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China Interlude

Highlights

  •  Essential highlights of China
  •  Enjoy the scenic Li River cruise
  •  Visit picturesque Yangshuo
  •  Experience less crowded Great Wall at Mutianyu
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from £ 2985

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Overview

With our intimate knowledge of China and years of expertise in designing tours, we have chosen some of China's best-loved highlights and combined them with many off-the-beaten-track visits and surprising extras to create an outstanding tour. The highlight may well be the stay in beautiful Yangshuo where the magical landscapes have inspired some of the most famous Chinese poetry and paintings.

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Price Includes:

  • Economy class flights
  • Twin-shared accommodation with breakfast
  • Transfers, transportation, meals and sightseeing as listed
  • Services of English-speaking local guides 
  • Most air taxes

Not Included:

  • Tipping payable locally £65 per person
  • Optional excursions, travel insurance, personal expenses and gratuities
  • Any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after Brochure publication
  • Chinese visa

Flight Upgrades

Air China Business class upgrades from £1595 return.

British Airways upgrades: World Traveller Plus from £295 one way, Club World from £1135 one way.

Extra Night in Hong Kong

Metropark Kowloon Hotel extra night per twin/single room with buffet breakfast from £115. Private airport transfer £70 per person one way (min 2 passengers).

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China Interlude

China Interlude

Essential highlights including Beijing, Tianjin, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai

Day 1
London - Beijing 12 Hours

Depart Heathrow at around 2025 on Air China’s non-stop flight to Beijing.

Day 2
Beijing 4 nights

Arrive Beijing around 1310 and transfer to the 4-star Shangri-La Traders Hotel. Afternoon visit to the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3
Beijing

Morning visit to Tiananmen Square en-route to the Forbidden City, the complex of imperial palaces which were home to the Emperors for over 500 years. Grand halls and courtyards gradually give way to more intimate domestic quarters, giving a glimpse into the pampered isolation of the Emperors. Afternoon visit to the beuatiful Summer Palace. (BL)

Day 4
Beijing

Visit the Ming-era Temple of Heaven. Drive north to the more scenic part of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)

Day 5
Beijing - Tianjin - Beijing

Take a short bullet train journey to Tianjin. Enjoy a guided adventure tour of the city by public transport. Visit the former Italian concession area of the city before visiting the towering Tianjin Eye for stunning aerial views of one of China's fastest growing cities. Afternoon visit to Tianjin's ancient cultural street before enjoying a cruise along the Haihe River. Return to Beijing. (BL)

Day 6
Beijing - Xian 2 nights

Morning flight to Xian. Visit the Hanyanling Museum. Continue to the Ming City Walls before transferring to the Grand New World Hotel. (BL)

Day 7
Xian

Visit the world-renowned Terracotta Army – 7000 individually crafted life-sized figures, complete with chariots and horses. Afternoon visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Grand Mosque and Muslim quarter. Evening optional dinner and Tang- era music and dance performance. (BL)

Day 8
Xian - Guilin 1 night

Fly to Guilin and visit the Tea Research Institute. Transfer to the 4-star Bravo Hotel. (BD)

Day 9
Guilin - Yangshuo 2 nights

Take the magical Li River cruise to Yangshuo and drift gently through enchanting landscapes. Browse through Yangshuo’s colourful shops and visit scenic Gaotian township. After dinner there is an optional son et lumiere show performed on the river by a cast of 600. Stay at the Yangshuo Resort for 2 nights. (BL)

Day 10
Yangshuo

Explore the countryside around Yangshuo, passing through villages to the Yulong River. Visit a farmer’s house and continue to Jiuxian village. Afternoon at leisure. (BL)

Day 11
Guilin - Shanghai 3 nights

This morning visit the Silver Cave before returning to Guilin. Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the 4-star Central Hotel. (BL)

