30 halls and pavilions. It is divided into six parts, each separated by a white brick wall, the top of which forms and undulating gray dragon. Each part of the park, although divided, has a balance and harmony creating a unity of expression.
      
Day 7    Shanghai: 1 Hour Evening Cruise with transfer from Hotel to Pier & return to hotel 
While riding a cruise boat along the Huangpu River, you will get a glimpse of the present and past of Shanghai. On one side of the river there is the Bund, a landmark of Shanghai. Lining the boulevard of the waterfront are grandiose solid buildings of Western style dating back to the early this century.  On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai. Lofty Oriental pearl TV Tower and sleek high-rises in the Lujiazui Financial Zone give a fresh outlook of the city. The cruise will end at Wusongkou, where the Huangpu River flows into the East China Sea. 

Attractions: The Bund, Park Bridge, People's Heroes Monument, Oriental Pearl Tower, Suspension Bridge.
    
Day 8    Shanghai
Free time at leisure    
    
Day 9    Depart Shanghai   
One way transfer from Shanghai Hotel to Pudong Airport for flight back to UK.       

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Optional Extra

You may choose to add the optional extra tour at the next stage of booking: “Trekking on Great Wall from the Battlefield Gubeikou to Jinshanling with lunch”

Pick up from hotel in Beijing, 2.5hours transfer (130km) from hotel to Gubeikou great wall for 4.5 hours hiking tour (about 10kms /6 miles).

Gubeikou Great Wall occupies a strategically important location, which is difficult to access. Situated between Shanhaiguan Pass and Juyongguan Pass, and about 62 miles to Beijing, it is the bastion protecting the northern gateway to the capital. There are 14 beacon towers, 143 watchtowers, 16 strategic pass, three citadels and many other military constructions. Many of them are famous cultural relics, such as the Big Flower Beacon Tower of the Northern Qi Dynasty, Fairy Tower, General Tower, and the dominant Wangjing Tower.

Gubeikou is completely unrestored, covered with over 140 watchtowers, all differing in size and design. From the wall here you will be able to witness how the wall twists and winds along the steep mountain ranges. This is as dramatic a view on the Great Wall as you’ll find. If the weather is clear, you will be able to see the shimmering blue lake of the Miyun Reservoir.
 
There is a section on the wall that is part of a military base, and which is off-limits to civilians. You will be able to detour by walking and exploring a quaint nearby local village, and you will re-enter the wall somewhere close to Jinshanling. Please be advised that it may take up to one hour to bypass the military base. While walking away from the Great Wall, you'll still be able to see the Great Wall from a short distance. After going through this detour, you'll get back to the Great Wall and enter via the section of Jinshanling.

Jinshanling has five main passes and 67 watchtowers. Every 100 meters (328 feet), there is an enemy tower each of which is about ten meters (33 feet) high. Featuring various structures and having various functions, those watchtowers are either one tiered or two-tiered. Among them, the most celebrated are the Big and Small Jinshan Watchtowers. The Wangjinglou Tower, the General Tower, the Black Tower and the Taochun Tower are also must-sees on the Jinshanling Great Wall. Each tower has its legend. Legend has it that the stone bars used to build the Wangjinglou Tower were carried to the mountaintop by Er Lang Shen, the nephew of the Jade Emperor. The general tower was named to commemorate Wu Guihua, a heroine who sacrificed herself to resist northern invader's invasion in the Ming Dynasty. The Black Tower and the Taochun Tower were christened to commemorate two girls, Heigu and Taochun, who made great contributions to the construction of the Great Wall.
 
When you finally reach the park at Jinshanling, you'll stop by a local farmer's restaurant owned by Mr. Duan Jiujun. His family will make delicious country-style lunch for you and may invite you to tour his small gallery after your stomach becomes full.

Your Hotels

Daily breakfast is included at the hotels below. All other meals as per itinerary.

Regent Beijing 5* (3 nights in a Deluxe Room)
Voted as one of Beijing's top ten hotels, this beautiful hotel offers unequivocal luxury and superlative service.

Relax after your flight with a massage at the Serenity Spa, or take a dip  in the pool, followed by gourmet dining- The Regent is home to some of the city's top-rates restaurants.

Your Deluxe Room measures 45 sqm and combines combines contemporary luxuries with Oriental elegance.
Sofitel Xian on Renmin Square 5* (2 nights in a Superior Room)
Located inside the ancient city walls, this 5* hotel is ideally placed to explore all the historical sights. Blending signature Sofitel elegance with local authenticity, unique features include extensive manicured gardens and an indulgent spa.

Your tastebuds will be spoiled for choice with siganture Mediteranean, Braziliana nd Chinese restaurants.  Superior Rooms meausre 36 sqm and offer a plush Sofitel MyBed, rainforest shower and free wifi.
Sofitel Shanghai Hyland 4* (3 nights in a Superior Room)
This hotel is ocated in the heart of the city's commercial hub on the famous pedestrian shopping street - Nanjing Road.  It offers 383 modern guest rooms, 2 restaurants, 1 bar and a relaxing spa.

The hotel is within walking distance of People's Square, the Bund and Grand Theatre, as well as two metro stations, making it ideal for sightseeing.

Your Journey

Flights: You may choose from economy or business class flights

The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Private transfers are included throughout.

Beijing airport to hotel:  40 mins / 17 miles
Xian airport to hotel:  1hr / 24 miles
Shanghai airport to hotel:  50 mins / 30 miles

Jan
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Feb
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Mar
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Apr
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May
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Jun
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Jul
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Aug
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Sep
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Oct
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Nov
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Dec
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