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A wealth of experiences await you on this glorious tour that takes you to each of China's well known and most beloved highlights. As well as visiting Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, you spend time amidst the poetic landscapes of Yunnan, explore the ancient towns of Dali, Lijiang and Kunming, visit Leshan's Giant Buddha and see giant pandas at Chendgu's renowned Panda Research Centre, and walk along the Great Wall. Above all, relax! Throughout your journey you stay in hand-picked hotels including the Gurong Hotel in the heart of the old town in Dali, converted from traditional local houses.
British Airways upgrades: World Traveller Plus from £215 one way, Club World from £1145 one way.
Metropark Causeway Bay Hotel extra night per twin/single room with buffett breakfast from £120. Private airport transfer from £75 per person one way (min 2 passengers).
Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Leshan Giant Buddha, Panda Research Centre, Lijiang, Dali, Kunming, Stone Forest
Fly from London Heathrow at around 1645 aboard the British Airways non-stop flight to Beijing.
Arrive Beijing and transfer to the 4-star Shangri-La Traders Hotel or similar. Visit the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
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 beautiful Summer Palace where the Emperors went to escape the heat of the city. (BL)
Drive north to the less- crowded and more scenic part of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Afternoon visit to the Ming- era Temple of Heaven where the Emperors performed annual sacrificial rituals for good harvests. Enjoy a Peking Duck dinner. (BLD)
Visit the ornate Lama Temple and the serene Confucius Temple with its cypress trees and large stone tablets, before flying to Xian. On arrival visit the Ming City Wall. Transfer to the 4-star (officially 5-star) Grand New World Hotel or similar. (B)
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. This evening there is an optional Tang- era music and dance dinner performance. (BL)
Morning flight to Lijiang nestled in a beautiful valley against the backdrop of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.Ascend Lion Hill for panoramic views of the old town. Stay at the Zen Garden Hotel, located in the heart of the old town. Afternoon visit to Mu's Mansion and explore the old town. (B)
Take a short chair-lift ride to the beautiful Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and admire the wonderful panorama. Visit a nearby village. Remainder of the day free for own exploration. (BL)
Visit Black Dragon Pool Park, an iconic sight of Yunnan. Drive to Dali, lying between the Cangshan Mountain range and vast Erhai Lake, a relaxed place, popular for its charming landscape, mild climate and the hospitality of its people. Enjoy a 2-night stay at the traditionally-styled Gurong Hotel with its charming courtyard, home to an ancient Banyan tree. (BL)
Morning visit to some local villages. Continue to the famous Song Dynasty Three Pagodas, dating from the 9th century. Return to the walled old town. Free time for own exploration. (BL)
Depart for Kunming by road, visiting the Dinosaur Museum en-route. Overnight at the New Era Hotel. (BL)
Many visitors travel to Kunming just to see the Stone Forest which consists of thousands of narrow, fantastically- shaped pillars of rock scattered over an area of more than 100 sq miles. Fly to Chengdu to and the Tibet Hotel. (BD)
Admire the Giant Buddha at Leshan on a cruise. Back in Chengdu visit the People's Park and join the locals for afternoon tea, then continue to Jinli. Optional Sichuan Opera performance. (BL)
Morning visit to the Giant Panda Research Centre. Back in the city visit the quaint old quarter and the Shu Brocade Institute. Enjoy a hotpot dinner. (BD)
British Airways flight to London arriving Heathrow later the same day. (B)
Close to the Silk Market in Beijing’s diplomatic quarter, the 4-star Jianguo Hotel offers guests an indoor pool and sauna, and rooms with IDD telephone, cable TV, minibar, air conditioning, tea & coffee making facilities and hairdryer. The Jianguo boasts a fancy French restaurant, a superb Chinese restaurant serving traditional imperial cuisine, a British-style ‘pub’ with buffet lunch and evening live music, a lobby lounge for afternoon tea overlooking the gardens, a café serving western dishes and a cake shop.
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.
This hotel has a fabulous central location, in the heart of the old city. The sound of music and people enjoying their evening will filter in from the streets around. There are just 16 rooms, all are en-suite with bath and shower and the comfortable guest rooms have safety deposit boxes and tea/coffee making facilities.
The Tibet hotel has a selection of 300 guest rooms with modern comforts and conveniences. There are 2 restaurants providing both Chinese and Western cuisine, and a bar. There is also a beauty salon, fitness room, massage room and sauna.
The Gurong Hotel is a characterful, traditionally-styled hotel with gorgeous views over the mountains and river. The guest rooms have modern conveniences including hairdryer, in-room safe, coffee pot and mini-bar. There is a Chinese restaurant, coffee shop and a bar.
We are pleased to share feedback that we received from some of our valued clients.
This was one of the most enjoyable and interesting holidays that we have ever experienced.
We had an absolutely brilliant holiday. William was a super guide and looked after us really well. All the hotels were really good. Thank you for such a great time.
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