Day 12
Shanghai

Visit the Yuyuan Garden, Huxing Teahouse and the old Chinese quarter with its colourful bazaar. A ‘dim sum’ lunch is taken at an exclusive restaurant. Admire bird's eye views from the Oriental Pearl Tower. Visit the quaint Xintiandi Concession area and the famous Bund before dinner. Optional cruise on the Huangpu River to admire the beautifully illuminated Bund and Pudong District. (BLD)

Day 13
Shanghai - Zhujiajiao - Shanghai

Visit the pretty water town of Zhujiajao. Enjoy a boat trip on the lake and enjoy lunch before returning to Shanghai. Afternoon at leisure. Optional evening Acrobatic performance. (BL)

Day 14
Beijing - London 12 hours

Return to London Heathrow via Beijing, arriving later the same day. (B)

Day 14
Post tour extension to Hong Kong 2 nights

Fly to Hong Kong and CTS’s own superior Metropark Kowloon Hotel. (B)

Day 15
Hong Kong

Enjoy the many attractions of this city at your own pace. (Optional full-day sightseeing available and bookable locally)

Day 16
Hong Kong - London

Board the late evening non-stop British Airways flight back to London. Arrive at London Heathrow following day at around 0455

Hotels

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Shangri-La Traders Hotel Beijing

A member of the renowned Shangri-La group, the 4-star Traders is a smart, contemporary hotel with 570 rooms measuring 28 sq m with complimentary broadband internet, safe, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and ironing board.

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Central Hotel, Shanghai

A great choice in Shanghai – of course very centrally-located, just off Nanjing Road. The Central Hotel is modern and smart with 319 good-sized, stylish rooms and cheerful and friendly staff. Bedrooms have cable and satellite TV, minibar, safe, internet access, air conditioning, and tea and coffee making facilities.

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Grand New World Hotel, Xian

Just a 10-minute walk from Xian’s old city walls and West Gate, the 5-star Grand New World is a large, modern and comfortable hotel with rooms featuring IDD telephone, internet access, tea & coffee making facilities, cable TV, hairdryer and safe. There is also a beauty salon, massage, gym, indoor pool, sauna, business centre, restaurant and coffee shop. A good buffet breakfast is offered and both Chinese and western food is served in the hotel restaurants and coffee shop.

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Bravo Hotel, Guilin

Over looking the Ronghu Lake, the Guilin Bravo Hotel has an intimate atmosphere and is close to night markets and shops. Spacious guest rooms and suites are equipped with individually controlled air-conditioning, safety deposit box, free internet access, IDD telephone, TV and mini bar.  The Patio Café is open 24 hours and serves Western and Asian cuisine.  Various provincial Chinese cuisines are available from the Lijiang Restaurant.  Live entertainment is available from the lobby bar in the evening.  The hotel also has a small outdoor pool.

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Yangshuo Resort

The Yangshuo Resort is a superbly-equipped resort hotel with a fantastic range of facilities for its guests, world-class design and chic decoration in a contemporary but distinctly Chinese style, as well as an unbeatable location right on the banks of the Yulong River, amidst a 5-acre arable farm. Rooms at the Yangshuo Resort are exceptionally spacious and all boast a balcony overlooking the Yulong River and the dramatic karst mountains beyond. 

Your Stories

We are pleased to share feedback that we received from some of our valued clients.

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    Thank you and your colleagues for all you did to make it so special. We will certainly talk of CTS in glowing terms to anyone who wants to listen.

    - Mr Watson, China Interlude

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    We had a truly memorable holiday and one which will be remembered and talked about for many years to come. The organisation was good and the guides we had were eager to please and willing to alter the itinerary slightly if requested. We are looking forward to another CTS holiday in the future.

    - Mrs Gawthorne, China Interlude

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    Best tour I have been on. Amazing value for money considering all the flights, hotels, meals, sightseeing and entertainment. I hadn't expected the hotels to be so good. Often operators cut corners with the level of hotels, but hotels on this trip were better than ones I would use if I went on my own.

    - Ms Smith, China Interlude

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